[2] Believers have the hope of eternal life

“And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.”1 John 5:11-12

When you accept Jesus as Lord of your life (which means you have accepted Jesus’ death on the cross as the payment for your sins and have now repented for your sins) God promises you eternal life (John 3:16).  Eternal life is not something you have to earn once you decide to follow Jesus.  It is a free gift from God!  Jesus died on the cross and his sacrifice has already covered all your sins – past, present, and future.

Eternal life doesn’t mean your body will live forever, it means your spirit will live together in God’s presence (1 Peter 4:6).  Remember that your sinful nature opposes God, and should we follow that it will lead us to death (body & spirit) but should we follow Jesus, and believe in His message, then we are assured of eternal life (Romans 6:23).  I love what Paul writes in Colossians 3:1-4:

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.  Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.  For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.  And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

How do you KNOW you will go to Heaven?

As humans we try and complicate this question when the answer is very straight forward.  In John 3:16, it says that, “God so loved the world that He sent his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, so that whomever BELIEVES in Him will not perish but have ETERNAL life.”

Again, everything comes back to Jesus.  He is the source of life (John 14:6) and of eternal life in Heaven.  Run to Jesus!  He will always love and accept you – now, and for eternity.