Where am I going?
According to the Bible there are only two final destinations: heaven or hell.
God gave us His Word, the Bible, to tell us how we can know where we are going when we die.
“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...” (I John 5:13)
Eternal life is enjoyed in the presence of God in heaven forever. Eternal death is suffered in separation from God in hell forever. Why do some go to heaven and others go to hell?
God is the Creator and Ruler of all that is; the Self-existent One, perfect in power, goodness, and wisdom. He is holy and just, totally separated from sin.
Man's Problem: Sin
Man is separated from God because of sin.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6)
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you...” (Isaiah 59:2)
There are terrible consequences for our sins, and if we die in our sinful condition we will be eternally separated from God in hell. But God provided a solution.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
God's Provision: The Gospel
(Good News about Jesus Christ)
While maintaining His holiness and justice, God, in His love, mercy, and grace provided a solution to man’s destitute condition.
“…God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:8-10)
“…I declare unto you the gospel…; …how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:1;3-4)
Man's Response: Repentance & Faith
(Trusting in Jesus Christ)
You must acknowledge and agree with what God says about your sin.
“For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight.” (Psalms 51:3-4)
You must acknowledge that you deserve God’s judgment and that Jesus is your only hope.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
You must believe that Jesus’ death on the cross is sufficient to pay for your sins, and that Jesus rose from the dead in victory over death. You must turn from any other means of salvation, trusting Jesus alone as your Lord and Savior. (Acts 4:12)
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)
You cannot work to earn salvation, nor do you deserve it. It is a free gift.
“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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Will you in repentance and faith cry out to God today?
“...God be merciful to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13)
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Assurance of Salvation: (Simply Taking God at His Word)
Assurance means freedom from doubt. By taking God at His Word you can have assurance of the reality of your eternal salvation. “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...” (I John 5:13)
Evidence of Salvation:
(New Master, New World View, New Focus)
As a true believer you are a new creature in Christ and your life should show the evidence of His work in your heart. “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)