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John 13:1-33

If you think “Big Brother” (the government) knows a lot about you, think about someone who knows everything about you. You might say, “That’s impossible.” This would be true of another human or spirit being, but not for God because one of His attributes is omniscience (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25). Jesus, being the God/man knew who would betray him, who would deny Him, and who would flee from Him when He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. He also knows everything about us and will not only judge our words and deeds but will also judge our motives to determine our degree of pleasure in heaven or our degree of suffering in the lake of fire (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15).

God/Man. Jesus was/is God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-17; 2:9). He is also sovereign. This means that He is in control of everything. In other words, “There is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority.” – Chip Ingram. Let’s consider this One who is omniscient and sovereign.

Servant. He became a lowly servant and washed His disciples feet (John 13:2-17). Not only did Jesus display His lowly spirit (Matthew 11:29), He also wanted to teach His disciples about their need for spiritual cleansing. An unbeliever needs to have an overall bath only once for him to be cleansed (John 13:10; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Titus 3:5). But a Christian also needs ongoing cleansing when he/she sins periodically. This occurs when he/she confesses his sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9; 3:9-10).

Model. Jesus set an example for believers to follow. He wants us to have a servant’s humble heart (Philippians 2:5-11; John 13:15). It’s easy for us to say we love God but it’s hard to love some of His children who may rub us the wrong way. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him. My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue [only], but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:16-18).

Savior. Jesus came to glorify God (John 17:3) by dying for our sins, once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), and then rising again bodily from the dead on the third day. He appeared to different people on many occasions to validate His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:33-43). The payment that Jesus made to God the Father was sufficient to satisfy God’s outraged holiness against our sin (1 John 2:2; 4:10). He can and does offer salvation and eternal life to all who will accept by faith His substitutionary death on their behalf (John 3:16). Those who reject Him and His offer are under condemnation (John 3:18, 36).

Shepherd. Is the Lord Jesus Christ your personal Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)? As the “Good Shepherd” He laid down His life for His sheep and knows all of us by name (John 10:3-14). He is the “Chief Shepherd” to whom all “Under Shepherds” (Pastors) are accountable (1 Peter 5:1-4). He is the “Great Shepherd” who will bring believers to spiritual maturity and finish the work of salvation at the time of the “Rapture” (Hebrews 13:20; Philippians 1:6; 1 John 3:2).

Purpose. Jesus came to glorify God the Father and to carry out the work that He had been given to do on earth (John 17:3, 4; Ephesians 1:11). He provided deliverance from the lake of fire for all mankind including the false teachers (2 Peter 2:1). But for any of us to be saved, we must not only know and believe the facts of the Gospel, we must transfer our faith from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Have you done this yet? It not, why not believe on Him right now?

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John 11:1-6

“Death is usually the last thing we want to talk about. It makes us feel uncomfortable, awkward, and we recoil when someone brings the subject up. One of the reasons we fear death is that, in spite of all our medical achievements, we haven’t been able to conquer it.” – Chuck Swindoll. “Every town has a mortuary. Every community has a cemetery. Every newspaper has an obituary column. All are sinners and all die. Death is no respecter of persons.” – Dr. Paul Tassell

Healing. You may be interested to know that God heals us of all sicknesses except the last one that will lead to our physical death (Psalm 103:3; Hebrews 9:27). Unlike the devil, who is the destroyer (John 10:10), God is merciful and shows compassion for those who are suffering (Psalm 106:1). Sometimes He does this through His children. God comforts us so we will comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). When was the last time you extended kindness and comfort to another person? God is gracious and often bestows on us favors that we don’t deserve (Psalm 145:8). When was the last time you gave thanks to Him for what you got and didn’t get (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20)?

