Do you have a God-Given assurance in your spirit.
- An absolute knowing that you'd be acepted into heaven if you died
some people never seem to think about it. Others hope they will go to Heaven. Many assume they will. Others don't think they will. Still others know they won't.
I Can relate to all these.
As a child, I either assumed I would go to Heaven or never actually thought about it. Out of curiousity I began reading the new testament when I was in the six grade.
As I read, my assumptions dwindled steadily downward from thinking I wouldn't make it finally knowing I wasn't ready for heaven.
The alarming words of Jesus gripped me:
"Unless a man is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God" and " Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God." ( John 3:3,5 niv)
I knew I had never be born again- so if I couldn't enter Heaven, that meant ....... if I died, I'd go to hell. Naturally, I wanted to get born again-but I didn't know how.
The Bible says, " I write these things so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life." (1 John 5:13 niv)
When you receive eternal life, YOU KNOW IT. It is as different as night and day. The day I recieve eternal life was like standing up into a different world. I was flooded with INTENSE and JOY and the weight of my sins was lifted immediately as if ten tons had been taken off my spirit. I've known ever since that if I die I'd go to heaven.
God wants you to have that same confidence - to know you, too,have eternal life - the life and nature of God within you now with the full assurance of a home(mansion) in heaven.
Heaven is a free gift - it's not earned or deserved
God's word makes it very clear- eternal life is a gift! The following scriptures will prove that. Remember that a gift is never earned by the receiver, or it is not a gift. A gift is earned by the giver! WAGES ARE EARNED BY THOSE WHO RECEIVE THEM. GIFTS ARE EARNED BY THOSE WHO GIVE THEM. Eternal life has been earned by God and is extended to mankind as a gift.
For the wages of *sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life.(Rom 6.23)
......those who receive God's abudant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life.....(Rom 5:17)
Whoever is thirsty, let him come, and whoever wishes let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Rev 22:17)
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Cor 9:15)
IT IS NOT DESERVE
Wages are something you earn- something you deserve. Our sins have earned us spiritual death. If we are to have eternal life we must receive it as a gift -something the GIVER earned for us. This makes it easy for mankind to have eternal life because God has done the hard part and earned this gift for us.
Let us define this gift of eternal life more clearly.
God's Word, the new testiment, was written in Greek and has been transelated into many languages from Greek. There are four different Greek words transelated "life" in the New Testiment.
> 1st Psuche -which means natural or human life.
> 2nd Blos -which means manner of life.
> 3rd Anastrophe -which means confused behavior.
> 4th Zoe -the life and nature of God, Eternal life!
Without this ZOE, this life and nature of God, you will never get to Heaven. When the Bible speaks of " eternal life" it is much more than a guaranteed place in HEAVEN. It is having God's own nature implanted in you. This is when God becomes "Father" to an individual. It gives the individual many "right" as a child of God. These many rights apply to life on Earth as well in Heaven.
ZOE (eternal life)-is something God wants every one to receive so they can use it and enjoy it in this life and be ready for the next life. God does not intend for anyone to go through years on earth trying to earn Heaven by their BLOS (manner of life) or their deeds.