Shout It Out-No Jesus No Heaven, July 2019

Some think just because they are good people and do good deeds, they will go to heaven. No one besides Jesus is sinless and without accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, you won’t be going to heaven, regardless of what you do in your own works and deeds. You can’t buy your way into heaven by doing good things.

There is no amount of doing good deeds or being a good person that can ever compensate for a relationship with Jesus. Good deeds doesn’t forgive sins nor does it give eternal life. Only Jesus can do that. It is a gift from God, not anything we can do by ourselves.

1 John 1:8-9 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Although we don’t deserve it, Jesus saved us all who will come to Him. It is what Jesus accomplished for us through His death and resurrection that gives us eternal life. It is grace (undeserved favor), a free gift from God.

Romans 6:23 …the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus said only God is good. We humans, full of sin and wickedness cannot be good without Jesus. If we could do it that would mean Jesus didn’t have to die and shed His blood for us on the cross to give us forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

Matthew 19:17 Why ask me about what is good? Jesus replied. There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.

Jesus is the source of salvation. God sent His Son so that through Him, we might be saved. We do not accomplish being saved through our good deeds or by being a good person, but through the mercy and grace of God. Salvation only comes from God.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 1:12-13 To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we receive salvation. The Holy Spirit comes to live in us, renews us and seals us so we may have eternal life. The Holy Spirit regenerates or makes new (spiritual cleansing). God saves us, rescues us and forgives our sins through His grace (undeserved favor).

Titus 3:5 …he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

Being a good person and without salvation means that person does not have the Holy Spirit living inside of them, teaching, leading, counseling, helping, convicting and empowering them. They are not made new in Christ without salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. They do not have forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

It is an impossibility that any of us regardless “how good” we think we are, could live our lives doing the works of a purely righteous man. Jesus is a purely righteous man. He is sinless. We certainly are not. Jesus is the only way to heaven.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast….

2 Timothy 1:9 He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not because of our own works, but by His own purpose and by the grace He granted us in Christ Jesus before time eternal.

Heaven is a place where sinners have been forgiven of their sins have become saints. A place where all who are saved by grace alone through faith alone, receive what our good works never could, the very righteousness of Christ.

Stop with all your own efforts, trying to be righteous. You will never succeed. Receive the righteousness of God in Christ because of the sacrifice of Jesus. I am righteous only because of the blood Jesus shed for me and His finished work at the cross.

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

I often say this out loud: I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ and only through Jesus Christ.

If you are a believer and follower of Jesus, He is preparing a place for you in heaven. He’s not preparing a place for those who believe they can get to heaven by their own works. They are serving themselves not Jesus. They can’t get through those gates on their own merit. Only believers in Jesus will enter through heaven’s gates and be in His Presence.

1 John 5:11-12 God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Are you His servant? Are you for Him or against Him? There is no middle ground.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence so that you also may be where I am.

John 12:26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, My servant will be as well. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

It is impossible for us to do it on our own, no matter how many good works we do. There will be no heaven for you except through Jesus Christ. God the Father sent His Son to rescue you from sin and Satan. Only through acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior, allows you entrance into heaven to spend eternal life with Him.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, I am the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.

God bless. Heal the brokenhearted, bind up all their wounds.