What Will You Say?
One day everyone will stand before the bar of God’s justice. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Imagine that the Judge of all the earth asks you, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” What will you say?
“I’ve tried to be a good person.”
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us” (Titus 3:5).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8‑9).
“I’ve done more good than bad.”
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10).
“I do better than most people.”
“Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20).
We Are All Sinners
Who then can go to Heaven? How can anyone answer God’s question, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” All of these questions and answers show us that on Judgment Day, man’s words and ideas will not satisfy God. In fact, God’s purpose is to silence our excuses. “What . . . the law saith, it saith . . . that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God” (Romans 3:19). We are all guilty sinners. No matter how much good we may do in our lives, that good does nothing to erase our sin.
God Must Judge Sin
God takes sin seriously. He insists that it must be punished. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a). This death is not merely our passing from this life as we know it. The Bible teaches that a second death follows the Final Judgment. “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God . . . And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12‑15). After this Final Judgment, the Bible teaches that those cast into the Lake of Fire “shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).
Jesus Took Our Place
Do you see the importance of knowing the right answer to this question, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” The only reason that we may enter Heaven is that Jesus has already taken the punishment for our sin. “For he [God the Father] hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (II Corinthians 5:21). “God commendeth [demonstrates] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Eternal Life Is God’s Free Gift
Does this mean that everyone is Heaven-bound? Not at all! Eternal life in Heaven is a free gift, but a gift must be received. “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23b). Salvation is available to all who will ask Him for it. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). When you call upon the Lord, you need to acknowledge that Jesus’ death and resurrection paid for your salvation. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).
If you would like to receive God’s gift of eternal life, pray, “Father, I am a sinner. I deserve to be punished, but I believe that Jesus took my place and the punishment for my sin when He died on the cross and rose again from the grave. I am trusting Him for your gift of eternal life in Heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”