“Call Your Witness”

Posted: August 19, 2017 in Crowns, Evagelism, Gospel, Salvation

I have a question for you. Have you ever been called upon to be a witness in a criminal case? If so, we’re you scared? I haven’t ever had to be a witness, but I was on a jury. Think about this. A witness doesn’t really need to prepare what he is going to say unless he plans to lie on the stand. Here’s some good advice if you’re ever called upon to be a witness. Always tell the truth so you don’t have to remember the lies you told.

Command. Before going back to heaven (John 3:13; 14:1-3; 16:16, 17), Jesus gave His disciples a command to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8). All they had to do was tell what they knew about the Lord Jesus Christ. They knew that He had died on a cross for their sins, and that He was buried for three days and nights. But they also knew that He had risen bodily from the dead on the third day. There were over 500 eye witnesses who had seen Jesus on ten different occasions for forty days after His bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; See Luke 24:33-43).

Pentecost. Fifty days after the Passover feast, when Jesus was crucified, Peter, who had denied three times that he knew the Lord (Luke 22:34), was empowered by God the Holy Spirit to preach a powerful message that resulted in 3,000 Jews being saved (Acts 2:41). Then the church began to multiply because these Christians kept on telling other Jews about Jesus (Acts 6:7).

Multiplication. Just think about this. If you reached four people for Christ, who in turn reached for more people, who reached four more people, etc. you’d go from 4 to 16 to 64 to 256 and on and on. Many businesses are built this way by word of mouth advertising. Are you willing to be used by God to reach others for Christ? Are you a F.A.T.F.R.E.E. Christian who is Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic? If not, with God’s help, why now start becoming one today?

Problem. The early Jewish Christian’s problem was that they didn’t share this information with the half breed Samaritans or the non-Jews until a sever persecution broke out. Many Samaritans responded positively when Philip, a deacon, preached the Gospel to them. So did the Ethiopian eunuch who carried the message back to his own country (Acts 8:1 ff).

Results. Although we may not see the same kind of results today as they did, we still have the joy and responsibility to keep on sharing the Gospel with lost people until the Lord returns. We aren’t to keep back the Good News from anyone to whom the Holy Spirit leads us (Acts 8:26; Romans 8:14; James 4:17).

Joy. Recently I had the joy of sharing a tract entitled “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” with some folks from Ethiopia who have come to our country to live. Maybe God is bringing them here since very few missionaries are going out today to foreign countries with the “Clear Gospel” concerning Christ.  If someone had only a few minutes to live, could you share the Gospel with them with less than 25 words so they could be saved?  It can be done.  Read the article below.

Types. Notice what kind of people God saved in the city of Corinth. They had been fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). My friend, God can save anyone. He doesn’t require you to clean up your life first before you can be saved as some “false teachers” are saying.

Testify. Those of us who have been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and who have, after we’ve been saved, presented our bodies to God as a living sacrifice, and who know what God has done and is doing in our lives, can/should bear witness to the power of God to transform anyone’s life (Romans 1:16, 17; 12:1, 2; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 3:20, 21). Who would have thought Saul/Paul, the persecutor of Christians, would be saved and then go on to lead others to Christ and start local churches in many areas? 

Questions. Have you ever shared your faith in Christ with another person? Has the devil successfully silenced you by using fear and intimidation? God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but one of power and love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7; See 1 John 4:4). Are you ashamed of Jesus who paid the debt you owed to God (Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 1:18, 19)? What if He hadn’t been willing to die for your sins and rise again to demonstrate that He was/is able to save any and all who come to Him to be saved from the lake of fire (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36)? Yes, the lake of fire is real and all who die as unbelievers will suffer there forever.

Concern. Do you care about lost people? Have you left your first love (Revelation 2:4)? Leading others to Christ for salvation entitles us to earn the Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Will you earn one so you can cast it at His feet someday as an expression of your love and appreciation to Him for saving you (Revelation 4:10, 11)? Are you living to please yourself or God (2 Corinthians 5:9, 10)?

Armor Of God. By the way, a Christian can overcome the temptation from the devil to be a coward by putting on the armor of God and focusing on the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17). Do you know what his other 13 temptations include and how you can overcome them? If not, ask for more information.

