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The most important decision that we have to make in life relates to what we will do with the Lord Jesus Christ. When Pilate the governor asked the Jews what they wanted him to do with Jesus who is called the Christ, they said, “Let Him be crucified” (Matthew 27:22). What you do with Him will determine where you will spend eternity – in heaven or in the lake of fire (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). Denying that these places exist doesn’t change anything if Jesus is right. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). This was not and is not a politically correct statement and many people are upset by what He said. But I’ll take Jesus at His word because He alone died for our sins, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the dead. These facts were witnessed by over 500 people on ten different occasions over a 40 day period of time before He ascended back to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:1-11).

Choice. You can choose to reject Him or ignore Him to your own peril. But by your continual refusal to believe on Him as your personal Savior, you are condemning yourself to the lake of fire. “He [or she] that has the Son [as his/her personal Savior] has [eternal] life; he [or she] who does not have the Son of God does not have [eternal] life. These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know [not wish, hope, or think] that you have eternal life…” (1 John 5:12, 13).

Time. Since you and I don’t know the day or the hour of our death, it’s only logical for us to make this most important decision of our life before it’s too late. “…For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1).

Gospel. My friend, this is the Good News that led to my being saved. I personalized it by believing that “Christ died for [my] sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). I’m trusting in Him alone to save me from the lake of fire and take me to heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Assurance. In addition to God’s written word that gives me assurance of my salvation (John 3:16; 1 John 5:13), I also have the inward assurance that comes from God the Holy Spirit who bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God (Romans 8:16). Not everyone is God’s child (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). We must be born again from above for this to happen (John 3:3-7).

Purpose. Having been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, and not of the cults, I desire to live my life to be well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9) and make Him known to others whom I meet along life’s path (1 Corinthians 10:31). I want to do the good works that He planned for me to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10) as a way of expressing my appreciation to Him for His gift of eternal life and the other spiritual blessings that are mine to enjoy (Ephesians 1:3).

Help. We’re here to assist those who would like to make sure that they are going to heaven some day, and to help new and older Christians grow spiritually, serve God effectively, and be instrumental in the salvation of others. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please let us know how it has. Then share the information with others who might benefit from it. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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

The Problem: Ignorance About And Apathy For –

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

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

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

The Solution: Bible Doctrine And Compassion

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

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

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

Paradigm Shift

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

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

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One of the subtle temptations that comes from the devil is the notion that we can live our lives independently of God even though Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Having to go to God and humbly ask for wisdom (James 1:5) and direction for daily living (Romans 8:14; Proverbs 3:5, 6) seems so humbling and unnecessary for many people. Perhaps this was part of the temptation to Eve when the devil said to her through the serpent, “…God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). In other words, “You won’t have to rely on God to make such seemingly insignificant decisions.”

Pride. Did you know that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6)? Being omniscient, He knows the best course of action that we should take. He has graciously given us His Word (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). He knows that the regular intake of Bible doctrine is necessary for us to mature in Christ (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18). The Holy Spirit is the One who can illuminate the mind of one who is rightly related to Him (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27). He and God the Son make intercession to the Father on our behalf and ask Him to bring into our lives what we need to become spiritually mature (Romans 8:26, 34). Sometime these things come into our lives through trials and tests (James 1:2) or through other people who act like chisels, hammers, and saws to shape us into Christ’s image (Galatians 4:19). Thank God for them (1 Timothy 2:1). The temptation to act in a proud manner also comes from the devil (1 Timothy 3:6).

