Brethren,

"My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved." -Romans 10:1

Are you sure you are going to heaven when you die?

Are your parents, grandparents, children, spouse or grandchildren who have passed away in heaven right now? Or do you believe they going to heaven someday? Perhaps, some time ago someone said to you that belonging to a church, keeping the commandments, receiving the sacraments or “accepting Christ” will give you the assurance of salvation... A guarantee if you will. Perhaps you are one who believes that God is so gracious that he loves everyone and everyone is going to heaven. You know;

“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.” John 3:16

Dear reader, may I share something with you from the Bible... God’s Holy Word? The Bible teaches us that we cannot save ourselves. That God has to do all the work of salvation. There is no ritual, no person, no work of any kind or type except that done by the Lord Jesus at the cross that can save us. Believing or having faith in the Lord Jesus as your savior is the “result of salvation not the cause of salvation.”

“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Titus 3:4-5

Dear reader, take a moment of your time and examine this web site and Bible study. You can be assured you that you will NOT like what you read. We promise you that IF you read it, and examine it by comparing it to the Bible, you may find that God has NOTsaved you. On the other hand, perhaps, just perhaps, the Father is drawing you.

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:” John 6:44

Is the Lord Jesus drawing you? Is He calling you? Are you one of His? Would you like to know for sure? Please read on and find out for yourself what the Bible has to say about Salvation.

If God has saved you (forgiven your sins), then He has put His Spirit in you and given you a new soul. That is, you are a new creature in Christ.

"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." 1John 3:9

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36:26-27

In other words; If God has saved you from hell, then the Lord Jesus paid for all of your sins with His life so that you now have eternal life.

“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:” Galatians 1:4

“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

However, if God does not save you before you die, or the Lord Jesus returns in judgment, you will spend eternity in hell under the wrath of God paying for your sins.

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” Revelation 20:15

“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;” 2Thessalonians 1:7-9

“So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 13:49-50

You may be thinking something like this right now, “Gee, I’m a good person, I go to church, I receive the sacraments, I accepted Christ, as a matter of fact, my church teaches and I believe that God is Love and he does not want anyone to go to hell right?”You know:

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

Unfortunately, this is NOT what the Bible teaches about salvation. The problem is that most people don’t understand what salvation is and they rely on what their church teaches or what someone has told them rather than what the Bible has to say about salvation. You see, it is the Lord Jesus that must do ALLthe work of salvation.

“...Salvation is of the LORD.” Jonah 2:9

Unfortunately, we are dead in our sins until the Lord Jesus saves us. Are you saying that there is no way to escape hell except through the Lord Jesus? What about religions that profess faith in Christ? Will they go to hell? Yes!The churches cannot escape the fact that the Lord Jesus holds each one of us accountable for our sins. The Lord Jesus is the only one who is able to save us. Therefore, one must leave his “religion” and come to trust the Lord Jesus alone.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

At this point you may feel desperate and asking yourself what can you do to be saved? There is nothing you can do to become saved? Surprised? You should be. No action on your part can save you or me.

There are 3 important things you should be aware of regarding salvation, and you nor I have any control in this:
  1. The Lord Jesus had to elect you. He had to choose you.

    “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you” John. 15:16
    "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." Ephesians 1:4-6

  2. The Lord Jesus had to pay for the sins of the one he came to save. He had to endure the wrath of God equal to spending eternity in hell. If He did not do this, then He could not save us.

    “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:” Galatians 1:4
    “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1John 4:10
    “We love him, because he first loved us.” 1John 4:19

  3. The Lord Jesus has to give that one He chooses a new resurrected soul. Because we are dead in our sins, we have to be born again from above. There is nothing we can do about this, the Lord Jesus has to do it.

    “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.” John. 3:3
    “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2Corinthians 5:17

These three things are an impossibility for any human. Only the Lord Jesus can accomplish this. It is all the work of the Lord Jesus. This is why He is called the “Savior.”

"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

Only the Lord Jesus can save us. Hopeless? Perhaps not. Perhaps He has chosen you from before the foundation of the world.

“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” Romans 9:15,16

“And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” Luke 18:13; Also see: Matthew 9:13

This is where trusting and waiting upon God comes in. We approach the Lord Jesus very humbly for His salvation and we must wait for Him to answer. Always remembering that the Lord Jesus is a very merciful God.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD." Lamentations 3:26

"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is." Jeremiah 17:7

So then, how would you know if the Lord Jesus has saved you? If He has saved you, you would cry out to God for mercy and forgiveness of your sins. You would meditate on and read God’s Holy Word. You would seek His face. You would seek to do His will. You would turn from your sins. (1John 3:9) You would share the gospel with others. You might say to yourself that you can’t read the Bible because of all those “thee’s" and "thou’s" and that you don’t understand it. Well, to be quite honest, you have been reading portions of the Bible as you were reading this small article...Surprised?

"...and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." 1John 2:27

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May God bless you as you contemplate and meditate on His Holy Word.