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The Apostle Paul, while lingering in his prison cell for preaching the Gospel (2 Timothy 2:8-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), and anticipating his any moment death, wrote to his son in the faith, Timothy, with these words – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV). Do some of these things describe you? We know that unbelievers behave this way. But so do “carnal Christians” who are out of fellowship with God who are not walking in the light as He (God) is in the light (1 John 1:7). Would you agree with me that these words certainly describe our day and age?

He also wrote, “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 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 aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:1-8 NKJV). Do you love and eagerly anticipate His any moment return? (See John 14:1-3).  “Perhaps Today!”

The Prophet Isaiah wrote, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20). When the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth to rule and reign for 1,000 years (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-7; Matthew 24:29 ff), He will restore righteous judges to Israel as at the first who won’t be bribed by evil doers (Isaiah 1:26; See Amos 5:12). May that day come soon.

Action Steps. While we, as Christians, live in these evil days, it would be well for us to know and claim the promises of God that are addressed to Christians and then enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7; Hebrews 4:2). Don’t claim promises that were given exclusively to believers in other dispensations or you could be greatly disappointed and even get angry with God. Example: The blessings and curses to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 28). If you’re not a Christian yet, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Then you may claim these promises for yourself.

Help. We here to assist those who are teachable and willing to study God’s Word and change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to SHARE this with others.

Promises For Christians

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“The Silver Spoon.” There is a story of a sophisticated couple who invited their pastor and his wife over for dinner one evening. They enjoyed their time together, and the evening was lovely. As the wife was cleaning up after the pastor and his wife had left, she noticed his silver spoon was missing. This made her wonder if her pastor had stolen her spoon. About a year later, the couple invited the pastor and his wife over for another meal. They enjoyed the evening, yet the wife had to ask. “Pastor did you steal my silver spoon last time we ate together?” To which the Pastor said, “No, I put it in your Bible.” Ouch!

Perhaps you own a nice Bible but it seldom gets read or used. Maybe you don’t realize what’s in it and how valuable it is due to the fact that no one took the time to explain some basic things to you about it.

Perhaps you are wondering – What is the Bible and how did we get it? What is its primary purpose? How many authors were involved in writing it and over how many years was it being written? What do these terms mean: revelation, inspiration, illumination? How trustworthy and authoritative is it? What part of it is merely to be believed, and how much of it is to be believed and practiced? How should it be interpreted – normally or allegorically? Where does a Christian find his/her rules for living? Why are there so many versions of the Bible?

God gave us the Scriptures to teach us about Himself, about ourselves, and why there are so many problems in our world and what He can do for us to solve them. He wants us to know that He loved us sinners and provided a Savior for us. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Anyone who believes on Him alone for his/her salvation will be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire. We are NOT saved by our good works lest anyone should boast.

Sadly, most people will not accept God’s offer of deliverance. Have you? Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Here are some things that might help you understand the Bible better so you can enjoy the eternal life that God has provided for true believers:

“Understanding The Times – Dispensations Chart – Bible Study Aids” (Download this from our website.)

“How We Got Our Bible” by Dr. J. B. Hixson’s – (8 Videos)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2qanr7iYR90xeQ8kXSQauBeAP27GtO2U

“Charting The End Times” by Drs. Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice,

http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780736901383-charting-the-end-times-a-visual-guide-to-understanding-bible-prophecy-tim-lahaye-prophecy-library%EF%BF%BD%EF%BF%BD

Bible Survey by Gary Tucker – http://www.biblebelievers.com/Bible_Survey.html

We invite you to read other articles on our Blog that pertain to “Bible Basics,” “Bible Prophecy,” and “Bible Study.”

If you have questions/comments, contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com Please SHARE this with others so they can be helped too.

Philippians (#2)

Follow the leader.”  Do you remember playing that game when you were a child? But now that you’re older you may wonder whose advice you should follow since there are so many people vying for your attention. The Psalmist wrote: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1).