Dependent. From the moment of birth all of us are dependent on our parents or someone else to care for our needs to be fed, changed, and bathed. This is often repeated when we get very old and incapable of taking care of our own personal needs. But in between these times we can/should do some things to take care of ourselves and others who are dependent on us (1 Timothy 5:8). However, we should never forget that our ability to earn money, with which to secure things or services, also comes from God. “For what do you have that you didn’t receive” (1 Corinthians 4:7). “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). But don’t forget that Satan’s offer to make one healthy, wealthy, and worldly wise comes with a high price tag that is often ignored (Matthew 4:9; James 3:15; Revelation 13:2). “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

Independent. “Many Christians live most of the time without any thought of God, except to give thanks at a meal time, occasionally studying the Bible, praying and attending church services. The little daily activities are performed without regard to God. People attempt to make plans and then ask God to bless them. If God were included in making the plans, there would be no need to ask for God’s blessing.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ,“ p. 166

D.V. The Lord’s half brother James said it well. “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away“ (James 4:14). My friend, don’t leave God out of your decision making. Having to supplicate, intercede, or ask in Jesus’ name may not seem like the best course of action to take, but it can save us a lot of trouble down the road. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23). But have you ever thanked God for stopping you and keeping you from danger?

Thanks. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Unless a believer is filled with/by God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), he’s not likely to do this. But if and when we do this, we will be expressing our confidence in God’s ability to do far more than we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). How big is your God? The Psalmist said, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psalms 34:3). It starts in our minds and expresses itself through our words and actions (Psalm 150:6). Everything we do should be to glorify God – to make Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). Are you doing this in your life?

Victory. To overcome the temptation to act independently of God, the Christian needs to put on the whole armor of God and focus his attention on the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14). Without Christ as our personal Savior, we have no righteousness that can make us acceptable to God (See Isaiah 64:6; Romans 4:3-5; Ephesians 1:6). We have no reason to act independently of God or to be proud. At the moment of our salvation God puts Christ’s righteousness to our account (Romans 4:3-5, 22-25; James 2:23). Without it we can’t enter heaven (John 16:10). Have you done the right thing by believing 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)? If not, why not now?

More? If you’d like to learn more about how to become a Christian or how to live the Christian life, we invite you to contact us or join us on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. (Pacific Time) for live lessons at the Grace Baptist Church in Paso Robles, CA or by means of a phone hookup. For more information, call 805-238-3549.

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God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages. http://www.kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

“I came; I saw; I conquered” is a Latin phrase popularly attributed to Julius Caesar, who supposedly used the phrase in a letter to the Romans Senate around 46 B.C. after he had achieved a quick victory in his short war against Pharnaces II of Pontus at the Battle of Zela.  The phrase is used to refer to a swift, conclusive victory. – Wikipedia

Decree. There was another Man who did something similar. According to the Divine plan of the three Persons in the Godhead (Ephesians 1:11), God the Son volunteered to leave the ivory palaces of heaven (Psalm 45:8) and come down to our sin cursed planet (Genesis 3:17) to rescue mankind from eternal condemnation with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10; 21:8).

He Came.  His coming to earth was predicted from the time our first parents ate of the forbidden fruit and brought on themselves death – both physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:17; 3:15). Someone has counted over 300 prophecies that were made about His first coming and which were fulfilled literally. This is one of the main reasons we should believe the Scriptures and the prophecies that have been made concerning His literal second coming.

He Saw. Although Adam and Eve and many of their descendants lived for over 900 years in an environment that was quite different than our current environment, they still died physically (Genesis 5, 10). But they also died spiritually the moment they ate that fruit. Their fellowship with God was broken and they were stripped of their garment of light and realized that they were naked (Genesis 3:7-11; 1 Corinthians 15:49; 1 John 3:2; 1 Timothy 6:16). To cover their nakedness, they sewed some fig leaves together.

He Knew. God is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 1:48; 2:24). He knows everything including the number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30). He knew what Adam and Eve had done. But He gave them an opportunity to confess their sinful behavior to Him (Genesis 3:8ff). But rather than confessing what they had done, Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent who was used by Satan to deceive her and lure her into eating the one fruit that God had forbidden them to eat (Revelation 12:9; 1 Timothy 2:14). Do you happen to know of another occasion when an animal spoke to a man (Numbers 22:18ff)? Miracles have happened and will happen in the future. They are simply the circumvention of the normal laws of nature. Jesus and His disciples performed many of them (John 20:31; Matthew 10:1). But beware, Satan, his demons, and his human agents can perform limited miracles too if God allows them to do so (Exodus 7:11, 22; 8:7, 18; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:3).  Have you been deceived by some of them?

