“What is truth?” Pontius Pilate, in John 18:38
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus, in John 8:32
Truth comes from God; God revealed Himself to us through His Word, the Bible. We receive this truth by faith: simple belief in the character and trustworthiness of God. So what does God want us to know in His Word? The message of the Bible may be summed in this verse: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”1st Corinthians 15:3-4
Every person is an eternal being, made in the image of God. God has placed a knowledge of Himself, a desire for Himself, and a knowledge of right and wrong in all our hearts. Each of us, when we die, and pass from this Earth, must spend eternity somewhere forever. The Bible teaches two eternal abodes: Heaven and Hell. Heaven, the place of eternal bliss in the presence of God, and Hell, the place of eternal torment and doom separated from the presence of God.
There are four Bible truths God wants you to know, for you to spend eternity in Heaven with Him:
1. You are a sinner. Romans 3:23 states “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” No one is good enough to deserve Heaven or God. We have all lied, hated others, coveted, and stolen. None of us is even close to perfect. No amount of good works will undo the wrong we have done, because “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” Isaiah 64:6
2. Jesus died in your place for your sins. Romans 5:8 states, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus died in our place, taking the judgment we deserved on Him when He died on the cross. The judgment we earned, He bore.
3. You have earned judgment by sinning, but Jesus wants to give you life. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus’ death on the cross is the acceptable substitute in the sight of God for our sins. God wants to give us eternal life through Jesus. We cannot buy, merit, or earn this gift, because “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.” Titus 3:5.
4. You must accept Jesus as your savior from your sins! Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Jesus will freely save you from your sins, if you will ask Him to.
For more information, read the Book of John in the Bible, and the Book of Romans also.