Help. If you’re serious about obeying the Lord’s command and leading others to Christ so they can be delivered from the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8), then we invite you to take/make time to read the following tract and two articles to help you be a better witness for Jesus while He keeps you here on earth. We glorify God by making Him known to others. This ought to be our highest priority in life (1 Corinthians 10:31). Is it yours?

Contact. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. We also ask that you be ready to share the Gospel with others at a moment’s notice (1 Peter 3:15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation by Ford Porter in 24+ languages

http://kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

The Gospel In 24 Words by Dr. Manfred Kober

https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

The Clear Gospel illustrated by Dr. Ron Shea.

 http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

From the frying pan into the fire.”

   My friend and I went to High School in Japan together.  When it came time for us to go to college in the States, we both chose a Christian college in Minnesota.  I recall the first day I got on campus.  It was rather cold and rainy.  I felt a little let down and disappointed with what I saw.

Orientation.   As new students, my friend and I went to orientation together to learn about the school and the “House Rules.”  They were quite strict but I thought I could live with them.  My friend, rather reluctantly, chose to go along with them too.  We lived in the same dorm.

Fire. It wasn’t too long before my friend really began to chafe under the rules.  As I recall, he endured our first year together but decided not to come back the next year.  So what did he do?  He joined the marines!  Talk about going from the frying pan into the fire, he did just that.  He soon learned what it meant to be regulated by all kinds of strict rules.

House Rules. Let’s talk about the seven different “House Rules” that are found in the Bible.  Every home, every nation, and every country needs rules if there is to be harmony and the survival of its citizens.  Rules aren’t like pie crusts that are meant to be broken.  When everyone does what is right in his own eyes, you have anarchy and confusion among the people (Judges 21:25). As Paul Harvey used to say, “Self-government won’t work without self-discipline.”  Think about the lawlessness that exists in our own country and all around the world.  The Bible predicted it (2 Timothy 3:1-5). 

Enslaved. This kind of lawless behavior went on for about 400 hundreds in the land of Israel among the Jews who had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years. Since they didn’t keep their promise to obey God’s laws, God allowed their enemies in the land to enslave them.  You can read about the seven cycles of discipline that went on over and over again in the Old Testament book of Judges.  When they engaged in sinful rebellion against God they went from sin into servitude. Then they cried out to the Lord with supplication.  God sent them a deliverer and saved them.  This led to their having silence until they reverted back into their lawlessness. 

New Rules. After Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection from the dead, believers, from the Day of Pentecost, were placed under different “House Rules.”  These rules, generally speaking, can be found between John 13 and Revelation 4.  (See our Dispensations Chart for more information.)  These are the rules that govern Christians who live in the Dispensation of Grace.

Maturity. Christians who try to come to spiritual maturity by keeping the Mosaic Law, that includes the Ten Commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances (with over 600 rules and regulations), will be displeasing to God.  The early Christians living in the region of Galatia were trying to do this.  But the Apostle Paul rebuked them for doing this (Galatians 3:1).  

New Commandment. Just before He went to the cross Jesus gave His disciples a New Commandment that involved their loving one another as He had loved them (John 13:34, 35).  Under the Mosaic Law the best a person could do was to love his neighbor as himself (Leviticus 19:18). 

Agape. To have God’s “agape” love, a believer must have all his known sins confessed to God (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16), and be yielded to God the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:1, 2; Ephesians 5:18) so He can produce the “Fruit of the Spirit” which is Christ likeness (Galatians 5:22, 23).  This love should be directed back to God and to His children first (See Galatians 6:10).  It’s possible for maturing Christians to misdirect God’s love toward the diabolical world system (1 John 2:15-17).  Are you doing this yourself?  If so, stop.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change when they see the truth from God’s Word. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask that you share it the others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Dispensations Chart. http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

The Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

 

The Rapture (catching away) of the true church is going to affect every person on earth in one way or another. It will be the turning point that will change the course of human history. God doesn’t want His children to remain in the dark and be ignorant of this event. It gives us hope (a confident expectation based on a promise from God who cannot lie – Titus 1:2). It can/should bring happiness into our lives (Titus 2:13), comfort us when a believing loved one or friend is taken from us in death (1 Thessalonians 4:18), and it can/should motivate us to live morally pure lives (1 John 3:3. 1 Peter 1:15, 16; 1 Thessalonians 4:3).

