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You can/should be thankful if you grew up in a loving home with a father and mother and where Christ was honored and your parents modeled His love and the other parts of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23). But sadly, many people never experienced this. You may have been verbally, physically, or sexually abused. You in turn may have mistreated your children or others as you were mistreated. Are you doomed to hell? Do you have to repeat this vicious cycle or can a change take place in your life and the lives of others? What does God’s Word tell us we need to do?

Forgiveness. We’ve all sinned [to a greater or lesser degree] and have come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As such, we all deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:9). But because God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, took our place and died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, we can be judicially forgiven the moment we trust in Christ alone to save us (Ephesians 1:7; 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ as one’s personal Savior (John 16:8-11). Have you placed your faith in Christ alone to save you? If not, why not trust Him now? Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14).

Sin. What is sin? Among other things, it is lawlessness (1 John 3:4; Romans 14:23; James 4:17; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). What should all unsaved sinners do? “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; John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? What penalties are associated with sin? Physical and spiritual death (Romans 6:23; 13:1-7). What kind of people end up forever in the lake of fire? “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8). “…fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, [and] extortioners.” Do you fit into this group? Many of us did. Is there any way for us to get out of the devil’s family and into God’s family and be judicially forgiven (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10; Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 1:7). Yes! We can be when we get washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Has this happened to you?

Action. What should a Christian who has sinned against God and other people do if he/she wants to receive family forgiveness and be well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9; John 15:1-10)?

  1. Honest confession must be made to God first (1 John 1:9; Psalm 32:1-5; 51:1-19). Keep in mind that doing this may not keep a person from the penalty of the civil government (Romans 13:1-7). The government doesn’t always do what is right but they are accountable to God (See James 3:1; Romans 14:12; Matthew 23:13-36; Isaiah 1:26; 5:20; 10:1; 2 Timothy 4:8; Daniel 4:17, 25).
  2. Then, if possible, one needs to go to the offended party and seek forgiveness from that person (James 5:16). The offended party may or may not grant forgiveness to the perpetrator. But a Christian should forgive someone who asks for forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 18:22). If we don’t, we sin by yielding to the temptation from the devil to have an unforgiving and bitter spirit that will damage us (2 Corinthians 2:1-11; Hebrews 12:15; Matthew 18:34, 35).
  3. The perpetrator (i. e. the sinning Christian) should realize that even though God promises to forgive him when he makes honest confession, God doesn’t forget what he’s done because He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25). But God won’t hold the sins he’s confessed against him (See Ezekiel 18:22; 33:16). Sometime in the future He will allow that person to be tempted in the same area to see how he/she will respond to temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). The question is, Does the Christian love God more than the sinful pleasures of sin (James 1:12; Hebrews 11:25; 1 John 2:15-17)? Yes, there are pleasures to sin. Otherwise we wouldn’t engage in them.
  4. A Christian needs to learn how to overcome the sinful temptations that come from the devil (Ephesians 6:10-17), or from his/her own sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25; 1 John 1:8), or from the present world system (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17). There are different tactics that must be used with each enemy. (See https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-enemies/).

The abused person. A believer who has suffered unjustly because of the sin of another person can/should commit his/her soul (emotions) to God and trust Him to work out a bad situation and bring something good from it (1 Peter 4:19; Romans 8:18, 28). Consider what God did for the patriarch Job after he was viciously mistreated by the devil and his friends (Job 1:1-2:13; 42:10-16). Notice how Joseph responded to his brothers who sold him into slavery (Genesis 50:20). Think about Christ’s suffering at the hands of cruel men that made our salvation possible (Acts 2:23). God holds you and me responsible for His death too (Acts 4:27). Our sins put Him on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; Isaiah 53:6). Perhaps you didn’t know this. If you’ve been wronged, you should go to the perpetrator (if he/she is a believer) and inform that person of the injustice that you believe has been committed against you. If reconciliation doesn’t take place this way, you should take two or three other believers with you and try to resolve the issue. If this doesn’t work, the matter should be brought before the local church and appropriate action taken (Matthew 18:15-35; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13). By all means you should leave vengeance to God (Romans 12:19). God is just/righteous and will not allow sin to go without consequences that may seem severe to some people (See Hebrews 12:5 ff). We can count on Jesus, who will be the Judge of all men (John 5:22), to do what is right on judgment day (2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 20:11-15). Furthermore, the civil government may also take action against certain crimes. It has authority from God to take another person’s life in some cases (See Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1-7) Capital punishment is a deterrent to crime.