Keys. In the Old Testament times the devil held the keys of death (Hebrews 2:14; Job 1:18-20). However, after dying for our sins…and rising bodily from the grave, Jesus took the keys away from him (Revelation 1:18). God determines the time of the believer’s death which enables us to enter into His presence forever (1 Thessalonians 4:14). Our times are in God’s hands (Psalm 31:15) and He has promised never to leave or forsake those who belong to Him (Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20). For true Christians, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). But this isn’t the case of those who are unbelievers (John 3:18, 36; 16:8-11; Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 10:28). They aren’t “resting in peace” (R.I.P.) as some folks believe (Luke 16:19-31). Are you a true child of God or still a child of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)? Do you know why Jesus said, “You must be born again from above” (John 3:3-8)?

Reasons. Although we may not be certain as to why we suffer and eventually die, our sickness may be designed to keep us humble (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). It could stem from a constitutional weakness (1 Timothy 5:23). It might be to chasten us for sin or lawless conduct that could lead to the sin unto death (1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Hebrews 12:6-14; James 5:15; 1 John 5:16). Or it might be permitted for the glory of God (John 9:3; 11:4, 25; 17:4).

Exception. Even though “it is appointed for men to die once, [and] after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27), there is a group of Christians who won’t die physically before they see the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Will you be in this group?

Existence. Yes, man goes on existing after he dies physically. Death is separation, not annihilation or reincarnation. But where he spends eternity, either in heaven or hell, will be determined by what he does with the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily. The sin of unbelief is the only unforgivable sin today (John 3:16, 18, 36; 16:8-11).

Resurrections. Jesus Christ is the first one to rise from the dead never to die again. He will raise everyone from the dead someday (1 Corinthians 15:20-28). In which of the five resurrections will you participate if you die physically? Are you sure? If not, seek help immediately since life is like a vapor (James 4:14; See Proverbs 27:1).

Be Wise. “We are wise to think about death before it actually intrudes into our lives…Death is inevitable. It may come through disease or accident or foul play, but come it surely will.” – Dr. Paul Tassell. “A wise man always prepares for the inevitable.” – Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.

Contact. As unpleasant as it is to think about death, we should all live as though it might be our last day on earth. If you knew you were going to die today, what would you do differently? If you, as a Christian, love Christ’s imminent return, you will receive the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). Why? You will live differently. “…to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We appreciate your sharing this information with others so we can help them too.

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John 9:1-14

“For years he sat in the street, a castaway from society, his soul aching for the touch of light and love. And then one day he heard the approaching footsteps of Jesus who, with a touch of compassion, gave him new eyes… Few afflictions are more difficult to bear than blindness. And in Jesus’ day, a blind person held little hope for anything more than a lifetime of begging.” – Chuck Swindoll.  Perhaps you know someone who is blind too. How do you treat him/her?

The Men. This blind man went virtually unnoticed by Jesus’ disciples who, apparently, were enamored more by the magnificent temple itself (Matthew 24:1). In a sense, they were a lot like the priest and Levite who passed by the man who had been robbed by thieves and left for dead (Luke 10:30-37). Jesus, however, was concerned about people. To those who were oppressed by the hypocritical, religious leaders of the day, Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Jesus.  I’d rather have Jesus as my Shepherd than anything else. He loves me, knows me, knows my future, and gives me the strength to do the things that He wants me to do. He forgives me when I confess my sins and helps me start over again. He will never leave or forsake me. He will reward me for faithful service to Him. He is the God-man (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9). King David wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). My friend, is He your Shepherd? If not, we’d like to introduce you to Him. If He is your Shepherd, do you tend to wander away from Him and get yourself in precarious situations that cause Him a lot of grief (Ephesians 4:3). He wants you to stay close by Him so you will be safe? It’s so much better to stay under His care and let Him lead you (Romans 8:14) than to wander away like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31).

