Jerry C. Brewer
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Cor. 15:19). Though the blessings of God in Christ are a hundredfold in this present world, yet they are as nothing compared to them that shall be revealed in heaven.
Human language cannot adequately describe the beauty of the faithful’s heavenly home, nor can the mind of man conceive the splendors adorning that eternal celestial city.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: 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 unto myself; that were I am, there ye may be also (John 14:1-3).
To escape the horrors of hell and obtain salvation in heaven is the cherished hope of every faithful follower of our Lord. There will be a home in heaven for those who have faithfully obeyed the teaching of the New Testament.
The question is often asked, “Is this (or that) essential to salvation?” The answer is easy. Every command of God is essential, or the Lord would not have given it. Those seeking salvation from their past sins must, in faith (Rom. 10:17), repent of their sins (Acts 17:30-31), confess the name of Christ (Matt. 10:32; Acts 8:37), and be buried in baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Each act of obedience is necessary.