He Conquered. About 4,000 years after Adam, when the proper time came (Galatians 4:4), God the Son came to earth through the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). He lived a sinless life for about 33 years (Hebrews 4:15; John 8:46), and then voluntarily went to the cross to die for our sins.  He paid the penalty of death that we owed to God the Father (John 10:17, 18; Hebrews 10:7; Romans 6:23). To prove to us that Christ’s payment for our sins satisfied God’s outraged holiness against our sin, God the Father raised the Lord Jesus Christ bodily from the dead on the third day (Romans 4:25). Christ’s resurrection assures us that someday everyone who has died will be raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:22-24). Do you know in which one of the five resurrections you will be raised? Did you know that there will be a generation of true Christians who won’t die physically (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? We will all face Jesus who will judge our works (John 5:22; Hebrews 9:27). This won’t be to determine if we get into heaven or not, but it will be to determine our degree of pleasure in heaven or our degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (1 Corinthians 3:12-15; Revelation 20:11-15). There is only one sin that keeps a person out of heaven – the sin of unbelief (John 16:8-11; 3:16, 18, 36).

He Offers.  God offers to all mankind the gift of eternal life (John 3:16). It can’t be earned by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5).  This life is God’s quality of life that a believer can have right now without having to wait until he/she dies to get it (1 John 5:11-13). Everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ as the One who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily on the third day will receive assurance of salvation from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:15) and from the Scriptures (1 John 5:13).

Your Choice. “For God [the Father] so loved the world [put your name here], that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever [put your name here] believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life” (John 3:16). What you do with Jesus is the most important decision of your life. Your eternal destiny depends on the decision you make. Once you’re dead, there are no more opportunities to be saved.

Help. If you’re not sure of your eternal destiny, we’re here to help you if you’re willing to look into God’s Word to discover for yourself what it says. It is the truth (John 17:17). Jesus said, “I am the [only] way, the [absolute] truth, and the [One who gives eternal] life. No one comes to [God] the Father except through Me” (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12; 16:31). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask that you share it with someone else too. You can have a part in leading others to Christ so they can be saved (See John 1:41; Acts 1:8).  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Bible Prophecy:

http://bibleprobe.com/365messianicprophecies.htm

https://www.raptureready.com/abc/second_coming.html

https://bible.org/seriespage/14-major-events-preceding-second-coming-christ

http://www.lamblion.us/2012/02/gods-order-of-events-second-coming-of.html

It’s hard to believe that so many people actually hate the Christ of the Scriptures and/or reject His offer of forgiveness and salvation. Most people want to earn their own way to heaven by their good works. Other religions and the cults have twisted the truth about Jesus and have other paths to God (Acts 4:12). Being lawless, they don’t like the rules that God has imposed on mankind. In fact many people inwardly shake their fists at God (Psalm 2). Sadly, some Christians act like atheists by dismissing God from their thinking and failing to take Him into the decisions they make each day (James 4:13-17; See Proverbs 3:5, 6).

Hated. Not only did the religious leaders of Christ’s day hate Him because He broke their Sabbath rules that they, the scribes and Pharisees had added to God’s standard, they also hated Him because He made Himself equal to God (John 5:18; 10:.30-33). Can men ever become gods? Is this the lie from the devil that many people believe (2 Thessalonians 2:11; See Romans 1:25). Was God once a man like us? In what way will Christians become like Christ when they see Him in all His glory (1 John 3:2)?

Questions. Is Jesus fully God and equal to God the Father? Is He the Jehovah of the Old Testament (Colossians 2:9)? Did He divest Himself of His deity when He came to earth to live among us (Philippians 2:5-11)? If Jesus were running to be the President of the United States, would you vote for Him? Would you be willing to live by the rules that are found in the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7)? Before you say that you would, it might be advisable to read it again and interpret it normally (literally) for what it says. Do you know why the rules are so strict? Will Jesus be voted in as the King of kings and Lord of lords by us? Why did He turn down the Jew’s offer to make Him their King (John 6:15, 26; See Psalm 2:6)? When will He set up His literal 1,000 year reign/kingdom on earth (Zechariah 12:10, 11; Matthew 21:9; 23:38, 39)? Will the church usher in Christ’s kingdom after converting the world to Christ? What do the Jews have to do before their Messiah comes to rescue them from being exterminated (Acts 3:19)? Why are they called “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13)?

