Our Hope in Christ
The Bible says in 1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you…that you may know that you have eternal life…” Eternal life simply means that you will go to heaven after death. Do you know if you were to die today that you would go to Heaven?
The Bible also says in Hebrews 9:27 that after death is a judgment. At this judgment God must right the wrongs done in this life because He is a holy and a just God (Ps. 9:8). In fact, we know the verdict of this judgment found in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death…” This means if we have done wrong (lied, stolen, been selfish, or unkind…) that we are under the punishment of sin. God knows that “all have sinned…” (Romans 3:23) and does not desire to sentence the sinner to death or hell, but to deliver the sinner from this judgment.
Probably the most popular verse in the Bible tells us of God’s loving deliverance. John 3:16 says, “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.” God sent Jesus to pay for our punishment of sin. Jesus did this by dying on a cross and displaying victory over death through His resurrection. The Bible goes on to say, if we believe (trust) that Jesus died in our place, (“whosoever believeth in him”) that we can be saved from God’s punishment of sin and find forgiveness, and have “everlasting life” with a heavenly home.
Do you believe (trust) that Jesus’ death paid for your sins? Then you ought to thank the Lord for what He has done for you by a simple prayer. “Lord, thank you for dying for my sins to provide forgiveness. Thank you for giving to me life everlasting in a heavenly home.”
The Lord does not see the decision to trust Christ to forgive sins and to go to heaven as the end of a spiritual journey, but as the beginning of a relationship. We would love to help you understand more about the loving God of the Bible and continue to grow in a rich relationship with Jesus Christ. Please let us know if you have made this decision.