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Are you Good Enough to go to Heaven?

Are you Good Enough?

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Statistics show that 100% of all people will die. That includes you and me. We will all die, and after that, we face eternity. God tells us through his Word that some will face an eternity in paradise with Him, and others will face an eternity of torment without Him. Heaven or Hell. Where is your eternal destination?

Do you think you are good enough to go to heaven? How do you measure goodness? If you look at yourself in the mirror, you may see the good in yourself. You don’t kill people, you don’t beat your spouse, you volunteer, you donate blood, you try to treat everyone nice…the list goes on of good deeds most of us do on a regular basis. But, how does this match up to God’s standard of goodness?

In Romans 3:11-12, we read that there are none who seek for God, and there are none who do good. We read this also in the Old Testament in Psalm 53:3. God’s standard of goodness is found in the Ten Commandments (the Law). In Romans 3:20, we find that the Law makes us conscious of our sin. The Law shows us that we have sinned. Let’s demonstrate this with a few questions:

Have you ever told a lie? A person who tells a lie is a liar.
Have you ever stolen anything? A person who steals is a thief.
Have you ever lusted after a man or woman? Jesus tells us our lustful thoughts are adultery. (Matthew 5:28)
Have you ever used God’s name as curse word? Doing so makes you a blasphemer.
Have you ever hated someone? God tells us through His Word that the mere thought of hating another person is equal to murder (1 John 3:15).

The above are just five of the Ten Commandments. How did you do in answering them? If you are like every other person on earth, you can now identify yourself as a liar, thief, blasphemer, an adulterer at heart, and a murderer.

As stated earlier, you will die one day, and you will stand before God for judgement. Being a liar, thief, blasphemer, adulterer, and murder, how do you think God will judge you? Innocent or Guilty? You may say, “But I’ve done other good things!” While it may be true you have done good things, the crimes against God remains.

Consider the case of Jessica Lunsford (http://crime.about.com/od/current/a/lunsford.htm). Clicking the link on her name will lead you to the story of her brutal rape where she was afterwards buried alive. Her deceased body was found clutching a stuffed toy. The criminal was a sex offender by the name of John Couey. This was indeed a horrific crime.

Imagine this hypothetical scenario: John Couey goes to court and the judge convicts him of rape and murder. Before the judge hands down a sentence, John says, “But judge, since then I have changed my life around! I’ve committed my life to doing charity work and I donated all my money to a children’s hospital!” If the judge were to dismiss the case based on John’s good deeds, would he be a good judge? Absolutely not! Regardless of the good a criminal does, there was still a crime committed, and justice has to be served. (As a side note, John Couey died of natural causes while waiting on death row.)

Now, back to the scene in Heaven that we will all face one day. Knowing that you have broken the Law, and knowing that a good judge must execute justice for the crimes committed, what should your punishment be? If you have violated God’s commandments as we all have done, then we all deserve Hell. What on earth can you do to meet God’ standard of goodness?

There is nothing you can do. It’s already been done for you.

When God created the world, it was all perfect, but he allowed man to have free will. When Adam chose to sin, he created the problems for the rest of mankind. All of us, since we are descendants from Adam, have inherited the sin nature. Proof of this is in children. Have you ever had to teach your child to lie, or be selfish, or be disrespectful, or to steal? No, because these are part of the inherited sin nature. God, knowing that Adam would sin, created a way in the Old Testament for people to be forgiven their sins. They had to sacrifice unblemished animals. It would have been easier for someone to sacrifice a sickly animal because it would be no loss to them. Instead, God ordered the best and healthiest of animals to be sacrificed. Doing so would reflect the high price to be paid for sin. However, these sacrifices had to be repeated as they were only effective for a short term.

The animal sacrifices were a foreshadowing of Jesus’ sacrifice. Jesus never sinned although he was tempted the same way we are tempted. He was unblemished, just like the animals that were sacrificed. God saw that a permanent sacrifice was needed to redeem mankind for their sins. Two-thousand years ago, when Jesus offered himself on the cross “as a lamb being led to slaughter,” (Isaiah 53:7), he did so willingly. His human nature did not want to go through the physical and emotional torment of crucifixion, but His divine nature and the love Jesus has for us is what allowed Him to endure the agony of such a horrible death.

Consider this illustration: Imagine you invite your friend to your house. During the visit, he accidentally knocks over a lamp causing it to break. He apologizes. You say, “I forgive you, but give me $10 to pay for the lamp.” Is that true forgiveness? No, because forgiving someone cancels their debts and offenses. In true forgiveness, who is left to pay for the replacement of the lamp? It would be you. Who is your friend’s sin against? You. Who forgave him? You did. Who paid? You did.
The illustration is meant to show that when someone truly forgives, he cannot require a payment, otherwise, it is not true forgiveness. When we sin, whom do we sin against? We sin against God. Who forgives? God forgives. Who pays? God pays.

