How can we get to heaven?
This question, whether we like it or not, penetrates down to the deepest part of our soul and gets us thinking about where we are going to go when we die. Many people in today’s world think that if they do enough good things, they might make it to heaven. That’s an interesting thought from man, but what does God’s Word have to say about that?
The Bible says that we can’t do enough good things to get into heaven. This might upset you if you thought this, but the Bible says in Isaiah 64:6 that our righteousness – or what we can do right – to God are but filthy rags. Scripture says over and over again that we, by nature, are sinners and are dead because of our sins (Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1). Isaiah 6:3 says that God is holy, holy, holy. Revelation 4:8 says that God is holy, holy, holy. This is the description of who God is most of all. He is holy, or separated, from anything that is unrighteous. He is also the judge of the world. The Bible shows in Revelation 20:11-15 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, “I will simply plead my case to God at that judgment.” Sadly, when that time comes, it will simply be the final sentencing of all sinners. You will not be able to say a word because you will already know that the judgment is true and that you will deserve what lies ahead.
Well, if our own attempts at righteousness are not the answer, what does God say in the Bible about how to get to heaven? The Bible tells us that God has made a way for everyone to go to heaven. He saw us in our state as lost creatures, but He loved us enough to send His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21 Hebrews 2:9). Jesus Christ has 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 His precious gift.
The only thing we need to do in order to get 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; right then and there, we are born again by the Holy Spirit making us a child of God (John 1:12-13). We don’t need to earn our way to heaven – Jesus has already done it all 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?