False Christs. Before He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again, Jesus answered His disciples questions and told them that in the future many false Christs would come and deceive many people (Matthew 24:4; See 2 Corinthians 11:4; 2 Peter 2:1ff). One of cults teaches that Jesus and Lucifer were/are brothers. Another cult teaches that Jesus was once the archangel Michael. Another cult teaches that Mary is the mother of God. Some people believe that Jesus was just a prophet or a good teacher but not God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18).

Deity Of Christ. Was the angel mistaken in referring to Jesus as Immanuel, which is translated “God with us” (Mathew 1:23)? Was Jesus actually blaspheming when He referred to Himself as the “I AM” (i.e. Jehovah) of the Old Testament (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58)? Was He wrong in referring to Himself in these “I AM” statements: The Bread of life (John 6:35), the Light of the world (John 8:12), the Good Shepherd (John 10:11), the resurrection and the life (John 11:25), the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), and the true vine (John 15:2)? Why did the Apostle John record for us the sign miracles of Jesus (John 20:31)? Why did Jesus accept the worship of others if He wasn’t God (Matthew 8:2, 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 28:9, 17; John 20:28)?

Condition For Salvation. When his jailer asked the Apostle Paul what he had to do to be saved, he said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31, 32). Then he spoke the word of the Lord (i.e. the Gospel) to him and to all who were in his house (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). The title “Lord” means that Jesus is God Himself (Romans 10:9). “Jesus” refers to Him as the Savior of the world (Matthew 1:21; 1 Timothy 4:10). “Christ” refers to Him as the promised Messiah and the glorified One who sits at the Father’s right hand in heaven (Mathew 16:16; Acts 2:36; Ephesians 2:20-23).

Warning. Jesus and His apostles warned us about false teachers who would come proclaiming another Jesus and another method/way of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1ff). Some people are adding the conditions for discipleship (i.e. sanctification and spiritual maturity) to the conditions for salvation and are causing a lot of confusion in people’s minds. Don’t put “the cart before the horse.” If you do this, you will never know if you’ve done all that God expects of you to be saved and you won’t have assurance of salvation in this life (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

Keys. Without the right key a lock won’t open. Figuratively speaking, without God’s key you won’t be able to enter heaven. Instead you will suffer forever with the devil and his angels (demons) in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 16). God doesn’t and we don’t want anyone to go to that awful place (1 Timothy 2:4). God’s key: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Man’s key that doesn’t work: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation. Which key are you using?

Decision. The most important decision that you and I have to make in life is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior through the message of the complete Gospel. Many people leave out the bodily resurrection of Christ (Luke 24:39-43). It is an essential element of the Gospel (2 Timothy 2:8-10). Without a risen Savior, we have no hope of being raised from the dead and spending eternity with God in heaven(Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:19). If you haven’t placed your faith in Christ alone yet, why not now? You might not be alive tomorrow to make that decision before it’s eternally too late. Once you’re dead, there are no second chances to be saved (Hebrews 9:27).

Share. If you’ve been saved, can God count on you to share the Good News about the Lord Jesus Christ with others who haven’t heard the Clear Gospel (Acts 1:8)? You can do this through a personal testimony or a clear Gospel tract. We also have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages on our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Now, after all He’s done for us, how could we do any less than give Him our best (Romans 12:1, 2)?

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

Clear Gospel Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/filerequest/9415

Social Gospel: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/greatcom.htm

Baptist Apostates:  http://www.garbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/necessity_of_garbc.pdf

Re-defining Jesus: http://spiritual-research-network.com/f/falseviewsofjesus_compilationlist.pdf

Lordship for Salvation:  http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Have you ever been called upon to be a witness to an accident or a crime? If you have, did you have to go to extreme measures to prepare yourself to be a witness or just honestly tell what you saw, heard, or know?