On a one hundred year old headstone in a cemetery in Indiana there is an epitaph that reads: Pause, Stranger, when you pass me by, / As you are now, so once was I. / As I am now, so you will be. / So prepare for death and follow me.”  Someone added these words: To follow you I’m not content, / Until I know which way you went.” This person wanted to know if the deceased was in heaven or hell? Not all those with “R.I.P.” on their tombstones are actually resting in peace (Read Luke 16:19-31). Are you sure you know where you will spend eternity? Why should God let you into heaven? Having the right answer is critical to your eternal happiness. If your not sure, let us help you. (Read “The Bad News & The Good News” on our website.)

Physical death (the separation of the soul and spirit from the body) is the general rule for most of us (Hebrews 9:27). There have been a few exceptions in the past and there will be more in the future (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). We’re all born spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1) and we need to be born again from above” if we are to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3-7). Physical and spiritual death can be reversed, but the “second death” can’t be (Revelation 20:14; 21:8). It involves eternal separation from God in the lake of fire for all unbelievers. We don’t want you or any other human being to go there. (Read John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 John 2:2)

But while we’re living here on earth, it’s important that we follow the right leaders and live by the right rules. (Refer to our “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” on our website.) There are many false teachers and antichrists who are misleading multitudes of people (2 Corinthians 11:4; 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; 1 John 4:1 ff; Jude 1:3 ff). The consequences are disastrous. There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Evil company corrupts good habits” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the believers in Corinth, he wrote: Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” or Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). As long as the leader follows Christ, we should follow him and his example. In his letter to the Christians in Philippi, Paul wrote to them with a different tone – not as an apostle” but as a bondservant of Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:1; Philippians 1:1; See Exodus 21:6; Deuteronomy 15:17).

Suppose the church you attend was without a Pastor. You were selected to be on the pulpit committee and you and the others had the job of interviewing possible candidates for the position. If you received a letter (resume) like this one below, how would you respond to it?

Gentlemen:

Understanding your pulpit is vacant, I should like to apply for the position. I have many qualifications. I’ve been a preacher with much success and I also have had some success as a writer. Some say that I’m a good organizer. I’ve been a leader most of the places I’ve been.

I’m over 50 years of age. I have never preached in one place for more than three years. In some places, I have had to leave town after my work caused riots and disturbances. I must admit I have been in jail three or four times, but not because of any real wrongdoing on my part.

My eyesight and health are not too good, though I still get a great deal done.

I’ve not gotten along well with most of the religious leaders in towns where I have preached. I am not too good at keeping records. I have been known to forget whom I baptized.

However, if you can use me, I shall do my best for you.”

Sincerely yours,

Would you recommend this man to the church for them to consider him as their new Pastor? If not, what if you learned that the letter was signed, “The Apostle Paul”? [1]

Would you like to learn more about him? Who was he and what did he do during his life time? Consider these things about him. Read https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Paul.html

Since the Lord Himself selected the Apostle Paul to be the “steward of this dispensation of grace” in which we now live, we need to read, study, and apply what God gave to us through Paul’s writings (Ephesians 3:1 ff; 2 Timothy 2:15; 4:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:15, 16). Peter, John, James, and Jude supplement Paul’s writings.

The Lord’s half-brother, James wrote: “…be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” and “…to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 1:22; 4:17). As hard as it may seem to do, if God commands us to do it, He will give us the strength to do it (Philippians 4:13). By our loving the brethren, we demonstrate our love for God (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17; Galatians 6:10). Our primary purpose needs to be to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). What are others learning about God through you?

May we encourage you to read Dr. Luke’s account of the formation of the church in Philippi in Acts 16 and also Paul’s brief letter to the Philippians. Here are some “Bible Study Helps”: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/bible-study-helps/

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). You can reach us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible Studies. Let us know if this article has helped you. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

[1] Paul’s resume. https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1992-12-08-9203050371-story.html

[2] Who was Paul? https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Paul.html

Please memorize this and share the Gospel with others as the Holy Spirit leads you so they can be saved.

Friend: You have sinned.

But Christ died for sinners and rose again.

Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally.

Do it now!”

