If Im good Ill
go to heaven.
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Ephesians 2.8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through
faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
not by works, so that no one can boast.
Titus 3.5 He saved us, not because of righteous things we
had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing
of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit...
The Reality: The Bible makes it clear that we are not saved
because of anything we do otherwise, as Paul says in the
verse above, we could boast that we got to heaven on our own, without
Gods grace. Good behavior is a result of salvation, not the
cause of it unfortunately too many people get this confused!
Going to heaven is the point
of getting saved. or
Becoming a Christian is a free ticket to heaven.
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News - We Are Loved and A
Few Questions - What are we saved from?
The Reality: If you think that heaven is the ultimate goal
of salvation, youre completely missing out on what God has
for you NOW! When we repent of our sin, we are saved from hell,
but more importantly, we are saved from the power of sin in our
life that means salvation causes a change in the way we live
and gives us a purpose in life. Besides being saved from these things,
salvation entitles us to a wonderful, personal relationship with
God because of what Christ did for us on the cross.
In addition to all that is gained in this life
from living Gods way, the Bible teaches that believers will
be rewarded in heaven for the things they do on earth. This fact
may not directly motivate us to obey God and pursue a relationship
with Him, but knowing that we are still accountable for what we
do on earth even after we become a Christian will impact our decisions
and actions. When we are saved, were given eternal life (heaven),
but what we do with our life after salvation is rewarded (but not
punished) by God. These two verses discuss this judgement
1 Corinthians 3.11-15 For no one can lay any foundation
other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man
builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood,
hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the
Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the
fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built
survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will
suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping
through the flames.
1 Corinthians 5.10 For we must all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the
things done while in the body, whether good or bad.