This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #404 titled, “How to Know For Sure You Are Going to Heaven When You Die” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
A professor of philosophy in a university was lecturing on the lack of certainty in our age. “Certainty is impossible,” he said. “We can know nothing for certain.”
A freshman raised her hand and asked “Professor, are you sure of that?”
“I’m certain!” he replied.
Yes, we live in an age of uncertainty. We’re learning more and more about everything and yet we seem to know less and less for sure.
KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW
In contrast, the first followers of Jesus were characterized by their certainty. They didn’t guess . . . or hope . . . or wish. They knew for certain. They were even willing to die for that certainty!
They said, “We know that our sins are forgiven. We know that we are the children of God. We know that to die is to be present with the Lord. We know that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”
Unfortunately, most people don’t have such confidence when it comes to eternal life. They hope, they wish, they would like to think, but they don’t know for certain. As a result, they have no confidence in the face of death, which is tied to the certainty that we know we have eternal life. Yet, they often decide to put off thinking about death and dying until their “later years.”
KNOWING MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
Some time ago I spoke at a meeting of a group of churches. After speaking one morning, I made my way outside for some fresh air. As I passed by the church kitchen I saw a giant of a man washing dishes. “Good morning! How are you today?” I said. He returned my greeting.
We shared some small talk. Then I said, “I’m in town conducting a spiritual workshop, and we’re talking about eternal certainties. I’d like to ask you, ‘When you die, do you know for certain that you will go to Heaven?’”
He set his jaw and looked down for quite a while. When he lifted his face he said, “No, I don’t know.”
“Are you aware that it is possible to know that?” I asked.
“Oh, yes. You see, I’m a preacher. I work here in the daytime, but I have my own church.” he said.
I shared with him about God’s grace and how he could know that he had eternal life. I explained that Christ had paid for all of our sins and that if we trust in Him we can know that we are on our way to Heaven. Then he and I bowed our heads to pray, and he placed his trust in Christ.
Before, he had been trusting in his own efforts to be worthy to go to Heaven. He had been trusting in his life as a minister to gain acceptance with God. But that day he agreed there was nothing good enough that he could bring to God, and he placed his faith in Christ.
A COMMON ROADBLOCK
That reminds me of what a man named John Gerstner once said, “Christ has done everything necessary for [the sinner’s] salvation. Nothing now stands between the sinner and God but. . . .”
But what? What is this roadblock that stands between so many people and their salvation by the gracious, forgiving God? That roadblock, he continued, is “the sinner’s ‘good works!’” Not their sins, but their good works, and their delusion that they do not need Christ and that their own good works can satisfy God.
FALSE ASSURANCE AND CERTAINTIES
It’s exactly like the Bible—God’s Book to humankind —says in Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”. Unfortunately, many people don’t awaken to their error until it’s forever too late. How many people in the first five minutes after death would give anything for simply one minute to get right with God?
Do you have certainty about eternity? Do you know for sure?
Throw away all trust in your own goodness. Look to the cross of Jesus Christ. See Him Who suffered the agony of the condemned in your place, Who received from His own Father the penalty we deserve and then rose from the dead. Christ Himself “bore our sins in his body on the tree [cross]”. Transfer all of your hopes from what you have done to what He has done for you at Calvary. Place your trust in Him alone. The Bible states in 1 John 5:12–13, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”.
Do you know that you have eternal life?
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
The tract this podcast is based on is written by the late D. James Kennedy and published by Crossway, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at Crossway.org.