If you were to die today, are you positive that you would go to Heaven? If so, how do you know? These two questions can be puzzling to many people, but they don’t have to be. Did you know that the Bible tells you not only how you can go to Heaven, but how you can know it for sure? You don’t have to guess or wonder or wait until the end of your life to find out. The Bible declares, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (I John ). Here’s how . . .
1. Admit that you have sinned.
There is no one that is perfect. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. ); and also, that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. ). No one has met God’s standard of perfection. Sinning is doing something that is wrong, and everyone has done it. This is relatively easy to admit, but the next step is a little more difficult.
2. Realize the penalty of sin.
The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death . . .” (Romans 6:23a). Because all people have sinned, all people are worthy of death. This is eternal separation from God in a terrible but real place called Hell, a place reserved for all those that reject God and his Son Jesus Christ.
Some hope that their good works will make up for their bad works, but the Bible says that “whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James ). Any single sin is breaking God’s law, and it must be punished. In order receive the remedy for your sin that allows you to escape Hell, you must first admit that you deserve Hell.
Since no man deserves to go to Heaven, in order for him to get there, it must be given to him by God. The Bible says, “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). Going to Heaven is a gift from God that cannot be gotten by works, or else it is no longer a gift. Here is how to accept the gift:
3. Believe that Jesus has paid the price for your sin.
The Bible says that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23b). God loves you and doesn’t want you to go to Hell. That is why He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins. The Bible says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Jesus lived a perfect life and died in your place. He paid for your sin so you wouldn’t have to. He then rose again and is alive in Heaven. But there is one more thing that is necessary for you to have this eternal life in Heaven.
4. Receive Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and Hell.
The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts ). To believe on Jesus Christ is not just to believe the facts about Him but to trust in Him and His death for you as the payment for your sin. The Bible says, “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” (Romans 10:9). “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans ). To call on the name of the Lord is to ask Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins and to save you from having to go to Hell. This is the only way to go to Heaven. It is not through a religion or a system of good works. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Simply knowing that you are a sinner and worthy of Hell and even that Jesus died for you is not enough. You must call on Him, asking Him to forgive you and save you.
If you would like to do this, you can, in your own words, pray to God. Tell Him that you have sinned against Him and deserve to spend forever in Hell. But then tell Him that you believe Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose again, and ask Him to forgive you and to allow you to spend forever with Him in Heaven.
The moment you do this, God (based on the promise He made to you that He would save you) gives you the gift of everlasting life in Heaven, a gift that can never be taken away. If you could lose it, it would be temporary life and not everlasting life. Now you can begin living a new life in Him, a life with new purpose, meaning, and direction. Part of this new life is finding a good church to join (where the Bible is believed and preached), and reading the Bible and talking to God every day.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. We hope it has caused you to seriously consider the most important decision of life, whether or not to receive Jesus Christ and the life in Heaven that He offers. If you have any questions or would like to talk about your spiritual needs, please contact us.