Witnesses. Just before ascending back to heaven from where He had come (John 3:13; 14:2; 16:10), Jesus said to His disciples, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…” (Acts 1:8).  The word “witness” comes from the Greek word “martus / martur” from which we get our English word “martyr.” He is one who bears witness by his death [if necessary] concerning the things that he has seen, heard, or knows. (W. E. Vine)

Endurance. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:10; See 2 Corinthians 11:22-33). He knew and greatly appreciated what God had done in his own life (1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:10), and he wanted others to have the same eternal life that he had. Without first hearing the Good News concerning Christ that includes His death for our sins, burial, and bodily resurrection, one cannot be saved (Romans 1:16; 10:13-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Knowing and giving mental assent to these facts aren’t enough to save us (James 2:19; See 1 Corinthians 15:2). We must transfer our faith from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for us (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 16:31).

Fear. The devil often tempts us to be cowardly and fearful (Luke 22:31). He used a young girl to tempt Peter to deny Jesus as He predicted he would (Luke 22:31-34, 54ff). When we’re faced with such a temptation, we must put on the armor of God and focus on the helmet of salvation and all that we have in our “salvation package” (Ephesians 6:17-19; 1:3; 2 Peter 1:3). Are you ashamed of Christ (Romans 1:16, 17)? If you are, do you suppose it grieves God (Ephesians 4:30)? The early disciples asked God for boldness in the face of great persecution (Acts 4:29ff) and went forth and turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). Remember, “…He [Christ] who is in you is greater than he [the devil] who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). “[We] can do all things through Christ who strengthens [us]” (Philippians 4:13). By our working together we can accomplish more for the Lord (John 14:12; 2 Corinthians 6:1).

JOY. Many people can’t figure out why they are so unhappy in life. Could it be that they are more concerned about themselves than others (2 Timothy 3:2)? First, we should be looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2; See Philippians 2:5-11). Then we should look out for the interests of others (Philippians 2:4; Galatians 6:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:11). Paul wrote, “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Jesus, Others, You spells JOY.  It’s part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23).

Close. “Second only to knowing how to open a conversation about spiritual things is knowing how to close it – learning what to say and do after the gospel has been presented…Be careful not to present the gospel and then neglect to invite him to settle the matter of his own eternal destiny. Close the conversation by warmly asking, ‘Is there anything keeping you from trusting Christ right now?’  Why do we often hesitate to extend that invitation? It may be that we think the non-Christian will give a list of reasons he’s not ready – reasons to which we fear we might not be able to respond. If that does happen, realize that those reasons are more than likely simply excuses. Using common sense and honesty, help him think through those reservations.” Larry Moyer

Fisherman. Should one rightfully call himself a “real fisherman” if he only talks about fishing without ever fishing? Shouldn’t we regularly be fishing for men (Mark 4:19) and learn from those who are experts in the art of fishing (i.e. evangelists)? After His resurrection and ascension to heaven, Jesus “gave some to be…evangelists [i.e. like an Obstetrician], and some pastor/teachers [i.e. like a Pediatrician], for the equipping of the saints for [their] work of ministry, for the edification of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:10, 11).  Do you know what your spiritual gift is?  Are you using it? [1]

Plea. Let us “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, / Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; / Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, / Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save…Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.” – Fanny Crosby. Then read and consider “A Plea For Fishing.” [2]

Help. We want to become better “fishers of men.” We’re here to assist those who teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Click of “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as they come out.

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

[2] A Plea For Fishing https://bible.org/illustration/plea-fishing

Some material was adapted from Larry Moyer, www.evantell.org

Audio presentation of the Gospel: http://www.evantell.org/get-started/get-a-life

Is it possible for someone to be delivered at the last moment of life from the eternal lake of fire without being baptized or doing any good works to prove to other people that he/she is genuinely saved? Was one of the thieves on the cross a true believer in Christ? Did he really go to Paradise the moment he died (Luke 23:43)? Where will you go when you die? Are you waiting until the last moment to be saved? How do you know when that will be? Are you trying to live a licentious and prodigal life style while you can (Luke 15:11-32)? Suppose you were suddenly knocked unconscious and couldn’t make a conscious decision to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved? Are all those who merely give mental assent or profess to believe in Christ really saved (Matthew 7:21-23)? Why aren’t the fallen angels who believe in God saved (James 2:19)?