We have all sinned against God. We have lied, lusted, hated others, stolen, disobeyed our parents…these are things we have all done. It’s a natural part of the human experience; you don’t have to learn how to do these things, but regardless they are in violation of God’s laws. If God were to forgive us but then require us to do acts of service in order to pay back our debt, then that would not be true forgiveness. How much would we have to pay back for an offense to an infinitely holy God? There is no amount we could ever pay. Instead, God the Father, as prophesied, came in the form of Jesus Christ, God the Son, and 2,000 years ago, God paid the price for our sins by dying an excruciating death on a cross. We deserve death as punishment for violations against God, but instead God took the punishment upon himself for us. That act of selfless loved opened the door for us to receive full forgiveness.

What now?

Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:13 says it again, “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

And finally, Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

What separates Christianity from all other religions is this: God paid the price for our crimes against Him, but all other religions require you do to the work for your redemption. So, when you face God on judgement day, He will judge you based on the debt you owe. Did you pay back your debt with good works and kind gestures but not repent of your sins and put your faith in Christ? God will say, “Depart from me, I never knew you” (Matthew 7:23). Did you repent of your sins and place your trust in Jesus Christ for the debt He paid? If so, you will enter into heaven.

(Partially adapted from carm.org and gotquestions.org)


Jesus is the Only way to Heaven!

 

What can I do to be saved?

The Bible presents a clear path to eternal life. First, we must recognize that we have sinned against God: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We have all done things that are displeasing to God, which makes us deserving of punishment. Since all our sins are ultimately against an eternal God, only an eternal punishment is sufficient. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). However, Jesus Christ, the sinless (1 Peter 2:22), eternal Son of God became a man (John 1:1, 14) and died to pay our penalty. “God demonstrates His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Jesus Christ died on the cross (John 19:31-42), taking the punishment that we deserve (2 Corinthians 5:21). Three days later He rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), proving His victory over sin and death. “In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). By faith, we must change our mindset regarding Christ – who He is, what He did, and why – for salvation (Acts 3:19). If we place our faith in Him, trusting His death on the cross to pay for our sins, we will be forgiven and receive the promise of eternal life in heaven. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that anyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Faith alone in the finished work of Christ on the cross is the only true path to eternal life! “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is a sample prayer. Remember, saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. It is only trusting in Christ that can save you from sin. This prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your salvation. “God, I know that I have sinned against you and deserve punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!”   

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Are you Good Enough to go to Heaven?

Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven!

How is Noah’s Ark symbolic of Jesus?

There was one door on the side of the ark through which Noah, his family, and all of the animals could enter to be saved from the Flood.  In John 10:9, Jesus tells us, “I am the door; if anyone enters through me, he will be saved.”  Just like Noah and the others who entered the door of the ark, those who enter the “door to salvation” through faith in Jesus and repentance of their sins will be saved.  There is another interesting symbolism regarding the pitch that was used to cover the ark.

 

People were saved from the flood by entering the door to the ark. We are saved from eternal suffering by entering through the “door” of Jesus. (Source: Answers in Genesis)

 

What is significant about the pitch that Noah used to cover the ark?

“Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.” (Gen 6:14).  The pitch was a substance used to waterproof the ark.  The Hebrew word used for pitch, Kopher (Strong’s #3724), is from the root word used for “atonement” or “covering.”  The ark is symbolic of how people “enter the door” to be saved by Jesus (John 10:9).  Jesus atoned, or “covered” our sins on the cross, just like the pitch covered the ark and protected the people and animals inside from the waters of judgment.

 

Jesus covered our sins, just like the pitch covered the ark.

 

Do the names of the patriarchs in Genesis have a meaning?

In Old Testament times, people were given names that had a meaning.  You can read in the Old Testament how children were named according to events occurring during or before their birth, and even places were named according to events.  There was much importance and meanings in names.  Below is a list of the names of the patriarchs in Genesis 5:1-32, and to the left is the English meaning of their name.  

  •          Adam = Man
  •          Seth = Appointed
  •          Enosh = Mortal
  •          Kenana = Sorrow
  •          Mahalalel = The Blessed God
  •          Jared = Shall come down
  •          Enoch = Teaching
  •          Methuselah = His death shall bring
  •          Lamech = The despairing
  •          Noah = Rest

 

When you put the names into a sentence, you get the following: Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest. 

Could it be that Jesus, the Blessed God who would bring us rest, was foretold in Genesis some 4,000 years before his earthly ministry began?   For more information about this and other interesting Bible facts, visit www.khouse.org.