- I wish I were going to heaven.
This idea is usually expressed by someone who thinks they are not good enough for heaven. They have done things or are doing things, which they assume disqualify them from eternal life. But God is able to make wishes come true. Jesus died for your sins. All of your sins. You can die with him and have a new life. You can be forgiven. You can live forever in heaven.
- I want to go to heaven, but...
This comment is often made by someone who acknowledges that heaven would be a good place to end up, but they are not sure what to do about it. It may be a matter of desire. How badly do they want to go to heaven? Jesus is the way to God. You surrender your will to follow the will of Jesus. You deny yourself in order to follow him. And that is a hard road that most people will not choose. But if you want to go to heaven, it is possible. You just have to decide if you really want to be there.
- I will go to heaven.
Getting to heaven is not a moving target you can never be sure you hit. It is not based on some mysterious point system where you get points for doing good things and lose points for doing bad things. Getting to heaven is based on believing in Jesus. He is the way to God. And you can know you are going to be there forever.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him (John 14:6-8).
Are you presently experiencing a new life? God's word says, "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
This new life is a gift of God through faith in Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about this life that only Jesus can give you, sign up for one of our Bible courses. Wherever you are in life, whatever you've done, you can begin again.
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