If you are a true Christian (1), who has a desire to discover for yourself what the Scriptures say about this momentous event (See Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), we have some questions for you to consider so that you can have an answer for those who might ask you about the hope you have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15). Having a part in another person’s salvation entitles a believer to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Will you earn one? An even greater joy will come to you if you help that new believer come to spiritual maturity (3 John 1:4).

We’d like for you to use this method to discover the truth from God’s Word. Observation – What do I see in the text? Interpretation – What does it mean? Application – How does it work? Also, ask the who, what, where, when, why, and how questions as you consider the text found primarily in John 14:1-6.

Who are the people involved in this section? John 14:1-6

Who, among the disciples, is missing and why? John 13:21-30; 12:6

Whom would Jesus send to replace Himself? John 14:16

Who is the only way to God, the absolute truth, and the giver of eternal life? John 14:6

Who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit? John 14:17

What was causing the Lord’s disciples to be so troubled in heart? John 13:36; Matthew 16:20, 21; See Philippians 4:6, 7

What should believers do with God’s promises? Hebrews 4:2; Romans 1:17

What were the disciples hoping would take place? Matthew 20:21; Acts 1:6

What promise did Jesus give to them? John 14:2, 3; See Acts 1:11

What does this place look like? Revelation 21:9-27

Where and when were these words spoken to the disciples? Mark 14:14, 15

Where was Jesus going to go after He left them? John 16:10, 16, 17, 28

Where did Old Testament believers go at the time of their death? Luke 16:19-31; 23:43

Where are Old and New Testament deceased believers residing today? Ephesians 4:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:4

Where will resurrected Old Testament believers live in the future? Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13

When would Jesus be crucified and why? John 18:28; Matthew 26:5; See John 1:29

When will Jesus return for Christians? See John 6:37; Romans 11:25; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9

When is the only time a person can be saved? 2 Corinthians 6:2; See Hebrews 9:27

When/why will our works be judged? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:20-24; Revelation 20:11-15

When will you die and what will happen to you when you do? James 1:15; 4:14; 5:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8; 1 John 5:16

Why do most people reject the truth and Christ as their Savior? John 3:19; Romans 1:18-32

Why do so many Christians lack resurrection power? Romans 8:5-8; 7:15-25; Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18

Why should God let you into His heaven? Titus 3:5; Romans 4:11; See Matthew 7:21-23

Why are good works excluded from our salvation? Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 1:29

Why do you do what you do? Matthew 6:5; John 12:43; James 4:1-4; 1 Corinthians 10:31

Application: Is there an example for me to follow? A sin for me to avoid? A promise to claim? A prayer for me to repeat? A command to obey? A condition to meet? A verse to memorize? An error to mark? A challenge to face? (Adapted from Howard Hendricks)

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Dispensations Chart. http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

You can gain entrance into heaven to be with God and other believers forever without understanding all the “House Rules” and pledging to keep all of them in order to be saved. But you cannot get into heaven if you are trusting in the wrong Jesus or are trying to get in by your good works (Matthew 24:5; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6).

Christ. Who is the Christ of the Scriptures? He is fully God and shares an equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9). He added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-11). He was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23 ). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He died for our sins, was buried for three days and three nights, and then rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:33-43). Then He made Himself visible to more than 500 witnesses over a forty day period of time before ascending back to heaven (Acts 1:9-11). He promised to return (John 14:1-3).

Object Of Faith. If your faith in resting in Him alone, you will have the witness of God the Holy Spirit bearing witness with your spirit that you are a true child of God (Romans 8:16). You can also have the witness of God’s infallible Word to give you assurance of eternal life (God’s quality of life) to enjoy while you are here on earth (John 10:10). Heaven is also a gift to believers from God that will be enjoyed at the time of physical death or the rapture (2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 John 5:13; John 10:28, 29; 14:1-3; Ephesians 1:13).

Good Works. Once a person in genuinely saved, he/she can begin to do the good works that God planned for him/her to do (Ephesians 2:10). These good works are related to the spiritual gift that each believer was given at the moment of salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11). The “Grace House Rules” apply to all Christians. They generally can be found between John 13 and Revelation 3. The six other “House Rules” given to other people in other times are not applicable to Christians unless the same rules are also given to Christians. (Example: 9 of the 10 commandments given to the Jews are repeated somewhere in the rules given to Christians.)

