You Can't Get To Heaven Without
A Space Suit
The "Spiritually Scientific" Reason Why You Need Jesus
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6).
Some respond to Jesus’ absolute declaration by saying that it automatically condemns anyone who is of a different belief system; Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, etc., are all excluded unless they are willing to come to God through the Messiah Jesus.
But Jesus also said, “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17).
Every human being on the planet, no matter what race, color, religion or creed, has one thing in common – we are all going to die someday. Human beings are already condemned to death in a universal pandemic, and the cause of this pandemic is sin. The Bible declares in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Sin is basically a rebellion against God’s word, which can manifest in many ways, like lesions on a leper’s skin. God has put the antidote to humanitie's loathsome disease of sin in the blood of the Messiah Jesus. It is through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus that this antidote is released to the believer.
A voice suddenly arises from the multitudes in the world who are opposing the Gospel message, and a representative emerges from the crowd and responds, “We know we have sinned. But God is a merciful God. He will let us into heaven if we do our best and our good deeds outweigh the bad!”
To answer this one we must take a journey.
“Come with me my friend, and I will show you God’s answer.”
We suddenly find ourselves standing in the magnificent banqueting hall of Jesus’ parable found in Matthew 22; before us is a sumptuous feast ready to be enjoyed by a multitude of people all adorned in glowing white robes.
Jesus is there to greet you, my friend. He looks at you and He says, “Friend, How did you get in here without a wedding garment?”
You suddenly find that you are speechless. You thought you were dressed for the occasion. You very carefully picked out your own clothes and it took you many years to assemble an outfit that you thought would make you acceptable to God. You are shocked and horrified to hear Jesus, the King in this parable say to His servants, “Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
You suddenly find yourself experiencing the horror of being rejected by the Lord and being subjected to the same treatment God has reserved for demons; demons who know the will of God and reject it.
But because you are not dead yet, you still have a chance to repent and God wants you to understand. So, you suddenly find yourself standing with Adam and Eve after they had listened to the voice of deception undermine God’s commandment, and told them there would be no consequences for their disobedience.
They only had to disobey one commandment to sever their relationship with God, just one.
When they realized they were naked, they also fashioned an outfit of their own making using what materials were available, and we are told in the Genesis account that they covered themselves with leaves; leaves that would eventually dry up and wither away. As the prophet Isaiah has said, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Isaiah 64:6).
Then we watch in amazement as an animal is slain and God clothes His shivering children with a work of His hands; and He adorns them with forgiveness in the warm skins of the first sacrifice.
The point of it all is this – man cannot do what can only be done by an act of God.
Man cannot make himself acceptable to God, he is incapable of ridding himself of his disease of sin. It must be done for him, by God, God’s way according to the pattern and plan He has designed.
Now there is a “spiritually scientific” reason why the redemption of the human race must be accomplished precisely according to God’s plan.
In order to understand, we must make another journey through time which begins for us at the gates of fallen Eden.
We watch as God bans Adam and Eve from eating of the tree of life because the fruit from that tree would give them and their offspring the ability to live forever on earth in their fallen state; showing us that human beings were never designed to live forever on earth apart from a provision from God. Yet they were designed in the image of God, which means their souls have eternal properties and will survive the death of the body. This is why we share the Gospel, to save souls from eternal separation from God and spiritual death.
Now this brings us to a vitally important point – human beings were never designed to inhabit Heaven – we were constructed to live forever in the earth realm in a state of perfection, a perfection that could only be maintained by obedience to God, and as we have seen, that obedience was not maintained and the world is enduring the consequences of Adam’s original sin. If you don’t believe in original sin, my friend, we all have an original sin somewhere in our personal history, we all share Eve’s corrupted DNA; we are all standing on the same feet of clay.
So what we have here is a world full of people that need to be rescued, “saved” so that their souls can be reunited with God after the death of the body and dwell with Him forever in His realm. In order for that to happen, our sin diseased souls need to be “converted,” cleansed, and a provision must be made for souls that are designed to live on earth to be able to survive in Heaven’s holy atmosphere, in the presence of a holy God.
Imagine an astronaut trying to survive in outer space without a space suit and the necessary oxygen it contains. He would die very quickly because he was not designed by His Creator to live in outer space. Likewise, in order for our souls to survive in heaven, we need to be equipped like that astronaut; the antidote for our sin and the equipment we need is provided for us through God’s wondrous plan of redemption.
