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HEAVEN ISN’T FOR EVERYONE



 

“God is love!” (1 John 4:8). He’s a good God, a loving God, a forgiving God. Surely God wouldn’t condemn one of His creations in eternal punishment… right?

 

Doesn’t everybody go to Heaven?

 

Nope!

 

On the day before His crucifixion, Jesus comforted His Disciples. “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also … I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:2–6). Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.

 

Jesus plainly declared, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). And what is God’s will? It is His will, His purpose, His desire that none would “perish but all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Repentance is the radical transformation of turning from self and sin to receive God’s gracious gift of salvation.

 

God doesn’t condemn mankind to hell, but mankind rebels against God and refuses to receive His gracious gift, and thereby rejects Heaven and chooses Hell.

 

Jesus is the only Way, the only Truth, and offers the only pathway to eternal Life! No man, woman, or child is invited into eternal, abundant, glorious life, unless he or she is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone.

 

“… think on these things” (Philippians 4:8, KJV).




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