For a person to say that they are sure of going
to Heaven seems like the ultimate in pride and boasting.
If Heaven were something to be earned or won
this would be true.
The problem is a misunderstanding about what
one must do to go to Heaven.
Eternal life is a free gift.
Jesus' death and shed blood on the cross of
Calvary is the basis for the gift of eternal life and it being
"This righteousness from God comes through
faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe" (Romans 3:20)
"It is the gift of God - not of works, so that
no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9)
The penalty for our sin has been
We must recognize our need for Jesus to save
We must accept Christ as our savior.
Are you willing to place all of your trust and
confidence in Jesus rather than in your own works or effort?
The simple plan of salvation is:
You are a sinner - admit it.
Because you are a sinner you need
Just believe on Christ Jesus who was your
substitute and died in your place, was buried and was raised again from
Simply trust God to save you based on what
Jesus did already not what you do.
Then take Him at his word and by faith claim
You say, "Surly that is not all that is
necessary to do to be saved." Yes it is absolutely all. It is scriptural.
It is God's plan that Jesus would do the saving and we would do the
Jesus did it all, all to Him we owe.
There are two opposing views about how to
get to heaven.
The first is what I call DO.
The second is what I call
In the first view called DO; eternal life
and going to Heaven is something that we earn by our actions or
effort. This means that it depends on the individuals behavior. In
this view a person can take all the credit for getting into heaven.
The individual could boast, "look at me I am good". The individual
could look at others and think, "I am better than him". One of the
problems with this view is that it does not allow anyone to be sure
of their eternal destination. No one knows how he will behave in the
future and for the rest of his life.
In the second view called DONE; eternal
life and going to Heaven is a free gift. Everything necessary to
provide it has been done already. It was done by Jesus on the cross
of Calvary. In this view no individual can take any credit for
getting into heaven. No individual can boast, "look at me I am
good." No individual could look at others and think, "I am better
than him". One very good thing about this view is that it allows an
individual to be sure of their eternal destination. Behavior has
nothing to do with it. Simply trust Jesus. He did it all, all to Him
ETERNAL LIFE BEGINS
ETERNAL LIFE LASTS HOW
Some people believe that eternal life
starts when an individual dies.
Some people believe that salvation is
temporary and only lasts until he commits a serious sin.
Jesus taught that eternal life is a
present possession that starts the moment that a person believes on
Jesus. Jesus told his followers many times that the one who believes
in Him has eternal life and has crossed over from death to life and
will never perish.
The answer to the first question is ...
ETERNAL LIFE BEGINS THE MOMENT A PERSON TRUSTS JESUS AS HIS PERSONAL
Jesus also taught that a person that
received him as savior would never perish
and he would raise him up at the last day.
A Christian can say with confidence
that he is going to heaven for sure. When a person accepts
Jesus and trusts him as savior, then all his sins are forgiven. This
includes all his sins, past, present, and future. We don't get
forgiven because we are sorry. Forgiveness is the Christian's
because Jesus paid the penalty on the cross and not because the
Christian is sorry or does penance.
The answer to the second question is ...
ETERNAL LIFE LASTS FOREVER THEREFORE A CHRISTIAN WHO HAS ETERNAL
LIFE IS AS SURE OF HEAVEN AS IF HE WERE ALREADY THERE.