Archive for the ‘Dispensations’ Category

He was lingering in a Roman prison cell and facing an imminent death. Why? Because he insisted that the Gospel he proclaimed for the salvation of Jews and non-Jews (Romans1:16) had to include, not only Christ’s death for our sins, but also His bodily resurrection from the dead (2 Timothy 2:8-10; Acts 24:21). Without it, we, as believers in Him, couldn’t be sure that our sins had been forgiven (Romans 4:25), and we’d have no hope for a better life in the future (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).

The “best life” for an unbeliever is now; The “best life” for a Christian is in the next life. Think about that. Where will you spend it – in heaven or in hell? Are you sure?

It was from this prison cell that the Apostle Paul wrote a brief letter to his son-in-the-faith, Timothy. The believers in Asia Minor, whom he led to the Lord, had forsaken him (2 Timothy 1:15). He wanted Timothy to pass on to other faithful Christians what he had received from Paul (2 Timothy 2:2), who had been taught by the Lord Himself for three years in the wilderness after his conversion (Galatians 1:15-18).

Sadly, there are many Christians who aren’t faithful to the Lord and His Word. They live carnal lives (See 1 Corinthians 3:1 ff) and walk according to the flesh (their sin nature), rather than by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-21; Romans 8:5-8). Such Christians grieve and quench God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Confession to God the Father is in order for such believers (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13) or serious consequences could follow: weakness, sickness, or a premature death (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Keep this in mind – We have “potential years” and “actual years.”

“Sin (lawless behavior) will take us farther than we want to go; It will keep us longer than we want to stay; It will cost us more than we want to pay.” The passing pleasures of sin aren’t worth it when we consider that our flesh and bones may end up being consumed, perhaps by a STD (Hebrews 11:25; Proverbs 5:11). With 700 wives and 300 concubines, King Solomon may have died this way.

He advised others to live wisely. But then he didn’t follow his own advice, and for a period of time lived in vanity while trying to please himself. He concluded, “Vanity of vanities, all [that I’ve done to please myself] is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Later he wrote, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them’” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). Let’s learn from the mistakes of others (1 Corinthians 10:1-13).

Because Christians still have a sinful nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25) and the potential to engage in all the lawless behavior that they engaged in before they were saved, the Apostle Paul warned believers to “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

God chose the Apostle Paul to be the steward (household manager) of the “Dispensation of Grace” in which we now live. He was the major contributor to “Grace Teachings” for New Testament Christians (Galatians 1:15-7; Ephesians 3:1-7). The Apostles Peter and John, along with James and Jude (the Lord’s half-brothers) supplement what Paul wrote to Christians.

Being forsaken by the believers in Asia Minor must have been very painful to Paul. But he knew that the Lord had not forsaken him. Perhaps he thought of the Psalmist’s words, “When my father and my mother [or other believers] forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me” (Psalm 27:10). The writer of Hebrews wrote, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Even after claiming that they would never deny or abandon Him, Christ’s disciples forsook Him in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:56).

Until God takes us home to heaven by means of physical death or through the rapture, God has work for Christians to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). We don’t (shouldn’t) retire from serving God; We won’t in heaven (Revelation 22:3). Christ wants to live out His life through the believer’s life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19). He wants us to be willing to be persecuted or even die for our faith, if necessary so others can be saved (2 Timothy 2:10; 3:12). Such believers can earn the “Crown of Life” (Revelation 2:10; James 1:12).

Jesus said, “You [disciples] did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16). “This fruit can be seen in Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), a faithful witness (1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15), and through generous giving of one’s money (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17).  – Dr. Charles C. Ryrie “So Great Salvation” p. 50.

James, the Lord’s half brother wrote, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Question: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? If not, why? What needs to change?

Older Christians, who have been through the “rough waters” or “storms of life” should assist Christians who are coming behind them (Galatians 6:2). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). And remember – “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). God wants us to be victorious over our three spiritual enemies: the devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system.

