Myself

I have a friend of long years in Tennessee.  He was teaching a Bible class one day and he asked his class what is the first thing they wanted to see in Heaven?  One said, “Jesus.”  Good answer.  Another said, “God, the Father.”  Also a good answer.  Another said, “The Apostle Paul.”  Others named a relative they wanted to see in Heaven. 

This friend, the Bible teacher,  said all of the answers given were good–perhaps some better than others, but all good.  He then shared  what or whom he wanted to see first in Heaven. 

1. Jesus?  No.

2. God, the Father? No.

3.  The Apostle Paul?  No.

The first person I want to see in Heaven is…MYSELF!

Now he was not detracting from all the other answers…rather he was declaring that it such a rare thing for a man to make it to Heaven that he wanted to make sure he was there.   The Bible says, “”Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”  –Matthew 7:14

Let me ask you this important question:  Do you know for sure if you died tonight that you would go to Heaven?  You can know the anwer to this question.  You should know this answer.    The Scripture asks another question related to this subject.  “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” –Mark 8:36

If you find yourself asking the question, “How can I know for sure?”  Then consider what the Apostle Paul said.  He was addressing a worldly church congregation as his immediate audience, but also speaking to the greater audience that includes us. 

1 Corinthians 15

 1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

 2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

 3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

 4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

 1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

 2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

 3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

 4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

In these short verses the Apostle Paul lets us know what the Gospel is and why it is important.  Are you saved?  Do you have assurance Heave is ultimately your home?  Read and believe the teaching that Paul is communicating in these Scriptures.   Next, listen to what Paul teaches in Romans 10.

Romans 10:1-17

 1Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

 2For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

 3For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

 4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

 5For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

 6But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

 7Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

 8But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

 9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

 12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

 15And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

 16But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

 17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Believe the Bible…Believe that Jesus died for your sins…believe he was buried and then three days later resurrected from the dead.  Believe He is alive today at the right hand of His Father–in Heaven.  He wants you to be saved.

Trust Him today.  Call upon Him in faith.    I hope you will write me and share your testimony with me.  I want to rejoice with you.   I promise to write you back with an encouraging word.    Email me: editor@salvationlinks.com

Author: Editor

An ordained Baptist minister. Worked for 10 years with a Christian publishing ministry where I was the circulation manager for a growing publication, The Sword of the Lord. I also did most of direct mail fundraising and promotion. I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama & Arkansas. I served for some four years as Vice President of The Spoken Word of God ministry, Orlando, FL. This ministry was active in church planting in India and broadcasting the Scriptures via Trans World Radio and other radio outlets. My associate in this ministry later invited me to join him and his dad in starting a business working with churches providing multimedia equipment. I have done this work for the last 16 years. This blog, hopefully, will scratch an itch I have for communicating the Word of God to a broader audience via the Internet. I would be honored to hear from you via email.

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