How Do I Get to Heaven?
At the heart of the question “How Do I Get to Heaven?” is really another, “How can I have a right relationship with God?” There is not a more important question to be fielded. Hear what the Bible says, from the first book of Genesis to the last book of Revelation.
The word gospel literally means “good news.” It is the good news concerning how a imperfect, rebellious sinner, can be reconciled to God. The plan is explained in the Bible.
A) God’s Plan: Relationship – We were created to love God supremely by knowing, serving, pleasing and worshipping him forever (Jn. 17:3; Jer. 9:23-24; Rev. 22:1-22:9).
B) Man’s Problem: Sin – All of us are sinners that have been rebels against God ignoring God’s sovereignty and ownership over our life, rejecting God’s plan for our life, and breaking God’s laws that provide blessing and protection for our life (Rom. 3:9-10; 3:23;6:23).
C) God’s provision: Jesus Christ – His perfect blood is the only way for sinners to be forgiven of all their sin; and His perfect life/righteousness provides the only means for sinners to be reconciled to a personal relationship with God which they were created for (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Pet. 3:18; Eph. 1:7-12).
D) Man’s Participation: Believe (Repentance and Faith) – Every sinner must repent and by faith enter into a covenant (agreement) with God that commits full control of one’s life to follow Jesus as LORD (master, owner, boss). True belief involves real repentance that is sorrowful/broken over sin and is willing by the power of the Holy Spirit to turn from sin (stop living for self). True belief also has full faith/ commitment that covenants to become a slave of Jesus Christ by following and obeying Him as Lord (Mk. 1:14-17; Acts 17:30; 20:21; Rom. 10:9; Eph. 2:8-9).
E) God’s Promise: Life – A real Christian is born-again by God’s grace to live a new life now (in the present life) and an eternal life later in the eternal kingdom/ heaven (2 Cor. 5:17; Jn. 3:36; Lk. 18:29-30).
Note: The Salvation Prayer or Sinner’s Prayer is a “model prayer” which one can use to pray to God in order to ask God to forgive one’s sin and ask for salvation. Saying the prayer itself does not guarantee one’s salvation because salvation and repentance are a gift from God and based on God’s sovereign grace alone. You do not have to use this specific prayer. You can use your own prayer if you choose.
“God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner because I have broken your Law, and know the consequences of my sin will lead me to hell if I do not repent from my sin (Rom. 3:23; 6:23). I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.
“I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ is God, and know that it is only through His precious shed blood on the cross at Calvary that I can be saved because salvation is a free gift of God and not through any works that I have committed (John 1:1, Rom. 6:23, Eph. 2: 8-10, 1 Pet. 3:18). I am now willing to repent from my sin.
“You said in Your Holy Word, that if we confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved (Romans 10:9-10).
“Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and Lord according to Your Word that I may bring glory and honor to You alone and not to myself (1 Cor. 10:31).
If you own a Bible, we suggest reading the Gospel of John. John was a disciple of Jesus, who stated his purpose for writing this book:
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
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