When our girls were toddlers, one of our favorite movies was “All Dogs Go to Heaven”. In our society and around the world, heaven can be thought to be the place where all go when they die. When we had this, our joke between me and my husband became “Well, all dogs go to heaven”. However, if you believe the Bible as the inspired Word of God, and believe it to be true and what you base your belief system on, this is a myth.
Jesus spoke frequently of Heaven and Hell. Therefore, if He spoke of both places, we must believe in both places. He also spoke of how a person can go to heaven. I love that Jesus spelled it out for us. No mystery. If you take a look at other major religions, their precepts also do not present a heaven that all go to heaven without some steps to get there. Praise God, Christianity is not work based in order to go to heaven while other major religions are.
What does the Bible say about going to heaven? Does He say anything about all will go not go to heaven? What must a person do to get to heaven according to Jesus and Christianity?
Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, ‘Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
So, what is the will of the Father( God)?
Let’s start with some premise verses.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-9
We are saved by grace, not by works. If we had to do something, why did Jesus die on the cross for us taking on himself the sin of the world, dying and raising from the dead?
2 Corinthians 5:21 states “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Acts 16:30-31 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? They said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household’.”
The “they” here is Paul and Silas, firm followers and believers in Jesus.
Acts 4:12 states “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Jesus said in John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”
Simply put, believe in Jesus and what He did on the cross to be saved.
Many times in ministry, we want to help people who do not realize or want help. The same goes for becoming a Christian. Reading the book of John helps anyone know about the life of Christ and how to become a Christian. We need to realize a need for salvation and peace. Some refuse to acknowledge that they need a Savior. This is a sad spot to be in because total peace is available for the asking. God can do a great work in someone’s life helping a person realize a need for salvation. As Christians we need to pray continuously for those who are not believers, praying that the Holy Spirit will do things only He can do and that we will be obedient to our part if any of this.
Like many VBS songs and information so clearly puts it, we must do the following:
A-acknowledge a need for a Savior
C-confess our sins by praying and asking God to save us through faith in Jesus.
That’s it. Beyond that, finding a good church in order to learn more about Jesus, learn how to read and study the Bible and fellowship with believers as we go through this journey is essential. God did not create us to be an island: we need friends that believe as we do in order to overcome life’s issues. As a believer in Jesus, we have now overcome death and will live forever with Jesus, but this side of heaven, life can be difficult. We need each other and the Word of God to show us how to overcome, but overcoming in this world is possible by faith in Jesus. Only He can give us peace in this world of troubles.
Becoming a Christian was the best choice that I have ever made. God called me to HIm, and I said yes. I encourage you, no, implore you, to do the same. If you do not know Jesus, don’t waste any more time and forfeit peace for this world. Believe on HIm today.
Written for Faith-Filled Family Magazine, June Edition 2021