Vol. 6, No. 9
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[Power May 2002: 1]
Heaven is that "prepared place for a prepared people." We can read of the beauty of heaven in Revelation 21:10-22:5. We should all want to go there. But often times we see people who want to do as little as possible and get into that beautiful city. Taking into consideration what many try to do, let's ask the following questions:
CAN I GO TO HEAVEN on one service a week? NO! Not if I am able to attend more but choose not to. "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is..." (Hebrews 10:25).
CAN I GO TO HEAVEN and love the things of the world? NO! John wrote, "Love not the world...If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15).
CAN I GO TO HEAVEN and not work for the Lord? NO! Listen to the words of James, "Even so faith, if it hath not works is dead, being alone...For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also" (James 2:17, 26).
CAN I GO TO HEAVEN and live any way I choose? NO! We must live "faithful unto death" if we expect to receive a crown of life (Revelation 2:10). We must live our lives as instructed in Titus 2:12, "...denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world."
CAN I GO TO HEAVEN and not be obedient to the Lord's plan of salvation? NO! We must HEAR the Word (Romans 10:17), we must BELIEVE that Word (John 8:32) we must REPENT of our sins (Luke 13:3), we must CONFESS Christ as Lord (Matthew 10:32) and we must BE BAPTIZED for the remission of our sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). It is only by obedience that WE CAN GO TO HEAVEN (Hebrews 5:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).