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“Rating Your Father”

On a scale of 1 – 10, how would you rate your father?  What do you like or dislike about him?  What caused you to feel the way you do about him?  What do you wish were different about your relationship with him?  What can/should you do to improve it so that both of you can be happier?  Have your thoughts about your human father been transferred over to God the Father?  What mental image do you have of God?  Does it line up with what the Scriptures have to say?  Who is your spiritual father – God or the devil?  Are you sure?  Who would others say your father is? What kind of a legacy will you leave for your children and grandchildren?

Depending on how old you are, you may or may not remember the song that came out in the early 1960s entitled “My Dog’s Bigger Than Your Dog.”  It’s about a little boy who is bragging about his dog, his dad, and his mother.  Today many people don’t brag about their dad because they don’t/didn’t have one in their lives.  Some people hate their dad or their mother.  Maybe you didn’t grow up with a dad or mom in your home.  Maybe you came from a broken or dysfunctional family.  Maybe you have half brothers and sisters.  Perhaps some of your siblings were aborted (murdered) by your parents while they were in your mother’s womb.  Maybe you don’t know or like to think about the 50 million babies in the United States that were murdered this way.  Maybe you had an abusive father whom you hate.  Your thoughts about your father may be very negative. On the other hand, you may have been privileged to come from a loving, two parent home where love was modeled in many ways.

Concepts.  Perhaps you’ve been led to believe that God the Father is an abusive, vindictive, hateful God with whom you want nothing to do.  Perhaps your view of Him has been tainted by the thoughts and words of acclaimed atheists (Psalm 14:1) like Richard Dawkins and others who call God all kinds of bad names and mock Christians who believe in the God of the Bible.  Maybe you’ve also adopted the theory of evolution as a fact because you want to try to escape the responsibility for your lawless behavior (John 3:19; Psalm 10:11; 1 John 3:4). After all, if you’re just an advanced animal, why not act according to your nature?  Maybe you don’t want anyone telling you how to live your life (Psalm 2). 

Antichrist.  But if you have such a rebellious attitude it could end up in your being deceived and subjugated voluntarily or involuntarily by the “Man of Lawlessness” known also as “the Antichrist” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).  With the world stage being set up as it is right now, our generation might be the one that sees him rise to power to rule over the whole world (Revelation 8:1; 13:1-18).  When he comes he will bring a temporary peace to this troubled world but it won’t last long before war breaks out and over half of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:1-8; 9:14; Daniel 11:21, 34).  Those who refuse his mark (the mark of the beast – Revelation 13:18) won’t be able to buy or sell without it.

Cults.  Many of the cults have also contributed to a distorted view of God the Father.  The Mormons believe that God the Father was once a man like we are but eventually became a god.  The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God the Father (Jehovah) created God the Son (Jesus) who in turn created all others things.  The Romanists believe that the virgin, Mary is the “Mother of God” and is more sympathetic than her son Jesus and so they pray to her.  The Modernists believe that God the Father is a “dirty bully” for sending His Son to earth to die for the sins of mankind.  The Muslims don’t believe that God had a son.  Orthodox Jews believe in God but not in the deity of Jesus.  Some people believe that God the Father is an old man whom they can conjole into giving them whatever they want regardless of whether or not it’s good for them.  They like to ask the “Why…?” questions. If they don’t get an answer immediately from Him that satisfies them, they get angry at Him and want others to join them in their revolt against God (See Psalm 2; Revelation 20:7-10).  

The True God.  What are your honest thoughts about God?  Consider with me what God the Father is really like and how these thoughts can/should affect your daily life.  We’ve pointed out in our previous studies that all three Persons in the Godhead have the same attributes: Good, Righteous, Omniscient, Omnipotence, Truth, Holiness, and Love.  All three Persons share the same essence and are considered to be just one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; See John 15:26).  Yes, I know that this concept is hard to grasp, but it is what the Scriptures teach and we accept it as truth from God (John 14:6; 17:17).

