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“The Jab”

Posted: November 12, 2021 in Death, Uncategorized

Whether you’ve taken it or not, you’re going to die. There are a 1,000 ways to die. [1] You may die sooner than others. Then what happens? Is there an afterlife? Is there a hell to avoid and a heaven to gain? If so, how? Is there an authoritative source upon which we can rely for such information? Jesus said, “I AM…the truth…” (Read 14:6), “…Your Word (the Bible) is truth (John 17:17), and “…God cannot lie” (Titus 1:2).

Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little time and then it vanishes away (James 4:14). God’s Word declares “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but [sometime] after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). [2] This is a “general rule.” Two men (Enoch and Elijah) who lived in the Old Testament times, didn’t die physically and passed into another realm (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 1:1 ff). [3] And there will be a whole generation of Christians who won’t die either (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Will you be in that number?

Someday everyone of us will stand before Jesus, the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8) to have our works evaluated to determine the believer’s rewards, crowns, and praise, or the unbeliever’s degree of suffering in the lake of fire (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 10:15; 11:22). Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead guarantees the resurrection of all who die, each in his/her own order. [3]

Some people erroneously think that as soon as they die they will be judged (perhaps by St. Peter) to determine if they get into heaven or if they will be cast into hell which they think will be determined by the amount of good works they did or didn’t do. Not so. Some people believe in Purgatory, the annihilation of the wicked dead, or in reincarnation. These aren’t taught in Scripture. [3]

“For by grace you [believers] have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). “[It’s] not by works of [self] righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

One’s entrance into heaven or ending up in the lake of fire is determined by his/her faith or lack of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. We need the right method – faith, and the right message – the Gospel, if we are to be saved. [5]

If you aren’t absolutely sure you’ll go to heaven when you die, we’re here to help you gain assurance of this (1 John 5:13). We also want to help believers who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually.

We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] 1,000 Ways To Diehttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/05/08/1000-ways-to-die/

[2] Other Judgments https://www.gotquestions.org/all-the-judgments.html

[3] Hell vs Hades – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/06/26/hell-vs-hades-whats-the-difference/

[4] Five Resurrections https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/five-bodily-resurrections/

[5] Clear Gospel presentations –

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

Dr. Manfred Kober: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Those who have been in the pastorate for any length of time have quite probably had people in the congregation who opposed them and wanted them to quit or at least not talk about certain things that could offend some people. Sometimes it’s because they’ve had “their toes stepped on” or for some other reasons. Maybe they’re unsaved or carnal Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff). “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). The truth needs to be spoken in love (Ephesians 4:15; See also 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Galatians 2:11 ff).

Jesus. While He was here on earth, Jesus had many religious, Jewish leaders who opposed Him and tried to silence and kill Him. They objected to His claims to be the eternal “I AM” (John 8:58), to His being the promised Messiah (Matthew 26:63), and to His being the rightful King of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-17; 2:2; 27:11), and for many other things He said and did. And yet His miracles attested to the reality of who He claimed to be (John 10:25, 37, 38; 20:31).

Peter. He and the other disciples were also commanded by the religious leaders not to preach in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:17; 5:28). In spite of that, they kept on preaching the Good News concerning His death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection. “But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29).

Paul. He ran into opposition for preaching the Gospel concerning Christ and insisting that His bodily resurrection be included in the Gospel message (2 Timothy 2:8-10; 3:12). A dead Christ can’t help anyone. Without His bodily resurrection from the dead, we have no hope of a bodily resurrection either and we are of all people most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:19). His resurrection guarantees the resurrection of all who have died, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-24).

There is no annihilation of the wicked dead or reincarnation or universal salvation taught in the Scriptures. Neither are there second chances to be saved once one is physically dead as some cults teach.

If, when you try to help someone get saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire to heaven, do you garble the Gospel with confusing conditions or an incomplete message? Or do you present it clearly so God the Holy Spirit can do His work of convicting them of the sin of unbelief, of their need for Christ’s righteousness to enter heaven, and of judgment to come to all who reject Christ as their personal Savior (John 16:8-11)?

