The Way to Heaven

Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but not everybody knows the way. The world, through Hollywood and the media, etc, has conditioned us to believe that every body goes to Heaven when they die. That is simply not the case according to God’s Word.

Most people consider themselves to be a pretty good person. The problem is we tend to compare ourselves to the wrong standard. We compae ourselves with the people around us. We can always find someone who is a “worse sinner” than us.

In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” So you see the standard is God himself. When we compare ourselves with God, we all fall short of his standard Romans 3:23 says, For all have sinned and come short of the Glory (or standard) of God.

The Origin of Sin

In Genesis chapter 2 God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It was a beautiful park-like garden with a river flowing through it that separated into four streams.Every evening God would come down and walk and talk with Adam. God told them to dress and keep the garden. God only gave them one negative command. He told them they could eat of any tree they wanted to except for one of the trees in the center of the garden. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He told them don’t eat of this tree lest you die. Man was created to live eternally and to have fellowship with God.

In Genesis chapter 3, Satan came to the woman (Eve) in the form of a serpent and tempted her to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan lied to her and told her that they would not die if they ate of this tree, but that they would be wise like God and know good and evil. Eve looked at the tree and saw that looked good to eat and she liked the idea of being wise like God so she took of the fruit and ate. She gave some to Adam and he ate it as well. Immediately after they ate the forbidden fruit they were filled with the guilt of sin.

They hid themselves and that evening when God came down to walk with him, he called out, “Adam, where are you?” Adam answered, ” I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid , because I was naked; and I hid myself .” Then God replied, “Who told you that you are naked? Have you eaten of the tree, that I commanded you not to eat of?” Adam tried to pass the blame to his wife and said, “That woman you gave me, she gave me and I ate thereof.”

Of course, Eve tried to pass the blame on to the serpent, “The serpent tricked me and I ate of it,” she said. Sin had entered into the world. And sin brought with it consequences. See what the Bible says happened next.

Gen. 3:24 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go , and dust shalt thou eatall the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 Unto the woman he said , I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said , Because thou hast hearkened (listened) unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee , saying , Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken : for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return . 

Not only would Adam and Eve have to die, but Adam would have to deal with thorns and thistles as he tilled the ground, Eve would have pain in childbirth, etc. But most importantly their fellowship with God was broken. God would no longer come down to walk and talk with them.

From that point on, everybody was born with an inherited sin nature. Did you ever notice how we have to teach children to be good, but they don’t have to be taught to lie, steal, or cheat. It just comes natural.

Our Sin

Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Have you ever met a perfect person? I haven’t either.

But exactly what is sin? 1 John 3:4 says, Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. We see in this verse that sin is simply breaking God’s laws. For example:

 The Ten Commandments 

  1. THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME
  2. THOU SHALT NOT MAKE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE
  3. THOU SHALT NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN
  4. REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY
  5. HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER
  6. THOU SHALT NOT KILL
  7. THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY
  8. THOU SHALT NOT STEAL
  9. THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS (LIE)
  10. THOU SHALT NOT COVET
Have you ever told a lie? Most people have. Have you ever taken anything that didn’t belong to you? Most people have. When we tell a lie, we are called a liar, when steal we are a thief. You see we have all sinned against God. We only looked at 2 of the Ten Commandments. The New Testament teaches that if we break just one of the commandments, we are guilty of them all (James 2:10).  As it is written , There is none righteous, no, not one: Romans 3:10. 

The Penalty of Sin

For the wages of sin is death…Romans 6:23a Just as you earn wages at a job you earn death because of sin.

But even people who go to Heaven die physically, so we know that this must be talking about more than just physical death, which is separation of the soul and the body. Revelation 20:14-15 says, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”  The second death is separation from God forever in the lake of fire. Because of our sin, we all earn and deserve this judgement.

You might be thinking, “But this seems so harsh. Is it really necessary?” Shall not the judge of all the earth do right? Genesis 18:25 If God simply overlooked your sin, that would not be justice, would it? Justice demands that sin be judged.

Now let’s personalize this. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable , and murderers, and whoremongers, andsorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8 

I’ll get to the good news in just a moment, but first let me ask you, If you died right now, where would you spend Eternity? Do you think there is even a small chance that you are on your way to Hell? If so, does that concern you? It should.

The Payment for Sin

  1. God’s Holiness will not tolerate sin.
  2. God’s justice must judge sin.
  3. But God’s Love provided a way to satisfy His own holiness and justice.
But God commendeth (demonstrated) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Do you know who Jesus Christ is?
Behold , a virgin shall be with child , and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is , God with us. Matthew 1:23 Jesus Christ was literally “God in the flesh”.

Jesus paid the judgement we deserve.

…and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6b
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree… 1 Peter 2:24a
…when he had by himself purged our sins… Hebrews 1:3

You and I deserved the punishment he bore for us. He never committed a single sin, yet he took the punishment for the sins of the whole world.
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

Christ’s Payment is in full.

…he said , It is finished : and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30
His last words before he died on the cross were “It is Finished” In the original Greek this an accounting term. It could be said this way. You and I have a debt to pay (our sin debt), but we have nothing with which to pay off this debt. Jesus paid this debt for us and when he said “It is finished” it is like he takes his rubber stamp with red ink and stamps the invoice “PAID IN FULL”. 
Since Jesus Christ paid your sin debt in full there is nothing left for you to pay. There is nothing that we can do to help pay for our sin debt.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done , but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Titus 3:5. 
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast . Ephesians 2:8-9
…and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7  We have all sinned but His blood cleanses us from all sin. It does not matter what sin we may have committed He is will forgive us and cleanse us if we confess our sins. (If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9) This is great news! We do not need to be under the constant burden of sin. We can confess our sins to Him and He will forgive us.

Call Upon The Lord

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved . Romans 10:13 What does it mean to call upon the Lord? Let’s summarize what we just talked about.

  • We are all sinners
  • God’s Holiness will not tolerate sin
  • God’s justice must judge sin
  • But God’s love provided a way to satisfy his own Holiness and Justice

When we “call upon the Lord to save our soul” we go to him in prayer and acknowledge the things we just looked at. There are no magic words. The  real issue is not the exact words you pray but that you put all your dependence (or trust) in Him to save your soul.

Would you like to ask Jesus to save you right now? I urge you, PLEASE DON’T PUT IT OFF! You may not have another chance.

If you just asked Jesus to save you, would you please send me an email to let me know about it. I would like to rejoice with you and help you grow in your new life in Christ. fairs4christ@gmail.com

 

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