The age old question, how can I know that I’m going to HEAVEN when I die?
It’s a great question!
So let’s take a look at what the Bible says it takes for a person when they die to get to heaven!
What Does It Take To Get To Heaven
The very first thing that you have to do is believe that there is a God and believe that He gave us the Bible as a roadmap to Him. Second, you have to read the bible to get the directions on how to get to heaven, and finally, you have to believe in those directions by faith. Because the bible says in Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.
I know that sounds simple, but the truth is the enemy which is Satan-Demons Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. You see my friends when God created the Heavens and the Earth Satan had already fallen from grace and sinned against God,
Isaiah 14:12-15 12“How art you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the highest.15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit”
So there you have it, Good vs. Evil: Not to go into a long theological discussion on this topic right now we will assume for this discussion you believe in God. We also know the Bible says in Psalms 14;1 & 53:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good” So I’m going to assume your not in that camp!
Now it’s time to look into the book the bible and see what it says!
For this Topic we will stay in the book of Romans for the most part, but I would like to mention a few key verses that will get us started.
John 3:16-17: 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”.
Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
That name is none other than Jesus Christ, from the book of Genesis to the book of the Revelation it’s all about Christ and the redemption of mankind, so now we are coming down to the final days the last days and we see the bible unfolding right before our eyes and we have to ask our self are we ready to meet God? I’m not trying to scare you I’m just trying to make you aware this world is coming down to the climax of God’s major plan. The “Tribulation Period” the Time of Jacobs Trouble, the Seventh week of Daniel’s prophecy. That’s right Revelation 4-19 It’s called the “Great Tribulation”
It’s called the Romans Road:
Romans 3:10: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”: So first thing we realize is we are all unrighteous, that means meeting God’s standard which is perfection and the standard is Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This is the payday for our sins, death and we are talking about two different deaths. The first death is spiritual death, when your not saved you do not have the spirit of God living in you, you are spiritually dead. The second death will be physical, that’s when your heart stops beating, your lungs stop breathing, and the blood stops flowing, you are dead and if you die without God, without being saved you will die eternally in HELL it’s a never ending torment. Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
And then there is the Great News 6:23b and that great news is the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord, you see my friend God has made a way out, and it is faith in Christ and Christ alone! We will talk about this real soon.
Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Here we read that by one man, “Adam” in Genesis chap. 3 we can read of the fall of man, and the consequents of the first sin. Because of that sin, it has passed down yo all mankind and we are all Guilty as charged! We are sinners ‘Oh my!” and we are all going to die, it’s a FACT! Some more good news!
Romans 5:8 But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. This is the answer we have all been looking for, the remedy for our sins. Again it Christ and Christ alone.
Romans 10:8-13: But what does the Bible say? The word is near unto you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9That if you shall confess with with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed. 12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Here is the way, it tells you that the word of God is in your hand “Bible” and in your heart “Conviction” that is the word of “Faith” and remember that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God! Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.
Now for my final thoughts, with so much going on in the world today I know it can get confusing, with hundreds and thousands of cults, occults, religions and sects. I mean there is something for everyone no doubt about it, but I want to ask you a question here if that’s OK with you. If Satan has been causing havoc in the world since the very beginning , and he is doing one heck of a job! This what the bible says in Mark 3:24 “And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end”. And then there is another scripture I want you see. 1st Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints”. So with that said that only leaves one power left, and that is the power of Satan, you see my friend the Bible also says in the book of Ephesians 2:1 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast”
Jesus said in John 14:6:”Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.
If you believe this, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He died for your sin would you right now bow your head and ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart right now, please do don’t put it off Satan will steal your time, your faith, your chance to go to heaven. Don’t let him do it. Remember that in that great book of St. John 10:7-11 7 “Then said Jesus unto them again, truly, truly I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”.
You see my friend Satan has come to Steal, Kill, and Destroy. And if you don’t repent of your sins and ask Christ to forgive of your sins He will take you straight to hell and hell is a real place that has been prepared for the Devil and all those demons and everybody that does not turn to Christ and get saved.
Please let me know about your decision, if you have trusted Christ, I want to know, and if you haven’t trusted in Christ I want to know that too! Please leave me your comments and suggestions I want to know.
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Everette Lee Whaley
Chaplin at the Douglas County Jail System for about 30 years
I asked God what does He want me to do now, and for the rest of my life? And the Lord spoke to my heart and He said to me, "I want you to tell everyone you can that "I LOVE THEM" then he gave me the scripture: JOHN 3:16-17. Make sure you check out my podcast too.