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May 26, 2022

How Do I Get To Heaven?

What’s required to get to heaven? You may have your thoughts or opinions, but the Bible gives God’s answer to the question. Join Pastor Jack as he explains the necessity of belief, repentance, and the role of the Holy Spirit in our salvation.

What’s required to get to heaven? You may have your thoughts or opinions, but the Bible gives God’s answer to the question. Join Pastor Jack as he explains the necessity of belief, repentance, and the role of the Holy Spirit in our salvation.

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For the Christian that is alive and well and possessed by the holy spirit. There is no downtime in our world. You and I, we have been deployed into a godless Christless age to tell everyone we can about the love of God and the forgiveness that's in Jesus Christ. The question is, do you believe in him, 

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When asked the question, heaven, will you be going there? The answer should be number one in your no taking is yes. You need to be able to say yes to this. And this is the reason why, yes, because you believe in him church, will you mark that down? I wanna hit this and I wanna hit it hard for this reason. It is absolutely overwhelmingly assured that the man or woman, boy, or girl who believes on and in the Lord, Jesus Christ, they're gonna go to heaven, but we need to understand what believe or believing really means. The Bible tells us in acts chapter 16, verse 31, the Bible says, so they said, believe when the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved you and your household, then they spoke the word of the Lord to him. That's the jailer in that famous moment where Paul and Silas and the ministry team were gathered together. You know, the story, they were singing songs of praise while they're shackled in stalk at midnight, an earthquake hit. I think it was an angel quake, by the way, it was an earthquake. I think an angel did all that because of what happens later. But, uh, the fact of the matter is, uh, that one of the jail keepers were terrified as to what was going on. And, uh, his basic expression was, uh, I need to be saved. 

And the Bible responses believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ. But today you and I live in a world that just, uh, thinks that belief is just something where we assign a level of, uh, attention to something, uh, that we, we all believe in. We, we believe in this. We believe in that and oh yeah. I'll believe in Jesus, but it's more than that. It's not difficult. It's not rocket science. Listen. The belief that God expects from you, who are going to heaven is a belief that is so precious that a child can believe in God. In fact, the Bible makes it clear that God is, I think most encouraged by the belief or faith of a child. Jesus said in Matthew's gospel, we need to become like little children before we can enter the kingdom of God belief, believing the word means this. And you might care to make note of it. It means, uh, to entrust, it means to commit it. It means to, um, believe in such a way that your belief is, uh, to depend upon. So when we say, I believe in Jesus Christ, listen, are you gonna go to heaven? Yes. Why is that true? Because you depend upon Jesus. 

That's the believer. That's the one that's going to be going to heaven. And if you've called upon the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you understand that he has Lord savior, God he's Messiah. He died in the cross. He rose again from the dead. If Christ has become, I have to underline the word become if Christ has become your passion, because that's how it really is. The more you fall in love with somebody, the more they become your, your, uh, focal point of your passion of your attention. And that's good. That's, that's the way it's supposed to be all the best when it comes to God all the best when it comes to Jesus to love him. We'll talk more about this in a moment, but what does it mean to believe in him? The reason why you're gonna go to heaven is because you trust him when you hear the things that are going on around the world. 

And when you hear how you're not hearing things that are going on around the world, because it's being kept from you, that raises a level of anxiety that raises a level of threat to your peace and for your safety. And all of a sudden what we as a culture, uh, in the first amendment type of culture, we are threatened by that. Americans have more to lose than any other nation on earth right now. And that, that, that may encroach upon you and bring fear, wait a minute, you're going to heaven. And because you're going to heaven, you've trusted in Jesus Christ. You believe him and what he has done in your life. Amen. You can entrust your future today to him. Amen. He will take care of you. Listen, you may or may not doubt that we may or may not doubt that from time to time, we all have our moments and our seasons of faith and the challenge of faith. 

Every single one of them, we all go through this. All of us go through this. People don't think that you having doubt this morning is, is because is because you're not a Christian. That is not true, right? Every human, the greatest saints of God. I love reading them have gone through horrific battles of doubt. George Whitfield, the Wesleys Charles Spurgeon, Charles Finney, John, the Baptist. Great seasons of doubt. Listen, you've gotta have belief in Christ before you can suffer. Seasons of doubt. Amen. In that order, cheer up. Don't lose heart heaven. Will you be going there? The answer is absolutely. Yes. If you're believing in Jesus Christ, but we wanna make sure that we are truly believing him. There's a firm warning in the Bible about belief only is what I would say. Belief only you Jack, didn't you just say a moment ago from the book of acts, believe in the Lord. Jesus, you shall be saved. Oh yeah. Yeah. That is. And that is true, but there's a belief only danger. You see? What do you mean to believe is where you begin and when you really begin by believing in Jesus Christ, that belief takes you somewhere. 

