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An old missionary couple had been working in Africa for years, and they were returning to New York City to retire. They had no pension; their health was broken; they were defeated, discouraged, and afraid. They discovered they were booked on the same ship as President Teddy Roosevelt, who was returning from one of his big-game hunting expeditions.

No one paid much attention to them. They watched the fanfare that accompanied the President’s entourage, with passengers trying to catch a glimpse of the great man.

As the ship moved across the ocean, the old missionary said to his wife, “Something is wrong. Why should we have given our lives in faithful service for God in Africa all these many years and have no one care a thing about us? Here this man comes back from a hunting trip and everybody makes much over him, but nobody gives two hoots about us.”

“Dear, you shouldn’t feel that way,” his wife said.

“I can’t help it; it doesn’t seem right.”

When the ship docked in New York, a band was waiting to greet the President. The mayor and other dignitaries were there. The papers were full of the President’s arrival, but no one noticed this missionary couple. They slipped off the ship and found a cheap flat on the East side, hoping the next day to see what they could do to make a living in the city.

That night, the man’s spirit broke. He said to his wife, “I can’t take this; God is not treating us fairly.”

His wife replied, “Why don’t you go into the bedroom and tell that to the Lord?”

A short time later he came out from the bedroom, but now his face was completely different. His wife asked, “Dear, what happened?”

“The Lord settled it with me,” he said. “I told him how bitter I was that the President should receive this tremendous homecoming, when no one met us as we returned home. And when I finished, it seemed as though the Lord put his hand on my shoulder and simply said, ‘But you’re not home yet!’”

From Talking To My Father, by Ray Stedman. Barbour & Co. 1997.

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). And the Apostle Peter wrote these words to faithful Pastors.  “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; not as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (1 Peter 5:2-4).  As the song writer put it, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!/ Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ./ One glimpse of his dear face, all sorrow will erase./ So, bravely run the race till we see Christ.” – Esther K. Rusthoi

Are you ready to meet Jesus?  Have you placed your faith in Him alone as the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day?  If not, why not do it right now and be saved from eternal condemnation (John 3:16, 18, 36)?

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The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek [those who aren’t Jews]” (Romans 1:16).

Quiz. “Each year, as I teach the doctrine of salvation, I give a quiz to test my students’ understanding of the Gospel. I ask them to imagine that they are in a hospital room, calling on an unbeliever who is at death’s door. The students have time for only twenty-five words to communicate the Gospel. After the 25th word the patient has passed away. What would the students say in this situation? Are they able to express the Gospel so concisely that if the mortally ill person responds properly, he is saved? Do the students comprehend the Gospel sufficiently to put the saving message in these few words?” – Dr. Manfred Kober. Do you know what you would say to such a person who was dying? If not, read his article below to find out how you too can share the gospel in 25 words. [1]

“Has anyone ever shown you from the Bible how you can know for certain that you will go to heaven when you die?” If not, read Dr. Ron Shea’s little booklet to help you. Or you can listen to an audio version of this too. [2]

Believing In Vain? Don’t be among those who “believe in vain” by adding to or subtracting from the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-11) as the cults and false religions do. Please read about “Lordship Salvation” by Dr. Manfred Kober [3] and George Zeller. [4]

Limited? Did Christ only die for a select group of people rather than for all mankind? What serious problems stem from believing in “limited atonement”? [5]

Your Destiny. My friend, having a correct understanding of the Gospel and believing in the Christ of the Scriptures, not the cults or false religions, will determine your eternal destiny in heaven or the lake of fire (John 3:16, 18, 36; 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). You can know the facts of the Gospel, and believe the facts to be true without placing your faith in Christ alone to save you. Good works can’t save us (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [through the message of the Gospel] and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Answer. What are the 25 words you could use with a person who is about to die or with anyone else so he/she could be saved? “Friend: You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again [bodily]. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” [1]

Personal Testimony. I had a similar situation happen to me recently when I went to the hospital to visit a lady who was dying. I asked her if she knew for sure that she would go to heaven the moment she died. She said she didn’t know. I then asked her why she thought God might let her into heaven. She responded by saying that she thought she was a pretty good person. I shared with her the fact that we’re all sinners who have come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:10, 23). We’re not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9) but by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. I asked her if she’d like to trust in Christ alone to save her. She responded by saying “Yes.” She died a few days later. Death bed conversions? Yes, I believe in them. I also had the privilege of leading a 95 year old man to the Lord awhile ago.

You Too. My friend, you can lead people to Christ too. A “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits those who are involved in leading others to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19).

