One of life’s most important questions is simply this: When I die where will I spend eternity? Dear friend, the Bible is very clear that when this life is over our physical bodies will go to the grave, but our souls will live forever in one of only two places. Those places are called Heaven and Hell. The next few paragraphs will explain how we can know for certain that we will spend our eternity with God in Heaven. So as you read, please open your heart and mind to God and His Word.
Below are four simple steps that communicate God’s truth about our eternal destination:
1. Recognize Our Condition
Our sin creates an impassable chasm between us and eternal life with God. Some of our biggest mistakes occur when we simply refuse to admit that we are lost! My friend, God calls this “pride”. In order to find the way to eternal life with God, we must admit that we are lost in sin. Romans 5:12 teaches us that since the sin of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman on earth, a sin nature has been present in all people. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Sin is any act contrary to God’s laws and commandments, and those sins that we have committed separate us from God.
Just as there is a penalty for disobeying the laws of our land, our sin also has a penalty. For instance, when a person disobeys the speed limit, he will be given a speeding ticket and expected to pay a fine. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The “wage” or payment for our sin is spiritual death-eternal separation from God. God’s Word says in Revelation 20:14-15, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Religion and good works cannot bridge the gap created by our sin.
2. Religion and Good Works Are Not the Answer
Religions try to create their own ways to God. Their systems may seem logical, but they cannot bridge the gap created by our sin. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”. In other words, our thoughts and ways are not what matter. God’s Word, the Bible, provides true answers of grace and forgiveness. In Ephesians 2:8–9, the Bible says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”.
Through His death on the cross, Jesus Christ paid for our sins and delivers to us the way to eternal life in Heaven.
3. The Good News—Jesus Christ Provides the Way!
Even when we were lost and separated from God, He loved us. Because He loved us, God sent His Son to die on the cross and then raise from the dead three days later. John 3:16 explains “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, He became the payment for our sin. By His grace, salvation is provided. In Romans 5:8, the Bible says, “But God commendeth [meaning proved or demonstrated] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
We must place our full trust in Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness and eternal life.
4. Believe and Receive Christ
In order to have a relationship with God and an eternal home in Heaven, we must stop trusting ourselves, our works, and our religions. We must simply place our full trust in Jesus Christ alone to forgive our sin and give us eternal life in Heaven. In Romans 10:13 the Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. That is a promise directly from God that if we will pray to Him, confess that we are a sinner, ask Him to forgive our sins, and turn to Him alone to be our Saviour; He promises to save us and give us the free gift of eternal life.
Friend, you can make that decision today by praying from your heart something like this: “Dear God, I know that I am separated from you because of my sin. I confess that in my sin, I cannot save myself. Lord I believe in my heart that you died on the cross for me and you are the only way to heaven. Right now, I turn to you alone to be my Saviour. I ask you to forgive me and save me from the penalty of my sin, and I trust you to provide eternal life to me. —Amen”
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