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Do You Know for Sure?

How to be certain you are going to heaven

Have you come to the place in your spiritual life where you know for sure that if you were to die today you would go to heaven, or is that something you would say you are still working on? Did you know that the Bible tells you how you can know for sure that you have eternal life and will go to be with God in heaven? The Bible says, "These things I have written to you…that you may know that you have eternal life."

Here is a tough question: Suppose you were to die today and stand before God and He were to say to you, "Why should I let you into My heaven?" What would you say? The Bible says that there are five things you need to know about eternal life.

Heaven is a free gift

The Bible says, "…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). And because heaven is a free gift, like any other genuine gift…

It is not earned or deserved.

No amount of personal effort, good works, or religious deeds can earn you a place in heaven. 

For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Why is it that no one can earn his way to heaven? Because…

Man is a sinner

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Sin is transgressing God's law and includes such things as lying, lust, cheating, deceit, anger, evil thoughts, immoral behavior and more. And because of this…

Man cannot save himself.

If you wanted to save yourself by good deeds, do you know how good you would have to be? 

Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)

With such a high standard, no one can save himself. However, in spite of our sin…

God is merciful, and therefore doesn't want to punish us.

This is because "…God is love" (1 John 4:8). And He says, "…I have loved you with an everlasting love…" (Jeremiah 31:3)

But the same Bible that tells us that God loves us, also tells us that…

God is just and therefore must punish sin.

He says, "…(I) will by no means clear the guilty…" (Exodus 34:7) and "…the soul who sins shall die." (Ezekiel 18:4)

We have a problem: God loves us and doesn't want to punish us, but He is just and mush punish sin. God solved this problem in the Person of…

Jesus Christ. Who is He?

The Bible tells us clearly that He is the infinite God-Man.

In the beginning was the Word (Jesus)…and the Word (Jesus) was God. And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us… (John 1:1, 14)

Jesus came to earth and lived a sinless life, but while on earth…

What did He do?

He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and rose from the grave to purchase a place for us in Heaven.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

Jesus Christ bore our sin in His body on the cross and now offers you eternal life (heaven) as a free gift. This gift is received by…

Faith

Faith is the key that opens the door to heaven. Many people mistake two things for saving faith:

  1. Saving faith is not mere intellectual assent, like believing certain historical facts. The Bible says that the devil believes there is one God, so believing that there is one God is not saving faith.
  2. Saving faith is not mere temporal faith, that is, trusting God for temporary crises such as financial, family, or physical needs. Now these are good, and you should trust Christ for these, but they are not saving faith.

Saving Faith

Saving faith is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life. It means resting upon Christ alone and what He has done rather than in what you or I have done to get us into heaven. 

…Believe (trust) in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…" (Acts 16:31)

You have just read the greatest story ever told about the greatest offer ever made by the greatest person who ever lived, Jesus Christ. The question God is asking you now is…

Would you like to receive the gift of eternal life?

Because this is such an important matter, let's clarify what it involves. It means you need to:

  • Transfer your trust from what you have been doing to what Christ has done for you on His cross.
  • Accept Christ as Savior. Open the "door" to your heart and invite Him in.

He says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20)

  • Receive Jesus Christ as Lord. Give Him the "driver's seat" and "controls" of your life, not the "back seat."
  • Repent.  Be willing to turn from anything that is not pleasing to Him. He will reveal His will to you as you grow in your relationship with Him.

Now, if that is what you really want…

You can go to God in prayer right where you are.

You can receive His gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ right now.

For with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13, 13)

If you want to receive the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, then call on Him, asking Him for this gift right now.

Here's a suggested prayer:

"Lord Jesus Christ, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe you died and rose from the grave to purchase a place in heaven for me. Lord Jesus, come into my life; take control of my life; forgive my sins and save me. I repent of my sins and now place my trust in You for salvation. I accept the free gift of eternal life.

If this prayer is the sincere desire of your heart, look at what Jesus promises to those who believe in Him:

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has eternal life. (John 6:47)

Welcome to God's family

  • If you have truly repented (forsaken, turned away) from your sins, 
  • Placed your trust in Jesus Christ's sacrificial death
  • And received the gift of eternal life
  • You are a child of God! Forever!

Welcome to the family of God! 

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become the sons of God, even to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12)

Today is your spiritual birthday! 

Today is a day you will always want to remember! The Bible speaks of those who have received eternal life in these words:

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:13)

When you were physically born, the day of your birth was attested by a birth certificate. And so today, to help you recall what God has done in your life on this important day, we invite you to sign and keep the following…

Spiritual Birth Certificate

"For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:13).

Knowing that I have sinned, and that I need the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior, I now turn from my sins and trust Him for my eternal life. I ask Jesus Christ to forgive me, and to deliver me from sin's power and give me eternal life. 

I now give Jesus Christ control of my life. From this time forward, as He gives me strength, I will seek to trust Him and obey Him in all areas of my life

Date ___________________

Signature ________________________________________

  

What's Next?

Just as a newborn baby grows physically, in a similar way you can grow spiritually, by taking the following steps:

  1. Read the Bible. Starting with the Gospel of John, read a chapter a day. "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word (of God), that you may grow thereby" (1 Peter 2:2).

  2. Prayer. Spend time each day talking to God. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God" (Philippians 4:6).

  3. Worship. Regularly attend a church that honors Jesus Christ and teaches you the Bible. "I was glad when they said to me, let us go into the house of the Lord" (Psalm 122:1). "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).

  4. Fellowship. Spend time with Christians who will help you grow in faith. "That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3).

  5. Witness. Tell others what Jesus Christ means to you! "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses…" (Acts 1:8).

How exciting! Click here to tell us if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.

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