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What Does It Take?”

Questions. Are you a true Christian or someone who merely professes to be a Christian? Do you possess eternal life (God’s quality of life) right now (1 John 5:11-13)? If you’re saved, how did you become a Christian? Who initially shared the Good News concerning Christ with you so you could be saved? Was it a family member like Andrew who told his brother Peter about Jesus (John 1:41)? Was it a neighbor, a fellow worker, a stranger, a radio or TV preacher, or a missionary? We’d like to hear your story if you’d take the time to tell us about it. (Discover how Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, became a professing Christian by reading a pamphlet that my dad gave to him concerning Jake DeShezar in the link below.)

Testimony. By writing out your personal testimony and then sharing it with others, God might use you to bring others to Christ so they can be saved too. You could earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) so that you have something to present to Jesus when you see Him in all His glory at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 4:10). Jesus said, “…let no one take your crown” (Revelation 3:11).  Will someone else get a crown with your name on it because you failed to share the Gospel with a person whom He was going to save (John 6:37; See Acts 18:9, 10; Hebrews 1:14).

Effort. Even as it took someone’s effort and maybe some suffering on their part (2 Timothy 2:10) to introduce you to Christ so you could be saved, so, if you want to see others saved, it will involve your time and effort to let others know about the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Are you willing to do what our Lord commanded us to do?

Command. Having been given all authority in heaven and on earth, Jesus commanded His eleven disciples to duplicate themselves by making “disciples [true believers] of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:17 -20). He also said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Jesus. Who is this Person who gave this command? He is God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who had added to His deity a true human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 10:5).  He chose to be born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). His purpose in life was to glorify God the Father (John 17:4) by doing the things that the Father wanted Him to do and say (John 1:1-18; 5:18, 19). This also involved His going to the cross voluntarily (John 10:15-18) so He could die for our sins, be buried for 3 days and nights, and then rise again bodily on the third day as the prophets had predicted these things that are recorded for us in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43).

Propitiation. This big word simply means that Jesus fully satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2, 4:10). The debt for our past, present, and futures sins was paid in full once and for all (Hebrews 10:10). The only condition for man to receive judicial forgiveness from God (Ephesians 1:7) and to gain entrance into heaven was/is one simple act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31) through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It does not involve “Lordship in exchange for salvation” as some are teaching (See link below). Do you know what this involves? Have you been misled? Find out for yourself.

Immersion. Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, apart from his good works (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5), he should be baptized/immersed to demonstrate to others that he acted right in God’s sight by dying for his sins…and rising from the dead in the Person of their Substitute, Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19, 20; Galatians 2:20). Water baptism doesn’t save anyone but it enables a believer to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21) and serves as a testimony to others (Acts 8:36-38).  It may open up a door to bear witness for Christ (1 Peter 3:15).

Faith. One genuine act of faith is all it takes for a person to be saved (Acts 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36). This doesn’t mean merely knowing and giving mental assent to the facts of the Gospelbut a transfer of faith from yourself and your good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Once saved, a true believer should live a life of faith in God and His precious promises (2 Peter 1:4), addressed to Christians, that are contained in His Word (Romans 1:17). Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6; See Romans 14:23). If you’re saved, how many of God’s promises do you know and claim on a regular basis (Hebrews 4:2)? Are you enjoying the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding ”(Philippians 2:6, 7) now that you are at peace with God” (Romans 5:1)?

Crown. Would you like to earn the Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? Every true Christian should desire to lead unbelievers to the Lord so they can be saved (Philippians 2:13). How much suffering are you willing to undergo for others to be saved (2 Timothy 2:10)? Notice what Andrew did for his brother Peter (John 1:40, 41). Some people may sow the seed of the Gospel, others may water it, but God gives the increase and saves people (1 Corinthians 3:5-8).

