First, I want to say that I am writing this because I’m finding that many people, even church-going people, don’t know what the Bible says about heaven. The Bible is very clear on who will be allowed and who will not be allowed to enter. We can speculate all we want but the final say comes down to what God says. Many people think that everyone will go to heaven, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Do you know for sure that when you die you will got to heaven? How about your friends and relatives? To tell you the truth I cannot know for sure if a person is saved and on their way to heaven or if they are on their way to hell. Only God knows the heart. The Bible tells us who will and who will not be allowed in heaven. This is not me saying this, it is God speaking and warning us.
1Co 6:9-10 (NASB) Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
Rev 21:8 (NASB) “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Eph 5:5 (NASB) For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Gal 5:19-21 (NASB) Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, (20) idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, (21) envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Emphasis mine)
Rev 21:27a (NASB) and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, (referring to heaven)
You will notice that in the last two scripture references it says that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. You see these verses are talking about people who live a lifestyle that is mentioned in these verses. We all know that no one is perfect and that even those who are truly born-again Christians can and do sin at times. But, this is the difference. They do not live in those sins as a life style. They don’t practice them.
Rev 21:27b (NASB) but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
This is a very short list isn’t it? So, we want our names written in the Lamb’s book of life, but how do we accomplish this?
As you can see from the first verses showing who is not going to heaven there are many horrible sins that stand in the way. If we take a good look at these lists we are sure to find ourselves.
Be sure you’re saved. It’s that simple. Confess that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior. Repent, (turn from) your sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. God is holy and He cannot look upon our sin and therefore we cannot be allowed in heaven. We need to be cleaned up. There is a great gulf between us and God and the only way to bridge that gulf is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. He willingly went to the cross to take our place. You see the penalty for sin is death. He took on the wrath of God as He bore our sins on the cross and then died in our stead. They buried Christ and on the third day He rose from the grave. His resurrection is our proof that He was who He said He was and that we have the promise of rising from the dead and being with Him in heaven for eternity. Oh, what a Savior!