Three Steps To Heaven
Hell was not prepared for us (Matthew 25:41); rather heaven was (John 14:2-3). Anyone who does the will of the Father can go there (Revelation ). Our journey to heaven can really be broken down into 3 steps.
As you aim your sights toward a heavenly reward, the first step you must make is the step “out of self.” Jesus told His disciples that if they would follow Him, it would require self denial. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew ). Once a person has taken this step, God will be placed at the top of his or her priority list. (Matthew 6:33).
The next logical step for one to take after deciding to follow Christ is the step “into Christ.” After the first step, this one should be very easy to follow, but it is not completed until one has heard the gospel (Romans ), believed in Jesus (John ), repented of all sin (Luke 13:3,5), confessed the name of Christ (Romans ), and been baptized to have all sin washed away (Acts ). Then, if a person is faithful to God until death (Revelation ), the final step can be made.
The last step to be made on the journey to heaven is the step “into glory.” Paul said, “that flesh and blood cannot inherit the