9Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Dear RZIM community,
I had some thoughts about Heaven running around in my mind, and wanted to know if I might bounce some things off you all. I wonder if the right question is not Who is to be present in Heaven as much as it is What is to be present in Heaven? The Bible tells us that God desires all to be saved, but that in the end, few will be. I believe that the verse I pasted above begins to explain this. Lives full of pride, envy, hatred, wrath etc have no place in Heaven. It does not matter if someone has said the sinner’s prayer or done all the right religious deeds, if the fruit of their life is carnal, they don’t really know God, and thus no place can be found for them there. I imagine I am rather orthodox in what I have stated so far. But I am beginning to wonder if the converse could be true. Could someone who has never darkened the door of a church, or said the right prayer, yet whose life demonstrates the Fruit of the Spirit be saved? I think somewhere in Scripture there is something about walking in the light that we have. Even those outside what we would understand to be Christian, if they demonstrate by their life that they know God, are they not also salved?