Annihilation? Although some of the cults twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16) and teach that the wicked dead will ultimately be annihilated, Jesus Himself taught otherwise. In talking to some of those in the cults, I’ve often said, “If what you believe about the wicked dead is correct, then they have no reason to fear death or dying. They would simply be snuffed out like a bug. That isn’t so bad.” But if (since) what Jesus said is true and there is a place of eternal suffering for the wicked dead, then that is very bad.

Reincarnation? This idea of one’s coming back from the dead to live another life in some other form is also not taught in the Scriptures (Hebrews 9:27). It has given millions of people the false hope that there are other chances to live a better life so one can earn his way to a better state of existence.

Reality. Jesus spoke of the reality of heaven and hell that exist forever (John 3:16, 18, 36; 14:1-3). He came to provide deliverance from the lake of fire to a home in heaven. For us to enter heaven we must acknowledge that we are sinners (Romans 3:10, 23) and that we deserve to be eternally separated from God in hell (Romans 6:23). Then we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31) who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We aren’t saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Formula. Here is the right formula for salvation: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works (Ephesians 2:8-10). Don’t use the wrong formula that many sincere, religious people use lest you end up forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). It is Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation.

Age. Contrary to what some people are teaching others, even young children can understand that they are sinners in need of a Savior (Luke 18:16). Care must be taken with them as well as with adults so as not to ask them “leading questions” and then giving them a false sense of security and assurance that doesn’t come from the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). Are you one who is believing in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2)?

Profitable. If you are genuinely concerned about your own eternal destiny or of someone else’s destiny, we would highly recommend that you take the time to read and/or listen to “The Gospel.” [1] “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36). My friend, please make sure of your salvation today (2 Peter 1:10). Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little time and then it vanishes away (James 4:14). Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1). It may never come to you or to me.

Help. If you aren’t absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, we’re here to assist you. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com.  If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”  Can we count on you to help us get these messages out to others?

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

Audio of Clear Gospel: http://www.duluthbible.org/filerequest/9415

 

More often than not, most of us probably underestimate what our God can do. How big is your God? Do you want to be able to manage Him like you would a genie? Do you only call on Him when you are in trouble? The Apostle Paul had confidence in God’s ability to do far more than he could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). He is omnipotent (Revelation 1:8) and wants to demonstrate His power through those believers who make themselves available to Him for service. Consider Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well (John 4).

Christ’s Work. Jesus, the God-man, came to do the will of His Father in heaven (Hebrews 10:7, 9) and not His own will (Luke 22:42). He chose to leave the ivory palaces in heaven (Psalm 45:8) and come down to our sin cursed world to glorify His Father (John 17:4). He added to His deity a true humanity (Philippians 2:5-8). He endured hardships, trials, and temptations so He could be a faithful High Priest for all true believers (Hebrews 4:14-16). His primary focus initially was toward the Jews (Matthew 15:21-28). But He also deliberately went into a hostile country (Samaria) to find the woman who was going to trust in Him as her Messiah (John 4:4, 9; 6:37; Luke 19:10). She was one of those who was among the “other sheep” that Jesus came to save (John 10:16; Acts 8:5-8). When she came to the well at noon, she had no idea that He was looking for her. She knew and believed that the promised Messiah was coming (John 4:25; Deuteronomy 18:15) but didn’t expect to meet Him personally as she did that day. God had placed this longing in her heart (John 6:44; Philippians 1:29; See Joshua 2:1-14). When He revealed to her the facts of her past life with her five husbands and about the one with whom she was living, she realized that Jesus was at least a prophet (Matthew 4:19). Her attempts to side track Him didn’t succeed as He wanted her to acknowledge Him as the Christ, the Son of the living God (John 4:29; 20:31; Matthew 16:16). She had been focused on physical water (temporal) whereas Jesus wanted her to realize that He had living water (eternal) to offer to her (John 4:10-14; 7:37, 38).