Help. We’re here to assist 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 then ask you to share it with others too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us for Bible Studies on www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch and on www.youtube.com Enter: Kelsey Pietsch.  We can be reached through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com 

Mitsuo Fuchida: http://www.biblebelievers.com/fuchida1.html

Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.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

Promises: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

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No Intelligent Conversation

A woman went to a lawyer and said she wanted a divorce. The lawyer got out his note pad, and proceeded to ask her some questions. Do you have any grounds?” he inquired. Oh, yes,” she replied. “About three-quarters of an acre.” The lawyer paused for a moment, then queried, “Do you have a grudge?” No,” the woman answered quickly. “But we do have a lovely carport.” Again the lawyer paused and then asked, “Does he beat you up?” No. I get up before he does every morning,” the woman reported. Finally the lawyer blurted, “Lady, why do you want to divorce your husband?” It’s because,” she explained, “that man can’t carry on an intelligent conversation.” (1)

Questions: We may laugh at this story. But, if you’re married, what kind of conversations do you have with your spouse? What about your communication with God? How often do you have them? Is God your real Father or is the devil your father (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)? How does one become a true child/son of God (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Galatians 3:26)? How many of the eight forms of communication with God can you name? How often do you engage in them (1 Thessalonians 5:17)? Why and when do you reach out to God for His help (See James 1:17; 4:1-6)? If prayer doesn’t change things, what/who does?

Pleased/Grieved? If you’re a true Christians, do you believe that God is pleased or grieved with your communication with Him (2 Corinthians 5:9; Ephesians 4:30)? Do you have unconfessed sins in your life (Proverbs 28:13)? What does God want you to do about them (1 John 1:9; James 5:16)? What needs to change in your life? When will you begin to do this (James 4:17)?

Born Again? Have you been “born again from above” (John 3:3-6)? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that 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 it be? If you’re saved, have you been baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20)? Have you dedicated your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you growing in the sphere of grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18)?

Eight Ways. To learn more about the eight ways to effectively communicate with God, go to https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/praying-to-an-unknown-god/ Then see if you could use some of these same forms of communication in your marriage with your spouse or with your children and other people. Let us know if your life improves because you employ them in your life.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We invite you to join us on Facebook live for Bible Studies.  www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch and on www.youtube.com.

  1. Brent Barlow in Salt Lake City Desert News  https://bible.org/illustration/no-intelligent-conversation  https://bible.org/illustration/communication-marriage

If you’re not sure about your salvation, please read “The Clear Gospel” at: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf  

To help you understand the Bible better, we recommend the Scofield Study Bible: http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

When are they going to stop? They seem to keep on coming one after another. Hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and other disasters are in the news almost daily. On top of that, there are wars and rumors of war that are causing many people, especially the Japanese, to be fearful for their lives. Some people in our country are wondering about being attacked by the North Koreans one of these days. Are we one the brink of World War III? Are you hiding your head in the sand, hoping that nothing bad is going to happen? The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

Future. Do you know what God says is going to happen in the future? If you read the Book of Revelation, and interpret in normally, as we should, the future is going to get far worse before things get better. God is going to allow a man (the Antichrist) to have control over this world for 7 years (Daniel 9:27). If God were to allow him to rule any longer, no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). This man will be empowered by the devil and assisted by the false prophet (Revelation 13). The ten rulers from the revived Roman Empire will elevate this man and give him their power. The apostate church will also be behind him (Revelation 17, 18).

Peace. Only after the Prince of Peace,” the Lord Jesus Christ, returns to this earth to rule and reign for 1,000 years will there be true and lasting peace (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; Revelation 19, 20). During Christ’s reign over the earth, the devil will be be bound in the Abyss in the heart of the earth (Revelation 20:1-3). The sin nature of man will be curbed by virtue of all his needs being amply supplied (Isaiah 35:1ff). The devil’s world system will not be around to tempt people either (John 18:36; See 1 John 2:15-17). After the 1,000 years, the eternal state will be ushered in with the creation of a new heavens and earth in which righteousness will finally settle down and feel at home (2 Peter 3:10-13).

