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When people are asked if they’re certain of going to heaven when they die, they may answer: “Well, I’m religious; I’ve gone to church all my life” or “I think my good deeds will out-weigh my bad” or even “I don’t think a loving God would send anyone to Hell.” According to God’s Word, the Bible, none of those are the correct answer.
We’re all born with sin’s DNA. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This was caused by Adam’s disobedience to God in the Garden of Eden. Adam’s sin nature was immediately transmitted to the entire human race. However, the God of Love and Mercy has no desire to send anyone to hell and did not prepare it for us. God’s Word says hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. Since sin will never be allowed to enter and infect a sinless heaven, those who choose to live their life willfully in sin on earth in essence make the choice to live with the devil in eternity too—sending themselves there.
Wonderfully, Jesus has paid for that awful eternal sentence with His shed blood on Calvary’s cross.
“For He [God] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him [Jesus]” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
By dying in our place, Jesus has become the substitute for our sin debt. Anyone who will believe this and accept it by faith is made sinless in God’s eyes. The eternal scale of justice isn’t based on your good deeds exceeding your bad ones. Rather, it’s all of your good compared to God’s righteousness and there is no comparison—you have nothing to offer. Isaiah 64:6 tells us that all our attempts at righteousness are as filthy rags. Your only hope is to receive God’s gift of salvation accomplished by Jesus at Calvary. Then His righteousness is accounted to you; giving you the right to enter and enjoy God’s sinless heaven forever.
Jesus has done His part. Now it’s up to you. Your certainty of heaven is conditioned on whether:
1. You realize your sinfulness and repent of it. “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19).
2. You believe in Jesus Christ and His gift of salvation paid for by His shed blood and His resurrection from the grave after three days. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him [Jesus] from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
3. You make His salvation gift your own personal possession by trusting Him for it and receiving it for yourself. “But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right [ability] to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
As a child of God, you now have the right and privilege to live in His heavenly home. It’s the same way here on earth. The neighbor’s children don’t have the right to come to your house every night for food and shelter. Likewise, God’s heaven will be home to His children only.
Why is it so important to accept or receive His gift? Because a provided gift that is never accepted is of no benefit. Think of the person sentenced to life in prison who is given a pardon by the governor. Their cell door is opened and they’re told they’re free to go, but believing it’s too good to be true, they never leave. Instead, they continue to live in captivity the rest of their life. Maybe they’re fearful of the unknowns outside the walls, maybe they don’t want to leave friends. For whatever reason, while the gift was provided, it was of no benefit because it was never accepted and acted on. This sounds foolish, but more foolish is the person who has been offered an eternal pardon for their sins by Jesus—and may even believe the offer is real—but never acts on it.
Don’t wait to accept your pardon until it’s too late. Your time on earth is uncertain, making God’s gift of salvation a very Limited-Time Offer. When you take your step over eternity’s threshold, there’s no backing up; you will be there forever, with God or without Him. Many who think they should receive Jesus as Savior intend to do it someday. But sadly, everyone who has ever died, died on a “today.” So today, please take time to seriously consider the state of your soul. Have you realized that you are a sinner in need of the Savior? Then turn to God in repentance and call upon Him now. You might pray something like this:
“Dear Jesus, I am sorry for my sins. I repent of them and want to live for you from now on. I believe you died on the cross in my place and rose from the grave; conquering death and hell for me. I now accept you as my Savior and Lord; receiving your gift of salvation. Thank you for saving me for eternity.”
If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ, now read your Bible and pray daily and seek to know your Savior better so you can live a life that pleases Him. Search for a good Bible-preaching/teaching church and rejoice in your new life as a child of God destined for heaven.