What gets us into heaven? God’s saving grace — period. Though the Lord calls upon us to do work for His heavenly kingdom here on earth, it is not our works that save our souls from eternal damnation. One obtains salvation by confessing with their mouth and believing in their heart that Jesus Christ — the one and only true and living God — died for their sins and rose again; asking the Lord to forgive them of their sins; and welcoming Him to dwell in their heart. Having a perfectly pure heart does not get one into heaven either. If for no other reason, it is impossible for a human to have a perfectly pure heart. Yes, God asks us to strive to live our lives as Christ did. At the same time, God is fully aware of the fallen state of man. The word of God tells us that despite our good efforts to live right, we all fall short of the glory of the Lord because the flesh is weak. This brings us to our key text coming out of I Corinthians 6:9 – 11 (KJV):
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
As the apostle Paul writes the church at Corinth, he informs them that salvation from eternal damnation is obtained only through God’s saving grace. He reminds them of the sinful nature of humanity and even goes so far as to tell them that such human faults are not permitted in the kingdom of heaven. The latter being true is what makes Jesus’ gracious gift of salvation so important. Christ dying for our sins is the grace that cleanses our souls of unrighteousness and makes forgiveness of our sins possible. This is also why it is important to ask the Lord to forgive us for the wrongs we have committed. We cannot pardon our own sins in order to get into heaven. Only the blood Jesus shed on our behalf can do that. This, my friends, is what we call saving grace. This, my friends, is how we get into heaven. Let us be sure to always thank the Lord for His unconditional love and mercy that He sheds on us each and every day.
Have a blessed day!
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