“Check The Weight Limit”

Posted: April 28, 2021 in Uncategorized

Our world is filled with people who are stressed out by current events. Many are committing suicide. Maybe you yourself are somewhat depressed, discouraged, and disturbed by the things you see and hear on the news or on social media. Why is there so much hatred in our world? Why are the rich, powerful, and elite people of the world pushing their “New World Order” agenda so hard? Will their “Utopia” be a wonderful place without God? What is the basic problem in the world today?

Visualize. Before we try to answer some of these questions, I’d like for you to picture these things clearly in your mind: A ladder, an elevator, a truck, a bridge, and an airplane? What do all these things have in common? They all have weight limits. You probably haven’t given much thought to this even if you’ve been on a ladder recently, or in an elevator, or hauled things in a truck, or as you drove across a bridge, or flown in an airplane.

Assume. We take it for granted that each of these things will do the job they were intended to do to insure our safety. But if, perchance, we have exceeded the weight limits, we might be crippled or dead today. Gravity is a strong force that must not be ignored. Neither is sin to be ignored. But sadly, it is.

Sin. What is it? How does it affect us every day? How did it affect those who have gone before us? Why do people get sick and die? What can we do to avoid sickness and death? Can science and technology save us? Are heaven and hell real places or not? If they are real, how can we avoid hell and gain heaven?

Faulty Thinking. Many people have distorted views about the man called Jesus and His ability to save men and women from their plight and their problems. Most people probably don’t think of Jesus as Superman in the comic books. They know very little about the devil and demons. They have a hard time believing that one man could save another man from hell by dying in his place. They’re not convinced that a person can rise from the dead after being dead for three days. They don’t know, or have never been told that God the Father was satisfied with the payment that Jesus made on the cross for the sins of the whole world (See 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

Man’s Problem – Sin. “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). It occurs when we do things that God tells us not to do, or when we fail to do the things He tells us to do (James 4:17). We all have a sinful nature (disposition) that resists rules and regulations (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). Sin has been responsible for man’s physical and spiritual deaths (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27). Death involves separation, not annihilation. To the dismay of many people who hope for a better life in the future, reincarnation is not taught in the Scriptures.

Unnecessary/Insufficient. Some people believe that Christ’s death on the cross was not necessary because they don’t think that they have been bad enough to deserve a death like His or hell (See Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Isaiah 64:6). They might say, “I believe He died for me. After all, I’m a pretty good person and I’m worth it; God was lucky to get me.” Others think that His death on their behalf was not sufficient and so they try to add their good works to earn their way into heaven (See Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 7:21-23). This is what the religions of the world teach. Do you think Christ’s death was unnecessary or insufficient? Still others say, “I believe He died for my sins. But I don’t believe that He rose again bodily from the dead on the third day” (See 2 John 1:7).

A Glorified Body. The Scriptures teach us that Christ died for our sins (the whole human race – John 3:16; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2) and then rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. His resurrected, glorified body consists of flesh and bones, but has no blood (Luke 24:36-43; 1 Corinthians 15). Those who claim to be Christians, but who don’t believe in His bodily resurrection “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). They aren’t saved. What about you?

Living. A dead Savior is of no value to anyone. Think of all the religious leaders of the world who are still dead and incapable of helping anyone. I’ve never asked a dead person to do anything for me. They can’t. We don’t pray to the dead, or to the saints, or to Mary. She is the mother of Jesus’ humanity only, not the “Mother of God.” There is only One Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). She even admitted that she herself needed a Savior (Luke 1:47).

Proof. Belief in Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead is absolutely essential for our salvation. It was proven by His appearances to over 500 witnesses on ten different occasions over a forty day period of time (See 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:1-11). If He were still dead He wouldn’t be able to save anyone from eternal condemnation with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8), and to take believers to heaven to spend eternity with Him (John 14:1-3).

The Father’s Role. God the Father raised Jesus from the dead to prove to us that He was satisfied with the payment that His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ made on our behalf (Romans 4:25; See 1 John 2:2; 4:10). He died once for all of our sins (Romans 6:10; Hebrews 10:10). Romanists falsely teach that Christ is re-crucified every time they observe the Mass, and that a person receives Christ through the wafer, and that they are saved by faith plus keeping the sacraments (See Ephesians 2:8, 9). Sadly, those who believe these heresies aren’t saved.

The Son’s Role. Did you know that Jesus Himself was also involved in His own bodily resurrection? He said, “… My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father” (John 10:17, 18; 2:19).

All Raised. Since Jesus has resurrection power, He can/will save anyone who believes on Him alone for his/her salvation (John 3:16, 18, 36; 6:37). He also will raise up from the dead everyone who has died physically (1 Corinthians 15:21-28; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:11-25). Believers will spend eternity with Him, and unbelievers will spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire. Where will you spend eternity? Not sure? You can be sure if you believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior while you’re still alive here on earth. (See 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

Carnal Christian? Are you a “carnal Christian” who is engaged in the “works of the flesh” which are all perversions of good things (1 Corinthians 3:1; Galatians 5:19-21)? If so, don’t bother telling others about Christ. You will do more harm than good. But if you’re a true Christian, who has your known sins confessed to God (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16), and who has dedicated your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2), and if you’re being filled with God the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to fill up where you are lacking in Christ likeness (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22, 23), God wants you to be one of His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Will you joyfully be a true witness for Jehovah God, the Lord Jesus Christ, or be intimidated by the devil as Peter and Timothy once were (Acts 5:41; Matthew 26:34, 75; 2 Timothy 1:7)?

Crown. Christians can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” when they point people to Christ and see them saved (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; Romans 10:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 3:6). The greatest joy will come when we help and see that new believer grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; 3 John 4).

Questions: Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment your die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be?

Tenses Of Salvation. Think about this: True Christians have been saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1); we are being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14); and we shall be saved from the presence of sin (Romans 8:18-23). God wants us, as Christians, to cast our cares [concerns, burdens] on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Are you doing this? If you do, you can enjoy the “peace of God” in your life (Philippians 4:6, 7).

Help. We’re here to assist 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. Please let us know if this information has helped you and then SHARE this with others who may find it helpful too. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

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