People have many ideas about what one should do in order to guarantee themselves a home in Heaven. Many people even say that no one can be sure that they will go to Heaven. To learn what is correct, we must look at what the Bible says and not what man says. The Bible is very clear on what we, as an individual, must do in order to go to Heaven when we die. Let’s take a look at what God said it takes:
Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
The reason we come short of God’s glory (God’s righteousness or perfect nature) is because “all have sinned”. “All” includes me and it also includes you. Sin is nothing more than disobeying God – it’s not just murdering or stealing. For example, Adam and Eve ate from the tree that God told them not to touch – that was the first sin. So the first thing you must do is agree with the Bible and admit to God that you are a sinner.
Romans 6:23a – “For the wages of sin is death;”
By wages, the Bible means penalty or debt. There are consequences for our sin. Just as a criminal must face punishment for his crime, so must we pay a penalty for our sin. This penalty is death – an eternal death which is also called the Second Death.
Revelation 20:14 – 15 – “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Secondly, you must realize that if you die in your sins, then you must pay the penalty for sin by dying in Hell – forever.
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Although sin brings eternal death, God wants to give us eternal life. You must realize that you cannot gain eternal life by going to church, being baptized, or by just being a good person. As a matter of fact, it is a gift of God. You can’t buy or earn your way to Heaven. Eternal life is obtained through Jesus Christ alone.
John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Romans 5:8 – “But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
So the third thing you must believe is that Jesus has paid your sin debt by dying for you, and eternal life is only gained through Him.
Although Jesus died to pay everyone’s sin debt, not everyone is on their way to Heaven. You must personally receive God’s Gift of eternal life. You must believe what Jesus has done for you, and ask Him to save you.
Romans 10:9 – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Romans 10:13 – “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, simply bow your head and humbly:
1. Admit to God that you are a sinner.
2. Tell Him you believe Jesus died for you.
3. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and save your soul.
4. Then believe that He promised to save you.
John 5:24 – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
“Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and that I deserve to pay my own sin debt. I believe You died for me, paying that debt. I do now put my faith totally in You alone to save me. Please, forgive me of my sins and give me a home in Heaven. Thank you for saving me and making me your child. Amen.
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