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“Getting To Know God Better”

As you may or may not know, I grew up in Japan for 14 years straight as a missionary kid right after World War II.  My maternal grandparents went to Japan in 1906 and our family had a presence there for over 100 years with the exception of the war years.  My younger brother and I attended the Japanese Peer School for a couple years with the current emperor’s younger sister.  Then we went to a missionary kids’ school where the buildings used to be part of the emperor’s dairy barns (That’s what we were told. It was quite an experience for us.)

Outreach. My father, Timothy Pietsch wanted us to learn Japanese and English so we could be more effective in reaching Japanese people for Christ.  So at our meal times we began by holding hands, singing a hymn in English or Japanese and then we prayed and gave thanks for our food.  During the meal time we learned Bible verses in English and Japanese.  We also had a map of Asia on the wall and had to learn some geography too.  I’ll never forget the capital of Afghanistan.  Do you know what it is?

Memorize. One of the verses our dad taught us is found in Jeremiah 9:23, 24.  It says, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these things I delight,’ says the LORD.”

Bragging. We all have a tendency to brag a little about ourselves, don’t we?  We think we’re pretty smart, at least “street smart” in some areas.  Others think that they are pretty strong.  It’s interesting how little children can manipulate their parents and get what they want by threatening them or putting on a scene in the store.  And then there are some rich people who think that they can practically get anyone to do what they want them to do if they are paid the right price.  You’ve heard the saying, “Every man has his price.”

Understanding. But rather than our boasting about ourselves, God wants us to understand and know Him and that He exercises loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. God’s adversary, the devil want’s us to believe otherwise and constantly slanders God and His children.

Study. For us to discover more about Him, we need to study His Word (the Scriptures) to show ourselves approved to God, so we can be His workers who need not be ashamed and who handle His Word correctly (2 Timothy 2:15).  He wants His children to be prepared to give an answer to those who ask us about our faith.  This needs to be done with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15).

Discovery. Would you like to find our more about the true and living God?  If you’re going to brag, brag about God.  We glorify Him when we make Him known to others (See 1 Corinthians 10:31).  The god of the unbelievers is the devil (the slanderer) who wants to discredit God and make Him out to be that which He is not (2 Corinthians 4:4; See Job 1:6; Revelation 12:10; Zechariah 3:1).  He loves to slander God’s children too.

Worship. By our knowing Him for who He really is, we will be able to worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24) rather than worshiping ourselves or some other human being.  He alone is worthy (Revelation 4:9-11; 5:12).  One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (admit) that Jesus is Lord (i. e. the God-man) to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).  This is not teaching the heresy of universal salvation.

Deliverance. To be delivered from the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons, and to enter heaven, we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? Do you have assurance of your salvation? Do you believe that there is anything that a true believer can do or fail to do that would cause him to lose his salvation? If so, what would it be?

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Outline:  http://kelseypeach.com/Bible_Basics/The_Godhead.pdf

Attributes of God: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/a-caricature-of-god/

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

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“A Caricature Of God?”

Several years ago when our late son, Bill came to visit us in California, we took him to the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.  While we were walking around we came across an artist who was drawing caricatures of people for a few dollars.  So we had a caricature drawing of him made.  It didn’t take long for the artist to finish his work and we still have a humorous memento of our late son.

Self Portrait.  Unlike that caricature of our son, God gave us a self portrait of Himself in the pages of the Scriptures.  Within it’s pages we also have His autobiography.  By careful study of His Word, we can come up with a pretty good picture of God as to who He is and what He is like.  It wouldn’t be like the picture that the little boy was drawing at school.  When the teacher asked him what he was drawing, he said, “It’s a picture of God.”  The teacher replied, “But Billy, no one really knows what God looks like.”  To which the boy responded by saying, “They will know what He looks like when I am done.”

Viewpoint.  When you think about God, what comes to your mind?  As A. W. Tozer said in his book, The Knowledge Of The Holy, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Believe it or not, our perception of God will have a big part in the way we think, feel, act, and react.  Are you open to getting a better view and understanding of God?

