Archive for the ‘Death’ Category

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Death is a subject that most people don’t like to discuss, but it’s inevitable. Or is it? “And as it is appointed unto men [and women, boys and girls] once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). The Apostle Paul wrote: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Apocalypse. The “Fourth Horsemen of the Apocalypse is death. It is preceded by a false peace, war, and famine (Revelation 6:1-8). These conditions could be “just around the corner” from where we are today. Is there a way for us to avoid or delay these events from coming?

Approach. In journalistic style, let’s ask Who…? What…? Where…? When…? Why…? How…? Who dies and who lives? What is death? Where does a person go at the time of death? When will a person die? Why death came upon the human race? Can death be reversed?

Death. From the Scriptures we learn that there are three kinds of death. [1] Death isn’t annihilation or reincarnation but separation. Physical death takes place when the soul and spirit depart from the body (2 Corinthians 5:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Peter 1:9). It can be and will be reversed by the Lord Jesus Christ sometime in the future (1 Corinthians 15:26, 51, 52). Spiritual death involves an individual’s separation from God which began in the Garden of Eden when Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-6). We all were born into this world physically alive but spiritually dead and separated from fellowship with God (Ephesians 2:1). This condition can and will be changed the moment a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; Ephesians 2:1). The Second death takes place at the time of an unbeliever’s physical death (Revelation 20:6, 14; 21:8). It is irreversible. There are no “second chances” to be saved from the eternal lake of fire as some cults and false religions teach. Today, when an unbeliever dies, he/she goes to the lowest section of Sheol/Hades, in the heart of the earth, where they will suffer (Luke 16:19-31; Deuteronomy 32:22). At the time of the Great White Throne Judgment, which takes place at the end of Christ’s millennial reign on/over the earth, they will be raised from the dead, given another kind of body that will suffer forever in the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). Their degree of suffering in the lake of fire, will be determined by Christ, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 20:11-15). The souls and spirits of true Christians, at the moment of physical death, are transported immediately from this life into God’s presence in the third heaven. Here they are given a temporary body to house their souls and spirits until the time of the Rapture when they will receive their resurrected, glorified bodies that are like Christ’s resurrected, glorified body (2 Corinthians 5:1- 8; 1 John 3:2). We do NOT become gods. At the time of the Rapture, the works of New Testament believers will be evaluated at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15) to determine if we will receive crowns, rewards, and praise from Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). It isn’t a time to determine if we get into heaven or not.

Life. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, came into this world to glorify God (John 17:4) by making the Godhead known to mankind and to spirit beings whether they be cherubs, seraphs, and angels (Ephesians 3:10). God didn’t offer salvation and deliverance from the lake of fire to the devil and his angels/demons who rebelled against Him. But surprisingly God graciously demonstrated His love for rebellious mankind and provided the means of our salvation and deliverance from the lake of fire. He added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-11).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and then offered Himself as our Substitute and died in our place for our sins to satisfy (1 John 2:2; 4:10) God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature (Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 10:10). Had He remained dead, we would have no way knowing if God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25). But on the third day He arose bodily from the dead, made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses over a forty day period of time before He ascended back to heaven from where He had come (1 Corinthians 15:1 ff; Acts 1:1-11). He promised to come back for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:1-3; Ephesians 5:32). Those who place their faith and trust in Him alone will receive “eternal life” (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 1 John 5:13). Christ came to give us “eternal life” and an “abundant life” (John 10:10).

Response. Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:2) isn’t enough to save anyone from having to spend eternity with the devil in the lake of fire forever. We must transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5) over to the Person of Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. Have you done this yet? If not, why not now (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, we’d like to know how it has and then ask you to SHARE this with others too.

Gospel. Dr. Manfred Kober summed up the Gospel with these 24 words: “Friend: You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” [2] Please share this Good News with others as you are led by God the Holy Spirit as He opens up opportunities for you (Romans 8:14).

[1] Death. See Dr. C. I. Scofield’s Bible Study notes: Physical – Hebrews 9:27; Spiritual – Ephesians 2:5; Second – Revelation 20:14.

[2] Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

[3] “The Death Of Our Son,” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

Hopeless. Helpless. This is how many people in our world feel today. They don’t know for sure how mankind got here on earth and where we will go when we die. They fear death because they don’t know what is on the other side of it. Some dismiss heaven and hell from their thinking.