Unless an individual is genuinely saved, there is no use in trying to help him/her to live a righteous life. It’s impossible (Hebrews 11:6). Our salvation is secured by one act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Once saved, the new believer is supposed to continue to live in an attitude of faith in the promises of God given to New Testament believers (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). Don’t try to claim promises that were given exclusively to Old Testament Jews or you will be disappointed.

BTW. Old Testament believers could expect good health and other physical blessings if they kept the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Malachi 3:10). If they violated it, they could expect curses (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). New Testament believers can/should be content [and thankful] with food and clothing (1 Timothy 6:8). But think about all the other material things He has provided for us. More importantly, consider the “spiritual blessings” that are ours to enjoy as Christians (Ephesians 1:3 ff).

If you’re consistently presenting the clear Gospel to lost people (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), as you are being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), keep on doing it even if fewer people respond positively to it and are saved. Most of God’s Old Testament prophets got negative responses from the people to whom they proclaimed God’s messages. When a disobedient prophet reluctantly proclaimed God’s message to some people he hated in Nineveh, the whole city responded and believed his message from God. Do you know who that was?

Do you have assurance of your own salvation? We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually. Contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others.

Clear Gospel presentations –

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

Dr. Manfred Koberhttps://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

When you were a child, you probably were told the story of the three little pigs. The mother pig decided that it was time for them go out and make a living on their own. Each needed to build his own house. The first one made his house out of straw. The second made his out of sticks. But the third one made his house out of bricks. Enter the big, bad wolf.

You know the rest of the story. The wolf ate the first two little pigs after blowing their houses down, but he wasn’t able to blow down the house made of bricks. His problem? He had COPD, the drug companies tell us.

Houses. Each of us is building a life for himself/herself. In the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus talked about two men who built their houses: one on the sand; the other on the rock. One fell, and the other stood firm when the storms of life came on them (Matthew 7:24-27). Friend, are you on the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ) or on the sand of self reliance, humanism, or the government? The storms of life will come sooner or later, and they will reveal the source of your trust.

Identity. On another occasion, Jesus asked His disciples, “’Who do men say that I am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. ‘He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ [Messiah], the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’”

A Play On Words. “’And I [Jesus] also say to you that you are Peter [Greek – petros – a small stone], and on this rock [Greek – petra – a large massive rock, referring to Himself] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it’” (Matthew 16:13-18). The Apostle Paul referred to Christ as the foundation and the chief cornerstone upon which the true Church was/is being built (Ephesians 2:20). Are you on the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ)? Have you placed your faith and trust in Him alone, as the one Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If you have done this, you’re secure. You may shake on the rock, but the Rock (Christ) never shakes.

Quality. If you have been truly saved, you have a choice to make. You can spend your life doing worthless things that have the character wood, hay, or straw like the foolish pigs did, or you can do good works that have the character of gold, silver, or precious stones that can endure fire, as the wise pig did. (See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; See 2 Corinthians 5:10) What crowns, rewards, and praise do you want to receive from the Lord on Judgment day? Salvation and eternal life are offered freely to us (because Christ purchased them for us), but these other things must be earned by our works (See Ephesians 2:8-10).

“The Gates of Hell.” Sheol/Hades is a real place where all the dead, both the righteous and unrighteous, went at the time of their physical death, before Christ’s death for our sins…His burial…His bodily resurrection, and ascension back to heaven, from where He had come (John 3:13; 6:41, 51). He took back to the third heaven all the Old Testament believers, who had been held in the Paradise section of Sheol/Hades, that was in the heart of the earth (Ephesians 4:8-10). Today only unbelievers go the lowest Hades where they suffer in their temporary bodies, souls, and spirits (Luke 16:24; Deuteronomy 32:22).

Jail/Prison. These dead unbelievers will be kept in Hades (the jail house) until the time of their resurrection from the dead at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). They will be judged according to the works they did on earth, to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire (the inescapable prison) forever. Some will suffer more than others (Matthew 11:22, 24; 25:30, 41, 46). We hope that you won’t end up in this awful place. There is no purgatory, no reincarnation of the dead, and no annihilation of the wicked dead mentioned in the Scriptures in spite of what the cults and false religions teach.

