What The Bible Says About Getting Into Heaven …. Series – Heaven Real or Myth

Written Friday October 17th 2007

Posted Monday October 22nd 2007  

What The Bible Says About Getting Into Heaven ….  Series – Heaven Real or Myth 

          The Bible has quite a bit to say about how and who will enter heaven.  The people of the world have quite a bit to say on the topic as well; much of which is unfounded in the Word of God.  The Word of God is the determining factor of all things and most especially of this subject matter. 

“For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. [ Jesus speaking] – Matt. 5:20

          Jesus wanted it made clear that the idea of righteousness portrayed during His time here on earth was not a sufficient righteousness for entering heaven.  The comparison He gave, at the time, was the spiritual and religious leaders of the period.  To those listen to Him must have perplexed since in their view spiritual and religious leaders were most likely considered the most righteous of people.  Not good enough in Jesus view of the grand picture!  To counterfeit holiness is and was never enough.  

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— – 1 Cor. 15:5         

          God’s very own creation, the mortal body, is not good enough for heaven.  One cannot enter heaven clothed in this earthly temple.  We must first be changed into that righteous perfection which awaits us.  This form will be without blemish, wrinkle, spot, distortion, pain, or aging.  Whether we die prior to Jesus’ return and enter heaven or are taken to heaven by Him upon His return, we will enter that majestic place in an ideal state of being.  We will be forever changed.  

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.  – Rev. 22:14

          Our society in many ways has forgotten the importance of obedience, obedience to God and His commands.  The attitude today is that one charts their own course and sets their own path in life.  This is just the opposite of what God desires.  Where is that path leading them?  Is it headed for heaven?  Or is it headed for hell?  Our obedience affects both our life here today and our life in the next life.  

7“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’ [Jesus speaking] – Rev. 2:7

10“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” ’[Jesus speaking] – Rev. 2:10, 11

          It is my fervent hope for each of you that you are never faced with the choice between renouncing Christ and giving up your human life.  Some however, will, and have, faced such a moment.  Some have, and will, renounced Christ only to their eternal deteriment.  Still there will be others who have, and will, stand strong and overcome their fear, while possibly losing their life.  To those the crow of life awaits them in heaven.  For them the second death will hold no sting.   

5Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. [Jesus speaking] – John 3:5

18“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [Jesus speaking] – John 3:18

          In order to enter heaven there is the need for transformation.  One must be what some refer to as, “born again” to enter heaven upon their death or Jesus’ return to earth.  This comes through a trust and dependence upon Jesus, the Messiah, for salvation.    Barring getting into a lengthy explanation of the dispensations of grace, there is but one litmus test for heaven.  If you are alive today and reading this you must go through Jesus to get into heaven.   

“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” [Jesus speaking] – Luke 10:20

          Those who have acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah and chosen Jesus as their Lord and Savior have their names written in a book housed in heaven.  The names of those people, written in that book, will be granted entrance into heaven with the time comes.  Jesus does the writing in this book.  Is your name in the book?

 

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  1. You seem to have forgotten, or else omitted, the incident regarding Jesus and the man seeking Heaven described in Mark 10:17-25.

    17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

    18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

    19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

    20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

    21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

    22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

    23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

    24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

    25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

    It seems that here, when directly questioned what one must do in order to enter Heaven and gain eternal life, Jesus gave the man a simple answer, one that is not upheld by many Christians when telling people what it is they must do in order to reach Heaven.

    • Wonderful Scripture thank you. Would you like to elaborate on your point? I was not intentionally leaving anything out and if you read the entire series you should realize that truth. I would appreciate clarity on what you were trying to express.

      • I have a question please. Can a person who has broken every one of the commandments but who has also truly repented and is sorry for their sins and has accepted Jesus as their savior go to heaven?

      • In reference to L’s question – “I have a question please. Can a person who has broken every one of the commandments but who has also truly repented and is sorry for their sins and has accepted Jesus as their savior go to heaven?”

        Yes, they absolutely can. L you have laid out the requirement for that perfectly. They must be truly sorry, repent, and accept Jesus into their lives as their personal Savior.

        I actually replaced this blog a few years back with my new blog and I invite you to come visit the site. If you sign up to “follow” the blog, which you can do by clicking the “follow” button in the bottom right hand corner, the blog entries will be sent directly to your email address without your email address being made public.

        The blog is titled “God’s Truth in Love” and the URL is:
        http://www.GodsTruthInLove.org

        L if you would like to have a private discussion regarding the things of God and the Word of God I would be more than happy to do that with you. Just send me another comment, through this blog or the God’s Truth in Love blog and I will contact you via the email address you provide.

        Either way God bless you, and please continue to grow in the Lord Jesus, as it is a life long process.

  2. Well, I guess that my point of this was that while you posted numerous verses that say things involved with reaching heaven, there is very little specifics, while in the book of Mark, Jesus was directly questioned, and gave a direct answer. Numerous churches will tell you all kinds of things that you must do to reach heaven and gain eternal life, but the message from Jesus was follow the commandments, and do good works in this world. That is, at least, what my own Faith has helped me to understand. In a nutshell.

    But no, I have yet to read the entire series, and will do so. I came across this from a google search looking for a page explaining reaching heaven to a friend, and after reading decided to comment. I will, of course, take the time to read the series, my apologies.

    • Thank you for your clarity and I believe when you take time to read the entire series you will come way with a different impression. This is why it is so important to have context, when we read, hear, or say something. Without context almost anything could be distorted or misunderstood.

      You wrote and I quote, ” but the message from Jesus was follow the commandments, and do good works in this world.” end quote. Whereas, this is certainly of the teachings of Jesus – Jesus was not teaching that by doing this you will get into heaven. Jesus’ primary, note primary not only, point in the particular passage you cited, Mark 10:17-25, was that we must be willing to give up everything and anything for Jesus in order to pick up our cross and follow Him. Nothing must hinder us or get in the way of our commitment to Him.

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