Access   

<<right of entry, way in>>

Access into God’s family and subsequent entry into heaven is only by Jesus Christ – there are no other means, whether religious route or self-effort, by which this can

Jesus is the only way to heaven

happen (Jn 14:6, 17:3; Act 4:12). It involves us receiving Christ by faith (Jn 1:12; Rom 5:2). This happens through the grace of God, not by our performance, works of righteousness, any religion or other philosophy (Eph 2:8,9; Tit 3:5). Satan has deceived many people with his lies that there are many different pathways to heaven including through good works, but the Bible is clear all our efforts are ineffective (Isa 64:6; Eph 2:8,9).

The good news is although God is holy, He will never turn away anyone who genuinely seeks Him for salvation regardless of their sinful past (Lk 23:42,43; Act 2:21; Rev 22:17). Entrance into heaven is not automatic, it is by an active choice we make of being born again (Jn 3:3). It requires acknowledging we are sinners, repenting (turning from sin),

Does God have open access into                                                your life?

believing/trusting in Jesus and accepting the free gift of eternal life (Jn 3:16; Act 16:31; Rom 6:23, 10:9).

We can confidently approach God through Jesus Christ, the high priest of our salvation, the mediator or person who stands between God and us (Eph 2:18, 3:12; 1 Tim 2:5; Heb 4:14-16). Our task then is to maintain an unobstructed route into His presence for only those with clean hands and a pure heart, can have access to God and be acceptable to Him (Ps 24:3,4). This was graphically illustrated in David’s life. When he acknowledged and confessed his sin, his relationship with God was restored (Ps 32:3-5, 51:1-4). In the same way the ongoing scrutiny and reflection on our lives with the aid of the Holy Spirit, followed by repentance of sin and claiming the forgiveness offered, is important for a victorious Christian walk. Those who believe there are other routes to God and heaven except through Christ’s death have believed Satan’s lie.

Practically, the Bible counsels us to keep the lines of communication with fellow humans open and free of obstacles so nothing will hinder our prayers and relationship with God (Mt 5:23,24; 1 Pet 3:7).

Your eyes and ears are access points into your own life. Once something unwholesome has entered your mind, it leaves a stain and is difficult to erase. Its influence lingers ready to dominate any undisciplined thoughts so it is important to guard the input against unwanted intrusions (Prov 4:23).

See also: acceptance, born again, doors, entry points, gates, input, repentance, salvation, way.









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