Weapons. We’re told that mankind has enough nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons at their disposal to wipe off every living thing on earth. But thankfully there is Someone who all knowing and all powerful (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25; Revelation 1:8). He is the One who sets the limitations as to how much He will allow men to do. Knowing what God has said about future events can calm the soul and give us hope (John 14:1-3; Philippians 4:4-8; Romans 15:4). Our hope is not wishful thinking but a confident expectation based on a promise from God. God cannot and will not lie to us (Titus 1:2).

Refuge. The Jewish Psalmist wrote, God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be moved, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah…Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah” (Psalm 46:1-3, 10, 11 NKJV). The God of the Christians is the same God. We can trust Him as the believing Jews did.

Personalize. Does it seem like your world is falling apart too? Are you suffering from a debilitating illness, emotional anxiety, or from an uncertain future? Whatever mountains are crumbling around you, take the high ground and stop striving. Initially, be quiet. Listen to the whisper of God behind the roar of your circumstances. You can hear Him, even in the whirlwind, but you have to be still to listen. Then, ultimately, be convinced. God may change your circumstances…Most of all, He wants to change you. Be assured that God is for you [if you’re a Christian], not against you; that He is working behind the scenes for your highest good (Romans 8:28-30).” – Chuck Swindoll, Esther, p. 7.

Caution. God won’t give you any new revelation (information) today. The Scriptures, found in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, are complete (1 Corinthians 13:10). But He will illuminate your mind to the truth of His written, revealed Word if you are a maturing Christian who is rightly related to God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:15, 25). Carnal Christians need to confess their sins to God before they can expect or hope to be illuminated to the truth in God’s Word (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). Beware of false forms of meditation (See Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; 1 Timothy 4:15).  Know the difference between the Scriptures that are for us and which are addressed to us (Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 2:15).  

Christians. Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a genuine Christian. There are many people who are Professing Christians” as long as it’s the popular thing to do and they aren’t persecuted. On the other hand, there are Possessing Christians” who have eternal life as a present possession (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13). We partake of the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) from the moment we 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). This doesn’t mean that we will become gods. We will be like Christ’s glorified humanity (1 John 3:2).

Assurance. Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Or do you think that you have to go to Purgatory first? 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? Do you believe that a person can get into heaven by his/her good works, or by faith plus his/her good works? My friend, you can’t afford to have the wrong answers to these questions.

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. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Please share it with others too. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We invite you to follow us on Facebook Live www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch and on Youtube: www.youtube.com Enter: Kelsey Pietsch

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

To help you understand the Bible better, we recommend the Scofield Study Bible: http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

“Americans revere the Bible – but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates.” – George Gallop

Viewpoint. When a Christian doesn’t read or listen to the reading of the Scriptures (1 Timothy 4:13) or study Bible doctrine on a regular basis, he begins to lose God’s view of things and adopts a secular world view (Isaiah 55:8, 9; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17). If we, as Christians, take a low view of God’s Word, or ignore it, we are bound to live unproductive lives and engage in our own brand of “good works” that will be burned up on Judgment Day (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Thankfully a true Christian can’t lose his/her salvation (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).

Good Works. Did you know that God has some specific things that He wants each Christian to do while he/she remains here on earth after he/she has been saved (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Do you know what kind of works they involve? Clue: Read Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14, and Ephesians 4:11-16. How are these good works to be done (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13)?

One Way? “The LifeWay Research survey discovered that one in five evangelical Christians believe there are multiple ways to get to heaven, even though Scripture clearly teaches the only way is through faith in Christ (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9).” This makes us wonder if these so called “evangelical Christians” are really saved? Are they merely professing Christians” or possessing Christians”? Do they really have eternal life (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (1 John 5:11, 12)? Are they among those who “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)?