Cause And Effect. Seeing the blind man, it was quite natural for His disciples to ask Jesus why this man was blind from birth (John 9:1). Was it due to his own sins or his parent’s sins? Apparently some Rabbis were teaching that it was possible for a baby in the womb to sin by kicking his mother on the Sabbath. Perhaps they concluded that this man’s parents had sinned and thus passed down a curse on him (Exodus 20:5, 6; Jeremiah 32:18). Yes, it’s true. Some parents who take illegal drugs, alcohol, or who have sexually transmitted diseases, sometimes do pass a curse on to their children. Just talk to some Doctors and nurses about such babies.

Jesus’ Diagnosis. “Jesus answered [the disciples’ questions], ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him’” (John 9:3). Jesus was on a mission to glorify His Father by making Him known to humanity (John 17:3, 4). He did everything that the Father wanted Him to do at the right time and in the proper manner. His miracles were designed to prove to them/us that He was/is the promised Messiah/Christ and the Son of God (John 20:31). They validated His person and work (Isaiah 29:18; 35:5; 42:6, 7). Perhaps you didn’t know this but God has some predetermined works for Christians to do too (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). Sadly, most Christians don’t know very much about the “Spiritual Gifts” that God gave to every Christian at the moment of his/her salvation (See Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16). Which gifts were temporary and which are extant? [1]  Which one do you have?  Are you using it with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13)?

Miracles. The miracles that Jesus performed were conducted in different ways. Sometimes He performed them without a lot of fanfare (John 2:7, 8). He was able to heal the nobleman’s son from a distance just by speaking a word. He told a crippled man to take up his bed and walk (John 5:8). He fed over 5,000 people at one time (John 6:11). He brought Lazarus back to life with a word (John 11:43). But on this occasion Jesus “spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’…So he went and washed, and came back seeing” (John 9:6, 7).

Sabbath. It’s interesting that Jesus chose to give this man his sight on the Sabbath (Saturday). The hypocritical, legalistic, religious Pharisees had added all kinds of other requirements to the observance of the Sabbath. Apparently they said it was unlawful for a man to pluck a hair from his head or beard because that involved work. Cutting one’s fingernails was illegal. No medical attention could be administered unless it was a life or death situation. It was unlawful for a man to walk with sandals that had nails in them because that was carrying a burden on the Sabbath. Is it any wonder that Jesus had compassion on the common people who were weighted down with such additional burdens? They missed the whole purpose of the Sabbath. “Apart from maintaining the continual burnt offering ( Numbers 28:9), and its connection with the annual feasts…the seventh day was never made a day of sacrifice, worship, or any manner of religious service. It was simply and only a day of complete rest for man and beast, a humane provision for man’s needs. In Christ’s words, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath’ (Mark 2:27).” – Dr. C. I. Scofield

Response. Perplexed by what had happened to this blind man, the people asked him about it. Not satisfied with his answer, they took him to the Pharisees for them to interrogate him about his eyesight. With all their knowledge of the Scriptures, they should have made the connection of this miracle to the prophecy that Isaiah had made concerning the Messiah’s giving sight to the blind when He came (Isaiah 29:18; 35:5; 42:6, 7). But they didn’t get it. Things haven’t changed much today either. Liberal theologians refuse to acknowledge that Jesus is the God-man who had/has all the Divine attributes of God. They don’t believe that He came to earth through the virgin, Mary. They don’t believe that He was sinless, and that He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily from the dead on the third day. They don’t believe that He’s coming back literally as He said He would (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11).

Confusion/Unbelief. The Jewish prophet Jeremiah rehearsed the reasons for the Jewish captivity by their enemies. “Hear this now, O foolish people [Jews], without understanding, who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not…But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; They have revolted and departed…” (Jeremiah 5:21-23). Because most of the Jews rejected their Messiah when He came 2,000 years ago and said, “His blood be on us and on our children” (Matthew 27:25), they have been to this day under Gentile domination and will be until Christ returns after the seven years of tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Romans 11:25). The last 3 ½ years are known as “the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). This time seems to be just around the corner. To get the big picture, would you like to receive a free “Dispensations Chart” for your consideration? If so, ask us for one. Do you know what happens to a Jewish person who believes in Jesus as his/her personal Savior today (Romans 1:16; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:11-18)?

