There are big questions that haunt all of us. What happens when I die? Where will I spend eternity? The single most important question that you will ever answer is this – “If I were to die today, would I spend eternity in Heaven with God?” Your relationship to Jesus Christ is central to the answer to that question.
The Bible tells us in I John 5:13, “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…” The simple truth is God wants you to know where you’re going! So, here it is in a nutshell:
1. We Have All Sinned
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romams 3:23)
We are all sinners by nature and by choice. God sees all – actions, thoughts, motives and places we go. We all feel guilty and ashamed of things in our lives.
2. We Have a Penalty for Our Sin
“For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a)
Sin must be paid for. God says the payment is death, Jesus said there are 2 deaths:
(1) Physical Death
God already knows the day we will die. We can’t avoid it- only prepare for it.
(2) Spiritual Death
That’s when a soul dies unforgiven and pays for his own sins, and goes to hell forever (by the way, hell was not created for people but for the devil and demons). God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell.
“ … but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23b)
God sent Jesus as His free gift to us so we could receive Him and one day live in heaven forever.
A gift can’t be bought or earned. It can only be received. Forgiveness does not come through baptism, church or good deeds. It only comes through receiving Jesus once and for all as a GIFT into our hearts by faith.
Yes, Jesus did die for everyone-but not every person is going to heaven-only those who receive Him. We either receive or reject Christ Jesus. There is no in-between. No one is born with Him in their lives. He is a gentleman and won’t come in our heart until invited.
3. We Can Have the Saviour
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
God chose to let Jesus pay for our sin by taking our place on the cross. He was spit upon, whipped, beard plucked and crucified. He loves you. He died, was buried, and arose after 3 days and is in heaven making room for you. If you were the only sinner in the world, Jesus would have died just for you. He loves you!
To be honest, most people have never had a definite time, place and day to accept Jesus once and for all into their hearts. If it’s ever happened to you, you’d remember it!
If you were to die unforgiven as you are, where does the Bible say you’d go?
Is that what you want?
4. We Can Be Forgiven Now
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
If Jesus was willing to take you just as you are, wouldn’t you be willing to take Him, just as He is? You must repent (turn away from your sins), and turn to Jesus. Just ask Him now…
Make This Prayer Your Own
Dear Jesus, I know I’m a sinner and deserve hell. I believe You died on the cross for my sins. The best way I know how, I ask You to come into my heart, be my personal Saviour, and take me to heaven one day. Amen.
You’ll never regret that decision! If you have just trusted Christ, we would love to know about your decision and give you a Bible and some other materials to help you learn more about that new relationship! Give us a call at 805.937.7291 and let us know today!