"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
- 1 John 5:13
1. Admit you are sinner
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
1John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Every single person in the world has committed sin and none of us are righteous. God desires perfection and we come short of that, therefore we can not do anything by our works or deeds to get to heaven, since Isaiah clearly says that our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
2. Realize the punishment for sin
Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death; ……..
Our penalty for sin is death, but not just a physical death, also a spiritual death in hell.
Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
In the next chapter, Jesus explains who will take part in the second death.
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
There are a lot of really bad things mentioned in this verse but notice it says all liars. Everyone has told a lie before in their life, so that would make us All liars.
Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
Therefore we can see from this verse that every person in the world deserves hell and is destined to go there unless they have a Saviour.
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried and rose again the third day
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
This verse very clearly shows that God does not want us to go to hell, since he loved us and sent his Son, Jesus Christ to die on the Cross for our sins. Also, note here that someone must believe that Jesus is God. God is the only Saviour so Jesus must be God. Jesus is the Word of God in John 1:1 and John 1:14.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
God is three in one (the trinity) and Jesus is part of that Godhead.
1John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
The gospel explains how Jesus paid for our sins and the bible says that the salvation that Jesus purchased is given to us as a gift.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Salvation is a gift. For example if I gave you a present and asked you for a dollar, would that be a gift? The answer would be no. Same thing with God, God doesn’t give you eternal life and say to you that you have to go to church or do good deeds or live a good life. If you had to do any of those things it would not be a gift. The question is, Since Jesus paid for the sins of the whole world (1John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world) do you believe that everyone will go to heaven? The answer to that question is No. There is something you have to do to be saved or in other words to receive the gift of eternal life. A person in the bible asked this same question “what must I do to be saved?” and here is the answer:
Acts 16:30-31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
The only thing someone has to do to go to heaven is believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and here are some other verses to prove that:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
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.
We can clearly see here that believing is the only requirement to go to heaven and not believing is the only thing that will send you to hell. It didn’t say anything about changing your life or giving up sin or going to church to be saved, it just says believe.
John3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
These three verses in John show that as soon as you believe on Jesus Christ, You immediately have everlasting life right now, in this life. This is how we can know for sure right now that we are going to heaven. The word “hath” in these verses simply means “has” in modern day English. If someone thinks they can lose their salvation then they are not saved! If God said that you have everlasting life and that you will never die spiritually, could he take back your salvation or send you to hell for any reason? God can Not take back everlasting life, for one it wasn’t really everlasting if it ended and second of all that would make God a liar, since he promised a never ending life. This next verse proves that if someone thinks they can lose their salvation than they are not saved and never were saved. People will say that they believe in Jesus but what does it mean to believe and what do you have to believe? Believing isn’t hard, it’s as easy as believing that I have a black truck even though you never saw it before. You are taking my word for it and have put your faith in me. This applies with God and salvation. 1John5:10-11 states that you have to believe that God (Jesus) gives you eternal life.
1John 5:10-11 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
4. Call on the name of the Lord for Salvation
If you believe what the bible says it takes to go to heaven, then you can be saved right now if you put your faith in Jesus Christ. Praying to God/calling upon his name is the way we express our faith in him for salvation.
Romans 10:9-10 That 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Let us help you form a prayer. Realize that it is not just words that save you but your faith in Jesus Christ.
“Dear Jesus, I believe that I am a sinner and that I deserve to go to hell, but I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and rose again the third day. I’m putting my trust in you to take me to heaven when I die. Please save me Jesus. Amen.”