Are you “good enough” to make it to heaven? How does one get to heaven? Inspirational bible verses reveal our need for salvation and the amazing gift that God provides to meet this need. In 2 Timothy 3:15, God reveals that Scripture is“…able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”.
So, are you good enough to make it to heaven? Scripture reveals that there is “none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10) and “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Ray Comfort has an effective way of leading us through just some of the Ten Commandments to show how we have broken God’s law. Select your responses from the questions below:
1. Have you ever told a lie?
a. Yes – you have broken the 9thcommandment.
b. No – You just broke the 9thcommandment again! Go to 1a.
2. Have you ever looked at anyone with lust?
a. Yes – you have broken the 7thcommandment. Jesus said that if we look at another with lust, we have already committed adultery in our heart (Matthew 5:28).
b. No – you obviously selected (or should have selected) ‘a’ to question 1. Go to 2a.
3. Have you always honored your father and mother, always obedient and treating them with respect?
a. Yes – you have broken the 5thcommandment.
b. No – you obviously selected (or should have selected) ‘a’ to question 1. Go to 3a.
4. Have you ever taken the Lord’s name in vain,using His name to express disgust or as a curse word?
a. Yes – this is called blaspheming. You have broken the 3rd commandment.
b. No – finally a commandment you have kept, if you say so.
I am sure that we all have broken some of His commandments. Scripture says that if we have broken one, we have broken all (James 2:10). We not only sin by God’s standard, but even if we judge ourselves by our own standards, that is, by the way we judge others, we will find that we have at times been selfish, unloving, irritable….we certainly fall short.
Bible verses indicate that the penalty for sin is death(Romans 6:23a). If we are tempted to think that there are so many other people who have committed worse and God grades on a curve, we are warned to not be deceived as the unrighteous (liars, fornicators, adulterers, blasphemers, etc) will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9). All liars will be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). The unrighteous are hell bound.
We may be tempted to think, “Surely my God would not punish people in hell”. Oops…we are now breaking the second commandment as we are creating in our minds a god other than the God of the Bible. God has revealed Himself in Scripture and to conjure up our own image of Him, images that we are more comfortable with is to create an idol. We may also think that God will overlook our sins, but it is His goodness and justice that ensures that rapists, murderers, child-abusers, thieves, etc, receive justice. If He turned a blind eye to all these atrocities, He would be a corrupt judge.
Pretty grim news! But there is good news. God gave us the law to show us our need for Christ (Galatians 3:24). God has provided a gift through Christ Jesus. Jesus came to earth in the form of a man, lived a sinless life and paid the full penalty for all of our sins when He died on the cross. His resurrection was the confirmation that our sins were paid in full. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). 2 Corinthians 5:21 states “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”.
How do we get that gift? We need to see our need for forgiveness, agree with God’s that sin is sin, turn away from sin (repent),desiring to have nothing to do with sin and we turn to God. We turn to Him in faith, trusting that Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins and surrendering ourselves to Him. Salvation is a gift that we appropriate through faith in Christ, not something we earn (Ephesians 2:8-9).
This life of surrender involves spending time with Him regularly in prayer and in reading the Bible so that He will transform us from the inside out. As we walk with Him, we will learn to trust and obey Him. He is faithful, and promises to finish the work that He starts in us (Philippians1:6).
These are the inspirational bible verses on salvation. This is what God has had to say on the topic. If you are not sure if you will go to heaven WHEN (not if) you die, I urge you to repent today. Repentance is a gift from God. Call upon the Lord while He is near, and while He can be found (Isaiah 55:6). Tomorrow is promised to no man. Today is the day of salvation.