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Some people are not sure where they are going when they die. There are a few reasons for that. The worst case scenario is that the person has never believed the simple uncorrupted gospel of Jesus Christ. The second probability is that they have lost their confidence and become bewitched by those who teach them to finish in the flesh. Their confidence is placed in themselves, and they are double-minded and unstable in all their ways. In addition, their gospel is accursed. The Word of God, which is truth, assures us we can know.
Please, if you do not know for sure where you would go if you died today, consider reading this. In Christ’s love, Holly
YOU CAN KNOW FOR SURE
By Pastor Dan Lash – Weston Street Bible church
You can be sure.
If you have come to this website (see here), it is because you are at least curious concerning the idea that you can KNOW FOR SURE that you have an eternal home in heaven. Quite frankly, God wants you to know for sure! 10,000 years from now, YOU will be someplace, conscience of your surroundings. Moreover the Bible speaks of only two places where that might be. I don’t know about you, but nothing less than a 100% certainty concerning where you will spend eternity are acceptable odds!
Not only does God want you to know for sure where you are going to spend eternity, quite frankly, such a certainly is fundamental to Christian growth. God is not glorified by coerced obedience. God wants our service to Him to be out of a heart of gratitude and communion, not out of a heart of fear and an attitude of servitude. Like the Lord Jesus stated in John 15:15, he would rather you be His friend than His servant.
If you have come to this website to see evidence that you can know for sure that Heaven will be your home, consider the following verse:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24 NKJ
Follow very carefully the tenses of the verbs in the above verse.
►He who hears….present tense
►And believes …present tense
►Has everlasting life… Perfect tense, that is, action which begins now and continues into the future
►And shall not come into judgment… future tense
►But has passed from death into life… perfect tense, that is, action which is everlasting in its endurance.
So what we can see from the above verse is he who hears the word of God’s grace (the gospel of grace) and believes that message for himself, at that moment of believing has as an everlasting possession everlasting life, such that in the future he will not come into judgment because at the time of that person initial believing that person passed out of death into life.
In other words, it is a one-time act of hearing (understanding the gospel) and believing it, which causes an irreversible change in a person final destiny. An irreversible change of one’s eternal destiny is the result of a one-time act of faith which embraces Jesus and His finished work as one’s salvation.
The reason most people are not certain that they will go to Heaven when they die is because they are not sure that they have done or are doing their part to secure for themselves a home in heaven. In short they are relying on their own personal performance to be eternally commended to God. The problem with our own performance as being that which can eternally commend us to God, is none of our personal performance is ever good enough. As the Prophet Isaiah said concerning our personal performance;
But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6
It is not our personal performance which commends us to God but rather the perfect performance of the Christ, on the cross, when he offered Himself to the Father as a once and for all payment for our sins. He has made our peace with God. People who are relying on their own personal performance to be eternally commended to God are not believing in the once and for all sacrifice of Christ as that which satisfies God the father about a home in heaven. Rather, they are believing in what they are going to do, for the remainder of their life, as that which will ultimately make their peace with God.
Reliance upon one’s personal performance as that which will ultimately commend you to God is believing in your own righteousness as that will ultimately save you. My friend to believe in your own good works as that which will secure your eternal well-being is to reject the perfect work of the Lord Jesus Christ as God’s once and for all solution for your sin. Listen to what the Apostle Paul says about personal righteousness as that which commends us to God:
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. Romans 10:1-3
According to the above context, to try to gain an eternal home in heaven by your own religious devotion and zeal, is a failure to embrace God’s provision for your righteousness: The person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Moreover, it was this refusal of the Israelites to embrace Christ sufferings as the only basis of their relationship with God, which was prohibiting them from being saved.
Did you hear that! It is a refusal to allow the cross work of Christ to serve as a person’s righteousness before God which is the reason for a person’s condemnation! In other words, Not only are we not saved by our good works, we are condemned if we think we are!
The Free Gift
God’s invitation to you to believe on Jesus as your sin bearing substitute is not an invitation to do the best you can and hope for the best, it is rather an invitation to give up on personal righteousness, and receive as a free gift the righteousness that Christ died to provide you. You are not asked to attempt to make peace your peace with God, rather you are invited to believe that Jesus has already made your peace with God, through the offering of Himself in your behalf. By believing on Jesus, you are not promises God you are going to do the best you can, rather you are admitting to God that you continually fall far short of His righteousness, and receiving as free gift the offering of Christ, in which Christ, in your behalf, has already settled your sin debt, to the Father’s complete, total and final satisfaction. It is this satisfactory payment that Christ has already made in your behalf, which now is that which eternally commends you to God.
Because the Work of Christ on the cross is God’s once and for all solution for our sin, the salvation which it procures for those who believe is a once and for all salvation. As we read in Hebrews 10:10-14;
By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
When we believe on Jesus as our Savior, we have a once and for all salvation because the work of Christ is a once and for all payment made in our behalf. In fact the invitation of God to believe on Jesus as your Savior is an invitation to believe in a once and for all salvation. As we read in Hebrews 9:15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. The only salvation that God offers you is an eternal inheritance. A person who has never believed on Jesus as God’s once and for all solution for his sin, has, quite frankly, never understood God’s invitation to believe. God does not ask you to believe and then promise to save you if you do the best you can. Because of the fact that we continually sin, such an invitation would be no salvation at all! God’s offer you the promise of an eternal inheritance which is yours simply for believing in the all sufficient provision of God’s divinely appointed substitute for you, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that you do not rest, unto you have rested your eternal destiny in sufficiency of His work for you.
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