M Kober

Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9

We are planning to begin a verse by verse study of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Christians who were living in the city of Philippi (a part of Europe). Believe it or not, their struggles and challenges were very similar to ours (1 Corinthians 10:13). Paul wasn’t moping around in prison, but was joyful as he wrote this letter to them. He was in prison for preaching the Gospel concerning Christ’s death for our sins and insisting that the bodily resurrection be a part of it (Acts 23:6; 24:15; 2 Timothy 2:8-10). A dead man can’t save anyone. If Christ were still dead, Christians would be most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:19). But He’s alive in heaven right now interceding for His own (Hebrews 7:25).

Our hope (confident expectation) of being raised bodily from the dead, if we should die, is based on Christ’s own resurrection. (See Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). His bodily resurrection insures (guarantees) the bodily resurrection of everyone who was ever conceived and who died, each in his/her own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-28). The wicked dead are NOT annihilated as some cults teach. Universalism is a false doctrine.  Nor is anyone reincarnated again and again as some religions teach. This is a false hope that many people have.

We would like to invite you to join us each week on Facebook or on Youtube. You might want to ask your spouse, your family, or your friends to join us if they can. We want this to be a very practical study to help you and other Christians grow in your walk with the Lord so you can glorify Him, by making Him known to others (Psalm 34:3; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

First, we’ll carefully observe what the Word of God actually says. Then we’ll try to interpret it by asking, “What was the writer trying to convey to us?” We believe in the literal, historical, and grammatical interpretation of the Scriptures. Finally, we’ll try to help you apply the truth to your life. After all, faith without works is dead (James 2:20).

You may not be able to join us live on Facebook, but you can watch these studies at your own convenience at a later time. We know that your time is valuable. Don’t kill it.” Use it wisely (Ephesians 5:16). We all have 168 hours each week. Spending time in God’s Word can transform your life (Romans 12:1, 2) and enable you to enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:6, 7). Peace with God comes at the moment we’re saved (Romans 5:1).  Peace on earth will come when Christ returns after the 7 years of the tribulation (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 6-19).

If you’re not a Christian yet, we want to encourage you become one right now, wherever you are, by putting your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. When you do this you will become a Christian instantly. If you do this, you will be taken out of the devil’s family (kingdom) and placed in God’s forever family (Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:8-10; John 3:3-8; 8:44). We are not saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:1-10). If you lack assurance of your salvation, please contact us so we can help you make sure of it (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

We will be using the New King James translation of the Bible and one with Dr. C. I. Scofield’s notes in it. If you don’t have one, we would like to encourage you to secure one for yourself at your Christian book store or from the Internet. It is available in regular or large print.

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I plan to share with you some of the things I do as I study my Bible. If you don’t have our Understanding the Times Dispensation Chart,” we’d like to invite you to download and print one from our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We also have an article entitled The Order Of Coming Events.” You can download it here:  https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/ These two charts will help you understand where we are in time so you can maximize your remaining time on earth. Treat each day as though it might be your last day on earth. Your degree of pleasure in heaven, or your degree of suffering in the lake of fire will be determined by your works on earth (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:10-15).

We know that your time is valuable. We all have 168 hours each week. Spending some time in God’s Word can transform your life and enable you to enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:6, 7). Fifteen minutes is about 1% of your day. So spending 2% of your day with us in God’s Word would be about 30 minutes.

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We want this to be a rich experience for you and for those whose lives you influence. We’re looking for faithful Christians (1 Corinthians 4:2) to whom we can pass on this information, so they can pass it on to other faithful Christians (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Are you a F.A.T.F.R.E.E. Christian (Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic Christian) Are you teachable and willing to change? None of us has arrived yet. There is still room for more growth and Christlikeness (Philippians 3:12-14; Galatians 5:22, 23).

Please send us your questions and comments, along with the concerns that you have. We’re here to show our love for God by loving His children first (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17; See Galatians 6:10).

You can reach us through out website: www.kelseypeach.com or through Facebook.  

Do you remember seeing this Wendy’s commercial on TV? If you’re too young to remember it, watch it below [1]. Most people are concerned about the material and temporal things of life and give very little time and attention to the spiritual side of life which is far more important (1 Timothy 4:8). Maturing Christians are told not to love the world system that is passing away (1 John 2:15-17). We may use it, but we are not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31). We’re citizens of heaven and we’re just passing through earth to heaven (Philippians 3:20; John 14:1-3).

