Archive for the ‘Christian Life’ Category

Christians have three spiritual enemies: The devil, the present world system, and their own sinful nature. Believe it or not, we are our own worst enemy. Some teach that the Christian loses his sin nature when he gets saved. Not true. “If we say that we have no sin [nature], we deceive ourselves, and the truth [regarding the sin nature] is not in us” (1 John 1:8).

The Apostle Paul tells us about the struggle he had with his sinful nature (Romans 7:15-25). When it got in a fight with his new nature from God (2 Peter 1:3, 4), his sin nature always won. While his new nature wanted to do what was right, he ended up doing what was sinful.

But when he learned how to “walk by means of the Spirit” and let Him fight his sin nature, he would gain the victory over the “works of the flesh” which are perversions of good things (Romans 8:1; ff; Galatians 5:16-25).

William Barclay points out that  “Immorality, impurity, licentiousness are perversions of the sexual instinct which is in itself a lovely thing and part of love.  Idolatry is a perversion of worship and was an aid to worship.  Sorcery is a perversion of the use of the healing drugs in medicine.  Envy, jealousy, and strife are perversions of the noble ambition and desire to do well which can spur to greatness.  Enmity and anger are the perversion of that righteous indignation without which the passion for good cannot exist.  Dissension and the party spirit are a perversion of the devotion to the principle which can produce the martyr.  Drunkenness and carousing are the perversion of the happy joy of social fellowship and of the things which men can happily and legitimately enjoy.  Beauty is turned to ugliness.  Sin takes the raw material of potential goodness and turns it into the material of evil.” [1]

When we, as Christians, yield ourselves to God the Holy Spirit and He takes charge of our lives (Romans 6:11-14; 12:1, 2), He not only kills our sinful lusts / desires, but He also produces in us the “Fruit of the Spirit” which is Christlikeness: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22, 23). These qualities need to be demonstrated at the right time, toward the right objects, and for the right reasons (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Example: It’s possible for a “Spirit filled” believer (Ephesians 5:18) to misdirect “agape” love toward the world system rather than back toward God and His children (1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17).

We all have a sinful nature that is like “The Trojan Horse.” It can cause havoc in our lives. If you’d like to learn more about it, click on the link below. [1]

We’re here to help unbelievers learn about the true and living God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who can deliver us from the “Lake of Fire” and take us to heaven (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; John 3:16, 18), [2] and to assist Christians mature in the faith (2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] The Trojan Horse: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/the-trojan-horse/

[2] Gospel Presentations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZvwylOL6L4

In his book entitled “Seven Men Who Rule The World From The Grave” Dr. Dave Breese demonstrates how such men as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, John Dewey, Sigmund Freud and others have had a significant impact on mankind to this very day, even though they are now dead.

It is our understanding that these dead men, who are most likely in Hades, know how wrong they were and wish they could return to earth to warn the living not to follow them and their philosophies, but rather that people believe God’s Word which is absolute truth (See Luke 16:19-31; John 14:6; 17:17).

Which philosopher’s / person’s thoughts and actions have influenced you the most? We all have a “world view” that causes us to behave as we do. Is it based on godly wisdom, or worldly wisdom that leads to death (James 1:5; 3:15; Proverbs 14:12)?

Although our influence on others may not be as significant as these men, we still are having an impact and influence for good or for evil on those whom we encounter in life, whether it be our family members, our friends, or our fellow workers. Our attitude and our actions matter to God and others.

The Christian’s pleasure and rewards in heaven or the unbeliever’s degree of torment in hell will be determined by the Lord Jesus Christ, the righteous and omniscient Judge (2 Timothy 4:8; John 2:24; 5:22; Isaiah 46:10) either at “The Bema Seat Judgment” for Christians (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) or at “The Great White Throne Judgment” for unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15).

The Scriptures teach that “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). However, it doesn’t say that this judgment will take place immediately when a person dies.