Help. If you are not absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die (2 Corinthians 5:6-8), or if you believe that you must go to a purging place first, we’re here to help you make the most important decision of your life. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36). Don’t put this off because our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14; See Proverbs 27:1). Make sure today! (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13). We can be reached 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 and ask that you share this information with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” by Dr. Manfred Kolber, http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/read

[2] “The Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/the-gospel-audiobook/

[3] “Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or False Doctrine,” Dr. Manfred Kober

Part 1 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-1/read

Part 2 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-2/read

[4] Lordship Salvation, by George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

[5] Limited Atonement: by George Zeller http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

 

1 Peter 4:15-19

We’re told that “attitude is everything.” How we respond to the circumstances of life tells others a lot about us. Do we grumble and gripe as the children of Israel in the wilderness did (1 Corinthians 10) or do we thank Him for opportunities to trust Him in the hard times of life (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Timothy 2:14)? Do we know God’s promises and mix them with faith and enjoy the peace of God (Hebrews 4:2, 3; Philippians 4:4-7)? Let’s consider –

The Believer’s Action In Relation To Suffering. It should be obvious that if we sin or do evil we usually will suffer for it (1 Peter 4:15, 16). Most often, we reap what we’ve sown (Galatians 6:7-9) and should recognize that the government has been given the God given responsibility to punish evil doers even to the point of death for some crimes against humanity (Romans 13:4). We should not expect to receive a gold medal if we competed in an athletic event and violated the rules of the game (2 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 9:25-27). Nor should we expect to be rewarded for our service to God and/or to others if we engaged in the activity independently of God or without faith (John 15:5; Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:6). If we should suffer as a result of doing what is right, we ought to commit our souls (emotions) to God and let Him bring us the needed comfort at such times (1 Peter 4:19). Jesus suffered mercilessly at the hands of wicked men. He died as the Just one for the unjust ones – you and me (1 Peter 3:18). He bore our sins and paid the penalty of death that we deserved (Isaiah 53:7-9; Romans 6:23). Throughout the pages of the Scriptures we have examples of believers who suffered unjustly at the hands of the wicked (See Hebrews 11; Acts 5:20, 41).

The Time Of Judgment In Relation To Suffering. No one will escape judgment day (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone who has died will be raised up someday and will stand before Judge Jesus (John 5:22). There will be different orders of resurrections and times of judgment (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). New Testament Grace believers will be judged according to their works when Christ returns at the Rapture (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:51, 52; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Their works that have the quality of gold, silver, and precious stones will endure the fire and will be rewarded. Their worthless works will be burned up but they will not lose their salvation. On the other hand, all the dead unbelievers will raised back to life with immortal bodies and will stand before the omniscient (John 2:24), omnipotent (Revelation 1:8), and righteous (2 Timothy 4:8) Judge Jesus at the Great While Throne to have their works evaluated to determine their degree of suffering in the eternal lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15). There will not be any second opportunities to be saved as some cults teach. Yes, there seems to be greater degrees of pleasure in heaven for those Christians who earned some or all of the five crowns on earth so they can cast them at Jesus’ feet when He judges their works (Revelation 4:10). In like manner there will be degrees of suffering in the lake of fire for all unbelievers (Matthew 10:15; 23:13-36; James 3:1). The unforgivable sin is unbelief (John 3:6, 18; 36; 5:40; 16:8-11).

The Gospel. The “Bad News” is that we’re all sinners who deserve to be eternally separated from a holy God in the lake of fire forever (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). But the “Good News” is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. He can/will save any and all who put their faith in Him apart from their good works (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). The Scriptures don’t teach universalism – that eventually everyone will be saved and end up in heaven. Some people hate God and don’t want to spend eternity with Him and His children. They love darkness and won’t come to the Light of the world to be saved (John 3:19; Revelation 13:6; 16:11).

Suffering? If you, as a Christian, are suffering for doing what it sinful, confess and forsake your sinful conduct.  To keep from repeating the same sins over and over again, utilize the techniques taught in the Scriptures (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). We teach Christians how to overcome the distinct temptations that come from the devil, their own sin nature, and from the present world system. If you are suffering for doing what is right, be encouraged by these words: “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls [emotional stability] to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). “…if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I [Paul] consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:17, 18; See 2 Cor. 11:23-33; 2 Timothy 2:10). If you’re a Christian, your troubles didn’t come to stay but to pass. If you’re not a Christian and if you die as an unbeliever, your suffering and troubles are just beginning. You won’t be resting in peace (R.I.P.) in the lake of fire. Don’t delay! Trust in Christ alone today! God desires (not determines) that everyone be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). He wants His children to enjoy their eternal life abundantly (John 10:10).