Condition. To be saved from eternal condemnation (John 3:16, 18, 36), we need to believe exclusively in/on the Christ of the Scriptures (not in the Christ of the cults), who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). It’s not enough to know and believe these facts (James 2:19). We must transfer our faith/trust from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is not by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Make sure that you’re saved (2 Peter 1:10). Beware of those who teach “Lordship in exchange for salvation.” If you believe this way, you won’t/can’t have assurance of your salvation. Don’t make the conditions for spiritual maturity the conditions for salvation. (Example: Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15; and James 4:7-10 are addressed to Christians, not to unbelievers as conditions for salvation.) Don’t confuse justification with sanctification.

Moral Deterioration. “Another symptom of biblical illiteracy is the moral deterioration in both home and society. Of those surveyed, 81 percent believe America is in a steady moral decline. The Scriptures once anchored us to home and society. But as more and more people know less and less about God’s Word, the biblical worldview fades, supplanted by personal opinion. The result: the death of right and wrong…At home, we need a resurgence of simple Bible reading. We need to introduce our children and grandchildren to the life-changing Scriptures and instill in them a love for and discipline in reading God’s Word. It’s never too late to start. In fact, today is a great day to begin.” – Chris Katulka. It’s also important for us to know the distinctions between the Mosaic Law, Grace, and Kingdom rules. All of the Bible is for us, but not all of it is addressed to us. (See our Dispensations Chart.)

Suggestions: May we suggest that you get a good study Bible and start reading it?  You could listen to the reading of the Scriptures on your phone, or when you are driving from place to place, or while you’re working out at the gym, or around the house.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We’re also on Facebook Live and on Youtube. Check us out and tell your friends. Thanks.

Portions adapted from “Getting Back To Basics” by Chris Katulka in Israel My Glory magazine September/October, 2017, p. 8.

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

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

Spiritual Gifts: http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm

Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Reading: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/read-grow-rich/

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

It used to be, and may still be, that preacher’s kids who live in a parsonage, feel like they are living in a fishbowl where everyone can see and hear virtually everything they do and say. Some of them resent this and turn away from their parent’s faith and the church.

Reality T.V. However, with today’s reality shows, there are many “celebrities” who subject themselves to the scrutiny of others and they lack personal privacy. Some of them thrive on the attention of their fans and go to extreme measures to keep them. It seems like the more shocking they are, the more they are admired by their depraved fans (See Romans 1:18-32). Other people don’t want to be in the limelight and are very private about what they do in the dark (Psalm 10:11; John 3:19).

Biography. Just suppose that God were still in the business of writing people’s biographies today. Would you like for Him to reveal to an author the dark side of your life as He did in many stories that are found in the Scriptures? Think about the awful things that are recorded about some of the patriarchs. (Examples: Abraham’s lying about his wife Sarah. Isaac’s doing the same thing. Jacob’s deceiving his brother Esau and stealing his birthright. Jacob’s sons selling their brother Joseph to the Midianites. et al.) Some people think that parts of the Bible should be “X” or “R” rated. But everything found in the Bible is accurate in what it says. Much of it serves as negative examples for us not to follow lest we suffer the same kind of consequences in our lives (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11).

Omniscient. While some people think that the IRS, NSA, Facebook and other organizations may have a lot of files and information on almost everyone, their knowledge is still limited. But there is Someone who knows everything about us, including our motivations for doing and saying what we do and say (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:22, 23; Revelation 2:2, 9, 13, 19; 3:1, 8, 15; 1 Corinthians 4:5). Imagine that. This may be comforting to those who feel like they have been unjustly treated, and who would like for God to take righteous vengeance on their behalf (Romans 12:19; Revelation 6:10), but it can also be very disconcerting and fearful to those who think that no one knows what they do in the dark (Psalm 10:11; John 3:19; Hebrews 10:30, 31).

Accountable. One day everyone of us will give an account of everything we’ve done and said (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12). Our rewards in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:11-15) or our degree of suffering in the lake of fire will be determined when judgment day comes (Revelation 20:11-15). By the way, there isn’t just one judgment at the end of time when we all stand before the omniscient and righteous Judge Jesus (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) for Him to determine if we get to enter heaven or if we end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons.