Attributes.  In our last article we considered who God is.  We pointed out that the Scriptures tell us that He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17).  In His Word God tells us that He is good, righteous, omniscient, omnipotent, truth, holy, and love.  God’s adversary, the devil would like for us to believe that these things that God says about Himself are not true.

Good.  He Himself is happy and delights in the happiness of others (Mark 10:18; Matthew 19:17; Luke 18:19).  The devil told Eve that God was withholding something good from her by forbidding her and Adam from eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:1-6). After all, if they ate this fruit, they would be like God knowing good from evil.  This was true.  But the part about their dying wasn’t true.  If they ate of this fruit they wouldn’t have to bother God anymore each day by asking Him what would be beneficial (good) or detrimental (evil) to their well being.  His words appealed to her and she made the choice to eat the fruit and then she gave it to her husband, Adam and he ate the fruit too.  But rather than it’s being something that resulted in their happiness, it brought on them sadness and eventually physical death as they came to realize that they had been stripped and became aware of their nakedness (Genesis 3:7).  Violating God’s command resulted in not only their physical death but also their immediate spiritual separation from fellowship with God.  Furthermore, it caused their nature to become a sinful nature (disposition).  This sinful nature has been passed down to all of us through a stream of flesh (Romans 5:12).  None of us is exempt from this sinful nature.  We’re all born with one (Psalm 51:5).  No one has to tell a child to be bad.  It’s automatic.  This is why Jesus told the religious leader, Nicodemus that he needed to “be born again from above” if he wanted to have eternal life (i.e. God’s quality of life – John 3:1-15).  Do you have “eternal life” as a present possession (1 John 5:11-13)?  Do you have “abundant life” (John 10:10)?  Do you know how you can have these qualities of life?  If not, we’re here to help you secure them.

Righteous.  God always does what is right (Psalm 71:19; 112:10; 119:142; 145:17 ).  The devil would have us believe that God is fickle, vindictive, cruel, and unstable.  No, God is righteous and has given clear instructions as to what He wants His creatures to believe and do in each dispensation (See our “Dipsensations Chart”).  If we violate the rules there are serious consequences. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23; See Genesis 2:17).  The God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ is not only the Savior who provided salvation for all mankind (Matthew 1:21; John 1:29; l Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:2), but He is also the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8).  Someday everyone of us will stand before Him to have our works evaluated to determine our degree of pleasure in God’s presence or our degree of suffering forever in the lake of fire (Hebrews 9:27).  The devil would like for people to believe the lie that man can become a god (Romans 1:25; 2 Thessalonians 2:11), and that heaven and hell aren’t real places to which people go. Some of his false teachers want people to believe in another Christ and another gospel that involves the universal salvation of all men (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1 ff). Consider the heresy that is taught in John Lennon’s song “Imagine there’s no heaven or hell….”  It saddens my heart that so many people have fallen for this lie from the devil. Have you?

Omniscient.  God knows everything.  There is nothing hidden from Him.  He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).  He knows the number of hairs on our heads, when the sparrow falls, and the names of all the stars He created (Matthew 10:28, 29; Psalm 147:4).  He knows the hidden motives we have (1 Corinthians 4:5:Hebrews 2:14).  This truth can be scary to those who are doing evil but pleasant to those who are suffering unjustly (2 Timothy 3:12), knowing that God will do the right thing in the end and take just vengeance on evil doers (Romans 12:19, 20).  The devil would have people believe that God doesn’t know everything because, they say, that would violate man’s free will.  This heresy is known as “the open view of God” and is being taught in some churches today.  It glorifies man (humanism) and diminishes God (Romans 1:25).

