Grant Swank
October 28, 2010
Jesus came to save
By Grant Swank

THE WAY TO HEAVEN

The most important question known to man is: "How can I find the way to heaven?"

Therefore, the answer given to that question is most important.

The Bible, that is the Word of God in contrast to the mere word of man, provides us with the concrete answer of hope and challenge:

(1) COME TO JESUS.

"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost" (Matthew l8:ll).

"For the Son of man is not come to destroy man's lives, but to save them" (Luke 9:56).

"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture" (John 10:9).

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17).

"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21).

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

". . .we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved " (Acts 15:11).

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13).

(2) CONFESS YOUR SINS TO JESUS.

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9).

"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (Proverbs 28:13).

(3) CAST YOUR SOUL UPON HIS MERCY.

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5).

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (Peter 1:3).

(4) COMFORT YOURSELF WITH THE REALITY OF SALVATION AND HOPE OF HEAVEN.

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Romans 8:1).

". . .to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Romans 8:6).

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father" (Romans 8:14-15).

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Romans 8:16).

"If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:3l-32).

The most important question known to man is: "How can I find the way to heaven?"

Therefore, the answer given to that question is most important.

The BibleThe Bible, that is the Word of God in contrast to the mere word of man, provides us with the concrete answer of hope and challenge:

(1) COME TO JESUS.

"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost" (Matthew l8:ll).

"For the Son of man is not come to destroy man's lives, but to save them" (Luke 9:56).

"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture" (John 10:9).

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17).

"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21).

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

". . .we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved " (Acts 15:11).

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13).

(2) CONFESS YOUR SINS TO JESUS.

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9).

"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (Proverbs 28:13).

(3) CAST YOUR SOUL UPON HIS MERCY.

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5).

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (Peter 1:3).

(4) COMFORT YOURSELF WITH THE REALITY OF SALVATION AND HOPE OF HEAVEN.

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Romans 8:1).

". . .to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Romans 8:6).

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father" (Romans 8:14-15).

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Romans 8:16).

"If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:3l-32).

© Grant Swank

 

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