Frequently, non-Christians—as well as some Christians—can be heard to say “I hope I go to heaven when I die,” or words to that effect. It surprises these people when a Christian states firmly that he or she will definitely go to heaven. Some even think we’re braggarts for making such assertions.
As Walter Brennan used to say in his title role in the television show The Guns of Will Sonnet, “No brag; just fact.” We’re not bragging or making outlandish claims when we aver that we will be in heaven. We’re just stating a fact.
John 3:16 states that “. . .whoever believes in Him [Jesus] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” This is factually stated in other places in the New Testament, but I won’t go into all of them. Suffice it to say that God’s word promises that all Christians, i.e., those who have believed in Jesus and trusted Him for their salvation, will be saved and will go to heaven.
It doesn’t depend on sinless behavior, of which none of us are capable. Nor does it depend on having someone finger a bunch of beads or pray and pour oil over our bodies after we have already left them. Nor do we have to attend church every Sunday or perform in any other way. The Bible is very clear that our salvation depends solely on our accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Q.E.D., as they say in geometry classes.
Nothing else is needed. Jesus alone is sufficient. With Him, we need nothing else, and without accepting Him as our savior, nothing else will avail us any benefit when it comes to salvation.
Have you repented of your sins and asked Jesus to come into your heart and become your lord and savior? If not, all you have to do is address Him in prayer, confessing that you are a sinner incapable of conquering your own sins, submitting yourself to Him and asking Him to take over your life. If you can pray that prayer with sincerity, it immediately becomes a done deal, and I welcome you as a newborn brother or sister in Christ Jesus.
If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
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