“Your Eternal Destiny – How Sure Are You?”

Posted: January 17, 2019 in Gospel, Heaven, Hell, Salvation

If you’ll permit me to do so, I’d like to ask you some very personal questions that relate to your eternal destiny. Are you 100% (not 97%) sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Or do you believe, as most devout Roman Catholics believe, that you have to go to Purgatory first before entering heaven through the side or back door? Why should God let you into heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be?

Now I know that most of us don’t like to think or talk about dying or death. But it is almost inevitable (Hebrews 9:27). There have been some exceptions in the past to this (Enoch – Genesis 5:24, and Elijah – 2 Kings 2:11) and there will be another exception in the future (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

No one really likes bad news, but without it the good news isn’t so attractive. A brilliant diamond shines brightest with a black cloth behind it. The “Bad News” is that we’ve all sinned (acted lawlessly) and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:10-23). Therefore, we all deserve to die and be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Romans 6:23). Mankind is helpless (Romans 5:6), hopeless (Ephesians 2:12), and hell bound (Matthew 25:41, 46). But the “Good News” is that God the Father loved the people of this world who were/are headed for hell and sent His only begotten Son to provide deliverance for all of humanity, not just for a select few (John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

The Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto our salvation (Romans 1:16). It’s the same message for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 10:9). But it needs to be declared boldly (Acts 4:29) and with clarity so that God the Holy Spirit can do His part and save those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (John 16:8-11).

The Apostle Paul declared the Gospel that leads to our salvation in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.

Fact One:

Christ – The Christ of the Scriptures, not the cults (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4).

died – once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), not as a continual sacrifice (R.C.C.)

Death = separation. Two kinds: spiritual (Matthew 27:46), physical (Luke 23:46)

for – in place of, as our Substitute (1 Peter 3:18).

our – the whole world of humanity (I John 2:2), not for the devil/demons (universalism)

sins – lawlessness (1 John 3:4; Romans 14:23; James 4:17)

according to the Scriptures (Psalm 22:1 ff; Isaiah 53:6)

Proof One:

He was buried – to prove that He was really dead (Mark 15:44), not just fainted or swooned.

Fact Two:

He rose again – bodily (Luke 24:34-44), not just “in spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:50).

on the third day – no corruption (Matthew 12:40); not on the fourth day (John 11:39).

according to the Scriptures (Psalm 16:10)

Proof Two:

He was seen by more than 500 witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:6).

Over a 40 day period of time (Acts 1:3).

Conclusion: Many people in the world don’t know these facts about the Lord Jesus Christ. True Christians can/should share this “Good News” with others as God the Holy Spirit opens doors and leads us to be a witness for Christ (Revelation 3:8; Romans 8:14; Acts 1:8). He alone can open the spiritually darkened eyes of unsaved people so they can see and believe on Christ and be saved (1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 11:25; John 16:8-11). Many “professing Christians” know and believe the facts of the Gospel but haven’t yet placed their faith in Christ alone to save them (See Matthew 7:21-23). They add good works to try to earn their salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). They are “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). Don’t be one of them?

Application

Please make sure of your own salvation before you try to show others how they can be delivered from having to go to the lake of fire forever (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13; 2 Timothy 1:12; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). It’s as real as heaven and “…God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).  Sadly, most people will reject Him and God’s offer of salvation.

My friend, if you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, have you been baptized to demonstrate your faith to other people (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:34-38; 1 Peter 3:21)? When was the last time you shared the Gospel with someone? Have you yielded to the devil’s temptation to be timid and fearful (2 Timothy 1:7)? If so, confess it (1 John 1:9). You can overcome it the next time by putting on the armor of God and focusing on the “helmet of salvation” to remind you of how great your salvation from God actually is and what God can do for those who believe in/on Christ as their personal Savior (Ephesians 6:17).

Help. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you’re not sure of your salvation, please contact us so we can help you. If you’re saved, but if you are living like a “carnal Christian,” please don’t share the Gospel with others. Get right with God first through confession (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies. Send us your Bible questions and comments and visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com.

Dr. Manfred Kober, Do We Really Know The Gospel?” https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

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