How do I get to heaven? How can I be saved?

Pasi Palmu
Kristian Römer

Once upon a time, a rich man asked Jesus, how he could attain eternal life. The man had lead a good life. Jesus told him to sell all his property, give the money to the poor, and then follow Jesus. The man became sad; it was too much to ask for. Jesus’ disciples were confused: “How can anyone be saved?” Jesus answered: “To the man it is impossible, but to God it isn’t. To God everything is possible.”

This is the answer of Christianity. We are bound by our own selfishness. We love ourselves more than anyone else. Our efforts to obtain salvation is selfishness as well. Do we have any hope?
The answer Christianity gives differs from the answers of all the other religions. The focus is not on the man and what the man has to do. The perspective shifts to Jesus Christ. He did, what none of us could not. He took our lost case in front of our God and reconciled our sins and evils, when he died on the Cross.

That is why there exists a perfect forgiveness in God’s heart. It is proclaimed to us in the Gospels. We own it through faith. Through faith in Christ we are saved and get to heaven. When I have been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I know I belong to God. I will not try to answer to God for my own life. I realize that Jesus answers for my life. You can be sure about getting to heaven, because you can be sure about Jesus and his work.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
(Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV)

Jesus, help me to believe in you.