Examples

At our funeral an unsaved person might believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel and be saved because we witnessed to that person before we died. God will reward us for doing this (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). To those believers who will die during the Tribulation these words were written, but the principle still seems to apply to us as well. “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them” (Revelation 14:13).

On the other hand an unbeliever might murder a father whose children are left desolate. Later on one of the deceased father’s children might engage in a robbery because he and his family are starving. On judgment day God will take into account the harm that the murderer brought on others too.

Yes, there are degrees of suffering in hell (the lake of fire) for unbelievers (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8), and there are degrees of pleasure in heaven for believers (Psalm 16:11).

Purgatory?

The Christian’s cleansing and purging is limited to this life (Ephesians 5:26, 27). The Scriptures don’t teach that some people go to “Purgatory” after they die to get cleansed or purged of remaining sins before they are allowed into heaven. There are no back doors into heaven.” This false teaching suggests that Christ’s work on the cross was not sufficient to save us. The Apostle Paul wrote, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present [immediately] with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Serious Business

Believers who participate in the Lord’s Supper with unconfessed sins in their lives will be chastened and disciplined by the Lord in this life only so that they won’t be condemned later with the unsaved people of the world (1 Corinthians 11:27-32). “For we know Him who said, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The LORD will judge His people. It is a fearful thing [for a carnal Christian, who is acting like an unsaved person] to fall into the hands of the living God’” (Hebrews 10:30, 31; 12:5-11).

“If we [as Christians] confess our sins, He [God the Father] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “Confess your [sins] one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed” (James 5:16). “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

Are you a carnal Christian who is living in sin (acting lawlessly)? Are you dismissing as unimportant what God prohibits His children from doing and/or failing to do what He wants you to do? “…to [the Christian] who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Beware! “… if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:8).

Many unbelievers often go unpunished in this life, but judgment day is coming for them and the righteous Judge, Jesus (John 5:22) will sentence them with justice. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8; See also 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

The lake of fire (hell) is a place where there will “be weeping and gnashing of teeth” forever. It was prepared for the devil and his angels / demons, but all unbelievers will end up there (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). The “Universal Salvation” of everyone is NOT taught in the Scriptures.

My friend, you don’t have to go to this awful place. Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Any and all who place their faith and trust in Him alone will be saved from hell and will enter heaven (Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). It’s by grace (unmerited favor).

Some people love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. They choose not to come to the Light (Christ) and be saved (John 3:19; 8:12). But if you are an unbeliever or one who isn’t sure of your eternal destiny in heaven or hell, and would like to know and have absolute assurance that you will go to heaven the moment you die (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13), we invite you to contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2;2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

To receive future articles as the come out, click on “Follow.”

Gospel Presentationshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-newshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Even though there was a draft in our country which forced many young men to become soldiers and go to war to defend their country, many other young men volunteered to join the military and give up their lives, if necessary, to preserve the freedom we have in our country. My father was a volunteer in World War II.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan

Slavery has existed since the dawn of human history for various reasons and will continue on into the future (Revelation 18:13). [1] Some taskmasters were very cruel (Exodus 6:5-9; Deuteronomy 6:21). But not all slave masters were cruel and oppressive. Some Jewish slaves, who could have gone free, chose to remain as slaves to their masters because they actually loved them (Exodus 21:1-6).

Many people (although technically not slaves) choose to work where they do because they have good bosses and employers. How about you? In our country, we still have choices. For how long? We don’t know. Some people in other countries have no choices and long to come to our country.

In the spiritual realm, without their knowing it, countless numbers of people all around the world are enslaved to the devil and their own sin natures which we all inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5). Some people are very superstitious and fearful about many things.

To some religious men of His day, Jesus said, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).

The Apostle Paul addressed our sinful natures (dispositions / natural tendencies), which we all have (1 John 1:8), and wrote, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). He himself struggled with his sin nature as a Christian but finally learned how he could overcome its temptations to sin (Romans 7:15-25; 8:1 ff; Galatians 5:16-25). We don’t have to yield to sinful temptations and sin – act lawlessly (1 John 2:1; 3:4; 1 Corinthians 10:13).

