- ETERNITY -
It will be here before you know it.
Here's how you can know for sure that you will spend eternity in Heaven:
Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Every one of us is born a sinner. If you don't believe it, just put two three-year-olds in a room with one toy and see what happens. At some point in our lives, all of us have been greedy, told a lie, stolen something, used God's name as a swear word, or done something else that God says is wrong. Since Heaven is a perfect, sinless place, God cannot allow any of us to enter as long as we are in our present sinful condition. It would be as if someone dumped a load of garbage in the middle of your spotlessly clean house. As sinners, the only future we can look forward to is eternity in the place of fire and torment that God calls Hell. Fortunately, God loves us too much to leave us with no other option.
Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Death here refers to eternal death in Hell, not the physical death that comes to all of us. Because of our sin, we all deserve to spend eternity in Hell. It's impossible for us do enough good works to earn our way to Heaven. In God's eyes, committing even one sin wipes out all of our good works, and all of us have committed many more sins than that. Jesus came to earth as God in a human body to live a sinless life and be able to pay our sin debt for us.
Romans 5:8 - But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Imagine that you've committed a crime worthy of the death penalty. You've been tried, found guilty, and sentenced to be executed. Suddenly someone else steps up and volunteers to be executed in your place. Almost unimaginable, but that's exactly what Jesus did. He came here to be beaten and nailed to a cross to pay the penalty of your sin for you. According to all accounts, crucifixion is the most agonizing form of death that man has ever invented. Jesus willing went through that agony for you, died, and was buried. After three days, God declared the sin debt paid and raised Him from the dead. He offers you the gift of eternal life, but you have to be willing to accept it.
Acts 3:19 - Repent ye therfore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Repent means to turn from the direction you're going now and go the opposite way. You need to be willing to turn away from your sin and ask God to forgive you. You can't clean up your own life, so let God do it for you. He knows your heart better than even you do, and He knows what needs to be cleaned out of it.
Romans 10:9 & 10 - 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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13 - For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Here is the final step. In your own words, admit to God that you are a sinner, that you know you can't save yourself, and that you accept His gift of eternal life. Invite Jesus into your heart to take over your life. The exact words you use don't matter, and you don't have to be in church or some other special place. What matters is that you see yourself as a guilty sinner who deserves to spend eternity in Hell and acknowledging that trusting in Jesus is your only hope of escape. There is no one who is so wicked and sinful that God will not grant him forgiveness if he is willing to repent. If you give your heart to God, He will remove the things that He knows shouldn't be there and replace them with other things that will bring much more joy and fulfillment. You'll still have problems and trials in your life, as all of us do, but God will give you the extra stength and wisdom that you'll need to deal with them.
Hebrews 10:25 - Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
I urge you to find a good, Bible-preaching church as soon as possible, preferably one that uses the King James Bible. Fellowship with other Christian believers is very important. As the verse says, we exhort and encourage each other. We can help each other to deal our problems and struggles. Also, we need to hear strong Biblical preaching that steps on our toes sometimes. This is partly how we grow to be more like what God wants us to be. As you read your Bible, I'm sure that you will have questions. Having a pastor to go to with them is a huge help. A big part of a pastor's ministry is helping people with their spiritual growth, just as a gardener or farmer takes care of his crops and does what he can to make them grow well.
If you have taken this step of trusting Jesus as your savior, I would love to hear from you. Please go to the Contact page to send me a message.