Never think for a moment that just because I accepted Christ on Monday night, just before 9:00 PM, June 20th, 1977, Calvary chapel, Costa Mesa, uh, Greg Lori preaching the gospel revelation chapter 20, Keith Green doing the worship that night, just because I came to believe in Christ that night. If I would've walked away after going forward and never picked up the Bible again and never had a passion or desire to know the one I claimed to have fallen in love with that moment, then my belief would've been void. And with no effect, are you with me? It would've been nothing to believe is the first step of a journey called sanctification, where God brings you all the way through until you breathe your last breath or you hear a trumpet blast, amen. For the Christian that is alive and well and possessed by the holy spirit. There is no downtime right in our world. 

We, you and I, we have been deployed into a godless Christless age to tell everyone we can about the love of God and the forgiveness that's in Jesus Christ. The question is, do you believe in him? James tells us this strong warning, James chapter two verse 19. He says, you believe that there's one God, you do well. Even the demons believe and tremble. Satan believes in Jesus Christ, but Satan doesn't believe in Jesus Christ to save him. Satan knows of Jesus's authority, but he doesn't bow the knee. That will happen later. And I think according to the Bible, you and I are gonna watch Satan bow his knee. That's gonna be a great day. That's gonna be a great day. So number one, church. Yes. Yes. You're gonna go to heaven if the fact that you believe in him as you ought. So yes, you believe because he's come to you. 

I want you to write that down. He has come to you, pastor Jack. I do believe in Jesus. Yes. That is true because he has come to you. The Bible tells us in second, Peter chapter three, verse nine, but the Lord is long suffering toward us. Not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. This is awesome people. The fact that you're gonna go to heaven is based upon the foundational truth that Christ has come to you. He's the one that reached out to you. Number one, for this reason, he is not willing that you should perish, but that you should come to the knowledge of everlasting life, by the way, that's his desire for all people. We talked about that last week in a small degree, the fact is this church that believing in him is based upon this act of repentance. 

You see, people will say, I believe in Jesus, but there's been no change in their life. Why they never repented? They're like the devils, the devils believe in Jesus. In fact, they're not, no, I take that back. They're not like the devils who believe that's not even fair to the devils demons to say that. I'll tell you the reason why the word I read a moment ago in James, it says that the devil or demons or Satan believes and trembles, do you know what the word tremble is? The word tremble in the Greek is where we get our word goose. Flesh goose skin. You say goose skin. Yeah, I know. We don't really think like that, but have you ever seen a naked Turkey acre Turkey? 

Exactly. When you pluck that Turkey, wait, we don't pluck Turkey. Somebody else plucks them. When we go down to the store and bring 'em home and unwrap 'em from the plastic and you run your hand over the breast or the skin of the Turkey, have you noticed that? Is it all lumpy? That's what the Bible says in the J in the book of James, when Satan thinks about God, his skin goes, he gets goose skin. Oh, oh, people don't do that. People are brazen. They don't believe in God. They mock God. We read a moment ago. Hal, there's a generation of people. As we approach the end, there'll be markers of God. They don't get goose flesh. And yet hell has a respect for Christ. Like the godless of this world do not. 

Oh, but you who believe in him, you're going to heaven. You who believe in him. He's gonna see to it. Amen. Listen, you don't hear this very often. Cuz most often, you know, you need to commit your life to Christ. You need to commit your life. I get it. The reason why that's true is because he has first committed himself to you think of that. And that's true because he has come to you and I want some of you to think, stop and think right now, how that happened in your life. How did he come to you? Refresh your memory, go back, slow down, rethink, go back to the ancient paths. Retrace them in the early days of how Christ spoke to you. Where were you? What did he say? What were you thinking when you began to awaken to his stimulating overtures to you as he began to draw you, Jesus said nobody comes to the father. 

It's interesting. By the way, it's, it's referenced really. In two ways of scripture, Jesus said, nobody comes to me unless the father draws them to me. And Jesus also mentions that nobody can come to me unless the spirit of God is at work in their lives. I kind of like to look at it this way. God, the father, God, the holy spirit working in the world, working in your life to bring you to the one who saves you. The Bible says, there's one mediator go between. There's one negotiator between man, that's us and God. And that is the mediator Christ Jesus he's pulling. I like to think of it this way. He's got a, he's got a lost humanity, right? And represented on by the work of the holy spirit. On this hand. It's the holy spirit convicting people, which is almost illegal today. 

