The Bible Way to Heaven
The bible is very clear on Salvation, it is not based on how good you are.
1. Admit that you are a sinner.
The bible says:
Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"And the bible says:
Romans 3:10 "as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:"I'm not righteous, your not righteous, if it were our goodness that is going to get us into heaven; NONE OF US WOULD BE GOING!
2. Realize there is a penalty for sin.
The bible says in Revelation 21:8
Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Quite a list of serious sins there right? but look at the last one listed, it says "All LIARS". Now listen, I've lied before, i'm sure you have told a few lies in your time as well, i'm sure everyone has lied at some point in their lives, and let's face it we've all done something worse than lying; but look ALL will have a part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
What is the second death?
3. Believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again for you.
But the bible says:
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"
And so Jesus Christ, because he loves us, and the bible says in 1 Timothy that:
1 Timothy 3:16 "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."
God basically took on a human form, he lived a sinless life, he did not commit any sin.
They took him and beat on him, spat on him and put him on a cross to crucify him, and the bible says that Jesus:
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: by whose stripes ye were healed."
So every sin that you and I and everyone in the world had ever done, and every sin that all have yet to commit, Jesus took all that on the cross and bare it in his own body; he took that punishment for us, every single sin that we all ever committed he bare that punishment on our behalf.
After that they took his body and buried it in a tomb, his soul spent three days and three nights in hell according to Acts 2:
Acts 2:31"he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption."
Then after the 3 days and 3 nights he rose from the dead, he showed unto the disciples the wounds on his body.
The bible is very clear that he died for everybody:
1 John 2:2 "and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
So not just for our sins only, but for the whole world.
4. Trust Christ alone as your saviour
BUT, there is something we must do to be saved. The bible says, and this has to be one of the clearest scriptures about Salvation has this question; "What must I do to be Saved?"
Acts 16:30-31 "and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
And that's it, he didn't say:
- Join a Church and you'll be saved.
- Get Baptized and you'll be saved.
- Live a good life and you'll be saved.
- Repent of your sins and you'll be saved.
No! All he said was BELIEVE!
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."
John 10:28 "and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
John 6:47 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."
The bible says if you believe on Jesus Christ, you'll have everlasting life. You will never lose it. Read my article on eternal security.
Now the disciples asked Jesus this question and it was this, "Are there few that be saved?"
Luke 13:23 "Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,"
Do we think that most people are saved, or is it few that will be saved?
We would like to think that most people are going to be saved, but let's take a look at the profound answer that Jesus gives us in Matthew 7:
Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
Notice the word "strait" that means narrow: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and MANY there will be that are heading in that direction.
And then Jesus went on to say this:
Matthew 7:21-23 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Not everyone that will call Jesus "Lord" shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
They are saying to Jesus that they have done many wonderful works, but Jesus says to them, "I never knew you, depart from me, you that work iniquity"
These people are trusting in their works to save them.