Knowing that we, as sinful men and women, couldn’t help ourselves, God graciously provided a solution to all mankind who had rebelled against Him. At a council meeting of the three Persons in the Godhead (Ephesians 1:11), God the Son volunteered to come to earth (Hebrews 10:7, 9), to become the God-man (Philippians 2:5-11), to be born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:23), to live a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and then to die on a cruel cross to pay the debt that we all owed to God (Romans 6:23). “Jesus paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay.”

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8). Would you be willing to die for your enemy as Jesus did?

Why did the Apostle Paul suffer as he did (2 Corinthians 11:22-33)? Because he insisted that the bodily resurrection of Christ be included in the Gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:36-43), and so that others could be saved. A dead person can’t help anyone.

He wrote, “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10). Without Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection, we’d be hopeless and most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:17-19). Don’t leave it out of your Gospel presentation to the lost.

If you’re a Christian, are you willing to suffer for the cause of Christ so others can be saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire (Romans 8:1; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8) to heaven instead (John 14:1-3)?

Having a part in a person’s salvation can earn for Christians the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Sadly, most of us Christians don’t really want to suffer. We’d rather be “carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease.” But the Apostle Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, will you volunteer by presenting your body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service instead of being conformed to this age? God wants us to “be transformed by the renewing of [our minds], that [we] may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2; Romans 6:11-14)?

If you’re not saved, or aren’t sure of your salvation, but would like to be sure, we’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Slavery – https://www.prageru.com/video/a-short-history-of-slavery

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

He was lingering in a Roman prison cell and facing an imminent death. Why? Because he insisted that the Gospel he proclaimed for the salvation of Jews and non-Jews (Romans1:16) had to include, not only Christ’s death for our sins, but also His bodily resurrection from the dead (2 Timothy 2:8-10; Acts 24:21). Without it, we, as believers in Him, couldn’t be sure that our sins had been forgiven (Romans 4:25), and we’d have no hope for a better life in the future (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).

The “best life” for an unbeliever is now; The “best life” for a Christian is in the next life. Think about that. Where will you spend it – in heaven or in hell? Are you sure?

It was from this prison cell that the Apostle Paul wrote a brief letter to his son-in-the-faith, Timothy. The believers in Asia Minor, whom he led to the Lord, had forsaken him (2 Timothy 1:15). He wanted Timothy to pass on to other faithful Christians what he had received from Paul (2 Timothy 2:2), who had been taught by the Lord Himself for three years in the wilderness after his conversion (Galatians 1:15-18).

Sadly, there are many Christians who aren’t faithful to the Lord and His Word. They live carnal lives (See 1 Corinthians 3:1 ff) and walk according to the flesh (their sin nature), rather than by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-21; Romans 8:5-8). Such Christians grieve and quench God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Confession to God the Father is in order for such believers (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13) or serious consequences could follow: weakness, sickness, or a premature death (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Keep this in mind – We have “potential years” and “actual years.”

“Sin (lawless behavior) will take us farther than we want to go; It will keep us longer than we want to stay; It will cost us more than we want to pay.” The passing pleasures of sin aren’t worth it when we consider that our flesh and bones may end up being consumed, perhaps by a STD (Hebrews 11:25; Proverbs 5:11). With 700 wives and 300 concubines, King Solomon may have died this way.

He advised others to live wisely. But then he didn’t follow his own advice, and for a period of time lived in vanity while trying to please himself. He concluded, “Vanity of vanities, all [that I’ve done to please myself] is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Later he wrote, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them’” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). Let’s learn from the mistakes of others (1 Corinthians 10:1-13).

