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What will Heaven be like... and will YOU go there?
The Bible reveals that heaven will be a perfect place… no sickness… no crime… no death… no sin…and it is perfect because God lives there. (Psalm 11:4)
The truth is that even though we try to be good people and live good lives, we are not perfect. Let me share with you a few simple Bible truths.
Every one of us is a sinner.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
No matter what our religious background is, we all fall short of God’s standard of perfection.
There is a penalty for that sin.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death…
Ezekiel 18:4 … the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities(sins) have separated between you and your God
As frightening a thought as it is, the Bible tells us that everyone who dies goes to one of two places, either heaven or hell.
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving…shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Your own self-effort cannot pay the penalty for your sin.
Many people think that they can find favor in God’s eye by living a good life, or going to church, or getting baptized, or giving money to certain organizations. And while those are good things, remember the standard is perfection.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Galatians 2:21 … for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Don’t compare yourself to other men and women who may be better people or worse people that you are. The standard is the perfect holiness of God.
God in His justice demands payment for sin…God in His love and mercy supplied that payment for us through his Son.
Jesus paid that penalty for you.
2 Corintians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin…
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God, in His love for you, took all of your sins and placed them on Jesus Christ while He hung on the cross. Jesus Christ paid that penalty for you.
1 peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness…
You must accept this free gift.
How does someone who is not perfect get into heaven? It is the recognition that we will never measure up to God’s standard of perfection, and coming to God with a repentant heart, and asking the Lord to save us.
Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
YOU have a decision to make!
You can either continue to trust in your own good works and self-effort, or you can believe what the Bible says about Eternal Life.
Will you place your trust in Christ right now?
Receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour means you must believe that He died for your sin, was buried and rose from the dead according to the Scriptures. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, calling upon Him in prayer to come into your life, forgive you of your sin, and give you eternal life.
If you believe these truths from the Bible and if you want to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, pray this simple prayer.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I deserve to die and go to hell. But I do believe that you died on the cross for my sin. Right now I am trusting you to be my Savior. Thank you for forgiving my sin and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life and help me to be obedient to the Word of God. Amen.