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Making sure of Heaven According to what the Word of God Says
I often ask people, “If you could KNOW, with PROOF to your satisfaction, that you are on your way to Heaven, would you like to KNOW?” They usually answer, “YES, they do want to KNOW.”
One way we can be SURE of salvation is to EXAMINE our faithcompared to the Bible. You can also help your family and others to be sure with PROOF. They’ll appreciate that PROOF.
The following QUIZ is to help people examine their own faith (and to help others) comparing answers to the Bible. (This Quiz is also on the back of the “Bible Map-God’s Plan of the Ages” tract.)
Please take people through this quiz to help them. We'll see tips as we go through it. Best to show the questions and check or write down their answers without comments until you later show them the answers in the Scriptures.
What is your eternal destiny? Please check or write down your best answers. Q. # 1. Do you believe all have sinned against God and need to be saved? YES____ NO____
Q. # 2. Do you doubt __, think__, or know__ that you NOW have eternal life and are on your way to heaven? Doubt= No hope.Think= Some hopeKnow= 100% sure
A. Human Efforts, as: “Living a good life” Y__ N__ “Good works, deeds” Y__ N__ “Church Membership” Y__ N__ Q. # 3. Exactly what are you trusting for salvation (pay for sins, get you to heaven)?
B. OTHER (Trusting any thing else in addition to or in place of Human Efforts)? NOT a general answer like “Faith.” Faith in WHAT? B. OTHER _____________
B. OTHER ____ (Example: 50/50, 70/30, 100/0, etc.) Q. # 4. What % of your trust for your salvation is in: A. HUMAN EFFORTS ____
Now check the answers to the 4 questions with the corresponding 4 sections of Scriptures (also on the back of the “Bible Map tract.”) We’ll show how most people answer ...
Q. # 1 was: Do you believe all have sinned against God and need to be saved? Y ___ N ___ X Answer #1.“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)
Q. # 2 was: Do you doubt __, think__, or know__ that you NOW have eternal life? X X Most people say “Think.” 1st John 5:13 says, “These things have I written unto you – that you may KNOW that you have eternal life.”
Even if people say “know”, they may or may not be saved yet. It depends on WHAT they are trusting for their salvation. Q. # 2: Do you doubt __, think__, or know__ that you NOW have eternal life? X The next questions will help determine this.
A. Human Efforts, as: “Living a good life” Y__ N__ “Good works, deeds” Y__ N__ “Church Membership” Y__ N__ Q. # 3 was: Exactly WHAT are you trusting for salvation? Most people answer like this: X X X
B. OTHER (Be specific) ____________ B. OTHER ____ (Examp.: 50/50, 70/30, 100/0.) Many say Christ What % of your trust for your salvation is in: Common %’s A. HUMAN EFFORTS ____ 30 70
“Living a good life” Y__ N__ “Good works, deeds” Y__ N__ “Church Membership” Y__ N__ A “YES” in any of these answers indicates they ARE trusting their human efforts to help with their salvation.
also Christ B. OTHER ____________ OTHER is often “also Christ”which is a COMBINATION of good works AND Christ. This is a common answer until people understand God’s salvation BY GRACE.
A. HUMAN EFFORTS ____ B. OTHER (Christ) ____ Any combination of %CONFIRMS they understand the question but they do not yet understand God’s terms for salvation BY GRACE.
30 A. HUMAN EFFORTS ____ 70 B. OTHER (Christ) ____ If we trust our “Human Efforts” for salvation 30%, we are rejecting Christ’s payment for our sins 30%. (Even 10% or even 1%.)
Q. # 3. Most people answer YES, they’re trusting Human Efforts to help earn salvation. (Please be gentle, may be SHOCK!) All our righteousness (human efforts to earn salvation) are as FILTHY RAGS. (Isa. 64:6)
Q. Do you know WHY God sees our human efforts, for salvation as “filthy rags?” (Most do not know why.) Why did the Lord Jesus Christ die on the cross of Calvary?
1st Cor. 15:3 declares, “Christ died for our sins.” Q. When Christ died on the cross, WHICH of your sins did He pay for, your past, present or future sins?
Christ died about 2,000 years ago before we were born. 2,000 years ago, our sins were ALL future. So, He paidforALL our sins, past, present AND FUTURE.
When Christ died on the cross, WHICH of our sins did Christ NOT pay for? Christ was the “satisfactory payment” for the sins of the whole world. (1st John 2:2)
If we try to earn our salvation ANY %,we are rejecting Christ’s death payment for us by THAT %. The Bible says Christ died and paid for ALL of our sins.
Q. Should we REJECT His payment ANY % and try to earn our salvation? Y__ N__ If anyone says YES, please go back over Question # 3 and those Scriptures again until they understand.
If, or when they understand and answer, “NO, we should NOT reject Christ’s payment ANY %”,then proceed. Now, let’s see how God says we are saved:
Eph. 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.” God says “saved by grace.” It is clearly not of ourselves.
A critical key to understand God’s terms for our salvation is to understand the Biblical relationship between GRACE and WORKS.
The lack of understanding about God's Grace and our Human Works is a major cause for confusion and false teaching in most of the world's human religions.
Q. Do you know what GRACE means? Y__ N__ X Most people do not. Please don’t take this for granted. When showing Eph. 2:8, 9 - ASK THEM, “Do you know what GRACE means?”
WHY don’t most people know what GRACE means? Because it’s only commonly used today in one place. On an Insurance Policy, “30 day Grace Period” is 30 extra days we did not pay for.
3. And, we don’t DESERVE it. Salvation by GRACE means: 1. We can’t PAY for it, even partly, not even 1 %. 2. We can’t EARN it, even partly, not even 1 %.
If we get what we DESERVE, we’d all get the Lake of Fire, because we’ve all sinned against God. That would be JUSTICE, the opposite of GRACE.
JUSTICE is when we get what we DESERVE. MERCY is when we DON’T get what we DESERVE. GRACE is when we get what we DON’T DESERVE. WHICH do you want?
“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.” Salvation is the gift of God. And that GIFT is not earned by our good works.
Facts about a GIFT… 1.We can not work for a gift.We work for wages. 2.We can not pay for a gift.It’s already paid for. 3.How do we GET a GIFT? _______ Take it.
The ONLY way we can have Salvation is to TAKE God’s GIFT of Eternal Life by total trust in Christ, His death and shed blood as THE total payment for our sins.
Many people think all roads lead to Heaven. What did Jesus say about that?
He said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life and FEW there be that find it.” (Matt. 7:13, 14)
WHAT is the “Broad Road” the majority of people are on that Jesus warned “leads to destruction?”
Matt. 7:22, 23 tell us. Jesus said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done “many wonderful works?”
“many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” The “Broad Road” is... “good works for salvation”
In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am THE way, THE truth and THE life: no man cometh unto the Father BUT BY ME.” Very Narrow How NARROW is the Biblical way to Heaven?
RELIGION is man’s human efforts to try to work himself UP to a WILL NOT DO to a right relationship to God. HOLY GOD RELIGION LOST SINNERS
True Biblical Christianity is God reaching DOWNto lost sinners by His GRACE. True Biblical Christianity is the opposite.