Are you 100% Sure 

of your Eternal Destination?

 

    One of the greatest spiritual misconceptions in this world involves the way in which an individual reaches Heaven.  People often feel that they can earn their own way to God as they attempt to follow a given system of personal morality and religious practice.  The problem with this type of doctrinal positioning lies in the fact that we are all dependent upon the divine standards established by God for daily living and eternal destiny.  These standards can be seen in the Bible and include the fact that God's plan of salvation is the only determinant that matters when speaking of earthly behavior and eternal consequences.  The following outline should prove to be of great help in establishing God's standard for eternal life within the existence of any individual.

1.  Everyone is a sinner. 

     The Bible clearly establishes the fact that everyone is born a sinner before God.  We can not justify our positioning by claiming that there are people in this world that have done things far worse than us.  The problem with human comparisons lies in the fact that God measures us all according to His nature and character, rather than simply comparing us to one another.  We consequently fall short of His perfection.

The Bible says: 

 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23

2.  Sin must be punished eternally.

     Our position as sinners warrants the need for divine retribution.  The righteousness of God demands perfect justice through judgment.  He can not allow sin to go unpunished and He can not allow unpunished sinners to enter His Heavenly Kingdom.  We must all be held accountable for sin.

The Bible says:

"For the wages of sin is death..." Romans 6:23

3.  Jesus Christ paid for our sins.

     God's merciful grace has provided a payment for our sins.  The fact that we could not provide a payment for ourselves caused the Lord to provide a payment for us through the work of His only begotten Son.  Jesus Christ provided a substitutionary work on our behalf.  His victorious work on the cross satisfied God's need for judgment while also satisfying His need for justice.  Christ paid a debt too great to be handled by any other person on this earth.

The Bible says:

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in  him." 2 Corinthians 5:21

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"  Romans 5:8

4.  We must accept Christ's payment in order to go to Heaven.

      We can not ignore God's command regarding eternal life.  We are all held accountable to Him for the life that we lead.  Any effort to ignore His standard or His plan of salvation will only last until the point of physical death.  The wrath of God will then be manifest against the soul of the individual as God's justice is enforced through His judgment.  Salvation is a matter of faith as the  individual sinner looks to Christ by faith in repentance and accepts the payment provided by Jesus for personal redemption.  Jesus paid in full for our sins and provided justification for sin through His work on the cross.

The Bible says:

"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

 

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