Omnipotent God is all powerful and can do anything He determines to do except those things that would be contrary to His nature and essence (Genesis 18:4; Jeremiah 32:17, 27; Revelation 1:8; 4:8; 11:17).  God can’t/won’t make a rock too big for Him to move.  God’s power was displayed to the spirit beings when He created the heavens and the earth (Job 38:7; Psalm 8:3; Genesis 1:1).  But the greatest demonstration of His power was displayed when He raised Jesus Christ bodily from the dead (Philippians 3:10).  By His bodily resurrection from the dead, God the Father let mankind know that He was satisfied with God the Son’s payment for all our sins (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2; 4:10).  The devil would like for us to think that we can thwart God’s decree – His determinative will (Ephesians 1:11; John 6:37).  We can’t.  But we can and often do resist His desirous will for our lives to our own detriment.  We can grieve and quench God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Are you doing these things?  If you are, don’t be surprised if you life is in shambles.  “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).  Are you trying to fool others and deceiving yourself (2 Timothy 3:13)?

Truth God always speaks and tells the truth about Himself and about His creatures – spirit beings and human beings (John 14:6; 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Titus 1:2).  His Word records the lies that the devil and men utter and many of the evil deeds that His creatures do.  Some of this truth about man’s vial character and deeds have caused some folks to relegate His Word to a class of literature that is inappropriate for some people to read, especially children.  The devil challenged the truthfulness of God’s Word when he said to Eve, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’ (Genesis 3:1-5)?”  Did He really mean what He said?  He was the first one who interpreted God’s Word allegorically and tried to deceive Eve into believing him rather than God?  Have you fallen for the devil’s lies?  Do you have a distorted, caricature view of God, yourself, the devil, and mankind in general?  What method do you use to interpret the Scriptures – the normal or the allegorical method?

Holy.  God maintains His moral excellence and demands of others a moral excellency identical to His own (Leviticus 11:44; Psalm 145:21; Isaiah 6:3; Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 1:16).  Mankind naturally pursues the sinful desires that come from his sin nature.  All the “works of the flesh” are perversions of something good (Galatians 5;19-21).  Even after a person is saved and participates in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), he/she still retains their sinful nature and has the potential to engage in these sinful practices (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; 1 Corinthians 5:1 ff).  The Christian who tries to carry out a life of sin will have his/her physical life terminated prematurely (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17).  God usually takes other disciplinary measures before terminating His rebellious child’s physical life (Hebrews 12:5 ff; 1 Corinthians 10:30).  He can’t/won’t take His eternal life from His child (John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35-39).  Are you His child or still the child of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)?  The devil would have us believe that God doesn’t really know or care how we live as believers (Psalm 10:11).  He wants us to believe that God will overlook our sinful behavior.  But the Scriptures tell us that “whom the Lord loves, He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives” (Hebrews 12:5 ff).  If a “professing Christian” seems to get by without discipline when he/she sins, this one is illegitimate and not a true child of God (Hebrews 12:8).  What about you?  Don’t presume on the mercy and grace of God (Romans 3:8; 6:1)?

Love.  God seeks the highest well being of the objects of His love (1 John 3:16, 17; 4:8; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 13).  His love for sinful mankind was demonstrated when One of the equal members in the Godhead volunteered to come down to this earth (John 3:16; Hebrews 10:7, 9), to add to His deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-11), to live a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; John 8:46), and then to die as a substitute for our sins and rise again bodily (1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Peter 3:18).  The devil and his crowd would like for us to believe that God was/is a dirty bully for sending His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die for our sins.  But Someone in the Godhead needed to do this so mankind wouldn’t have to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (John 3:16-18; Matthew 25;41, 46).  Have you responded to God’s love, mercy, and grace and placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively as the One who died for your sins, who was buried for three day, and then who rose again bodily on the third day?  Are you relying on Him alone to save you or are you relying on your good works or your faith plus your good works to save you (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)?  Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)?  Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation?  If so, what would it be?  How secure are you? The devil doesn’t mind your knowing the truth about God and His love for you and His offer of salvation. But he’ll tell you have plenty of time to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. The Scriptures tell us that our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then it’s gone (James 4:14). “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1).

