Do You Know?
If you were to die today, God forbid, Do you know for sure that you would go to heaven? The Bible says that you can know for sure.
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
All that you need to know to be saved is four things:
1. God says that all have sinned.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
If you’re honest with yourself, you know that you’re a sinner. I’m sure you’ve told a lie before. That’s a sin. Everyone’s told a lie. We’re all sinners. But, you might say, a little lie every now and then is no big deal. But that’s not what God says. God says that lying is an abomination.
Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
An abomination is defined as an extreme hatred or detestation of something. It’s interesting to note that of the seven things that God calls an abomination, listed in Proverbs 6:16-19, two of them are lying.
Furthermore, God says that if you have committed one sin you are guilty of all.
James 2:10, 11 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
So even though you may not be a thief, a murderer, or an adulterer, if you’ve ever told a lie you’re just as guilty as a thief, or a murderer, or an adulterer.
2. God says that there is a penalty or a price for sin.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Rev 21:7, 8 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Sin entered the world when Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden and ate the fruit that God had forbidden him to eat. So sin and death passed upon all mankind. We were all born in sin. We’re not sinners because we sin, we sin because we’re sinners. What we do doesn’t make us what we are, but what we are makes us do what we do. We’re aliens from God by birth.
However, even though we were born sinners, yet we’ve also chosen to sin. And, there is a penalty for sin. That penalty is death. God says in Romans 6:23 that “the wages of sin is death.” The Bible calls this death, the second death. It’s not just a physical death but an eternal spiritual death absent from God. An eternal death in Hell.
In Mark 9:44, 46, 48 Hell is described as a place where “their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched.” Hell is a place of eternal darkness, yet a place of eternal fire. A fire so hot that it gives off no light. A place where “their worm dieth not.” According to Noah Websters 1828 Dictionary of the American English Language that word “worm” is defined in this context as a gnawing, incessant remorse. So, what the Bible is saying here is that those who go to Hell will always feel remorse for not having chosen the way to eternal life rather than choosing to go the way of eternal death.
In Luke 16:23 the Bible speaks of the rich man who died and was buried and “in hell he lift up his eyes being in torments.” This word “torments” is a plural word that speaks not only of a physical torment but also of other types of torment such as the mental anguish of a gnawing, incessant remorse which we just described above.
Hell is a place that you don’t want to go. But, the good news is that you don’t have to. Jesus has already paid the penalty so that you won’t have to go to Hell.
3. God says, that His gift to you is eternal life.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
God loves you. In fact God loved you so much that he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to take away your sin and the sins of the whole world.
John 3:16 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.
The Bible says that “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Yet, in Romans 5:8 listed above the Bible also says that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” According to James, as sinners we were the enemy of God. James 4:4 says “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” So while we were yet the enemies of God, Christ died for us.
The verse before Romans 5:8, which is verse 7, says this “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.” A righteous man would be one who had never done one wrong. So what this verse is saying is scarcely, or rarely, would anyone die for someone who had never done them any wrong: Yet “peradventure”, or perhaps or it may be, that someone would dare to die for a good man, a good man meaning not only someone who had never done them wrong, but also someone who had been good to them. And then verse 8 says “But God commendeth,” meaning sent or brought, “his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners”, or the enemy of God, “that Christ died for us.”
4. God says, that all you must do is accept this gift.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
So, how do you call upon the name of the Lord? If you were neck deep in sinking sand out in a forest somewhere and you knew a friend was somewhere nearby, you would call out for help. But first of all you would have to realize that you were in trouble. If you didn’t believe that you were in any danger you wouldn’t call out. Secondly, you would have to believe that your friend was there and that he could help you and then you would have to choose to ask for his help.
It’s the same with God. First you have to realize your condition, that you’re a sinner headed for Hell. Second, you have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he loves you and died to save you from your sin. And finally you have to choose to accept his salvation. Then you just simply bow your head and ask Him to forgive you for your sin and come into your heart and save you. Why don’t you do that right now, just bow your head and say ‘Jesus, forgive me for my sin and come into my heart and save me.’
Did you ask Jesus to save you? Did you mean it with all your heart? If you did then you’re now a Christian. Give us a call or send us an email letting us know that Jesus saved you.