Class. Recently I have been teaching a class about “The Story Of Hope.” It is designed to help Christians lead lost people, who feel hopeless and helpless, to Christ so they can be saved (See John 1:41; 3:16; Acts 8:26 ff). We want to bring people out of darkness and into the light (Colossians 1:13;1 Peter 2:9). The future is as bright as the promises of God for true Christians (John 14:1-3; Psalm 16:11). But it isn’t bright for unbelievers who die without the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Jude 1:13). God cannot and will not lie to us (Titus 1:2; John 14:6; 17:17). But we must know the promises and claim them for ourselves (Hebrews 4:2).

My Method. When I meet people in the market place, on a plane, or perhaps at the gym, I like to “break the ice” and begin a conversation with them by trying to find something in common with them. Many people are willing to talk about their work, their family, or their background. I let them talk. Then, if I can, I might share with them the story of our son, Bill’s death [1] to point out how fragile life is (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1). Or I might tell them something about myself. I want to try to bring the conversation around to spiritual things. I usually say, “May I ask you something?”

Three Questions

Sure? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die?” The usual answer I get is, “I think/hope I will.” I ask, “Would you like to know for sure that you’ll go to heaven the moment you die?” Before I show them how this is possible, I like to ask them another question.

Why? “Why should God let you into His heaven?” The usual answer is, “I try my best to do what is right.” I ask, “How good do you think you have to be to get into heaven?” (This puzzles them.) If the person has a good answer to this question and believes that he/she is saved, I like to ask another question.

Lose? “If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?” (I like to ask this because some people, who are saved, lack assurance of their salvation. If I can, and if time permits, I like to proceed with the “Bad News & Good News.” Otherwise, I like to give them a clear Gospel tract or something I’ve written for them to take and read later.)

Bad News / Good News

Death. We’ve all sinned – acted lawlessly (Romans 3:23; 1 John 3:4). All of us deserve to die physically and be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23; Matthew 7:21-23; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Resurrection. But Christ died for our sins and rose again bodily on the third day. He can save anyone who puts his/her faith and trust in Him alone for his/her salvation (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31).

Only One Condition

Believe. If a person seems to be interested, I like to ask him/her, “Are you willing to place your faith in Christ alone to save you?” (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). I point out that it’s not enough for you to know and believe the facts of the Gospel. You must transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone to save us. I ask, “Are you willing to do this right now?” (2 Corinthians 6:2; Proverbs 27:1). If he/she is willing to do this, I encourage them to tell God. I let him/her know that praying doesn’t save us. But it’s our way of letting God know of our decision to trust in Christ alone to save us. Here is a suggested prayer: “Dear God, I know I’m a sinner and that I can’t save myself. I believe that Christ died for my sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. I’m trusting in Him alone to save me. Thank You for the assurance that will come to me when I believe your promises to save me.” (Here are some promises that provide assurance of salvation for believers: John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).

False Conditions. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be baptized, join the church, give money, confess every sin you’ve ever committed, promise never to sin again, make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life, keep the sacraments, and/or do other good works. Good works don’t save anyone (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). They provide evidence of our faith to other people (James 2:18-20).

Formulas

The Right Formula. Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works

The Wrong Formula. Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation

Security & Assurance

When someone truly believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, through the message of the Gospel, he/she is saved instantly and is secure “in Christ” forever (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 4:30). However, a true believer may not always feel like he/she is saved after sinning. The devil/demons like to put doubts into our minds when we sin (act lawlessly) or when we have unanswered questions.

Confession

When we sin, as Christians, we need to confess them (name them and be specific) to God and then claim His promise to forgive us (1 John 1:9). Then we need to learn how not to keep repeating the same sins (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13). We have three spiritual enemies that tempt us: the devil, the present world system, and our own sin nature.