Because Christians still have a sinful nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25) and the potential to engage in all the lawless behavior that they engaged in before they were saved, the Apostle Paul warned believers to “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

God chose the Apostle Paul to be the steward (household manager) of the “Dispensation of Grace” in which we now live. He was the major contributor to “Grace Teachings” for New Testament Christians (Galatians 1:15-7; Ephesians 3:1-7). The Apostles Peter and John, along with James and Jude (the Lord’s half-brothers) supplement what Paul wrote to Christians.

Being forsaken by the believers in Asia Minor must have been very painful to Paul. But he knew that the Lord had not forsaken him. Perhaps he thought of the Psalmist’s words, “When my father and my mother [or other believers] forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me” (Psalm 27:10). The writer of Hebrews wrote, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Even after claiming that they would never deny or abandon Him, Christ’s disciples forsook Him in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:56).

Until God takes us home to heaven by means of physical death or through the rapture, God has work for Christians to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). We don’t (shouldn’t) retire from serving God; We won’t in heaven (Revelation 22:3). Christ wants to live out His life through the believer’s life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19). He wants us to be willing to be persecuted or even die for our faith, if necessary so others can be saved (2 Timothy 2:10; 3:12). Such believers can earn the “Crown of Life” (Revelation 2:10; James 1:12).

Jesus said, “You [disciples] did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16). “This fruit can be seen in Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), a faithful witness (1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15), and through generous giving of one’s money (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17).  – Dr. Charles C. Ryrie “So Great Salvation” p. 50.

James, the Lord’s half brother wrote, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Question: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? If not, why? What needs to change?

Older Christians, who have been through the “rough waters” or “storms of life” should assist Christians who are coming behind them (Galatians 6:2). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). And remember – “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). God wants us to be victorious over our three spiritual enemies: the devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system.

I, personally, want to live the rest of my days on earth as though each day that God gives me to live might be my last day on earth, or the last day of someone I love or know. Our lives are like a vapor that soon passes away (James 4:14). Missionary C. T. Studd wrote, “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be, If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”

At the “Bema Seat Judgment” for New Testament Christians, Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8), will evaluate our works and our motives and reveal why we did what we did (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Were they done in keeping with the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives (Romans 8:14), and with His power (Philippians 3:10; 4:13)? Were they done according to the rules that God set forth in His Word (2 Timothy 2:5; See Romans 3:8; 6:1)? Were they done according to the will of God (Acts 21:4-14)?  Did they bring glory to God or to us (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

Those works that don’t measure up to His standard will be burned up, but the believer will not lose his/her salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). That’s amazing graceunmerited favor from God. Have you experienced it yet (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?

If you consider yourself to be a relatively mature Christian, are you passing on what you’ve learned over the years to those who are coming behind you? Are you setting a good example for them? Think of your children and grandchildren if you have some.

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do so. You have no guarantee that you will be alive at the end of today.

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-4:8). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

For additional information:

What’s Free – Earned? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

Test Questionshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/the-test-questions/

Three Spiritual Enemieshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/07/08/the-blame-game/

Crowns & Rewards:https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/about-our-motives-part-1-2/

Be Like Jesus – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/01/07/be-like-jesus/

C. T. Studd https://reasonsforhopejesus.com/only-one-life-twill-soon-be-past-by-c-t-studd-1860-1931/

Dispensations Charthttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/ https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

Gospel Presentationshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

After people “get saved,” when they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel, they are often encouraged to read the Bible (let God talk to you), pray (you talk to God), and witness to others about Christ. This all sounds like a good idea. But we believe that new believers need some help in these areas so they don’t get disappointed, discouraged, and begin to have doubts.

Like newborn babies, we all should start out with the “milk of the Word” and then go on to “solid food” (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14). Older, more mature believers can be a great asset to newer Christians (Galatians 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).

If you’ve been saved for some time, what are you doing to help rather than hinder new believers? How much spiritual growth has taken place in your life? Maybe you need this information too.

