Is a Christian being presumptuous to say that he or she is “In Jesus Christ eternally” or “I know for sure I am going to Heaven”?
Some of you, dear readers, may have noticed that I usually sign my emails and Blog comments with the statement, “In Jesus Christ eternally.” Some years ago I was challenged by a person with whom I was sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. During the conversation, I made the statement,”I know I have eternal life, because I am in Jesus Christ and know for sure I will go to Heaven when I die.”
“That is quite presumptuous,” said my friend.
The definition of presumptuous is “unwarrantedly or impertinently bold” (Dictionary.com)
My proclamation of assurance is neither unwarranted, impertinent nor am I “worthy,” but my statement is totally accurate and bold because I believe God’s Holy Word that through Jesus Christ alone am I assured..
The moment I made the decision to trust Jesus Christ as my Savior, believing that He is God, that He was crucified in the cross for my sin, that He was buried and rose from that grave (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) I became a child of God for all eternity and am assured that nothing can sever that eternal bond, sealed by God’s Holy Spirit Himself. (Ephesians 1:13)
“And be found in Him [Jesus Christ], not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;” Philippians 3:9 NKJV
Jesus Himself said (over and over):
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath [has right now] everlasting life.” John 6:47
“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
There are some who will scoff at the idea that we who are Bible believing Christians dare make such a statement; that we are bragging. No! We are humbled and thankful that God loved us so much that He would offer us such a costly Gift absolutely free, which we take or accept by trusting Jesus Christ alone as our Savior.
Therefore when I say I KNOW I have Eternal Life and that I am “In Jesus Christ Eternally,” I am not at all presumptuous but thankfully confident and assured that what Christ has promised, He will deliver. Mine is not self confidence but confidence in Jesus Christ and His Word.
“…..I am not ashamed for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12
What do you think? Are you confident and assured of your eternal destination?
If you do not have that assurance, please read, understand and believe this:
Heaven is God’s FREE gift to you.