I have written this today because I do not want to take for granted that all my readers know that Heaven is a gift you can’t earn. I still talk with many who are trying to earn their way there. Although God wants you to live Christ-like, Heaven is a gift of His grace. Hopefully if you read this and look through these verses in your own Bible, you’ll come to know that you are going there when you die!
The Road to God’s Forgiveness and Salvation and the Gift of Heaven
IF you should die and stand before God and He asked you why He should let you into Heaven, what would you say?
If your answer is, “I am sure I would go to Heaven because I have tried to be a good person,” it’s the wrong answer so please read on.
Salvation or the gift of eternal life cannot be earned. To have earned it, you would have had to live your life without ever sinning—something that no man except Jesus Christ the Son of God has ever done. This gift of the forgiveness of our sins, and the gift of eternal life called salvation is just that—a gift. It can’t be earned. Like any gift, it’s free and only has to be received.
The following verses help you see these glorious and eternal promises and truths
We can know – not hope – that we have eternal life!
I John 5:13 “That these things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
No one has been able to live a sinless life
Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
Sin has touched every human being’s life.
Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
We deserve punishment for our sins but Jesus offers us the free gift of eternal life.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
God isn’t waiting for us to get cleaned up first. He’ll help us with that. He accepts us while we are still sinners, so there is no sense in putting it off!
Romans 5:8 “But God commendedth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Faith in Jesus Christ, and the receiving of the gift of salvation, is initiated by asking God to forgive us for all of our sins, feeling sincere repentance, and by believing in our hearts and publicly acknowledging that we believe Jesus died to save us and cleanse us from all our sins. And then asking Him to be our Lord and Savior.
Romans 10:9-13 “That 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 shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If we say we haven’t sinned, we have lied to ourselves. When we admit that we have, God is faithful to continually cleanse us.
1 John 1:8-10 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”
Rev 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
If you would like to ask Jesus into your heart now, simply pray this prayer to God and mean if from your heart. A miracle will happen as you pray. You will be forgiven and brought into the family of God and you can know that Heaven will be your future home!
Pray this Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I do believe that Jesus is your Son. That He came to earth to die for my sins. That He rose again from the dead. Please forgive me of all my sins. Please wash them all away. Please come and live in my heart. Please teach me your ways. Please help me to learn and understand your Word. Please give me Christian friends that love you and can help me grow in your Word. Please help me find a church that will teach me the Bible, and help me grow in knowing you. I thank you now in Jesus name, Amen.
Now go tell someone that you know is a Christian, that you prayed this prayer and ask God to show you a good Bible teaching church to go to! He knows how to lead you!
I pray you’ll continue to read Fresh Manna and learn of God’s love toward you!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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