If you sin and you are a Christian and you don’t ask for forgiveness, then Jesus comes….do you go to Heaven?
I am enclosing a portion of Chapter 5 from the Salvation Bible Course on our site.
- See The Assurance of Salvation.
“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,” (I John 5:13)
- You can never lose your salvation because of Jesus’ payment.
- Hebrews 10:12 says that Jesus offered ______ sacrifice for sins for ________.
- Hebrews 9:12 tells us that Jesus, by His own blood, entered in ________ into the holy place, having obtained ______________ redemption for us.
Note: Jesus paid for all the sins that every person has ever committed, or ever will commit. He did this by offering one sacrifice for all eternity.
- According to Hebrews 10:17, God will remember our sins ____ more.
- Psalms 103:12 says that as far as the east is from the west, so far has God ______________ our transgressions from us.
Note: When we sin after we are saved, it does not affect our relationship to God, but our fellowship. 1 John 1:9 says that when we ______________ our sins, God will forgive us and cleanse us.
*relationship = “the state of being related to someone”
*fellowship = “the state of being able to communicate or to share in common with someone”
Illustration: If a wife burns the supper in the oven, does that mean that the marriage relationship is broken? No, of course not. She has made a mistake which may harm their fellowship, their communication, that evening, but it certainly would not end their relationship. If a husband forgets to bring home something to his wife on their wedding anniversary, does that mean that they are no longer married? No, of course not. But that mistake will probably cost him some fellowship, some communication with his wife, until he apologizes. In the same way, when we sin after we are saved, it does not affect our relationship with God, but our fellowship. We do not lose our salvation, but we lose the ability to communicate with God until we confess our sin. Psalm 66:18 says that if we regard sin in our hearts, then the Lord will not ________ us when we pray. To keep a marriage running smoothly, mates must be willing to apologize when they do something wrong; otherwise, they will soon quit speaking to each other. Even so, if we want God to hear our prayers, if we want to have communication with Him, then we must be willing to confess our sins to Him.
Our salvation does not depend upon us, but fully upon Jesus Christ. Colossians 3:2-4 says, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and YOUR LIFE IS HID WITH CHRIST IN GOD. WHEN CHRIST, WHO IS OUR LIFE, SHALL APPEAR, THEN SHALL YE ALSO APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY.” We will go to be with the Lord when He comes, because our sins, past, present, and future, are all paid by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, as the verses in the Bible Course above clearly show.
So what happens if a Christian dies with unconfessed sin (which means that he dies out of fellowship with God)? He does not lose his salvation, but he may very well lose some heavenly rewards. Revelation 3:11 says, “BEHOLD, I COME QUICKLY: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man TAKE THY CROWN.” You do not have to worry that someone can take your salvation, but your crown — your heavenly rewards.
It is sad, but very possible, for people to die and end up with no rewards in heaven. I Corinthians 3:11-15 says, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. IF ANY MAN’S WORK ABIDE which he hath built thereupon, HE SHALL RECEIVE A REWARD. IF ANY MAN’S WORK SHALL BE BURNED, HE SHALL SUFFER LOSS: BUT HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED; YET SO AS BY FIRE.” How sad when the fire takes everything (everything but his salvation).
Are you fully trusting in Jesus Christ? Are you serving Him faithfully? Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”