The Tension With Getting To Heaven

But those who are regarded as worthy to share in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.” Luke 20:35 NET


The Scripture is full of the tension between receiving salvation from God freely through Jesus the Savior and working out our salvation with fear and trembling. These words of God, those regarded as worthy, reveal this tension. The Scripture is clear that a person cannot do good to go to heaven because they are born evil. Only Jesus can save men because He was born without sin and lived sinlessly so that he could offer Himself as a sacrifice for the sin of all people for all time. Humanity must be pardoned by Jesus to be saved by God. But having been pardoned, having received God’s forgiveness and adoption into His family, the child of God is commanded to live as Jesus lived. The will of the Father is a family of sons and daughters, all reflecting His holiness just as the First Born Son lived perfectly. Like team members, the children of God identify with Jesus by showing up for practice and wearing His jersey during the games, playing with all His energy to win for His glory. The children of God should reflect the nature of God because they do the will of God for the glory of God. Failure to identify with God in word and deed is to deny our Savior and risk being found a hypocrite before Him, Who weighs and measures each person to determine their eternal dwelling place. It behooves the child of God to receive God’s gift of salvation in Jesus the Lord and then demonstrate ownership by living as Jesus did.

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