Is heaven inevitable?
As spacecraft are sent up from the earth, through the sky to the stars, none have ever reported to have found heaven, and none are ever likely to. Although it’s a fascinating speculation that we ‘intelligent beings’, might one day physically uncover God’s heavenly abode that He has hidden from view for the time being. One thing is certain, there’s never going to be an earthly shuttle craft service, transporting humans between earth and heaven, because there is one way to get there and that is through Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life, and no one goes to the Father but by Him (John 14.6).
Jesus says, ‘most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’ (John 3.3). Being born again, is to say we are offered a restart through God’s forgiveness (Colossians 1.14), we accept renewal from above by the Holy Spirit, no longer living after the fleshly desires of this world (Galatians 2.19-21), but by living a godly life in Christ Jesus as we put our faith in Him, believing He is the Son of God.
Think of being born again this way. No child has ever been born into the world by its own will or plan, and no child can see the world until it is born. Likewise, with heaven. No person can see heaven until they are born into it. This isn’t some mystical nonsense, but the solid Word of God telling us how to enter into an eternity in heaven.
This is the saving grace of God through Jesus, who saves out of our sinful nature, the ways of the flesh and from eternal separation from God. As we are born again of the Spirit, we are regenerated, given a second chance to live God’s way: all because of Jesus.
Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14.6). So, if we want to go to heaven His Way, then we have to follow His words. However, this act of being born again is a choice, an act of our will (Joshua 24.15), and gives us citizenship to God’s Kingdom as we are adopted into His family (Ephesians 1.5), joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8.16-17).
Jesus said, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (v16-17).
Way back in the 1800s, a preacher called RC Ryle said this, ‘Except a man be born again, he will wish one day he had never been born at all.’
Father, I ask for the grace to see Your Word as You intended it to be, that I might make informed and good decisions about my eternal future, in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.