Some people THINK that going to Heaven consists of:
• Keeping the Ten Commandments
• Doing Good Works
• Living a Good Life
• Church Membership
• Tithing or Giving to a Church
• Water Baptism
• Trying to be a Better Person
All of these make sense, but these actions, activities and good works are not requirements for eternal life. The Bible says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us" which we have done, but according to His He saved us" (Titus 3:5) There is nothing more wonderful in life than discovering God's plan for eternal life. Discover the truth for yourself, and you can KNOW for certain that you will spend eternity with God.
Principle #1 Is Realizing The FREENESS OF HEAVEN
The Bible says, "...The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: It is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9) There is not one thing you can do to earn a place in Heaven. It is FREE! According to the Bible, God offers you:
love, joy, peace and happiness BUT UNFORTUNATELY...
Principle #2 Is Acknowledging The PROBLEM OF SIN.
The Bible says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) We all fall short of God's perfect standard. "For the wages of sin is death..." (Romans 6:23) We deserve death and Hell. FORTUNATELY...
Principle #3 Is Recognizing The ANSWER FOR SIN
The Bible says, "Christ died for our sins...and that HE rose again the third day..."
(I Corinthians 15:3,4) "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) "For He (God) hath made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." (II Corinthians 5:21) "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." (Romans 4:5) Jesus Christ, the God-Man has removed the barrier of sin. His death paid the penalty for our sins and His resurrection made eternal life possible.
Principle #4 Is Your Response To God. TRUST IN CHRIST ALONE
The Bible says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." (Acts 16:31) "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life..." (I John 5:13) "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life." (John 6:47)
Principle #5 Is God's Promise To You. SALVATION IS ETERNAL.
The Bible says, "...I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand." (John 10:28) Will you accept God's way and receive God's gift of eternal life? "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." (John 1:12) Doesn't it make sense to believe on the One who came back from the dead and trust Him for the payment of your sins? You may want to use this prayer to express your decision to trust in Christ: "Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. Today, the best I know how, I trust you as my Savior. I believe you died for me and arose from the dead. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Amen."