I’ve noticed one thing over the years as I talk to people about their spiritual lives. When I ask folks if they believe that they are going to Heaven when they die, the answer is overwhelmingly “yes!” Not too many folks answer “no” to that question.
This is in spite of the fact that Jesus said that more people will reject Him and spend eternity in Hell than those who truly trust in Him for salvation (Matthew 7:13-14). It also provides the context of Jesus’ warning that many people who think they are headed for Heaven aren’t (Matthew 7:21-23).
The frightening thing about this is that many people won’t ultimately know if they are truly saved until they breathe their last breath and open their eyes in eternity. If they discover that they got it wrong and they are headed for Hell, it will be too late to make the adjustment.
So, is it possible to know, TRULY KNOW, that you are saved in the here and now? Yep! As I was reading through John 8 this morning, Jesus gave a clear activity of someone who is Heaven-bound…
“Jesus said to the people who believed in him, ‘You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'” (John 8:31-32 NLT)
How can we know that when we “believe” in Him that it is truly saving faith rather than mere intellectual assent? How can we know that we are truly saved (his disciples/followers)? By observing our relationship with our Bibles. Do we read it and obey it? Is it setting us free from sin patterns?
Of course, we still stumble and fall into sin on the journey. That’s where 1 John 1:9 comforts us and tells us that if we confess our sin to the Lord, He will clean us up.
But, Jesus’ words in John 8 make it clear that sin is the exception and not the rule. Someone who is truly Heaven-bound is reading His Word and complying and being set free from sin-patterns.
Someone whose Bible regularly collects dust and who is not gaining the victory over sin and yet thinks they are Heaven-bound is fooling themselves.
Please, please, please don’t be fooled. Make sure that you are trusting in Jesus to make you right in God’s eyes and then spend time with His Word, obeying what you read. After all, don’t you want to live for the One who died for you?