Where’s The Evidence?

Perhaps you claim to be a Christian. If so, where’s the evidence for it for other people to see? While God doesn’t require good works from us for us to be saved, other human beings do. James, the Lord’s half-brother, doesn’t contradict what the Apostle Paul taught. He pointed out that we’re saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. But good works will come after one has been saved (Ephesians 2:8-10). James, on the other hand, said that faith that doesn’t result in good works will not convince other human beings that you are truly saved (James 1:22; 2:18-20). Abraham was saved when he agreed with God and believed that God would give him a son in his old age (Genesis 15:6). No one knew that he was saved until many years later (perhaps 20 years) when he offered his son, Isaac to God as a sacrifice (James 2:21-24). Rahab, the harlot, displayed her faith in the God of the Jews, when she took the two Jewish spies in and hid them (Joshua 2:1 ff; James 2:25). Believe it or not, she even became an ancestress of Christ (Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31). Is your life all messed up? Are you saved? If God could save her, he can save you too. Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 to see the kinds of people whom God saved and changed. There is hope for all living human beings, including you and me. Don’t let the devil convince you into believing that you have committed “the unpardonable sin.” Do you know what it is (John 16:9)?

Lordship For Salvation?

Some people are being taught erroneously that in order for a person to be saved, he/she must make Jesus the Lord and Master of his/her life. They take the requirements for spiritual growth (or what they call “discipleship”) and make them conditions for salvation. Many of Christ’s disciples followed Him and wanted Him to be the “Welfare King.” He refused their offer (John 6:15). When He spoke to them about their spiritual condition and what they needed to do to be saved, they turned away from Him (John 6:28, 29, 66). Judas was a disciple, but he wasn’t saved (John 17:12). Are you confused by this false teaching? I was for a long time until God opened my eyes to the truth. If your are wondering about this yourself, I’d like to refer you to the links below. [2] If you are teaching this false way of salvation to others, stop! God holds preachers and teachers more responsible (James 3:1).

Carnal Christians

Some people who have been saved were abandoned by those who led them to Christ. They weren’t taught how to live the Christian life. [3] So they keep on yielding to the temptations that come from the devil, their own sin nature, or the present world system that was devised by the devil to control certain aspects of the sin nature. Those Christians who deny that they still have a sin nature are simply deceiving themselves, not others (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:14-25). The sin nature is the source from which most of our temptations come. When a Christian walks by means of the Spirit, he can’t/won’t yield to these temptations (Galatians 5:16, 25). But he also needs to be mindful of the temptations that come from the devil (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17) and the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31).

Victorious Living

God has provided for Christians everything that we need for life and godliness within the pages of His Word (2 Peter 1:3). He doesn’t want us to sin but He knows that we will sin periodically (1 John 3:8-10) This is why we have an Advocate/Lawyer with the Father to help us (1 John 2:1,2; 4:10). The problem is that many (perhaps most) Christians seek the wisdom and philosophy of this world and know very little about how to live a life that pleases God (See Romans 8:8; 2 Corinthians 5:9). They integrate the worldly, demonic, self-help philosophy and psychology of the world with the Bible (Colossians 2:8; James 1:5; 3:14-17). [4] No wonder there are so many dysfunctional Christians who turn to unsaved men for counsel rather than turn to Godly men and women of God who could provide assistance from the infallible Word of God (Psalm 1:1; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9).

Help

Is your life all messed up? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? [5] Do you believe that you have to go to Purgatory after you die to be cleansed further before you can enter heaven? (The Scriptures don’t teach this false doctrine.) Any purging that needs to take place in the life of a Christian is done in this life alone (Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Timothy 4:5). Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If you need spiritual counsel and are teachable and willing to change when you see what God says in His Word, we invite you to contact us for additional help. We can be reached through our website at www.kelseypeach.com or you can read helpful articles at www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com. Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

[1] Where’s The Beef commercial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riH5EsGcmTw

[2] Lordship for Salvation. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or a False Doctrine? Parts 1, 2

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or.html

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or_14.html

[3] Maturing In Christ by Dr. H. L. Schafer. http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

[4] Psychohersey. http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/mainpage.html

[5] The Bad News & The Good News. See our website for more information on how to be saved.