Do you know that Christians have Eight Ways To Communicate With God” and that the Bible has Seven Distinct Rules For Living” for different people living in different times?

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, [1] you’ll want to help your family, friends, and fellow workers get saved from everlasting condemnation (John 3:18; Romans 8:1) so they can join you in heaven some day? Did you know that Christians can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for having a part in the salvation of others (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? [2]

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out [not for] your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12, 13). Imagine that – He energizes us to do the things that will please Him. It should be our goal in life to please and glorify God by making Him known to others (2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Sadly, many Christians quench Him (i.e. render Him inoperative in their lives) and grieve Him by sinning – acting lawlessly (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 3:4). Are you doing this? If so, confess it to Him, claim His forgiveness, and move on toward spiritual maturity (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).

Our FREE “Bible Study Book Marker” [3] was designed to help you and others gain assurance of your salvation, to help you get the most out of God’s Word by using our “Bible Study Aids,” and to communicate with God more effectively (How To Pray), and to know what portions of the Bible are for you and which are addressed to you (See our “Dispensations Chart”).

All of the Bible is truth (John 17:17). It even records the lies of the devil and other people. It is what God wants us to know for now. In His Word, God “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3, 4).

All of the Bible needs to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9). Example: Dietary rules and types of sacrifices offered to God by the Jews differ from Christian rules (Leviticus 11; 1 Timothy 4:4; Hebrews 9:13; 10:4; 13:15, 16).

May we suggest that you download a copy of our FREE Bible Study Book Marker for yourself on light colored paper and make some additional copies for those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18)? Keep one in your Bible as a handy reference guide.

Contact us here or through our website if you have questions or would like additional help: www.kelseypeach.com. If this information has helped you, please let us know. And if you would like to get future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[2] Crowns – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

[3] FREE Bible Study Book Marker: https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[4] Final Test Questions: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/the-test-questions/

Precious Promises – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

Need A Good Study Bible? We recommend the “Scofield Study Bible.” Ask for more information.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

HOW SAD it would be if… No, how TRAGIC it will be for those who know the facts of the Gospel and even believe them to be true, and yet don’t place their faith/trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. [1] Such people, who die without Christ as their personal Savior, will suffer more in the lake of fire than those who have never heard about Him (Matthew 11:22, 24; Revelation 20:12, 13). Will this be true of you? We sincerely hope it won’t be.

Some people, living in the “Seven Year Tribulation” (Revelation 6-19), will refuse to take the “Mark of the Beast” (Revelation 13:17; 14:9-11). [2] Some of them will prophesy in Christ’s name, cast out demons, and do many wonders in His name. And yet He will say to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21:23; 25:30, 41, 46).

No one is saved by his/her good works lest any of us should boast. Good works are the result of one’s being saved (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:18). When a Christian “abides (feels at ease) in Christ,” he/she will produce much fruit (John 15:1-8). “Spiritual fruit might involve our having and displaying a Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), being a faithful witness (Romans 1:13; 1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and generous giving (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17). (See Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, p. 50)

As a general rule, all of us are going to die (Hebrews 9:27). There have been and there will be a few exceptions in the future (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). (If you’d like more information, contact us.)

Do you think that you will go to heaven the moment you die? [4] If so, how sure are you – 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 0%? Do you believe that you must go to a purging place before you get into heaven by the back door? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven – Your good works? Your faith plus your good works? Your faith in Christ alone? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

Need More Information? We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow. Contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this information has helped you, please SHARE it with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

For further reading:

[1] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[2] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[3] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/07/10/lifes-pursuits/

[4] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/your-eternal-destiny-how-sure-are-you/

It’s very sad to think that most people in the world today don’t know about the true and living God. He loved us sinners (those who act lawlessly) and gave His only begotten Son to provide deliverance from hell to heaven (John 3:16). What is your personal relationship to Him – saved or lost?