Test.  What is your honest perception of God?  Be honest.  Does it line up with the Scriptures or have you come up with an idol in your mind that is unworthy of the true and living God?  Are you trusting in the wrong Christ (Matthew 24:5)? By adjusting your thinking to God’s perspective (Isaiah 55:8, 9), you will be well on your way to a better quality of life if you respond properly to God and receive the gift of eternal life from Him by faith (John 1:12; 14:1-3).  You may choose to reject the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior to your eternal regret and sorrow.  Unbelief in Him is the only unforgivable sin today (John 16:8-11; Acts 26:28). You cannot ignore Jesus without suffering dire consequences (John 3:18, 36: Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).

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Outline:  http://kelseypeach.com/Bible_Basics/The_Godhead.pdf

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

 “Getting To Know God”

When it comes to a knowledge of God, many people have all kinds of strange and/or incorrect ideas. However, if we look into the pages of the Scriptures, we can get a better understanding of who God is and how He describes Himself. No longer do we have to refer to ourselves as agnostics (someone who isn’t sure about God’s existence) or as an atheist (one who denies God’s existence). After all, with the universe as big as it is, it would be foolish to suggest that we’ve been everywhere in it and didn’t find God anywhere. The Scriptures remind us that “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). By observing nature we can know that there must be a God who is powerful (Romans 1:20; See Psalm 19:1). Many people disregard this because they don’t want to be accountable to Him as was the case with Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; See John 3:19). By the way, he wasn’t the brother of Jesus as one cult teaches.

Creator & Sustainer. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “All things [came into being] through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:3). “For by Him [i. e. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers [i. e. four categories of angelic spirit beings – See Ephesians 6:12]. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist [i. e. are held together]” (Colossians 1:16, 17). Please note that another cult adds the word “all other things” four times in these verses. They deny the deity and equality of God the Son to God the Father and to God the Holy Spirit (See Colossians 2:9). This cult believes that Jesus used to be Michael the archangel.

Trinity. We agree. This teaching in the Scriptures is very difficult to understand. “There is only one true God, but in the unity of the Godhead there are three co-eternal and co-equal persons, the same in substance [essence] but distinct in subsistence [necessary existence].” – B. B. Warfield. [1] Putting it another way, we could say, “The Father is God; The Son is God; The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is not the Son or the Holy Spirit. The Son is not the Father or the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not the Father or the Son. But they all share the same essence, nature, and attributes.”

Unity. “The ‘Shema’ is the initial Hebrew word of this verse; the entire verse is recited as the Jewish confession of faith.” [2] “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all you strength” (Deuteronomy 6:4, 5).  I [God] am the first and I am the last; Besides Me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6). While He was here on earth, Jesus said, “I and My Father are one [in essence]” (John 10:30) and “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). The Apostle John wrote, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18).

Intimations. “In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). This name that is used of God has the “____im” ending to the word “Elohim.” This suggests a plurality within the Godhead. On the sixth day of creation, God said, “Let Us make man in Our image…” (Genesis 1:26). These are plural pronouns. After Adam’s and Eve’s fall, God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us…” (Genesis 3:22). As wicked men were building the tower of Babel, God said, “Come, let Us go down and confuse their language…” (Genesis 11:7).

Attributes. A. W. Tozer wrote, “An attribute is whatever God has in any way revealed as being true of Himself.” [3] From our understanding of the Scriptures, there are seven attributes. [4] God is:

Good. “The Divine attribute of God whereby the three Persons [in the Godhead] desire and maintain their own happiness and that of others.” – H. L. S. “No one is good but One, that is, God” (Matthew 19:17). “Every [genuinely] good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). Jesus said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children [i. e. those things that will bring them happiness], how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him” (Matthew 7:11). Keep in mind that the devil can/does offers enticing gifts that often lead to destruction (Proverbs 14:12). Consider his offer to Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11).

Suffering and Death. These things didn’t enter our world until Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit (Romans 5:12). God told Adam not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If he did, he would die two types of death: physical and spiritual death (Genesis 2:17; 3:7; 5:1-32). Death is separation, not annihilation as some cults teach.