Differences. Since all the “House Rules” come from God Himself, and since He can change them to test some or all of mankind, we need to realize that while all Scripture is to be believed, not all of Scriptures is to be believed and practiced (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). A Christian who tries to come to spiritual maturity by keeping the Old Testament sacrificial system (that included bloody sacrifices) or certain dietary rules (example: Leviticus 1-15) will surely be adding worthless works to himself and will be cutting himself off from benefits that could have been his to enjoy (Galatians 1:6-9). The Christian’s works that have the quality of wood, hay, and straw will be burned up at the “Bema Seat Judgment” without the loss of salvation, but those works that have the quality of gold, silver, and precious stones will be rewarded (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Degrees. It is our understanding that some Christians will enjoy heaven more than other Christians will. Not all Christians are filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), walk by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25), or are led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). They rarely do the desirous will of God for their lives. (Example: They don’t give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18) They won’t receive the crowns, praise, and rewards that obedient Christians will receive. Many Christians are carnal (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). On the other hand, some unbelievers will suffer more in the lake of fire than others do. The Great White Throne judgment is not designed to determine one’s entrance into heaven or not, but to judge the unbelievers wicked works (Revelation 20:11-15). Jesus Himself said that it will be more tolerable for some than others (Matthew 10:5; 11:22, 24). If you don’t believe this, you’re calling Him a liar.

Hell. The lake of fire is a real place to which real people go to spend eternity apart from God where there will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30, 41, 45). God doesn’t want people to go there (1 Timothy 2:4). The God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to glorify God the Father by dying for our sins…and rising again bodily from the dead. Only a living Savior can help us. By observing nature, anyone can know that there is a God who exists and that He is powerful. All are without excuse (Romans 1:20; See Psalm 19:1). Fools deny the existence of God (Psalm 14:1).  The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in Christ (John 16:9).

Application. In which family are you right now – God’s or Satan’s (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)? Not until you’ve been “born again from above” (John 3:3-5; 1 Peter 1:23) do you enter God’s family. By one act of faith you can enter into God’s forever family. Once you’ve entered it, God wants you to walk in a continual attitude of faith in His promises that are for us to claim (Romans 1;17; Hebrews 4:2). He desires that you grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), and serve Him and others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). He’d like for you to reproduce yourself by sharing the clear Gospel with others so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20).

Help. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please share it with someone else and let us know about it too. We invite you to join us on Facebook Live as we study God’s Word together: www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

The Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dispensations Chart. http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Do you ever feel like a gerbil running on a wheel in a cage but getting nowhere? Maybe you’re in the older generation that likes to sit in a rocking chair and go back and forth without getting anywhere either. As Zig Ziglar used to say, “Some folks are like wandering generalities and others are meaningful specifics.” Which would describe you right now?

As you look at your current situation in life, are you finding significance to your life? Do you dread having to go to work on Monday mornings? Would you rather be in a bed in great pain like some folks are?

How would you answer these questions? Where did I come from? Why am I here on earth? Where will I go when I die? What is the meaning and purpose for man’s existence. Is it all vanity as King Solomon suggested as he pursued the pleasures of life? What can we know about life after death? Who has the answers? What can I do to be assured of a better future? Why are so many Christians not much different from unbelievers?

Do you claim to be a Christian? How did you become one? Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die or do you have to go to Purgatory first? What is the formula for salvation? What if you sin after you’ve been saved? Is there anything you could do to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? What is “Lordship for salvation” all about?

By what rules are Christians supposed to live – the Old Testament or New Testament rules? How many different sets of rules are found in the Scriptures? What are they and what is the purpose for God’s giving them to some or all of mankind? Are Christ’s words more inspired than the rest of the Scriptures?

If you’d like to learn how you can become a Christian and know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, and if you’d like to learn what you, as a Christian, can do to be well pleasing to God rather than grieving or quenching Him, we invite you to join us for some Bible studies on the Internet on Facebook live. If you can’t join us live, you can watch them later when you have time. If they are too long to watch at one time, you can stop them and pick it up later.

We will be using our “Dispensations Chart” for these sessions. We’d like for you to make a copy for yourself on a colored sheet of paper, and then make four more copies to give out to other believers who are teachable and willing to change and who acknowledge the authority of the Scriptures over their lives (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Do you know what part of it is for us and which parts are to us?

