You cannot abide in Christ except you are genuinely born again. The vast majority of those who claim to belong to Christ have no relationship with Him at all. You must be infused with a Hypostatic Chip in the power of the Holy Spirit who is currently in the world to convict mankind of sin, righteousness and judgment.
You were created to exist forever. In the beginning Adam had a sinless nature. His fall resulted in spiritual, physical and eternal death as decreed by God. Thereafter, the human body became mortal; it was made of dust and will revert to dust by reason of Adamic sin. But the real you is not your body. You are a spirit being. You have a soul. These two constitute your non-visible innerman, the real you. Have you noticed that when you sleep you dream dreams and see yourself doing things as you would in the natural? It is the real you that goes out in the spirit realm to engage in sundry encounters, some good, some horrible. You need the new birth to realign your life with God your Creator. For you to be a child of God you must be infused with a part of God, eternal life, which I prefer to call Hypostatic Chip because of its characteristics.
If you have not changed your spiritual status by a conscious and voluntary surrender of your life to Jesus Christ, then Satan is your spiritual father. Your status in life has nothing to do with it. Your wealth, education, political position or social standing cannot change the situation. That is the stark reality of your status before God. You may not appreciate the gravity of that horrible state of affair now until your life on earth is terminated.
The final destination of unbelievers is the lake of fire. At death unbelievers are taken to hell which is in the middle of the earth where they will remain until the millennial reign of Christ and the White Throne Judgment when, without exception, they will be herded into the lake of fire to be tormented forever and ever.
Being born again is the first step towards entering heaven. Regeneration alone does not guarantee entry into heaven. Jesus spoke about discovering the narrow road to heaven. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Mt 7:13-14 NKJV)
The Lord’s exhortation was directed to believers. You cannot fiknd the way to heaven unless you have seen the kingdom of God. You cannot see the kingdom of God unless you are born again. “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” (Jn 3:3 NKJV)
Some believers are on the narrow road; some remain where they were when they got born again. All unbelievers are walking along the broad road that leads to hellfire. An unbeliever cannot be on the narrow road to heaven because he or she is already spiritually dead. An unbeliever cannot ‘see’ the narrow road in that state. For such people physical death is a confirmation of eternal death, which is irreversible separation from God.
Jesus said the road to heaven is narrow; the gate at the end of the road is very narrow. Entry into this road is by volition. Many born again Christians do not find this road for lack of follow-up; they eventually backslide. God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Some believers who find the road grope alongside it without knowing what to do for lack of appropriate input of doctrine.
Unless you see the kingdom of God you cannot begin to walk along the road that leads to the gate of heaven. The gate of heaven must open for you to enter the celestial city. To be able to survive the perils along the narrow road you need the water of God’s Word imbibed in the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is imperative to learn kingdom-life principles applied in daily living to be fit to live in heaven. You do not learn how to live in heaven in heaven. You learn how to live in heaven on earth as you cannot do in heaven what you are not used to doing on earth. That is why the Bible gives strong commands regarding love, forgiveness and being one another’s keeper.
The password to heaven is love. It is more efficacious than the 613 provisions of the Law of Moses. Hence, let brotherly love flow is heaven’s standard for redeemed mankind.