Israel’s Future. God hasn’t forsaken the Jewish nation forever as some “Replacement Theology” people believe. [2] A bright future awaits the believing Jewish remnant (Romans 11:26). Those who physically survive the seven year Tribulation will be the ones who repopulate the earth (Matthew 10:22; 24:13). They will inherit all the land that God promised to give to them in an everlasting covenant. During Christ’s 1,000 reign on/over earth (Revelation 20:6; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Daniel 2:44, 45) it will extend from the Mediterranean Sea to the River Euphrates (Genesis 15:18- 21). In eternity future, the believing Jews will inherit a new earth in which they will dwell (Revelation 21:1; Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13). “Nevertheless we [believers], according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells [feels at ease]” (2 Peter 3:13). Don’t let the scoffers intimidate you. They don’t believe that Jesus is returning to earth as He said He would (2 Peter 3:3ff). Are they ever in for a surprise!

Judgment Day. “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Every person who has lived on this earth will face Judge Jesus someday (John 5:22). Do you know the purposes for the different judgments (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15)? Where will you spend eternity – Heaven or Hell? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead? Are you depending on any of your good works to get you into heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? Would you like assurance of salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)?

Our True Condition. All of us were born spiritually blind (1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4). We need someone to share the Clear Gospel [3] with us so God the Holy Spirit can open our spiritual eyes and enable us to see the Lord Jesus Christ and believe on Him to be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 10:9-16).

Witnesses. If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, you can/should tell others about Him (Acts 1:8). Carnal Christians need to get right with God through confession of their sins to God and others against whom they have sinned or face discipline from God (1 John 1:9; James 5:16, 19, 20; 1 John 5:16; Hebrews 12:5ff).

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[1] Spiritual Gifts. http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm

[2] Replacement Theology:

http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/scofield.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

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

To many people Jesus was a passive, weak man who never said anything to offend anyone. And yet He said, “…if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24; See John 8:58; 10:30; 20:31). Previously He had made a whip of cords and chased out the money changers from the temple (John 2:13-16). With harsh words He denounced the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy (Matthew 7:1-5, 21-23; 23:13-36). They had laid on the common people heavy burdens.

Compassionate. This is why Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28). Meekness is not weakness; It is strength under control. It is one part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” which is Christ likeness (Galatians 5:22, 23).

The Hour.  No one was able to take Jesus until “His hour” had come (John 8:20).  This was predetermined by God and it would involve Judas’ betraying Him to the enemy for thirty pieces of silver  (Zechariah 11:12, 13; John 8:20; 18:5-12). He said, “No one takes [My life] from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again” (John 10:18). He, along with the two other Persons in the Godhead, were involved in His bodily resurrection from the dead (John 2:19-22; Romans 6:4; 8:11; See Luke 24:33-43). Without it Christians would be of all men the most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). His resurrected, glorified body consists of flesh and bones, but it has no blood (1 Corinthians 15:50). The Christian’s resurrected, glorified bodies will be like His (1 John 3:2). Those who deny His bodily resurrection and His literal return to this earth are antichrists (1 John 4:2; 2 John 1:7; Matthew 24:5). Beware of them.