Please read “The Clear Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea so you have a clear understanding of what it means to be a true Christian. There are many people who think they’re going to heaven who aren’t going there. Become familiar with this information so you can share it with other lost people and introduce them to the Lord Jesus Christ so they can be saved.

By your sharing this information with just one person who in turn shares it with others, you can find great satisfaction and joy as you see people coming to Christ and being saved and growing spiritually while glorifying God here on earth.

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If you continue to think as you’ve always thought, you will continue to get what you’ve always got.” Is this what you want, or would you like to really live and enjoy the life that God has graciously given to you (John 10:10)? Perhaps you’re thinking only in the physical and material realm rather than in the spiritual realm. After all, “…what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own [life]” (Mark 8:36) and ends up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels forever (Matthew 25:41, 46)? Our lives are like “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). This was true of our late son, Bill who died at age 38. You and I never know when our time on earth will come to an end. So we need to treat each day as though it might be our last day on earth. Are you doing this? What needs to change? With whom do you need to make things right (1 John 1:9; James 5:16)? What things are really important to you?

Money. We’re told that “money can buy a bed but not sleep; books but not brains; food but not an appetite; finery but not beauty; a house but not a home; medicine but not health; luxuries but not culture; amusements but not happiness; religion but not salvation; and a passport to everywhere but heaven.” -The Voice In the Wilderness, quoted in Discipleship Journal, Issue 53, 1989, p. 21

Impacting Others. Whether you want to admit it or not, you are affecting the lives of other people every day. You do this by what you say and do, or by what you don’t say or do. My dear mother used to quote this verse to me. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Your presence or absence and your attitude toward life affects others too.

Freedom. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances….” Viktor E. Frankl. What kind of an attitude do you have? If your friend is having a bad day, what are you doing to help him/her see life from a different perspective? What should a spiritual Christian do (Galatians 6:1-5, 10)?

Viewpoint. Most of us look at things from a horizontal position. But when we look at our circumstances and trials in life from above, things take on a new perspective as we see God at work in our lives (Romans 8:28). Of course, if you’re not a true Christian, you’re left to fend for yourself.

Insignificant? There are many Christians who feel insignificant and unable to contribute much to the glory of God and the good of others. Maybe you feel like “a wandering generality” instead of “a meaningful specific.” In the Scriptures we have examples of virtually unknown people who touched the lives of one person who in turn touched and blessed the lives of countless other people.

Andrew. Not many people know much about this disciple of Jesus. But he was the one who led his brother Peter to the Lord (John 1:40-42). Peter in turn was instrumental in leading thousands of people to Christ on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41). Andrew was also the one who brought a lad with five loaves and two fish to Jesus who multiplied them and fed over 5,000 hungry people (John 6:8-14).

Barnabas. He went to get the converted Apostle Paul from his home town in Tarsus and brought him to the believers whom he had persecuted and brought reconciliation to them (Acts 11:25-26). Then Barnabas and Paul went on a missionary journey that brought many people to faith in Christ (Acts 13, 14).

Rahab. She was a harlot in the city of Jericho who became a believer in Jehovah and then became an ancestress of Jesus the Messiah (Joshua 2:1-14; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31).

Lois and Eunice. They were the grandmother and mother of Timothy. They taught him the Old Testament Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:5; 3:14, 15). He later traveled with the Apostle Paul and Silas on their missionary journeys and helped establish churches in various places (Acts 16).

Spiritual Gifts. Each true Christian has been given a spiritual gift (1 Peter 4:10). When you, as a Christian, discover and use it with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13) for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10), you will find fulfillment in life and receive rewards, praise, and crowns from the Lord at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Help. To help you and your friends grow spiritually, we’d like to ask you to get our “Dispensations Chart” and make five copies of it. Keep one for yourself, and share the other four copies with believers who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). This information changed my life and I trust it will do the same for you.

Facebook Live. We’d also like to invite you and your friends to join us on Facebook for Bible studies dealing with “The House Rules” and other topics. Many Christians are tying to live by rules that weren’t given to them. Are you?  All the Bible is for us, but not all of it is addressed to us (See Titus 1:9).  Not all the promises in the Bible are ours to claim.

