Who Will Go to Heaven? Part 2, Words of Jesus

Unless otherwise noted all Scripture references are from HCSB.

Words of Jesus from Part 1

  1. “I am the way, the truth and the life, and no man comes to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
  2. “Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
  3. “Do not test the Lord your God.” Matthew 4:7
  4. “Worship the Lord your God,and serve only Him.” Matthew 4:10.
  5. “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!” Matthew 4:17.
  6. “For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20.
  7. “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, 32 You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.’” John 8:32.
  8. “Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.” John 3:18.

Eternal Damnation for Disobedience

Everyone who understands the trail of thought throughout the Word of God knows that His plan from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 concerns itself with the redemption of man through the blood of Jesus Christ, the Resurrection, Ascension, Return for His Church, and ending with the culmination of time as we know it. His plan includes His ultimate judgment which identifies those who will enter into His heaven because of their obedience to follow Him.

However, those who choose not to obey Him will be cast into the Lake of Fire. “Then I saw a large white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened—the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of fire. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15.

Further Thoughts from Jesus

Jesus was talking to a group of Jews who were obviously not pleased with His presence among them because they asked why He would associate with sinners, “Jesus answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32.  This is the first of two statements Luke’s narrative refers to the purpose of Jesus’ ministry. The second is found in 19:9-10 when Jesus was visiting in the home of Zaccheus, “Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham! 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Jesus’ sole purpose in living among us humans was to the redemption of mankind.

Being Uncomfortable is not easy

Jesus promises a great reward for those who live righteously according to Him. “But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.  For He is gracious to the ungrateful and evil.” Luke 6:35. (Please read all of Luke chapter 6  for contextual purposes.)

Sharing with others from what we have demonstrates our obedience toward Jesus Christ as noted in Matthew 19:16-22 where Jesus has a conversation with a wealthy young man who could not obey and give up what he had accumulated, “The young man said to him, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed all these laws. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 But when the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he was very rich.” Jesus wanted this person to be one of His disciples, but obedience was not possible for Him to follow. This is an issue for many people you and I know because obedience in following Christ means that one must sometimes be uncomfortable which may not be easy.

One of the most remarkable statements in all of the Word of God concerns Isaiah when he decided to follow the call of God in his life, “But then one of the seraphs flew toward me. In his hand was a hot coal he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Look, this coal has touched your lips. Your evil is removed; your sin is forgiven.” 8 I heard the voice of the Lord say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” I answered, “Here I am, send me!” Isaiah 6:5-8. Following God is not always easy but when He calls He enables us to overcome the difficult things in life.

Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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