Is it really possible to know for sure right now before you die you have a guaranteed reservation in Heaven?
Yes it is! David said in Psalms 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…” and in vs. 6 “…I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” He knew two things – that God was with him, vs. 4, and he would dwell in the house of God forever, vs. 6. So what he says here is that he knew he had a guaranteed reservation and he knew it before he died! What about you? Do you know it?
God says in 1 John 5:13 “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…” Another way to ask the question is, “If you died today do you know for sure you would go to heaven?” Can you really know this for sure? What must you do?
Work for it? …no. You could never be sure you did enough good works to earn it. Besides, God says “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Here in Ephesians 2:8 & 9 the Bible says works will not help you get into heaven.
Buy it? …no, it is a gift, already paid for by the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” All sin pays for is eternal death, but Jesus paid for eternal life!
John 3:16 “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.”
Why do I need this gift?
Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We all are sinners, except for Jesus. Therefore, Romans 5:8 says “But God shows His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Too easy you say? No, it’s just like a motel reservation. You call ahead for a guaranteed reservation to make sure you have a place to stay on your trip. Yet when it comes to their “final trip” many people make no reservations for Heaven. But, God wants you to have one!
In John 14:1-3, Jesus said, “You trust in God, now trust in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you…Afterwards I will come back to take you with me where I am.” In John 10:9 Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved…” This word “saved” means “get eternal life” or have a guaranteed reservation to heaven. How do you get this eternal life guaranteed reservation?
Paul said, in Romans 10: 9, 10 “For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. “
So is believing all of this truth about my sin and Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection enough to get me a place to stay in heaven? No, it’s not—you have to ask for it, just like you have to make a reservation to get a room in a motel.
That’s why Paul says in Romans 10:13, “Whosoever will call on the name of the Lord (ask God, tell Him you believe and want to make a reservation), will be saved” (get eternal life).
Let me summarize for you how to have a guaranteed reservation to heaven with these important facts:
1. Everyone is a sinner. Romans 3:23.
2. The payment for sin is eternal death. Romans 6:23
3. Christ paid the payment when He died on the cross for my sins.
4. Eternal life, a guaranteed place in heaven, is a gift from God.
5. To get this gift, I must believe what the Bible says about my sin, and my Savior Jesus Christ. If I believe this with all my heart, I must ask God for it.
Would you like to make the call and get your guaranteed reservation to heaven today?
If you would, then let me invite you to bow your head right now, wherever you are and pray this simple prayer to the God of the Bible who loves you and is waiting for your call.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and can’t save myself. I do believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins, and rose from the dead on Easter to give me eternal life. I ask you right now to come into my life, forgive my sins, take over my life and give me a guaranteed reservation in heaven. Thank you for saving me; help me now to live the rest of my life for you. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer and meant it, God heard you and gave you eternal life which lasts forever. Now, it is important for you to find a Bible teaching church so you can grow in your faith.
Used by permission from Pastor Bill Haken the author of this message. Here is an invitation from my good friend Pastor Haken:
If you live near us, 100 N. Hershey Rd. Harrisburg PA 17112, it would be our privilege to meet you and help you to grow. My video of this is on YouTube. Also, our church website has both audio and video teaching that will help you learn God’s exciting plans for your life.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. “
Tell me when you make your reservation; I look forward to meeting you in heaven someday.
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