Heaven and Hell

Most people, whether spiritual or not, believe in heaven and hell, and most religions of the world teach that our eternal life will exist in one or the other. But also, most people, even some who profess to be believers in God’s inspired Word, have their own opinion on how to get to heaven, ignoring the Biblical means of getting there. Jesus gave us specific instructions and warnings on what it takes to pass God’s judgment. “I am the way, the truth,

and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” Jn 14:6 Luke also wrote, “For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12  Salvation comes no other way but by believing that Jesus is our Savior, the forgiver of sins, the guiding light to truth and all that is most important in this world and hereafter, eternal life in the glory of God our heavenly Father. Mohammad, Allah, Buddha, Hare Krishna, nor any other “god” or “higher power” can get one into heaven. Nor are there any ordained saints that can get one into heaven. Only by the grace of God and through Jesus Christ, to our Father God in heaven. This is not my opinion but the living Word of God in the sacred Holy Bible.

Will all good people go to heaven? Certainly you have heard, “I don’t believe in God and all that religion stuff, but if there really is a heaven, I will get there because I live a good moral life, abide by all the laws, (on and on…)” The person who says these things establishes what moral standards make him/her eligible for heaven. Does he/she have the wisdom to establish that moral code and live by it? If he/she falls short of those standards, who then decides if he/she still enters heaven? Our morally decaying society? Our society keeps lowering the bar on morals and standards; only God has absolute wisdom and through the Holy Bible sets absolute truth and standards that make us fit to live eternity in the presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords in His kingdom. “Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.” Heb 13:8

You have also probably heard, or maybe believe yourself, “If God is such a good, loving and merciful God, He would not want anyone to suffer eternity in a terrible place without some kind of reconciliation. ” Well, there we go again, trying to create a situation in which we will end up in heaven no matter what we do here on earth.  We are stubborn and deeply flawed humans and do not have the mind of God yet try to justify our lusts and lifestyles here on earth to satisfy Him. Fact be known, He gives us every opportunity to come to Him and to serve Him in His glory in eternity in the kingdom of God. It doesn’t matter what we think or contrive, it’s His heaven and His rules; He decides who gets in and how! The rest, sadly, will suffer “wailing and gnashing of teeth” forever, in hell.

When we read and study the Bible, His Word becomes part of us, and our relationship with Jesus of Nazareth is cultivated and groomed by those spiritual truths. It’s not religion or good deeds that gets one into heaven but a relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And no one goes to the Father without that relationship. It is not by living good and doing good deeds, though those are bi-products of faith. “For by grace ye are saved through faith; it is a gift from God. Not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Eph 2:8,9

How is your relationship with Jesus? Take time to “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith. Prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Cor13:5 According to Easton’s Bible Dictionary, reprobate is that which is rejected on account of its own worthlessness (Jer 6:30 and Heb 6:8; Gr adokimos, “rejected.”)  This word is also used with reference to persons cast away or rejected because they have failed to make use of opportunities offered them (1 Cor 9:27 and 2 Cor 13:5-7).

If you are of God, Jesus Christ is in you and you have all the powers afforded to Jesus, according to Jesus’ own words, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” Jn 14:12-14.That’s powerful stuff, huh? Yep, His Word says He will do that!

Make the most of these attributes; use them for the glory of God. Witness to people the truth, especially non-believers who will not get into heaven without these truths, no matter how goodly they live. See you in heaven? Amen.

 

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