Almost every year I travel to a foreign country preaching the gospel of Christ. I have crossed the borders of our nation north, south, east, and west. Whenever you leave this country and cross into another, three things are required.

  1. You must have a birth certificate to prove your citizenship.
  2. You must have a visa from the country receiving you.
  3. You must have a clean record, no criminal record.

Soon I will leave this land of sorrow and sin. I hope to enter into the bliss and glory of heaven. I hope to stand forever accepted as a citizen of the New Jerusalem. Here is the basis of my hope.

A BIRTH CERTIFICATE - The Lord God has given me a new nature (II Cor. 5:17). There is in me a new man, created of God in righteousness and true holiness.

A VISA - I have a right to enter into heaven itself by the blood of Christ, because I am robed in his righteousness. God says, "It must be perfect to be accepted," and in Christ I am perfect! He has made me perfectly righteous before God!

A CLEAR RECORD - Jesus Christ has purged away all my sins with his own precious blood. Therefore God will never charge me with any sin (Rom. 4:8). When I stand before God and he searches the books for iniquity and sin under my name, he will find none (Jer. 50:20). DO YOU HAVE WHAT GOD REQUIRES?

Don Fortner, Pastor


2734 Old Stanford Road
Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438 USA
Telephone 859-236-8235

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