If there were but the slightest evil in God's heart us humans would have been in big trouble but it is in the human heart where evil dwells
Assurance of Eternal Life
- Because Heaven is so Real
Can we be sure of heaven?
Or can we do no more than our best and wait for the day of judgement before we would know – just hope that it was good enough? Or is it easier to ignore the subject and convince ourselves that it simply doesn’t exist? Just a story, a flight of human imagination. But the fact is that the idea of death, of heaven and even hell can leave us with uncertainty and even make us miserable when we think about it. Maybe we should just avoid thinking about it all together.
But it is a most important question. And what is certain, an absolute reality, is that we will all face death – there is no escape.
Obviously if there is a God and a heaven (and a hell), it would only be reasonable to expect that this God Creator would have provided an answer and not have left His creation, humankind, in a state of uncertainty. That would be cruel to say the least. So, can we be sure?
In His Word, the Bible, God states very clearly and repeatedly that there is a way by which men can be sure of heaven while still on earth:
Can we trust God that He will not deceive us – that His Word is true;
“As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.”- Psalm 18:30
Why must I believe in Christ to be sure of heaven?
Men in their sin can never enter heaven. All men are sinners according to the Bible and as all men know that in their hearts, ‘There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.’ Ecclesiastes 7:20, all are thereby excluded from heaven. (and if you doubt; have you ever lied? Or all the different things you did or thought that you felt was not quite right?)
God is a God of love. One Who is not willing that anyone should perish. So He sent His sinless Son into the world to die for sinners.
‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:16. The Saviour shed His blood so that sin might be washed away and sinners made fit for heaven.
In Hebrews 7:27 we read that Jesus was sacrificed for our sins once for all. He not only died but rose again and ascended to heaven, ‘the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead ‘ Acts 17:3.
He is there today preparing a place for us, ‘Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?’ John 14: 1-2. For all who receive Him by faith (by trusting God), God now gives eternal life, to all those who confesses their sin and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Therefore, the test as to whether you can be sure of heaven is this: have you ever repented of your sin and asked Christ to save you? If you have, then the Word of God says that you can be certain of everlasting life living in this new relationship with Him, trusting, obeying, and loving God in Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, if you have never turned to Christ for salvation you can be equally sure that you are not bound for heaven as He tells us that 'without holiness no one will see the Lord.' Hebrews 12:14
If there is any doubt in your mind, why not turn from your sin, trust in Christ, and believe God’s Word that all who come to Christ in this way are safe forever?
To doubt God in this important matter is both unreasonable and inexcusable. He loves you and wants you to have certainty.
‘Jesus answered and said to him;
“Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God”’
Why not talk to God now and pray to Him:
Father I come to You in the Name of Jesus the Christ.
I confess that I am a sinner who cannot save myself.
I believe and trust You that Jesus died on the Cross for my sin
and that He was raised from the dead three days later.
I realize sin in my life and repent LORD for my sins and ask You to cleanse me and forgive me.
Save me LORD and send Your Holy Spirit to live within my heart, to change my heart, I pray for the rebirth of my heart.
Thank you LORD for my salvation and I will seek Your will for my life with all of my heart.
‘ ... if you confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved’