(Highlighting the ministry of Lighthouse Baptist Church and the preaching of Pastor Randy Ralstin)

Going to Heaven?

plan of salvationHOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

The most important decisions that we will ever make in our lifetime are the ones that deal with eternity. The Bible clearly teaches that mankind will spend eternity in Heaven or he will spend eternity in Hell. The good news is it’s our decision as to which place it will be.

You’re not here by accident. God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God. That one thing is sin. The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we entertain. We also sin when we fail to do right things. No matter how good we try to be, none of us does right things all the time.

(Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:)

People tend to divide themselves into groups – good people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that any sin separates us from God. No matter how we might classify ourselves, this includes you and me. We are all sinners.

(Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;)

Because we are sinners we must understand and believe the consequences of being a sinner.

(Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)

‘Wages’ refers to something we have earned – and we have earned death! This death is not referring to a physical death – we’re all going to physically die. The wages of our sin is a spiritual death – an eternal separation from God in a place called Hell. Hell is a place of torment (Luke 16:28), it is a fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.)

Before we can enter Heaven, we must have our sin removed – we must be made clean. Many people are confused about the way to God. Some think they will be punished or rewarded according to how good they are. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they try to come to God. Others find it hard to understand how Jesus could love them when other people don’t seem to. But I have great news for you! God DOES love you! More than you can ever imagine! And there’s nothing you can do to make Him stop! Yes, our sins demand punishment – the punishment of death and separation from God in a real place called hell. But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins.

(Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.)

For you to come to God, you first have to get rid of your sin problem. But, in our own strength, not one of us can do this! You can’t make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue us from our sins. He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer Him, but JUST BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU!
One of God’s attributes, as expressed within Scripture, is that He is an absolutely holy Being (Revelation 4:8; Isaiah 6:3). As such, He simply cannot ignore the fact of sin. (Habakkuk 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?). Yet, another of God’s attributes is that He is absolutely just. Righteousness and justice are the very foundation of His throne (Psalm 89:14). The irresistible truth arising from the fact that God is both holy and just is that sin must be punished! If God were a cold, vengeful Creator (as some infidels wrongly assert), He simply could have banished mankind from His divine presence forever, and that would have been the end of the matter. But the truth is, He is not that kind of God! Our Creator is loving (1 John 4:8), and rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:4). Thus, the problem became: How could a loving, merciful God pardon rebellious humanity?

Paul addressed this very matter in Romans 3. How could God be just, and yet a justifier of sinful man? The answer: He would have someone to stand in for us— someone to receive His retribution, and to bear our punishment. That someone would be Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He would become a substitutionary sacrifice, and personally would pay the price for human salvation. Just as the lamb without blemish that was used in Old Testament sacrifices could be the (temporary) propitiation for the Israelites’ sins, so the Lamb of God (John 1:29) could be the (permanent) propitiation for mankind’s sins. In the gift of Christ, Heaven’s mercy was extended; in the death of the Lamb of God, divine justice was satisfied;

(Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;)

It’s God’s mercy and God’s grace that allows you to come to Him – not your efforts to clean up your life or work your way to Heaven. You can’t earn it. It’s a free gift.

(Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.)

When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Saviour, we are ready to receive God’s offer of salvation.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner, deserving of Hell. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. I ask for You to forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust on You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.”

If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, please let us know. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually. If you have questions or concerns you would like help with, please contact us and let us know. We’re here to help you understand the love that Jesus is offering you for free, no matter who or where you are.

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