When you ask someone if they think they will go to Heaven; you get a variety of answers to that question. They rarely answer that they don’t think they’ll go. But you might hear answers like, I hope so, or I think so, or I’m not sure, or I’m working on it. According to the Bible, we can know that we are going to Heaven. So, all the above answers are incorrect and those that give them are currently not on their way to Heaven.
Boy, that sounds kind of harsh. Maybe even a little judgmental. Well, the Lord has given us a way where we can know that we are going to Heaven, and any answer that is not in the affirmative to that question means that those that do answer that way do not know the way the Lord has provided.
There are also those that if asked if they think they are going to Heaven will answer in the affirmative but have made up their own criteria for entrance to Heaven. When pressed on why they think they would go, you will get a variety of answers to this question as well. Although the following list is not all-inclusive, you might get one of the following responses. They might say that they have lived a good life, or that they pray, or that they attend church, or that they have given to the poor, or that they have taken good care of their family. The list goes on and although these things are admirable, and things we should all strive for; those that answer this way are not ready to meet the Lord.
If we were to stand before the Lord and extol our virtues as the reason He should accept us into Heaven, His one question to us would be: “Yes, but what did you do with My Son. I sent Him to die for you on a cruel Cross. Your faith should be exclusively in My Son’s great work on the Cross. He, and He alone, paid the price.”
We know that life can be fleeting. We are guaranteed no more than today. In light of this one question the Lord will ask of us all; shouldn’t we make sure that we have placed our faith in the One that died for us. The One Who paid the price so that we could be with Him forever.
When we pass from this life if our faith is in Jesus and His great work at the Cross, then the Lord’s Word says, “absence from the body means present with the Lord.” When the Lord asks us, “What did you do with My Son?“, we can answer Him by saying that we have repented of our sinful ways and our trust in our virtues and ways, and made His Son, Jesus, our Lord, and Savior.
There is only one question left to ask: Have we accept the gift of eternal life that cost the Lord so much to provide. We can be sure that the Lord will seek to know the answer to that question when we pass from this life. Our answer to it will determine where we spend eternity! Of that, we can be assured!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)
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