|A Different Path to Citizenship
Do you know you have to possess citizenship in the greatest of countries before you will be allowed to enter it for the first time? Citizenship in this country is neither acquired by birth, nor the naturalization process. And crossing over its borders is strictly forbidden by all aliens, or non-citizens. This might sound harsh and inflexible at first, but further consideration shows that this country has the kindest and most generous immigration policy -- so large-hearted indeed, that our narrow minds are reluctant to believe it.
The country is heaven. Many countries on earth have come and gone, but the glories of heaven will last forever. Citizenship in heaven is granted to those who in this life are “born again” through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. They are those who have realized that they were acting “alien” or contrary to a God of goodness and love, and then in sorrow of heart for their sins have come to Christ for forgiveness. He forgives completely all who come to him: and also, puts a new life in them. This new life makes them born again, or born anew: and without this new life no person can enter into heaven. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3.)
When Christ died on the cross, he opened the door of Salvation for sinners. One drop of his precious blood is sufficient to wash away every stain of sin in a person’s life should they trust him. Your sins, regardless of how awful they might be, need not exclude you from heaven. The blood of Jesus Christ can wash you so that not one stain remains. Were your sins a thousand times worse, the blood of Christ has ample power to make vilest sinner fit for Heaven.
All may come by faith, and receive this marvelous salvation as a free gift - “By grace ye are saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8.) They can do this because God has a kind and generous immigration policy which allows them to leave the land of sin and shame, and become, instead, citizens of Heaven.
What will exclude a sinner from heaven? Refusing the offer of God’s grace in this life. There will be nothing left for those who turn their backs on God’s love but the fearful sufferings of Hell. The borders of Hell are not porous; an impassable gulf surrounds it, and once in its dreadful confines a soul must remain forever. “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment,” the Lord Jesus spoke. (Matthew 25:46.) Those who remain alienated from God, will have their decision to reject Christ confirmed for all eternity in the place where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. (Mark 9:44.)
Will you come to the Savior by faith that you might have the new birth, forgiveness, citizenship in heaven, and a future home in that most happy of places?