Unbelievers. These people, who rejected God’s offer of salvation (John 1:11, 12; 3:16, 18, 36), and natural revelation (Psalm 19:1; Romans1:18 ff) will be judged one day according to their works, not to determine their entering into heaven or not, but to determine the degree of suffering they will undergo in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). No human being needs to go there. Christ’s death made provision for all men/women to be saved (1 John 2:2; 1 Timothy 4:10). It is God’s desire for sinners to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). Sadly, most people will reject His offer of deliverance because they love darkness more than light (John 3:19). Have you received by faith the gift of eternal life from God (Romans 6:23; John 3:16, 18, 36)? If not, why not today?

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When we sin (act lawlessly), what should we do?  It depends on whether you are a true Christian or not.  If you’re not a Christian, contrary to what you may have been told, it isn’t necessary for you to confess every single sin you’ve ever committed in your life before you can be saved.  In fact you can’t remember every sin (act of lawlessness) you’ve committed.  Everything you’ve done independently of God and all your self righteous acts are considered by God to be sin (See Proverbs 21:4; Isaiah 14:13, 14; 64:6; Romans 14:23; James 4:17).  You may not have known this fact.

Acknowledge.  Instead, you need to realize that you are a sinner like all the rest of us, and in need of a Savior (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23).  We believe that God the Holy Spirit convicts (thoroughly convinces) those whom the Father has given to the Son concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment after they have heard the unadulterated Gospel (John 16:8-11; 6:37, 44; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Much of what is being called “The Gospel” isn’t the true Gospel but a “different gospel” and/or another way of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15 ; See Acts 16:17).  (Please read “The Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea.)

Unforgivable Sin.  The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scriptures, (not the false christs of the cults – Matthew 24:5).  Without Christ’s quality of righteousness we cannot enter heaven.  But since we all have sinned and are unrighteous, we’re all disqualified from entering heaven to spend eternity with God.  This is why we need Christ’s righteousness put to our account.  God causes this to happen when we believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.  He sees us as having acted right when we believe in/on Christ alone and count His death as our death, and His resurrection as our resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Romans 4:4, 16).  The Holy Spirit also convicts (convinces) these people of being judged and having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons if they don’t believe in/on Christ alone to be saved (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10).  This truth will seem foolish to most unsaved people (1 Corinthians 1:20-31; 2:14).

Time.  These particular unsaved people (2 Peter 3:9) may not immediately place their faith in Christ but they will believe in/on Him before they die physically (Hebrews 1:14).  This sometimes is called “effectual calling” (John 6:37, 44).  If you’re saved, did you get saved the first time you heard the Good News concerning “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation”?  Most of us probably didn’t.

Christians.  If you are a true Christian who has been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone (not of your good works- Ephesians 2:8, 9), and you sin as a Christian, you don’t have to get saved all over again.  In fact, this is impossible (Hebrews 6:4).  Instead you need to honestly confess your known sins to God the Father (without making excuses or blaming others as Adam and Eve did – Genesis 3:8-13) so you can receive family forgiveness (1 John 1:9).  If you say that you have no sin nature that causes you to sin periodically, you are deceiving yourself, not others (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:14-25).

