ARE YOU WORTHY OF HEAVEN?
The Word of God plainly declares that no one shall enter into the glory of heaven who is not worthy to do so (Rev. 21:27; 22:11). “The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9). And all are by nature unrighteous. “There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good and sinneth not” (Eccles. 7:20). We are all sinners. We all deserve the wrath of God. Yet, Paul tells us that there are some who have been made worthy to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints (Col. 1:12).
How can that be? How can a sinner be made worthy of heaven? Only God can do it! Grace alone can make us worthy of heaven’s glory. Every believer, every sinner saved by grace, everyone who trusts Christ alone as his Savior and Lord has been made worthy of heaven by three mighty works of God:
1. By Blood Atonement — The believer’s sins have been fully paid for by Christ, so justice cannot require further payment.
2. By Imputed Righteousness — The righteous obedience of Christ has been imputed to all who trust him, so that the believer stands before God as one who is perfectly righteous, having fulfilled all his holy law in the Person of Christ, our Substitute.
3. By Regeneration — In the new birth, God the Holy Spirit gives every chosen, ransomed sinner a holy nature. By these three works of grace sinners are transformed into saints and made worthy of heaven!
Pastor Donald S. Fortner
GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH OF DANVILLE
2734 Old Stanford Road
Danville, Kentucky 40422