Are You Going To Heaven?

Many “Christians” have real doubt as to whether they will get to heaven or not. When you ask them, they often answer: “I hope so.” My question is: “Why do you just hope so.” The Bible tells us very specifically that we can know if we are going to heaven or not. We do not have to have any doubts. Many different verses give us that assurance of salvation.

God Loves Us

John 3:16 (NKJV): “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

This is the most important verse in the Bible. It tells us why and how we can know if we are going to heaven or not. God loves us so much that He actually made it very easy for us to accept His salvation. He made it very easy for us to accept His invitation to spend eternity with Him in heaven.

The problem is that too many people think that this is too easy, that to be worthy of heaven, we have to work to get there. We have to prove ourselves worthy to be in heaven. And we have to do this through our “good works.” If this is the case, then we can have no assurance of getting to heaven because how can we know if we have done enough “good works?”

Having the Son Gives Us Life

I John 5:12 (NIV): “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” “To have” means “to possess.” Here, the word “life” does not refer to just any life, it specifically means “eternal life.” In other words, if we possess Jesus, we also possess eternal life. The promise is that if we have accepted Jesus into our life and made Him the Lord of our Life, we are assured of spending eternity with Him in heaven.

This is a promise that God gives to us. If we have received Jesus, we have also received eternal life. How do we know that we have received Jesus? We make Him the Lord of our life.

What do we mean when we say that we make someone the “Lord” of our life? According to the dictionary, it means that we accept him as the authority, the supreme power, the ruler of our life. In other words, we commit to doing whatever “our Lord” says that we should be doing. Have you made Jesus the Lord of your life?

We Can Know That We Have Eternal Life

I John 5:13 (NKJV): “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

This tells us that the previous verse (I John 5:12) was written so that we can know that we have eternal life. We can actually have the assurance that eternal life is given to us. If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, there is no reason to doubt if we are going to heaven or not. We are assured of it.

We Need To Call Upon Jesus

Romans 10:13 (NIV): “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” This verse means more than to just call out His name. In the Hebrew and Greek world, the name of a person reveals the true identity of that person. It reveals who that person truly is.

Thus, when we call on the “name of Jesus” we are acknowledging who He is. And who is Jesus? The Bible tells us that He is the unique Son of God, He is God, Himself. So when we call upon the name of Jesus, we are acknowledging who He is and what He has done for us. Have you called on the name of Jesus?

We Can Know Our Future

Jesus tells us in John 5:24 (NIV): “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

Jesus is saying that all we have to do is to believe that God sent Jesus into the world to save the world and we will be saved and not condemned. He assures us that by simply believing in Jesus, we have received life and we no longer need to fear death. Remember, this death is not physical death, but rather separation from the presence of God.

Of course, this verse tells us that if we do not believe that salvation comes through Jesus, we will be condemned. That is, we will face death, eternal separation from God.

We Become a New Creation

II Cor. 5:17 (NKJV): “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” This verse says it all. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, be actually become a new creation.

Many people really wonder about this verse. They have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, yet nothing seems to have changed in their life. Others experience a sudden feeling of peace as well as other feelings that they cannot express.

There is a reason for this. It is our spirit that is immediately made new. Unless we are conscious of the spirit world, it may take us a while to realize that our relationship with the spirit world has changed. But don’t worry, as you draw closer to Jesus, you will begin to realize your new nature and rejoice in it.

Your body is another story. It will not be changed until you enter heaven. When we leave the earth through our earthly death, our body will be changed to a spiritual body. In fact, it will be the same type of body that Jesus now has.

Philip. 3:21 (NIV) tells us that Jesus “will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

Yes, we will have to wait until we get to heaven to realize our complete transformation into the new creation that is promised to us. But what a transformation that will be.

Can You Know If You Are Going To Heaven Or Not?

We can know for certain if we are going to heaven when we leave this earth. All we have to do is to believe what the Bible says. Here is the key. Romans 1:17 (NIV): “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’”

We receive everything by faith. All we must do is to believe and it is ours. John 20:31 (NIV) says: “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

II Cor. 5 explains how we are to live as Christians. In II Cor. 5:7 (NIV) it says: “We live by faith, not by sight.” If we do not have enough faith to believe what God tells us, we will not have enough faith to accept the gift of salvation that He offers to us. On the other hand, if we have enough faith to accept the gift of salvation, we will have enough faith to believe that our eternal destiny is in heaven.

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