Think of it. You say, I thought we were gonna be talking about future things. This, this is exactly what we're doing. That's why we're taking this as a whole series. Amen. Because salvation is the greatest prophetic doctrine of the Bible. Isaiah chapter nine. In fact, you're gonna recognize this Isaiah chapter nine, verse two, this is awesome. Isaiah chapter nine, verse two. The Bible says the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who dwelled in the land of the shadow of death, upon them, a light has shine. You ever heard that before? 


You probably didn't recognize Isaiah. Nine two. Next verse. You guys, this is the reason why you, you, you recognized the hearing of it. You didn't recognize their scripture reference. This is what you recognized. Matthew four 12. Now when Jesus heard that John that's John, the Baptist had been put in prison, Jesus departed to Galilee and leaving Nazareth. He came and DWT in Cappar, which is by the sea sea Galilee in the region of Zin. And nattily you don't care about that unless you're Jewish friends, that those two locations just got your Jewish attention, by the way, Matthew, anybody remember Matthew's last name? Yes. Matthew Levi. He's a Jew. I encouraged a friend of mine the other day. I said, you need to read, uh, the new Testament. He said, it's, uh, I'm not gonna read a Gentile book. I said, uh, did you know, it's written by a bunch of Jews <laugh> I did 

Verse 14 that it might be fulfilled, which is spoken of by Isaiah, the prophet saying the land of Zeb land and the land of Natti Lee. By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who stand in darkness have seen a great light. And upon those who sat in the region of the shadow of death, light is Dawn. From that time, Jesus began to preach and to say, what, what did he say? Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand that's believing. Listen. When the holy spirit has spoken to you, Christian and you've sensed. So no, no God speaks to me. Well, listen, the next time you do something wrong, unplanned or planned, you do something wrong. You will hear him speak. <laugh> I know if God ever talks to me. Mm. If you do something wrong, think something wrong. 

Do you not hear him speak? Yes. Yes he does. Every Christian should say, I hear him speak. What you really want to do is be able to say, I read the Bible a lot. God speaks to me from the word I don't get in trouble much. But when I do boy, do I hear him speak? <laugh> what you don't wanna do is walk around as a Christian and saying, God spoke to me today. And he spoke to me twice. Today. He spoke to me five times today. What are you doing? Oh, he's faithful to convict. He's faithful to speak. All of God's kids. The Bible says, God will never discipline a child. That's not his own. He only disciplines his own kids. You don't spank your neighbor's kids. You go to jail. I mean, you want to, the little creep is messing things up. Best you can do is say, go home depart for me. 

You worker of iniquity. <laugh> woo. You can't spank it. You can't spank kids that are not yours. You see pastor, I don't know if you should say spank discipline. Then the Bible says nothing. It's a, what's another story. That's a whole nother day. God disciplines his kids because he loves them. If you don't love your kid, it's it's lived out because you don't correct them. You just leave the little rats to do whatever they want. Nobody wants them around because you've raised up a little maniac, right? Cuz they've been left to himself. The Bible says you leave. This has nothing to do with this message. This is just side note that if you don't discipline your child in love for crying out loud, right? If you love them, you're gonna tell them, don't do that again. You're gonna wind up in jail someday. Right? You teach them right. 

Listen. The Bible tells you, if you don't do that, the Bible says that kid will grow up and be a reproach to his mother. You know, dads have a hard time. It's like, you know what? That rotten kid turned out to be a piece of junk. I'd like the men are just the moms, no matter what the moms, they just weep from the inside out. Amen. It's a heartbreak. And I don't know how I went down that, but it's but it repentance is required if we're really going to believe. And that's why many of you, many of us, we get the sting of the holy spirit because listen, he calls us the repentance because we are his kids. There are those who are becoming God's children because they are gonna repent of their sins. God knows who, who they are. And there are us who are in the family that when we sin, the Bible tells us if we confess our sin, he's faithful. And just to forgive us of our sins and it cleanses from an, from all unrighteous, what's that all about. God will convict you and I to maintain fellowship with us. If we don't repent as a, as a believer to our heavenly father, then we're still in the family. God doesn't believe in abortion. You're not losing your salvation. He just won't talk to you. 

Can you imagine if your little kid came up and said, after, you know, slapping the dog and, and, and burning his bicycle or something, and then he comes up he's, you know, he's, he's, he's quarantined to his room. You go to your room, you stay there all day. You're in trouble. And then the kid comes out, coming down the hallway and the kid walks up. Remember, he's under, he's under the sentence of you're in trouble. But he comes in and says, mom, mom, dad, I know it's supposed to be in my room, but can I talk to you about what I want for Christmas? 


You know what mom and dad are gonna do? They're gonna say, no, I'm not talking to you. Get back to your room. Repentance is the key that keeps or restores or brings about fellowship with God. It's gotta happen. 

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