1 John 5:12-13Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”
This Bible verse answers many questions. I was once told by someone that, this side of eternity, nobody can really know if they have eternal life, so I pointed them to this passage. Another person stated that Jesus Christ (the Son of God) could not possibly be the only way to eternal life in heaven, so I pointed them to this passage. When they said that you cannot believe anything that is only written once in the Bible (which I don't know where they ever heard that requirement of the infallible Word of God), but I pointed them to this next Bible passage:
John 3:35-36“The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.
We must know and understand that in God's merciful plan of Salvation, Jesus Christ is Plan 'A', and there is no Plan 'B'. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Either the Son of God pays for our sin or we do and the consequences of that decision is the difference between heaven and hell. That’s why Jesus came. That’s why the Lord told us in John 14:1-4, 6“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
We cannot earn our way to heaven. Paul explains in Romans 3:20-25“By the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
Ephesians 2:1-9“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life" is the ultimate choice of life and life eternal. Thanks be to God!
In Christ, Brian