Unbelievers. In no uncertain terms, Jesus said to the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23). He went on to tell them that their father was the devil (John 8:44; See 1 John 3:9, 10; 5:19). They also were spiritually blinded and lulled to sleep by him (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19). They would die in their sins if they didn’t believe that He was the eternal “I AM” (John 8:24, 58; 10:30; See Exodus 3:14). He was claiming to be the God-man and the promised Messiah (John 5:18; 20:31; See Matthew 16:16). Believing in/on Jesus involves more than giving mental assent to some facts about Him (James 2:19). Furthermore, once they died physically, there would be no more opportunities to change their minds (repent) and believe on Him so they could be saved (Luke 16:19-31; Hebrews 9:27). “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Salvation. It always have been and always will be by God’s grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Jonah 2:9). Grace is unmerited favor that God extends to us. It is not the help that God gives to a person when he is baptized (sprinkled) as a baby so he can do good works (Sacraments) and earn his own way to heaven. God’s mercy is displayed when He shows compassion for those who are suffering, either as a result of their own sin(s), or the sin(s) of others (Titus 3:5).  Faith doesn’t save us; God saves us when we place our faith in the right object – the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, who was buried for three days, and who rose again bodily on the third day. Then He was seen by over 500 witnesses before ascending publicly, gradually, and literally back to heaven (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8). This is the Good News that is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). The Gospel must not be changed by adding to or subtracting anything from it as the false teachers do (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; Galatians 1:6-9). When it is presented correctly and in its entirety, the Holy Spirit can do His work of convicting people of their sin of unbelief in Christ, their need to have Christ’s righteousness to enter heaven, and the certain judgment and condemnation that will come to all who don’t believe on Him for their salvation (John 16:8-11; 3:18, 36).

Questions. What are your thoughts about Jesus? Is He the “Wafer Jesus” who didn’t finish the work of salvation? Is He just an elevated man and the brother of Lucifer who became a god. Do you believe that He was/is Michael the archangel? Maybe you think of Him as the “Revolutionary Jesus” of New Age Communism, or the “Universalist Jesus” who won’t send anyone to hell.

Warning. Jesus said, “…many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5). Have you or has someone you know been deceived? Are you trying to get into heaven by your good works or by your faith plus your good works (John 10:1; 14:6)? Those who aren’t fit for heaven will spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46). To be saved and fit for heaven, we must Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone through the message of the Gospel. Have you done this yet? If not, why not believe on Him right now? Then let us know about your decision so we can help you grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18) and teach you about the spiritual gifts that God gives to His children at the time of our salvation (1 Peter 4:10).

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Perhaps you feel like you are on top of the world right now and have everything under control. You’ve convinced yourself that you are the captain of your ship and the master of your fate. But then again, you may only be whistling in the dark and scared to death because you can’t seem to get freed from the albatross of sin that is hanging around your neck. Maybe you’re plagued by guilt from the past and can’t seem to shake it off. Would you like to know that you have been forgiven and that you cannot be condemned to hell when you die? If so, read on.

Oppressed? Author John Stockton wrote, “Come, every soul by sin oppressed, / There’s mercy with the Lord; / And He will surely give you rest / By trusting in His word. / Only trust Him, / only trust Him, / Only trust Him now. / He will save you, / He will save you, / He will save you now.” God can save us from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and from the presence of sin. Do you know how He does this and when each of these things actually happens?

Mercy. It’s been described as the compassion that God shows toward those who are suffering in life either because of their own sins, or the sins of others. God has been merciful to us and will continue to be merciful. But once you’re dead, there is no more mercy for you or anyone else who has rejected God’s offer of deliverance from the lake of fire.

Invitation. Christians have a High Priest (Jesus) who can sympathize with our weaknesses because He was tempted in all points as we are, but without sinning. We have been invited to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace (unmerited favor) to help us in time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).

Unbeliever? For you to enjoy this privilege you need to be a child of God. All unbelievers are children of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10). You can become God’s child by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Merely knowing and believing these facts aren’t enough to save you.  You must transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone to be saved.

Priest. Every true Christian today is a New Testament priest (1 Peter 2:5, 9) and can/should offer up to God spiritual sacrifices. These include our bodies as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2), praise and thanksgiving, doing good works, and sharing of our material things (Hebrews 13:15, 16). If you’re a Christian, how often do you offer these sacrifices up to God?  What is the difference between praise and thanksgiving?  How can you know if you’re doing the good works that God planned for you to do (1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 2:10)?  What can/should  you share with others?  Why?  To be blessed or because you been blessed?  To whom should you not give?  On what basis will God evaluate your good works?