Strange? The Apostle Peter wrote, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified” (1 Peter 4:14). Why? “…all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus” will suffer persecution” [while we’re here on earth] (2 Timothy 3:12; See John 16:2; Revelation 21:4). But “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18; See 2 Corinthians 4:17).

Response. The early Christians, after being beaten for preaching in the name of Jesus, “departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer for His name” (Acts 5:40, 41). The Lord told the Apostle Paul through Ananias that “he must suffer for [Christ’s] sake” (Acts 9:16; See 2 Corinthians 11:23-33). To the Christians in the city of Philippi Paul wrote, “For to you [Christians] it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Philippians 1:29).

Joy. It comes from the Lord and is one part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22; See Nehemiah 8:10). Every Christian should always find his/her primary joy (delight) in the Lord, not in other people or things (Philippians 4:4; See 3 John 1:4). There is no premium on being a sad or remorse Christian.

Mercy. It is an extension of God’s goodness. It involves His showing compassion on those who are suffering because of their own sins or the sins of others (See Psalm 136). God wants His people to do what is right, to be compassionate to those who are suffering, and to walk humbly before Him (Micah 6:8; Luke 6:36; Galatians 6:10). Are you doing these things? Have you responded to God’s mercy and placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? If not yet, why not now?  You may not be alive tomorrow.

Righteous. “[This] is an attribute of God whereby the three Persons [in the Godhead] always act right in reference to One another in keeping with the divine nature, or to others outside of the divine nature.” – H. L. S. The word “righteous” comes from an old English word meaning “rightly acting.” The word “just” comes from Latin. The Psalmist tells us that “The LORD is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works” (Psalm 145:17). Also, “[God’s] righteousness is an everlasting righteousness. And [His] law is truth” (Psalm 119:142).

Judgment. It finds its basis in righteousness. “He shall judge the world in righteousness…” (Psalm 9:8; See 2 Timothy 4:8). “For [God] shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth. Selah” (Psalm 67:4; See Psalm 72:2; 96:10). Do you know when this will take place? (See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10;  Revelation 19:16; Isaiah 11:4). He will make things right and take vengeance on the wicked (Romans 12:19; See Revelation 6:10) and on those who have not placed their faith and trust in Him exclusively for their salvation (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10).

Unbelief. The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ as one’s personal Savior (John 16:9). Upon whom or what are you relying to get into heaven? It’s as real as hell – the everlasting lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons. Sadly, unbelievers will end up there too (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:15; 21:8). God counts a person to have acted right when he/she believes on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 4:3-5, 16). He sees us as dying for our sins and rising from the dead in the Person of our Substitute.

Crucified. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). The “Crown of Righteousness” is laid up for believers who love Christ’s imminent appearing. It will be given to us by the righteous Judge Jesus at the time of the Rapture (2 Timothy 4:8; See John 5:22; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Will you earn this crown and the four other crowns? You can and should work for them if you’re saved. Discover what we will do with them someday (Revelation 4:10).  (To be continued.)

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[1] https://growrag.wordpress.com/category/b-b-warfield/

[2] Scofield Study Bible, Deuteronomy 6:4 note

[3] A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge Of The Holy, Harper & Row, Publishers, San Francisco, p. 20

[4] Portions adapted from Dr. H. L. Shafer, [H. L. S.] Maturing In Christ, Xulon Press, 2010, pp. 11-16

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

 “The Knowledge Of The Holy”

“What comes into [your mind] when [you] think about God is the most important thing about [you]…Were we able to extract from [you] a complete answer to this question…we might predict with certainty [your spiritual future]. Were we able to know exactly what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we might be able with some precision to foretell where the church will stand tomorrow.

