7480 - Entrance Requirements for Heaven


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Students, who desire to enter a particular school, begin by familiarizing themselves with the entry requirements. Only then are they able to determine whether they qualify, or whether they must first pass through some special preparation steps.

A greater quest exists for those who have a desire to gain admission into heaven. The requirements for entrance into heaven are found in the Bible.

Entry requirements into heaven are very high. After all, these are holy environs. Any introduction of evil would destroy the environment of holiness. So, everyone who enters must qualify according to the righteous standards of Almighty God. A person must be pure. They must be holy and blameless. They must be without blemish and without fault. In fact they must be perfect (Mt 5:8; Col 1:22; 1 Thes 3:13; Heb 10:10,14; Jude 24).

Anyone seeking entry with any less credentials would be quickly rebuffed and sent away, because such entry would be an unacceptable affront to God’s pure and holy nature.

But the Bible tells us that people who have not placed their faith in Jesus Christ are dead in sin; thus they cannot pass the entrance exam for heaven (Rom 3:10-12; Eph 2:1; Col 2:13). Is this condition their eternal destiny? Are they dead in sin forever?

Thanks be to God, there is hope. Loving, gracious God reached down and intervened in the plight of helpless and hopeless sinners who were spiritually dead by sending Jesus Christ, His divine Son, to earth in the form of man (Rom 5:8; Eph 2:12-13; 1 John 4:9).

Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life unlike other men. No temptation had deceived Him or lured Him into sin. His own being was pure in every way. Thus he provided his own body as the only sufficient sacrifice for the sins of mankind when he died a humiliating and agonizing death on the cross. Jesus paid the just penalty for sin on that cross on Calvary. He died in my place, in your place. He was a substitute for each of us (Heb 4:15;13:12; 1 Pet 1:19; 2:22,24).

Now Jesus offers to all people the gift of righteousness, by which they are purified, thus they can qualify to enter heaven.

Everyone is urged to accept the gift of new life from Jesus by an act of their own volition. This comes as you trust Jesus Christ by faith (John 1:12; 3:16; 1 Thes 5:9; 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9).

• You must agree with God that you are a sinner (Rom 3:23).

• In repentance turn from your sin (Acts 3:19; Mt 3:8).

• Accept the truth that Jesus was your substitute for sin when he died on the cross (1 Pet 2:24).

• Believe that Jesus demonstrated victory over death as He rose from the grave (Rom 1:4; 6:9).

• Believe that He lives today, and will come into your life when you invite Him (Col 1:27).

When you take this step of faith then God:
• Forgives your sins and cleanses you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7,9).

• Places the righteousness of Jesus Christ upon you (2 Cor 5:21).

• Makes you one of his children (1 John 3:1).

• Jesus Christ, comes into your inner being bringing new life (Gal 4:6; 1 John 3:24).

• The Holy Spirit comes to take up permanent residence (John 14:16-17) to:
• Protect you (1 Pet 1:5)
• Teach you (John 14:26)
• Guide you (Rom 8:14)
• Empower you (2 Cor 4:7).

When this transaction is completed you have new life. You have been born again. You have been washed and made clean in the blood, which Jesus shed on the cross. Your sins, which were like scarlet, have been made as white as snow. They have been removed from you as far as the east is from the west. You will face them no more.

Therefore, you are pure and holy, perfect in the sight of God. You have been equipped with all the qualifications to pass the entry requirements for heaven upon your death (Ps 103:12; Is 1:18; 44:25; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 10:14; 1 John 1:7,9).

If you are standing at a distance because you consider yourself unworthy, do not despair. God will receive you with joy. Call out to Him (Rom 10:13).

If you resist out of stubbornness and rebellion, do not play the part of a fool any longer. Do not continue to reject God’s grace and mercy. It is a fearful thing to come under the wrath of God which is poured out upon evil (Heb 10:31; Rev 6:16-17).