OUR BIBLE MINISTRIES "Taking the Bible Seriously"
OUR BIBLE MINISTRIES"Taking the Bible Seriously" 

 

Do you know for sure that you are going to be with God in Heaven?

“These things I have written unto you . . . that you may know that you have eternal life . . .” (1 John 5:13)

If God were to ask you, “Why should I let you into My Heaven?” what would you say?

Heaven is a gift, like any other genuine gift, it is not earned or deserved.

The Bible says, “ . . . the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).“For by grace are you 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).

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, evil thoughts, immoral behavior, and more.  And because of this, man cannot save himself.

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 which 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 that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4).

We have a problem. God solved this problem for us in the Person of Jesus Christ.

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) was made flesh, and dwelt among us . . .(John 1:1,14).

Jesus Christ 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.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity (sin) 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.

Many people mistake two things for saving faith:

Saving faith is not mere head knowledge, 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.

Saving faith is also 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 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) on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved . . .(Acts 16:31).

The question that God is asking you now is would you like to receive the gift of eternal life?

It means that 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 any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to Him . . . .” (Revelation 3:20)

Receive Jesus Christ as Lord
Give Him the “driver’s seat” and “controls” of your life, not the “back seat.”

“That, if you would confess with your mouth, ‘Lord Jesus,’ and would believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

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.

 

If you really want to do this, you can talk to God and tell Him what you believe in a prayer such as this:  “Thank you, God, that Jesus Christ died on the cross and paid for my sins and then was raised from the dead.  I admit that I have sins in my life and ask that You would forgive me of my sins.  I am willing to repent, to change and turn from these sins.  I am trusting in Jesus Christ, as my Savior, and entrusting to Him my life, as my Lord, my Boss.  Help me to be the kind of person that you want me to be.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

 

If you have found this important in your life, please, contact us.  We would like to help you with any further details or any questions that you may have. 

 

--Adapted from Evangelism Explosion, www.evangelismexplosion.org

 

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