Sunday, September 19, 2010

Can a person really know that they are going to heaven?

When we go on a vacation, the best way to get to our desired destination is to follow a map drawn by someone who has already been there. In the most important issue of salvation, we must turn to what God has told us to do. In the book of Romans we find a clear map of how to get to heaven: "that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:8-10) Salvation, which is the gift is God, does not come by good works, baptism or church membership, but by a heart belief in Christ's work."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." (Ephesians 2:8,9). When you are saved Jesus said you are "born again" into the family of God (you can't be "unborn") and should live with a secure faith in God knowing that you are going to heaven. The apostle John put it this way "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.." I John 5:13 Notice also that salvation is called everlasting and eternal life (not 'temporary' or 'until the first time I sin' life) because when God promises to give someone the most precious of all gifts.. salvation.. it is forever and God never goes back on His Word.. Praise the Lord!!!

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