Judging by what’s said at most funerals, you’d think nearly everyone’s going to Heaven, wouldn’t you? But Jesus made it clear that most people are not going to Heaven: “Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” We dare not “wait and see” when it comes to what’s on the other side of death. We shouldn’t just cross our fingers and hope that our names are written in the Book of Life (Revelation 21:27). We can know, we should know, before we die. And because we may die at any time, we need to know now—not next month or next year.
The world is full of people who (insofar as they think about it at all) imagine that they are going to heaven. They have no fears to the contrary, and are quite confident in the matter. Year in and year out funerals take place at which ministers (who should know better) pronounce firmly and confidently about this one and that one having arrived safely in heaven when, frankly such firmness and confidence (in many cases) is without any clear ground.
~ Richard Brooks ~
[The Doors of Heaven]
Christ offers to everyone the gift of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life: “Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17). This is a text Spurgeon often quoted, and one each of us should ponder carefully. This gospel gift, offered to us by God’s sovereign grace, cannot be worked for, earned, or achieved in any sense. It’s not dependent on our merit or effort, but solely on Christ’s generous and sufficient sacrifice on our behalf. God’s greatest gift is himself. We don’t need just salvation; we need Jesus, the Savior. It is the person, God, who graciously gives us the place, Heaven. A place purchased by his blood.
~ Randy Alcorn ~
[We Shall See God]