What Does The Bible Say On Entering Heaven?
The following acrostic is taken in part from an article in the Apologetics Study Bible.
Think about how the Bible answers this question -
It is by FAITH in God the Son, Jesus Christ. " . . ..whoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 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" (John 3:15-18).
F is for FORGIVENESS - We cannot have eternal life and heaven without God’s
forgiveness. "In Him (Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins . . ." (Ephesians 1:7).
A Is for AVAILABLE - Forgiveness is available. It is – Available for all. "‟For God so loved
the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). But not automatic. "Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord,‟shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven" (Matthew 7:21).
I is for IMPOSSIBLE - It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven. Because of who He
is: God is loving and just. His judgment is against sin. "For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy" (James 2:13).
T is for TURN - Turn means repent. Turn from something: ". . . .but unless you repent
you will all likewise perish"( Luke 13:3). "The Lord is . . . not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). Turn to Someone: Trust Christ only. "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved . . ." ( John 10:9). "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
H is for HEAVEN - Heaven is eternal life. Here and now: ". . . I have come that they may
have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."( John 10:10). Hereafter : "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:3). How can a person have -God’s forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord? By trusting and turning to Christ and asking Him for forgiveness.
Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and have displeased You in many ways. I believe you died for my sin and that it is only through faith in Your death, and resurrection that I can be forgiven. I want to turn from my sin and ask You to come into my life as my Savior and Lord. From this day on, I will follow You by living a life that pleases You. Thank You Lord Jesus for saving me. Amen.
After you have asked Jesus Christ into your life, tell a Christian friend about this decision you have made. Follow Christ in Christian baptism and church membership. Our book, "Bird’s Eye View of the Bible," can help you begin your Christian walk. In Church, you’ll find others who will love and support you.