Messiah Baptist Church
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What if today is the day that you die?
There is much confusion regarding various religions in the world today. I don’t want to discuss “religion” but simply inform you about how, according to the Bible, to know for sure Heaven will be your home when your life on Earth has ended. 

The Bible tells us in 1st John 5:13 that it was given to us so that we can know we have eternal life or that we can be saved: “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, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

How can we know this?

First, in order to be saved we need to know what we need to be saved from. The Bible teaches us that everybody is a sinner, or has broken the law of God.  Romans 3:23 says, For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” 

The Bible says that our “goodness” cannot compare to how good God is. Isaiah 64:6 says, “All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” That’s why the Bible says that none of us are righteous. Romans 3:10 says, “As it is written,  There is none righteous, no, not one.”

“So, I’m a sinner, so what?”

Well, since we know that everyone is a sinner, we also need to know how that affects our eternity. Heaven is perfect, and sin isn’t allowed there - or else it would no longer be perfect. God created a place called Hell for the Devil and his fallen angels, and it’s a place of eternal fire. 

Matthew 25:41 says, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. The Bible tells us that we are condemned to go there unless we believe on Jesus Christ. John 3:18 explains, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” 

You see, because of our sin, we have earned punishment. Romans 6:23 says, For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Death here is talking about the second death which we know as the lake of fire. We see that in Revelation 20:14 as the Bible says, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” 

Thankfully, that isn’t the end of this article!

God loves us and doesn’t want anybody to die and go to Hell. The Bible explains in 2nd Peter 3:9 that, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Jesus wants to give everybody a free gift! Romans 6:23 promises, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  You see, Jesus never sinned; therefore He didn’t have to die. He chose to die in our place. We deserve to die, not Him! 

Jesus loved us so much that He wanted to die for us so that we could live with Him in Heaven. Jesus is the only one who can give this gift, because He is the only one that has paid for it. Since Jesus didn’t owe a sin debt - unlike us - He was the only one who could pay for someone else’s. Romans 5:8 explains, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” 

Jesus Christ died and paid the debt that we owed because of our sin. Does that mean we are all going to go to Heaven? No! In order to go to Heaven, one must receive the gift that Jesus is offering. Many people have rejected this gift. I hope you will not be one who rejects Jesus, but gladly receives Him!  John 1:11-12 says, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

Will you accept what Jesus has done for you?

You now have learned that because of our sin, we all deserve to die and spend eternity in the lake of fire called Hell. 

Jesus Christ, the son of God, died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again from the dead three days later to pay our penalty or debt of sin. Jesus, having never sinned, died for sinners condemned to death. 

However, simply believeing that Jesus did this isn’t enough. The Bible says that the devils believe this, but they aren’t going to Heaven. James 2:19 explains, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” 

You must “believe in thine heart,” to receive and put your complete trust in Jesus and what He did for you. Romans 10:9-11 says, “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. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” 

If you are willing to let Jesus Christ take you just the way you are, save you from the debt of your sin, and give you a home in Heaven with Him when your life on Earth has ended, Jesus is ready to do just that. 

God says in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” “Whosoever” means YOU, my friend! If you will pray and ask Jesus Christ to save you, He will. The following is a simple prayer you can use as an example of trusting Him. The prayer doesn’t save you! It is the meaning from your heart! God knows my heart, and He knows yours. 

Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner; if I died now in my sin, I would go to Hell. Right now, by faith, I am trusting You and receiveing You as my personal Saviour and my only hope for Heaven. Please save me, and take me to Heaven one day. Thank You for dying on the Cross for me and for saving me from an eternity in Hell. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you said this prayer and really meant it, God says you are  guaranteed a home in Heaven.  John 3:15 says, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 6:37 says, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

Please contact us so we can rejoice with you. I would also like to give you a book containing a Bible study course along with a free copy of the New Testament of the Bible.

Other Bible passages to help you: John 6:35, Hebrews 10:25, Hebrews 13:5, Acts 2:41, and Acts 8:36-38

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” - 2nd Peter 3:18

Give us a call at 303.455.6120 and let us know today!

Messiah Baptist Church • 3241 West 44th Avenue • Denver, CO 80211 • 303-455-6120 •
We are an Independent, Fundamental, Conservative, KJV, Baptist Church.