Do you know where you will spend eternity? As I ask this question, I’m thinking about a new friend today. I’ll call him Dembe for his safety.
Chatting With Dembe
Dembe and I were chatting recently. He was writing from his home in Central Africa, and I was writing from home in the USA. His life is difficult. Certainly, it’s more difficult than mine. He knows Jesus and knows he is loved by a good God. However, in our conversation, Dembe said, “I don’t want to go to hell.”
I had to stop and re-read his text. This is when I engaged “discipleship mode.” This precious child of God needed assurance of his faith. God gave me a great opportunity to hand out some hope to my friend.
I started checking off my questions. Do you know Jesus? Do you accept what He did on the cross to count for you? Are you turning away from your sin to live your life with Jesus? He answered “Yes” on all accounts. Dembe was worrying about Hell while he was already secure in Jesus. I told him He forever belongs to Jesus and Jesus belongs for ever to him.
Hallelujah! This is what salvation is all about. From here, our conversation took a turn towards how we would spend our time in heaven praising Jesus and singing backup vocals in the choir!
Discipling New Christians
Now, I didn’t do much except listen to my friend, engage in discipleship, declare the promises made by Jesus Christ, and call out the truth I recognized in my friend. Have you done that with a friend recently? Or, ever?
What a chance to offer hope! What a chance to encourage a new believer! Don’t miss out on opportunities to encourage and hand out hope to people you come across in life.
Here are a few reasons why I know the case for my assurance of faith, and how I know my friend and I can meet in heaven someday. There are many verses in the Bible that detail this hope. Jesus was the biggest preacher of hope in eternal life. Not far behind Him was John, Jesus’ friend and follower.
I want to share a detailed list of faith assurance verses that were compiled by Robert Morgan’s in his book, 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know By Heart.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” (John 3:36)
“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” (John 5:24)
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life.” (John 6:47)
“Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.” (John 6:68)
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,” (John 10:28)
“And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.” (John 17:3)
“This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.” (1 John 1:2)
“So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.” (1 John 2:24-25)
“And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12)
“I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13)
That’s quite a list and the evidence is clear: Jesus claimed to be God on earth, and He promised to take His followers along to join Him with God in Heaven for eternity. Go with God and take the joy of eternal life with you.