Answer At Heaven's Gate
From the Free Presbyterian Tract Society
Imagine that you died today and were brought face to face
with God at the gate of heaven. If He asked you the
question, "Why should I let you into heaven?" what would
you say? Would you reply, in so many words, that you had
lived a decent life, that you had tried to help people, or
that you had done the best that you could?
Perhaps you would say that you had given your money to good
causes, that you had gone to church or chapel regularly, and
that you had been an exemplary neighbor. Or would you tell
God that He should let you into heaven because you had
responded to an altar call, that you had signed a decision
card, and had been baptized and had been a faithful member
of your church?
What would you say if I told you that, based on responses
like these, God would not and could not let you into Heaven?
All of these answers and many more like them reveal one
very sad and important thing about those who believe that
these things will see them through the gates of heaven
they believe that good works will save them from hell.
But what does the Bible say?
God's Word says that it is "not by works of righteousness
that we have done" that we are saved from the judgment
of God (Titus 3:5). Salvation from sin and hell can never be
obtained by trying to live a good life or keep the Ten
Commandments. God's law can only condemn you; it cannot save
you. It demands perfect obedience which neither you nor
anyone else can give because every man is born into this
world a sinner, without any power to meet the demands of
God's holy law.
Remember, it only takes the breaking of one of God's
commandments to condemn a man to hell forever. "For
whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one
point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10). Tragically,
many people imagine that God is just going to "wink" at all
their sins and let them into heaven. After all, it is
argued, He is a God of love and mercy and would never
condemn anyone to hell who had tried to do their best.
But while God is certainly One who is "full of
compassion", yet He is also a God who is full of
justice. "And I will punish the world for their evil, and
the wicked for their iniquity
." (Isaiah 13:11) His own
holy nature demands that every sin be punished. The Bible
says that, in the eyes of God, "all our righteousnesses
are as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). Therefore, if your
present hope for heaven is your "good life", you have no
ground for hope at all.
But there is good news! God's Son, the Lord Jesus Christ,
left heaven and came into this world to save those could
never save themselves. He was crucified on the Cross in
order to take the wrath of God in the place of sinners like
you. God the Father punished sin in Christ on Calvary...not
for sin that He had committed, but for the sins of
others. "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace
was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed"
Not only do you need someone who can take away the
punishment of God for your sin, but you also need someone
who can make you perfectly righteousness in the eyes of a
holy and just God. This is why CHRIST is the only
Savior of sinners. As the God-Man, He kept perfectly that
law of God that you could not keep. And if you will lean
your whole weight on what He has done for your
salvation and on His righteousness, God will accept
you as righteous for Christ's sake. He will save you.
Christ states the matter very plainly, "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by
me" (John 14:6). Read those words again..."the
way." Jesus Christ is not one of many ways to God the
Father and heaven; He is the one and only way. "Neither
is there salvation in any other: for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved"
(Acts 4:12). If you do not go to Him and take the salvation
that He even now freely offers you, then you must, upon
your death, personally bear the wrath of God in hell
forever. The factor that determines where you will spend
eternity depends on whether or not you have trusted in
Christ alone to save you.
Call upon the Lord Jesus Christ right now where you are.
Confess to Him that you are indeed a sinner that deserves to
be punished, that you have no good works that could ever
make you acceptable, and that you have no power whatsoever
to save yourself. But then plead the gospel truth that Jesus
Christ came to seek and to save those who could not save
themselves. Ask Christ to save you from your sin and the
judgment to come. Go to Him even now for He said, "...him
that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out" (John
"Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy Blood was shed for me,
And that thou bidd'st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God I come, I come."
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