Decree.  Before creating anything, we understand that the three Persons in the Godhead got together and considered creating spirit beings (Job 38:7; Ezekiel 28:13, 14), the heavens and the earth, plants and animals, and human beings (Genesis 1, 2).  They decided to give our first parents (Adam and Eve) a free will and give them an opportunity to obey or disobey God’s simple instructions (Genesis 2:15-17).  The three Persons in the Godhead had various options as to what they would do and when they would do certain things (See Mathew 11:21-24; Galatians 4:4).  But once they decided what they would do, it became known as God’s decree” (See Ephesians 1:11).  This involves the determinative will of God and no one can thwart it (Romans 9:19).  God also has a desirous will for us that we may choose to obey or disobey but not without certain consequences (See Genesis 2:17; Deuteronomy 28; Galatians 6:7-9; John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 Timothy 2:4; Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15).

Relationships.  Let’s consider briefly God the Father’s relationships to Creation, to God the Son, to God the Holy Spirit, and to New Testament Christians. 

To Creation. The Scriptures teach us that God the Father is the originator, and source of all things. “…there is one God, the Father, of [Greek – “out of”] whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live” (1 Corinthians 8:6). The Father was the planner. “[He] predestined us [believers] to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His [desirous] will, to the praise of the glory of [the Father’s] grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:5).

To God The Son. It is our understanding that at the time of this “Decree” in eternity past, God the Son volunteered (Hebrews 10:5-9) to be the One who would manifest the Godhead to us humans on earth (John 1:1-18; See Galatians 4:4). He added to His deity a true human nature (but not a sin nature – Hebrews 4:15) and a real body (Philippians 2:5-11; 1 John 4:2; 2 John 1:7). During His earthly ministry Jesus glorified the Father (John 17:4) and then asked God the Father to glorify Him by letting humanity know that He (Jesus) was/is the God-man (John 17:4, 5) who shares an absolute equality with the Father in His deity (Colossians 2:9). One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (admit) that Jesus is Lord (the God-man) to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11; See John 1:1-18; 5:17, 18; 10:30). This isn’t teaching “universal salvation.” (See Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8)  God the Son and God the Holy Spirit will remain subordinate to God the Father until the “Decree” (i. e. God’s Plan For Time – The Dispensations) is completed (1 Corinthians 11:3; 15:24-28). In eternity future there will be no subordination of the Persons in the Godhead to the other Persons.

To God The Holy Spirit. Once Jesus ascended back to heaven after dying for our sins…and rising again bodily from the dead, Jesus and the Father sent God the Holy Spirit to earth to reside in the bodies of true believers (John 14:16; 15:26; Acts 2:4). The believer’s body becomes a Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). At the time of the Rapture of the true Church (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), the Holy Spirit will remove His residence from earth back to the third heaven (2 Thessalonians 2:7). The apostate church and unbelievers living on earth at that time will enter the Seven Years of Tribulation (Revelation 6-19). We hope that you won’t be in this group. Ask for help if you’re not sure.

To New Testament Believers. Among the many things that God the Father did was to choose some from among mankind to be the special recipients of His grace (Ephesians 1:3-6; See John 6:37, 44; 15:16). Upon believing in/on Christ as one’s personal Savior, God forgives the believer’s sins (Ephesians 1:7). This is a judicial forgiveness which frees true believers from condemnation (Romans 8:1, 35-39). Family forgiveness is granted to believers who confess their sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9). At the time of salvation, the believer is transferred out of the devil’s family into God’s family.  God becomes his/her Father (Romans 8:15-17, John 8:44; Colossians 1:13, 14; 1 John 3:9, 10). God the Father also enables believers to participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4; John 3:3-6) so they can begin to do things that please Him (Romans 8:8; 2 Corinthians 5:9; See Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). The Scriptures also tell us that God the Father also indwells every believer (Ephesians 4:6), disciplines His unruly children (Hebrews 12:5-11), and hears their proper prayers (John 16:23, 26; James 4:1-3).  Meditate on these truths (1 Timothy 4:15).

Our Response. As a believer grows in the sphere of grace and experiential knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), his/her relationship and fellowship with God the Father can grow greater and his/her joy can become fuller (John 15:11; 16:24; 1 John 1:4; 2 John 1:12). Having been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, each and every believer can/should share the Gospel with lost people, as the Holy Spirit leads him/her (Romans 8:14), so they too can hear the clear Gospel and be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 10:9-17). If you’re a believer, are you doing these things? If not, why should God keep you here on earth?  Our primary purpose is/should be to glorify Him by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31).

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God The Father http://kelseypeach.com/Bible_Basics/The_Father.pdf

A Father’s Legacy http://www.allprodad.com/a-fathers-legacy/

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

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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

 “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:

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

 

 

“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.