Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Are You Automatically Going to Heaven?

Photo by Frank Farm (Flickr)
Reverend Timms, the hospice chaplain, lowered the bedside rails so he could lean in closer.

Dale gripped his arm. “I’m not ready to die. I wish I could know for sure if I’m going to heaven.”

The minister leaned in even closer. “Before our visit is over, you will know – for sure – if you’re going to heaven. Okay?”

Dale smiled, faintly.

“Have you ever heard about Jesus’ dying on the cross for your sins?”

“I remember hearing John 3:16 as a kid in Sunday school. So is that it?” Dale paused to catch his breath. “Does that mean I’m automatically going to heaven?”

“Just because we may have heard about Jesus paying for our sins on the cross, that doesn’t mean we automatically get to go to heaven. But the Bible does say, ‘That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved’” (Romans 10:9 NASB).

“That means, we have to believe – put our faith and confidence in Who Jesus is and what He did for us, not in the good things we’ve done.”

Dale wrinkled his brow.

“It’s not meant to be complicated. It comes down to this. Are you able to say that Jesus is Lord – will you recognize Him as the ultimate authority over your life and all things?”

Pause. “Yes. I recognize Jesus as Lord.”

“Do you believe He took your sins on the cross, died for them, rose from the dead, and is alive today?”

Nod. “I do. I believe.”

“Then, according to God’s Word, you are going to heaven when you die. Welcome to God’s family!”

Dale smiled. A very definite smile. “Thank you.”

(A modern parable to illustrate the gospel.)
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  1. I like the NIV. I so love this blog. So helpful and encouraging. God love you

    1. Thank you, Anonymous, for stopping by and your very encouraging compliment!! By the way, I will be using the NIV 1984 version when discussing Psalm 18 in the very near future.
      Thanks again for visiting. Please do it again. ;)


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