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Charles (anon) · 13 years ago
A Step of Faith

What does it take for a person to get to heaven?   Consider how the Bible answers this question.  It is simply a matter of FAITH.


We cannot have eternal life and heaven without God's forgiveness.
    "In whom [meaning Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins" (Eph. 1:7).

Forgiveness is available.  It is --
    Available for All.
        "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 3:16).
    But not automatic.
        "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 7:21).

It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven.
    Because of who He is:  God is loving and just.  His judgment is against sin.
        "For he shall have judgment without mercy" (Jas. 2:13).
    Because of who we are:  Every person is a sinner.
        "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23).
But how can a sinful person enter heaven, when God allows no sin?

T is for TURN
Turn means repent.
     Turn from something -- sin and self.
        "But, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3).
    Turn to Someone; trust Christ only.
        "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Rom. 10:9).

H is for HEAVEN
Heaven is eternal life.
    Here . . .
        "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10b).
    Hereafter . . .
        "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:3).
    How . . .
        How can a person have God's forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord?  By trusting in Christ and asking Him for forgiveness.  Take the step of faith described by another meaning of FAITH; Forsaking All I Trust Him.

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