Gospel. If you’re not sure of your salvation and that you would go to heaven the moment you die, please read “The Clear Gospel.” Make sure of it. God’s Word and the Holy Spirit can give you the assurance you need when you place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

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There is a lot of confusion in the minds of many people within Christendom, especially as it pertains to how a new Christian is to grow spiritually in the Lord. We’re told to “desire the pure milk of the word, that [we] may grow thereby, if indeed [we] have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Peter 2:2, 3). Later, in his second epistle, Peter tells believers to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

Rightly Dividing It. The Apostle Paul wrote this to Timothy, his son in the faith: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). To Titus he wrote this concerning the qualifications of an elder (bishop/overseer, and Pastor-teacher). “[He needs to be able to hold] fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:9).

Clarification. We have two Greek words that need to be explained. The “faithful word” refers to doctrines or teachings that need to be “believed and practiced,” whereas “sound doctrine” refers to that which is to be “believed but not practiced.” “All Scripture is [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction for in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17 NKJV).

Value. The primary value of the Old Testament to New Testament believers is one of a negative example (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11). We’re warned not to behave wickedly like the rebellious Jews did or expect similar consequences. Also, the Old Testament can give New Testament Christians hope as we contemplate how God kept His promises to the Jews, so He will keep all His promises to us (Romans 15:6). The Old Testament also provides much information concerning God Himself (His attributes). He is faithful to His Word and never changes (James 1:17). His immutability doesn’t deny His mobility. He doesn’t have to keep on doing things that He chose to do only once (examples: create the universe, open up the Red Sea, etc).

For Us – To Us. All Scripture is for us as Christians, but not all of it is addressed to us. Much of the Scriptures were written to and for Old Testament believers, who were living under the Mosaic Law, whereas much of the New Testament was written to and for Christians. Generally speaking, the doctrines/teachings addressed to Christians can be found in the writings of Paul, Peter, John, James, and Jude. One Bible teacher says we can find our instructions for Christian living between John 13 and Revelation 3. In John 13:34, 35 Jesus gave a “New Commandment” to love one another [fellow believers] as I have loved you. (See Galatians 6:10)

Contrast. This stands in contrast to the Old Testament believer’s standard of “loving your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). This was the best an Old Testament believer could do. He was the standard by which he loved others. Only when God the Holy Spirit produces this one aspect of “The Fruit of the Spirit” in a Spirit filled believer’s life (Ephesians 5:18) is he/she able to direct it toward the right objects at the right time and for the right reasons. Note: It’s possible for a maturing believer to misdirect God’s love toward the present world system (1 John 2:15-17). We may use the world system, but we are not to love or abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31).

Steward. The Apostle Paul identified himself as the “steward (household manager) of the “Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:1 ff). We see Peter, John, James, and Jude as supplementing Paul’s teaching (2 Peter 3:15, 16). Even Peter acknowledged that some of Paul’s writings were difficult to understand. But, believe it or not, we can know more than the Apostle Paul did because he died before John wrote the Book of Revelation. The Apostle Paul rebuked the Christians in Galatia for trying to come to spiritual maturity by keeping the Mosaic Law (See the Book of Galatians.)  Are you trying to live by rules other than those that were designed for you as a New Testament believer?

Sermon On The Mount. This was addressed to Jews (not to Christians) who were anticipating the Kingdom of the Heavens (Matthew 5-7; Daniel 2:44, 45). It was postponed because of the Jew’s rejection of their Promised Messiah (Matthew 16:20; 23:37-39; John 1:11). God holds all men accountable for the death of Christ, not just the Jews (Acts 3:13-15; 4:27, 28). It was your sins and mine that put Him on that cross. He paid our debt by dying for our sins (Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 3:18). God the Father demonstrated His satisfaction with Christ’s death by raising Him from the dead (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Have you placed your faith in Him alone to save you? If not, why not trust Him now?

Time. God’s time clock will start up again for the Jews after “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” (Romans 11:25) and the Body of Christ, which is the Church is complete (John 6:37; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:20-22; 2:15). The Tribulation begins when the man of sin signs the 7 year covenant with the Jews (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6:19).  This will take place after the Rapture of the Church (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; 4:13-18; 5:9).

Chart. We have a FREE “Dispensations” chart for you on our website: http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf  It is not original with us, but is a compilation of material we’ve received from various Bible teachers. This information really helped me personally as I sought to understand the Bible better. It is the result of a normal, literal, grammatical interpretation of the Bible.

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