Are You a Christian?
If You Were to Die Today, Would You Go to Heaven?
It is possible to be absolutely certain you are going to heaven!
The Bible says you can know for certain:
“These things I have written to you… so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13
Now that’s security! In order to discover this security we must first understand some things about God and about man.
What are some character qualities that come to mind when you think about God?
God is Love… And He is Holy. The Bible says many times that God is love (1 John 4:8). He loves us personally and deeply. But God is also holy, or perfect, in every area (1 Peter 1:16). That means He is:
“Your eyes are too pure to approve evil.” Habakkuk 1:13a
“For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face.” Psalm 11:7
Just and fair …
“For there is no partiality with God.” Romans 2:11
Now, what are some of the character qualities that come to mind when you think about man?
Man Is Not Like God – Man Sins. The basis of sin is an attitude of being independent and rebellious toward God and what He says. This results in breaking or ignoring the laws of God. For example, ask yourself, “Have I ever…”
- been immoral in action or thought?
- lied or been dishonest?
- desired another person’s property?
- taken something that wasn’t yours?
- dishonored your parents?
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
What is the result of breaking God’s laws?
Death: Separation From God Both Now And Eternally.
“For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23
Sin separates us from God now, resulting in spiritual death. This accounts for the emptiness man experiences in his life. If sin separates us from God during life, it will continue to separate us forever after we die. The final punishment for sin is called eternal death-or hell.
“These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord.” 2 Thessalonians 1:9a
What can man do to save himself?
Nothing! Because God is holy, He cannot tolerate any evil. Compared to His standard of perfection, even our best thoughts and actions fall short.
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” James 2:10
And because God is holy and just, He must punish anyone who is guilty of breaking His laws. God must punish our sin because He is holy, but He wants to save us because He loves us.
How did God solve this problem?
God Himself, In the Person of Jesus Christ, Died In Our Place
“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God.” 1 Peter 3:18a
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
God’s love and justice were both demonstrated at the cross. How? Jesus, as our substitute, willingly suffered the punishment of death we deserved. Because of His death and resurrection, God can now offer eternal life as a free gift.
Does everybody receive this gift?
“Jesus *said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’” John 14:6
No, Only Those Who Believe In Jesus Christ Receive Eternal Life
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
TRUE BELIEVING is more than simply an intellectual understanding of certain facts. It involves:
- A REALIZATION THAT:
- I have broken God’s laws and as a sinner deserve His judgment.
- There is nothing I can do to remove the guilt and penalty of my sin.
- The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only solution for my sin.
- RECEIVING JESUS CHRIST INTO MY LIFE BY PUTTING MY FAITH AND TRUST IN HIM ALONE.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12
“And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” 1 John 5:11-12
Does this make sense to you?
You Must Make a Deliberate Choice In Order To Receive Jesus Christ. You can simply talk to God (pray) and express:
- That you are a sinner.
- That the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only solution for your sin.
- That you are placing your trust in Jesus Christ alone.
- Thanksgiving for His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life.
Does this express your desire?
Believing in Jesus Christ bridges the gap between God and man. If You Are Now Trusting In Jesus Christ, You Have Eternal Life! Jesus said:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24
Receiving the gift of eternal life is just the beginning of a wonderful relationship with God.
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