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If you were to die today, and were to meet God, and He should ask you why He should let you into His Heaven, what would you say? Uncertain? Let us share some good news with you.
FIVE IMPORTANT FACTS tell you the answer to that question!
FACT NO. 1 Heaven (eternal life) is a free gift - based on God΄s grace. «For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord» (Romans 6:23). Heaven cannot be earned or deserved. «For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast» (Ephesians 2:8-9).
GRACE - refers to what God wants to give you, which you do not deserve. AMAZING, BUT TRUE - God wants YOU to go to Heaven- eternal life is a free GIFT! The second fact tells why many do not have this gift.
FACT NO. 2 Man in himself does not deserve the gift of Heaven. WHY? Man is a sinner by nature and by choice. Man is incapable of doing good according to God΄s standards. «For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God» (Romans 3:23). «...there is none that doeth good, no, not one» (Romans 3:12). «For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all» (James 2: 10). Man cannot save himself «Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us» (Titus 3:5. The result of this sin is found in Fact Number 3
FACT NO. 3 There is a penalty for sin. God is love - He doesn΄t want to judge you. «The Lord ... is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance» (2 Peter 3:9). BUT, God is also just - He must judge sin «He will by no means clear the guilty» (Exodus 34:7). «The wages of sin is death» (Romans 6:23). i.e., physical death and also spiritual death (separation from God) Man΄s basic needs are: -forgiveness, -peace with God, -eternal life. He tries religion, good deeds, materialism, acclaim, etc., to satisfy his needs, BUT THESE DO NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF SIN. God is love. He has the solution! Fact Number 4 tells us how God has the only solution.
FACT NO. 4 Jesus Christ is your only way to Heaven. Who He is - the infinite God-man. «In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ...and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us» (John 1:1,14). What He did - He paid the penalty of our sins, and purchased a place in Heaven for us. «God commended His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). «Christ once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God» (I Peter 3:18) ( Man > Jesus Christ > God ) «Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me» (John 14:6). What must you do?
FACT NO. 5 Personal faith in Christ is the answer. Faith is not - merely mentally believing a fact. «Thou believeth that there is one God, thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble» (James 2: 19). Many people agree that Jesus Christ lived and died, and some even agree to the fact of His resurrection! But, they...have not turned from sin, and trusted Him. Faith is - turning from your sins and trusting in Jesus Christ alone for your eternal salvation! «Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved» (Acts 4: 12). «But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on His Name» (John 1:12). ( Faith > God΄s Grace > Eternal Life ) «Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved»(Acts 16:31). The Bible says: «Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved» (Romans 10:13).
Now the question is, Can you think of any reason why you wouldn΄t like to invite Christ into your life right now? Here is a suggested prayer that may express the desire of your heart: Dear Lord, Thank you for the gift of eternal life. I know I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. I believe Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for my sins and rose again from the dead. I now put my complete trust in you alone for eternal life. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus΄ name, Amen. Pray this prayer now.
Here is a suggested prayer that may express the desire of your heart: You could say something like this in your own words... “Dear Lord, I do believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and that God raised Him from the dead. I’ve been going the wrong way. I now repent of my sin trusting Jesus and Him alone to save my soul and take me to Heaven some day! Amen!”
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