God’s Promise: Assurance
~ To a Christian who is saved or born again
Question: So you say you are “saved” through faith in Jesus Christ? But here is a question for you, if you sinned today and died there after would you go to heaven or hell?
Here is a scenario to help you understand the question. Consider a man, named Fred who is “saved”, as you are, and one day got into a really bad situation. The situation got so out of control that he ended up killing a man. Imagine just for a moment, before Fred could confess his sin, before he could repent, he himself died, and was taken before the LORD JESUS, to be judged. Would the LORD JESUS CHRIST let Fred into heaven; or cast him into hell?
The answer is simple – Fred would enter into heaven. But how can that be so, after he did one of the worst sins imaginable, he took the life of another? Yes Fred is guilty, and he committed a sin, but friend, no one get’s to heaven by their own merit, in fact no one who trusts in their “good works” (charity, prayer, reading the bible) can ever enter into heaven.
The qualification for “heaven” is being without sin, having broken no law of GOD in your entire life, that is – “PERFECT” and “SINLESS”. If you had but broken the law once or committed the smallest of sins, then you stand guilty before God. If a man raped your wife, your sister, or daughter, and stood before a judge, and that judge let the rapist go; would that judge be a fair and righteous judge? Of course not, so why do we expect any different, or any less from GOD who is the HIGHEST and MOST RIGHTEOUS of all judges.
So yes Fred is guilty, but can Fred do anything to earn favor with God? Can Fred give God something to let him escape from the wrong he has done? No, because if God did have to accept something from Fred, that would be bribery, and again this cannot be God, and so nothing you do, no matter how good, pure or holy, can be sufficient payment for your sin.
That is why, God the Judge, sent His only Son to this earth to die, and be that “ransom” that payment for your sin, and for all that you have done wrong in breaking his law. And so now because the “merit” of your entrance into heaven is not you, but Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter what you did, done or will do – you enter into heaven by the payment of JESUS, by HIM laying HIS life down FOR YOU, by HIM being that payment.So Fred enters into heaven, because He believed Jesus Christ by “faith” – that JESUS died and rose again the third day, and that the work of JESUS was payment enough for his (Fred) sins. Thus we are PROMISED HEAVEN, by WHO JESUS IS and WHAT JESUS DID, and our belief in HIM.
- Rom 3:23 – “For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (All guilty)
- Rom 10:9 – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the LORD Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raise him from the dead, thou shalt be SAVED”
- Eph 2:8-9 – “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.”
- 1 John 5:11-14 – “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 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. And this is the confidencethat we have in him…” (Also 1 John 4:15-17)