I, personally, want to live the rest of my days on earth as though each day that God gives me to live might be my last day on earth, or the last day of someone I love or know. Our lives are like a vapor that soon passes away (James 4:14). Missionary C. T. Studd wrote, “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be, If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”

At the “Bema Seat Judgment” for New Testament Christians, Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8), will evaluate our works and our motives and reveal why we did what we did (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Were they done in keeping with the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives (Romans 8:14), and with His power (Philippians 3:10; 4:13)? Were they done according to the rules that God set forth in His Word (2 Timothy 2:5; See Romans 3:8; 6:1)? Were they done according to the will of God (Acts 21:4-14)?  Did they bring glory to God or to us (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

Those works that don’t measure up to His standard will be burned up, but the believer will not lose his/her salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). That’s amazing graceunmerited favor from God. Have you experienced it yet (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?

If you consider yourself to be a relatively mature Christian, are you passing on what you’ve learned over the years to those who are coming behind you? Are you setting a good example for them? Think of your children and grandchildren if you have some.

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do so. You have no guarantee that you will be alive at the end of today.

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-4:8). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

For additional information:

What’s Free – Earned? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

Test Questionshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/the-test-questions/

Three Spiritual Enemieshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/07/08/the-blame-game/

Crowns & Rewards:https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/about-our-motives-part-1-2/

Be Like Jesus – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/01/07/be-like-jesus/

C. T. Studd https://reasonsforhopejesus.com/only-one-life-twill-soon-be-past-by-c-t-studd-1860-1931/

Dispensations Charthttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/ https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

Gospel Presentationshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

After people “get saved,” when they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel, they are often encouraged to read the Bible (let God talk to you), pray (you talk to God), and witness to others about Christ. This all sounds like a good idea. But we believe that new believers need some help in these areas so they don’t get disappointed, discouraged, and begin to have doubts.

Like newborn babies, we all should start out with the “milk of the Word” and then go on to “solid food” (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14). Older, more mature believers can be a great asset to newer Christians (Galatians 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).

If you’ve been saved for some time, what are you doing to help rather than hinder new believers? How much spiritual growth has taken place in your life? Maybe you need this information too.

Do you know that Christians have Eight Ways To Communicate With God” and that the Bible has Seven Distinct Rules For Living” for different people living in different times?

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, [1] you’ll want to help your family, friends, and fellow workers get saved from everlasting condemnation (John 3:18; Romans 8:1) so they can join you in heaven some day? Did you know that Christians can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for having a part in the salvation of others (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? [2]

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out [not for] your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12, 13). Imagine that – He energizes us to do the things that will please Him. It should be our goal in life to please and glorify God by making Him known to others (2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Sadly, many Christians quench Him (i.e. render Him inoperative in their lives) and grieve Him by sinning – acting lawlessly (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 3:4). Are you doing this? If so, confess it to Him, claim His forgiveness, and move on toward spiritual maturity (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).

Our FREE “Bible Study Book Marker” [3] was designed to help you and others gain assurance of your salvation, to help you get the most out of God’s Word by using our “Bible Study Aids,” and to communicate with God more effectively (How To Pray), and to know what portions of the Bible are for you and which are addressed to you (See our “Dispensations Chart”).

All of the Bible is truth (John 17:17). It even records the lies of the devil and other people. It is what God wants us to know for now. In His Word, God “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3, 4).

All of the Bible needs to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9). Example: Dietary rules and types of sacrifices offered to God by the Jews differ from Christian rules (Leviticus 11; 1 Timothy 4:4; Hebrews 9:13; 10:4; 13:15, 16).

May we suggest that you download a copy of our FREE Bible Study Book Marker for yourself on light colored paper and make some additional copies for those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18)? Keep one in your Bible as a handy reference guide.

Contact us here or through our website if you have questions or would like additional help: www.kelseypeach.com. If this information has helped you, please let us know. And if you would like to get future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[2] Crowns – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

[3] FREE Bible Study Book Marker: https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[4] Final Test Questions: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/the-test-questions/

Precious Promises – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

Need A Good Study Bible? We recommend the “Scofield Study Bible.” Ask for more information.

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

We don’t hear it very often anymore. But when he uses it, we’re supposed to pay attention to what he has to say and do it (unless it’s an unlawful command – Acts 5:29). Sadly, many people today show disrespect for those in authority and act lawlessly. Lawlessness is sin. (1 John 3:4).

Sin has consequences. It will take us further then we want to go; it will keep us longer than we want to stay; and it will cost us more than we want to pay. (Memorize this and remind yourself of this when you’re tempted to sin. Remember, as the song says – the temptation itself isn’t a sin; it’s yielding to a sinful lust that becomes sin.)

