Think again. The answer is simple: NO! Why? First, Heaven is where God is and you have to be pure, perfect, and HOLY to be in His presence. Unfortunately, we have a sinful nature — we were born that way because of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden. We, by ourselves, can NEVER be pure enough, holy enough, or good enough. We can NEVER be perfect! As a result, God gave us a FREE fix for this problem! Let’s dig in…
Our Sinful Nature Keeps Us from Entering Heaven
Interestingly, God gave us rules to follow. First, it was the 10 Commandments, then there were the Books of the Law: Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Altogether, there are 613 laws! Sadly, the Israelites repeatedly proved their sinful nature was more powerful than their obedience to God. Consequently, that sinful nature was and is passed down from generation to generation. There’s NO WAY that we humans cannot break ANY of God’s laws!
As a result, Paul, in the Book of Romans needs to tell us the TRUTH about how sinful we are…
14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?Romans 7:14-24 NLT
Clearly, we have a problem! Check out this video from Spoken Gospel...
- …am good enough
- …don’t mess up too much
- …go to the right church
- …prove to God my worth
- …pray before I eat
- …read scripture before I sleep
- …do enough good works
- …share the gospel with those who search
- …always give it my best try
- …do the most I can before I die… if…if…if…I?
That’s the problem. YOU CAN’T!
Thankfully, after Romans chapter 7, comes chapter 8!
Romans 8: Our Assurance of Heaven!
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children, Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
The Future Glory
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8 NLT
Because of Jesus Christ…
- Adopted into the family of God
- Heirs with an incomparable, marvelous inheritance
- Assured that we have an eternal home in Heaven!
Jesus, Our Savior was…
- Sinless — perfect — which we are not!
- Obedient — where we could never be!
- Sacrificial — which we don’t have to be!
He is OUR REDEEMER!
There was a HUGE adoption fee,
a ransom to pay and
Jesus, our Savior, paid it —
Therefore, because of His Gracious Sacrifice, we…
- …can stand in God’s Presence!
- …can live in His Kingdom of Heaven for all eternity!
- …will NOT have to go through the Great Tribulation!
- …will be Raptured at some point — very soon!
- …get a new, glorified body!
As Paul wrote…
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?Romans 8:31 NLT
Through Jesus, we have complete assurance that we are SAFE IN CHRIST!
The BEST part of all is that we don’t have to do ANYTHING! We don’t have to…
- make sure we have all the 7 Sacraments covered
- go to Mass every Sunday and look at the magical Eucharist
- light candle after candle
- bow down and pray to an icon
- say prayer after prayer on a rosary
- make sure a priest says the right words when baptizing a baby
- pray or pay someone or ourselves out of Purgatory which doesn’t even exist!
- confess to a priest once a month, or once a week — they can’t even get a consensus on how often you have to go to confession!
That was one of the interesting things I discovered when I interviewed my former Catholic friend, Paula. Check out this video…
Are You Tired of Religion?
Are you tired of working and working, and doing and doing? Do all the rules, rites, and rituals leave you empty? Well, there is Good News — make that GREAT NEWS!
Jesus told us…
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”Matthew 11:28-29 NLT
If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, feel His Shalom, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
- Believe — have Faith — that Jesus is the Christ and He died taking your sins away forever and that He rose from the dead 3 days later.
- Repent of your sins — stop sinning! Do a complete 180-degree turn in your life and surrender your life to Him. When you ask Jesus to forgive you He will. ALL your sins will be wiped clean — past, present, and future! And All means ALL!
- Be Baptized by water baptism — show the world and yourself that you have died to your old life and are born again in Christ.
- Receive the gift of Holy Spirit in your heart.