No matter how careful we live our life or what diet regime we adapt to stay healthy we will all still die sometime. And far too many people have no idea where they’re going when they die. Many assume they’ll go to Heaven; others live in constant fear of the sting of death!
Death is nothing to fear—nor is it something to take lightly. Our body will die, but our soul will live on forever and it’s crucial that we know where we’re going when we leave our body. There are only two destinations: Heaven or hell.
Contrary to the lies of the new age church and the inclusion doctrine, not everyone will go to Heaven. God loved the world—His creation—so much that He sent Jesus to come to earth to save us all—John 3:16-17—but let’s not be so callous that we accept His sacrifice as a mere assumption. Salvation was given to everyone, but not everyone will accept it.
Some blatantly refuse to accept it and prefer to live “their best life now”. Others just assume they’re saved because the false doctrine they follow says they are, and it’s this deception that will shock many when they face Jesus on Judgment Day.
- And then will I (Jesus) profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity’.—Matthew 7:23
When Jesus died on the cross and spoke His last words, “It is finished”, many lazy and uncommitted, so-called Christians want that to mean that He died for everyone and now we’re all saved from sin. These foolish people think that they will go to Heaven when they die and they’ll continue to live their lives apart from God now. But this is NOT what Jesus meant when He spoke these words.
Jesus was saying that the plan of salvation, which God has put forward from the beginning of time, was now complete. Jesus, who is the Son of God, became the “Lamb of God” on the cross where He took upon Himself our sins. And when that battle was over, He declared that His mission was finished. He had provided a means whereby our sins could be pardoned.
But it is wrong to assume that His words, “It is finished”, is an automatic membership into Heaven for just anyone who says they believe in God. The Bible clearly says that not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord” will get into Heaven—Matthew 7:21. It is a lie to say that salvation is an automatic grace for everyone.
When we read the New Testament, we learn clearly that the onus of salvation is on us. Apostle Paul says in Philippians 2:12 that we need to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. In other words, it’s our responsibility to find it and receive it. And if we are serious about serving God, He will arrange for us to know the truth.
1: We need to first accept God as being the creator, lord, and king of this world.
- But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.—Hebrews 11:6
2: We must accept that Jesus is the Son of God who was born a man so He could die on the cross and take our sins away, and that He was buried and rose on the third day.
- 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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.—Romans 10:9-10
3: We need to repent of our sins. We all belonged to this world at one time, but when we find Jesus we no longer want to serve the god of this world, and so we repent of our sins and give them to Christ so we can be free of them.
- From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, ‘Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’.—Matthew 4:17
- Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.—Acts 3:19
- And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent.—Acts 17:30
4: We need to turn away from our sinful lifestyle and follow Jesus. This means leaving an adulterous relationship or a dishonest job; it means being honest and upright in all things; and it means that the sinful world we once enjoyed is now not an option. We turn away from it.
- Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost’.—Acts 2:38
5: Then we are born again! Our sins are washed away and God fills us with His Holy Spirit. Now we are able to study the Bible under His guidance and learn all truth. We have a direct line to God our Father, through His Spirit in us.
- Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’.—John 3:3
It is absolutely crucial that we do not THINK we are saved; it’s absolutely imperative that we KNOW we are saved! And then when our time in this life is over, we know that Jesus will send His angels to take us home to Heaven to be with Him forever. No doubt. No assumption. No sting in death. Just perfect peace and confidence in the promise of our precious Lord.
- In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.—John 14:2-3