Consciousness. Those who have died physically are very conscious of their surroundings. (See Luke 16:19-31; 2 Corinthians 12:1-6). At the time of their death, all the dead, both believers and unbelievers, receive temporary bodies to house both their souls (emotions – John 12:27; Hebrews 4:12) and their spirits (that relate to their minds – Ephesians 4:23). (See also 2 Corinthians 5:1-10). Only the body that dies goes to the grave until everyone is raised from the dead, each one in his/her own order. The last enemy that Jesus will destroy is death. He will do this by raising everyone who has died from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:26). In which resurrection will you participate? Not sure?

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Lessons From Pigs:

The three pigs picture all of us in our unsaved condition. We wallow in sin because we have a sin nature that we inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve. (See 2 Peter 2:22; Galatians 5:19-21).

Unless our lives get transferred from the sand of self righteousness over to the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ), by believing on Him alone, through the message of the Gospel, we will be doomed forever (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:16, 18). When we are saved initially from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1), God gives us a new nature like His (2 Peter 1:4). With it we are able to do things that please God (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 8:8). NOTE: Even though we receive a new nature, we still retain the Old Sin Nature during this life and can do anything we did prior to our being saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).

As Christians, we have a choice as to what kind of materials we will use to build on “The Rock,” the Lord Jesus Christ. Only if our works have the right character (gold, silver, precious stones) will they be rewarded. Our worthless works (like wood, hay, straw) will be burned up, and we could lose out on crowns, rewards, and praise from God (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Like the big, bad wolf, the devil is headed for disaster in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:10). This is also the ultimate destiny of are all unbelievers (Matthew 25:41, 46).

Final Call. “Friend, you have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” – Dr. Manfred Kober

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

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Necromancy is defined as the conjuring of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events.” [1] “Man’s interest in the future is legendary, and many prophets – true and false – have tried to satisfy that interest. Prophecy is a risky business because you can’t stay in business if you have too many failures.” – Dr. Charles Ryrie [2]. Furthermore, false prophets in Old Testament times were to be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 13:1-11; 18:20-22).

With all the trouble going on all over the world today wouldn’t you like to know what the future looks like? I believe most of us would like to know more about it so we can make plans for ourselves and our children and to calm our fears. But where can we find a consistent, reliable source?

To draw crowds to themselves and their “ministries” there are false prophets and teachers today who resort to consulting with the dead and/or claim that God is still giving them new revelation/information for them to pass on to others. Of course, there is a price attached. Such is the case with many who associate themselves with the New Apostolic Reformation and some other groups. [3]

In the Old Testament times, King Saul, the first king of Israel, tried to consult with the dead through the witch who lived in Endor. He wanted her to summon the Prophet Samuel concerning the future because the Holy Spirit had departed from him and an evil spirit (1 Samuel 16:14), who came from heaven, was afflicting him (1 Samuel 28; See 1 Kings 22:22, 23; Ephesians 6:12 ff).

Surprisingly, the witch was able to rouse Samuel and bring him up. But Samuel rebuked King Saul and told him of his impending death (1 Samuel 28:19). David, the king elect, had witnessed King Saul’s rage when an evil spirit tormented him. Saul tried to kill him on several occasions (1 Samuel 18:10, 11). Later, when King David himself sinned, and repented for his adultery with Bathsheba, he begged God not to take His Holy Spirit from him (Psalm 51:11).

By the way, while God the Holy Spirit won’t leave a true Christian today, and Christians can’t be indwelt by a demon (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19), demons can afflict and torment Christians (2 Timothy 2:24-26; See Job 1; 2; Ephesians 6:10-17). [4]

There are false prophets and false teachers today who claim that they have consulted with the dead to get power and “the anointing” for themselves. According to one source, Benny Hinn talks about his visits to the tombs of Aimee Semple McPherson and Kathryn Kuhlman. [5]

Jesus, while He was here on earth, told His listeners a story about what happens when people die. This was before He Himself died for our sins…and rose again from the dead (Luke 16:19-31).