Citizens. “Let every soul [individual citizen] be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1).

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1). Students – be teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16).

Christians. “Obey those [spiritual leaders] who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17).

Teachers. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). We all shall give an account to God someday (Romans 14:12).

Anarchy. Imagine what life would be like if everyone did what was right in his own eyes without regard for anyone else. [1] Days like this took place before the flood of Noah’s day and God had to wipe them all off the face of the earth (Genesis 6:5). They also occurred when there was no king in Israel and gross immorality was rampant (Judges 20:6; 21:25). Life was almost unbearable. God’s Word predicted such days would also exist during the end times in which we now live (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff).

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

Rules. Every society needs rules to govern the citizens. God established human government for the benefit of people (Genesis 9:6). It has the right and responsibility to carry out capital punishment for certain crimes (Romans 13:4). Obviously, there are tyrants that rule over people. God often allows the basest of men to rule over others on a temporary basis (Daniel 4:17, 25).

Tourists. Different countries have different rules and you better know what they are if you plan to travel there. Being detained in some foreign countries is anything but pleasant.

BTW – God has different “Rules for Living” within the pages of the Scriptures that He has imposed on some or all of humanity. They are known as “Dispensations.” They are NOT different ways to be saved. We believe that we can identify seven of them. (See our FREE Bible Study Book Marker.) If you’re a Christian, are you living by the wrong set of Biblical rules? Contact us if you have questions.

The “Kingdom of the Heavens” (i.e. the rule of the heavens over the earth) is coming right after Satan’s man (“The man of sin” or “Antichrist”) has caused havoc on this earth for seven years. Christ’s Kingdom will last for 1,000 years. [2] These days seem to be just around the corner.

Decision. Your response to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bad News / Good News (Gospel) will determine your eternal destiny in heaven or hell. Please take time to read and/or listen to the presentations. [3]

Help. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on the notification Bell or Follow.

[1] Right-Wrong. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/when-doing-right-is-wrong/

[2] The Order of Coming Events – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[3] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Policemen, by Paul Harvey – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ1YsyZMaaU&t=7s

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Prelude = an introductory performance, action, or event preceding and preparing for the principal or a more important matter.

Current Events. We believe that what is currently taking place in our rapidly changing world is but a prelude of things to come that were predicted in the Scriptures. [1] Most people in “Christendom” believe that the prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming, some 2,000 years ago, were fulfilled literally. We believe that the prophecies concerning the Rapture of the Church, and the Second Coming of Christ should also be interpreted literally (i.e. normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually), not allegorically. The first allegorist was the devil when he questioned what God had said and tried to change the meaning of His command to deceive Eve (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-5).

Devil’s Man First. Before Christ sets up His millennial kingdom on/over the whole earth (Daniel 2:44,45; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-10), God will allow the devil to set up his “man of sin” (the antichrist), but will limit his rule over all the earth to seven years (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 12, 13). If God were to allow him to have a longer time than that, no flesh on earth would survive to repopulate the Millennial Kingdom of Christ (Matthew 24:22). Some “Globalists” want to reduce the population down from almost 8 billion people to about 500 million people. [2] Think about that.

Repopulate The Earth. After the universal flood, Noah’s three sons and their wives repopulated the whole earth (Genesis 9:1 ff). The language changes took place at the Tower of Babel, and the continental shift began to take place in the days of a man named Peleg (Genesis 10, 11). At the end of the “Seven Year Tribulation” all unbelievers will be removed from the earth (Matthew 24:40, 41; 25:32). The Jewish and non-Jewish believers, who physically survive the Tribulation, will be the ones who will repopulate the earth during the millennium when Christ rules as the King of kings, and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16).

No Grandchildren? The first generation of believers will have children and grandchildren who will need to be saved spiritually through personal faith in Christ. Why? “God has no grandchildren.” Sadly, while many (perhaps most) of them will restrain their sin nature from manifesting lawless behavior (sin) during the millennium, lest they die immediately (Matthew 5:29, 30), they will join the devil in his final rebellion against God and the Lord Jesus Christ when he (the devil) is released from the sides of the abyss, which is in the heart of the earth, at the end of Christ’s millennial kingdom (Isaiah 14:12 ff; Revelation 20:1-10). At this time the devil and all the unsaved rebells will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Revelation 20:7-15; 21:8).

