A young mother wrote that she and her newborn daughter had recently been baptized to secure their admission into heaven:
“I was baptized last week with little Mikayla, but now I’m scared. Does this mean I won’t see my grandparents in heaven? I didn’t realize how much getting baptized would affect me till after I did it. I can’t stop thinking about never seeing my family in heaven because they were another religion and they have a different heaven. Or do they?”
I responded: “Let me put your mind at rest. Baptism does not guarantee us a place in heaven. Many people are baptized and do not choose to follow Jesus with their lives. If they are true followers of Jesus, there will be change.
“Just because a person receives Jesus as their Savior and Lord, does not mean He is. If Jesus is truly your Lord then He is the Lord of your life. The Bible tells us we must repent. That means we must turn away from our sins and the things of this world and follow Jesus. Again, there must be change.
“Jesus once said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ Jesus came to earth to provide a way for people to be saved and go to heaven. I believe God will judge people according to the knowledge they had, and what they did with that knowledge.
“What is baptism? Baptism is an outward expression of a person’s inward faith. Once a person becomes a true believer then he/she is to be baptized to show that she is now a follower of Jesus. I hope that helps.”
- Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
- By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:16
- LORD OF LORDS – Words and Music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity