One thing that is very important in this life is to know for a certainty that we are saved before we die. Once this settles in our hearts, then we know that God’s wrath is not for us. We won’t worry about going to hell when we die, but to be with the Lord Jesus forever in heaven. Peter knew this and said, “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:1-4) Peter was made the elect of God because of His faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior. The Lord God sanctified Him through the Spirit and sprinkling of the blood that Jesus shed for us on the cross. We can say the same thing about ourselves, because of our faith in Jesus. If that is true of you, as it is me, then we are forgiven and will be with Jesus in heaven. His mercy endures forever and so does His love for us.
Peter continued and said the following about every true believer in Jesus. It is written, “who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:5-9) Every person who has real faith in Jesus is saved. Their names will be revealed during the judgment seat of Christ, where rewards are given out to the righteous and elect of God. Our trials and tribulations are only here for a short season. Minus those people who are raptured up when Christ returns, everyone else in this life will eventually die, but that is not the end for us that believe. The dead in Christ will rise at His appearing, of which they will also praise the Lord with much singing and worship to their King. The joy that we will then partake of in heaven will be unspeakably wonderful. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that You will help me do all I can in this life to be with You in the next. I know that everyone will have to go through You in judgment, but my prayer is that I will be able to come to You in all faithfulness when that day comes. You are the only person that can cleanse me in this life, not anything else I can do on my part. That is why I ask that You sanctify me with Your blood. I repent of all my sins and pray that Your mercy is for me. Help me to live differently than what the flesh desires. Give me clean hands and a pure heart. Help me to learn patience, even in times of tribulation. My health has never been great in these many years. I struggle with nose and throat issues that are very excruciating at times. In these struggles, I have prayed for healing, but have not received it for some reason or not. In all this, I don’t You accountable for not healing me or any other person who has prayed over me. If I am not healed until I finally die and go to heaven, praise be to God. This life is hard, but it is better with You in my life. Although I am not healed and am constantly feeling sick, I know that You have not forsaken me. One day, I will leave this mortal body and sit in front of You in judgment. It is my prayer, that on that day, You will welcome me home and take me into Your loving arms. I love You. Amen.