“Appointment in Heaven” by Pastor Richard Daughtridge 05/02/10

“Appointment in Heaven” by Pastor Richard Daughtridge

Recently I had a dear brother share the following concern that he had.

“Richard,  I ‘m worried that I’m not going to make it to heaven. I hope I am ready.  I mean I believe in God but I feel sometimes I’m not good enough. What if I’m missing something?”

I wondered how many Christians that we know and fellowship with every week are confused about their readiness to meet God. Have we the church made salvation so complicated that it takes a theological degree to have assurance of salvation?

God on the other hand made it so simple that even a child could understand.  Today let’s study some basic fundamentals of Christianity that give us assurance for the day of appointment in Heaven.

1 John 5:13 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.

Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

Three things will happen when you accept Christ’s gift of eternal life.

  1. You are declared righteous. (In right standing with God)
  2. Your name is written in the lambs book of life. ( Adoption is complete.)
  3. You are reborn spiritually. (Holy Spirit comes in to live.)

Man Condemned with Adam

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Appointment

Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

First Resurrection

Rev. 20: 5-6 NLT Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their forehead or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.

Notice this resurrection is for all redeemed, even those out of the Tribulation Period(7 years). Those martyred through this period. Notice the second death for them has no power. (Verses 6-7)

Second Resurrection

Rev. 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. [13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. [14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The sins of Redeemed Christians were judged at Calvary and we need not fear this resurrection. Your works are already judged and your righteousness (right standing with God)  is that of  Christ. Rev.20:6

God’s Rescue Plan

Romans 3:21-26 NLT But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses[i] and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

1 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

Summary

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Have you accepted Christ’s gift of eternal life and asked him to be the Lord of your life?

If you have, you may now answer with confidence. I am ready for Heaven’s appointment.

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