Are you looking for a simple explanation for how to be sure you will go to Heaven rather than Hell? You’ve come to the right place. This is a very important message, and while my goal is to make it brief, I also must be thorough. This will not cover all of the details, but instead will give you what you need to know to be saved. Here you will learn the problem and the solution that we all face.
Psalm 145:17: “The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.” Being righteous means being just, or another way of putting it is having high moral standards. God is righteous, but people are not.
Romans 3:10-12: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Rather than being righteous, people are sinners. God created the law (the Ten Commandments and the many other Old Testament rules) because of sin.
Galatians 3:19a: “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions (violations, offences, or sins)…”
If people were righteous, there would have been no need for the law, but people are sinners, and so the law was made for them.
1st Timothy 1:9a: “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient,for the ungodly and for sinners…”
Obedience to the law would result in righteousness.
Philippians 3:9b: “…not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law…”
Complete obedience to the law would be required, because breaking just one part of the law is the same as breaking the entire law.
James 2:10: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
Sin is properly defined as disobedience to the law.
1st John 3:4b: “…for sin is the transgression (violation) of the law.”
Every person is a sinner.
Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Sin lives in the flesh, or in the body. This means that as long as a person remains in their human body, they will never be able to stop sinning.
Romans 7:17-20: “Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”
If everyone is a sinner, and they cannot stop sinning, then everyone has broken and continues to break the law. This means that nobody can earn their own righteousness that the law would give. God is righteous and cannot tolerate sin, so God demands a price to be paid for sins committed. God had a system in the Old Testament for dealing with the sins of those who were under the law, and this system required blood.
Hebrews 9:22: “And almost all things are by the law purged (cleansed) with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (forgiveness).”
Lambs, bulls, and goats were sacrificed to God, and the blood of these animals was offered to God due to the sins of the people.
Leviticus 17:11: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I (God) have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
An atonement was something that would satisfy or reconcile. The blood of sacrificial animals would satisfy God’s price for sin, and those who had sinned needed to have faith in that blood’s ability to reconcile them to God. This system was used for many years, but it was a faulty system. It was impossible for people to stop sinning and obey the Old Testament law, and blood atonement was constantly needed, because animal blood was never going to be enough to fully deal with the sin problem.
Hebrews 10:4: “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”
This blood would only temporarily satisfy God when it came to His need to punish sin. This blood could never permanently deal with the ongoing sin problem. People were never going to stop sinning, meaning that they would continually break the law, preventing them from ever having a righteous nature. People would never measure up to the high standards of a righteous God.
The problem: People are sinful and unrighteous.
When the time was right, God set the law and animal blood atonement aside in favor of a permanent solution that would solve the problem. This solution was God’s own Son, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Jesus Christ died on a cross, shedding His blood. Jesus was buried and rose again three days later, and then He took His own blood to Heaven and offered it to God for the sins of the world.
Hebrews 9:12: “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he (Jesus Christ) entered in once into the holy place (the special place in Heaven where the blood needed to be taken in the presence of God), having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
People are sinners and will never be able to earn their own righteousness from keeping the law, but through faith in the blood of Jesus, people can receive righteousness and a record free of sin.
Romans 3:21-28: “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation (an atoning victim) through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission (forgiveness)of sins that are past, through the forbearance (tolerance) of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
Romans 4:6-8: “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth (assigns or attributes) righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
2nd Corinthians 5:21: “For he (God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
When a person places their faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, their sins are forgiven, and no more sins will ever be recorded to their account. Instead of sin, the very righteousness of God is added to the believer’s account. In this state, people can finally measure up to the high standards of a righteous God.
The solution: Believers are forgiven of their sins, sins are never again counted against them, and the righteousness of God is credited to them.
This is what is called being saved, and it is something every person needs. There are many ways of saying how it is that you become saved. Have faith in the blood of Christ, have faith in the work of Christ, believe on Jesus Christ, etc. The bottom line is this: If you believe in the work that Jesus Christ did for you, you will be saved.
Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
What is the Gospel of Christ? It is a powerful message meant to be believed, and once believed, it saves the soul of the believer. Here’s the Gospel of Christ:
1st Corinthians 15:1-4: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
What gives the Gospel of Christ the power to save the souls of those who believe? The blood of Christ.
Romans 5:9: “Much more then, being now justified by his (Jesus Christ’s) blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
Sinners still need atonement for their sins. But this is no longer a continuous process involving animal sacrifices. Atonement is given in a one-time, permanent transaction to those who place their faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:10-11: “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”
2nd Corinthians 5:18-19: “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us (believers) to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation (restoration or atonement); To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
If you want to be saved, understand that you will never be able to save yourself. The very idea of being saved implies helplessness and a dependence on someone else. You are a sinner, you are unrighteous, and you are helpless to save yourself. You will never measure up to God’s high standards on your own. There is no work that you can do. But there’s good news: Someone else did all of the work for you. All you have to do is believe it. If you want to be saved, you must believe on Jesus Christ. There is no magical prayer you must say. There is no religious work you must do. There is no church you must attend. There is no sin you must give up, besides the sin of unbelief. You either believe in Jesus, or you don’t. You either accept His free gift of eternal salvation, or you don’t. Your sins have been paid for in full, and righteousness is freely available to you. All you must do now is believe on Jesus and you will be saved.
In closing, you have two options, and the option you choose will determine what will happen to you when this life is over and done. If you don’t believe in what Jesus accomplished, your soul will have a terrible fate.
Revelation 20:15: “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
If you believe in what Jesus accomplished, you will not go to the lake of fire, but instead your soul will be saved. Your sins will be forgiven, no more sins will be added to your account, and you will have the righteousness of God placed there instead.
Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Galatians 3:26: “For ye (believers) are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:9: “And be found in him (Jesus), not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”