Hello, there! I’m so glad you are here today as I have a very important question to ask you. “Are you 100% sure of eternal life in heaven if you were to die today? Do you know where your eternal destination is?” Well, that’s two questions but they are related.
Your answer will be a resounding YES or it will be one of uncertainty.
But for now, I would like to share with you a quick story about my Dad.
My Dad’s Answer
Years ago, I asked my father the same question I just asked you. I was concerned about his eternal destination. While my father was raised Roman Catholic, he hadn’t gone to church in decades. As a result, his answer to my question was one of uncertainty as he said to me, “I hope I go to heaven.” And with that response, I was able to explain how he could be certain, without a doubt, that his eternal destination would be heaven.
The rest of his story is at the end of this post.
You’re not here by mistake and by “here” I mean reading these words. The Holy Spirit is drawing you to Jesus Christ and using these words in the process. You see, the Holy Spirit is also concerned about your eternal destination.
Oh, I realize that just because you are reading this doesn’t mean that you have the same belief system that I do. You may not be a Christian, yet, and you may wonder what the hoopla is about Christianity and how to ‘get saved’ and have a host of other questions. We can talk about those in a bit.
But first, let’s find out some truth to help in your understanding salvation. As you read through, you can read the verse in full by clicking on the red Scripture reference links.
The Remedy for Sin
Firstly, you need to know the truth about sin. We are all sinners, that’s hard to hear, I know, but it’s true. You sin. I sin. We are sinners and we need to acknowledge that, Romans 3:23.
The good news is that Jesus died to save sinners and this includes you, Romans 5:8. Did you know that if you were the only person on this planet, that Jesus would still have
Jesus is our sin remedy. It is by your faith in God that you can be saved, Romans 1:17. And the best part, is that it is your faith that saves you, not your good works and not someone else’s faith, Ephesians 2:8-9. Nothing you do can earn your destination in heaven. Only faith in Jesus can do that.
God Loves You
Friend, know this and take it in deep…God loves you! He loves you so much, so deeply, that He gave up His only Son for you. He wants you to have an eternal destination of heaven and He wants you to have eternal life, John 3:16. What Father does that, give up His Son for someone else? Oh, sure, many fathers say they would do that and probably have. However, only God would give up His Son for all of mankind.
The Punishment for Unbelief
There are many people who choose not to believe in God. This means then, that they are choosing a destination of hell along with its punishment, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9.
Hell is a very real place. So many people say they’ll have a party with their friends there but that’s not what I read in the Bible.
Let’s face it, none of us are righteous in ourselves which means we all deserve the punishment of death. I don’t mean the first death where our family and friends die and we bury them. I’m speaking of the second death which is a spiritual death that leads to the eternal destination of hell.
Are you aware that not believing in Jesus is a sin, Hebrews 3:12? There are many passages in the Bible that speak of unbelief of Jesus and His finished work as a sin against God.
Unbelief is worthy of the punishment of death, which is eternal separation from God. This is a fearful thing, to be eternally suffering in the lake of fire and brimstone, Revelation 21:8.
Friend, know that hell is a very real place, Luke 16:24-26, and is intended for the devil and his demons. However, people find themselves heading to this eternal destination because of evil in their hearts and unbelief in God. This is not where I want to go, do you?
Believe on Jesus
Here are a few truths I want you to hear in order for you to believe on Jesus:
- Know this, that Jesus is the only One who can save you, Acts 4:12. There is no other name but Jesus who can save you from your sins. that is, there is no other name that provides salvation with the promise of eternal life with a destination of heaven.
- Whoever calls on the name of Jesus will be saved, Acts 2:21. This is a sure thing so you won’t have to wonder if you’re saved or not. When the confession is made that Jesus is Lord and Saviour, your faith has saved you.
- God has called you His own. He calls you His child because of His great love for you, 1 John 3:1. You are not a mistake, nor are you a failure. You are His masterpiece and He made you for a purpose.
So, now you have read how a person can obtain salvation. Is it clear to you that you can know your which eternal destination will be yours? Believe on Jesus and the finished work of the cross.
