You Can Have Assurance of Heaven!
Most people go through life with only a vague idea of what lies before them. Maybe they have remembered that a pastor told them that they would go to heaven when they died. A friend may have said, “You’ll be going to a better place!” A preacher or teacher may have promised that God would receive them if they only “believed” in Jesus. Dear Grandma or Mother may have said something about going home to see “Uncle Jim” or other family members who have died. But is this what God tells us? Remember that since God created us and Christ is now in heaven, they should know what lies beyond the present life!
Most polls indicate that the majority of people expect to go to Heaven or a better place when they die. Only a small percentage claim that they will go to hell. But the Word of God—the Bible—tells us the exact opposite! Jesus said that most people are on the “broad way” that “leads to destruction” (hell) and only the few are on the “narrow way” that “leads to life”—eternal life with God (Matthew 7:13-14). If only a few—a small number—will be received by God in His eternal Home, and the vast majority will be sent to hell and eternal separation from God, don’t you want to know how you can be among the blessed number who will be in eternal bliss of God’s Heavenly Home? The Lord Jesus hasn’t left us in the dark about his crucial matter. He has revealed the truth about our future!
The Bible says that because of our sin, we will experience the dreadful spiritual “death” (Romans 6:23), the coming wrath or anger of God (Romans 2:4-5), and the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). But God doesn’t want you or me to die without hope and eternally perish (2 Peter 3:9). He wants us to come to the knowledge of the truth about how to be saved from His coming righteous judgment (1 Timothy 2:4-6). Jesus was willing to die on the cross at Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, thereby suffering and dying for us and our sins. When we were helpless, at the right time Jesus died for us (Romans 5:6). God demonstrated His love by having the Lord Jesus die for us (v. 8). Through this amazing death, the Lord Jesus is able to reconcile us to God, from whom we have been alienated through our sins and selfishness (5:9-11).
Friend, not only did Jesus die for you and your sins, but God raised Him from the dead three days later (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 20) and by this wondrous resurrection, He can make us alive through our own experience of resurrection to life (v. 22). We read that by this means, Jesus “abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel [the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection]” (2 Timothy 1:9-10).
But how can we partake of Christ’s forgiveness of our sins and our future in His presence in heaven? The answer is simple, but many preachers, pastors, teachers, and well-meaning family members have given us erroneous answers. Jesus said, “Unless you repent,” you will “perish” in hell (Luke 13:5). If we refuse to repent of our sins, we will experience God’s righteous wrath and judgment (Romans 2:5). Further, Jesus declared, “He who believes in the Son [Jesus] has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see [eternal] life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). If you don’t believe in Christ Jesus, “you will die in your sins” (8:24). This would be a dreadful thing to face—dying with unforgiven sins! We must come to Christ in genuine faith if we hope to escape God’s judgment and receive eternal life in heaven, the most absolute bliss available!
If this is what you want, be willing to “confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord” and “believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,” so that “you will be saved” from God’s coming judgment and wrath (Romans 10:9). If you have already come to Jesus in faith, God’s word to you is: “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). Many people seem to either put off Biblical baptism and have never experienced it. Or they pervert the act with religious and churchly teachings; or they fail to have a solid, sincere, and true faith in Christ, which definitely will nullify Biblical baptism; or they haven’t really repented of all of their sins, which will invalidate any kind of water ritual that is called baptism. Don’t allow any of this to happen to you! Surrender your heart and life and come to God through Christ right now!
Eternal life in heaven can be yours! Read these promises:
- “If anyone keeps My word he will never see death” (John 8:51).
- “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
- “The Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32).
- “When you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10:36).
- “The one who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:17).
- “He who does not obey the Son [of God] will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36b).
- “The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9).
- “The wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 5:6).
Many other Bible passages could be supplied, but this is sufficient to show that God has made it abundantly clear that we can trust God and receive His present forgiveness of all of our sins and also have assurance of His gracious acceptance in the life to come. Please allow no roadblock or refusal to repent to stand in your way!
Don’t trust in your own heart for this would be foolish (Proverbs 28:26). Further, remember that there is a way that seems right to people, but it will lead to death (14:12). Don’t allow churchly traditions and false teachings to lead you astray (Mark 7:6-13) for this will lead you away from the true way of Christ (Colossians 2:8). You need to look at life with dead seriousness for you only have one life and it will soon be past! One billion or one trillion or one quadrillion years from now, you will be somewhere. Where will that be? (Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46)