“Yes, You Can Help”

Posted: April 24, 2021 in Uncategorized

Those of us who have been saved by God’s grace through faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, by believing that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day [1], also believe that He is going to return for us some day and take us to the heavenly home that He has been preparing for us (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ff). “Perhaps Today!” Some deceased believers will need to be raised up from the dead; others, who are alive when He returns, will be changed into Christ’s likeness without dying (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 John 3:2).

From Body To Bride. Before He returns for “His Body,” the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13), and makes it “His Bride” (Ephesians 5:25-33; Revelation 22:17), all those whom God the Father has given to Him (John 6:37) must be saved and have done some praiseworthy works (1 Corinthians 4:5; Ephesians 2:10; John 15:16). We don’t know who that last person will be, or when he/she will be saved. It could be a family member, a friend, a fellow worker, or someone else.

Complete. The spiritual “Body of Christ,” began on the Day of Pentecost – about 2,000 years ago (Acts 2; 11:15), and will be complete when the Rapture occurs (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This group of Christians, with better promises than the Jews had (Hebrews 8:6; 11:39, 40), is distinct from the Old Testament believers, and those who will be saved during the Tribulation and the millennial reign of Christ (Daniel 9:24-27; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). The church has NOT replaced Israel (Romans 11). There are several resurrections mentioned in Scripture. (See 1 Corinthians 15:23, 24, 52, 52.)

Privilege. Every true Christian can/should do his/her part by being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) to lost, unsaved people. (See Acts 8:26-40; 16:6). We should share the Gospel in its entirety with them so they have Someone in whom they can believe in order for them to be saved. The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is an essential part of the Gospel message and must be shared and believed if a person is to be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:36-43). A dead Christ can’t save anyone.

Believing In Vain? It’s not enough to know the correct facts of the Gospel (which, believe it or not, many people on earth have never heard), or to merely agree with the facts. Many people “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2; See Matthew 7:21-23). Unbelievers must transfer their faith and trust from themselves and their good works over to Christ alone, through the Gospel message, if they are to be saved. God, Who is omniscient, knows exactly when a person believes in/on Christ for salvation.

Baptism. But to demonstrate his/her faith to other people, the first thing the new believer needs to do is to be baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:38; 1 Peter 3:21). It pictures our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Galatians 2:20). Note: Baptism doesn’t save us. We don’t believe in “baptismal regeneration” as some folks do.

Crown Of Rejoicing. This crown will be given to believers who have had a part in bringing the Gospel message to an unsaved person so he/she can be saved (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7). If you’re a Christian, don’t neglect your privilege/responsibility (Acts 1:8) to share the clear Gospel with others or let someone else get the crown that was intended for you (Revelation 3:11). The crowns (five are available for us to earn) we receive from the Lord at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) will be given back to Him as we declare, “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:10, 11).

Responsibility. “Our responsibility [as true Christians] is to preach the Savior and proclaim pardon and peace to every creature. All of us can do this. All of us should do this. All of us should do it more. As we are faithful to the Master’s mandate we can expect the [Holy] Spirit to empower us and the sovereign Lord to give the increase.” – Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” [2]

If you have questions and/or comments, please send them to us. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Please SHARE this with others. We never know who is ready to receive the message and be saved (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36). Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

If, as a result of reading this, you have placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, through the message of the Gospel, we’d like to know about it so we can help you grow spiritually in the Lord (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 2:18). You don’t have to wait until you are dead physically before you can have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

[1] When sharing the Gospel with lost people, never leave out the bodily resurrection of Christ. (See 1 Corinthians 15; Luke 24:36-43) Without it, we have no Good News for people to believe. Consider – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[2] Dr. Manfred Kober, https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Additional help:

Dr. Ron Shea, “The Clear Gospel” http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Pastor/Prof. David Spurbeck – “The Gospel Checker,” http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

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