Am I Going to Heaven?

Have you ever casually, or even seriously, wondered about that?  Is there an answer to such a seemingly unanswerable question?  You bet there is!  Jesus Himself told us how to insure we join Him for eternity after our physical death.  The following words written by the Holy Spirit through John and Luke carry Jesus’ own answer to that vitally important question for all of us.

 

“I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”1  Anyone who believes* in God’s Son has eternal life.  Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.2  “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes* in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save** the world through Him.3  So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’4  I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”5  There is salvation in no one else!  God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.**6 Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved**, along with everyone in your household.7

 

He was equally candid about our going to Hell if we reject His message of salvation.  Right now might be a good time to pause and let you satisfy any lingering doubts you may have about there being a real Hell and a real choice.  Read in the Bible what it says in Matthew 5:22, 29, 30, 10:28, 25:41, 46; Mark 9:43; Luke 16:24-31; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9; 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:2-4, 8, 27; 22:11.  So you see, there is a choice. Make sure you choose eternal life in Heaven rather than eternal death (separation from God) in Hell.

 

What Do I Do?

You must admit to God that you are a sinner, and all of us are, whether it’s pride, lies, adultery, covetousness, selfishness, self-indulgence (drunkenness, drugs, overeating, sex, gambling, profanity), self-righteousness, self-pity, idolatry (money, self, another person, things [your smartphone, for example]). (1 John 1:10)

 

You must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God – and that as a perfect man He took upon Himself all our sins (past, present & future) to die in crucified agony in our place – and that through His triumphant rising from that death to eternal life with God, the Father, He secured victory over Satan forever – for you, but only if you will believe it and act on it. (John 3:16,18)  In a deliberate act of your will, you must surrender yourself to Jesus, the Christ.  This act of yielding to God through Christ is done simply by praying to Jesus, saying that you know you are a sinner and asking Him to forgive you, and to come in to lead your life forever. (Romans 10:9-10)

 

Not incidentally, of all the founders of the various faiths and religions of this world, only Jesus claimed to be God, andonly He rose from the dead, later seen by hundreds, as documented in the Bible and in other books of the time, to prove He was and is the only true God. As taught by Jesus in scripture, Christianity is not a religion; it is a personal relationship with God Himself in Christ Jesus.  And do not be deceived by the doctrines and dogmas of the religions of this world (Colossians 2:8). If any tenet held by any religion cannot be supported by God’s Word (His Holy Bible), then it is false and will mislead you, no matter how “religious” it seems.

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Footnotes (New Living Translation):
1John 3:3     2 John 3:36     3 John 3:16, 17     4 John 3:7     5 John 14:6    6 Acts 4:12    7 Acts 16:31
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is source for these definitions:
*    Believe (+):  From Greek Pisteuo meaning to entrust, to commit (especially one’s spirit to Christ).
**  Save (+):  From Greek Sozo meaning to deliver, protect, preserve, make whole.

God’s Guarantee
If you have just prayed that prayer with heartfelt commitment, your spirit has been reborn and regenerated by the Holy Spirit who now lives in you.  You are now saved from death (eternal separation from the God who made and loves you) and sealed by the Holy Spirit as one of God’s family.  How do you know for sure?  Because God does not lie.  He said if you believe* in Jesus, you will have eternal life (1 John 4:15 and 5:11-13).  You are now the true Christian son or daughter of God, the Father, that He longs for you to be.  You are assured of joining Him in His heaven after your mortal death (John 11:25,26) and of enjoying here a growing personal friendship. Your praise and thanks for this true miracle go to God alone (Father, Son & Holy Spirit)!

One final thought to ponder…. God has provided only one way home – Jesus.  Please don’t turn your back on the only way to Heaven.  If you are thinking of putting off your personal acceptance of Christ Jesus as your Savior, please read 2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14.  Accepting Christ as Savior is the only Total Surrender in which there is Total Victory!  So pray now to receive Him as your Savior and Lord!

If you want to explore anything here more thoroughly, just talk with one of the Christians around you.  We all want to help introduce you to Christ Jesus, your only way to Heaven.

From a Christ-following soldier & servant, in Christ’s Love and Service!  _______________________________________________________________________
Original written Oct 79, renewed Dec 2000, condensed in 2019.  Accurate use by others is joyfully granted.

Now, a special word to those who are church-goers
There are many good, church-going or bible-reading people who say, “Sure, I believe all of that, so I’m a Christian.”  The truth is that they may be using the word “believe” as it’s defined in a dictionary, “to accept as true or real.”  In James 2:19 it says even the devil and his demons believe in Christ and shudder.  But as the footnote for believe* says, the writers of the New Testament, empowered by the Holy Spirit, meant much more than intellectual agreement for believe*.  They meant “to entrust, to commit, to yield” to Jesus.  Anything less does not meet God’s only condition for your entering His kingdom.  “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it” (Matthew 7:14).

So now it should be clear.  You must understand with your mind and heart that we humans are utterly incapable of earning eternal life in heaven by doing or being good, such as going to church, giving to charity, tithing, singing in the choir, visiting the sick, etc (Titus 3:5-7).  We simply have to “get it” that what God wants is our acceptance of His Love and Grace (means unmerited favor) by surrendering our lives to Him through His Son Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10).  Which isn’t asking much considering that He asked His Son Jesus to voluntarily shed His blood as full payment for the penalty for our sins. Surely gratitude alone for the price He paid should compel you to accept that magnificent, unconditional Love by yielding yourself to Him.  You will then be assured of being His child and of entering His kingdom now and forever! Your eternal life and deepening personal relationship with Him starts here and now if you choose to make it so.  No gift is yours until you accept it.

We hope all this has helped you see The Truth.  We are not Human Beings on a Spiritual journey.  We are Spiritual Beings on a Human journey.  And Jesus wants to see us all safely back in Heaven with Him someday…

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