“How Sure Are You?”

Posted: December 13, 2018 in Billy Pietsch, Death, Gospel, Salvation

Recently, while I was sitting in the sauna at the gym, a fellow came in and started talking to me. We carried on some small talk for awhile and he told me where he worked and about his family. He informed me that his daughter had died several years ago from a seizure. I empathized with him and told him that I too had a 38 year of son who had died in Japan from a heart attack. [1]

Questions. I then asked him if I could ask him a question. He said, “Sure.” I said, “If you were to die today, where would you go?” He said, “I hope I’d go to heaven.” Then I asked, “On what basis should God let you into His heaven?” He responded, “I try to do good things and generally I’m a good person.” I said, “I’m glad that you’re interested in doing good, but the Bible says we can’t gain entrance that way. There is another way, God’s way.” Then I quoted for him, “For by grace (unmerited favor) [we are] saved through faith [believing], and that not of yourselves; it [salvation] is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). And, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…” Titus 3:5). “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our [good works] are like filthy [smelly] rags…” (Isaiah 64:6).

Not By Works. Then I told him that I used to believe that way too until I discovered that my getting into heaven was not based on my good works at all but what the Lord Jesus Christ did for me on the cross when He died for my sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. I also shared this verse with him, “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name [person and work] of the Son of God [the Lord Jesus Christ], that you may know [right now] that you have eternal life [God’s quality of life]…” (1 John 5:13). When we have genuine faith, God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).

Beliefs. Since he told me that we went to church, I proceeded to ask him if he believed that Jesus was God, born of the virgin, Mary, who lived a sinless life, and then who went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily from the dead. He told me that he believed these facts. I then told him that I believed those facts too but I was also depending on my good works to get me to heaven. By the way, there are many people in America who know and say that they believe the facts of the Gospel, but who aren’t truly saved because they haven’t placed their faith in Him exclusively for their salvation. Some people are believing in the wrong Christ (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; Matthew 24:5). What about you? Are you “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2; See Matthew 7:21-23)? [2] Are you relying on your baptism, church membership, good works etc in addition to your faith? If so, stop! Instead,Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [alone], and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The word “believe” is used about 100 times in the Gospel of John to let us know that it is the only thing we can do to be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46).

Good Works. Once we have been saved, there are many things that God wants His children to do while He keeps us here on earth. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). “As each one [i. e. every Christian] has received a gift [supernatural ability], minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10).

Help. If you’re not 100% sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21-23), and you would like additional help, you can reach us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please read “The Bad News & The Good News on our site too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.

[1] Our Son’s Death https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

[2] Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

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