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It is possible to be absolutely certain you are going to heaven!
"These things I have written to you...in order that you may know that you have eternal life." I John 5:13
Now that's security! In order to discover this security we must first understand some things about God and about man.
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 (I Peter 1:16). That means He is:
"Your eyes are too pure to look on evil." Habbakuk 1:13
The Ten Commandments are His perfect standard of right and wrong. Psalm 11:7
Just and fair ...
He won't leave any of the guilty unpunished. Romans 2:5-11
People Are Not Like God - We Sin! 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..."
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory (standard) of God." Romans 3:23
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.
"And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction away from the presence of the Lord." 2 Thessalonians 1:9
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 at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it." 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.
God Himself, In the Person of Jesus Christ, Died In Our Place.
"For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous in order that He might bring us to God..." 1 Peter 3:18
"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.
"I am the way...no one comes to the Father except 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 should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16
TRUE BELIEVING is more than simply an intellectual understanding of certain facts. It involves:
"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 witness 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 does not have the life." 1 John 5:11-12
You Must Make a Deliberate Choice In Order To Receive Jesus Christ. You can simply talk to God (pray) and express:
Believing in Jesus Christ bridges the gap between God and man.
If You Are Now Trusting In Jesus Christ, You Have Eternal Life!
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my Word, and believes in 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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