“Do you believe in heaven?”
you believe you will go there?”
“How do you know?”
of typical answers:
basically a good person”
don’t smoke more than 1 pack a day”
dependable at work”
my boyfriend get tested for aids.”
10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous,
not even one;
all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God,”
ON THESE SCRIPTURES ONE COULD SAY;
much for being basically
good, or keeping a
- How then do we get to heaven?
- How can a person have
confidence in his/her salvation?
We might be tempted to
that we have no right to be
confident toward our salvation.
But the scriptures call us to a hope that
our souls, as we expect to
the inheritance God has provided
have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner
sanctuary behind the curtain,”
God calls on us to be
boldly express to others the
reason for the hope that lies
15 “But in your hearts set apart
Christ as Lord. Always
be prepared to
give an answer to everyone who asks
you to give
the reason for the hope that you have. But
do this with
gentleness and respect,
is the reason for the hope that is in you?
robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.
who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads
saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three
days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!"
the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked
saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's the King
of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, `I am the
Son of God.' "
the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on
Jesus said, "Father, forgive
them, for they do not know
what they are
doing.“ And they divided up his clothes
The people stood watching, and the
rulers even sneered at
said, "He saved others; let him save himself if he
is the Christ
of God, the Chosen One.“
The soldiers also came up and mocked
him. They offered
vinegar and said, "If you are the king of the Jews,
It wasn’t long before the
criminals became divided in their opinion of Jesus.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled
insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't
you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence?
41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what
our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."
Then he said to Jesus, "Lord,
remember me when You come into Your kingdom.“ (VS 42)
was on his list?
be saved like the thief on the cross?
What right does he have to
ask God for forgiveness?
… He has the same
right that you and I have.
8 “For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–
9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
The basis of our hope is no different
However, He Lived and Died Under The Old Covenant. The New Covenant Came Into Effect After
The Death of Christ.
reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may
receive the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has died as a ransom to
set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. In the case of
a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a
will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the
one who made it is living.”
Jesus Does Not Erase My Responsibility to Obey Him-
It Demands it!
since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace
in which we now stand. And we
rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”
… and who through the Spirit of holiness
was declared with power to be the Son of
God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him and for his name's sake, we
received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to
the obedience that comes from faith.”
Real Faith, Saving Faith Is Always OBEDIENT FAITH!
James 2: 20-24
20 “You foolish man, do you want evidence that
is useless? 21 Was not our ancestor
Abraham considered righteous for what
he did when he
son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith
and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what
he did. “
23 And the scripture was fulfilled that
"Abraham believed God, and it was
to him as
righteousness,“ and he was
friend. 24 You see that a
justified by what he does and not
Faith (trust) in Jesus includes
obedience to the faith (message) revealed by Jesus.
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe
will be condemned. “
“Once you were alienated from God and were
enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled
you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight,
without blemish and free from accusation-- if you continue in your faith,
established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is
the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under
heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.”
Peter replied, "Repent and be
baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of
your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for
you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our
God will call." With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with
them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt
generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three
thousand were added to their number that day.”