Problem. Far too many people in “Christendom” think that if they know and give mental assent to (agree with) “the facts” of the Gospel that they are fine. Since an early age I heard and believed the stories in the Bible, and so I figured I must be OK. I even believed that Jesus died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (which is the essence of the Gospel). But I wasn’t sure that doing this was enough for me to be saved.

Chapel Speakers. According to some of the things I heard from the speakers in chapel, at the interdenominational Christian school I attended, I thought that there were other things I had to do to be saved from hell to heaven. Consider some of the incorrect and additional things some “preachers” are telling unsaved people to do to be saved. [1]

BTW – Many preachers today talk “about” the Gospel, but very few of them tell people what it is specifically (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), and what they need to do to be saved – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [exclusively], [through the message of the Gospel] and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31, 32). The word “believe” is used about 100 times in the Gospel of John to signify God’s only condition for our salvation.

The Gospel. In their eagerness to win lost people to Christ, some Christians feel that they need to explain the whole Bible to unsaved people so they can be saved. As Evangelist Dr. R. Larry Moyer correctly points out to those who want to do this, “…the Bible contains the Gospel. But the Bible is a whole lot more than the gospel. It contains vital information on how to raise your children, how to spend your money, how to love your enemy, how to participate in a local church, how to understand end-time events, and much more. The historical elements of the gospel [for our salvation] are contained in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5: “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve.”

“Note the four verbs. Christ died, He was buried (the proof that He died), He rose again, and He was seen (the proof that He rose). So the Gospel can be reduced to ten words: “Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.” That is the message we have for unbelievers [whether they are Jews or non-Jews]. This is what God calls, “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes(Romans 1:16).

“Your acquaintance [the person you’re trying to lead to Christ] doesn’t need the sixty-six books of the Bible. He can learn those later. Right now he needs ten words of the gospel – Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead.” [2]

Be Honest. How sure are you that you will go to heaven the moment you die (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 0%)? Do you think that you have to go to a purging place first? Do you sometimes have doubts? On what basis should God let you into His heaven – your good works, your faith plus your good works, or by faith alone in the Christ of the Scriptures alone? [3] Once saved, is there anything you think you could do to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Help. If you aren’t sure of your salvation and would like assurance of it, we’re here to help those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

SHARE. To help us reach others for whom you are concerned, please LIKE and SHARE this. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as thy come out.

[1] Dr. Ron Shea, The Gospel, Note other false conditions for salvation on page 2.

Click to access English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

[2] Dr. R. Larry Moyer, 101 Tips For Evangelism, Hendrickson Publishers, p. 20, 21

[3] Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

As much as many of us love our children and grandchildren, and want God’s best for them, we cannot make the most important decision of their lives for them – the decision to believe on or reject the Lord Jesus Christ alone as their personal Savior. We firmly believe that human life begins at conception (Psalm 139) and we are opposed to abortion. However, abortion (murder) is a forgivable sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Revelation 21:8). God forgave Moses and David and others for murder but it does leave lasting consequences during this life.

Death and Resurrection. Christ died for all the sins (lawless behavior) of all the little children of the world (as the song suggests). Thankfully, He arose again bodily from the dead on the third day, and can save anyone and everyone who places his/her faith and trust in Him alone for deliverance from everlasting condemnation in the lake of fire (John 3:16; Revelation 21:8). We are NOT saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Disservice. We believe that well meaning parents, who have their children sprinkled as babies, are doing a great disservice to them. Most of them believe that this causes babies to find more favor with God than those who haven’t gone through this ritual. Baptism by immersion is to follow faith (See Acts 8:35-39). It identifies us with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Galatians 2:20). It enables us to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21), and is an expression of our obedience to God (Matthew 28:19 20). There are no examples of “infant baptism” in the Bible.

Offending Children. Jesus said, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea…and then into the lake of fire where their worm [sinful nature] does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:42, 44, 46, 48; See Matthew 25:30, 41, 46).

