Hebrews 5 Lesson

How To Get To Heaven

Many people believe in heaven, but not everyone understands how to get there.  For today’s lesson, we will be looking at the superior sacrifice of Jesus, and what we need to do to be saved and go to heaven when we die. 

THE SUPERIOR SACRIFICE OF JESUS

In Hebrews 5, the Hebrew writer talks about Jesus being our High Priest, and why He is superior to all previous sacrifices made under the law.  Prior to Jesus, people had to repeatedly offer up animal sacrifices for their sins.  One can imagine that there was a sense of relief each time an animal was sacrificed on one’s behalf.   For a moment, they probably felt restored and relieved.

But what about the next sin?  Or the sin after that?   

Before Jesus, sacrifices had to continuously be made as new sins were committed.  Thankfully, Jesus changed all that.  Once Jesus offered up His body on the cross, no other sacrifices would ever be necessary.  As the Hebrew writer put it:

  • “And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” – Hebrews 10:10.

Jesus’ perfect sacrifice was part of God’s plan since the beginning of time.  As Jesus said in His Sermon on the Mount:

  • “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” - Mathew 5:17.

And because Jesus paid the price for sin for all time, animal sacrifices are no longer necessary.  Knowing that, what must we do to be saved and go to heaven?

According to the Bible, we must do four things to be saved:

  1. Believe in Jesus,
  2. Be baptized,
  3. Confess our belief in Jesus,
  4. Repent of our sins.

We will look at each of these in more detail, and then the lesson will be yours.

BELIEF IN JESUS

Our road to heaven starts and ends with belief in Jesus.  Consider these five verses:

  1. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” - John 3:16-17,
  2. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” - Acts 16:31,
  3. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” - John 5:24,
  4. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” - John 14:6,
  5. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.” - John 6:47.

BAPTISM

There are three scriptures that highlight the necessity of baptism when it comes to salvation.  They are:

  1. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” - Mark 16:16,
  2. "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” - John 3:5,
  3. “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” - 1 Peter 3:21.

CONFESSING JESUS AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR

In addition to believing and being baptized, we must also confess Jesus as our Lord and Savior if we want to go to heaven.  The Apostle Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Romans:

  • “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9-10.

The more we study the Bible, the more we will realize how much Jesus has given us.  When we understand this, confessing our belief in Him should be an easy thing to do.   

REPENTING OF OUR SINS

Every single one of us is a sinner. The following two scriptures make that abundantly clear:

  1. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” -Romans 3:23,
  2. “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” -1 John 1:8.

The Bible teaches us that when we sin, we are to confess our sins and repent (turn away). When we do, our merciful father forgives us.

  • “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” –1 John 1:9

Jesus let us know that repenting of our sins is necessary for salvation in the following scripture:

  • “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” -Luke 13:3.

CONCLUSION

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He replied:

  • “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Mathew 22:37-40.

Jesus also said:

  • “If you love Me, keep you will keep My commandments.” –  John 14:15.

Understanding what we need to do to go to heaven is critical to our salvation.  After all, we cannot obey the Gospel if we do not understand what it says.  In today’s lesson, we pointed out four things that we need to do to get to heaven:

  1. Believe in Jesus,
  2. Be baptized,
  3. Confess our belief in Jesus,
  4. Repent of our sins.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture that describes the majesty of heaven:

  • “And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:3-4.

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Pat Dermody

Each day we need to communicate with God through prayer and reading the scriptures. This deepens our relationship as an adult.if we don’t, our relationship is weak and more like milk of an infant than solid food of a mature adult.

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Kia Hampton

We also must repent of our sins. Daily......

Luke 13:3

I tell you,Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish

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Kia Hampton

Amen!

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Bishop Thomas Justin Mapira

I have loved this lesson.Surely Baptism saves.

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chasity bourda
Bishop Thomas Justin Mapira

I love this lesson I got a lot out of It.I been baptized one time.I still have some work to be done on me but as we know God Is working on all of us.Thank you and I will be back everday.

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Michael
chasity bourda

Amen! We all have work to do!! Faith without works is dead :)

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