Different ideas about how and why a person receives eternal life abound. Some people think that a person cannot know what will happen to them after they die, but the Bible says that you can know for sure that you will live with God in heaven for eternity!
Do you know for certain that you will spend eternity in Heaven with God?
“These things have I written unto you… that ye may know that ye have eternal life…” (1 John 5.13)
For a good part of my adult life I worried about what would happen to me after I died. I was unsure and afraid of what God would do to me on the day of judgment. I thought about death quite often, because for 15 years of my adult life I was a police officer in a large city, and almost on a weekly basis my life was put in jeopardy.
I once stopped a car that was fleeing from another officer. When I told the woman to get out of the car she tried to stab me in my stomach with a six inch knife. This kind of thing happening to me at work made me think about where I would spend eternity.
A couple of years after I received eternal life I was working the night shift, and I chased down a man who was shooting an automatic rifle in the air. When he saw my police car approaching him, he fled and tried to hide in the dark behind a house. As I approached him on foot he threw his loaded rifle on the ground and surrendered. I’m glad he didn’t shoot and kill me, but if he had, I knew that I would spend eternity in heaven with God.
If God were to ask you why He should let you into His heaven, what reason would you give Him to allow you in?
People answer this question many different ways; some people say that they should be allowed to live in Heaven for eternity because they are “good people,” that is, they are better than many other people and their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds.
The Bible says such thinking is wrong, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one… For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3.10, 23)
No person is good enough in the sight of God to earn their way into heaven.
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64.6)
All people are in reality enemies of God. We have all sinned against His holy law. It would be irrational for God to give unrighteous enemies a place in His holy righteous kingdom.
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Romans 8.6-7)
In spite of your sinfulness God does love you, and it is His desire that you spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3.9)
God takes no pleasure in the death of an enemy, but you have no hope apart from the grace of God. There is nothing that you can do to earn your way into heaven. It is only by the grace of God that a person may receive the gift of eternal life.
“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)
God has a standard for entering into Heaven, and that standard is perfection.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God…”
The Bible tells us that we are not able to measure up to God’s standard. It tells us that we are all sinners.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3.23)
The Bible also tells us that there are consequences to our sin, and the consequences are death, eternal separation from God.
“For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6.23)
Yet we know that God loves us.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,” (Ephesians 2.4)
But God is also a just God, He will not allow the guilty to go unpunished.
“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18.4)
We are all faced with a problem. We all deserve to go to Hell.
“But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21.8)
But here is the GOOD NEWS!
God solved our sin problem for us!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3.16)
You must believe in Jesus to receive God’s gift of eternal life. Believing is not just believing in the facts about Jesus. To believe means to place your complete confidence in Jesus and what he did by dying on the cross and rising from the dead to pay for your sins and offer to you eternal life.
The Bible is clear about how a person receives the gift of eternal life.
“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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10.9-10, 13)
God wants you to be in heaven with Him. God wants you to receive His gift of eternal life. This gift can only be received through Jesus.
“Jesus saith…, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14.6)
God will not force you to go to Heaven however, you can decide to rebel against His plan for you. You can do things your own way. You can choose not to believe the Bible, but beware.
“A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.” (Proverbs 14.16)
I cannot remember a time in my life where I did not know that there was a day of judgment for me after my death. I believe all men know that someday there is a payday. Someday all men will surely stand before a holy righteous God and give an account for all of their actions.
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works… And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
(Revelation 20.12, 15)
You can receive God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ right now. You can escape that great day of judgment and instead of a death sentence you can receive eternal life from God. If you desire to receive God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, then call on him. Ask him for this gift right now.
You can go to God in prayer right now!
HERE IS A SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Lord Jesus Christ, I know that I have sinned against a holy God, and that I do not by any measure deserve eternal life, but by faith I believe you died on the cross to pay the penalty that I owe for my many sins, and that you rose from the grave to purchase a place in heaven for me. Lord Jesus, forgive me of my sins and save me from the eternal judgment I deserve in a lake of fire. I now place my trust in you alone for my salvation. I accept your free gift of eternal life. Amen!”
If you just prayed this prayer, and it was an expression of the sincere desire of your heart to trust Jesus Christ alone for your eternal destiny, then you now possess God’s gift of eternal life!
This is what Jesus says to those who trust in him for their eternal life:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” (John 6.47)
If you have just placed your faith in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you have just received the gift of eternal life, you are now a child of God forever! Nothing can ever change that!
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