Can We Be Sure of Salvation from Hell?
Do you care where you will be after death? It is a mighty subject, forsaken by most, despised by some and never even considered by those that are young. Lied to by schools, universities and the medias, people do not recognise they are not the same as animals – humans are made in the image of God, with intellect, imagination, the ability to reason and an ability to know God. They have a soul that can enjoy an afterlife in heaven or hell. Where will you be after death?
There is a Hell – those that do not believe on God will spend their after-life in Hell. What about those that do believe – can they be sure that God will indeed save them, and they will be taken to Heaven? Are we to live a life of continual uncertainty? Or may we know here and now that Heaven is our destiny, and be absolutely certain of the fact?
Queen Victoria wanted to be sure. After attending a service at St. Paul's Cathedral, she asked her Chaplain, "Can one be absolutely sure in this life of eternal safety?" But he knew of no way to be certain.
The Court News published these remarks and so they became widely circulated throughout the land. Moved by what he read in a copy that he happened to come across, a quiet and unassuming evangelist by the name of John Townsend began to think and pray about answering her himself. Finally he sent the following letter to the Queen;
"To her Gracious Majesty, our beloved Queen Victoria, from one of her most humble subjects:
With trembling hands, but heartfelt love, and because I know that we can be absolutely sure now of our eternal life in the Home that Jesus went to prepare, may I ask your Most Gracious Majesty to read the following passages of Scripture: John 3:16; Romans 10:9,10?
These passages prove that there is full assurance of salvation by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ for those who believe and accept His finished work.
I sign myself, your servant for Jesus' sake, John Townsend"
The two verses that Mr Townsend had commended were:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.(Romans 10:9-10)
John Townsend brought many into his confidence and told them about the letter to the Queen. Many prayers from earnest believers went up to God over about two weeks when he received a modest-looking envelope in which was the following letter;
"To John Townsend
Your letter of recent date I received and in reply would state that I have carefully and prayerfully read the portions of Scripture referred to. I believe in the finished work of Christ for me, and trust by God's grace to meet you in that Home of which He said, "I go to prepare a place for you."
(signed) Victoria Guelph"
The Bible is very clear on the assurance of Salvation – I know, and you can know, that I will be in heaven when God’s number of my days has been fulfilled. The one that receives the Lord Jesus Christ into their heart by simple faith will be saved.
These [things] are written [the Bible] that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:31)
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. (John 5:25)
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. (John 10:28-29)