This plan begins to unfold for us as we continue our journey through time in the pages of God’s word.
We watch Adam and Eve’s two sons bring their offerings to God. The Lord accepts Abel’s gift from his flock, which is a symbol of the sacrifice that clothed their parents. But God rejects Cain’s offering of the fruits of his labor from ground that God had cursed, and we are reminded again that we cannot please God apart from what He has chosen to make us acceptable to Him.
We proceed to the time of Abraham and we watch in suspense as he is about to sacrifice his beloved son. Then just at the moment when he is about to plunge in the knife, we sigh with relief as an angel intervenes and a ram is substituted for the offering. The boy’s life is spared by a sacrifice provided by God.
Our journey continues and we enter Pharaoh’s land at the moment when God’s judgments against the Egyptian kingdom are coming to their conclusion.
God commands His people to put the blood of a sacrifice upon the doorposts of their houses and the plague of death upon the Egyptians firstborn would pass them by as God said in Exodus 12:13, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”
The Israelites obeyed this command and their lives were spared by the blood of the Passover lamb.
Released from Pharaoh’s bondage, we follow the Hebrew nation into the wilderness, a place of testing where God gives His laws through His servant Moses.
Now there are Ten Commandments that must be obeyed.
But before Moses even has the chance to present the word of God that had been written in stone, Moses finds to his dismay that his people are dancing around a golden calf, a god that their own hands had made, breaking the first commandment – “thou shall have no other gods before Me.” In response, Moses breaks the stones containing God’s Word before the people showing them and us that if you break one commandment, you have broken them all.
Moses returns to his mountain of intimacy with the Lord and he is given the commandments again, but this time he is also given the plan and the pattern for the construction of the tabernacle; the place where sacrifices would be made; sacrifices that would be accepted by God for the forgiveness of sins.
This is why the Apostle Paul said in Romans 5:14 that death reigned from Adam to Moses. Why did it stop at Moses? Because provision was made for the forgiveness of sins and the redemption of the people in the tabernacle sacrifices. Paul is telling us that no one can be saved without atonement.
God told Moses in Leviticus 17:11 - “The life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.” God has never changed this requirement for the remission of sin. Never.
Does that mean that no one could be saved prior to the tabernacle sacrifices? Revelation thirteen, verse eight tells us that Jesus was “slain from the foundation of the world.” God considered the atonement of Jesus a completed act even before its actual manifestation. We are shown from Jesus’ parable of Lazarus and the rich man found in Luke sixteen that those who believed in God and died prior to the tabernacle sacrifices and Jesus’ sacrifice, like Abraham, went to Paradise. Jesus’ fulfillment of the atonement on Calvary released those souls from Paradise and enabled their entrance into Heaven and God’s presence.
The instructions for atonement in the tabernacle services were to be followed precisely as God had given them to Moses with absolutely no deviations. When Aaron’s sons decided to get creative and invented an offering of their own design, they were immediately fired, literally, and their charred corpses were carried from the tabernacle.
God dealt with them severely because unless God’s pattern is followed precisely the result is death – for multitudes; because we cannot be outfitted for heaven apart from what God has ordained. We can’t “wing it” like Aaron’s sons and deviate from the pattern. Man cannot add philosophy to God’s formula and expect an altered version of God’s plan of redemption to be accepted - and from a purely practical, spiritually scientific stand point – it just won’t work.
Standing in the doorway of the tabernacle in this journey, we realize that everything we have been shown so far is a foreshadow or a type prefiguring the fulfillment of God’s plan to rescue our souls from eternal spiritual death.
As we listen to the sounds of animals being slaughtered to make a temporary atonement for our sins, we look ahead to the fulfillment of the plan in Jesus, the prophesied Messiah, the Redeemer of mankind.
We continue on our journey toward a hill in the distance where the final once for all time sacrifice for our sins is to be made. We hear the prophet Isaiah’s words accompanying us along the way. He speaks and his prophecy concerning the purpose of Messiah’s coming flows around us like poetry.
He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:5,6).
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief: when Thou shall make His soul an offering for sin (verse 10).
As the realization of this fact begins to take hold of our hearts, we suddenly find ourselves standing with the disciples at the foot of the cross where Jesus is being crucified.
We watch with the apostle John as the centurion pierces Jesus’ side with his spear, and we see the clear fluid from the heart’s pericardial sac flow out with blood from the wound. Jesus’ was clearly dead, for when that sac is pierced there can be no hope of resuscitation.
