God... does not get us to heaven

God is God.  God is Father.  And, Jesus is Jesus.  Jesus is Son.
God does not get us to heaven.  Only through His Son, Jesus Christ, can we get to heaven.

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." 
(Acts 4:12)

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father
except through me.'" 
(John 14:6)


In the passage found in ACTS 10, we find a Roman centurion named Cornelius who was "devout and God-fearing; giving generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly". (Acts 10:2)

In the passage found in ACTS 16:11-15, we find Lydia, a business woman, who "was a worshiper of God".  (Acts 16:14)

In both of these examples, Cornelius and Lydia believed in God and followed the moral and ethical teachings of scripture.  They were God followers.

But, what scripture goes on to teach us is that both Cornelius and Lydia needed salvation through Jesus Christ.  Being a "God follower" would not absolve them of their sins (heal them) and save them. (entrance into heaven)


For Cornelius, it is shown in these verses (Acts 10:34-43).....
"You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all." (Acts 10:36)

"how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went about doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him."
 (Acts 10:38)

"All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." (Acts 10:43)

"While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message."  (Acts 10:44)


For Lydia, it is shown in this verse (Acts 16:14)....
"One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God.  The Lord opened her heart <to respond to> *Paul's message."

*Paul's message:

The Message is That Jesus is The Christ, that He Was Crucified, and Rose Again!

"Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you have received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures."  (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.'" 
(John 14:6)

Entrance into an eternal heaven, and for a relationship with God, is through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.  

(Romans 10:9-10, 13)
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”


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