Q. Once I am a Christian, can I be sure of going to heaven?
A. All who believe on Jesus Christ have everlasting life. Christ spoke about believers when He said, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand” (Jn. 10:28,29).
Q. How come so many of my prayers are not answered?
A. James gives us information about this, saying, “You have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts” (Jas. 4:2,3). Therefore, we know that one of the chief causes of unanswered prayer is “asking amiss” for personal desire rather than a result to the glory of God. Remember also that, when we pray, God gives us a voice but not a veto. We will find that most prayers are answered with two words, “Better later.” God gives us better than we ask and usually answers on the basis of His timing and not ours.
Q. I hear a church singing, “Christ’s great kingdom has come on earth.” Is this true, is the kingdom of heaven here now?
A. In the commission of the kingdom, the Bible says, “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons: freely you have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:5-8). The kingdom of heaven was promised as being heaven on earth with immense power on the part of its disciples. This was to be preached to Israel alone and was rejected by the nation of Israel.
Because the kingdom was rejected, Jesus said, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, you shall not see Me henceforth, till you shall say, Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord” (Matt. 23:38,39). Because the Jews violently rejected the kingdom, Jesus pronounced desolation on the house of Israel. This desolation will continue until He comes again and is claimed by Israel. Therefore, to announce that the kingdom has come is bad theology and leads to many other errors. The kingdom is not yet but the day of grace is now.
Q. How can I get God to control my life?
A. You can’t. God will not control your life because He wants you to control it. He wants you to be responsible. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22,23).