Do you believe and put your trust in Jesus Christ? If you said yes then you can know without a doubt that YOU are going to heaven! You have God’s guarantee!
First, We are all sinners, none of us deserve heaven. Yet, Jesus made it possible. The Bible tells us that because one man sinned, sin and death entered the world. Because of that man’s sin, we are all born in sin. (Romans 5:12)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).
We are all sinners and undeserving of heaven. Just being a good person, isn’t good enough. We cannot be good enough to be deserving of Heaven. God cannot abide sin of any kind. Big sin or a little sin, it doesn’t matter. It is still sinning. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8)
Suppose you had a barrel of water and it had been filtered and distilled until no impurities remained. If someone asked you to drink it, you wouldn’t hesitate. But suppose someone put a single drop of raw sewage in it. Would you drink it? Of course not. The same is true with sin.
Just like the barrel of water, a single sin, a unloving thought or a moment of anger will make us unfit for heaven. It is impossible for us to live without sin except for the grace of God. Only Christ walked upon this earth as a human and was without sin.
Thankfully, God has made it easy for us to go to heaven. He sent His Son to die on the cross and redeem our sin with His blood (John 3:16). Jesus paid the price for our sins and redeemed us from the death that we deserve. Jesus paid for our sins with his blood, he is our redeemer, and therefore he is our only way to heaven. He made it possible for us to someday stand before God.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved.” (John 10:9)(NASB).
Don’t rely on your good works, your church, or your religion to get you to heaven. Jesus is not only the way to Heaven, but He is the ONLY way.
You can believe in parachutes, but unless you actually put it on, it will not save you. The same is true with Jesus. Knowing that He can save you is okay, but unless you put your faith and trust in Him, you will not be saved.
When you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, you will be sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). You can be sure you will spend eternity with the Lord.
What won’t get you to Heaven
Being a member of a church:
Being a member of a church will not save. The only thing that will save you is to believe in Christ and put Him first in your life. The church that really counts is the family of believers of Jesus Christ.
Good works will get us rewards when we get to heaven, but it will not get us there, only by the grace of Jesus Christ will we get there.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Living by rules:
The Pharisees and Sadducees lived a life of strict discipline, following their laws and rules that they thought would guarantee them a place in Heaven. Their life of living by the law did not earn them a place in Heaven of course. Satan had misled them into believing their laws would save them.
They may have obeyed their laws, but their heart was not right with God. Salvation comes by the condition of the heart, not by living by rules.
“but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works.” (Romans 9:31-32).
Baptism in itself will not save you. Baptism is an outward sign of an inter-work. It is a statement to the world that you are a believer in Christ Jesus.
Jesus told the thief on the cross, “today you will be with me in paradise.” Obviously, the thief did not have an opportunity to be baptized. However, it did not keep him out of heaven.
Hebrews 10:25 tells us that as believers in Christ, we should meet together to encourage one another. Christian fellowship together is very important for the body of Christ, but it alone will not save you.
What will get you to Heaven?
Jesus paid the price for our salvation.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood.” (Romans 3:23-25).
Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven.
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14: 2-3).
Jesus is the only way.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:5).
“I am the door If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved,” (John 10:9).
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:6).
What’s our guarantee?
As believers in Christ, we are sealed until the rapture and the resurrection.
“the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30).
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
“God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come…..For we live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:5,7).
“When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession.” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
We have God’s word that He has sealed us until the day of redemption.
This means that God has put His personal seal upon us through the Holy Spirit. We have His protection until the day Christ returns. The devil cannot touch us, for we belong to God. He can tempt us, and he can make our life miserable at times, but he cannot take our salvation from us. We can have faith that we will share eternity with Jesus.
However, we still have our free will. For God never took anyone’s free will from them. Not man, not the angels, not the demons or even the devil himself.
The devil may get you discouraged and you may turn your back on God, but it has to be your choice. Only you can break the seal that God has placed on you.
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)(NKJV).
We do have God’s assurance that we will never be tempted beyond what we can bear.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13.)
God has made every provision for us to spend eternity in Heaven with him. He has made it easy for us through His Son Jesus Christ.
Are you ready? If not, then admit you’re a sinner. And ask Christ’s forgiveness. Then start living for Christ. Don’t worry if you fail, we all do, just keep living for Christ Jesus. His grace will cover your sins and keep you. You have God’s seal of the Holy Spirit within you.
Satan may tell you otherwise and give you doubts. Don’t believe him. You are guaranteed a place in Heaven by God himself. Rest in the peace and assurance of God’s word.
I will see you in heaven!