The End. Even though the destruction and annihilation of the universe and the planet on which we now live is at least 1,007 years away from now (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1 ff), God wants every Christian to live a holy (morally pure) and godly life now for His glory and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; See Philippians 4:13; Galatians 6:10). If you’ve been saved, are you living this way? Our time on earth is very limited.

Time. We have “potential years” and “actual years.” Will you suffer and die prematurely because of your lawless (sinful) behavior? God chastens and scourges His rebellious children in this life only (there is no Purgatory) so we won’t be condemned with the unsaved people of the world later on (Hebrews 12:5-12). Many Christians have died prematurely and some painfully (Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16).

Death. Generally speaking, we are all destined to die physically (Hebrews 9:27). There have been and there will be some exceptions to this rule (Enoch – Genesis 5:24; Elijah – 2 Kings 2:1, 11; Some Christians – 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little time and then it vanishes away (James 4:14). When death comes to you, where will you go and what will happen to you?

Annihilation of the wicked dead and reincarnation are not taught in the Scriptures. The last enemy that Jesus will destroy is death (1 Corinthians 15:26). He will do this by raising everyone back to life – either to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons, or in God’s presence. After this happens, eternity future will begin. (See our Bible Study Book Marker.)

Destiny. Are you sure you’ll go to heaven immediately when you die? Some folks don’t want to go there because they hate God and His rules and love darkness rather than light (John 3:19; Revelation 13:16; 16:19). My friend, if you go to the lake of fire (hell), no one will really care about you because they will be concerned about their own suffering, not your suffering (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Gospel. You can avoid hell and enter heaven by placing your faith and trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, (not the Christ of the cults), [3] Who died for your sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). [4] We are NOT saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Help. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on the notification Bell or Follow.

[1] Bible Study Book Marker with Dispensations Chart

The Order Of Coming Events – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[2] Population Reduction – https://grandmageri422.me/2020/03/15/the-georgia-guides-stones-population-control-and-the-coming-antichrist/

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

[4] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Bible Prophecy Articles – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/bible-prophecy/

The Apostle Paul told Timothy, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:2-4). Therefore, beware of false teachers.

Rebels. The rebellious, unbelieving, Old Testament Jews warned the Prophet Jeremiah and said, “Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD, lest you die by our hand” (Jeremiah 11:21). The Apostle Paul said, “[The unbelieving Jews] killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost” (1 Thessalonians 2:15, 16; See Stephen’s accusation of the Jewish leaders – Acts 7:51-53).

Note: God holds all mankind, not just the Jews, responsible for the death of Christ (Acts 4:23-28; 5:28-32). You and I also are responsible for His death. Some people falsely believe that the Church has replaced Israel. [1] But God isn’t done with them yet (See Romans 11:1 ff).

The Dominant Cry Of Today in much of Christendom seems to be, “Tell us what we want to hear, not what God wants us to hear, know, and practice.” They want a “garbled Gospel” that conveys to them the idea that God was/is really lucky to get them on His side since they are such worthy and wonderful people. No! No! No! (Read Romans 3:10-23.)

The Pure Gospel is “Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). [2] Those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, through this message, will be saved (Acts 16:31). We are NOT saved by our good works or by our faith PLUS our good works which is taught in many “churches” and in other religions (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, and for God’s glory alone.

Confused. Far too many Christians who have genuinely been saved don’t understand the Bible or they think it’s very confusing and contradicts itself. Perhaps they haven’t been taught that there is a difference between “doctrines (teachings) that are to be believed and practiced,” as opposed to “doctrines (teachings) that are to be believed but not practiced” (Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 4:1-4).

Value. From the Old Testament, Christians can learn much about the characteristics (attributes) of God which don’t change (Exodus 3:14; Hebrews 13:8), the sinful nature of man (Jeremiah 17:9), negative examples to avoid (1 Corinthians 10:1-13), and that God is trustworthy to keep the unconditional promises that He makes to people (Romans 15:4).

Promises. How many of them do you know and claim? [3] Don’t try to claim those that aren’t for you or you’ll probably become very disappointed and angry toward God. Avoid the “Health, Wealth, and Happiness Preachers” who twist the Scriptures to mislead greedy people (2 Peter 3:16).

