Don't Invite Jesus Into Your Heart!

Have you ever heard that, in order to go to heaven when you die, you need to invite Jesus into your heart? Perhaps at some point in the past you invited Jesus to come into your heart, and somebody told you that you were now guaranteed heaven. Perhaps you weren't sure if Jesus really came in, so you invited him in again just to be sure.

It might surprise you to learn that nowhere in the Bible does anyone invite Jesus into his or her heart! Nor is anyone ever encouraged to invite Jesus into his heart. If you were to read the Bible and only the Bible, you would never conclude that you need to invite Jesus into your heart to be saved.

So what does the Bible say about our eternal salvation?

First, the Bible describes why we need salvation. Most people think that God will let them into heaven if their good deeds outweigh their bad. But the Bible presents God as being perfectly holy (spiritually clean), and he requires people to be perfect to get into heaven. Man, on the other hand, is sinful. Even our best moments are "filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6) in the eyes of God. Romans 3:10 reads, "No one is good—not even one." We are all in the same boat—and it is sinking. That's the bad news.

The good news is God that has supplied what he demands. Jesus Christ, God the Son, paid the full penalty for our sins through his death, burial, and resurrection (I Corinthians 15:3-4). God's perfect justice requires that sin must be punished, and therefore we all deserve death and eternity in hell. But God loves us and doesn't want us to end up there. Jesus took the punishment we deserve, fully satisfying God the Father's demands for justice. Nothing we can do can improve upon what Jesus Christ has already done.

But God has not created us to be robots, and therefore God requires something from us if we are to gain the benefit of Jesus Christ's work. But what can we possibly do, given that Jesus Christ has already done everything? Romans 4:5 reads, "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness." In fact, over one hundred times the Bible lists one and only one condition for salvation: faith. The only thing left for us to do is to believe in, or rely upon, what Jesus Christ has done.

In order to get to heaven, you must risk your entire eternity on Jesus Christ. You must stop trusting your good works, church membership, baptism, your efforts to live a better life and serve God, praying a certain prayer, religious rituals, giving money, inviting Jesus into your heart, etc., and place your full confidence in Jesus Christ on the basis of his death and resurrection. God offers to you the free gift of eternal life, but you must receive it by faith alone in Christ alone.

God the Father is fully satisfied with Jesus Christ's payment for your sins. Are you? Will you transfer your trust to Jesus at this moment and be saved?

If you have further questions about having a relationship with God, please contact us or visit one of the websites listed below.

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