A Beggar; a Priest; an Imam; a rich man and a Politician all arrive at the Pearly Gates at nearly the same time.
As a group Saint Peter asks them the following question, “What have you each done to warrant entrance into the Kingdom of God?”
Each person in turn, provided Saint Peter with sterling answers for why they thought their wonderful, generous and kind lives or acts merited them entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven.
They were then shocked as Saint Peter expressed his regret and sadly closed the Gates.
Moments later Saint Peter hears a horrible pounding on the Pearly Gates.
“What have we done,” they cried? “What was wrong with our answers?”
Saint Peter replies, “There is only one correct answer which some of you should have known; that is: to confess Jesus as Lord, believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead; only then do these gates swing wide.”
Broken, sad and headed for Hell — I then woke up!
- There is no other name under heaven given by which you must be saved!
- If you have not confessed Jesus as Lord or believed in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, THEN you CANNOT be saved.
- For with the heart we believe and are made righteous;
- And with our mouths we confess Jesus as Lord and Savior and then we are saved!
In Closing: Here is an excerpt from, “This Side of the Whirlwind, the Coming Apocalypse”; pages 48-49:
The New Testament is the new covenant and is conditional. According to the New Testament, when a person calls on the name of Jesus Christ, he or she will be saved (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:9–13). Obviously there is more to salvation than just saying the name “Jesus Christ.” Calling on the name of Jesus carries a deeper meaning. To begin with, calling on Jesus’s name is the primary condition for humanity’s portion of Christ’s covenant.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9–10 NKJV).
A Sinner’s Prayer
God’s portion in the new covenant required Him to pay the wages of sin for every individual who would accept the contract (Colossians 1:18–27; Ephesians 2:15). Scripture declares: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Therefore, Jesus, as a man, had to pay the price for the sin of every willing individual. God provided the means to fulfill His part of the covenant through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Presently, every individual who desires salvation and a relationship with God must first fulfill his or her duty to the covenant and accept Jesus’s sacrifice for his or her sin. The prayer below contains all the necessary ingredients to begin this covenant with God. Obviously the prayer must be genuine. At the very least, it must contain an act of faith, by choosing to believe Jesus died for your sin. Just making the genuine attempt is an act of faith. Because God loves you, He wants to save you. Speaking from your heart and saying the words of the prayer is making a leap of faith. It is normal but not necessary to feel unworthy. Do not worry about bad habits or sinful behavior at this time. God will work on cleaning up any necessary areas of your life after you sign the proverbial contract. Pray these words or something very closely related.
Jesus, I need you. I know I am a sinner and I am asking you to forgive all my sins. I choose to believe you died to pay for my sins. And I believe you were raised from the dead that I might be resurrected at your return. I open my heart and life to you and choose to receive you as the Master and Savior of my life. Thank You for forgiving me, loving me, and setting me free from sin. I give you permission to make me the person you want me to be. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen!
Now you need to tell someone! Tell a friend or family member you have given your life to Jesus. Romans 10:10 tells us, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” You should begin reading the Bible daily. It is often said a good starting point can be found in the book of John of the New Testament. If you have just prayed this prayer for the first time, you have accepted and will receive the full blessings component of Christ’s covenant. This is the first half and blessing component of the two-part covenant.
It is important to understand the Great Consummation is the second half of this two-part covenant God established with mankind. All faithful believers will be separated and lovingly gathered to our Lord Jesus Christ in the skies when He returns for His Children, the saints. The Body of Christ has been set free from the laws of sin and death and will therefore be exempt from the curses component of Christ’s covenant, that is, the Wrath of God and eventually Hell.
 The subject of death, as it applies here, will be covered in greater detail in chapter 14, subsection “Covenant Part 3.”