The kingdom of heaven consists in these three essentials, according to Jesus of Nazareth:
And this is the good news of the gospel: that by faith every single human being may have all these essentials of salvation.
The five cardinal features of the Gospel of the Kingdom as presented by Jesus are as follows:
So the question really becomes, what is meant by the terms ‘go to heaven’ or ‘salvation’?
We start with the literal fact that an actual and real fragment of God the Father dwells in our minds. This is not to say that God lives in our brains, because he does not. He superimposes himself on our minds and works tirelessly to adjust our thinking to see things the way he does. The sense of elation we feel when we allow ourselves to receive this level of insight indicates the proof of the fact that it happens. There is no other way we can know him except through this personal experience.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the early believers in the Greek city of Corinth as recorded in 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, [NRSV]:
“Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,
‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual. Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny. ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”
nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him’
So you see, this process is not a recent discovery.
If we believe this and sincerely desire to cooperate with God and commit our very being to the task, then we are sons and daughters of God. This involves honest evaluation of our lack of sincerity up to that moment. Just as we would do with any person we may have mistreated or ignored, we must ask God to forgive us as we turn our lives over to him. Honest repentance creates the space in our personality to be filled by the spiritual awareness of God.
The fatherhood of God obviously implies the brotherhood of all mankind. If we are all God's children, then we are all brothers and sisters in the most basic sense. This simple teaching, the main emphasis of Jesus of Nazareth, was replaced 2000 years ago with the dogmatic “Gospel of the risen Christ”. It was created by a branch of the religion of the Hebrews which became known as “Christianity”. The teachings that the “redemption” of the entire human race is made possible only by the death of a god are a throwback to the earlier and primitive concepts of mankind. That billions of men and women are still kept in bondage by either the fear of offending this stern and judgmental God or by educated disgust for the obvious lack of common sense presented by it, is tragic. It is testament enough to the fact that these concepts have robbed mankind of the spiritual joy and the personal experience of liberty one knows as a faith child of the real living God.
Jesus did not offer himself as a sacrifice to appease the wrath of God. God is Love, not wrath. Salvation must be taken for granted by those who accept God as their Father. Concepts of atonement and propitiation are erroneous. Mankind does not need redemption, only repentance. Grasp the idea once and for all; God is a true and loving Father! An individual's personal acceptance of sonship with him is Salvation! This is the only concept which Jesus ever taught regarding God. If we know God as our Father we are his sons and daughters. If we strive to be like him, our path is sure. He will not fail us and our faith efforts. Abandon all those primitive notions about God as a stern and all-powerful ruler whose chief delight is to detect his subjects in wrongdoing and to see that they are adequately punished unless some being almost equal to himself should volunteer to suffer for them, to die as a substitute and in their stead. This near-pagan concept is archaic and abhorrent to the living Father of Love.
In the inner experience of mankind, mind (intellect) is joined to matter (physical brain) and cannot survive our death. The technique of salvation (individual personality survival after death) can be pre-experienced by adjustments of our human will leading to the transforming our minds. In doing so we become God-conscious; our intellect gradually becomes spirit taught and eventually spirit led. Our human mortal minds are naturally subservient to material reality, to matter. As such they are destined to become increasingly material. Materially identified mind will go the way of the material body at death.
But there is an alternative. Human minds which have, by faith, become yielded to the inner spirit of the Father, are destined to become increasingly spiritual. Ultimately, they will achieve oneness with the surviving and guiding divine spirit. In this way they will attain survival after death of the physical body. Our mental mistakes and errors of human conduct may markedly delay the evolution of our souls, but they cannot prevent its development. Nothing can prevent the spiritual advancement of an individual whose will is determined to know God. The soul is a super-material phenomenon grown in conjunction with the indwelling Spirit of God and the consent of the individual creature's will.
We all begin here as spirit seeds. Our purpose is to be nurtured into seedlings by our inner free gift of eternal potential, the indwelling spirit of the Father. We must embrace this most valuable of gifts and grow to the full potential of the living, loving being we are designed by God, our creator, our Father, to be.
The true sons and daughters of God will eventually rule this world, it is foreordained. But our humble planet’s descent into darkness has created great confusion for many thousands of years. This seemingly overwhelming planetary evil will sooner or later be eradicated. But let’s not allow the size of that task deter each of us from making that choice for ourselves right now! God has made the choice very simple.
As was so simply stated by Jesus himself, “The Kingdom of God is Within You.”