Face the Future With Unshakeable Assurance of Living Forever
by Moody Adams There are only two kinds of people in the world, those with an assurance of heaven and those waiting for death to end their life.
Somebody said they didn’t know why people drank and took drugs so much. I sure understand it. If I didn’t have anything to look forward to a heart attack or being blown to pieces in a nuclear war I’d stay high on drugs. It’s not a drug problem, it’s a death problem. But when Christ Jesus comes into our heart, He gives us logical, valid, substantial proof of life beyond the grave.
Not only did God raise Jesus from the grave, He has given us a modern day assurance that He is going to give us an eternal home in heaven. It is the gift He has already given—His life within us. Paul said, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ!” (Philippians 1:6).
Paul knew that God had already begun a good work, for Christ had come into him. This was his assurance that God would complete that work on the day Christ comes to take him to heaven. If God could not finish a man’s redemption, why would He have ever started it?
Scripture declared we have already received the down payment on heaven. “Who (God) hath ... given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (II Corinthians 1:22). When a man puts up one-third earnest money on a house, it is pretty good indication that he intends to complete the transaction. Christ within us is God’s earnest: a certain assurance of heaven to come.
God’s work within us makes us children of God and gives us every right to the inheritance of God; heaven! “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17). The hope is within us.