Sure of Heaven? Totally!
We can be totally sure of Heaven, not because our faith in the Lord Jesus is so super strong – it isn’t! – but because the Lord Jesus is infinitely strong and we rely on Him alone.
Jesus said in John 3:16,
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John said in John 3:36,
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life,
It’s not everlasting life if you can lose it!
The Lord Jesus’ promises in the Bible to keep us safe are totally reliable.
Jesus said in John 10:27–30,
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall
anyone snatch them out of My hand.
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able
to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.
When we trust in the Lord Jesus for our salvation – and in Him alone – we can be completely sure we’re going to heaven. He’s absolutely reliable – even if we’re not!
John assures us 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 …
But if we can’t lose our salvation, doesn’t that mean we can live any way we like and still go to Heaven?
It’s true that we can’t lose our salvation (fortunately for us, our salvation is not based on our performance!), but there are important things that we will lose if we don’t live like we should:
- We’ll lose peace and happiness here on earth.
- We’ll lose the sense of purpose and fulfilment that come from following the Lord Jesus during this life and doing what we know is right.
- We’ll lose rewards in Heaven,
Matt. 16:27 For the Son of Man is going to …reward each person according to what he has done. (See also 2 Cor. 5:9-10).
- We’ll lose health. Scientific research has shown that those who attend church regularly and follow a Christian lifestyle are healthier and live longer than those who don’t. Click here.
- We’ll probably suffer the direct consequences – during this life – of the bad things we do. Most bad behaviour has bad consequences – it could be pain, sickness, sorrow, broken family, addiction, or jail.
L. G. Smith, April 2017