“Dispensationalism” has been under attack for a long time even by those who claim to be “fundamentalists” (i.e. those who believe in the fundamental (basic) teachings of the Bible). “Dispensations” deal with the “Rules for Living” for people who live at different times in human history. (They are NOT different ways to be saved.) Dispensations are the result of a normal, literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of the entire Bible. Contrast “Ages.” [4]

Law, Grace, Kingdom. It’s not hard to see that the “Rules for Living” for the Jews living under “The Law” that were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, are distinct and different from the “Rules for Living” for Christians who live under “Grace” principles. The “Rules for Living” for those who will enter Christ’s Kingdom Reign over the earth for 1,000 years (“Sermon on the Mount” Matthew 5-7) are more intense than those given to the Jews of Old Testament times (See Matthew 5:21, 22, 27, 28, 31, 32 et al).

Source. All the “Rules for Living” come from the same Source, God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. They are designed to prove to mankind that no matter what “Rules for Living” God imposes on some or all of mankind, they cannot please God as long as they act independently of Him (John 15:5; Romans 8:8). (See our FREE “Bible Study Book Marker”on our website for more information.) [5]

Examples: The Jews, living in Old Testament times, had a very restrictive diet (Leviticus 11). Christians under Grace are free to eat anything for which they can give thanks (1 Timothy 4:1-5). Old Testament Jews offered bloody sacrifices to God (Leviticus 1:5-15; Hebrews 9; 10); Christians offer up spiritual, non-bloody sacrifices (Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15, 16). Israel had a priesthood that was specific to the tribe of Levi (Numbers 3:6-7), whereas all Christians are priests to God (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6). There are other differences too. Law, Grace, and Kingdom Rules are very distinct from each other (Romans 6:14, 15). Knowing this can keep confusion at bay.

Non-Christians. If you’re not a Christian and would like to be saved from eternal condemnation (John 3:16, 18, 36; Romans 8:1), you must believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Christians. If you’ve been saved, how much spiritual growth has taken place in your life (2 Peter 3:18)? Are you a “carnal Christian” (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff) who needs to confess your sins to God and then claim His forgiveness and move on to spiritual maturity (1 John 1:9; See Hebrews 5:12-14)? Continuing to live a carnal lifestyle could lead to a premature, painful, physical death (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16).

Our Purpose In Life is to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31) by making Him known to others so they have Someone in Whom they can believe and be saved. Having done this, we want to help young Christians be assured of their salvation (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13), to grow (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), to serve other believers (primarily) with their spiritual gifts (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 6:10), and to reproduce themselves (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).

Help. We’re here to offer assistance to those who are teachable, willing to change, and then grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Figuratively speaking, we’ve been through some “raging rivers” and on “rugged mountain paths.” But we’ve been comforted and encouraged by God through His Word and by some of His choice servants, and so we want to extend God’s comfort to you if you long for it (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

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

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[1] Replacement Theology –  https://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

[2] Gospel Presentations –  https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[3] Promises – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

[4] “Age” – “An indefinite period of time in which God gives a specific revelation of Himself designed to relate a truth concerning His nature, desires, or antipathies to His creatures. An age, therefore, may run concurrent with a dispensation or may precede or follow the dispensations (Ephesians 2:7).” – Dr. H. L. Schafer

[5] FREE Bible Study Book Marker & Dispensations Chart – https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[6] Spiritual Gifts – https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

“Sermonettes” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/sermonettes-for-christianettes/

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Some people think of salvation as a “Get Out Of Jail (Hell) FREE” card. They fail to realize that Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16). Please read Dr. Charles Ryrie’s comments regarding fruit below. [1]

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

We understand that the “good works” which God wants believers to do relate primarily to the the “spiritual gifts” that we were given to all Christians at the moment of our salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:8-16). Sadly, most Christians know little or nothing about them. To learn about “spiritual gifts” click on the link below. [2]

Instead, they expect “Clerical George” and the “Professionals” to do all or most of the work. No, Evangelists and Pastor-teachers are to teach them about these gifts and equip them for their work of ministry (Ephesian 4:11-16). These gifts need to be used with “agape love” (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13). Christians are more than “bill payers” and “pew warmers.”

The believer’s primary purpose/objective in life is, or ought to be, to glorify God by making Him know to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). Jesus did this (John 17:3-5). This is done by our “life” and our “lip.” Both are needed just as an airplane needs two wings to fly.