Help. Maybe you’re miserable and don’t exactly know why you are. God’s Word contains all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). There is hope for you if you’re teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Until you are rightly related to God, you won’t enjoy God’s quality of life or be a true blessing to others (John 10:10; See Galatians 5:22, 23). If you’d like our help, we can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” If God has comforted you, comfort someone else in need (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Treat today as though it might be your last day on earth (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

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A roving reporter came up to a man on the street and said, “Do you know what the two biggest problems in America are?” The pedestrian said, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” The reporter said, “You are absolutely right.”  Far too many people are unaware of what is really happening around them and the sad part is, they don’t really care until it’s too late.

The Problem: Ignorance About And Apathy For –

God. There are many false ideas about God in our world. Atheists, who boldly say, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1) are fewer in numbers than they would like for us to believe. Some of them are often very aggressive in their attempts to try to force their beliefs on others. Atheism has been responsible for millions of deaths around the world. But disproving the existence of God is nearly impossible in view of the fact that not one of us has been everywhere in the universe where God might be. Agnostics are more honest when they claim not to know if there is a god or not. Many people do not believe that God is truly knowable. They have been misled by false prophets and teachers who claim to know the truth. In the midst of all this, there is the truth about God, who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17). And yet, because so many people love the temporary pleasures that go along with darkness rather than light (John 3:19; Hebrews 11:25), they make excuses for not coming to the Light of the world (John 8:12). He also claimed to be the [only] way, the [absolute] truth, and the [giver of eternal] life (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12; 16:31). Being the truth Himself, He also had/has the power to set us free (John 8:32, 36) from our enslavement to our sinful passions (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 2 Peter 2:19), and from the overwhelming power of the devil who wants to take humanity with him to his eternal destiny in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10).

Ourselves. The reason Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed to be born again from above (John 3:3-5) was due to the fact that all of us, without exception, are born into this world with the devil as our spiritual father (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). We also have a sinful nature (i. e. a lawless disposition) that was passed down to us from our parents (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). The devil tempts people to be proud of their race, face, or place in life (1 Timothy 3:6; See Ezekiel 28:17; 1 Corinthians 4:7), and to act independently of God (Genesis 3:5; Isaiah 14:14). Any human being can get out of Satan’s family simply by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Salvation is by grace alone (It’s totally undeserved). It’s through faith alone in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, and not in the Christ of the cults. It is not of works on our part lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). A Christian can overcome the sinful passions that come from his sin nature when he learns how to walk by means of the Holy Spirit and when he is filled with the Spirit (Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18). We can overcome the temptations to be proud and to act independently of God by putting on the whole armor of God, while focusing our attention of the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:10-17; See 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7). Our self righteousness is unacceptable to God (Isaiah 64:6). Without Christ’s righteousness put to our account, we cannot enter heaven (John 16:10). It is imputed to us at the moment of salvation (Romans 4:3-6, 22-25). No longer does the Christian have to obey his old boss, the devil. Submitting voluntarily to God is the only reasonable and logical thing for a Christian to do once he/she has been saved. If you’ve been saved, have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you yielding the members of your body to God each day for Him to use you for His glory and your good (Romans 6:11-23)?

The Spirit World. Fiction seems to rule the day as many children and even adults are enamored by sorcery, witchcraft, and the supernatural, unseen world. It must delight the devil’s heart to know that so many people grope around in spiritual darkness and are not able to identify him and his agents, the fallen angels (demons). Did you know that behind the wicked rulers of this world there are spirit beings who manipulate them like puppets (Daniel 10:13; Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 4:4). They also use false prophets and teachers to dispense doctrines of demons to humanity (1Timothy 4:1). Secular humanism and evolution are two examples. Some of their other teachings are so close to the truth that they are almost undetectable to some believers (Matthew 24:24) and the average person who doesn’t know the truth from God’s Word.