Christians Don’t Have To Sin (1 John 2:1).  God has made every provision for His children so we don’t have to keep on sinning (2 Peter 1:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13).  If you think and say that you can’t sin once you’re saved (and some people say this), you are about to fall into sin (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13).  You don’t lose your sin nature when you get saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).  It’s still very much alive and most of the temptations to which we yield originate from our sin nature (disposition).  But if we walk by means of the Holy Spirit, we won’t fulfill the lusts (strong desires) that come from our sin nature (Galatians 5:16, 26).  Don’t blame the devil for every sin you commit.  His 14 temptations to sin are different from those that come from our sin nature and the present world system.  Do you know how to overcome these three spiritual enemies and live a victorious Christian life?  Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16)? If so, we may be able to help you.

God Knows Everything.  He knows that we, as His children, will sin periodically (1 John 3:9, 10).  This is why we have an Advocate (Jesus Christ) along side the Father (1 John 2:1).  He ensures that we don’t lose our salvation when we sin (See John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30), and also maintains the Father’s integrity when the devil accuses His children of our sinful behavior on earth.  When we, as Christians, confess (name) our sins to God the Father, He grants to us family forgiveness (not judicial forgiveness that took place at the time of our salvation – Ephesians 1:7) and cleanses us from all the unrighteousness that led up to our sinning (1 John 1:9; See James 1:12-15).  Temptations are not sin, but yielding to them constitutes sin.  Believers can earn the “Crown of Life” for overcoming sin (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

Sin’s Effects.  It interrupts the Christians’ close relationship with God and causes us to grieve the heart of God (Ephesians 4:30).  When we sin we don’t abide (feel at ease with God) and He doesn’t feel at ease with us.  We don’t bear the spiritual fruit that we should (John 15:1-14).  Do you know that this fruit involves (See Galatians 5:22, 23; Colossians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 16:15; Hebrews 13:15; Philippians 4:17)?  Sin also keeps us from doing the desirous will of God for our lives (Romans 12:1, 2).  Without God’s power, we can do nothing to please God (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Romans 8:8).

Confession.  Confessing our sins to God the Father (not to men unless we’ve sinned against them too – James 5:16) doesn’t automatically place us in fellowship with God the Father.  We must make the choice to walk in the light as He is in the light if we are to enjoy close fellowship with Him (1 John 1:7).  Are you abiding in Christ and bearing much spiritual fruit (John 15:8)?  Are you walking in the light?  If not, what needs to change?  Are you tired of suffering the painful consequences of sin that could lead to your premature physical death (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17)?  Unconfessed sins in the life of a Christian can lead to severe disciplinary measures so we won’t be condemned later with the unsaved people of this world (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).

Freedom.  In Christ there is freedom to do as we ought to do rather than being in bondage to sin (Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:2).  We become the slaves of the one to whom we yield (Romans 6:14-23).  Whose servant are you?  Those Christians who make Christ the Master of their lives (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15) could have no better Master.  Have you done this yet?  This is not a condition for salvation as the “Lordship for salvation” people are teaching. (See below.)

Safety.  Being figuratively under “His wings” and under His care is the safest place we could possibly be (Psalm 91:4; 1 Peter 5:7).  Is this where you’d like to be?  Are you sure you’re saved?  Make sure (2 Peter 1:10). If you’re not, why not get saved today and gain assurance of it (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)?  If you’re saved, have you wandered away from God and become carnal like the prodigal son (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; See Luke 15:11-32)?  Would you like to come back to the loving arms of your heavenly Father?  He’s waiting (Matthew 11:28). Why not do it right now?

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God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation. http://kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

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

 

“A Caricature Of God?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 “The Knowledge Of The Holy”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help. We’re here to assist those who want spiritual guidance. If you are teachable and willing to change, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask that you share this information with others who might also be teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We are also on Youtube and Facebook with audio/visual presentations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Outline For Bible Study:

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The Scofield Study Bible: 

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God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

 

 

“The Scriptures / Bible”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The Scriptures”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

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