We can glorify God by getting to know Him better (John 17:3) and making sure of our salvation (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13), by growing spiritually mature through the intake and application of “Bible doctrines” to our daily lives (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9), by the use of our spiritual gifts (Galatians 5:13; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11), and by reproducing ourselves through the salvation of the lost (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15) and helping them repeat the process (2 Timothy 2:2).

God’s desirous will for Christians may or may not be carried out in the lives of believers. His determinative will (The Decree) will be carried out regardless of what we do or don’t do. Believers who fail to glorify God are in danger of having their physical lives terminated prematurely – some painfully (Acts 5:1 ff; Romans 8:6; 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Jesus holds the “Keys of Death” today (Revelation 1:18). The devil held them in O.T. Times (Hebrews 2:14, 15; Job 1:18, 19).

Examine Yourself. Before a believer participates in the “Lord’s Supper,” he/she is supposed to examine himself/herself (1 Corinthians 11:28) through the “upward look,” the “inward look,” and the “outward look,” to determine his/her relationship to God (John 15:1- ff; 1 John 1:5-10), the need to confess known sins to God and others when necessary (1 John 1:9; James 5:16), and to evaluate one’s relationship to other believers (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17). “An unexamined life is not worth living.” [3]

Christian Responsibilities. Some of them can be found on our FREE Bible Study Book Marker. [4] Our “Rules for Living” as Christians can be found GENERALLY between John 13-Revelation 3).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on FOLLOW.

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[1] Spiritual fruit will begin to be evident in a believer’s life (John 15:1-8). This fruit could be seen in Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), a faithful witness (1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15), and through generous giving of one’s money (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17).”

Quote by Dr. Charles Ryrie in his book, “So Great Salvation” p. 50 (Good book to have and read.)

[2] Spiritual Gifts – https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

[3] An Unexamined Life https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/an-unexamined-life/

[4] FREE Bible Study Book Marker (Make a copy of this for yourself and some others.)

Without knowing this information, the Bible will remain a confusing Book which seems to contradict itself. God used some godly, human teachers (Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 13:7, 17) to point out this truth to me that I hadn’t seen before. I’d like to share it with you. Bible reading, memorizing it, and meditating on it became a joy, not a burden or an obligation.

Within the pages of the Scriptures there are two kinds of doctrines (teachings): Those to be “believed and practiced,” and those that are to be “believed but NOT practiced.” While all the Scriptures are for (4) Christians, not all of it is addresses to (2) us.

Below you will find links to Pastor Richard Schafer’s outline and teaching on this subject and our FREE Bible Study Book Marker with our “Dispensations Chart.” You will find a link to some Gospel presentations which we hope you find helpful.

We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com

Read: http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/messages/richardschafer/Sunday/RSchafer_2019-09-29_TwoWordsForDoctrine.pdf

Listen: http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/messages/richardschafer/Sunday/RSchafer_2019-09-22_TwoWordsForDoctrine.MP3

FREE Bible Study Book Marker with Dispensations Chart: https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

Here is the information an unsaved person needs to know and believe to be saved:

Are you all knotted up inside and full of fear, worry, and cares? Would you like to have and enjoy a tranquil, happy, and stable life instead? If you would, read on. (Maybe you know someone who could benefit from this information. If so, please pass this on to them. Read 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)

The Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man, came to save sinners like you and me (Luke 19:10) and to give those of us who would believe in/on Him eternal life and abundant life (John 10:10). He wants every true Christian to enjoy a life of tranquility, happiness, and stability. (See 1 Timothy 2:1-4; John 15:11) The Apostle Paul told the early Christians how they and we can have this kind of life.

“Be anxious for nothing [stop worrying], but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6, 7). [1]

We need to know and claim the unconditional promises that have been given to us as Christians if we are to enter into this type of rest (Hebrews 4:1 ff). [2] Consider the words to this beloved song: “Trust [God and His promises] and obey, for there is no other way to be happen in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” [3]

Before we can have and enjoy the “peace of God,” we must gain “peace with God” which comes to us automatically when we place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. (See Romans 5:1). If you’ve never done this before now, why not now? [4] We are NOT saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Note: We are saved by one act of faith in Christ through the Gospel, but we are to continue to live our lives in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:16, 17; Galatians 3:11). Are you living with doubts & fears or by faith?

