What Does It Take to Get to Heaven?

Posted: March 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Righteousness, in a word. Complete, and pure, untarnished righteousness. Jesus once said, “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees.” The Pharisees were masters of following the rules. They even added their own rules. But Jesus said, “That is not good enough.”

The book of Romans begins in the first couple of chapters by declaring for us God’s requirement of absolute righteousness. But there is a problem. Romans 3:10 says of mankind, “There is none righteous, not even one.” So we have a major problem. God requires righteousness, and we don’t have it.

Enter Jesus. Knowing that we were hopelessly lost in sin, God provided the righteousness that we need Himself. He became a man, Jesus, and lived without sin, and died on the cross as a substitute for us. And if we receive Him as our Lord and Savior, the Bible says that God the Father will deposit the righteousness of Christ into our spiritual accounts.

As Paul said, “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made righteousness before God.” Thank You Father, for the cross.

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