Many believers in the Lord think, “The Lord has already forgiven all of our sins and doesn’t see us as sinners. We have gained righteousness through our faith, and as long as we continue to attend church gatherings, to pray and do some good deeds, when the Lord returns, we will be raptured directly into the kingdom of heaven.” Is this view based on the word of God? The Lord Jesus once said, “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). According to God’s words, we know that only those who do God’s will can enter the kingdom of God. Let’s check ourselves against God’s requirements to see whether our behaviors are in line with God’s will? The Lord said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37–39). Although we want to love the Lord and act according to the Lord’s requirements, we can still complain about the Lord, even deny and betray Him when we encounter trials and disasters. We clearly know that God teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves, but we even can’t tolerate our family members, and we will get angry when something doesn’t go our way. God wants us to be pure and honest people, but we often lie and deceive others in our lives. We can’t live out the Lord’s teachings at all, so how can we say that we are those who do the will of God?
Almighty God says, “I decide the destination of each person not on the basis of age, seniority, amount of suffering, and least of all, the degree to which they invite pity, but according to whether they possess the truth. There is no other choice but this.” It can be seen that God decides the destination of each person according to whether they possess the truth and do God’s will. God hasn’t said that justification by faith can allow people entry into the kingdom of heaven. So, how can we do God’s will and be raptured into the kingdom of heaven?
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