Do you know and are you claiming the unconditional promises that have been given to us as Christians so you can enter into this type of rest (Hebrews 4:2 ff)? If not, why not? [2]

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 43:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] Here are four of eight ways to communicate with God. (See our Bible Study Book Marker for the other four ways.) www.kelseypeach.com or https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[2] Promises For Christians alone to claim. – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/ (You might want to print a copy of these and review them often. Memorize and meditate on them regularly. Ask us about an easy way to memorize Scripture.)

[3] “Trust And Obey” song – https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/582

[4] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Far too many Christians are failing to go on the spiritual maturity after they’ve been saved. [1] They live like infants who need milk rather than solid food (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; Hebrews 5: 12-14). This may be due, in part, to the failure of some Pastor-teachers (“spiritual pediatricians”) to show believers the difference between the “doctrines to be believed and practiced, as opposed to those that are to be “believed but not practiced” (Titus 1:9). Likewise, deacons, who serve others in the local churches, need to know these distinctions (1 Timothy 3:9). We are under grace principles, not law (Romans 6:14, 15).

The Evangelists’ (“spiritual obstetricians”) primary responsibility is to lead unsaved people to Christ, bring them into a Bible believing local church, and to teach them how to be effective witnesses for the Lord (Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 1:8).

Every Christian is given a “spiritual gift” at the time of his/her salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14). It needs to be developed and used with love for the benefit and edification of other believers and for the glory of God (1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13). When all the members are functioning harmoniously with other believers, the work of God gets done more effectively. [2]

While all the Bible is FOR us Christians, not all of it is addressed TO us. The Church and Israel are distinct entities (1 Corinthians 10:32). God isn’t finished with the Jews (Romans 11:1 ff). The Church has NOT replaced Israel. [3] We understand that the Scriptures have seven distinct “Dispensations – Rules For Living” for different people in different times of human history. Note: They are NOT different ways of salvation. (See our “Dispensations Chart” in our Bible study book marker on our website.)

Here are a few “House Rules” that God desires for Christians to follow: Grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), Walk by faith in God’s promises (Romans 1:17), Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), Maintain Christian unity (Ephesians 4:3), Use your spiritual gift with love (1 Corinthians 13), Love other believers as Christ has loved us (John 13:34, 35), Witness to and evangelize the lost (Acts 1:8), Do everything for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Sadly, most Christians fail to carry out these responsibilities that make up the “desirous will of God.” As a result they will have most of their works burned up at the “Bema Seat Judgment” without losing their salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Now, that’s grace (unmerited favor from God).

To learn more about where to find your Christian responsibilities in the Bible, whether you’re doing them or not, and what takes place on Judgment Day, we invite you to get our FREE Bible Study Book Marker and study it carefully for yourself.

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] Gospel Presentations – How To Get Saved https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[2] Spiritual Gifts – https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

[3] Replacement Theology – https://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

Read about Martin Luther’s view of the Jews and how it affected Adolph Hitler.

There is a lot of confusion in the minds of many people concerning “The Antichrist.” The Scriptures tell us that currently there are many antichrists in the world (1 John 2:18). They are opposed to Christ. Jesus said, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

Before we consider some things about “The Antichrist – Man of Lawless” who is yet to come, let me say that we believe that the Scriptures should be interpreted normally (literally), historically, grammatically, and contextually rather than allegorically which changes the intended meaning of the author (See Ezra 8:7, 8; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 27; Titus 1:9).

Satan was the first one to use the allegorical method of interpretation when he told Eve that God really didn’t mean what he said (Genesis 3:1-5). Many religious leaders use this method of interpretation to make the Bible say what they want it to say, especially when it comes to Bible prophecy. Many of them tell people what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear (2 Timothy 4:1-5). Beware of false teachers (2 Peter 2:1 ff; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:1-25).

We believe that we are very near the end of this “Dispensation of Grace” (often called by some “The Church Age”) which has lasted for about 2,000 years. [1] After the last Gentile person has been saved by believing in/on Christ through the Gospel (Romans 1:16, 17; 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), and has become a part of the true Church (the spiritual “Body of Christ” – 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13), and has done some praiseworthy works (John 6:37; 1 Corinthians 4:5), the Lord will return for “His Church” and make us “His Bride” (John 14:1-3). Perhaps Today! If He came back today, would you be ready?

