*Good Morning Saints*,
*Topic: Can a Christian be sure of going to Heaven?*
Bible Text: 2 Timothy 4:6-8
By: Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla
*6. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.*
*7. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:*
*8. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.*
Many Christians today are scared and frightened when Heaven is mentioned because they have been wrongly taught. Paul in our today’s teaching boldly declare “I am fully prepared to depart this world and return back to Heaven for my welcome service”. There is no fear in his words because he had good understanding of what it means to be a Christian. A genuine born again Christian ought to be ready for Heaven anytime of the day. If you’re not ready for Heaven now, then it’s better to say, you’re yet to meet the Saviour. Paul told Timothy, I am about to go. Simple.
If Paul wasn’t sure he is going to Heaven, would he confidently declare am about to die physically? No.
Then, Paul summarized his achievements as follows:
1. I have fought a good fight, that is, I have compete against the devil for a prize. What prize? The souls of men and women
2. I have finished my course, that is, I didn’t just fought, I accomplished task set before me by God
3. I have kept the faith, that is, I have been truthful and firm with my confession that Jesus is the Son of God.
Beloved, the next verse is more crucial. It says
2 Timothy 4:8
*_Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing._*
Paul boldly say, there is laid up crown waiting for me. He couldn’t have said that without assurance of heaven. This is the assurance the early Church had that made heaven a desire place for them to go. They didn’t fear anything because they had good vision of where they were going. They entered territories that is difficult to dare because they can see heaven before them if they close their eyes. They weren’t afraid to go back home because they were sure Jesus won’t fail in his promise he made to them in John 14:1-2.
You see, Paul ended the verse 8 by saying “this heaven and the crown of righteousness is not only for me but for everyone that loves his appearing*
How do you then know a man who loves his appearing? He is a soul winner and involved in the spread of the kingdom of God. We can’t claim to love his appearing and yet watch our neighbours going to hell and keep quite.
In Matthew 24:14, the Bible says:
*_And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come_.*
Beloved, until the gospel is preached in all nations, the end will not come. Many of us are saying Jesus should come now but the request is useless if we won’t go out and preached the gospel. If you love his appearing, then start preaching to those around you.
Finally brethren, it’s not only Paul that should have assurance of heaven but all Christians. Just as Paul boldly say he is ready, we all should be ready for his coming.
Paul knew he was going to heaven and he confidently told people around him about his departure, this should be the confidence of every genuinely born again Christian. If you have surrendered your life to Jesus and striving daily to please him, you have nothing to fear about your home in heaven. God won’t fail in his promise so far you don’t fail in your faith in Him.
Jesus is Lord
Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla
Oracle of God