Help. If you aren’t sure that you will go immediately into God’s presence in heaven the moment you die, we’d be happy to try to help you have such assurance from God’s Word (1 John 5:13) and from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Please pass it on to others so we can help them too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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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 8:12

As tension mounted and as the Jewish leaders were plotting to kill Him, Jesus went up to the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths) in Jerusalem. This was a time when the Jews celebrated their deliverance from Egypt and of their having to live in booths during the time of their wilderness wanderings. It lasted for 40 years because the older generation of Jews wouldn’t believe God and enter the land that He had promised to give to them (Genesis 15:18-21; Numbers 13:26-14:4). By the way, are you missing out on many blessings from God because you don’t know about God’s promises and/or won’t claim them and mix them with faith (Hebrews 4:2)? Make sure they are addressed to you, not the Jews. Don’t try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to them. Don’t be misled by those who say that the Church has replaced Israel.

Claim. It was during this feast time that Jesus made a very provocative statement. He said, “I AM the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). This probably happened about the time when the torch, that represented the pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21), was being put out as the feast was concluding.

Light. Some people love darkness and hate the light because it exposes their sinful deeds (John 3:19). Jesus had just shined the light on the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees who had brought a woman, taken in adultery, to Him for her to be stoned to death (John 8:4, 5). Because they were as guilty as she was, they all left one by one from the oldest to the youngest (John 8:9). “When one turns on the light, all the rats, the bats, and the bedbugs crawl away. Light exposes sin, which was the reason [they left].” – Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Mysterious. Light can do strange things. It can enlighten, warm, sustain, gladden, blind, and enable us to see colors. God saw mankind in moral, political, intellectual, and cultural darkness. He wanted all of us to come to the Light (Himself) and be saved from eternal darkness in the lake of fire (Jude 1:13; Matthew 11:28-30; 25:30, 41, 46). He desires the same for us today (1 Timothy 2:4). Have you come to “The Light” to be saved? If not, why not now?

Prophecy. Jesus, the God-man, came to earth to fulfill the prophecies that were made about Him. But most of His own people, the Jews, didn’t receive Him as their Messiah, King, and as the Son of God (John 1:11, 12; 20:31). Therefore, He extended salvation to include the non-Jews (Gentiles) so that anyone who would receive Him would be given the right to become children of God simply by believing in/on Him (John 3:16, 18, 36).

God’s Will. Jesus came to do the Father’s will (Hebrews 10:7, 10). He wanted men to see, in visible, human form, what God was like. So One of the three members in the Godhead added to His deity a true human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-11). He shed light in the darkness. Mankind was/is enslaved in/by moral, political, intellectual, and cultural darkness. Satan held them and still holds most people today under His control (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19). But upon believing in/on Christ, one’s spiritual eyes are opened and he/she is transferred out of Satan’s domain into God’s family (Colossians 1:13). We are set free from spiritual bondage (John 8:32-36). Are you enslaved in spiritual darkness? Would you like to be set free and receive eternal life?

Gospel. The Good News is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Just knowing and believing these facts can’t/won’t save you. But believing on the Lord Jesus Christ through these facts will result in your being saved (Acts 4:12; 16:31; John 3:16). “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name [character and works] of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18, 36).

Return. While He was in the world, Jesus was the light of the world (John 9:5). But since He currently is seated at God the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ephesians 1:20), He can’t be seen by those of us who are on earth. So He commissioned true Christians to be reflectors of His light/life as long as we are here on earth (Ephesians 5:8; Galatians 2:20). A Christian doesn’t know how long God will keep him/her on earth. So we must treat each day as though it might be our last day on earth. Don’t waste time on things that have no eternal value. Perhaps you’ve heard it said, “Love people, use things.” Use the world system without abusing it because it is passing way (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). You can’t take things to heaven with you but you can take other people with you. Do you know how to lead a person to Christ so he/she can be saved? If not, we’re here to help you discover one of life’s greatest joys. You can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” by leading someone else to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) and enabling him/her to enter heaven some day.

Christ Likeness. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will produce the “Fruit of the Spirit” (love, joy, peace, etc.) in our lives (Galatians 5:22,23). These things need to be displayed before others as we are led by God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:14). Is sin (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4) keeping you from having these Christ like qualities in your life? Are you abiding in Christ (John 15:1-10)? Do you feel at ease in His presence, and does He feel at ease in your presence? Are you walking in the light as He is in the light so that you can have fellowship with Him (1 John 1:3-7)?

Future. When Jesus returns to this earth, after the seven years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7), He will, once again, be the Light of the world (Malachi 4:2; Acts 1:9-11; See Revelation 22:5). He will return in all His glory with true Christians who will have been caught up (raptured) seven years before the Tribulation (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9). We will accompany Him when He returns to this earth to establish His millennial kingdom (Matthew 24:29ff; Jude 1:14; Revelation 19:16; 20:1-7). As the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8), He will take vengeance on His enemies who mistreated Him and His people (Psalm 2:1-14; Romans 12:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Revelation 6:10, 11).

