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Presumption or Faith

Does a person commit a sin if they claim that they know for sure they are going to Heaven when they die?

     If a person has sincerely repented and committed the salvation of his soul to Jesus Christ; can he KNOW FOR CERTAIN in this life that he will go to Heaven?Can he be ABSOLUTELY SURE that he will never again be in danger of going to Hell?Is it possible for someone to have too much faith in the promises of God?Or is that presuming too much from God's Word?
     Some "christian" religions teach that anyone who claims that they know that they are going to Heaven when they die are committing a "sin of presumption".
     Yet, the Bible says that salvation is a "free gift" from God and that man cannot do anything to merit his own salvation.  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8,9)
     PRESUMPTION or FAITH, that is the issue!
     In order to come to a Scriptural conclusion in this matter, we want to look at the faith of Abraham, who was to be an example of future believers.  "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.  And the scripture, forseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed." (Gal. 3:7,8)
     In the book of Romans, we are told how Abraham was justified in God's sight and received His righteousness.  Please notice that it was by grace through faith, without works.  "For what sayeth the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace,but of debt.  BUT TO HIM THAT WORKETH NOT, BUT BELIEVETH ON HIM THAT JUSTIFIETH THE UNGODLY, HIS FAITH IS COUNTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS." (Rom. 4;3-5)
     Remember, Abraham and his wife Sarah had been childless.  Yet God promised him that his seed would be multiplied more than he could number, as the stars in the sky. (see Gen. 15:3-6)  God promised that Abraham would bear a son named Isaac by Sarah, in which He would establish His covenant with him and his seed after him. (see Gen.17:15-19)
     In Romans, chapter four, Paul refers to this promise, and Abraham's faith in it.  "And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness." (Rom.4:19-22)
     Now, consider the time in between when Abraham had heard this promise from God, and when it was fulfilled.
     Would Abraham have been presumptuous if he went home and told Sarah: "I KNOW that God is going to give me a son by you and we will call him Isaac."
     Sarah may have argued: "Abraham, don't be ridiculous!  How can you say that you KNOW something like that?  You can only "hope" so.  You can't possibly know for sure!  Besides, even if we could have a child in our old age, there is always the possibility that it might be a girl."
     Abraham's response might be: "Sarah, the reason that I can say I KNOW it is going to happen is because I AM FULLY PERSUADED THAT WHAT GOD HAS PROMISED, HE IS ABLE TO PERFORM."
     Notice that Abraham believed God would do what He said He was going to do, regardless of Abraham's own weaknesses; and so righteousness was imputed to him.
     Consider another event in Abraham's life where he may have been accused of "presuming too much."  Remember in Genesis 22 when God told Abraham to offer up his son Isaac as a burnt offering on Mount Moriah?  Suppose that one of the young men who went with them part of the way had asked him some questions:
     "Abraham, where are you going with your son Isaac?"
     "God has commanded me to go up there and offer him as a burnt offering."
     "Are you crazy?  I thought you said that God promised to establish his covenant with Isaac and his children after him."
     "He did."
     "Well, Isaac doesn't have any children yet, and if you burn him up, how is that promise of God going to be fulfilled?"
     "Oh, I'm not worried, I KNOW that God will do what He says He is going to do, even if he has to raise up Isaac from the dead."
     "Abraham, aren't you being a little presumptuous?  How can you say that you KNOW that for sure?  At best you can only hope so."
     "No. I KNOW so.  You see, God doesn't lie.  So, what He promised, He will perform."
     In the Bible, it is said: "By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.  Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: ACCOUNTING THAT GOD WAS ABLE TO RAISE HIM UP, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure." (Heb. 11:17-19)
     The same kind of faith that Abraham had is what you MUST have in order to be justified and have God's righteousness imputed to you.  "Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, IF WE BELIEVE ON HIM that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered FOR OUR OFFENSES, and was raised again FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION." (Rom. 4:23-25)
     This is the only kind of faith that qualifies one for the grace of salvation to be imputed to one's soul!
     Unfortunately, out of a fear of being accused of this "sin of presumption" by their church, many people are coming way short of this faith.  They seem to think that it would be arrogant to profess that they have received God's promise of everlasting life for themselves.  Because of this, they do not believe that a person can KNOW FOR SURE that he is saved forever, regardless of their own weaknesses.  To them, it sounds more virtuous and humble if they say that they "hope" that they are going to Heaven.  They will never put their complete faith in Jesus Christ alone to receive His gift of everlasting life.
     However, when it comes to depending on God's ability to save, THERE IS NO VIRTUE IN DOUBT OR UNBELIEF!
     Friend, if you are willing to honestly admit to God that you are a helpless, guilty sinner, and believe that Jesus has the power to get your soul to Heaven; you can KNOW for sure that you have everlasting life through His Son.
     Please consider what the Bible says: "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: and if we KNOW that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we KNOW that we have the petitions that we desired of him." (1 John 5:13-15)
     The Bible says in II Peter 3:9 that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.  This proves that it is His will for you to be saved!
     Right now, why don't you repent, believe and ask Him?
     "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Rom. 10:10,13)