Sin. There is only one sin that keeps someone out of heaven. It’s the sin of unbelief in the Christ of the Scriptures who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Without the righteousness of Christ put to our account (Romans 4:3-8), we can’t enter heaven. Those who try to get in by their good works, will miss it completely. They will be judged and end up in hell with the devil and his angels/demons (John 16:8-11; See Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 25:41, 46).

Identity. Don’t be deceived by the false Christs of the cults (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). The Christ of the Scriptures shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; 10:30; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9). God the Son, who is eternal, added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-9; Hebrews 10:5). He was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He volunteered to die as a substitute for all our sins on a cross (Hebrews 10:9; John 10:15-18). He was buried in a tomb for three days and nights (Matthew 12:40). Then He rose again bodily on the third day and made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:33-43; 2 John 1:7) over a 40 period of time before He ascended back to heaven with a promise to return someday (Acts 1:3-11; John14:1-3).

Believe. Many people in some parts of the world know little or nothing about the Christ of the Scriptures. Some people know and believe the facts about Christ and the Gospel. But many of them aren’t saved. They haven’t transferred their faith over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone and been saved. They “believe in vain” when they change the Gospel message or add other conditions beside faith (believing) in Christ alone (1 Corinthians 15:2).

Formula. The correct formula for salvation: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works.  The Incorrect formula: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation. Are you making the conditions for spiritual maturity and sanctification the requirements for salvation and justification? God wants Christians who have been saved to be baptized and then present their bodies to Him as a living sacrifice (Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 12:1, 2; See 1 Peter 3:15). If you’re saved, have you done these things yet? If you want to convince other people (not God who knows your heart) that you are saved, you must do so by displaying good works (James 1:22; 2:18-20).

Lordship Salvation. (1) This heresy involves one’s having to make Christ the Lord and Master of his/her life in exchange for salvation. The Apostle Paul rebuked a demon possessed girl for saying that Jesus was one of many ways of salvation. The Greek language, in which the New Testament was written, should read, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us “a way” of salvation” (Acts 16:17; See Acts 4:12; John 14:6). The only requirement for salvation is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone through the message of the Gospel. The word “believe” is used about 100 times in John’s Gospel as the only condition for salvation.

False Conditions. By twisting the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16), some people make faith plus water baptism the condition for salvation. Others make faith plus the confession of all your sins necessary for salvation. (What happens if someone can’t remember them all?)  Still others change repentance to mean turning from sin completely rather than a change of mind. Some men believe and teach that a Christian loses his/her sin nature when he/she gets saved and that there is no such thing as a “carnal Christian.” (See 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). In his little booklet entitled “The Gospel” Dr. Ron Shea deals with some of these false conditions for salvation. (2)

Security/Assurance. They aren’t the same thing. Do you know the difference between the two? The true believer’s security is a fact (John 10:28, 39; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; Philippians 1:6). But his/her assurance comes from the written Word of God (1 John 5:13) and the witness of the indwelling Holy Spirit who bears witness with our spirit that belongs to the mind (Ephesians 4:23). The spirit is the only part of the Christian that is saved at the present time (Romans 8:16; See 1 Corinthians 6:17). Do you know when the soul (emotions) and the body of the Christian are saved (1 Peter 1:9; Romans 8:23; 1 John 3:3)?

Help. We’re here to try to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). All Scripture is for us but not all of it is addressed to Christians (Titus 1:9). We encourage you to examine yourself to see if you are really saved God’s way (2 Peter 1:10). Once you know for sure that you are saved (1 John 5:13), share the Clear Gospel with others so they can be saved (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16).

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1) Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

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

Recommended ReadingSo Great Salvation by Dr. Charles Ryrie

http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780802478184-so-great-salvation-what-it-means-to-believe-in-jesus-christ

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

Dispensations are the result of a normal, literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of the Scriptures. They are NOT different ways of salvation.

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

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).

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

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