Got Problems? “The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of 10,000 temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters that at the most cannot concern him for very long; but even if the multiple burdens of time may be lifted from him, the one mighty single burden of eternity begins to press down upon him with a weight more crushing than all the woes of the world piled one upon another….” – A. W. Tozer [1]

Lies. In his book entitled, Ten Lies About God, Dr. Erwin Lutzer enumerates some of the things that people believe that are not true. Here are some of them: God is whatever we want Him to be. Many paths lead into God’s presence. God is more tolerant than He used to be. God has never personally suffered. God is obligated to save followers of other religions. God takes no responsibility for natural disasters. God does not know our decisions before we make them. The fall ruined God’s plan. We must choose between God’s pleasures and our own. God helps those who help themselves. Have you ever heard people talk this way?  Do you agree or disagree with these statements?

Deception. On the opposite side, we have Wm. Paul Young, who wrote “The Shack” and “Lies People Believe About God.” Tragically he totally distorts the Biblical view of God, man, and salvation. Rather than using the Scriptures as his source of authority to understand God better, he fabricates a different god (an idol) in his own image. (See Romans 1:18-32) Sadly, many (perhaps most) of us have experienced similar tragedies in own lives and so we can identify with him in his pain. (See 1 Corinthians 10:13) But this doesn’t allow us or anyone else to distort and disregard the Scriptures and make God out to be someone other than what the Scriptures tell us He is. Have you, or someone you know, been taken in by him? By what perfect standard should anyone or anything be tested? It must be God’s Word which is absolutely truthful (John 17:17; 14:6; Acts 17:11). If not, we have no truth at all and everyone is left to himself to determine what is right in our own eyes (See Judges 21:25).

Attributes. We understand from Scripture that God has seven attributes: He is good (Matthew 19:17), righteous (Psalm 119:142; 145:17), omnipotent (Revelation 1:8; 4:8), omniscient (Isaiah 46:1-11), truth (John 14:6), holy (Isaiah 6:3), and love (1 John 4:8). Each one of these attributes harmonizes with the others. He has revealed this information to us through His Word, the Scriptures, and through God the Son who came to this earth to make the Godhead known to us (John 1:1-18; 17:3). How well do you know Him? Have you ever thought about God’s knowledge of you?

Omniscient. It can be frightening or comforting to know that God is omniscient. It depends on your relationship to Him. He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10; See John 2:24, 25). He knows the number of hairs on our heads and when a sparrow falls (Matthew 10:29, 30). In spite of this, the ungodly person says, “God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see” (Psalm 10:11). Don’t kid yourself. In the end, He will deal justly with the wicked and reward the righteous (Romans 8:18; 12:19).

Records. God keeps good records of everything we think, say, and do. He even knows the motives for our doing what we do (Hebrews 4:12; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Matthew 12:36). He can’t learn or forget anything. If He could, He wouldn’t be God. When He forgives our sins, either judicially (Ephesians 1:7) or for family forgiveness (1 John 1:9), He doesn’t remember them against us (See Ezekiel 18:22; 33:16). But He knows we need another opportunity to be tested as believers so we can display either our love for Him or our love for the temporary pleasure we’ll derive for engaging in a particular sin (See James 1:12-15). We cannot love God and the present, diabolical world system at the same time (1 John 2:15-17). If there were no temporary pleasure to our sinning, we wouldn’t engage in it (See Hebrews 11:25). Think about that. Do you agree?

Judgment Day. No one can escape it. Each and every person will be raised in one of five resurrections to face Jesus Christ, the righteous Judge (1 Corinthians 15:23, 24, 51, 52; John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). Personhood begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-16; 51:5). “… it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). By the way, there is more than just one final judgment day. The “Bema Seat Judgment” takes place at the time of the Rapture. The true Christians’ works will be evaluated to determine their degree of rewards, crowns, and praise they will or won’t receive according to their works (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). The unrighteous unbelievers will face Jesus at the “Great White Throne Judgment” (at the end of time). They too will be judged according to their works to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15; See Matthew 11:22-24; 25:41, 46). In which one will you participate? Are you sure?

