“For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
If someone were to ask you, "Will you go to Heaven when you die," what would be your response? I grew up believing that salvation came with an asterisk. "If you believe in Christ and follow the gospel plan of salvation, you will surely be saved *." (Subject to availability. Certain terms and conditions may apply.) If you do what the Bible says, you CAN be saved. The thought that you will be saved never entered into it. Unfortunately, I think many people would say the same thing.
Is that what God really meant? Take a moment and consider Abraham. He was living in Mesopotamia and things were going well for him. He was certainly well off and could have been considered rich. Then God came to him. “Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” (Gen 12:1) God wanted him to leave everything he had ever known and go to some non-specific place he had never heard of. Why? Simply because God said so. Can you imagine the faith that it must have taken for him to do that? Can you imagine the conversations he must have had with his friends? They must have thought he was crazy. But he didn't hesitate or equivocate. He just went. He did this because he believed that God was completely trustworthy and would in no way let him down. He followed God because he was guaranteed that God would keep His word.
So, what has God guaranteed us today? Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” The Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance. Salvation isn't something that we can loose without meaning to. It isn't like your car keys that often have to be searched for. Once you have it, the only way to loose it is to do so intentionally. You can certainly turn your back on it if you so choose, but it can never be taken away from you. As Christians we have the right to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we have a home waiting for us in Heaven when we die and nothing in Heaven or on Earth can take that away from us without our consent. So the next time you hear the question, "Where will you go when you die?" maybe you'll have a different answer to give.