Woman’s Work. When this immoral, Samaritan woman believed on Him as the promised Messiah, she was saved. Leaving her water pot at the well, she hurried back to town and told the men about the Man she had just met who knew all about her past life. She asked them, “Could his be the Christ?” No doubt this piqued their curiosity as they wondered what Jesus might have known about them too. Could some of these men been her former husbands? Upon listening to Jesus many of the Samaritan people believed on Him as the promised Messiah too (John 4:39).

Our Work. When Jesus saves someone, He wants to use that person to tell others about the true and living God and Jesus Christ whom He sent to earth to be our Savior (John 5:24). He offers deliverance from hell to heaven to everyone among the human race. (He doesn’t offer it to the devil or the fallen angels – demons.)  Universalism is not taught in the Scriptures. The Good News that must be believed today is that “Christ died for our sins…and rose again [bodily] on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It’s not enough to know and believe the facts of the Gospel. We must transfer our faith from ourselves and our good works over to Christ alone to save us. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). As unpopular and politically incorrect this may be, it’s what Jesus said. We either believe in Him and what He said or we don’t. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:18-20).

Our Decision. When confronted with the truth from God’s Word (John 17:17), we must accept or reject it. It can set us free (John 8:32). What will you do with Jesus? It is no secret what God can do in the lives of those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Please read the story of a man whose life was transformed by the power of God. Click on http://mariecs.com/religious_nosecret.htm

Contact. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” If you’re a Christian, share what you know about Jesus with others as the Samaritan woman did. You could earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

In order for a caterpillar to become a beautiful butterfly, there must be a transformation that only God can perform. God made butterflies – male and female. “A butterfly lays an egg, which hatches into a caterpillar. The caterpillar larva forms a cocoon known as the pupa, where most of the transformation takes place, and a few weeks later, out comes the butterfly! This rapid process is known as metamorphosis” – Paul Twist

Transformation. No matter how sinful you and I have been in the eyes of God or of man (1 Timothy 1:15), God can save and miraculously transform a sinner into a saint. Consider the types of people whom God washed, sanctified, and justified: fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners et al. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; See Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8). He can transform the life of anyone who places his/her faith in Christ alone for salvation. Does this interest you? Would you like to be transformed? If so, read on.

The Plan. In the beginning God decided (Ephesians 1:11) to create the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3). He then formed man (Adam) out of the dust of the ground, provided him with a counterpart (Eve) and placed them in a beautiful garden (Genesis 1:26; 2:7). He gave them a free will to obey or disobey His command not to eat of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). Being omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24), He knew that they would disobey Him and bring on themselves spiritual and physical death (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). Not wanting them to have to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46), God had devised a unique plan to maintain His justice (righteousness) and at the same time provide a pardon and a way of escape from hell for us sinners (1 Peter 3:18).

The Persons. The Scriptures teach that there is only one God who exists as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; See Genesis 1:26). There are no completely adequate explanations or earthly analogies for this truth concerning God. Each Person in the Godhead shares the same divine nature and attributes (John 5:18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9). It was determined that each Person would be involved in the plan of redemption (deliverance after the ransom payment had been made). God the Father would send God the Son into the world (John 3:16) with a true human nature and body (Hebrews 10:5). The Father provided the Divine seed that was to be implanted by God the Holy Spirit in the virgin, Mary’s womb for Jesus Christ the Savior to be born like we are yet without sin (Matthew 1:21-23; Luke 1:35; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 4:15). The Lord Jesus Christ was/is the God-man (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:9). He chose to lay down His life as our Substitute (John 10:11-18) and die for all our sins…and then rise again bodily from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). His bodily resurrection and ascension back to heaven prove to us that God the Father accepted His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25; John 16:10; Acts 1:11).

