|What is the “Truth” about eternity? Every human being is faced with this question whether they think about it or not. “Is there anything after this earthly life or does a person simply cease to exist? If so, what is there? How do I make sure that what is there is good for me? What can I do to improve my chances? Can I be absolutely certain of what eternity is going to be?”
The culture of our day is not all that different from those of the past. These questions have been present for every human being and the culture has held, “It doesn’t really matter. Just think about today and what makes you feel good. You can’t really be sure anyway.”
We live in a day of uncertainty. The more we learn the more we seem to realize there is so much more to learn. Can anything really be known with certainty?
The Bible clearly tells us there is a certainty each person can have concerning eternity. Every human being can have a certainty about whether or not they will go to Heaven when their earthly life comes to an end. The world’s culture tells us, “Don’t worry about it. We will all be just fine.” God tells us in the Bible that Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him” (John 14:6). The Bible also tells us, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13). We can know and it is important to know we have eternal life.
Do you have that certainty? The disciples of Jesus and the early Christians were certain. They were not guessing about their eternity…they were not hoping or wishing. They were certain because they believed God’s promise. “4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
The world today tells us any and every path leads to God. This is true in the sense that every person will stand before God someday. Not every path, however, leads to Heaven. We can be certain we are going to Heaven, but we can only gain this certainty through the way God has told us of in the Bible. How can you be certain?
Admit you are a sinner.
Romans 3:23 tells us, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Know that God loves you.
John 3:16 shares with us God’s love. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Believe that Jesus died for your sins.
Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Though we may not fully understand why, or be able to grasp how Jesus paid the cost for our sin, we must trust God’s promise, knowing God is always truthful.
Confess and Repent of your sin and Commit your life to Jesus.
Romans 10:9 promises, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Also, Romans 10:13 tells us, “For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."
You can commit your life to Jesus and receive Him as a personal Savior and have certainty in God’s promise that He gives to you eternal life. You could pray something like this:
“Dear God, I understand that I am a sinner and cannot fix the problem between you and me. Thank you that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I ask for your forgiveness for my sin and ask for the free gift of salvation and eternal life you offer. Lord Jesus, please come into my life. I commit my life and my heart to you. Help me become the person you want me to become. I Jesus name I pray, Amen.”
Do these words express what you desire? You can pray this to God right now and Jesus promises that He will come into your life. There is a verse in the Bible that tells us we should not delay. When we understand what Jesus has done and why we need it, that is the time to come to God and ask Him for Jesus’ saving work to be applied to our lives. “…Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
If you desire this certainty about eternity, and if you prayed asking God to do this work for you, we are so glad to say, “Congratulations!” This is the most important decision any person can make, not just in life, but for eternity.
Now, what comes next? Begin reading your Bible and praying every day. We suggest starting in the book of John or 1 John. It is important, as well, to find a Bible believing church and share with others the decision you have made to trust in Jesus. Begin sharing your decision today.
If you live close to GHBC, we would love to meet you and be a help in any way we can. Give us a call at the church office, send us an email, and come to our services. We want to celebrate with you.