Some puzzles I have tried to do when I was younger seemed impossible, yet when someone showed me how to do them, they became very easy. The other day someone asked me about getting into Heaven. Their understanding of it was that it was a very difficult thing to do.
“It is not difficult”, I told them.
“It is impossible!”
It is very clear from the Bible that there is an “after” life. We do not simply die and that is it. There is a Heaven and a Hell whether we would like to believe it or not. The Bible also tells us that man is destined to die and then face judgment. Hebrews 9:27. If we were continuing to be dead or annihilated, then judgment would not exist. But it makes sense that there is judgment with all the evil that is in this world. Even with our judicial system with it’s flaws, it makes sense that people need to pay for their crimes.
The Bible is straight forward in telling us that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23. God tells us that the wages, (the penalty) of our sin is death. Romans 6:23. Revelation 21:8 tells us that all “the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Jesus tells us of the reality of Hell and that it would be better for us to enter Heaven with one hand than Hell with two hands. Hell is a place of suffering, of separation from God, for eternity. You may say, “It is not for me, for I am a good person. Hell is not for me. God is forgiving, and loving. What I have done is not bad enough.”
You see, from the Bible nothing without blemish can be presented to God.
Deuteronomy 17:1 (NASB95)
1 “You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any defect, for that is a detestable thing to the LORD your God.
Psalms 24:3-4 (NASB95)
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.
We are told that all our righteous deeds (all our good deeds) are like filthy rags or garments, when compared to God.
Isaiah 64:6-7 (NASB95)
6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7 There is no one who calls on Your name, Who arouses himself to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us And have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.
Still not convinced that you are not in danger of Hell? Still think that you are good enough?
Well, why don’t you take this small test. It won’t take long, but will reveal a whole lot!
Have you ever told a lie?
Have you ever stolen anything?
Have you ever used God’s name for a worthless purpose, or used His name as a cuss word?
Have you ever lusted after anyone? You know, Go places in your mind sexually with someone. In the New Testament Jesus said that if anyone lusted after someone in their mind, that was the same as committing adultery.
We can go on if you would like, but I already have failed the test. And if you are honest with yourself, you have failed miserably as well. Even if you only failed once, the Bible says that you are guilty of all. (James 2:10) You see God is so Holy, so perfect, that nothing can stand in His presence that is sinful, rebellious. And that is what each one of us is. Rebellious toward God. We have willingly broken His law and deserve the penalty.
You can tell the seriousness of a law by the penalty. DEATH! Eternity in Hell! Romans 6:23
So, when you and I die, and 10 out of 10 is the average right now, will you be innocent or guilty as we stand before our Judge?
The answer has got to be guilty! The law has been broken!
So, now, where are you going to go when you die? Heaven or Hell?
Remember the verses above? Listen to these from the Book of Galatians in the Bible:
Galatians 5:19-21 (NASB95)
19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
If you don’t inherit the Kingdom of God, your only other option is the kingdom of Satan, which will be located in Hell.
John 3:18-19 (NASB95)
18 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
Condemned already! We are on our way to Hell. Saying you do not believe in Hell does not change the truth. So what are you going to do about it? Does it concern you? It should! It does me!
Maybe you are like the disciples talking with Jesus, “so now what?” “Who can be saved?”
Matthew 19:25-26 (NASB95)
25 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?”
26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
What did God do so that you might be able to enjoy the impossible?
John 3:16 is a famous verse that is full of truth, good news!
John 3:16 (NASB95)
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Why did Jesus have to die? All this talk you may have heard through the years about Jesus may have never made sense before. Maybe you have never even heard.
The Bible tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son. Even though we were all rebellious sinners, Christ died for us,
Romans 5:8-9 (NASB95)
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
The Just (without sin), for the unjust(totally with sin).
1 Peter 3:18 (NASB95)
18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
You see this is a legal matter. Just as in this world we pay a penalty for our crime/sin, before God the penalty must be paid as well. It is even of more importance before God, our Holy Judge.
God’s desire is for you to know Him and enjoy Him for all eternity, as you live for His glory.
Jesus, the Son of God, was God Himself who came in the form of a man, and lived a life without sin in the midst of all the temptations, and then willingly gave up His life to pay the penalty of death for our sins on the cross nearly 2000 years ago. He did not deserve to die. But He was the only sacrifice, the only payment that was acceptable to God the Father. The wrath of God, the punishment for crime/sin had to be paid! There had to be one that was perfect that could pay the price. There is only one cure for sin and death. And that is Jesus Christ and His death in our place!
So now what do you do?
Well, what do you do if someone is throwing a life saver ring into the water where you are about to drown? Or if a plane is going down and they offer you a parachute?
You simply are aware of your condition, recognize the offer, and receive it and rest in it.
The same goes with Jesus!
First you recognize that you are a sinner that is lost and going to Hell.
Then you agree that Jesus is the only one that can save you from Hell, the only one that can and did pay your penalty, and that you agree that you must turn from your way sin (repent) and turn to Jesus.
This is the simple part. You just receive Jesus, accepting His sacrifice, His payment, His death, and His life, resting completely on His finished payment for your sin.
So you see, it is impossible to get into Heaven on your own. Yet with God He made the impossible, possible.
Romans 10:9-13 (NASB95)
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;
10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;
13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
Will you receive Him today? Will you call on His Name today?
Don’t know what to say? I do not want to put words in your mouth. Here is a hint: What would you say if someone just offered you freedom from prison, by taking your place?
Please contact me if you have questions or have trusted Him today. I would love to give you some other resources to help you grow. Start reading your Bible. The Gospel of John in the New Testament is always a good place to start whether you are a new believer or still do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
We were created to glorify God. Once you are a believer in Christ, you now can enjoy God in you, and are able to fulfill why you were created and enjoy Heaven and God for all eternity!
There is so much more to learn about Jesus being your life, now living in and through you! We must talk of this more!
Romans 5:10-11 (NASB95)
10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.