Salvation. Our deliverance from the lake of fire to heaven is not determined by our good works but by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Titus 3:5). Do you have assurance that you will go to heaven the moment you die? True Christians can have it right now. (See 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16) Do you know what keeps some Christians from having assurance and keeps their prayers from being answered (Psalm 66:18)? How can this be remedied? (See 1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13.)

Help. We’re here to assist those who want spiritual guidance. If you are teachable and willing to change, 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 this information with others who might also be teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We are also on Youtube and Facebook with audio/visual presentations.

[1] A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge Of The Holy, Harper & Row, Publishers, San Francisco, 1961, pp. 1, 4

[2] Erwin Lutzer, “10 Lies About God” – Kregel Publications, Contents, 2009

[3] Wm. Paul Young, Lies People Believe About God. Go to –

https://www.challies.com/book-reviews/what-does-the-shack-really-teach-read-lies-we-believe-about-god/

https://www.movieguide.org/news-articles/thirteen-heresies-in-the-shack.html

The Shack: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/the-shack-burn-it-down/

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

Bible Study Aids/Helps – How To Get More Out Of The Bible

Have you stayed away from the Bible because you thought it was too hard to understand?  Would you like to get more out of it? For more information go to https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/…/01/24/bible-study-helps/ or to http://kelseypeach.com/studyaids.htm

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Outline For Bible Study:

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The Scofield Study Bible: 

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God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

 

 

“The Scriptures / Bible”

“Ralph Nader is a baseball player. Charles Darwin invented gravity. Christ was born in the 16th century. J. Edgar Hoover was a 19th-century president…. “The Great Gatsby” was a magician in the 1930s. Franz Joseph Haydn was a songwriter who lived during the same decade. Sid Caesar was an early Roman emperor. Mark Twain invented the cotton gin…. Jefferson Davis played guitar for the Jefferson Airplane. Benito Mussolini was a Russian leader of the 18th century; Dwight D. Eisenhower came earlier, serving as a president during the 17th century…. Socrates [was an] American Indian chieftain….” These were the answers that some college students gave to a quiz that Professor Jaime O’Neill had given to them. [1]

Ignorance. Not only is there a great deal of ignorance among our secular college students, there is also a great deal of ignorance among “professing Christians” about the Scriptures. How is your Bible knowledge? Are you believing a lot of things that just “ain’t so”? With your eternal destiny at stake, it’s important that you have a correct understanding about how you can be saved from the everlasting lake of fire and spend eternity with God in heaven and be well pleasing to Him while you’re here on earth (2 Corinthians 5:9, 10).

Pastor/teachers. After His death for our sins, and His bodily resurrection from the dead on the third day, Jesus ascended back to heaven from where He had come (Acts 1:9). At that time He gave to the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor/teachers to equip believers for their work of ministry. The Lord didn’t want us to be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. He wanted us to grow up in all things into the Head, who is Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16; See 1 Peter 4:10; 2 Peter 3:18).

Study. Many people resist the idea of having to read and study a large Book with rules and regulations in it (2 Timothy 2:15). I didn’t particularly like having to study the driver’s manual either, but I knew that if I got too many wrong answers, I wouldn’t be allowed to drive. While it’s not necessary for a person to have a Bible college or seminary education to teach the Bible, it’s important that those who teach the Word of God realize that they have a tremendous responsibility toward God and others. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). But Pastor/teachers who do their work God’s way will be rewarded with the “Crown of Glory” that does not fade away (1 Peter 5:4). False teachers will experience greater suffering in the lake of fire than those who believed their lies (2 Peter 2; Jude 1; See Matthew 7:21-23).  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

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

Problem. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4).

Solution. “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). “And the servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses, and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26). “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” (1 Peter 3:15).

