No One Goes to Heaven Because They Were Good
Asking most folk if they are going to Heaven and they will answer yes. But Jesus said:
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew chapter 7
Notice 2 important words……….”MANY” “FEW”
We read obituaries and that person was such a good person they are now in Heaven. They loved their spouse, loved their children and never met a stranger. Jesus also said in Matthew chapter 7:
21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew chapter 7
Notice Jesus includes many good works. Yet Jesus said, “I never knew you, depart from me you who work iniquity.” The good works are ruined by the bad works. All the good things you have done are polluted by the bad things you have done.
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. Revelation 21:8
Notice the word “LIAR.”
How many people must a person murder for a person to be classified a murderer? One say and you are correct. How many lies does it take to be classified as a “LIAR?” Have you ever told a lie? In know I have and it makes me a “LIAR.”
Jesus is the gate, the door the way to enter :
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. John chapter 10
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John chapter 14
Not the church, not Mary, not baptism, not good intentions, not effort, not good works. Jesus is the ONLY WAY.
How a thief in the Bible got Saved from Hell:
There were 3 wooden crosses. Jesus in the middle, a thief on both sides. Now listen to what Scripture says………………
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
One thief rails against Jesus. The other thief rebukes the other thief and says we are getting what we deserve, but Jesus is not guilty. This thief then looks to Jesus as his only hope and says, “remember me when thou comest into thy Kingdom.”
That’s all it took. To admit you are a guilty sinner and deserve hell. By putting your trust in Jesus the Christ your sins are forgiven and when this life is over you will spend eternity with HIM in Heaven. More later as I recall…….