We would all like to go to heaven, but can we really know for sure?
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Each person is unique and sees life from his own perspective. Some seem so sure, while others feel they have little hope. Reality is….everyone has the same offer of salvation but not everyone responds the same way. How will you respond? Take a moment right now and ask yourself two important questions.
- If you were to die today are you totally sure that you would go to heaven?
- Suppose you were to stand before Jesus Christ and he were to ask you, “Why should I let you into heaven?” What would you say? ‘I’ve tried to live a good life’…..’I’m a church member’……’I’ve been baptised’……’I remember a day when I trusted Jesus Christ as my Saviour.’
The Bible is very clear that you CAN know your eternal destiny!
The Bible says in I John 5:13: “These things have I written unto you…that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”
We Are all Sinners
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)
We are sinners by birth
The Bible says in the book of Romans that sin began with the first man, Adam.
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)
Adam disobeyed God. The sinful nature of Adam was then passed on to every person born thereafter. Every one of us inherited the sinful nature of Adam.
We are also sinners by choice.
The Bible says in James 4:17: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
We sin by choosing to do wrong. All of us are guilty of choosing to disobey God in action, attitude, or thought.
Can you admit that you are a sinner?
The Payment for Sin is Death
“For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23)
We need to understand two things about death:
Physical death is when we cease to physically live on this earth.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27)
Spiritual death is referred to in the Bible as the “second death.” If a person dies without receiving God’s gift of eternal life, he experiences the “second death,” or eternal separation from God.
The Bible reveals this in Revelation 20:14-15,
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Can you see that if you do not receive God’s gift of eternal life, you will spend eternity separated from God?
Jesus Died for You
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Not only did Jesus die on the cross for you, but he was buried and rose from the grave three days later.
“…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Do you believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave three days later?
You Must Receive Jesus Christ by Faith
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sin, so that you can have eternal life (heaven). So, the logical question is, “What do I need to do to receive the gift of eternal life?”
First, you must stop depending on your own effort, good deeds, baptism, church membership or any other “good work.” The Bible says that salvation is received by faith in Jesus Christ alone, and not by good works!
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
What have you been depending on to get you to heaven?
Second, you must put your faith in Jesus Christ alone. Believing on Jesus Christ is transferring your trust from self-effort and good works to trusting Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)
What do we all have in common? We all would like to go to heaven.
Do you believe that faith in Jesus Christ alone is the only way to heaven?
Would you like to receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour today?
Prayer is the way we express the desires of our hearts to Jesus. Right now, wherever you are, sincerely pray a simple prayer like this.
I admit that I am a sinner and deserve to go to hell. I believe that you died on the cross and paid the penalty for my sin. I believe that you rose from the dead three days later.
Lord, I am no longer depending on my own good works to give me eternal life. Instead, I am placing my faith in you alone to forgive my sin and to give me eternal life. Thank you Lord. Amen.”
If you have just received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, please contact us so that we can help you learn more about this new life that Jesus gives.