Real Places. Yes, according the Jesus, heaven and hell are real places to which people will go someday to spend eternity. God desires that all human beings be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). But not all will be saved because most people love spiritual darkness rather than light (John 3:19-21).

God’s Children. Since all of us belong to the human race (Acts 17:26), and came from our first parents, Adam and Eve, we all are physically related. But we are NOT all related spiritually. Believe it or not, we all start out our physical lives as “children of the devil” (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10), and we need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-7) before we can become the spiritual children of God.

Little Angels? As “innocent” and lovable as little babies appear to be, they all have a sinful nature (disposition) that they inherited from us, their parents (Psalm 51:5). Those who deny that they have one are just deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8). Even the Apostle Paul talked about the struggle he had with his sin nature (Romans 7:15-25). Thankfully, Christians don’t have to keep on sinning – acting lawlessly (1 John 2:1 ff). We can/should live victoriously over our 3 spiritual enemies (1 Corinthians 10:13). [1]

Potential. Christians have the potential to act as badly as they did before they were saved, and sometimes do act this way. They are “carnal Christians” (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; Galatians 5:19-21) who could die prematurely (Acts 5:1ff; 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19; 1 John 5:16). We have “potential years” and “actual years.”

The Minnesota Crime Commission declared this of babies – “Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother’s attention, his playmate’s toys, his uncle’s watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He’s dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children but all children, are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free reign to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist.” [2] Wow! That is quite a statement, especially coming from a secular source.

Action. From an early age, let your children and grandchildren know that they are sinners like you are, and that they need to be saved by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for their sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day. As a parent, tell your child about Someone you know personally, not Someone you know about. Make sure of your own salvation first before trying to help them. 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?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, We can be reached here or through our website: www.keleypeach.com. You can help us reach others by LIKING and SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on the notification Bell or Follow.

[1] Overcoming Our Spiritual Enemies –

[2] MN Crime Commission –https://www.family-times.net/illustration/Self-Centered/201632/

Gospel Presentations: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Biblical Discipline –

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

We don’t hear it very often anymore. But when he uses it, we’re supposed to pay attention to what he has to say and do it (unless it’s an unlawful command – Acts 5:29). Sadly, many people today show disrespect for those in authority and act lawlessly. Lawlessness is sin. (1 John 3:4).

Sin has consequences. It will take us further then we want to go; it will keep us longer than we want to stay; and it will cost us more than we want to pay. (Memorize this and remind yourself of this when you’re tempted to sin. Remember, as the song says – the temptation itself isn’t a sin; it’s yielding to a sinful lust that becomes sin.)

Citizens. “Let every soul [individual citizen] be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1).

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1). Students – be teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16).

Christians. “Obey those [spiritual leaders] who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17).

Teachers. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). We all shall give an account to God someday (Romans 14:12).

Anarchy. Imagine what life would be like if everyone did what was right in his own eyes without regard for anyone else. [1] Days like this took place before the flood of Noah’s day and God had to wipe them all off the face of the earth (Genesis 6:5). They also occurred when there was no king in Israel and gross immorality was rampant (Judges 20:6; 21:25). Life was almost unbearable. God’s Word predicted such days would also exist during the end times in which we now live (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff).

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).

Rules. Every society needs rules to govern the citizens. God established human government for the benefit of people (Genesis 9:6). It has the right and responsibility to carry out capital punishment for certain crimes (Romans 13:4). Obviously, there are tyrants that rule over people. God often allows the basest of men to rule over others on a temporary basis (Daniel 4:17, 25).

Tourists. Different countries have different rules and you better know what they are if you plan to travel there. Being detained in some foreign countries is anything but pleasant.

BTW – God has different “Rules for Living” within the pages of the Scriptures that He has imposed on some or all of humanity. They are known as “Dispensations.” They are NOT different ways to be saved. We believe that we can identify seven of them. (See our FREE Bible Study Book Marker.) If you’re a Christian, are you living by the wrong set of Biblical rules? Contact us if you have questions.