A rich man (who was an unbeliever) died, and a beggar named Lazarus (a believer) died. Both of them were taken to Sheol/Hades in the heart of the earth. (See John 3:13; Ephesians 4:8-10.)

The rich man, with his temporary body to house his soul and spirit, was in torments on one side of the gulf. The beggar, Lazarus was resting on the Paradise side of the gulf in the presence of Abraham and other believers. The rich man begged Abraham to let Lazarus dip his finger in water to drop it on his tongue because he was in torment. Since that wasn’t possible, the rich man asked that Lazarus be sent back to earth to warn his five brothers not to come to that awful place.

But that too was not possible. He was told that if the people, who were still alive on earth, didn’t believe what Moses had written, neither would they believe if someone came back from the dead to warn them.

Suppose men like Adolph Hitler, Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky, Charles Darwin, or other unbelievers were able to come back from the dead to warn people not to believe the lies they had promoted while they were here on earth. Would they be believed? Not according to Jesus.

Nowhere does Jesus speak about second chances to be saved after one dies physically (See Hebrews 9:27). Neither is there such a thing as reincarnation taught in the Scriptures.

“Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “…For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

If you’ve never done so before, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on their third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, apart from your good works (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13; John 10:28, 29)? If so, God wants you to grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), to serve Him by serving others, especially Christians, with love (Galatians 5:13; 6:10; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10), and to bear a good witness for Christ while sharing the clear Gospel with unbelievers so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-17).

While we don’t know all the details of things that will happen in the future (See Revelation 10:4), God has given to us enough information to give us a sure hope, which is a confident expectation based on a promise or promises from God (Romans 15:4).

To get the “Big Picture” first, we invite you to download our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” which can be found on our website. Also, consider carefully the “The Order Of Coming Events” [5].

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 25; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know, and then SHARE this article with others. Together we can accomplish more.

[1] Necromancy https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-necromancy.html

[2] Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, A Survey Of Bible Doctrine, Moody Press, p. 159

[3] New Apostolic Reformation: https://www.gotquestions.org/New-Apostolic-Reformation.html

[4] Demon Possession? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/demon-possessed-or-oppressed/

[5] Benny Hinn https://www.apologeticsindex.org/9937-benny-hinns-graveside-anointing

http://www.raptureready1.com/rapture/ssbh13.html

[6] Order https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

It was a popular TV program several years ago. Perhaps it caused many of us to recognize that we are vulnerable to the real possibility of our being killed or dying at any moment. In spite of this, many people keep on engaging in bad habits and dangerous lifestyles. The Scriptures are clear, Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away’” (James 4:13, 14). “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “… it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27).

Deaths. Every day thousands of people all around the world die, and most of them are dying without the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. It might be from the corona virus, seasonal flu, malaria, suicide, traffic accidents, HIV/AIDS, smoking, hunger, or tragically, by the abortion of innocent babies. We believe that when the body (not the person) dies, the soul and spirit leave the body. At the time of the unbeliever’s physical death, he/she enters the “second death” (which is irreversible) and will end up in the lake of fire forever. Physical death will be reversed when the Lord Jesus Christ raises everyone who has died, each in his/her own order. Do you know in which resurrection you will participate?

Dead. We’re all born into this world “spiritually” dead in trespasses and sin. We inherited a sinful nature from our parents that goes all the way back to our first parents, Adam and Eve. Thankfully this spiritual death (separation from God) can/will be reversed the moment a person places his/her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. This is the Good News (Gospel) that one has to believe in order to be saved. And He [Jesus] said to them [His disciples], ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’” (Mark 16:15). Have you placed your faith in Christ alone yet? If not, why not now? If you’ve been saved, are you sharing the Gospel with others as God opens doors for you and as you are led by the Holy Spirit?