Purpose. In His High Priestly prayer, Jesus said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You…And this is life eternal, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given to Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (John 17:1-5). Jesus came to reveal God to us (John 1:1-18). Being one of the three members in the Godhead, He volunteered to add to His deity a true human nature and body and live among us for about 33 years without ever sinning (Hebrews 4:15). In the end, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (i. e. the God-man) to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:5-11). This isn’t teaching universal salvation of all men and angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Value. Not only can we learn from the pages of the Scriptures about the true and living God, we can also learn about ourselves and what we need to believe (i. e. the Gospel) in order to enter God’s family (1 John 5:13; John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24). It is a source of hope for us as we think about the promises of God (Romans 15:4). Our hope isn’t wishful thinking but a confident expectation based on a promise from God that we mix with faith (Hebrews 4:2) so we can enjoy the “Faith/Rest Life”.

Assurance. Do you know for certain that you will enter heaven the moment you die? Or do you believe that you have to go to Purgatory first? (By the way, it doesn’t exist.) Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

Help. If you aren’t sure about your salvation, we’re here to help you. We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages on our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We also recommend that you read the Clear Gospel at:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf   To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Also you can follow us on Facebook and Youtube for our audio/visual Bible teaching ministry.

[1] Charles R. Swindoll, Growing Deep In The Christian Life, Zondervan, p. 19

Outline: http://kelseypeach.com/Bible_Basics/The_Bible.pdf

“The Scriptures”

“What is your final authority in life? I mean, when you’re cornered, when you’ve really up against it, when you’ve forced to face reality, upon what do you lean? Before you answer too quickly, think about it for a few moments. When it comes to establishing a standard for morality, what’s your ruler? When you need an ethical compass to find your way out of an ethical jungle, where’s north? When you’re on a stormy, churning sea of emotions, which lighthouse shows you where to find shore?” – Chuck Swindoll*

Reality. When you discover that you have a dark mole on your side just above the belt line and the Doctor tells you it’s cancer, when you get a call in the middle of the night from the police department asking your to come to identify the body of your child who has been killed in an accident, or when you worked hard to build your business by integrity, loyalty, and sacrifice only to find out that your product will become obsolete, thanks to a new technological breakthrough, when your spouse of many years tells you he/she wants out of the marriage, what do you do? To whom or what do you turn? (Read the story of our son, Bill’s death by clicking on the link below.)

Crutches. Some people try escapism. They decide to travel to get away from it all or they get involved in an affair, or maybe they decide to turn to drugs or alcohol. Others turn to cynicism and grow dark inside. They don’t get mad, they want to get even. Humanism appeals to some people. They try to find answers from professional counselors or some friend who might steer them into some self help books. Still others lean on the crutch of supernaturalism and open themselves up to demonic powers.

Trustworthy. Believe it or not, there is a trustworthy crutch that is available to us. It’s God’s Word. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

The Bible. “[It] contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrims staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.” (Author unknown)

Benefits. Here are six benefits* that will come to believers who get to know God’s Word: It will give substance to our faith, stabilize us when we’re being tested, enable us to handle the Scriptures accurately, equip us to detect false teachings, make us confident in our daily walk, and filter out our superstitions. See also https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/take-up-the-challenge/

Value. As song writer John Burton wrote, Holy Bible, Book divine, / Precious treasure, thou art mine; / Mine to tell me whence I came; / Mine to teach me what I am. // “Mine to chide me when I rove; / Mine to show a Savior’s love; / Mine thou art to guide and guard; / Mine to punish or reward. // Mine to comfort in distress; / Suffering in this wilderness; / Mine to show, by living faith, / Man can triumph over death. // “Mine to tell of joys to come, / And the rebel sinner’s doom; / O thou holy Book divine, / Precious treasure, thou art mine.”

Help. God comforts us so we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). We don’t claim to have all the answers to life’s tough questions, but we’re happy to share what we know with those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2,15). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask that you share this information with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” For audio/visual Bible study presentations, check us out on Facebook and Youtube.

The Death Of Our Son, Bill: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

Outline For Bible Study: http://kelseypeach.com/Bible_Basics/The_Bible.pdf

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

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

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

*Some material quoted and/or adapted from Chuck Swindoll, Growing Deep in the Christian Life, Multnomah Press, Portland, OR 97266, pp. 25 ff, 53 ff.