Assurance of Heaven
George C. Mains
In Assurance of Heaven the author shares the good news that God loves us and wants what is best for us. I would like to thank Author’s Lounge for the opportunity to share this good news.
Educated to be a teacher, George Mains, is a former police officer and a retired business manager. His education and life experience taught him to think critically. He grew up in church and has served in leadership as a deacon and elder for 35 years. He has taught adult and high school Bible studies for many years. It’s his passion to help people know that God loves them and wants to restore them to a relationship with Himself through Jesus Christ. Assurance was something he questioned at one point in his own life.
Through church outreach events at fairs and community festivals, it became evident to him that many people fail to understand how they can be restored to a relationship with God. Many lack the assurance of going to heaven like he did, because of bad behavior or failure to do the religious things that many churches require.
In his book he demonstrates from the Bible that assurance of going to heaven is not found in our performance. It is found only in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, fully God and fully Man, through His death, burial, and resurrection did everything necessary to remove our sin penalty, forgive our sins, and to restore our relationship with Him. Anyone can be accepted by God and be assured of heaven simply by trusting in the complete and finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47). And according to the Bible one receives everlasting life the moment he or she understands and believes the gospel (good news).
Assurance of Heaven will challenge the reader to think Biblically about salvation by faith alone in Christ alone. Some teaching mistakenly adds to God’s salvation plan, causing people to focus on the wrong thing – themselves. You may have been taught that to get to heaven requires you to do something. You must be good. But you can’t be good enough. God requires perfection and no one meets His perfect standard. Thankfully, God did all that is necessary and requires that you simply trust in His Son. The Bible says to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
This book uses illustrations at the end of 12 of the 15 chapters to help the reader to understand the Biblical truth of each chapter. The chart at the end of chapter three makes God’s plan visually clear so that one can easily see and understand that salvation is the gift of God. A gift has no strings attached. The only requirement to receive the benefit of a gift is to accept it. The gift of salvation is received by faith. You believe what God says about the way to heaven and you immediately receive everlasting life.
The author explains a number of confusing concepts as well.
- Does ‘death’ in the Bible mean cessation of existence or does it carry the idea of separation?
- Does the word ‘repentance’ mean to be sorry for your sins?
- Is there any requirement to salvation other than believing?
- Are all of us born with a sin nature (an unfavorable disposition toward God) because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve?
- Do all believers in Christ still have a sin nature?
- What are the three tenses of salvation?
- Is the gift of everlasting life and the reward for faithfulness the same thing?
- Must one do good works to get to heaven? If so, how many?
- What does it mean when the Bible says, “Faith without works is dead?
- Does one have to persevere in faith to the end of life to go to heaven?
- What’s the difference between relationship and fellowship with God?
- Can a person fail miserably and still go to heaven?
- What about the person that never heard the gospel?
Assurance of Heaven will help you to weave through what the Bible actually says about assurance. Assurance of going to heaven can only come when you take God at His word. You will never have assurance until you understand that in Christ you have complete and total forgiveness.
Contact the author for questions or comments at: firstname.lastname@example.org