Helpless. Some people argue that those who are spiritually dead can’t do anything. This is why God must provide the initial, necessary faith for us to believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ so we can trust in Him alone and be saved. We are saved by one act of faith, but a believer is supposed to continue to live in an attitude of faith. “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake” (Philippians 1:29). “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?” (1 Corinthians 3:5). We believe that God has provided salvation/deliverance from the lake of fire for all mankind but not for the devil or fallen angels/demons who believe in God and tremble. “And this is the condemnation, that the light [i.e. Christ] has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).

Faith. In his excellent book, “Maturing In Christ,” Dr. H. L. Schafer points out four uses of faith: 1) The gift of faith for salvation, 2) the spiritual gift of faith, 3) the measure of faith, 4) the attitude of faith. “The gift of faith for salvation, which comes from [God] the Holy Spirit at the point of salvation. The hope involved, based on a promise of God, is salvation (1 Cor. 3:5; 15:1-4; Eph. 2:8; Phil. 1:29). The initial act of faith obtains the thing hoped for (salvation) and from that time on it is no longer needed or used, since faith has become a reality. Once a believer is saved he no longer needs to use this act of faith again because he now possesses the thing he hoped for – salvation (Titus 3:5). This very act of faith was not a work on the part of the person, but was a gift (Rom. 4:5).” [1]

Confusion. While many self righteous people believe that they haven’t been bad enough to deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire, others are hopelessly convinced that God cannot possibly forgive them because of some heinous sin(s) they’ve committed. I’ve met both groups of people. But both groups are wrong.

Clarification. Dr. Paul Reiter has clearly and simply summarized the Scriptural teaching on this issue. FOR WHOM DID CHRIST DIE? HE DIED… 1. For all (1 Tim. 2:6; Isa. 53:6). 2. For every man (Heb. 2:9). 3. For the world (John 3:16). 4. For the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). 5. For the ungodly (Rom. 5:6). 6. For false teachers (2 Peter 2:1). 7. For many (Matt. 20:28). 8. For Israel (John 11:50-51). 9. For the Church (Eph. 5:25). 10. For “me” (Gal. 2:20). [2]

It’s Urgent. The Apostle Paul wrote, “…Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1). Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). “[God] desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

Assurance. Do you have it? The Apostle John wrote: “And this is the record, that God hath given to us [the true believers in Christ] eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name [i.e. His person and work on our behalf] of the Son of God; that ye may know [not wish, hope, or think] that ye have eternal life, [as a present possession]…” (1 John 5:13). Why do so many of those who believe in “limited atonement” or in “Lordship in exchange for salvation” lack assurance of their salvation?  We we believe in “Lordship because of salvation, not in exchange for salvation”. [3]  There is a big difference.

Help. We are here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change. Please contact us if you aren’t sure about your eternal destiny or if you have other questions. Once saved, we want to help you grow spiritually, and serve God effectively, as you share the clear Gospel with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know how it has, and then SHARE this with others.

[1] Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ,” Xulon Press, c. 2016, p. 127 https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

[2] From unpublished lecture notes, from Dr. Paul Reiter, former professor at Appalachian Bible College, Bradley, WV http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/dangers.pdf p. 4

[3] Lordship Salvation:

Dr. Andy Woods, https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Other articles:

Jack Brooks, “Pastoral Problems Due To Limited Atonement”

https://www.gracegospelpress.org/pastoral-pastoral-problems-due-to-limited-atonement/

Dr. Charlie Bing, “For whom did Christ die?” https://www.gracelife.org/resources/gracenotes/?id=48&lang=eng

George Zeller, “The Dangers Of Reformed Theology.” http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/dangers.pdf pp. 5, 6

Read and share the “Bad News & Good News” www.kelseypeach.com

“No Hope Without It”

Posted: April 11, 2020 in Death, Resurrection

Many people, who refer to themselves as Christians, usually go to church on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. However, Easter means many things to different people. Some folks think that Jesus died and then rose from the dead but only in people’s hearts. They don’t believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, and His resurrection seems to have little or no effect on their daily lives.

