Another way to put it … can we be sure and confident of our salvation.
There are many things in life that do not have clear answers but the Bible does tell us YES - we can be certain about eternity. Revelation 22:14 tells us “Blessed are those who wash their robes, … meaning, you are cleansed from unrighteousness through Jesus, … so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.”
Can we be certain of our salvation? Yes! 1 John 5:13 says; “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
Can we be certain of our salvation? Yes! John 20:30-31 says; “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But whew 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.”
Am I really going to heaven? Will I spend eternity in the presence of God? Yes - I can say yes because I believe that Jesus is God’s only Son and his death on the cross paid the price for the sin of mankind and his bodily resurrection was proof of his assurance of eternal life through Him.
So, if you were to die today, would you know for sure that you would be with God in eternity?
Let me ask it this way; If you were to stand before Jesus today; why should he let you into heaven?
I attended church all the time
I was a good person
I was a good neighbor
I took care of the poor
I gave to anyone in need
I even read my bible
The flaw in these answers is the same… they imply that salvation is earned. All of these behaviors must be driven out of a personal relationship with and a love for Jesus… He said; I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, except through me. And here is the good news… eternal life with Christ is a gift! Romans 6:23 says; “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - and there is the key. Did you hear it? … the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord! Just knowing about Jesus isn’t enough… He must be our Lord; demonstrated by our faith in action.
While everyone is guilty of sin and deserving of death, there is hope! This hope shows up in God’s solution of GRACE.
God offers this Grace in the form of Life … eternal life in Jesus. (Rom. 6:23)
He has done this through the death of His Son – Listen to Romans 5:8; “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
It was out through his death and resurrection; Jesus made eternal life possible!
But sadly, the Bible also teaches that few will receive this Gift of Eternal life. Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus said; “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Lest you become discouraged, I also want you to hear 2 Peter 3:9 “… He, (God), is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
God is cheering for you. He loves you. He gave his best for you. He is patient with you. Now, here is what He asks of us in return so that we can have that great gift of eternal life with Him… He tells us how to “wash our robes” so that we can eat from the tree of life go through the gates and into the city.
Believe in Jesus! Not just know about Jesus, but actually have faith in Jesus.
The Bible says that we must believe in Him whom God has sent… John 6:28-29, 40.