|How Can I Get To Heaven
Matthew 19:23-26 (NKV), Jesus made some rather startling comments concerning
the possibility of mankind gaining an entrance into heaven.
rich young man, and a man whom Jesus loved, had just walked away from Him.
And as he walked away,
Jesus, Who no doubt was shaking His head in sorrow, “said to His
disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man
to enter the kingdom of heaven. “And again I say to
you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich
man to enter the kingdom of God." When His disciples heard it, they
were greatly astonished, saying, Who then can be
saved?" Matthew 19:23-25
That’s a really important question, isn’t it? "Who then can be saved?"
And I’m sure
Jesus’ answer was anything but what they expected.
Looking at His
disciples, no doubt to get their full attention, He said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are
Did He really
Did Jesus really
say not only is it hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, but it
is impossible for anyone to do so?
Yes, He did.
But, what about the
multitudes of people who believe they can sufficiently obey God’s commandments to
gain an entrance into heaven, or, at least, if they haven’t quite obeyed all of
God’s Laws, they can do enough good works to put themselves on the plus side of
What about them?
of all, let me hasten to say that God’s Word absolutely refutes the
idea that we can work our way to
In fact, Ephesians 2:8-9 says,“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not
of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should
3:5-6 plainly teaches that it is “not by
works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved
us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom
He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
And added to
all this, the Son of God, Who certainly should know what the criteria for entering heaven is, has told us
men this is impossible.”
And why is it so impossible?
It is impossible because
God is righteous, and man is entirely sinful.
And as you might expect,
those two conditions are completely incompatible.
But it wasn’t always that
In the beginning, when God
created Adam and Eve in His likeness, they were entirely without sin.
However, under the
influence of Satan’s lie, they rebelled against God.
Yes, sin had entered the
world, and became part of human nature.
Genesis 5:1-3 “This is the book
of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the
likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. And Adam lived
one hundred and thirty years, and, after his image, and named him Seth.”
Do you see the
Adam in “the likeness of God.”
Adam sinned and was cast out of the Garden of Eden, he---“begot a son in his own likeness,” and “after his
became a partaker of Adam’s sin nature.
And not only
did this apply to Adam’s firstborn, but to the entire human race.
We are sinners
by inheritance, and, as a result, we
are sinners by our own actions.
OK, but how
bad do our sins have to be to keep us out of heaven?
most of us haven’t robbed a bank, or committed murder, or lied under oath.
Matthew chapter 5, Jesus opened our eyes concerning God’s view of our sin:
V 21-22 “You have heard that it was said to those
of old, ‘You shall not murder”.
. . “But I say to you that whoever is angry
with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.”
V 27-28 "You have heard that it was said to
those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has
already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Yes, as 1
Samuel 16: 7 tells us “. . . man looks at the outward appearance, but
the LORD looks at the heart.”
And God sees
us just as we are.
Romans 3:23 sums it up with the words, “all
have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
3:10 comes to the same conclusion, “There
is none righteous, no, not one.”
So then, when
it comes to qualifying for heaven, Jesus’ words ring true: “With men this is impossible.”
also said, “but with God all things are
Yes, “with God all things are possible," but
all things are not easy.
once said, “Shall not the Judge of all
the earth do right?”
And, of course,
the answer is yes.
God cannot snap
His fingers and simply say “I will forget about your sin.”
The “wages of sin is death,” and those wages must be paid.
exactly what God was willing to do.
To put it in
the words of John 3:16, “For God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in
Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
imagine a love that would compel you to sacrifice your own son to save those
who were your enemies?
And can you
imagine a Son who would change places with such sinners and allow them to
change places with Him?
Well, that’s what
happened on the cross of Calvary.
Baptist called Jesus “The Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world!”
exactly who He was.
On the cross,
Jesus became our sacrifice for sin.
Yes, He became
It must have
grieved God’s heart more than we can possibly imagine, but 2 Corinthians 5:21
confirms that earthshaking event.
“For He (that is God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the
righteousness of God in Him.”
And that is
the cost of the free
gift that is offered to you.
Certainly, “. . .the wages of sin is death.”
Not only does
that mean physical death, which we
are all familiar with, but it means spiritual
death as well, separated from God, lost in hell for all eternity.
verse also says, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our
Lord.” Romans 6:23
And not only
did Jesus bear the punishment for our sins, but He rose from the grave,
victorious over sin and death.
It has been said that the
gospel is like the ocean.
The greatest theologian cannot
fully plumb its depths, and yet the smallest child can wade into its waters and
receive its full benefit.
So, let me make it simple.
Let me give you the ABC’s
of the gospel which Pastor J.D. Farag of Mid-East Prophecy Update uses so
A - You must admit (acknowledge) that you are a sinner.
Romans 3:10 tells
us that "There is none righteous,
no, not one.”
3:23 confirms the bad news: “for all
have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
though Romans 6:23 tells us “the wages
of sin is death,” it also tells us that “the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord.”
However, acknowledging your sin is only the first
Not only must
you acknowledge your sin, but you must repent.
B - Believe Jesus is Lord and accept God’s gift of salvation through Him.
impossible for man is possible with God.
2:8-9 “For by grace (that is God’s
love) you have been saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest
anyone should boast.”
10:9-10 promises us “that if you confess
with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised
Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto
righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
C - Call upon His name.
That is the
name of the Lord Jesus.
And Romans 10:13
promises us that “whoever calls on the
name of the LORD shall be saved."
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If you have
truly repented of your sins, and if you believe in your heart that the Lord
Jesus, and only the Lord Jesus, has died for your sins, you can call upon His
name in prayer, and you “shall be
Prayer is just
talking to God in Jesus’ name.
You might like
to say something like this:
I repent of my
sins, and I thank the Lord Jesus for saving me from their penalty. I believe and
trust that His sacrifice on the cross is able to make
me a child of God. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for loving me enough to save me from
a lost eternity. Thank You for making me
acceptable for heaven.
And on the
authority of God’s Word, I can tell you that “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
You can be
saved right now, and you can be saved for eternity.
It is the
finished work of Jesus Christ.
And you do not
have to hang on to your salvation. Jesus hangs on to you.
John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them,
and they follow Me. "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never
perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. "My Father, who
has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”
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As a child of
God, you will need the fellowship of other children of God.
teaches us that born-again believers, those who have trusted Jesus Christ as
their Saviour, are called the bride of Christ, and are part of His spiritual
body on this earth.
look for such a group.
There are many
religions and even those who call themselves Christians who are not part of
Christ’s spiritual body.
for fellowship, check out the congregation’s statement of faith.
have websites that include their statement of faith.
Or you can go
to their church gathering and ask them for their printed statement of faith.
believe that all the Bible is God’s inspired Word.
believe that Jesus is their one and only Saviour.
And they must
believe in Jesus’ finished work on the cross.
Nothing can be
added to it and nothing can be taken away.
He is able to keep His sheep, and you cannot be lost once you
have been saved.
And if I can
be of any further assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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