His Death. Christ’s birth and first coming were predicted by many Old Testament prophets (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, 7). But so was His death, burial, and resurrection predicted by them and by Christ Himself (Psalm 22:1 ff; 16:10; Isaiah 53:6; John 2:19; 10:17). While many people will acknowledge that Jesus was a good man and a teacher, who died about 2,000 years ago, they don’t all acknowledge that He was God manifested in human flesh or agree as to the purpose of His death and resurrection (John 1:1-18, 29; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 4:25). The Scriptures tell us that He died on a cruel cross to pay the debt that all of us owed to God for sin (Romas 6:23; Isaiah 53:6; Philippians 2:8). The beneficiaries of His death included all mankind, but especially those who would believe in Christ as their personal Savior (1 Timothy 4:10; John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:19; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 2:2). Those who limit Christ’s death to a select group of people have difficulty sharing the Gospel with others because they can’t say to them, “Christ died for your sins…was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). They would have to say something like this – “Perhaps Christ died for you.” “Maybe God so loved you.” “Christ shed His blood for you, perhaps.” “Salvation has been provided for you, maybe.” “Possibly God commendeth His love toward you.” “Hopefully He’s the propitiation for your sins.” “There is a possibility that Christ died as your Substitute.” “I bring you good news, maybe.” [1] We need to notice that neither Lucifer/Satan or those angels/demons that followed him in his rebellion against God have no deliverance from the lake of fire provided for them (Matthew 25:41, 46).  But they haven’t been cast into the lake of fire yet.  People who reject God’s offer of salvation will spend eternity with them in that awful place (Matthew 25:41, 46). God holds all mankind responsible for the death of Christ, not just the Jews (Acts 3:14 ff ; 5:27 ff; 1 Corinthians 2:8).

His Burial. Not too many days before Jesus was crucified on the cross, Lazarus, Jesus’ friend, died and was buried for four days. His body had begun to decay and it smelled. To demonstrate His power over death, Jesus resuscitated him back from the dead (Luke 11:39-44). Subsequently, he died again physically. But Jesus was buried only for three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40).  This was the maximum amount of time He could be dead without His body starting to decay. This is what was predicted about His death and burial (Psalm 16:10; 22:1 ff). Every year religious unbelievers try to discredit Christ’s death and resurrection by claiming that He only swooned, or that His disciples stole His body, and all kinds of other theories.

His Bodily Resurrection. Some folks, in the cults, deny His bodily resurrection from the dead by using the Scripture that says, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50). That’s true. Our current physical bodies consist of flesh, bones, and blood. We also have a soul and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12). But Christ’s resurrected, glorified body consisted of flesh and bones, but it had/has no blood. When Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection, He showed them His hands and feet, and the wound in His side (Luke 24:33-43; John 20:27-31). In His resurrected and glorified body He was able to go right through closed doors, and to appear and disappear instantly, and to travel at the speed of thought (John 20:17; Luke 24:31).

His Appearances. To validate His bodily resurrection from the dead, He appeared to numerous people, on ten different occasions, to prove to them that He had indeed risen from the dead. This assured His disciples that He was worthy of their trust, and that He would keep all His promises to them (John 20:31). Without His bodily resurrection from the dead they and all true Christians would be hopeless and most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). We would have no hope of a better life in the future with a resurrected, glorified body like Christ’s (1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:32).

His Ascension. Rather than secretly riding into heaven at night on a horse, without any witnesses to validate Mohammed’s ascent into heaven, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with His disciples and then ascended publicly, gradually, and literally into heaven as His disciples watched Him go (Acts 1: 9-11). Then two angels asked them why they were gazing into heaven. They told them that Jesus would come again in like manner as they saw Him leave (Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:29 ff; Revelation 19:11 ff; Contrast John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Our Response To It. Knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel aren’t not enough to save anyone. The demons know and believe them and that Jesus is the God-man (James 2: 19). We must place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively as our personal Savior (Acts 4:12; 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36). [2] Our good works can’t save us (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). Neither can our faith PLUS our good works save us (1 Corinthians 15:2). Only after a person has been saved can he/she do the good works that God wants him/her to do for the glory of God and the good of others (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10).

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[1] http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/dangers.pdf

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

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).

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(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

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