Two Related Posts that will help you greatly: Understanding Salvation for New Believers and What Does Born Again Mean: The Powerful Gospel Connection
When you make the decision to believe on Jesus, your name is immediately written in the Book of Life which is in heaven. This is your security and allows you to rejoice that your name is written in heaven, Luke 10:20.
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Secure Your Eternal Destination in Heaven
So, friend, are you ready to move from the position of unbelief to belief in Jesus as the Son of God?
- Are you ready to accept the truth that Jesus came to earth as a baby, lived as a sinless man, and died on the cross taking your sins from you?
- Do you acknowledge that Jesus, in His death, was separated from His Father as He bore your sins?
- Do you acknowledge that He rose again from the dead three days later and ascended to heaven to once again live with His Father?
- And do you accept what Jesus did for you? Do you want to exchange your eternal destination of hell for the destination of heaven?
This is such a momentous decision in your life. You are deciding your future destiny. You are doing this through faith in God. When you make your decision, you may not feel any different from the moment before. Or you could feel refreshed, like a load has been taken off your shoulders. Either way, your salvation is secure. You are now a child of God and a member of God’s family.
What will you decide? Heaven or hell? The choice is yours.
A Prayer for Salvation
Let me lead you in a simple prayer that you can elaborate on if you wish. The words in this prayer will not save you. There is no formula to getting saved except simple faith in God, in believing Jesus for what He did for you.
Father God, I have read of how much You love me even though I am a sinner. Thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. Thank You, Jesus, for being obedient unto death in providing salvation for me. Jesus, thank you for the forgiveness of my sins, past, present, and future. Through my faith, I am now saved. I am now born-again and my name is written in the Book of Life. Thank You for salvation! I am free, I am saved, I am a new creation in Christ! My eternal destination is now eternal life. Thank You, God!
If you prayed this prayer, you have declared your faith in God and the angels are rejoicing (Luke 15:10) this very moment! You are now saved, Romans 10:13!
So, now that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you will want to do a few things to ensure you don’t get side-tracked with the busyness of life. This post, 6 Small But Important Steps for the New Believer is your next step. Read it to get on track with finding a good Bible to read so you can learn all about God.
My Dad’s Story
Well, I shared with my Dad something very similar to what I just shared with you. He didn’t want to pray the prayer with me so I left it with him as I prayed for him to make his decision.
A few weeks later, Dad had major surgery for a “below-the-knee amputation.” I fully expected to help him adapt to the changes thrust upon him with a prosthesis.
However, I received a phone call from Dad’s doctor that my father did not make it through recovery after the operation. He died without regaining consciousness.
I was broken! Did he accept Christ through faith? Was he born again at the time of his death? Did he have moments of awareness to call out upon the name of Jesus?
The next morning, in the early hours, God gave me a dream. I was in the center of God’s palm, pulling my Dad up onto His palm. Dad stood up, dressed as he always did, black trousers, a white shirt, and through his pant leg, I could see a healthy pink leg. He was healed!
For years I wondered what the dream meant. Would I see Dad again in heaven? Had he made the decision that would have changed his eternal destination from hell to heaven? Or was it my wishful and hopeful thinking?
It was a hard thing for me to live with, the not knowing. However, God in His mercy, 23 years later, showed me in a vision that my Dad is in heaven. Since that day, I have the assurance I will see him again!
Wrapping this up…
I’m so glad you made the decision to follow Christ, to be a believer, meaning that, now you are a Christian.
Don’t forget to let me know that you prayed the salvation prayer by leaving a comment for me below.
Here’s that link again to find out what the next steps are for you.
Now that you have secured your salvation, what about your family and friends? Do you know if they are going to heaven or hell? This would be a great time to share your new-found faith with them. They need to know about Jesus, too, don’t you think?
I know that sharing your good news with others may possibly be a problem but I want to encourage you to stand strong. Pray and ask Holy Spirit for the words to say to them. Maybe it will be in a quiet moment when you can share what Jesus has done for you.
I’d love to rejoice with you, will you please leave a comment for me telling me
Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
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