“These things have I written unto you who believe on the Name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13)
Where will you spend eternity? The above verse makes it clear that we can know. Do you know? How would you answer the following question? Your answer to it will help show just where your hope lies for eternal life.
If you were to die today and stand before God, and He were to ask you: “Why should I let you into my Heaven?”; How would you answer?
Some may think that it would be prideful to believe that we can know that we have eternal life and will go to Heaven. The following will show us just what the Lord requires of us to gain eternal life. Believe me, it is the very opposite of prideful boasting.
We cannot earn our way to Heaven by works or good deeds. The Bible says that eternal life is a gift (grace). And grace is unmerited favor.
“……….The gift of God us eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Roman’s 2:8,9)
“For by grace are you 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)
Man is a sinner and sin is the breaking of the law of God. We would have to be perfect to attain Heaven on our own merit. Jesus said, ” Be ye perfect even as your Father in Heaven.” This is certainly a high bar and one we cannot attain to by our own efforts.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10)
God is merciful, loves us and doesn’t want to punish us. The Bible says:
” God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
“…. I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
However, God is just and must punish sin. All those that will not come to the Lord in repentance will face God’s judgment. The Word says:
” And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you who work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:23)
” Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.” (Psalm 1:5)
The Bible tells us that Jesus was God in the flesh.
“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:1,14)
Jesus lived a sinless life and died on a cruel cross to pay for our sins.
” All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;and the Lord hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity (sin) of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
The Lord, by living a sinless life and dying on the cross, paid the sin debt owed to God and He now offers us eternal life as a free gift (grace). We receive this gift by repenting of our sins and placing our faith in Jesus and His great work at the cross.
“…. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Romans 16:31)
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9,10)
How did you answer the above question? If you said that your faith was exclusively in Jesus and His finished work on the cross, then you answered correctly. This is the only way. We cannot gain entrance to Heaven by our own efforts; Jesus paid a very high price that we might be forgiven.
If you have never repented of your sins and accepted the Lord’s free gift of eternal life; then you can pray the following “Sinner’s Prayer” and make things right with the Lord. If you will pray this prayer and believe it, the Lord says that you have passed from death to life. You have been born again (born from above).
Dear God in Heaven,
I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins. The way I’ve lived, the things I’ve done. Please forgive me. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood from all unrighteousness. With my mouth, I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe that You raised Him from the dead and He is alive. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as the savior of my soul. And I make Him the lord of my life. And according to His Word which cannot lie, I am washed: I am cleansed, I am forgiven. I am saved.
“And being found in Him (united by faith with Christ), not having my own righteousnes, which is of the law (man’s efforts), but that which is through faith in Christ (the cross), the righteousness which is of God by faith (free gift through our faith in the cross)” (Philippians 3:9).
Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Grace, grace, God’s grace. Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin.
(Composed by Julia H. Johnston pub. 1910)
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