No one can claim a pay check without doing something to earn it. In other words, one must do some kind of work for the pay. This fact, everyone knows and agrees with. Well, I would like to use this same point to teach a lesson about going to heaven. You see, entrance into heaven is a reward which Jesus Christ will issue to those who have been faithful (Revelation 2:10).
Many people think they will go to heaven simply because they believe that they will, but that will not be the case (Luke 13:22-28). The word of God teaches that most people will be going to hell and the reason is their failure to obey the instructions that the word of God teaches (Matthew 7:21-23, 25:41-46).
So yes, entrance into heaven requires obedience to the scriptures (Hebrews 5:9). Man must learn the word of the Lord so that he can understand what is required of him (Acts 10:22). The New Testament is the part of the Bible for which Christ died on the cross, and it is that part of the Bible which serves as rule for us (Matt. 26:28; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Hebrews 7:22, 9:15, 10:9-10). Start with the book of Matthew and read the Gospels which teach the life of Christ and His purpose on Earth. Read the book of Acts which identifies the church which Jesus established and how men became members. Next the epistles (1 Corinthians-3 John) which give information about the church and how we should live. The last book is Revelation which teaches the persecution of the church at the hands of the Roman Empire and how the Christians gain the reward (Rev 2:7).
So if no faithfulness, no wonderful pay check; just the bad one, “hell” (Psalm 9:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10).
Hope to hear from you or see you at the services.