Heaven - No Temporary Visas.

 

     The United States welcomes visitors from all over the world in a procedure involving temporary visas - temporary passes into the country for a limited period of time.  Many Americans are not familiar with this practice - at least the details thereof.  Some visas expire and some achieve a permanent status.

     There are no temporary visas into Heaven!  One can only gain admission into Heaven under full citizenship. The important question therefore becomes, “How do I become a citizen of Heaven?”  The Apostle Paul, speaking to the saints (Christians) in Ephesus (Ephesians 2:19) stated, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”  He told the saints in Philippi (Philippians 3:20), “For our citizenship is in heaven from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” 

     The Apostle Paul (surnamed Saul, a Jew) was, by natural birth, a Roman citizen and by a second spiritual birth a member of God’s family and automatically a citizen of Heaven.  The Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, explained to a Pharisee named Nicodemus, “most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:3,6)

     2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation.”  John 1:12 adds, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to be children of God.” (and thus also citizens of Heaven).

     What should you do now?  Romans 10:9 answers, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” and presented with your citizenship in Heaven.  You cannot earn this - it is a gift from God, Ephesians 2:8 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Just tell Him, ‘thank you. Lord’.