In one sense, everyone has eternal life. The two options we are given in God’s Word are to spend eternity in Heaven or to spend eternity in Hell.
However, when Christ and others spoke of eternal (everlasting) life in the New Testament, they were referring to spending eternity with God.
According to John 3:16-18, Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (NKJV)
The Lord also said in John 14:1-6, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
The world would have us to believe that one gets to Heaven by being a good person. Actually, that is a Satanic lie. We can never be good enough to make it to Heaven on our own. The apostle Paul made clear in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (NKJV)
Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins (1 Peter 3:18). The Lord was then raised from the dead defeating death, Hell and the grave so that we could have eternal life (Romans 4:25).
So, how can you know that you have eternal life? Here’s what you must do:
A - Admit. Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent, turning away from your sin.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
B - Believe. Believe that Jesus is God's Son and accept God's gift of forgiveness from sin.
"While we were sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
C - Confess. Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
"If you will confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive forgiveness from God, following is a prayer you can pray. Saying this prayer will not save you. It is simply a way to tell God that you are trusting in His Son, Jesus Christ, who paid for your sins by laying down His life for you on the cross, and ask for His forgiveness.
“Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and deserve to be separated from you for eternity. But, I believe that Jesus Christ paid for my sin on the cross, so that I could be forgiven. I believe that you raised Him from the grave so that I could have eternal life. I now turn away from my sin, turn to you and place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Amen!"
Read John 3:36, 5:24, 6:40, 11:25-26, 17:3; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:38-39; Romans 10:23; 1 John 5:1-13
Jerry Fulton's goal in life is to share the love of Jesus, so others might become followers of Christ.