Help. We’re here to glorify God by making Him known to others. We want to help you make sure of your salvation. Once saved, we want to help you grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18) and help you identify the sources from which your temptations come, and to show you what you need to do so you don’t keep on sinning and grieving God (1 John 2:1; Ephesians 4:30). Perpetual sin, in the life of a Christian, could lead to a premature, physical death (James 5:19; 1 John 5:16; 1 Corinthians 11:30). Contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

[1] “The Death Of Our Son” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

Links

Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Do We Really Know The Gospel” https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

“The Clear Gospel” http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

The greatest miracle that ever took place was the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ out from among the dead ones. On at least 10 separate occasions, and to over 500 brethren, He appeared to show Himself alive after dying on the cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). Jesus predicted His own death on the cross and His bodily resurrection from the dead (John 2:19; 10:17, 18). His resurrection guarantees the bodily resurrection of every human being who has died (1 Corinthians 15:22). Rather than just one general resurrection at the end of time, there will be four more resurrections that occur at different times in the future (1 Corinthians 15:23, 24, 51, 52; Revelation 11:11). Do you know in which one you will participate? Some cults teach the annihilation of the wicked dead; other religions teach reincarnation. Neither of these are taught in the Scriptures which is absolute truth (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

Atheists. There are many people who arrogantly claim to be atheists (those who don’t believe there is a god). If they were honest, they would say they are agnostics (those who aren’t sure if God exists or not). The Scriptures calls atheists fools (Psalm 14:1). The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1-3). From nature we can learn that there is a God who is powerful (Romans 1:20).  But believing this alone isn’t enough for a person to be saved from the lake of fire (James 2:18-20).  We must know and believe the facts of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and then transfer our faith and trust over to Christ alone to save us from the lake of fireHave you done this yet?  If not, why not now?  You have no guarantee that you will be alive at the end of today (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

Imagine. John Lennon, of the Beatles, who expressed himself in his song “Imagine,” wanted people to deny the existence of heaven and hell. Those who deny their existence shouldn’t be afraid of dying, but somehow most of them are afraid of death because they don’t know what is on the other side of death. Jesus, who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), often referred to heaven (Matthew 5:10, 12, 16 et al). But He talked more about the eternal lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons. It is the place to which all unbelievers and those not fit for heaven will go (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Revelation 21:8). We hope you won’t be in that number. Contact us if you aren’t sure about your eternal destiny.

Evolution. Most people in the world today have bought into the lie of evolution. It’s a theory that can’t be proven scientifically. God and the spirit beings He created were there to observe the creation of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Job 38:7; Colossians 1:16, 17), and it’s not repeatable. Unbelievers reject what God has recorded for us in Scripture regarding creation because believing it would make them accountable to God.

Liar. Their father Lucifer/Satan himself didn’t want to be accountable to God either (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-19; John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). They worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25). The public school system, and most institutions of “higher learning” have convinced them that they are nothing more than advanced animals. Some students excuse their bad behavior by claiming that they are simply following their “animal instincts.” They don’t want to believe the Scriptures which says that all of us are sinners who deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23), and that we all inherited a sinful nature from our first parents Adam and Eve (1 John 1:8; Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12; 7:15-25). Not until we are “born again from above” (John 3:3ff; 1 Peter 1:23) are we capable of doing anything that pleases God (Romans 8:8; Proverbs 21:4; Isaiah 64:6).

Abortion. Murdering innocent babies in the womb is often thought to be justifiable because many people think the world is overpopulated. Sinister eugenicists, who often pose as philanthropists, want to reduce the world’s population down to about 500 million people [1]. They want to play the role of God and decide who lives and who dies.

Future. The future is very dark and horrible for false prophets and teachers and those who follow them (Jude 1:13). But the future of believers is as bright as the promises of God. Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and who rose again bodily on the third day from the dead (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? In whom is your faith resting: yourself, your good works, your church, or in something or someone else? If so, transfer your faith over to Christ alone if you want to be saved from having to spend eternity in the lake of fire. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Song. If you are a true Christian, you can sing Because He lives I can face tomorrow / Because He lives all fear is gone / Because I know He holds the future / And life is worth the living just because He lives.” Bill Gaither

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:15, 16). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others.

[1] Georgia Guide Stones https://www.raptureready.com/2018/08/01/georgia-guide-stones-population-control-antichrist-geri-ungurean/

In Hebrews 9:27 we read, …it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” The first part of this verse is a general rule. The second phrase is an absolute. Not everyone will die physically. There have been a couple examples of this in the past (Enoch and Elijah) and there will be a whole generation of Christians who won’t die physically either (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

But all believers will face the Lord Jesus Christ someday to have our works evaluated to determine if we will or won’t receive crowns, rewards, and praise from God (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). At the end of Christ’s 1,000 reign on/over the earth, the deceased unbelievers will be raised from the dead and will stand before Him at the Great White Throne to have Him evaluate their works to determine their degree of suffering forever in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).