Until Then. What is a Christian supposed to do while he/she is here on earth? We are to glorify God (make Him known) in all that we do and say (1 Corinthians 10:31). Will you let God live His life through your life (Galatians 2:20)? Will you display the “Fruit of the Spirit” before others as the Holy Spirit leads you (Galatians 5:22, 23; Romans 8:14)? Will you reflect “The Light” before others in a spiritually dark world? If you’re a true Christian, why wouldn’t you want to do this? Unsaved people and carnal Christians aren’t interested in doing these things. What is your true spiritual condition right now?

Help. If you’re not sure you’re a true Christian, or if you are a carnal Christian who needs some spiritual help, we’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Will you share it with others so we can help them too? Thanks. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

 

“When affliction comes [and it will], don’t expect to understand immediately what the Lord is trying to teach [you as a Christian]…Let’s be content that our great and good Shepherd is up ahead in all the tomorrows, and that nothing comes to us unless it first passes through Him. Because of this, we can [and should] give thanks in [the midst of] our trials [1 Thessalonians 5:18]. The weak Christian cries, ‘When am I going to get out of my troubles?’ The spiritual believer asks, ‘What am I going to get out of them?’ Heaven-sent trials and adversity are therefore the honor badges of membership in the family of God!” “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourges every son whom He receives” (Hebrews 12:6). – Taken from Henry Bosch, Rainbows For God‘s Children In The Storm, Radio Bible Class, pp. 9, 10

“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12; See also 1 Peter 4:12-19). But “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

The Good News is that “Christ died for our sins…was buried…and rose again bodily on the third day, and was seen by over 500 witnesses” (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). Now then “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and your will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

To earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” we must share this Good News with others so they can be saved (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). When was the last time you did this?

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Contrary to what some people believe, God’s offer of deliverance/salvation from the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8) to heaven is limited to those who are physically alive on earth but spiritually dead (separated from God – Ephesians 2:1).  There are no second chances to be saved, once you are physically dead (Hebrews 9:27). The truthful Scriptures (John 17:17) don’t teach reincarnation. This false teaching gives people a false hope that perhaps if they haven’t been good enough on earth, they will come back in some other form to try again to earn their way to a better place. Our salvation is not based on our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). It was purchased at great cost by Christ’s precious blood when He died on the cross (1 Peter 1:18, 19; 3:18). It’s offered freely to all those who belong to the human race (John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 John 2:2). We all come from one man and woman (Adam and Eve – Romans 5:12). There is only one race – the “human race” but many ethnic groups who speak many languages (Acts 17:26). These groups and languages came into existence at the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). Evolution is a theory (not a fact) that runs contrary to the teachings of the Scriptures (Genesis 1:26-2:7). Salvation isn’t offered to the devil or the fallen angels/demons. They believe in God and tremble but they aren’t and can’t be saved (James 2:19; Matthew 4:3; 8:29).

Deliverance/Salvation. If you’re reading this, you have the opportunity to be saved if you aren’t saved already. To be saved, you must “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” exclusively (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 16:31) through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). “Christ [of the Scriptures, not the cults] died [once and for all – Hebrews 10:10] for our sins [because you are a sinner like all the rest of us (Romans 3:10-23) and you, like we, deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23). Jesus was buried in a tomb for three days (Matthew 12:40; John 2:19; 10:15-18) to prove that He had died and paid the penalty for our sins. But He rose again bodily on the third day.” His bodily resurrection was validated by over 500 witnesses over a 40 day period of time (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Romans 4:25). His resurrection guarantees the resurrection of all those who die (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). Some will be raised to spend eternity with God and others will be raised and judged at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:1-15).  All of them will be sent to the lake of fire to suffer forever where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). My friend, we don’t want you to go there. This is why we write these articles to help you avoid that awful place. Then Jesus ascended literally, gradually, and publicly in the presence of His disciples back into heaven from where He came (Acts 1:9-11; John 3:13).

Scoffers. There are many scoffers today (2 Peter 3:3) who deny the literal, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church (2 John 1:7), known also as “The Body of Christ” (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Seven years after the Rapture Jesus will return to this earth to rule and reign as the King of kings, and Lord of lords for 1,000 years (Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:29ff; Revelation 19:16; 20:1-7).

Normal/Literal Interpretation. Some of these people who believe that the prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming were fulfilled literally, don’t believe that the prophecies concerning His second coming are to be taken literally. Are they in for a shock? Yes!  About one third of the Bible was prophetic in nature when it was written. Ignoring Bible prophecy has many ramifications. These people won’t be loving His imminent return and consequently they won’t earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). The “Rapture” is a “Comforting Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18), a “Blessed Hope” (Titus 2:13),  and a “Purifying Hope” (1 John 3:3). Our hope is not wishful thinking but a confident expectation based on promises from God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2; John 14:6).

Help. If you aren’t absolutely sure of your salvation, or if you have honest questions and are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15), we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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