THAT YE MAY KNOW THAT YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE...| John 5:13
Like most people you want to know where you will spend eternity. The God who made you loves you. He wants you to know that you have eternal life. This knowledge from hearing and believing the Word of God. Please consider these four great truths so that you can KNOW that YOU have eternal life.
TRUTH #1: The reality of sin.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Romans 3:10
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23
Let's be honest. No one is perfect. Every one of us has done wrong at least once. Righteousness is not relative. God is the standard of right. His holy nature demands perfection. When we are not perfect we miss that mark. God calls those misses SIN. It really does not matter by how much we miss the mark. If I had to jump a 12' crevice to be safe, jumping 11 feet 11 inches is just as fatal as jumping 6 feet. Earning God's favor is an all or nothing proposition. It takes only one sin to fall short of His demand. It takes only one sin to become a sinner. It takes only one sin to come short.
TRUTH #2: Sin must be punished.
For the wages of sin is death...Romans 6:23a
Have you ever wondered why we grow old and die? Your body can fight off every injury and illness. It just doesn't. There is no biological reason that we should grow old. There is no biologic reason we should die. Sin is not just a wrong action. It is also the power that causes us to commit sins. Sin destroys everything it touches. Sin is the reason people die. Untreated it will can cause eternal death.
God declares that sin pays wages. At the end of each week most of us expect a pay check for the work which we have done. In the same way, sin pays wages. Sin not only pays physical death. It also pays spiritual death. That spiritual death is described in Revelation 20:14-15.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The person who meets God without dealing with SIN must collect the wages of sin in a place God calls The Lake of Fire, Hell, and the Second Death. It is a place of torment by fire, brimstone, darkness and conscience that lasts for ETERNITY. You might protest, "How can a loving God send anyone to such a horrible place?" The answer is simple. God doesn't want to send anyone there. He had done everything He could to keep us out of hell. This leads us to the most wonderful truth in the Bible.
TRUTH #3: God made a remedy for Sin.
...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
Since He knew that we could not earn it, God made eternal life a free gift. There is nothing to be joined, nothing to be paid, nothing to be earned. Eternal life, the opposite of the second death, is a gift. It is free to us but it was not free to God.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
God loves you. He did not want to make you collect the wages for your sins. He decided to collect those wages for you. How did He do that? The Lord Jesus, who was God, became a man and lived an absolutely SINLESS LIFE. He earned eternal life. Judgment had no claim on Him. He was perfect. But His perfect life was not enough. To be able to forgive us someone still had to collect the wages. Jesus voluntarily died IN MY PLACE. Jesus voluntarily died IN YOUR PLACE. He collected our wages.
In heaven, God, the Father, wrote our sins under the account of His Son. On the cross, Jesus Christ absorbed the full punishment for our sins. When He had completed paying for our sins He cried, "It is finished!" and died. Three days later He rose from the grave to prove that He had accomplished His work. Death could not hold Him. He is alive today. Salvation is a simple bookkeeping transaction. Just as Jesus chose to take our guilt, we must choose to take His righteousness.
TRUTH #4: You must choose to receive this gift.
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... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:9,13
Notice what the last verse says. "...Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." You must understand that YOU MUST RECEIVE THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE. God has paid for it but you must accept it. He will not force you to be saved. He will not force you to have your sins forgiven. He will not force you to go to heaven. But He has made a way for all these things to be done.
Let me ask you to use your imagination. Imagine that the Lord Jesus is standing right here with you right now. He speaks to you and says, "Let me forgive your sins and make you a child of God. Let me give you eternal life and the promise of heaven." What would you say to him? Do you realize that He is alive today, and he is here today through the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit? He is saying to you, "Let me forgive your sins and make you a child of God. Let me give you eternal life and the promise of heaven." Would you let him do that right now? Would you let him forgive your sin and give you eternal life in heaven with him? Would you accept that pardon that God offers so freely? Why don't you ask Him for it right now? Just pray this simple prayer:
I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserved to be punished for my sin. Thank you for taking my punishment. Please come into my heart and save me right now. I am trusting in you to forgive my sins and give me eternal life. Thank you for saving me.
God said that if you would call on Him that He would save you. If you have called on Him, you have been saved. You now know that you have eternal life.