Going To Heaven?
Why I'm making this page about going to heaven (or eternal salvation)
I'm making this page about going to heaven (eternal salvation) first of all because it is of vital importance due to the uncertainty of life(We never know what can happen [a car accident, a heart attack, etc.] and we are not promised another day or another minute) and the imminence of the rapture (Jesus could return at any minute).
2ndly I'm making this page about going to heaven because there is a lot of confusion on this subject today both in the world and in many Churches. Some say we cannot know in this life whether or not we are saved and going to heaven. Yet the Bible clearly says in I John 5:13 "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, THAT YOU MAY KNOW that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the son of God. Why, then is there so much uncertainty?
Before I get into the basics of salvation, I have posted 3 polls below. Please answer the three questions to the best of your knowledge before moving on. Thanks.
Question #1: Are you a Christian?
This is another area where there is a lot of confusion In and out of Christendom today. Please don't feel offended if you are of another religion. In that case just answer with the 2nd option.
Are you a Christian?
Where are you going?
Question #2 (The big one) :
ARE YOU GOING TO HEAVEN?
Question #3: (just for fun...)
A Christian is someone who....
1. Why you need salvation:
Sin separates us from God.
Before you can appreciate the gift you must see your need for it. The Bible tells us that we are all sinners and bound for hell.
"All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned every one to his own way." (Isaiah 53:6)
"For All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) The word for "sin" in the original Greek is an archery term, meaning literally to "miss the mark". No matter how good we think we are (how close we may think we come to hitting the bulls eye of God's glory), we still miss it, because we were born sinners.
"There is no one righteous, not even one" (Romans 3:10)
"All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6) Our best efforts to measure up fall short. All wrongdoing is sin "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point is guilty of all" (James 2:10)
Read more on what sin is.
2. But, God loves us unconditionally
"For God so loved the world the world that he gave his only begotten son,That whosover believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
"...keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgressions and sin..." (Exodus 34:7)
The word for "love" in the first verse means to be totally given over to. (See: The Greatest Love)
Read more on the love of God:
3. Yet He is righteous and cannot overlook sin.
Although God is love, He is also righteousness. Thus He cannot simply overlook sin or pardon it without a basis to do so. To simply overlook sin would be to go against His very nature.
For more on God's righteousness, check out this hub:
- God's Righteousness
A knowledge of God's righteousness is both somewhat needful in obtaining our eternal salvation and also a comfort in our trials and testings and every day living.
4. Thus, He sent His son to die for us.
WHO IS JESUS?
"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John1:1)
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
"And Thomas answered and said unto Him, "My Lord and my God." (John 20:28)
"..looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Chrit (Titus 2:13)
"But who do you say that I am?" (Matthew 16:15)
WHAT HE DID:
1.Lived a perfect life and
2.Died an excruciating death
By his death on the cross, He paid for my sins and purchased a place for me in heaven.
"But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement for our peace was upon Him." (Isaiah 53:5)
"For this is the blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." (Matthew 6:28)
"It is finished." (John 19:30) (See the lens below:)
For more on his death and what it means to us, visit this hub:
- 7 Last Words of Jesus on the Cross
The 7 last words of Jesus on the cross reveal much about His person and character, but more importantly about the meaning and purpose of His crucifixion and death which we celebrate on Good Friday.
5. Thus, because of God's mercy and grace, heaven is God's gift to you.
It was paid for by the blood of Jesus.
You cannot earn it. "...It is the gift of God..." (Ephesians 2:8b)
All you have to do is accept it.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
6. FAITH is the only way to heaven
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved," (Acts 16:31)
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
"For by grace you are saved through faith and that not of yourselves; It is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
"I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) Below is an artist's conception of what it means metaphorically to be saved through Christ.
Read more on saving faith:
Watch this video now!:
Or visit this Link
- 4 Steps to God: Jesus 2020
Outlines the way of salvation in 4 simple steps.
7. True saving faith includes repentence
By now, you've probably guessed that the answer to question #3 above is that a Christian is someone who believes in Jesus. (See Acts 11:26)
But the term "believe" must be further defined. James tells us that the devils believe (Jamse 2:19) By "believe", I mean not just intellectual assent, but a hearfelt repentance of your sins and a whole-hearted trust in (reliance upon) Jesus to save you. Repentance or turning away from your old ways and faith in Jesus for salvation are inseperable. (See Acts 3: 19) For more on SEE THE FOLLOWING LINK:
Check out this article on repentance and faith:
- Faith and Repentance by Sinclair Ferguson | Reformed Theology Articles at Ligonier.org
The author points out the inseperable nature of repentance and faith in salvation.
Faith and Repentance.
So, come to Jesus - in true
He waits to receive you.
Turn from your sin and accept Him by faith.
"The Spirit and the bride say 'Come.'" (Rev.22:17)
EXIT POLL: - Before you go, PLEASE LET ME KNOW how this page has effected you BY VOTING IN THIS POLL:
THIS IS ME. IS IT YOU?
HAS VIEWING THIS PAGE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE?
Just got saved? Check out these links for further resources
If you just got saved, welcome to the family. But that's not the end--it's only the beginning. it's the new birth and just like a newborn baby in the physical world, you'll need certain things to sustain you in your Spiritual life.
- The Basics of Christian Growth
When you first become accept Christ through faith, you are born again, & just as a baby needs to grow, so you need to grow in your Spiritual life. The things I list the bare basics-
- Five Principles of Growth
If you just got saved, check out this article first. It lists 5 essential elements for growing in your new Christian life.
- ABCs for Christian Growth--Laying the Foundation
Links to valuable studies on important aspects of the Christian life.
- What is a Christian?
The author says that a Christian is one who glorifies Jesus. I agree that if one truly believes in Jesus the result will be that he will glorify Him.
- Amazing Bible
Resources on all Biblical topics
- Hermeneutics (How to Interpret the Bible)
Principles of Bible interpritation with links to some necessary tools
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