Monday, October 5, 2015

How To Be Sure of Going to Heaven

    The gospel is the good news about how one can be sure of going to heaven. Believers are called upon by God to share the gospel with the lost, those who are not born again. Scripture is very clear that all who are outside of Christ need to be born again. It also tells us that sin entered the world through one man. That man was Adam (Romans 5:12). When Adam sinned, all mankind sinned. The race of mankind was not just represented by Adam; the race was in Adam. Therefore, all sinned when Adam sinned, and as a result death spread to all mankind because all sinned. Since all sinned in Adam, all are therefore in need of the only Savior who is the Lord Jesus Christ.

    The gospel message we as believers are called upon to share includes three essentials. First to be sure of heaven, one must acknowledge he/she is lost and in desperate need of God’s grace through Christ. He is the One who paid the sinner’s debt. That is, He died in the sinner’s stead. Second, Christ is the One who paid the sinner’s debt. Therefore, Christ alone can save sinners so they can be sure of heaven. The third essential in the gospel is that Christ alone can save. Therefore, He must be received, accepted as Savior.

    The “gospel” message is not “have faith in God,” “turn your life over to God,” “repent of your sin,” “are you prepared to make Him the Lord of your life?” “draw close to God.” These examples are not false truths, but they are not what results in salvation. To become a child of God, one must acknowledge his/her sinful state, acknowledge and accept Christ’s payment for sin (Acts 4:12).