HOW TO BE CERTAIN OF ENTERING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
If offered, who would not want to be certain of entering the kingdom of heaven after death and dance in delight enjoying endless life with God. However it is impossible to be offered or for us to accept the Kingdom after death, for it will be too late. Just as it is also false that God is so good and kind that He doesn’t want anyone to suffer and so will forgive and accept everyone in His Kingdom. Those who say such things need to read the Bible, and they will find that nothing unholy can enter the Kingdom. Nor will God take away our freedom of choice concerning good or evil. He will not give us what we did not choose while living in this world. When we die, our ability to choose terminates for life is over. Here and now is the time to make choices, for after death is the time for crowns or weeping.
Our only guarantee of entering the Kingdom of heaven after death is to have already entered it prior to death. And because none of us have any idea as to when death will take us, and after death it will be too late, the time for entering the Kingdom of heaven is now, while we are able. For such a wonderful goal and destination we need the best possible guide. Who else but the God who became man, who is our Savior who did battle and destroyed the power of the Devil and sin over us, whom He loves with perfect love. And He gave us the guarantee of eternal life in His Kingdom. Saying that it was ours to accept, for: “the Kingdom of God is within you.” So there is no other place to go, but to Jesus Christ, the Son of God in His Church, from whom we will get all the answers. Jesus Christ is the living Truth who descended from heaven and greatly desires to teach and save all of us as He brings us into His eternal Kingdom. This is the truth, if we desire to enter the kingdom of heaven after we die, we can only do so if we enter it before we die.
The first step is stop living for this world alone with its eventual physical and moral corruption. Instead we must turn and heed the cry of Jesus and John the Baptizer when they went out to preach the Gospel, for they both called the people to immediate action, saying: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is here.” The call for repentance is extremely critical being the first step. The word for repent in the Greek original means to change our minds or our thinking (metanoeite). We have to differ from the general populace of this world who live only for the present materialistic life. The world is full of sin and iniquity and offers us material things and pleasures alone, but not the Kingdom of heaven, which is not of this world.