Yesterday we looked at the verses in Matthew’s Gospel that told us what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. Before we start the deep dive into the Kingdom of Heaven Jesus talked so much about there’s one more list I want to put out there.
Let’s look at the entrance to this kingdom. I’m picturing a castle gate. What is this gate made of, and how will we pass through? Seem a vital question, doesn’t it? Who will enter? Who won’t?
Here’s what Jesus says:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 5:3
Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 5:10
For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 5:20
Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. - Matthew 7:21
I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; - Matthew 8:11
From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force. - Matthew 11:12
Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 18:3
This is going to be interesting - don’t miss it.
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