How To Get To Heaven In 10 Minutes Or Less


How To Get To Heaven In 10 Minutes Or Less

Q1: Where do we get our ideas about heaven, hell,
who goes where, or how you get there?

A1: The only way a finite being can know infinite Truth
is if an infinite being tells him/her.

Q2: Is there any evidence that there is an Infinite being,
who can walk (act) and talk (communicate)?

A2: Just take a look at history.
Truth is that which best explains ALL the facts,
and is found at the convergence of:
Revelation (authenticated super-naturally),
Reason (logically consistent and defensible);
Reality (it works, across time and culture).

Q3. Are the OT/NT Scriptures a reliable,
authenticated record of the Creator God’s Revelation?
A3. Yes, and you’d expect it to be that way
if you think about it.
A purposeful being with the power to create,
would have the power to communicate,
and preserve that communication
so His intended audience
could understand and rely on it.

Q4. So what does this Revelation reveal?

A4. The most famous sentence in all of history is:
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him
should not perish
but have everlasting life.”

There are five parts to this verse:

Jn 3:16 Pt 1- “God so loved the world…”

The first line tells us that God loves people
and wants a relationship with them.
Psalm 23:1 “ The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

Problem 1: We don’t want a relationship with God.
We’d rather do life on our own.
Until we get smart and realize that:
having an eternal purpose and meaning to life,
as well as a relationship with the Creator of the universe,
in which our needs are infinitely met,
so we’re free to truly love others,
might not be a bad thing.

Romans 3:23 “all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God”

Problem 2: We can’t have a relationship with God
because of our sin:
(rebellion, commission, omission, self-centeredness)

Isaiah 59:2 “ Your iniquities
have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.”

Problem 3: Sin incurs the death penalty,
which no amount of good deeds can ever pay off.

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

Ephesians 2:8 “ For by grace
you have been saved
through faith,
and that not of yourselves;
it is the gift of God,
9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
10 For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works…”

Jn 3:16 Pt 2 - “…that He gave His only begotten Son…”

Solution 1: Christ died for our sins so we don’t have to.

Romans 5:8 “God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Benefit 1: Believers are “redeemed” and “justified”
God bought you (out of the slave market) you’re His,
and He considers your sins paid for.

Romans 3:24 “being justified freely by His grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood,
through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness,
because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins
that were previously committed,
26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness,
that He might be just and the justifier of
the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded.
By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith
apart from the deeds of the law.”

Jn 3:16 Pt 3 - “…that whoever believes in Him…”

Solution 2: You have to believe that God the Father accepts
Jesus’ death as the full payment for your sin.

John 1:12 “But as many as received Him,
to them He gave the right to become children of God,
to those who believe in His name:”

Benefit 2: Your sins are forgiven;
so you don’t have to pay for them.

Ephesians 1:7 “In whom (Christ) we have
redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of His grace

Jn 3:16 Pt 4 - “…should not perish…”

Solution 3: Hear and Believe
Benefit 3:

John 5:24 "Most assuredly, I say to you,
he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me
has everlasting life,
and shall not come into judgment,
but has passed from death into life.

Jn 3:16 Pt 5 - “…but have everlasting life…”
1John 5:11 And this is the testimony:
that God has given us eternal life,
and this life is in His Son.
12 He who has the Son has life;
he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

13 These things I have written to you
who believe in the name of the Son of God,
that you may know that you have eternal life,

and that you may continue to believe
in the name of the Son of God.
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him,
that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.