Saturday, May 17, 2008

Monday is Victoria Day here in Canada

Repeat from last May

How Queen Victoria Received the Assurance of Salvation

Queen Victoria of England (1819-1901) was noted as a moral and religious person. Her religion and morality, however, was unable to save her soul. The following is an account of how Queen Victoria gained real assurance that she would go to Heaven.

"One day, after an especially moving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, she asked her chaplain if one could be absolutely sure of Heaven. He told her he knew of no way to know. How tragic not to know!

"News of this conversation reached the ears of a humble Gospel minister named John Townsend, who then wrote a letter to the queen. He told her that the Bible is clear that we can know for certain, for God does not want us to go through life with doubts where we will spend eternity. As proof, Townsend cited two Scripture verses. The first verse was John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

The second verse Townsend cited was, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).

The explanation of God’s simple plan of salvation impacted the queen. In her reply, Queen Victoria told Townsend that she now, "believed in the finished work of Christ for me," and looked forward to meeting Townsend in Heaven." (adapted from "Blessed Assurance" by Good News Publishers.)

Do you know for certain that you will go to Heaven? You can, if you will repent and trust in the shed blood of Jesus just as Queen Victoria did. God says we can know for sure we are going to Heaven. "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" (I John 5:13). Will you trust Christ to save you right now?

"Meet Me in Heaven"

In a biography of Queen Victoria, and we learned that the queen would sometimes go to the slums of London. She went into one home to have tea with an older lady, and when the queen rose to leave, she asked, "Is there anything I can do for you?" And the woman said, "Yes, ma'am, Your Majesty, you can meet me in heaven." The queen turned to her and said softly, "Yes. I'll be there, but only because of the blood that was shed on the cross for you and for me." Queen Victoria, in her day the most powerful woman in the world, had to depend on the blood of Christ for her salvation. And so do we. The Bible says that God is the Author of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). God provided salvation through the cross. He made peace by the shedding of His blood. The war that exists between you and God can be over quickly, and the peace treaty is signed in the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.

Are you at peace with God? Or do the sins of your heart separate you from God?

The above two stories concerning Queen Victoria and her salvation testimony. Monday here in Canada is Victoria Day.

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