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Heaven Can Be Your Home!

 

My Friend: Do you know you will spend your eternity in Heaven?  I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer.   The question is not, How good have you been; Are you a member of a church; Have you been baptized; Gone forward in a church service; or Have you ever prayed a prayer?

 

But rather the question is, Do you remember a time in your life when you were so deeply burdened by your own personal sin that you knew, if you died in that moment, you would die separated from God for all eternity and in that moment you cried out to God for His saving mercy and faith?  Salvation comes only to the broken and contrite heart.

 

First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

 

As sinners, you and I are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

“ . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

 

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “ . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). “ . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]” (Hebrews 9:22).

“ . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

 

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.

 

God says in order to receive His pardon and go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”

 

In the Bible God tells us how to have our sins forgiven - be born again. And His plan is simple! You can be saved right now! How?

 

My friend, “God . . . commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also acknowledges that God didn't 'overlook' your sin, but rather placed it on His only begotten Son when He died on the cross of Calvary.  Jesus paid a sin debt He didn't owe because we owed a sin debt we couldn't possibly pay.

 

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “ . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . . .’ ”

 

Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.

“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” (John 1:12).

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

 

Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved does not mean might be saved.  It means exactly what it says, shall be saved.

 

Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, as you repent, lift your heart to God in prayer.

 

In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” In a few short words he was saying, “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I know I deserve to die and go to Hell.  But I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe He shed His blood, died, was buried, and rose again the third day for me - just as the Bible says. Right now, as best as I know how, by faith, I ask you to forgive my sin, I receive Jesus as my Saviour. Thank you for your merciful grace!”

 

Can you say that just now?  Can you take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith? Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it - or you won't be saved!

 

God’s simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.

 

You say, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. To believe is a simple thing to do.  The hard part is admitting that you need to be saved (repentance!).  It is God’s plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Saviour today.

 

If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this page over and over, without laying it down, until you understand it.  Contact us if necessary. Your soul is worth more than all the world!

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

 

Be sure you are saved. The decision must be made on this side of eternity - before you die.  If you die without Christ you lose your soul and miss Heaven - for all eternity.  No second chances.  Without faith (in this life) it is impossible to be saved.  Everyone who dies believes in God...there are no atheists in Hell.  Please! Let God save you this very moment.  "...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2).

 

God’s power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

 

Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God’s promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth:
 

  • Pray -- you talk to God.

  • Read your Bible -- God talks to you.

  • Witness -- you talk for God.

 

You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord . . . .” (2 Timothy 1:8)

“Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32).

 

 

The preceding was adapted from Robert Ford Porter's tract, "God's Simple Plan of Salvation" (1991)