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There are so many different doctrines on how to get to heaven, it makes one wonder what people actually see when they read the Bible.

…What do you see when you read Peter’s answer to those on the Day of Pentecost who asked what to do to be saved, and he told them to “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ”? (Acts 2:38).

…What do you see when you read what Jesus said in Luke 13:3, “I tell you no: but unless you repent you will all likewise perish”?

…What do you see when you read Matthew 10:32 that says we must confess Jesus before men?

…What do you think the writer of Hebrews meant when he penned, “He [Jesus] became the author of eternal salvation to all who OBEY Him”? (Hebrews 5:9).

Yet, in spite of these and many other verses in the Bible that tell us what to do to gain eternal life in heaven, the answer given by many is that we only have to “accept Jesus into our heart” – which is not found in the pages of God’s Word.

Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah, saying. “Hearing you will hear and not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I could heal them”
(Matt. 13:14,15).

What do we see and perceive when we read God’s Word?

John K. Wills
Owingsville, KY

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