The Solution: Bible Doctrine And Compassion

Our Need To Study. This involves hard work that many people don’t want to do. It involves studying the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17), meditating on it (1 Timothy 4:15), memorizing it (Psalm 119:11), interpreting it correctly (Titus 1:9), and applying it properly (James 1:22; 4:17). Spiritual growth can be painful at times as our faith is tried (James 1:2; 2 Peter 3:18). But the rewards of studying God’s Word are immense. The truth can set us free from the tyranny of the devil and our sin nature (John 8:32, 36).

Our Need To Love. “God [the Father] so loved the world [you and me] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life” (John 3:16). God’s love is produced in the lives of Spirit filled Christians who are walking by means of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16, 22, 23). We care about other people because God cared about us and His love has been poured out in our hearts (Roman 5:5). We are told to direct it toward the right objects at the right time (Galatians 5:13; 1 John 2;15-17). So we beg on Christ’s behalf – Put your faith in Him alone before it’s too late. Once you’ve been saved, start growing in the Lord (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18).  Learn to serve the Lord and others with gladness (Psalm 100:2; 1 Peter 4:10).  Reproduce yourself (Matthew 28:19, 20).

Our Need To Warn. Today could be your last day on earth before you enter eternity. Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1). Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then it vanishes away (James 4:14). Live like today might be your last day on earth.  You’ll live a more productive life.

Paradigm Shift

Perhaps for the first time you’ve been made aware of truth concerning “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” for mankind. The Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man, came to reveal the Godhead and His plans to/for us (John 1:1-18). God is knowable through His inspired, written Word (2 Timothy 3:16 17), and through the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-18). No matter how sinful you’ve been, if you’re alive physically, there is hope for you (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). The only unforgivable sin today is the sin of unbelief in Christ (John 16:9; 3:18, 36). If you die in unbelief without Christ as your personal Savior, you will be lost forever and suffer with the devil and his angels (demons) in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). If you die as a true Christian, your future is as bright as the promises of God (John 14:1-3). We’d love to have you join us in heaven some day.

Help. Having read this, you will no longer be able to say, “I don’t know how to be saved and go to heaven.” We have done our best to share with you the truth from God’s Word on how you can be delivered from the clutches of the devil and from your own sin nature. If you need additional information, we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com.  If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you.  Please share this with a friend in need.

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John 8:13-18

“I believe that Jesus was a great moral teacher and a good man but I don’t believe that He is God.” Have you ever heard someone says this? Others might even go so far as to say, “I believe that Jesus is the God-man who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, but I’m not willing to put my faith in Him alone for my salvation. I believe that good works contribute to my salvation.” What about you? Do you believe that you are going to heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you have been saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that could cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?  If in doubt, contact us right away.  “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?  Make sure today.

Bold. Jesus made some bold “I AM….” statements about Himself that infuriated His enemies so much that they wanted to silence Him by killing Him (John 5:18; 8:58). Not willing to accept the miracles that He performed to validate His credentials (John 20:31), they insisted that He prove what He was claiming about Himself with other witnesses (John 8:13).  He did, but they still wouldn’t believe in/on Him (John 8:18).

Liar. Most of the religious leaders of Israel hated Jesus and were envious of His ability to draw people to Himself (Matthew 27:18). They accused Him of being a liar even though He proved that He was the Christ (Messiah) and the Son of God by the three kinds of miracles He performed before them (John 5:36; Acts 2:22). When someone loves darkness rather than light (John 3:19), he will do almost anything to make excuses for his unwillingness to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for his sins…and rose again bodily from the dead.

Lunatic. It surprises some people to learn that Jesus’ own half brothers and sisters, who were born of Joseph and Mary (Matthew 13:55), didn’t believe on Him as their personal Savior until after they saw Him in His resurrected, glorified body (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). In fulfillment of the prophecy that Jesus would be considered insane (Isaiah 53:4), His own family members came to take Him away after He chose 12 men to be His disciples (Mark 3:21).