The “Kingdom of the Heavens” (i.e. the rule of the heavens over the earth) is coming right after Satan’s man (“The man of sin” or “Antichrist”) has caused havoc on this earth for seven years. Christ’s Kingdom will last for 1,000 years. [2] These days seem to be just around the corner.

Decision. Your response to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bad News / Good News (Gospel) will determine your eternal destiny in heaven or hell. Please take time to read and/or listen to the presentations. [3]

Help. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on the notification Bell or Follow.

[1] Right-Wrong. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/when-doing-right-is-wrong/

[2] The Order of Coming Events – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[3] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Policemen, by Paul Harvey – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ1YsyZMaaU&t=7s

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, is too hard for God. He is omnipotent (Revelation 1:8) and omniscient (Isaiah 46:10). With every problem that we face here on earth, there is a solution to it. Christians are free to ask God for the wisdom they need to resolve a seemingly impossible matter. However, notice some specific conditions (James 1:5-8). Contrast God’s wisdom with worldly wisdom (James 3:13-18)

Our God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20). Do you honestly believe this? If not, why?

Helpers. God also may use spiritually maturing fellow believers, who have gone through similar situations, to help us find the answers we need to solve our problems (See 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Through “agape” love we (Christians) can/should serve one another (Galatians 5:13; See 1 Corinthians 13).

Promise. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Examples. Consider Abraham’s painful test regarding offering his son Isaac as a sacrifice (Genesis 22), the Jews at the Red Sea (Exodus 14), Jethro’s advice to Moses who was overextending himself (Genesis 18:13-27), Daniel and his friend’s dietary dilemma (Daniel 1), Esther and Haman’s threat to annihilate the Jews (Esther 4 ff ), and the believers in the “Hall of Faith.” Many were delivered; others weren’t. But they still brought glory to God (Hebrews 11).

Christ’s Work. God was glorified through the death of Christ for our sins and His bodily resurrection from the dead (John 17:4, 5). It demonstrated God’s love for sinful humanity (John 3:16). How are you glorifying God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31).

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me.”

Don Moen

Doubting God? Remember – God loves to show Himself strong on the behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him (2 Chronicles 16:9). Is your heart right with God or are there things that need to be confessed to Him (1 John 1:9)? Are you doubting God and His promises to you (2 Peter 1:4). How many of them do you know and claim? [1] Do you know that doing something while doubting is sin (Romans 14:23).

On Being Thankful. [2] Have you thanked God for allowing you to be put in a situation that seems to have no solution (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for everything apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1)?

God’s Eyes. Keep this in mind – “… the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

The Red Sea Rules [3]

#1: Realize that God means for you to be where you are.

#2: Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.

#3: Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.

#4: Pray!

#5: Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.

#6: When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.

#7: Envision God’s enveloping presence.

#8: Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.

#9: View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.

#10: Don’t forget to praise Him.

Song

“Got any rivers you think are impossible?
Got any mountains you can not tunnel thorough?
God specializes in things thought impossible
And He can do what no other God can do.”

Oscar C. Eliason

Gospel. [3] Maybe you have a bigger problem than you realize – perhaps you’re not a Christian yet. If so, you need to know that Christ died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). To be delivered from eternal condemnation in hell, you must place your faith and trust in Him alone to save you (Acts 16:31). We are NOT saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Action Steps. In light of what you have read, what specific things do you need to do today? The Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Think you have problems? Consider his suffering (2 Corinthians 11:22-33). Why did he say he was willing to endure what he did (2 Timothy 2:10)? What hardships are you willing to endure for the benefit of others, especially fellow Christians (Galatians 6:10)? “Hereby know we love, because He [Christ] laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).

Help. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on the notification Bell or Follow.

[1] Promises. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

[2] On Being Thankful. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/an-attitude-of-gratitude/

[3] Red Sea Rules, Book by Robert J. Morgan

[4] Gospel. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/