To start off the New Year, I have decided to read The Apologetics Study Bible from Genesis to Revelation and write journal entries from what I have read and learned. I have read the entire Bible before, however, I read it mixing the Old Testament with the New Testament. This time, I will read it from front to back in order. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, Copyright 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.

PLAN OF SALVATION

What do you understand it takes for a person to go to Heaven?

Consider how the Bible answers this question: It’s a matter of FAITH.

F is for FORGIVENESS
We cannot have eternal life and heaven without God’s forgiveness. (Ephesians 1:7)

A is for AVAILABLE
Forgiveness is available: It is available for all (John 3:16) but not automatic (Matthew 7:21).

I is for IMPOSSIBLE
It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven: Because of who He is: God is loving and just. His judgment is against sin. (James 2:13) Because of who we are: Every person is a sinner. (Romans 3:23)

But how can a sinful person enter heaven, when God allows no sin?

T is for TURN
Turn means to repent: Turn from something: sin and self. (Luke 13:3) Turn to Someone: trust Christ only. (Romans 10:9)

H is for HEAVEN
Heaven is eternal life: Here (John 10:10) and Hereafter (John 14:3.)

How can a person have God’s forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord? By trusting in Christ and asking Him for forgiveness. Take the step of faith described by another meaning of FAITH: Forsaking All I Trust Him.