Do good people go to heaven?
Yes, they certainly would go to Heaven…if there were any people good enough!
People often say, “If I do the best I can and treat everyone fairly, I’ll go to Heaven.” But have any of us done the best we can or treated everyone fairly? A religious leader in the Bible once asked Jesus Christ: “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Without hesitation Jesus answered, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Matthew 22:36-39
Has anyone fully kept this supreme law of God? The Bible answers that no mortal can keep God’s law, nor can one reach Heaven by trying: “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no one be justified in His (God’s) sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20. When we compare our lives to God’s holy standards, all our good works – our morality, religion, charity, pleasing personality – fall far short of His absolute righteousness. The truth is: “There is none righteous, no, not one…” Romans 3:10 We stand condemned by a holy God who must judge our sin. We are sinners in need of a Savior. It is impossible then for anyone to be good enough for Heaven. That is why the Son of God came to earth. The Lord Jesus said, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Matthew 9:13
On the Cross of Calvary Jesus opened the way for sinners to stand before a righteous God. There He suffered for our sins as the Prophet Isaiah wrote: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
The Lord Jesus took the punishment for our sins so that we could be declared righteous before God. He “who knew no sin” bore our sins on the cross being made “sin for us…that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Do “good” people go to Heaven? No! But through the righteousness of Jesus Christ, sinners like you and me can be sure of Heaven as our final destination. Come to Jesus Christ today. Don’t try to prepare yourself for Heaven. Let Him prepare you and give you His gift of everlasting life.
What does a person need to do to accept this invaluable gift? Simply repent, believe, ask, and receive.
- You must repent. To repent is to see your condition as God sees it an to express sorrow. In this case, you repent of your sin. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation…” (2 Corinthians 7:10). You must admit to God that you are a sinner deserving of Hell becacuse of your sin. Repentance is also a sincere turning away from sin to God. The Bible states “…that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance” (Acts 26:20).
- You must believe. Believing is more than just acknowledging that Jesus Christ exists. The Bible says, “…the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19). True believing is placing your compelte confidence in Him and His ability to save you. “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). You must believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He died on the cross to save you. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;…” (Romans 10:9-10).
- You must ask. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). To call upon the Lord is to ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sin and save you from an eternity in Hell. You must pray and ask, “for…with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).
4. You must receive. To receive something, you must take it. Salvation is offered as a free gift from God. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
- You must receive. The Bible says, “For by grace are ye saved…it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8). Like any gift, it is not yours until you receive it. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12). You must pray and tell the Lord that you wish to receive His wonderful gift of eternal life!
The time is now. You have come to the place in your life where you must make a decision. If you choose to accept the payment made by the Lord Jesus Christ for your sin, then you simply need to bow your head and pray. Tell Jesus, in your own words, that you are sorry for your sin and ask Him to forgive you and save you from Hell. Tell Him you are willing to receive Him as your Lord and Savior. Let Him know you want to accept His gift of eternal life. Remember Jesus Christ never turns anyone away! “The Lord is…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).