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Water Baptism a Precursor to Spirit Baptism

When and How Do We Receive the Holy Spirit?

Can good people who are not Christians get into Heaven?

Can good people who are not Christians get into Heaven?
by Dan Therrien

People in all cultures and in every phase of history are saved the same way—by the grace of God given to undeserving sinners, not because of what we know, where we are born or how we have been indoctrinated, but “because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:5).

While some may be ignorant of the content of Scripture and the teachings of Christ, they are by no means deprived of any knowledge of what is right and wrong, nor are they deprived of the knowledge of God’s existence. Romans 1:20 tells us, “For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” In reality, it is not that some people have not heard about Christ. Rather, the problem is that they have rejected what they have heard and what is readily seen in nature. Deuteronomy 4:29 proclaims, “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” This verse teaches an important principle: everyone who truly seeks after Truth will find it. If a person sincerely desires to know the true God, God will make Himself known.

Those in false religions are always subject to the teaching of salvation by works. If they believe they can satisfy a holy and perfect God by the keeping of rules and laws, God will allow them to continue in their efforts at self-justification until He finally judges them rightly. If, however, they respond to the goading of a conscience awakened by God and cry out to Him—as the tax collector in the temple did—“Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:9-14), God will respond with His truth and grace. 

Only in Christ the Savior is a man freed from the liability of guilt, sin, and shame. Our right standing before our Judge is established on one thing only: the finished work of Christ crucified who shed His blood so we could live (John 19:30). We are released from our sins by His blood (Revelation 1:5). He has reconciled us in His earthly body through His death (Colossians 1:22). Jesus bore our sins in His own Body on the cross so that by His wounds we are healed (1 Peter 2:24). We are made holy through the offering up of Jesus’ body as a sacrifice once for all (Hebrews 10:10). Christ appeared once for all to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Hebrews 9:26). God sent His Son to remove the wrath that we ourselves deserved (1 John 4:10). The penalty of sin that is rightly ours is absolved by grace through faith, not by any righteous deeds of our own (Ephesians 2:8-9).
(Romans 2) 1You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? 5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”a 7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11For God does not show favoritism. 12All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

(Ephesians 2:8-9For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

(James 2:14-26) What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. ...
Gal. 2:16 - "Knowing that a man IS NOT JUSTIFIED BY THE WORKS of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, ....that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and NOT by the WORKS of the law: FOR BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW SHALL NO FLESH BE JUSTIFIED." 

(Matthew 6) When you do good deeds, don’t try to show off. If you do, you won’t get a reward from your Father in heaven. 2When you give to the poor, don’t blow a loud horn. That’s what show-offs do in the meeting places and on the street corners, because they are always looking for praise. I can assure you that they already have their reward. 3When you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know about it. 4Then your gift will be given in secret. Your Father knows what is done in secret, and he will reward you.

(2 Cor. 5:10)  “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 

(John 1:12)  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

(John 3:3) “...no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.“The Greek for again also means from above;

We all know if we are born again believers in Christ, we will be chastised at the judgment but not condemned as is the case with non-believers. That being the case, I was recently put in a place to console someone who lost a loved who apparently was not a Christian and did not live the right kind of life and I've known people like that as well so I started asking questions to myself and seeking answers.

Is it possible for someone to believe and repent to be born from above after we die and stand before Jesus at the judgment. If the answer is no then why is there a need for a judgment? Is there more to God's love and grace than we can even imagine.

(1 Corinthians 11:31,32) For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32But when we are judged, we are chastened (to correct behavior) of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Can this happen at the judgment? This would be comforting to know when a loved one dies. I do know God's grace is more than we can imagine and with God all things are possible. We know those not close to God won't get the rewards He has for those who do His will in this life but maybe those who pass without being born again have a chance at the judgment if they didn't commit the one unforgiveable sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Many people use God's name in vain but not the Holy Spirit so is there hope? Christianity teaches our judgment will be based solely on decisions we made in this life but the bible isn't clear on that other than being born again in this life will give us the assurance of going to heaven.

(1 Cor. 6:9,10) states, "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who submit perform homosexual acts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor verbal abusers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.…" (Luke 17:21) states, "...behold, the kingdom of God is within you." When we are born again we can experience heaven on earth with great joy because the Holy Spirit will reside within us. Those others miss out on this joy and go through life with an emptyness which doesn't get filled. Does saying they won't inherit the kingdom of God mean they are missing out on the blessings received by the Holy Spirit when you are born again or does it just refer to the after life.

The bible teaches us how to get the most out of this life as God would want for us. Our choices determine that but are we limiting God's grace to what may happen to a soul if it repents and believes when face to face with Jesus at the judgment.

That would be a comforting thought for many but the judgment is not like that. We are actually on trial now and we have been given free will to make decisions which would render us innocent or guilty. There's no going back after we die and scripture gives us plenty of evidence.

2 Thes 1: 8 & 9 gives us a good idea about the judgment by what is said about Christ's second coming where it states He will return "in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.

When the judgment comes we are not on trial and have no more say on the outcome. All the evidence is documented in God's books which will be opened when we stand before God so we know why we're being judged the way we are.

Rev. 20:12-14 states, "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gve up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.

1 Cor.6:9 (NIV) states, "Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

All these sins can and will be forgiven and remembered no more if we repent and turn to Christ.

Are there exceptions for some who don't know Christ? Mathew 24:14 tells us the end will come when the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations. This means some have not heard the gospel so these people can't possibly reject what they haven't heard. Also, there are children who die who have not reached the age of accountability to where they have the spiritual and mental facility to grasp the issues. God gives us the ability to instinctively distinguish between right and wrong and I believe God's grace will allow these exceptions if they truly try to go good. Here's why.

Romans 2:12 states, "All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

It's our duty to share this message to those around us as there's a good chance you could be the one responsible for saving their eternal life. If given an opportunity to share the gospel and you don't, you are not doing the will of God and you will more than likely be chastised for it or certain gifts of the spirit may be taken from you and given to someone else.

My final point is this. Faith cometh by hearing the word of God so someone has to tell you. If you are a believer it's because someone shared the gospel with you. If someone close to died an unbeliever and you shirked your responsibility to share the gospel with them, you have some explaining to do and need to pray the spirit is activated in your life so you will not be afraid to share and hopefully be the seed that leads them to salvation.

No one can be saved after they die.