The Bible tells a unique and comprehensive story that impacts all of our lives. Simply, God created the world to be a perfect place for us – a place where He could provide for us and interact with us. In an act of doubt and disobedience, Adam and Eve broke that perfection and thrust us into a world of sin. Today, we must struggle with evil, selfishness, and the many temptations around us. Our attraction to those sinful influences gives proof to the fact that we are all sinners. The Bible goes on to tell us about God’s plan for repairing what has been broken.
How Can We Get To Heaven?
This question, whether we like it or not, penetrates into the deepest part of our soul and gets us thinking about where we go when we die. Today, many people think that, if they do enough good things, they may make it to heaven. That’s an interesting thought from man’s point of view, but what does God’s Word have to say about it? The Bible tells us that we can’t do enough good things to get into heaven. Scripture makes it clear that we, by nature, are sinners and are dead because of our sins. Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1
This might be upsetting if you thought that our good and bad deeds would one day be weighed as a measurement of our righteousness; but, the Bible says in Isaiah 64:6 that our righteousness – the good things we try to do – are just filthy rags in God’s eyes. We know from Isaiah and Revelation that God is “holy, holy, holy”. This is the description of who God is most of all. His holiness separates Him from anything that is unrighteous – including us.
God Is The Judge Of The World
Revelation 20:11-15 shows us that anyone who is not saved is cast into the lake of fire forever to be punished for his or her sin! “But…”, you might think, “…if that’s true, I will simply plead my case to God at the time of judgment.” Sadly, when that time of judgment comes, you will be unable to speak. You will already know that the judgment is true and that you will deserve what lies ahead. This will simply be the final sentencing of all sinners. That’s bad news.
What’s The Good News?
Scripture says that God has made a way for everyone to go to heaven; but, if our own attempts at righteousness are not the answer, what does the Bible say we can do? Where is our hope? Because God loved us, He made a way to repair the brokenness between us and Him. God realized that a perfect sacrifice needed to be made to pay for the sins of mankind. Animal sacrifices were temporary and imperfect; they were not enough. In God’s plan, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins – a perfect sacrifice to pay the penalty for all of our sins. John 3:16; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21 Hebrews 2:9 Jesus Christ has willingly taken upon Himself all of our sins so that God’s judgment upon us, and the punishment we deserve, will be paid-in-full on our behalf. This, however, only happens if we accept this precious gift.
All We Have To Do Is Ask
The only thing we need to do in order to receive remission for our sins is to put our trust in what Jesus Christ did for us; and, accept it personally into our heart. Romans 10:9; 13 Once we accept Jesus as our Savior – at that moment – we are born again. The Holy Spirit has made us a child of God. John 1:12-13 We don’t need to earn our way to heaven because Jesus has already paid the price for us. The gift is before you right now – the gift of eternal life: life that never ends. The only question for you is, will you accept Jesus Christ into your heart? Will you do it today?