The Way to Heaven
The only map to Heaven, the Bible, clearly presents only one way to Heaven.
- Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).
Men of earthly wisdom have formed various opinions which set forth many ways to Heaven. However, the wisest man who ever lived wrote these words:
- "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death" (Proverbs 14:12).
- Another divinely-inspired writer asks, "Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?" (1 Corinthians 1:20).
Philosophy presents the way of moral respectability, but ignores God's verdict that "There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10). Men also urge sincere religion of human effort but refuse the divine pronouncement -
- "Not of works, lest anyone should boast" (Ephesians 2:9).
The Word of God, on the contrary, presents Christ, and Christ alone, as The Way for ruined, helpless man to enter into Heaven. It is not that He is a way, as though there were other ways. Nor is it that He and something else or someone else with Him is the way.
- Jesus is the "one Mediator between God and men" (1 Timothy 2:5).
In order to be the Way, it was imperative that He "put away sin" (which had closed Heaven to man) "by the sacrifice of Himself." This He did once for all when
The pouring out of His precious blood at Calvary atoned for sin and paved the way for guilty man to draw nigh to God: cleansed, forgiven, and made fit for His holy presence.
- "Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18).
This Way is still open, dear reader. The living Savior who has already entered into the Father's house longs that you should be with Him in that place of eternal glory. You need to do nothing more than acknowledge your sin to Him and confess Him as the One who died for you and rose again. This is coming to Christ. This is salvation by grace through faith.
This is the way to Heaven. Belief in any other way, however plausible it may seem, however religious it may be, or however sincerely it is pursued leads only away from God and ends in "the blackness of darkness forever" (Jude 13). But this need not be. Allow this tract, as a signpost along the highway of life, to point you to the Lord Jesus who says:
- "the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out" (John 6:37).
[Bible quotes are from the New King James version, emphasis added.]