The Passover Lamb has been slain and placed in a tomb.
And here we wait for the prophesied moment to arrive, the new dawn when Jesus returns to life. And in this instant of resurrected victory we know that the plan that God has designed for the redemption of mankind has been victoriously completed.
We stand with the disciples before our resurrected Lord in awe and amazement.
Jesus’ sacrifice has cleansed our believing souls and we have received His righteousness upon us. We are now clothed in our wedding garments, the “space suits” that make us acceptable and enables us to be invited into the universe of God’s Holy Presence.
Now that we have been cleansed by faith in the atonement, we have been enabled to receive God’s Holy Spirit. Then Jesus speaks to us as recorded in John 20:22, “Receive the Holy Spirit!” and He breathes into us His Eternal life giving Spirit that will enable our souls to live forever in Heaven’s holy atmosphere.
If you still don’t understand how all this works, we’re going to get a bit technical here.
Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit into His disciples after His resurrection. The only other time that word “breathed” is used in the Scriptures is when God breathed the breath of life into Adam. In the Hebrew the word “breath” is “Neshamah”. The word in Hebrew for the Holy Spirit is “Ruach”.
Therefore, Adam’s life force was not the Ruach, the Holy Spirit. The “breath,” the neshamah that animated Adam’s body does not have the ability to enable the soul to breathe and live eternally in God’s holy environment. Because humans were designed by God to live on earth, the neshamah was not designed to transport the soul into God’s presence after the death of the body. The neshamah is not the oxygen of heaven, it is designed only to give life to the human body on earth. Jesus was given life as a man by the Ruach, the Holy Spirit as the scriptures record in Luke 1:35. The Holy Spirit came upon Mary, and God breathed His Spirit into her womb. Paul notes the distinction between Adam and Jesus in first Corinthians 15:45 – And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening (or life giving) spirit.
“Jesus was made a life giving spirit”
Jesus said in John 5:26, “As the Father has life in Himself, so He has given to the Son to have life in Himself.”
The life is in the blood as we have been shown in Leviticus 17:11, and that life in the blood of Jesus, His life force as man is the Holy Spirit. And as Jesus has said in Matthew 10:20, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father.
So you see this is why it is essential that we receive Jesus, and why we need Him;
because it is only through faith in God’s plan of redemption, the death and resurrection of the Messiah Jesus, that we can receive the Holy Spirit, and only the Holy Eternal Spirit of the living God gives us the ability to live eternally. It is the oxygen of heaven and it has been placed by God in the blood of the Messiah to give to us through faith in His death and resurrection – God’s plan for our redemption.
Jesus breathes that life in His blood, His Eternal Spirit, that oxygen we need to survive eternally in heaven, into us when we believe.
We have reached the end of our journey and we now have learned the “Spiritually Scientific” reason why salvation can only be obtained through God’s plan because the holy oxygen we need for our soul’s survival in heaven’s holy atmosphere is only found in the blood of Jesus; The blood that is released to us by His sacrifice that makes us holy and gives us eternal life.
Before all of humanity there stands a great mountain. Its summit is hidden in the clouds of heaven. Each one of us is making a journey up that mountain seeking to obtain the summit where God and eternity resides.
No matter what our religion, we are all one in this endeavor, but as we continue upward, we find that the air is getting thinner, rarer. We discover to our dismay that we cannot continue to the summit for the air in that realm is too rare and holy for us to breathe.
Then out from humanities’ multitudes that have been forced to remain behind, emerges a remnant clothed in white, marching upward in triumph and gratitude. These ones continue on to the summit and disappear into the holy mist of God’s abode because they have been equipped for the journey by faith and they can breathe the rare air of heaven.
Will you be among those ones clothed in the garments that only God can provide through faith in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus?
If you don’t as yet have your space suit and the oxygen you need to survive in heaven, it’s easy to obtain. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead as the Scriptures proclaim. Then repent. Admit you have sinned and you need His forgiveness. Ask Him to forgive your sins, then invite Him into your heart to be the Lord of your life. It’s as easy as praying and He will give you all the equipment you need for your adventure with Him in eternity.
In this journey we have watched Jesus die on a cross for our sins. We stood before His empty tomb and beheld Him breathing His eternal life giving Spirit into His disciples’ souls.
If you believe – Jesus is standing before you now and He is asking you to do one thing – “Inhale!”
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Copyright 2014 by H.D. Shively
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