Lord. It may further surprise you to know that there are some people in cults who believe that Jesus was God manifested in human flesh, that He was born of the virgin, Mary, that He lived a sinless life, that He died for our sins…and rose again bodily.  And yet the Apostle Paul said that some of them had “believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1- 4).  They weren’t saved and headed for heaven. What did he mean by saying that?  Did you know that the devil believes in the Deity of Christ (Isaiah 14:14; Matthew 4:3)? The demons do too (Matthew 8:29; James 2:19).

Lord, Lord. To a group of people who claimed to have done many wonderful things in His name (prophesying in Christ’s name, casting out demons, performing wonder miracles), the Lord said, “I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23). Why did/will He say this to them? Simply because they didn’t do the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21). What is His will? To those who asked Him what they had to do that they might do the works of God, He replied, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent” (John 6:28, 29; See John 5:24). “…God (the Father) so loved the world (i. e. the people on earth) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting (eternal) life” (John 3:16). Have you placed your faith in Him exclusively through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) or are you depending on your faith plus your good works to get you to heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?

Lordship. Sadly, many people are taught that in order for them to be saved, they must first make Jesus the Master of their lives and submit to His Lordship over every aspect of their lives before they can be saved. They make the conditions for spiritual maturity the conditions for salvation. Honestly, do you know of anyone who has stopped sinning by promising to make Jesus the Lord/Master of his/her life? Those who say that Christians don’t have a sin nature after they get saved are deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8). Men who teach this heresy and another gospel will be held accountable before the Lord for teaching it (James 3:1; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). Even the Apostle Paul struggled with his sin nature after he was saved (Romans 7:15-25). He wrote to believers to instruct them how to overcome their sin nature (Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11-23). If a Christian doesn’t have a sin nature, a lot of the Scriptures telling us not to engage in the works of the flesh (sin nature) could/should be deleted from the Bible.

Enemies. The Christian has three spiritual enemies: the devil, his own sin nature, and the present world system. Each enemy uses different tactics to interrupt our family fellowship with God (1 John 1:3-10).  Sin grieves the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:3).  We can quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Do you know how to counter your spiritual enemies and live victoriously? If not, we’d like to invite you to join us on Wednesdays at 6:30-7:30 P.M. (Pacific Time) either in person or by phone hookup as we share Biblical truth with those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Figuratively speaking, we want to put a guard rail at the top of the mountain rather than have a hospital at the bottom of the mountain. Bad attitudes (trespasses – Galatians 6:1) can easily lead to sinful behavior (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4).  What can/should you do and not do if you see a Christian with a bad attitude?

Involvement. Jesus commanded His disciples to make true believers of all nations…(Matthew 28:19, 20). We are to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8; 2:32; 3:15; 5:32). If you’re saved, when was the last time you made an effort to be obedient to these commands? Are you a “convenient” or a “committed” Christian (Romans 12:1, 2)? Of all the things you plan to do today, where do glorifying God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and witnessing come into the picture? Are you doing what you want to do or what God wants you to do (Luke 22:42)? Will you personally get involved in rescuing the perishing, caring for the dying, snatching them in pity from sin and the grave, weeping over the erring ones, lifting up the fallen, and telling them of Jesus the mighty to save? If not, why? What is/should be your primary and secondary purposes in life? How do you carry these out? What dominates your thoughts (Psalm 34:3)? What is God’s purpose (John 17:3; Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14)?

Prayer. Would you make this song your prayer? “Not what I wish to be, /  Nor where I wish to go, / For who am I that I should choose my way? / The Lord shall choose for me, / ‘Tis better far, I know, / So let him bid me go, or stay.” Then read Galatians 2:20 please.

Last Day? What changes would you make in your planning if somehow you knew that today would be your last day to spend on earth?  What if Christ were to return as He promised (John 14:1-3)?  Is “Deo Volente” your motto (James 4:14)?

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