In your personal opinion, what do you understand it takes for a person to go to Heaven?
Here’s how the Bible answers that question? There’s a word I use to remember what Bible says about how to get to Heaven. That one word is FAITH. Each letter in the word stands for something different.
F is for forgiveness. Forgiveness for what? Forgiveness for sins. The Bible says, “In Him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Ephesians 1:7a) The “Him” in that verse is Jesus. So, in Jesus we have the forgiveness of sins. So F is for forgiveness. That takes us to the letter A.
A is for available. What’s available? Forgiveness is available. It’s available for all of us, no matter what we’ve done in the past. A popular Bible verse is this one, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. Whosoever shall believe in him shall not perish but have ever lasting life.” (John 3:16) The “whosoever” in that verse confirms that forgiveness is available for all. However, it is not automatic. The Bible also says, “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 7:21a) The obvious question is…why not? That takes us to the letter I.
I is for impossible. It is impossible for God to allow sin in Heaven. Even though we know God is a loving God as stated in the verse “For God so loved the world…,” the Bible also says God is a just God. It says, “For his judgment is without mercy.” (James 2:13a) Judgment against what? Judgment against sin. The Bible also says man is sinful. It says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) So if we have all sinned, and all need forgiveness, how do we get it? That takes us to the letter T.
T is for turn. If you were driving down the road and your passenger asked you to turn, what would they asking you to do? They would be asking you to change direction. In the Bible turn means to repent, or to turn from sin and self. The Bible says, “Unless you repent you shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3b) But you don’t just turn from sin and self, you turn toward Jesus. The Bible says, “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose from the grave on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (Corinthians 15:3b-4) The Bible also says, “If you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the grave, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) That takes us to the final letter, H.
H is for Heaven. Heaven is eternal life here and hereafter. The Bible describes Heaven here like this, “For I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b) This means that as soon as you trust the Lord Jesus you begin receiving benefits here on earth even before you pass on to the hereafter. The Bible describes Heaven in the hereafter like this, “For I will go and prepare a place for you and I will return and receive you unto myself so that where I am there you may be also.” (John 14:3) This means that Jesus will prepare a place for you in heaven if you will trust in him.
The letters in the word FAITH can stand for something else. They can stand for “Forsaking All I Trust Him.” If you will reach out with your hand of FAITH and trust in the Lord Jesus, you will receive God’s forgiveness, heaven, and eternal life.
Understanding what we’ve shared, would you like to receive this forgiveness now by trusting in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? If yes, then pray the following prayer from your heart and you will be saved.
“Dear Lord Jesus, I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and that You rose from the grave. I repent of my sins and ask that You to come into my heart. Please forgive me of my sins and save my soul. Amen.”
Congratulations! All your sins have been washed away and you are assured of a place in heaven and eternal life. I promise your journey down the road of Christian FAITH will prove to be exciting and fulfilling. I encourage you to share your newfound FAITH with your friends and family. I also encourage you attend Church and Sunday School so you can grow in your FAITH with other Christians. In Church and Sunday School you will learn of things you can do to affirm your belief in Jesus such as participating in believer’s Baptism. Being Baptized shows obedience to God and symbolizes the washing away of you sinful ways and the birth of the new you.
“Thank you Lord for saving my friend’s