But you might ask, What must I do to be saved/delivered from the lake of fire? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

How can I know what God expects me to do as a believer? Where do I find this information? It’s found in the Bible. You might ask, Aren’t there different rules for different people in different times? Yes, there are. They are known as Dispensations – the house rules. Old Testament believers had different rules for living than Christians do today. Those living during Christ’s 1,000 reign on/over the earth will also have intensified legal rules to keep. (See our Dispensations Chart on our website.)

But imagine, for a moment, that you are back in school and you have to take a final exam to pass the course and to graduate. But suppose the teacher gave you, ahead of time, the questions that you would be asked. Would that help you? It should.

It may sound strange to some people that God would give His children the test questions before the final exam that we all will have to take when we stand before Him to have our works (not us) evaluated (2 Corinthians 5:10). But He does. This is true for the Jews, who were given the “Mosaic Law” and for the Church (the spiritual Body of Christ) that becomes His Bride (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 19:7; 21:9; Galatians 6:2). Don’t confuse the two groups (1 Corinthians 10:32). God has separate plans for the nation of Israel and for the Church. We don’t believe that the Church has replaced Israel.

The judgments for believers will be to determine if we will be rewarded or not (Matthew 25:21-23; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The judgment of unbelievers will be to determine their degree of suffering forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 11:24; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15). One’s eternal destiny with God or apart from God is determined by his/her faith or lack of faith in God/Christ (John 3:16, 18, 36; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It is NOT based on one’s good works (Isaiah 64:6; Titus 3:5). At the “Bema seat judgment” Jesus, the omniscient One (John 2:24, 25; Isaiah 46:10), will determine the answers to these questions: (Some of these Bible references relate to the Jews, not to Christians. Similarity doesn’t mean identity.)

How did you treat others (Matthew 10:41-42; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:32; Hebrews 6:10)?

How did you use your talents and your spiritual gift (Matthew 25:14-29; 1 Peter 4:10)?

How did you use the resources (time and money) I gave to you (Matthew 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)?

How did you endure personal injustice when mistreated (Matthew 5:11, 12; 1 Peter 4:12, 13)?

How did you endure suffering and trials (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)?

How did you spend your time on earth (Psalm 90:9-12; Ephesians 5:16)?

How did you run the race I gave you to run (1 Corinthians 9:24; Hebrews 12:1)?

How did you keep your body under control (1 Corinthians 9:25-27; Ephesians 5:18)?

How often and why did you try to lead unbelievers to Me (Daniel 12:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)?

How intensely did you love My imminent return (2 Timothy 4:8)?

How faithful were you to My Word and to other people (Acts 20:26-28; 2 Timothy 4:1, 2)?

How hospitable were you toward strangers (Matthew 25:35, 36; Hebrews 13:2)?

How faithful were you in your vocations/jobs (Colossians 3:22-24)?

How did you support the work of the Lord (Matthew 10:40-42; Galatians 6:6)?

How did you use your tongue (Matthew 12:36; James 3:1-12)?

Conclusion: Although there are different rules (dispensations) for people living in different times, and there will be different times for the judgment of various groups of people, we all need to remember this – “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). We all may not die physically, but all of us will face the Lord Jesus Christ some day. He will judge all our works and unveil our motives (John 5:22; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Are you certain that you will spend eternity with God in heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

Sadly, in spite of all this information that God has given to us in His Word, most people won’t put their faith and trust in Christ alone and be saved (John 3:16-20). As it is true with the believers in other dispensations, most believers will NOT receive all that God would like to give to them because they will not claim God’s promises to them and walk by faith (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 4:1-12). Don’t try to claim promises that weren’t given to you. Not all the promises in the Bible are there for Christians to claim. Some are only for the Jews.

Each of the seven dispensations will end in failure. This demonstrates to us that without God’s help, no one can do anything to please God (John 15:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Hebrews 11:6).

If you have questions and/or need spiritual help, please contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you have found this helpful, please SHARE this information with others (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

(For additional Christian responsibilities, go to our “Understanding The Times” Dispensations Chart on our website: www.kelseypeach.com.)

