To answer this question, we’ll have to move beyond cliches about those who “accept Jesus into their hearts.” Salvation cliches too often conceal an important truth that Jesus exposed.
Let’s get right to the point
Only the humble will be in heaven. I’m not sure how one could read the teaching of Jesus and reach any other conclusion. Heaven will be filled with humble people, with the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3). The proud of heart will be excluded. The broken and contrite, God will not despise.
This should make people who strive to be religious very nervous. It should also warn those who are working their way “up” the structured ranks of orthodox Christianity to pause (as the apostle Paul did) over a ledger of gains and losses in Christ (Philippians 3:3-9).
How often did Jesus emphasize this truth?
Immersed in the expected ways of human culture, Jesus’ first disciples…
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