The Plot. Lucifer, the highest of God’s created spirit beings (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-17), rebelled against God and became His enemy. He has opposed and will continue to oppose God’s plan of salvation. He tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-5). He tried to prevent the promised Messiah from coming to this earth by contaminating the human race with fallen angels (demons) who, with human women, produced the hybrid giants on the earth (Genesis 6:1-7). This is why God destroyed all of sinful humanity except Noah and his family (1 Peter 3:20). He tried to contaminate the Jewish race through intermarriage with the Egyptians to keep the Messiah from coming through the Jews (Exodus 1:16; Genesis 49:10). He used King Herod to try to kill Jesus after He was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16-18). He will try again to annihilate the Jews during the upcoming seven years of Tribulation (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff; Revelation 12:13-17). But God kept and will keep a believing remnant alive to inherit the land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants (Romans 11:5; Genesis 15:18-21).

The Provision. Only an infinitely wise God (1 Timothy 1:17) could come up with such a unique plan of salvation that would enable God to maintain His justice (righteousness) and extend deliverance to us the unjust ones (1 Peter 3:18). Song writer, Charles Wesley penned these words, “Amazing love how can it be that thou my God shouldst die for me.” The only condition for our salvation is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31). Don’t be deceived by those who make good works a condition for salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

The Point. You have a choice to make. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ yet? If not, why not now? Tomorrow may never come (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14). “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul [life]” (Mark 8:36). God is omnipotent and is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20; See Revelation 1:8; Hebrews 7:25). He can/will transform the lives of believers who present their bodies to Him as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2).

Help. If you aren’t sure about your eternal destiny but would like additional spiritual help, we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit or website at www.kelseypeach.com. We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask that you share the information with others. Click on “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as they come out.

How shall we escape [the lake of fire], if we neglect so great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that hear him?” – Hebrews 2:3 KJV

One of the greatest themes that challenges the mind of man is salvation. It is not a trivial subject; it is a matter of life and death. Many pastors and authors have attempted to expound on it. Yet how difficult it is to comprehend God’s grace that forgives all our sins every day and night, without preconditions, without works.

Scholar and theologian Charles Ryrie [has written] on the subject of salvation and with humility and compassion. He brings clarity where there is confusion. While he quotes carefully and accurately from a wide range of authors, his final authority is the Word of God.

The gospel is the good news of the grace of God to give forgiveness and eternal life. [His book] So Great Salvation shows us that we can be confident of our salvation, certain we are forgiven by God, and sure we are destined for heaven.” – Taken from back cover of So Great Salvation*

Confusion. In this day and age there are so many confusing voices telling people how they can be saved and get to heaven. Believe it or not, there are “preachers” who don’t believe in a literal, eternal hell where unbelievers will suffer forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). Some of them believe that everyone will eventually be saved and go to heaven, including the devil and demons. Others believe in reincarnation or in second chances after people die (Hebrews 9:27). What is the only requirement for a person to be saved (Acts 16:31)? Do you know how many times the Apostle John uses this word in his gospel? What did the Apostle Paul mean when he wrote “unless you believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)?

Lordship. Do you know what “Lordship Salvation” is? Why does it appeal to so many people (Matthew 7:21-23; Ephesians 2:9)? Do you know what their conditions for salvation are?** Is it any wonder that those who believe that way often are confused, frustrated, and can never have real assurance of salvation as God wants true believers to have (1 John 5:13)? Believe me, I used to be that way myself.

Clear Gospel. We don’t want anyone to be confused about their eternal destiny. Ron Shea (theologian and lawyer) has written an excellent booklet entitled “The Gospel.”*** Please read it carefully. Don’t delay. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “For what is your life? Is is even a vapor that appears for a little tie and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). “…make your call and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10). Once you’ve read it you have a choice to make. It’s the most important decision you can ever make in life.

Choice. You can choose to believe on Christ alone as your personal Savior or you may refuse His offer of eternal life. But beware of the serious consequences of rejecting Him (John 3:18, 36). God’s command is: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and your will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Why should we do this? Because Christ died for our sins…and rose again [bodily] on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Help. If you need spiritual help, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, share it with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

*So Great Salvationhttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=so+great+salvatin+ryrie

**Lordship Salvation’s requirements for salvation

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

***The Gospel in 30 languages. www.cleargospel.org

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