Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Roadmap to Heaven

This will be my last post on the book, Heaven. Briefly, here's what the Bible says on how to get there:

1. God loves you and wants you to go heaven!
  • The longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 
  • In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation (payment) for our sins. 1 John 4:10
2. Jesus is the way to heaven.
  • Don't be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. My Father's house has room to spare. If that weren't the case, would I have told you that I'm going to prepare a place for you? When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too. You know the way to the place I'm going. Thomas asked, "Lord, we don't know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:1-6
  • God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11b-12
3. You make the call.
  • You decide--do you believe that Jesus died for you? If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
4. We can know for sure.
  • God wants us to have assurance that we will be with Him when we die. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:9
5. What about the people we love?
  • Many of us know friends and family who seem to be far from God. I'd say, tell them what the Bible says, and then pray. Show them God's love and forgiveness, and keep praying. The Lord saves people, we don't. And remember that there's a party in heaven over each sinner who repents! (Luke 15:7)
Again, if you'd like to be a part of a continuing discussion, contact me. Or if you just have questions about heaven, e-mail me, and if I don't know the answer to your question, I'll try to find it.



Gretchen said...

Def'ly want to discuss. Just finished chapter 2. Catching up. :)

Jean said...

Great--we will wait while you catch up! I forgot to specifically say that the info above was the basic subject of chapter 4...but the book says it much more eloquently...I'm just the facts. ;-)

Susan said...

Hi, I am so sorry I missed out on the discussions about the book. I try not to purchase books unless I really have to, for financial reasons, so I depend on the library for the most part. I reserved the book back when you all started, but there was a rather long waiting list (a good thing!), so by the time I got it, many weeks had passed. Oh well. I hope it was a comfort and a blessing to all of you. In the meantime, like you, I continue to eagerly await the day to be reunited with our Lord and those who have gone on before. xoxo