“Growing In Grace”

Posted: April 8, 2021 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Devil / Satan, Dispensations, Gospel, Heaven, Hell

If you have placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9), Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), you will not spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:41, 46). Instead you will spend eternity with God where there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).

Baptism. Once you have been saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, and not the Christ of the cults (Ephesians 2:8, 9), you should be baptized (immersed) to identify yourself with Christ in His death, burial, and bodily resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:38). It is NOT a requirement for you to be saved but it gives evidence to others of your faith. It enables you to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21).

Spiritual Growth. God wants every true Christin to “grow [spiritually] in the [sphere of] grace and [experiential] knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Timothy 1:17). Do you have a strong desire to grow spiritually? If so, we’re here to help you if you’re teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15).

Your First Sacrifice. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world [age], but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2).

Making Distinctions. Christians are exhorted to “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). What does this mean? We are to interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually. God said what He meant, and meant what He said. The devil was the first one to use the allegorical (non-literal, not normal) method of interpretation. He said to Eve, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1 ff).

Profitable. “All Scripture is [God breathed] and is profitable for doctrine [teaching], for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man [and woman] of God [i.e. believers] may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16. 17 NKJV). Cp kober

Truth. While all the Bible is to be believed as truth from God (John 17:17), (which also accurately records the lies that the devil and humans tell), not all of it is to be “believed and practiced.” Examples: Today, Christians don’t offer bloody sacrifices to God but spiritual sacrifices (Hebrews 10:4; 13:15, 16). Our diets are different (Leviticus 11:2 ff; 1 Timothy 4:4). Israel had a priesthood consisting of Levites; every Christian is a priest today (1 Peter 2:5, 9). There are other differences too.

Our Practice. A Christian man, with the spiritual gift of Pastor-teacher (Ephesians 4:11), who desires to be a bishop (an overseer) of God’s people, must hold “fast the faithful word [which is to be believed and practiced] as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine [which is to be believed but not practiced], both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:9).

The Rules. Throughout human history God has imposed different “Rules for Living” (known as “Dispensations”) upon all or some of mankind. Three dispensations are prominent in the Scriptures: “The Mosaic Law” (Exodus 20), “The Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:2), and the future dispensation of “The Kingdom of the Heavens” (Ephesians 1:10). Dispensations are NOT different ways to be saved. (See our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

Failure. Sadly, all seven Dispensations, that God uses to test mankind, end up in failure. This demonstrates that man, by his own efforts, while living independently of God, cannot please God (Hebrews 10:38; 11:6). Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5; Acts 17:28). Man’s heart (mind, will, and emotions with which we all were born) is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; See Romans 3:10-23). We can’t save ourselves by our own brand of good works, and once saved, we are to do the good works that God planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5).

New Birth. We all need to “be born again from above” (John 3:3-7). With the new divine nature from God (2 Peter 1:4) we are able to do the things that God wants us to do while we live here on earth (Philippians 4:13; 1 Peter 4:10) as we are being led and filled by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5:18).

Value. The Old Testament tells us much about the unchanging character and attributes of the only true and living God (Exodus 3:14). It also serves as a negative example of how not to behave lest we suffer the same kind of consequences that the Jews in the wilderness did (1 Corinthians 10:1-13). God disciplines His own unruly children who act lawlessly. “But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (See Hebrews 12:5-11). The Old Testament also gives us hope (a confident expectation) as we are reminded that God will keep His promises to us as Christians just as He did for the Jews (Romans 15:4). Many of them were fulfilled with Christ’s first coming to earth and many more will be fulfilled when He returns to rule and reign for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-10).

Location. The Christians’ “Rules for Living” can be found generally between John 13 and Revelation 3. Before the seven years of the Tribulation begin (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19), all true Christians will be removed from earth to heaven at the Rapture (Revelation 3:10; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9).

Old v. New. In John 13:34, 35 Jesus gave His disciples a New Commandment to “love one another (i.e., fellow believers) as I (Jesus) have loved you.” By our doing this the world will know that we are His disciples. The Old Testament requirement was to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). That was the best they could do. But Christians can/should have and use the divine love (agape) that God the Holy Spirit produces in the lives of believers who are rightly related to God (Galatians 5:22, 23). It is greater than brotherly love (Romans 12:10) or love for one’s own family (2 Timothy 3:3).

Action. Since Christ laid down His life for us, “… we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (i.e., fellow believers). But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother [or sister] in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:16, 17). “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

Spiritual Gift. Not only are we concerned about your salvation, but also about your spiritual growth as a Christian. God wants us to use our spiritual gift with love for the advantage of other believers (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). He wants to use us as His witnesses as we share the Gospel clearly with lost people so they can be saved (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).

We invite you to go to our website at www.kelseypeach.com for additional information and help by clicking on various links you find there. We have many articles at www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com.

The Gospel

The Bad News & Good News” (on our website)

Do We Really Know The Gospel?” by Dr. Manfred Kober

The Clear Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea (Illustrated)

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” by Ford Porter (Over 650,000,000 tracts printed in 123 languages)

https://www.godssimpleplan.org/languages-in-print

Handy Bible Study Book Marker (On our website) Click on –

Understanding the Times” for our Dispensations Chart, Bible Study Aids, How to Pray, How to Witness

Doctrinal Statements

What We Believe (See our website)

Grace Life Baptist Church – http://www.gracelifebaptistchurch.us/pdf/GLBC_StatementOfFaith.pdf

Bartimaeus Alliance of the Blind, Incorporated – http://bartimaeus.us/faith.html

New King James Scofield Study Bible http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed

Audio Bible Readings

King James read by Alexander Scourby – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjhwhNvG0SQ&list=PLL4itf8rGtj5lwP2jQ_yuQFhDlY6q_bg8

New King James – Old and New Testaments

New Living Translation with Mike Kellogg – New Testament

Helpful Bible Study Methods by the late Dr. Howard Hendricks

Living By The Book (Paperback) https://www.amazon.com/Living-Book-Science-Reading-Bible/dp/0802408230/ref=sr_1_2?crid=34R7AHL13RP5S&dchild=1&keywords=living+by+the+book+howard+hendricks&qid=1617819626&sprefix=living+by+the+book+%2Caps%2C200&sr=8-2

Living By The Book  (Audio-video)

Personal Bible Study – Why Study the Bible? (Audio-video)

Bible Survey https://www.biblebelievers.com/Bible_Survey.html

Memorize Scripture, The Easy Wayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYOX47E-j24

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