INHERITING ETERNAL LIFE
(How to make it to Heaven)
Our ultimate goal as Christians is to make it to heaven when the trumpet sounds at the second coming of Jesus Christ. Here is what Jesus teaches that will qualify us.
1. Innocent Children
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14, NIV)
According to Jesus, children will inherit the Kingdom of God as they are too young to willfully accept and understand the death and resurrection of Christ. Our job is not to be pedantic and argue what the cut off age is, because there are weightier matters at hand.
2. Sinless, perfect, holy people
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone." (Mark 10:18, NIV)
Another way to enter heaven is to be perfectly stainless of any kind of sin. Now it is difficult to imagine there are individuals like this who exist in the 21st century. A person who does not succumb to even a “white lie” or one who never “steals” company time by doing something other than work. In any case, Jesus has assured us that our standard of good, falls short of God's standards.
3. Following Jesus
“One thing you lack,” Jesus said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Mark 10:21, NIV)
If like me and you have failed on the two options above, I recommend to you the third one; following Jesus. Our entire belief system is based on this Man. Christianity is to be Christ-like. Accept that Jesus Christ came to die for your sins and believe that he resurrected on the third day, currently interceding for you on the right hand of the father. Study His ways and wisdom. Go through each day aiming to be like Him. This is the surest way to inherit eternal life.
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