…them that obey him

After living a good life; contributing to society in a positive fashion; or leaving a legacy of giving, the census is that you will go to Heaven in the end.  It’s what I call, The Human Equation.  This equation adds person to personality or individual to accomplishment resulting in eternal life. To the rational mind, decent people must invariably make it to Heaven.  Evil people must not.  However, we should take note that none of these assumptions are based on the Bible.  To some church-goers, and most secularists, the Bible is an ancient writing with only a few redeemable points.   They do not adhere to its message of sin, redemption, salvation, and obedience.  Thus the Human Equation is a consensus of the human will, “Do good and you’ll make it to Heaven.”   But Jesus said in Matthew 19:17  “There is none good but one, that is, God.”  He also condemned human goodness and said that if people did not repent they would die in their sins.  Paul wrote, Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  The Bible is clear that human goodness plus person does not equal salvation.  Rather the Bible declares that Jesus is the source of Eternal Salvation only to Hebrews 5:9  “…them that obey him.”  All who disobey Him and eject the Gospel will be lost.

Remember, Jesus called Himself the Door.  He said that He alone was the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man can come to the Father except through Him.  And this same Jesus commanded us to be born again of water and the Spirit – John 3:5.  Heaven is for those who have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb.  Heaven is the home for the righteous; the dwelling of those who have been set apart and Redeemed.  The Real Equation for Eternal Life begins with the Cross of Calvary, the Blood of the Lamb, and my obedience to His Infallible Word.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

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