How good do I have to be to enter heaven?


Clarify Share Report Asked January 23 2019 Mini Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As Paul noted in Ephesians 2:8-9, salvation is the product of faith alone, rather than works. (That is, it is not possible for any person to be sufficiently "good" to earn salvation -- or "enter heaven", as the question puts it -- apart from faith in Christ.) However, that faith should then be manifested, or witnessed to, by works, for which the redeemed will be proportionally rewarded by God in eternity (1 Corinthians 3:10-15). A believer who has no such works will not lose salvation, but will also not be rewarded.

January 24 2019 4 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini James Kraft 74 year old retired pipeline worker
When we believe the gospel, First Corinthians 15:1-4, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried and rose again on the third day according to the scriptures, we are sealed by that Holy Spirit of promise and are given eternal life. Ephesians 1:13 We are now a child of God, John 1:12. 

What happens? Romans 4:6-8: He imputes His righteousness to us, and will no more impute sin to our account.

Salvation is a free gift from God not by anything we do or do not do. We can not save ourselves. So Jesus, just because He loved us, came down from heaven a God and man, and lived a perfectly sinless life, went to the Cross and paid the sin debt of everyone in the world, so that anyone who would believe He did it for them would be saved. It happens the instant you believe the gospel.

Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, and we all sin, but the GIFT of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace ye are saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, (we did nothing for it) it is the GIFT of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.

After we are saved and know we are going to heaven because all our sin debt is paid in full, we still reap what we sow. And if we go off and live in sin, God does chasten His children. But none of us will ever be perfect in this life because even though we are born of the Spirit of God, we still have our old nature. First John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 

IT is our soul/spirit that is saved and made perfect, not our flesh or our old nature. 

There are rewards in heaven for doing good works and keeping from sin, but that has nothing to do with salvation which is a free gift that we have nothing to boast in. 

AMAZING GRACE, JESUS PAID IT ALL AND WE PAID 0. IT IS FREE. Romans 11:6 and Romans 4:5. John 6:37, John 6:39, John 10:28-29. No one has ever lost eternal life. If that were possible, it would not be eternal.

John 6:47: Verliy, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me HATH EVERLASTING LIFE. Jesus can not lie. 

So, we only have to do one thing to go to heaven. Believe on Jesus plus nothing to be saved. That it is a free gift from God that no one can earn.

January 24 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Cross   lion Kevin Honeycutt Servant of Jesus Christ
You cannot live a good enough to earn salvation, you must obey the Gospel as Jesus said 2 Thessalonians 1:8 " In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:"

The plan of salvation as given by the Apostles,
Hear-Romans 10:17, Matthew 11:15, Acts 18:8.
Believe-Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 31-33, Acts 18:8.
Confess-Romans 10:9-10, 1 John 4:15, Acts 8:35-38.
Repent-Matthew 9:13, Luke 13:3, Acts 3:19.
Baptized-Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 16:31-33, Acts 18:8.
The God adds you into the Church Acts 2:41, Acts 2:47, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 2:12.

January 26 2019 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

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