Before we get to the place (the heavenly New Jerusalem) that Jesus has been preparing for all true Christians (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ff), He will judge our works (not us – Romans 5:1; 8:1) at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (somewhere between earth and the third heaven) to determine which works are praiseworthy and which aren’t. If we’ve earned them by our good works, He will give us crowns, rewards, and praise (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). BTW – Heaven is a gift, not a reward for good works. It is part of the “salvation package.” [3]

While there are no sign miracles that precede Christ’s imminent return at the Rapture, there seems to be many indicators that point in that direction. “Things aren’t falling apart; they are falling into place.”

The Rapture brings the “Dispensation of Grace” to an end. The seven year Tribulation doesn’t begin until the Antichrist (Man of Lawlessness) signs a seven year covenant (agreement) with the Jews to protect them (Daniel 9:27). Antisemitism is once again on the rise, and the apostate churches that believe the church has replaced Israel will be the primary persecutors of the Jews. [4]

We believe that the stage is being set today for the events that will take place during the seven years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27), which will include 21 judgments on the people who are left behind on the earth after the “Rapture (catching away) of the true Church.” [5]

Most Christians believe that the 10 Plagues that came on the Egyptians in Moses’ day were literal plagues (Exodus 7-11). There is no reason to allegorize the 21 judgments (7 seal judgments, 7 trumpet judgments, and 7 bowl judgments) mentioned in Revelation chapters 6-19.

After the Rapture of the true Church, but before the seven year Tribulation begins, three things need to happen: (1) The Jews must be in the land of Israel for the signing of a 7 year peace agreement (Daniel 9:27; Ezekiel 39:28), (2) the Ten Kings from the Revived Roman Empire must be in power (Revelation 17:13), and (3) the world wide harlot religion must be in place and have power (Revelation 17:3). [6]

Then the Antichrist (Man of Lawlessness) will be promoted by the 10 Kings (rulers) from the Revived Roman Empire (Daniel 2:33; 7:7, 8) and the Head Person of the harlot religion (Revelation 17:3, 7). He will have to share his power with them until the middle of the Tribulation. At that time he will be killed in a war with Russia and her allies (Ezekiel 38, 39).

But he will be brought back to life and then gain complete control over the whole world. He will require that everyone take his “mark of the beast” to buy or sell anything (Revelation 13:16-18). Some won’t take it. These people will have great difficulty surviving physically until the end of the Tribulation (Matthew 10:22). But those who take it are doomed forever. It’s an “unforgivable sin” (Revelation 14:9-11). We believe that the Antichrist will be a Gentile (non-Jew), who will be assisted by a Jewish false prophet (Revelation 13:1-18).

Are these two men alive today? They probably are, but we don’t know who they are. The Antichrist won’t be revealed to the world until after the Rapture of the true Church (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12) . We believe that all true Christians will be taken from the earth to heaven before the seven years of the Tribulation begin (1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10). We also believe that the Antichrist will be empowered and indwelt by the devil himself (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 13:1-10).

The Anti-christ and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire at the end of the seven year Tribulation, but the devil won’t be cast there until after Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth (Revelation 19:20; 20:10). He will be confined in the Abyss (in the heart of the earth) during Christ’s reign on earth (Revelation 20:1-10). He won’t bother or tempt anyone on earth during this time.

We hope this information has been helpful to you. If you’re interested, we’ve have written many other articles on Bible prophecy and other topics that may be useful to you in your understanding of the Scriptures. [7]

But merely knowing and believing the facts of the Bible and the Gospel won’t save you from the lake of fire (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46). [2] If you haven’t yet placed your faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do so. You have no guarantee that you will be alive by the end of today (James 4:14).

If this article has helped you, please SHARE it with others so they can be saved, or if they are saved, they can be comforted and encouraged by the Lord’s imminent return for His own (1 Thessalonians 4:18; 5:11).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually (1 Timothy 2:15, 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). We can be reached at www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] Bible Study Book Marker & Dispensations Chart https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[2] The Gospel (Good News) we must believe today to be saved: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[3] What’s Free? – What’s Earned?

[4] Replacement Theology –

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

[5] Rapture = “caught up” – John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

[6] The Order of Coming Events

[7] Bible prophecy articles: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/bible-prophecy/