Statistics say that 10 of 10 people die. It's true - we all have an appointment with death. A question each of us should be asking is "what happens after I die?" The Bible says that God has a standard He will judge you by on your appointed day of death. It's called the Ten Commandments.
Let's see how you might do. Have you ever told a lie, including white lies and fibs? Have you ever stolen anything, no matter the value? Have you ever used the Lord's name as a curse word to express disgust? That's blasphemy. Have you ever committed adultery? Jesus said that if you even look upon another person with lust, you have committed adultery in your heart. On Judgement Day, if God were to judge you by those standards, would you be innocent or guilty? Would heaven be your destiny?
The Bible says that you would be guilty and that means eternal separation from God (hell). But know that God, the just judge of the universe, is also rich in mercy, not wanting anyone to perish. He sent his son Jesus to suffer and die on the cross on your behalf, to take the punishment for your sins. God's wrath came down upon HIM instead of on YOU. Jesus paid your fine with his own life's blood. That means God can now dismiss your case and excuse your death sentence. He can allow you to live because of what Jesus did on the cross through His death and resurrection.
So what must you do? Jesus said that you must "repent and believe the gospel" (Mark 1:15). To repent means that you turn away from idols and place your trust in Christ. To believe the gospel means that you come to God on His terms, namely that Christ died on the cross for your sins and that through faith in Him you are saved.
Like any gift, salvation can be offered but it is not yours until you choose to accept it. Therefore, if you confess the following words and believe them in your heart to be true, then you have accepted God's offer of salvation and you have the assurance of eternal life in heaven when you die: "I BELIEVE IN THE RISEN LORD JESUS CHRIST AS MY SAVIOR" (Romans 10: 9-13).
Now seek out a Bible-believing church where you will find encouragement and fellowship with other believers. And go out into the world to share this wonderful news of God's grace so that other people can also be part of this amazing gift of salvation!
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God..." (Ephesians 2:8).
Good works are not a requirement for attaining salvation . They are instead the fruits that result from our saving faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:10).
"But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood."
"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only son."
The Old Testament book of ISAIAH was written 729 years before the birth of Messiah (Jesus) and clearly prophesied God's plan for salvation and forgiveness of sins through his son:
"....He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
"If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved..... for everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved."
Recommended Reading: "What is the Gospel?" by Greg Gilbert