The Final Closed Door to Heaven!
When was the last time you tried to enter into a building and
the door was locked and while someone was inside they would notl et you in? You were probably frustrated, or angry or very sad because whatever was needed to enter you did not have!
Scripture records the worst of this type of situation. It
records where people who thought they were going to go to heaven
based on their good deeds or their church membership find out that
God’s design for entering heaven is vastly different then what they
were taught to believe.
Listen as scripture records this terrible moment and as
importantly make sure you are not the one not being allowed in! Many
see themselves as Christians but are not.
Mat 7:21,22 “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My
Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name
have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Based on their lives on earth this group expects to be allowed
to enter heaven. Each of us has a non-cancelable, non-postponeable
appointment with our Creator. “It is appointed to man once
to die,” the Bible says, “and after this the judgment.” And in that
instant, when God decides we have taken our last breath, our heart
has beaten for the last time, only one thing will matter. Not our religion,
not our title, not our net worth, or our fitness, or our references, not
even our Christian activity. God will evaluate your entry based on one question,
“What did you do with My Son, Jesus?”
Scripture records God’s answer to our request for admission based on our deeds!
Mat 7:23 ” And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.”
Eph 2:8,9 “for by grace have you been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory.”
So why is it that God does not recognize those having done what
appeared to be many good deeds on earth and wanting to use that as their
justification for spending eternity in heaven with God?
Scripture records the answer!
Gal 2:16,21 “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the
law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be
justified. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
My paraphrase of Galatians 2:21 is that if I can work my way to
heaven then Jesus death for my sins was in vain. It was not sufficient!!!!!
We can add nothing to Jesus’ sacrifice for sins!
What are you placing your faith in this morning for getting to
heaven? Your good deeds, your family heritage, your church affiliation???
And as importantly how about those around you. Your family, your friends.
What are they placing their faith in? Have they heard the real Gospel?
Listen as Jesus speaks to us;
John 14:6 “Jesus said unto them, I am the way, the truth and the life, no one can come unto the Father, but by Me”
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Have you been ‘born again’? If you are not sure, drop me a note and we can talk….
II Cor 6:2b “…now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation)”