Have you ever sung this song in church? “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.” – John Burton, Sr.

If you’ve had an occasion to stay in a motel or hotel, you’ve probably seen a Gideon Bible in the drawer. Inside the front of the Bible you will probably read these words. See if you agree or disagree with them:

The Bible 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 pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword and the Christian’s charter. Here too, Heaven is opened and the gates of Hell disclosed.

Christ is its grand subject, our good its 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, rewards the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.” [1]

The Bible is the Word of God (Mark 7:13; Luke 4:4; 8:11: John 17:14-17; Acts 17:13; Romans 9:6; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 4:12). God selected some men to write the Scriptures because He wanted mankind to know certain truths about Himself and His creatures (2 Peter 1:21). Therefore, the Bible states in words what God wanted to say and what He wanted mankind to know.

It reveals truth to us that we could not otherwise know. (Natural revelation – Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20 vs Special revelation – John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17.) God did not reveal everything in the Bible at one point in time, but rather revealed truth in a gradual or progressive manner over 1,500 years by about 40 authors. He is not revealing new truth to anyone at this time in history (See Ephesians 2:7). But He will in the future after the true Church has been raptured (Joel 2:28; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). Beware of those who claim that God spoke to them audibly and gave them some new information to reveal to others. (Examples: Some who belong to “Charismatic Churches” and those who are part of the “New Apostolic Reformation”). [1]  My friend, we have everything we need for life and godliness within the pages of the 66 Books of the Bible (2 Peter 1:3). God may illuminate a person’s mind to the truth (Ephesians 1:18), but He is not revealing anything new now. The spiritual gift of prophecy, that was given to some early Christians, is not being given out to Christians today (1 Corinthians 13:8-10). See our “Bible Basics Docs” on our website for more information on “Spiritual Gifts.”

God supernaturally enabled and supervised the authors of the Bible to accurately write the Scriptures, while using their vocabulary and style, and as a result of this enablement, the Bible is the breathed-out Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; 2 Peter 1:21; John 16:13).

Because the Bible is inspired (God-breathed), it is both infallible and inerrant in the original autographs. Each word of the Scripture and the whole of Scripture was “God breathed” (Matthew 5:17-19; 1 Peter 1:23-25). This is known as verbal, plenary inspiration.

Copies and translations of the original autographs are not inspired. However, they are authoritative in so far as they accurately represent the original autographs. The canon [3] of the Bible includes thirty-nine Old Testament books and twenty-seven New Testament books. The cults add to the Scriptures (See Jude 1:3; Revelation 22:18, 19). All sixty-six books are to be believed as truth from God (John 17:17). But not all of the Bible is to be believed and practiced (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Peter 3:1, 2, 16). Thus there are “dispensations” (different rules for living – not ways of salvation) that are found in the Scriptures. (Example: Mosaic Law, Grace, Kingdom) See our “Understanding the Times, Dispensations Chart.”

The Bible is to be interpreted literally, historically, grammatically, contextually, and not allegorically. A true approach to understanding the Bible should include observation (What do I see?), interpretation (What does it mean?), and application (How does it work?). Every saved person who is filled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) can be illuminated and thus be able to interpret the Bible (1Corinthians 2:15, 16; Ephesians 1:15-19; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 John 2:20, 27) and know what God wanted said to us.

Think About This

The man who can read the Bible, but who won’t read it, or listen to it being read, has no advantage over the man who cannot read. Failure to apply the truth to one’s life can have everlasting consequences.” (Psalm 119:9-11; John 3:18; James 1:22)

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[1] http://blog.gideons.org/2010/12/the-bible-contains-the-mind-of-god/

[2] New Apostolic Reformation. https://www.gotquestions.org/New-Apostolic-Reformation.html

[3] Canon. https://www.gotquestions.org/canon-of-Scripture.html

“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

“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.)

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[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