Q&A – How Do I Know I Will Go to Heaven?
Written by Jenn Arman | October 20, 2011
I am a struggling believer in Christ and I have an unimaginable fear of the rapture. How do I know I’m saved enough to go to heaven? What happens if I don’t?
How can we know, for sure, that we will spend eternity with God?
It’s important that we stop thinking of salvation as something that we need enough of to get to Heaven.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Salvation is a gift. Imagine a conversation with God that goes something like this:
God stands before us with a beautifully wrapped gift and asks, “Would you like this?”
“What is it?” we ask.
“It’s the gift of spending eternity with me,” He says.
“How much is it?” we ask.
“It costs nothing. It’s a gift,” he says.
“What’s the catch?” we ask.
“All you have to do is believe in it. Believe that I sent my son to earth as a baby. Believe that He was crucified to save you. Believe that I raised Him from the dead three days later. Believe that He is now with me in Heaven and that I love you.”
“That’s it?” we ask, “It sounds too easy.”
“It won’t be easy,” he says, “There’ll be trials. You’ll have doubts. You’ll still sin sometimes.”
“Then what? You just take it away?” we ask.
“No.” He is quiet. “I will never take this gift away from you, but I hope that once you realize how amazing it is, you will want to spend time with me. I hope that we will get to know each other better. I’d like to talk to you as often as we can. I hope that when I speak, you’ll listen and I promise that when you speak, I’ll always listen. I hope that you’ll see how much I love you.”
Salvation is our assurance that we are going to spend eternity with God in Heaven. If you believe in Jesus and pray for Him to come into your heart; to live with you and change you, then you are saved. We are human, sometimes we doubt. We might doubt that Heaven and Hell are real places. We might doubt our salvation. We doubt all kinds of things, but doubting does not mean that we have lost our salvation. Doubting is normal; the Bible calls this working out your salvation. It basically means that you are thinking about your life and making sure that you still believe in Jesus and then making sure that your life lines up with what you believe. It’s totally normal!
For more on what it means to be a Christian, head over to What is a Christian? Part One.
Romans 10:9 – If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Written by Jenn Arman