How Can I Know Jesus?
Please take a moment and think about the following questions: Suppose you were to die today, and God was to ask you, “Why should I let you into My heaven?” What would you say? Would you have eternal life with God in heaven?
The Bible says in 1 John 5:13, “These things have I written to you who believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may have eternal life.”
The problem that we all face is that we are not perfect. God is a perfect and holy God and He cannot look upon sin. Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Sin basically means you have missed the mark. Much like a person shooting an arrow at a target. If he does not hit the bulls eye, he missies the mark. God set the standard with his word, the Bible. He judges us with His word.
Since we have all missed the mark or sinned, we have separated ourselves from God. There is a penalty for sin. In Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death.” This death means a spiritual death or eternal separation from God. We refer this separation from God as hell, according to Luke 12:5, “Fear Him who, after He has killed, has the power to cast into hell.”
There is good news! God knew we needed help getting into heaven. That is why He sent Jesus, His only Son, into this world. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus came to seek out and make a way for salvation to all who believe. Jesus stated in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus is the only way we can receive heaven. We cannot earn it ourselves because it only takes one sin to cast us out. So the love Jesus has for you is real and He wants you to spend eternity with Him.
How can I know I have eternal life with Jesus? First, you must believe, by faith, that Jesus is the Son of God. James 2:19, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!” Believing is more than just hearing facts about Jesus. It is trusting in Jesus. Second, you must repent. Repent means to turn or make a u-turn in your life. It is not feeling sorry for your actions. It is leaving the old lifestyle and following the way of the Bible. Acts 3:19, “Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.” Thirdly, you must confess your sins. Romans 10:9-10, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Basically, you need to ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and ask Him to be your Savior and give you eternal life. It is a simple process because Jesus did the hard part when He died on the cross for your sins. If you have a sincere heart and would like to ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, you may pray a simple prayer like this:
Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I know that because of my sins I cannot enter into heaven. I want to go to heaven and I know you are the only way. So I ask you to forgive me of my sins and I ask you to come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. Thank you for your love and forgiveness. And thank you for giving me eternal life in heaven. Amen.
I would like to encourage you to affiliate yourself with a local church. There is where you will begin to learn and grow. You can talk to the pastor to see about being baptized and getting involved in Sunday School.
If this has raised any questions you may have, please feel free to contact our pastor at the church office and he'll be glad to sit down with you and explain what all this means. We hope to see you in our church this Sunday morning.
May God bless you!
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Jeremiah 38:26 (ESV)
then you shall say to them, 'I made a humble plea to the king that he would not send me back to the house of Jonathan to die there.'"
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