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Do you know for sure that you are going to be with God in Heaven?
If God were to ask you, "Why should I let you into My heaven?" What would you say?
You don't know? Then this email has the best news you could ever hear!
Did you know that the Bible tells
How you can know for sure that you have eternal life and will go to be with God in heaven?
The bible says there are 5 things you need to know about eternal life:
1) Heaven : Eternal Life is a Free Gift!
"_the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
And because Heaven is a Gift, like any other genuine gift
IT IS NOT EARNED OR DESERVED
No amount of personal effort, good works, or religious deeds can earn a place in heaven for you.
"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)
Why is it that no one can earn his way to heaven?
2) Man is a Sinner
"For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
Sin is transgressing God's Law and includes each such things as lying, lust, cheating, deceit, anger, evil thoughts, immoral behavior, and more.
And Because Of This Man Cannot Save Himself
If you wanted to save yourself by good deeds, do you know how good you would have to be?
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)
With such a high standard, no one can save themselves.
However, in spite of our sin
God is Merciful
And therefore doesn't want to punish us.
This is because " God is Love." (1 John 4:8)
and he says, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love ." (Jeremiah
But the same Bible which tells us that God loves us, also tells us that GOD IS JUST and therefore must punish sin.
"(I) will by no means clear the guilty" (Exodus 34:7)
".the soul that sinneth, it shall die." (Ezekiel 18:4)
WE HAVE A PROBLEM God loves us and doesn't want to punish us But He is just and must punish sin.
God solved this problem for us in the Person of
4) Jesus Christ
WHO IS HE?
The Bible tells us clearly that He is the infinite God-Man
"In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) and the Word (Jesus) was God. And the Word (Jesus) was made flesh, and dwelt among us. " (John 1:1, 14)
Jesus Christ came to earth and lived a sinless life, but while on earth He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and rose from the grave to purchase a place for us in heaven.
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone on his own way: and the Lord hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity (sin) of us all." (Isaiah 53:6)
Jesus Christ bore our sin in His body on the cross and now offers you eternal life (heaven) as a free gift.
The gift is received by.
It is the key that opens the door to heaven.
Many people mistake 2 things for saving faith:
1. Saving faith is not mere intellectual assent, like believing certain historical
facts. The Bible says that the devil believes there is one God, so believing that
there is one God is not saving faith.
2. Saving faith is not mere temporal faith, that is, trusting God for temporary
crises such as financial, family, or physical needs. Now these are good, and you
should trust Christ for these, but they are not saving faith!
Is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life. It means resting upon Christ Alone and what He Has Done rather than in what you or I have done to get us into heaven.
"Believe (trust) on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16: 31)
The question that God is asking you now is would you like to receive the gift of eternal life?
Let�s clarify just what it involves.
It means that you need to:
- Transfer Your Trust: From what you have been doing to what
Christ has done for you on His cross.
- Accept Christ As Savior: Open the "door" to your heart and invite Him in.
- Receive Jesus Christ As Lord: Give Him the "driver's seat" and "controls"
of your life, not the "back seat."
- Repent: Be willing to TURN from anything that is not pleasing to him. He will
reveal His will to you as you grow in your relationship with Him.
You can go to God in Prayer right where you are. You can receive His gift or eternal life through Jesus
Christ right now.
Here's a Suggested Prayer:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to purchase a place in heaven for me. Lord Jesus, come into my life; take control of my life; forgive my sins and save me. I repent of my sins and now place my trust in You for my salvation. I accept the free gift of eternal life."
Welcome to God's Family!!!
- If you have truly repented (forsaken, turned away) from your sins
- Placed your trust in Jesus Christ's saaccrificial death
- And received the gift of eternal life
- You are now a child of God! Forever!
Welcome to the Family of God!!!
Just as a newborn baby grows physically, in a similar way you can grow spiritually, by taking the following steps: take them slowly - do not do all of these at once after accepting Christ
- Read the Bible: Starting with the Gospel of John, read a chapter each day.
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word (of God),
that ye may grow thereby." (1 Peter 2:2)
- Prayer: Spend time each day talking with God.
"Be careful for nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6)
- Worship: Regularly attend a church thaatt honors Jesus Christ and teaches you the Bible.
- Fellowship: With Christians who will hellp you grow in faith.
- Witness: Tell others what Jesus Christ mmeans to you!