How can anyone be assured they are going to Heaven? Romans 3:10; “As it is written: none is righteous; no, not one.” Romans 3:20); “For by works of the law, no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:23-24; “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (ESV – all emphasis is mine.)
So far, it sounds like there won’t be anyone going to Heaven without some divine intervention. Going to Romans 3:29; “Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also.” Romans 5:1; “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:8; “but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
For all who believe there are many ways to Heaven without Jesus, it should become obvious that they are making a very fatal mistake. Romans 5:18; “Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men (Genesis 3), so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.” Romans 6:23; “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
These are some verses that tell us that through our own works and “good deeds,” we are not saved. Isaiah 64:6 tells us that our deeds are as “filthy rags” to the Lord. The only way to Salvation is through Jesus the Christ (Messiah), and that is found in John 14:6 and Acts 2:21. Both verses plainly state that without Jesus, we do not have the Father. A couple more verses that tell us the same thing are John 3:18 and 1 John 5:10-12. Looking at these words from the Father, does anyone truly believe there are many ways to Heaven without Jesus? Please know this is one of Satan’s biggest lies along with “Did God really say?”
There are those who ask, how can they really be assured that they will go to Heaven, either through death or by the Rapture. Some may say we can’t know for sure, but that statement is false.
Paul gives us the plain, easy-to-understand steps in Romans 10:9-13; “because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the scripture says, everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him. For all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Please note, God’s promise that we will be saved is repeated three times. That’s significant.
For the sake of anyone who may not have seen a previous message that spoke about the issue of “with the mouth,” I believe the Father will honor a confession with the mind of any who are physically unable to speak. God “hears” our pleas even if not given out loud. He is our Creator and is not limited as humans are with communication. He hears our every thought and knows every language and dialect on this earth. The part about “in your heart” is very important. It tells God if someone is sincere or just giving lip service.
To finally become a member of the Savior’s precious flock, one needs to develop a relationship with Him. Reading God’s word regularly that He gave us is a good start. Talking to Jesus (prayer) definitely is needed. For someone just starting out, this may seem a bit awkward to just “talk” to Jesus, but after a while, it becomes a natural part of one’s lifestyle. Letting Him know at the beginning that you are a bit nervous to talk to someone that can’t be seen may seem strange to us. One suggestion is to ask Him to help you overcome the newness of prayer. Nothing has to be formal or per a script. Just speak out loud or mentally to Him as if He were standing right next to you – because He is!
Mark 9:24; “Immediately the child’s father cried out and said, ‘I believe! Help my unbelief!'” This man’s son was possessed by an evil spirit, and he was desperate for Jesus to heal the boy. Jesus drove the demon out of his son. Although further detail is lacking, I would venture a guess that the father’s belief greatly increased after this.
Sitting in a church building every time the doors are open is not what saves us. There are those who will attend services all their lives yet will never truly receive and accept Jesus as their one and only Savior. They will be lost and in that line at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). On the other hand, there will be some who will never have gone to a formal evangelical church and will be caught up in the Rapture when Jesus calls His Flock Home.
I am grateful for the messages the Father gives me to post on two Rapture sites, and I believe this is my personal part of the Great Commission that the Savior gave us. My wife and I are extremely grateful for the site administrators for faithfully posting the messages. I do not believe this “earns” me any special rewards; it’s just our way of honoring the One who died in our place for our sins so that we could have eternal life with Him.
We have received and accepted Jesus as our one and only Savior and are confident the Holy Spirit is within us until we leave this earth. Does this mean we do not ever sin? Reread Romans 3:23 that says all have sinned. That includes us. However, we have the blessed assurance that is given in 1 John 1:8-10 that we can and will be forgiven when we follow God’s pathway to forgiveness. As long as we are on this earth, we will be nowhere near perfect, but that makes it even more exciting that the Rapture is so very close. If we should die before that, we will be with Jesus even sooner. Either way, it’s God’s will, and we will totally accept this.
Having the confidence that we will have a home in Heaven gives us a warm feeling about all we will be introduced to there, and that we will be able to reunite with all our loved ones we will spend eternity with.
There’s a wonderful song written by Rusty Goodman and a YouTube version performed by his daughter, Tanya Goodman Sikes, called “Look For Me.” It’s a very positive look at eternity with Jesus, and is letting us know we have a real home there.
1.) When you finally make your entrance to that city, of Jasper walls and bright gold avenues; as you behold all its beauty and its splendor; remember, there’s just one request I make of you;
Ref) Look for me, for I will be there too. I realize, when you arrive, there’ll be so much to view. After you’ve been there ten thousand years, a million or maybe two, look for me, for I will be there too.
2.) As you go down your list of firsts, there’s no question; we’re gonna want to see our loved ones waiting there for me and you. And when you feel you’ve shared your story with the last one, that wants to hear you tell just how you made it through,
Ref 2) Look for me, I’d like to hear it too. I realize when you arrive, there’ll be so much to view. After you’ve been there ten thousand years; a million or maybe two; look for me, for I will be there too.
Look for me, for I will be there too!
Note the positive tone that this song gives for those who are a part of the Savior’s flock (John 10). All who reject Jesus, or believe there are other ways to Heaven, will have a reservation at the Great White Throne as mentioned earlier. Once a person’s last breath is taken on this earth, their eternity is set and cannot be changed.
We pray that all of our loved ones have the Savior in their hearts. Then we can positively say, “Look for me, for I will be there too!”
Love, in the name of Jesus our Lord!