How Can I Know Heaven Is My Home?
There are big questions that many have. What happens when I die? Where will I spend eternity? The single most important question that you will ever answer is this, “If I were to die today or five years from now, am I 100% sure that all of my sins (past, present and future) are forgiven and that I have eternal life in heaven?” Your relationship to Jesus Christ is central to the answer to that question.
The Bible tells us in I John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life…” The simple truth is God wants you to know where you’re going! So, here it is in a nutshell:
Our sin creates an impassable chasm between us and eternal life with God.
1. Recognize Your Condition
In order to find the only way to eternal life with God, I must admit I am lost in my sin. Romans 5:12 teaches us that since Adam and Eve, the first man and woman on earth, a sin nature has been present in all people. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Sin is any act contrary to God’s laws and commandments (1 John 3:4), and those sins that I have committed separate me from God. Whenever I have been lost, I have paid some type of penalty. I have been late to a special event and, on occasion, I have received a speeding ticket. Sin also has a penalty. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The “wage” or payment for our sin is spiritual death, and eternal separation from God.
Religion and good works cannot bridge the gap created by our sin.
2. Religion and Good Works Are Not the Answer
Religions try to create their own ways to God. Their systems may seem logical, but they cannot bridge the gap created by our sin. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Romans 10:3 talks of those people who try to gain access to God by any other means beside through Jesus Christ, ”For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” In other words, our thoughts and ways are not what matter. God’s Word, the Bible, provides true answers of grace and forgiveness. In Ephesians 2:8–9 the Bible says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Through His death on the cross, Jesus Christ paid for our sins and delivers to us the way to eternal life in Heaven.
3. The Good News is that Jesus Christ Provides the Way!
Even though we were lost and separated from God, He loved us, and because He is love, God sent His Son to die on the Cross and raise from the dead three days later. John 3:16 explains “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, He became the payment for our sin. Now, we do not have to pay for our sin ourselves. By His grace, salvation is provided. In Romans 5:8, the Bible says, “But God commendeth [meaning proved or demonstrated] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
We must place our full trust in Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness and eternal life.
4. Repent and Believe in Christ
This is not a “two-step process”. Both repentance and faith are found together, like two sides of one coin. The Bible says in Acts 20:21 that the apostle Paul said he had been “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” In Acts 26:20 Paul testified to king Agrippa that he had told people from all walks of life the same thing: “that they should repent and turn to God”. Also, in 1 Thessalonians 1:9, the Bible commends those that “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;” A repentant heart will look to Jesus Christ, not back at itself.
“Turning from sin” will never work, that’s why religion fails. The Truth is that you need to stop trying to turn from sin, your problems, your family, your guilt, or whatever else it may be; and TURN TO JESUS CHRIST. This is where faith joins repentance, because we will never turn to God unless we believe Him and His Word.
Friend, God can be trusted! In order to have a relationship with God and an eternal home in Heaven, you must stop trusting yourself, your works, and your religion, and place your full trust in Jesus Christ and turn to Him alone for the forgiveness of your sin and eternal life.
In Romans 10:13 the Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is a promise directly from God! If you will pray to Him, confessing that you are a sinner, turning to Him alone to be your Saviour; He promises to save you and give you the free gift of eternal life.
When can you do this? The Bible says “now is the day of salvation”. (2 Corinthians 6:2)
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