Heaven Bound ‘Cuz I’m Baptized

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

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    [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

 

 

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to Heaven Bound ‘Cuz I’m Baptized

  1. Carol Mc says:

    wonderful blog posting….and such a sweet song. thanks, sis!

  2. Hi Kathleen,

    Good advice for the most part.

    I have one question though.

    You said, ““Just because a person receives Jesus as their Savior and Lord, does not mean He is.”

    Can you please explain exactly what this statement means. Thanks.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you for your question, Everest. Sometimes people pray a prayer to receive Christ as Savior and Lord, yet they may not mean it in their heart. They do want to be saved and have the guarantee of heaven, but they may continue to live life as if nothing has changed. Jesus said, “You must be born again.” There must be change. There must be repentance. They must turn away from their sin and follow Jesus. Of course, only God truly knows the heart of man and we are not to judge. However, I’m sure we both know people who claim to be Christians, to have received Christ as Lord and Savior, and yet their lives show no evidence. 1 John 3:6 says, “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.”

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