*Some of this material was adapted from Dr. Mark Hitcock’s book, “The End” by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Carol Stream, Illinois, c. 2012, pp. 218, 219

https://www.amazon.com/End-Complete-Overview-Bible-Prophecy/dp/1414353731/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=mark+hitchcock+the+end&qid=1572641050&sr=8-3

“Gone In Fifteen Seconds”

Posted: October 29, 2019 in Death, Gospel

Based On A True Story

It happened on a beautiful fall day as a young married couple went out on a drive to look at the colorful leaves. They were stopped behind a semi truck that was going to turn left when a dump truck slammed into them from behind and killed both of them almost instantly.

The young lady was the daughter of my wife’s good friend who had been in our wedding many years ago. The couple who died had two sons who were suddenly left without parents. Needless to say, the whole family and their friends were shocked by this incident.

The funeral home had long lines of people who wanted to express their love for the family. Had this couple been able to look down on the scene from heaven, they probably would have been amazed to learn how many lives they had influenced for good while they were here on earth.

The family wanted to make sure that their deaths would not be in vain, and that the Gospel would be presented clearly at the memorial service.

Let’s change gears. Suppose you were the one who was involved in this horrific traffic accident, and you were the victim who was about to die. Do you know for sure where you will go when you die? Would you like to know? You can.

Dr. Manfred Kober put the Gospel that delivers us from eternal condemnation concisely: 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!”* In these 25 words you have man’s problem, God’s provision, and the means of procuring eternal life in heaven with God.

We all need to make sure of our own salvation. Once we are certain, we/can should be prepared to share the Good News concerning Christ with others so they can be saved.

If you are not absolutely sure of your salvation, and would like additional help, please contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

*https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Video of incident: https://kstp.com/news/couple-killed-in-highway-55-crash-described-as-helpful-and-caring-october-20-2019-/5529592/

“How Sure Are You?”

Posted: December 13, 2018 in Billy Pietsch, Death, Gospel, Salvation

Recently, while I was sitting in the sauna at the gym, a fellow came in and started talking to me. We carried on some small talk for awhile and he told me where he worked and about his family. He informed me that his daughter had died several years ago from a seizure. I empathized with him and told him that I too had a 38 year of son who had died in Japan from a heart attack. [1]

Questions. I then asked him if I could ask him a question. He said, “Sure.” I said, “If you were to die today, where would you go?” He said, “I hope I’d go to heaven.” Then I asked, “On what basis should God let you into His heaven?” He responded, “I try to do good things and generally I’m a good person.” I said, “I’m glad that you’re interested in doing good, but the Bible says we can’t gain entrance that way. There is another way, God’s way.” Then I quoted for him, “For by grace (unmerited favor) [we are] saved through faith [believing], and that not of yourselves; it [salvation] is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). And, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…” Titus 3:5). “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our [good works] are like filthy [smelly] rags…” (Isaiah 64:6).

Not By Works. Then I told him that I used to believe that way too until I discovered that my getting into heaven was not based on my good works at all but what the Lord Jesus Christ did for me on the cross when He died for my sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. I also shared this verse with him, “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name [person and work] of the Son of God [the Lord Jesus Christ], that you may know [right now] that you have eternal life [God’s quality of life]…” (1 John 5:13). When we have genuine faith, God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).

Beliefs. Since he told me that we went to church, I proceeded to ask him if he believed that Jesus was God, born of the virgin, Mary, who lived a sinless life, and then who went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily from the dead. He told me that he believed these facts. I then told him that I believed those facts too but I was also depending on my good works to get me to heaven. By the way, there are many people in America who know and say that they believe the facts of the Gospel, but who aren’t truly saved because they haven’t placed their faith in Him exclusively for their salvation. Some people are believing in the wrong Christ (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; Matthew 24:5). What about you? Are you “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2; See Matthew 7:21-23)? [2] Are you relying on your baptism, church membership, good works etc in addition to your faith? If so, stop! Instead,Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [alone], and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The word “believe” is used about 100 times in the Gospel of John to let us know that it is the only thing we can do to be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46).

Good Works. Once we have been saved, there are many things that God wants His children to do while He keeps us here on earth. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). “As each one [i. e. every Christian] has received a gift [supernatural ability], minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10).

