So You Think You’re Going To Heaven ?
I wonder how many people when they die will be in total shock the moment they realize they did not make it to heaven at all, but instead find themselves in torment where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth with no way out, no escape, ever!
What is the last thing Jesus said as He was going up into Heaven? ” Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Are you a true disciple or just a pretender? Do you observe all that He commanded or just some of it? If you claim you love Jesus then why have some of you not obeyed His teachings? He said if you say you love me and do not keep His commandants then you are a liar and the truth is not in you. Which brings me to another point.
I am speaking to the Church here, those that call themselves Christians. The gospel is very clear on the way to salvation. True salvation is very straight forward and spoken plainly by Jesus. He said “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He (Messiah) you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24) so the first thing is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and came from the Father to offer himself up for you and all your sins. But wait, you said you believe this? Does this alone save you? Not really, there are other factors involved here.
First you must repent of your sins and sinful life and decide to stop sinning which IS true repentance; to turn around and go in the other direction, to stop living a life of sin IS repentance! Repenting is not just saying a few words, it is acting on your prayer and confession. It is using your faith to believe with God all things are possible and repenting of your past while believing is the necessary releasing of your faith to make that change. The entire gospel begins with repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand. If faith without works is dead, then salvation without repentance is not salvation at all.
What else does the word say to do? Confess Jesus is Lord. If you believe Jesus is the Son of God in your heart truly, then you will confess Him before men. Confess with your mouth to others, your family, your friends to strangers and to anyone who will listen.. Jesus said He will confess Your Name before the Father if you confess Him before men. The same applies if you don’t, He won’t either. So here we have it as in Romans 10:9-10: “that if you CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH, Jesus is Lord and BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART that God raised Him from the dead. You will be SAVED; for with the heart a person believes resulting in righteousness and with the mouth he confesses resulting in salvation”. But wait there’s more…
Read AGAIN WHAT JESUS SAID and He said Baptism. I don’t want to hear all the fussing and debating about doctrinal differences on baptism. Jesus said GET BAPTIZED! that should be enough for anyone. Baptism is rarely even mentioned now days in 50% of the churches, why? Because it takes effort on the believers part and is an inconvenience for some churches. Every single believer who gets saved (remember Romans 10:9-10?) should be running to the water to obey the gospel that JESUS and the apostles said to do and that’s get baptized. Any Christian can baptize a new believer. Do it in a swimming pool, do it in the river, do it in the lake, fill up a tub and do it. No one has ANY EXCUSE NOT TO BE BAPTIZED! But what about the thief on the cross? Good for him, but JESUS STILL SAID FOR YOU TO GET BAPTIZED AND BECOME A DISCIPLE, I wonder how many thousands of born again believers never got baptized because it’s importance is not taught in their churches? Doesn’t the bible say “We are buried with Christ in Baptism and raised to walk a new life? The act alone of baptism doesn’t save you, but isn’t it an appeal to God for a clean conscience ? Debate doctrines all you want, but Jesus was baptized and tells us to be baptized. A disciple is a FOLLOWER (hello are you listening?) you are no disciple if you are not a follower of All Jesus commanded. But wait there’s more….
” You men (and women) who are stiff necked and uncircumcised in HEART and EARS are always RESISTING THE HOLY SPIRIT; you are doing just LIKE YOUR FATHERS DID. (Acts 7:51) Many people NEVER EVEN ASK for the Holy Spirit, but yet Jesus says ” how much more will He give the Holy Spirit for those who ASK HIM. (Luke 11:13) All you stiff necked Christians; what do you think Pentecost was for? Or The book of Acts? Or First and Second Corinthians? Do You believe the demons lies that Pentecost is no more even though the Apostle Paul perfectly explains it all and said to “EARNESTLY SEEK THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT BUT ESPECIALLY THAT YOU PROPHESY”? Unbelief is the killer of faith. The Holy Spirit baptism and gifts of the Spirit are for Today just as it was for the early church. Usually the same people who don’t believe this are the same people who don’t believe in healing or miracles so it stands to reason, Devils have convinced millions those things passed away. It’s escapes their mind that Jesus said I will never leave you and teaching them to observe ALL things I have commanded you. And “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” So many people listen to doctrines of Devils in their own churches, from their own pastors. You might be totally shocked if you would actually fast and pray and seek God with all your heart and ask Jesus and say “gimme all you got Lord, I’m open and willing to receive” But most of you will just stay in your comfort zone and not go deeper into the things of God because your lukewarm and fear and refuse to believe the word of God, you would rather listen to the teaching of your denomination because it’s easier that way. So sad how so many are missing out on all God has for them.
So lets see here Acts 2:37, 38 and 2:39, 40,41 pretty much sum it all up: “Now when they heard this they were pierced in their heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, REPENT (stop sinning) and each of you BE BAPTIZED in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins (It’s not the water but faith in Jesus blood) and you shall receive the GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT( no gift equals no Holy Spirit) For the PROMISE (what promise? The Holy Spirit) is for you and your children and for ALL WHO ARE FAR OFF (that would be us) as Many as the Lord God will call to Himself (that would be us also)” So then those Who had received his WORD were Baptized…”
Several places in the New Testament, Ephesians 4:30 being just one place, says we are SEALED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD FOR THE DAY OF REDEMPTION. Anyone who thinks they will make heaven without the Holy Spirit is sadly mistaken. You must be born again by the Spirit of God to ever see the kingdom Jesus said. Why would Jesus say to those on judgment day “Depart from me I never know you?” Because they were playing Christian not real born again Christians.
1) They never repented from their hearts and never turned away from their sin.
2) They did not truly believe Jesus and his teaching (thus they never repented)
3) They did not take up their cross daily and confess Jesus before men. When persecution came they denied him.
4) They were baptized, but without true repentance and faith in Jesus Blood, it meant nothing, it was just getting wet.
5) They never sought the Lord with all their hearts and ask for the Holy Spirit in faith and got sealed, so therefore; they were never born again.
6) They never forgave others from their hearts so God could not forgive them.
7) They never loved God with all their heart and their neighbor as themselves. (That’s why they lived a sinful life)
Many will say on judgment day, didn’t we do many mighty things in your name? God’s word spoken will heal and deliver with faith of the receiver, not the sender (preacher) it’s the word (Jesus is the word) He sent His word and healed them, the person never heals, it’s faith in the word. That’s how Jesus can say on judgment day, depart from me I never knew you to those fake Christians. DO YOU KNOW HIM? Follow Him and be a real disciple. You must be willing to lay down your life for the gospel and Jesus sake. You must be real………God loves you so much, He’s waiting for your prayers right now…..