How to Get into Heaven God's Way
By David J. Stewart | May 2004 | Updated January 2017
Most people in the world DON'T know whether or not they are going to Heaven. Many of them, when asked if they would go to Heaven, say that they “think” they would, because they are a good person; or else they don't think so, because of the many sins in their life. But did you know my friend, that going to Heaven has absolutely nothing to do with how good you are? That is absolutely correct! Going to Heaven is all about how good God is, and what He has done for you and me, to pay for our sins, by giving His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die on THE CROSS.
The clarity of the Gospel is what makes it easy to BELIEVE and be saved. There is no greater joy in life, than to KNOW that your name is written in Heaven, and that you are a child of God, whose sins are all forgiven, and you have eternal life, right now. It is very simple to be saved and takes only a minute to explain. Please let me show you exactly, from God's Word in the Holy Bible, how to have eternal life, get your sins forgiven and KNOW that you will go to Heaven someday.
First, there are a few TRUTHS that you need to believe...
Man is a guilty sinner in God's sight.
Isaiah 53:6, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."
John 3:3, "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
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."
There is a price on our sin―everlasting punishment in Hell.
Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Romans 5:12, "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."
2nd Thessalonians 1:8, "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Revelation 20:15, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Revelation 21:8, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Jesus Christ paid the price for all our sins, by dying on the cross & shedding His blood.
Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
John 3:16, "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.
1st Timothy 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."
1st Peter 1:18-19, "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ..."
By faith in “THE GOSPEL” of Jesus Christ ALONE we can be saved.
What exactly is “the Gospel”? I'm glad you asked, my friend! ...
The Simple Gospel According to the Bible
Religion wants to fit us with glasses, but the Lord wants to open our eyes! Thank God for the truth of His precious Word, which is a lamp unto our feet. Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” America's churches influence the world, so if Satan can corrupt our churches here at home, then he can corrupt the world. The United States sends out more missionaries than any other nation. Sadly, there is MUCH heresy and false teaching circulating on the radio, television and in our churches nowadays concerning what a person must do to be saved.
What exactly is the Gospel? The word “Gospel” means “Good News” or “Glad Tidings.” There is no need to guess what the “Gospel” is because the Bible plainly tells us. The “Gospel” is the Good News of Christ's DEATH on the cross for our sins, His BURIAL and bodily RESURRECTION three days later:
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
We are saved by BELIEVING “the Gospel,” which is the power of God unto salvation. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” It is that simple to be saved. If you admit that you are a needy sinner in God's sight, and you receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that He was buried and bodily resurrected three days later, YOU ARE IMMEDIATELY, SECURELY AND FOREVER SAVED!!!
“The Gospel” is that Jesus DIED on the cross for our sins, and He was BURIED, and He physically RESURRECTED from the dead three days later according to the Scriptures! If you BELIEVE these truths, trusting Jesus Christ as your ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN, then you are saved!!! God can read your mind. The very moment that God sees that you've BELIEVED the facts of the Gospel, He saves you.
Jesus doesn't forgive sins. That is correct! Jesus has already paid for everyone's sins with His precious blood on the cross. Forgiveness of sins and eternal life are free gifts from God, paid for with Jesus' blood. So the very second that you BELIEVE, God works the supernatural miracle of salvation and you are born-again by the Holy Spirit of God. John 1:12-13, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Most churchgoers who think they are saved, have no idea why they are saved. If asked why, they'll likely say that they are “trusting Jesus,” but that is not the Gospel. It's not enough to simple believe in Jesus, you must accept the facts that Christ DIED on the cross for your sins. The cross must be included. Christ's death on the cross for your sins must be believed. Christ's BURIAL officiated His death, proving that is wasn't an elaborate staged hoax, as some wicked people claim. Jesus was 100% physically dead! His body was placed into a tomb. For 72 hours His body was lifeless in the grave. Then, miraculously, after 72 hours (three days) Christ RESURRECTED from the dead, triumphant over death. According to 1st Corinthians 15:6, Jesus was seen in His resurrected body by over 500 brethren (believers) at one time. CHRIST IS RISEN!!! If you BELIEVE (TRUST) these truths of the Gospel, YOU ARE SAVED!!! It is free, easy and simple to be saved, have your sins forgiven, and go to Heaven!!! Praise God for His grace, mercy and goodness!!!
Salvation is NOT found in a religion or good works, but in a Person... The LORD JESUS CHRIST!
John 11:25, "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."
John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 6:40, "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."
Mark 1:15, "And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."
Acts 26:18, "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."
Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
1st Corinthians 3:11, "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
Galatians 3:26, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
HERE IS HOW YOU CALL UPON THE LORD
You don't need to pray to be saved. Don't ever tell anybody that you got saved because you prayed. You didn't get saved if that is your answer. I got saved because I BELIEVED the Good News (i.e., the Gospel) that Jesus is the Christ Who DIED on the cross for my sins, He was BURIED, and three days later He bodily RESURRECTED from the dead.
Do you admit that you are a GUILTY sinner, under the condemnation of God's LAW, deserving of Hellfire?
Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God (God in the flesh) who died upon the cross, sacrificing His precious blood to pay for your sins?
If you'd like to be saved, simply come in your heart as a guilty sinner and BELIEVE upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
Perhaps you'd feel comfortable praying a sinner's prayer as did the publican in Luke 18:13... "And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto Heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner."
I admit that I am a sinner, deserving of Hell. Please forgive me of my sins and take me to Heaven when I die. I now believe upon You alone, apart from all self-righteous works and religion, as my personal Savior. Thank you. Amen.
Just as you were born physically to your parents, so you were born spiritually into the Family of God when you received Jesus! Please understand that we are not saved because we pray a prayer; but because we believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ. It is certainly appropriate to ask the Lord in prayer to forgive and save us; but it is our faith which prompts us to pray. You could just as easily believe in your heart upon the Lord to be saved, and not pray at all. Salvation is of the heart, as we read in Romans 10:10, "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness..."
It's not what you're doing that gets you to Heaven, it's where you're looking. Look to Jesus!
You do NOT have to be water baptized or doing anything to get to Heaven other than trust upon the Lord as your Savior. Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him (Jesus) that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” What a wonderful truth! Our faith is COUNTED for righteousness! There is NO self-righteousness involved in salvation. It is the gift of God. You see, we have no righteousness of our own to offer God. No amount of good can undo the bad we've done. Thus, Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay. Salvation is receiving; not giving. We are Sinners and Jesus is the Savior. Jesus is precious!
Unbelief is the only sin which can keep you out of Heaven.
Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!
God's simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.
You say, "Surely, it cannot be that simple!" Yes, that simple. It is scriptural; it is God's plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.
If you've never been saved, then now is the time to believe upon the name of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, that your sins will be blotted out forever and you can know that your name is written in Heaven. We are SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR. Salvation is receiving, not giving. Eternal life is a free gift! Simply believe THE GOSPEL.
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If you'd like to learn all about salvation, then please read the book Salvation is More than Being Saved.
Dr. John R. Rice speaks on worldly Christians — Are they not saved?
Dr. Curtis Hutson speaks on Biblical repentance — Must a person stop sinning to be saved?
Also, you may want to read Ye Must Be Born Again and God's Simple Plan.
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