Help. If you’re not 100% sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21-23), and you would like additional help, you can reach us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please read “The Bad News & The Good News on our site too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.

[1] Our Son’s Death https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

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

Recently I watched a video of some religious leaders talking about “carnal Christians.”  They said that there is no such thing.  I beg to differ with them (See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).

Basis Of Salvation.  People today are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.  The content of the Gospel is “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  The condition:  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Lordship Salvation.  This is the false teaching that in order for a person to be saved today, he must make Jesus Christ the Lord and Master of his life before he can be saved.  The conditions for spiritual maturity (discipleship) are made the conditions for salvation.  They “front load” the Gospel and thereby teach another way of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:3, 13-15).

Carnal Christians.  Within the pages of the Scriptures we find a number of people who were genuinely saved but carnal. Examples: Lot (2 Peter 2:7), some Ephesian Christians (Acts 19:19), some Corinthian Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; 6:1 ff; 11:30), the Apostle Paul while he was a new believer (Romans 7:14-25).

Danger.  If a person places his faith in Christ alone (apart from his good works – Ephesians 2:9) through the Gospel, he is saved.  However, if he decides to live by the dictates of his old sin nature, he is about to die physically (Romans 8:6).  

Self Confidence.  Sometimes Christians get the idea that they never could engage in certain types of sin.  They are deluding themselves and may be very near a fall (1 Corinthians 10:12; Proverbs 16:18).  Yielding to a temptation from any one of his spiritual enemies, whether it be the devil, his own sin nature, or the present world system, doesn’t cause a Christian to lose his salvation.  But it certainly could cause him to lose the joy of his salvation (Psalm 51:12) and die prematurely.  We all have “potential years” and “actual years.”  There is such a thing as “the sin unto [physical] death” (1 John 5:16; See James 5:19, 20).  Are you committing it and about to die  physically (Acts 5:1 ff; 1 Corinthians 11:30).

Discipline.  A true Christian cannot ever be condemned and sent to hell (Romans 8:1, 35-39).  But his heavenly Father will discipline/chasten him if he is a true Christian.  If a person confesses to be a Christian, and deliberately engages in sin (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4; Romans 14:23; James 4:17), without ever being disciplined/chastened, it may indicate that he is merely a “professing” Christian rather than a “possessing” Christian who has eternal life from God.

Evidence.  God knows the exact moment we believe on Christ through the message of the Gospel (See Romans 4:3, 16).  But human beings can only see the “fruit” that a person produces in his life.  Some may say, “Show me that you are a true Christian by the way you walk and talk (James 2:18-20).  The “works of the flesh” are obvious to others (Galatians 5:19-21).  All of them are perversions of good things.

Failure.  Sadly, most Christians fail to keep “the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).  The Christian’s “Rules for Living” are not the same as the “Mosaic Law” or “Kingdom Rules.”  Each dispensation ends up in failure because man has the idea that he can live a life that pleases God without His help.  But Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  The Scriptures also tell us that “[Christians] can do all things [that God wants us to do] through Him who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13; See 2 Peter 1:3).

Confession.  If you’re truly saved, but out of fellowship with God, you need to confess your known sins to God and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; See Proverbs 28:13).  Then learn how to avoid repeating the same sins over and over again.  Spiritual maturity takes time and the regular study of God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17).

Help.  We’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change.  If you’re tired of the miserable life you’re living, because God is making you miserable for your being carnal (Hebrews 12:5-11; See 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Timothy 2:26), and you want to enjoy the eternal life that God has given to you (John 10:10), we invite you to join us on a journey toward spiritual maturity (2 Peter 3:18; Philippians 3:10), and to a life that pleases God (2 Corinthians 5:9) instead of grieving Him (Ephesians 4:30; See 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Contact.  We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.  It was designed with you and others in mind.  Please read the “Bad News & Good News” first to make sure you’re truly saved.  Then refer to the “Understanding the Times – Dispensations Chart” and use it to examine your personal life to determine what needs to change.  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”  Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies.

Lordship Salvation

Lordship in exchange for Salvation? – http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Dr. Manfred Kober – Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or a False Doctrine?, Parts 1 & 2

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

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

Dr. Andy Woods, What’s Wrong With Lordship Salvation?  http://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word in the Bible,

https://voice.dts.edu/review/g-michael-cocoris-repentance/