PODCAST: A Medical Doctor Asks His Patients: ‘If You Were to Die Unexpectedly Do You Know for Certain That You Would Go to Heaven?’ (Gospel Light Minute X #458 with Daniel Whyte III)

Yes, I Know So! (GLMX #458)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #458 titled, “Yes, I Know So!” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

As a physician for 33 years with a specialty of internal medicine, and a subspecialty in nuclear medicine, I advised my patients to have yearly physical examinations. Many were found to be in excellent health. However, at a later date, I was often called to the hospital emergency room to examine one of my patients with an acute emergency—a possible heart attack, an accident, or some other serious physical problem. Such patients were often fearful and apprehensive, with the thought of death uppermost in their minds.

After dealing with their medical emergency, I often heard them admit to being exposed to Christianity by radio or TV, but seldom read the Bible, prayed, or attended church. They were living good moral lives, performing good deeds, and giving to charities, but did not sense the peace of God.

Frequently I asked the question, “If you were to die unexpectedly, do you know for certain that you would enter heaven?” The typical answer was, “I think so,” or “I hope so.” However, some patients would answer, “Yes, I know so. I have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ and have peace with God. I am prepared for heaven.”

Do you ever wonder how you can know for certain that you have eternal life, peace with God, and be prepared to enter heaven?

All physicians have medical textbooks written by authorities to assist them in making a correct diagnosis and proper treatment. Humanity also has a guidebook, provided by the supreme spiritual authority—God. The Bible shows us how to know God, how to live a meaningful life that pleases him, and how to spend eternity in heaven.

The Bible also declares in Romans 3:23; 6:23 that we all have a fatal spiritual condition—“all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God….the wages of sin is death”. Like a critically ill patient must seek medical care to avoid death, we must find a solution to our sinful condition or we will die in our sins without God.

Thankfully, God has provided a cure. He did this by sending his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross to cleanse us from all our sins. The Bible says in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. The sinless Son of God took judgment, so God can justly forgive your sins and give you eternal life. Three days after His crucifixion, Christ came back to life, proving that He had fully paid the penalty for all our sins.

The Next Step

In order to belong to God’s family, you must, by faith, trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior. The Bible describes this step of faith like this: Romans 10:9-10 states, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.

The Bible states in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. If you will call on Jesus Christ in faith as your Savior from the judgment you deserve, you will be saved. No one is excluded. That means you can know now that you are prepared to meet God in heaven. There’s no “Maybe” or “I hope so” or “I think so.” Only “I Know So!”

What is keeping you from putting your trust in Jesus Christ today? The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”.

If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.

If those words express your faith in Jesus Christ, three positive changes will result:

  1. You can say, “I know I have eternal life based on the authority of God’s Word.”

The Bible says in 1 John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”.

  1. You have peace with God.

The Bible states in Romans 5:1, “Therefore being justified [made right with God]  by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

  1. You have passed from spiritual death into eternal life…that begins now!

Jesus Christ said in John 5:24, “He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life”.

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Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at [email protected] and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

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