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David & Goliath

Our oldest son, David belongs to a “travel club.” He meets a lot of interesting people along the way. A few years ago he met LaBron James who is 6’8” tall. More recently he met Shaquille O’Neal who is 7’1”. He posted a picture of himself on Facebook with both of these men. He looks small in comparison to them.

Goliath. But did you know that Goliath was over nine feet tall (1 Samuel 17:4). He would have made LaBron and Shaquille look small. He was the champion of the Philistines who defied the God of the Israelites. While he was still a youth, David (of the Bible, not our son), challenged him to a duel. You probably know the outcome of that incident. After David hurled a stone to his head, Goliath came tumbling down. David eventually became the King of Israel and it was from his line that God said the Messiah would come (1 Samuel 7:12ff). We believe that this prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus Christ came to earth 2,000 years ago (See Matthew 1; Luke 3).

Giants. Prior to the universal flood that took place in the days of Noah, we learn from the Scriptures that there were giants on the earth in those days and afterward. We’re told that the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown (Genesis 6:4ff).

Identity. Who were these giants? In the Scofied Study Bible notes we read, “Some hold that the ‘sons of God’ were fallen angels ‘who did not keep their proper domain’ (Jude 6, 7)…Accordingly, this intrusion into the human sphere produced a race of wicked giants (Genesis 6:4-6). Others hold that since angels are spoken of in a sexless way (compare Matthew 22:30)…the reference has to do with the breakdown of the separation of the godly line of Seth by the intermarriage with the godless line of Cain…Whichever view is held, it is obvious that Satan attempted so to corrupt the race that the Messiah could not come to redeem man (See Genesis 3:15). But God salvaged a remnant (Genesis 6:8ff), and a godly line was preserved.” (See Scofield Study Bible, NKJV, Genesis 6:4 note).

Tartarus. We understand that the fallen angels/demons who were engaged in this attempt to corrupt the human race are presently confined in a place called Tartarus (2 Peter 2:4). Other fallen angels/demons are still doing Satan’s bidding as they attack believers (Ephesians 6:12; Job 1; 2; 1 Timothy 2:8) and empower false prophets and teachers to distort the Gospel and teach false doctrines (2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15; Galatians 1:6-9; 1 Timothy 4:1ff).

Judged. Did you know that Christians will judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3)? Just as they and the devil will be judged (John 16:8-11), so all those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior will be judged according to their works to determine, not whether they will get into heaven or not, but their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 7:21-23; 10:15; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15).

Saved. We don’t want you or any other human being to go to this awful place. You can be forgiven (Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:9). No one needs to go there because Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day and offers eternal life and deliverance from that place. It takes one simple act of faith to be saved (John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). Salvation is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

New Life. You can have eternal life (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (1 John 5:11-13). Would you like to have it and be assured of it? Upon believing in Christ, God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with your spirit that you are a true child of God (Romans 8:16). Once you have it, you can’t lose it (John 19:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). God wants you to let Him live out His life through your life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19).

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What Does It Take?”

Questions. Are you a true Christian or someone who merely professes to be a Christian? Do you possess eternal life (God’s quality of life) right now (1 John 5:11-13)? If you’re saved, how did you become a Christian? Who initially shared the Good News concerning Christ with you so you could be saved? Was it a family member like Andrew who told his brother Peter about Jesus (John 1:41)? Was it a neighbor, a fellow worker, a stranger, a radio or TV preacher, or a missionary? We’d like to hear your story if you’d take the time to tell us about it. (Discover how Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, became a professing Christian by reading a pamphlet that my dad gave to him concerning Jake DeShezar in the link below.)

Testimony. By writing out your personal testimony and then sharing it with others, God might use you to bring others to Christ so they can be saved too. You could earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) so that you have something to present to Jesus when you see Him in all His glory at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 4:10). Jesus said, “…let no one take your crown” (Revelation 3:11).  Will someone else get a crown with your name on it because you failed to share the Gospel with a person whom He was going to save (John 6:37; See Acts 18:9, 10; Hebrews 1:14).

Effort. Even as it took someone’s effort and maybe some suffering on their part (2 Timothy 2:10) to introduce you to Christ so you could be saved, so, if you want to see others saved, it will involve your time and effort to let others know about the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Are you willing to do what our Lord commanded us to do?

Command. Having been given all authority in heaven and on earth, Jesus commanded His eleven disciples to duplicate themselves by making “disciples [true believers] of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:17 -20). He also said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Jesus. Who is this Person who gave this command? He is God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who had added to His deity a true human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 10:5).  He chose to be born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). His purpose in life was to glorify God the Father (John 17:4) by doing the things that the Father wanted Him to do and say (John 1:1-18; 5:18, 19). This also involved His going to the cross voluntarily (John 10:15-18) so He could die for our sins, be buried for 3 days and nights, and then rise again bodily on the third day as the prophets had predicted these things that are recorded for us in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43).

Propitiation. This big word simply means that Jesus fully satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2, 4:10). The debt for our past, present, and futures sins was paid in full once and for all (Hebrews 10:10). The only condition for man to receive judicial forgiveness from God (Ephesians 1:7) and to gain entrance into heaven was/is one simple act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31) through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It does not involve “Lordship in exchange for salvation” as some are teaching (See link below). Do you know what this involves? Have you been misled? Find out for yourself.

Immersion. Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, apart from his good works (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5), he should be baptized/immersed to demonstrate to others that he acted right in God’s sight by dying for his sins…and rising from the dead in the Person of their Substitute, Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19, 20; Galatians 2:20). Water baptism doesn’t save anyone but it enables a believer to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21) and serves as a testimony to others (Acts 8:36-38).  It may open up a door to bear witness for Christ (1 Peter 3:15).

Faith. One genuine act of faith is all it takes for a person to be saved (Acts 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36). This doesn’t mean merely knowing and giving mental assent to the facts of the Gospelbut a transfer of faith from yourself and your good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Once saved, a true believer should live a life of faith in God and His precious promises (2 Peter 1:4), addressed to Christians, that are contained in His Word (Romans 1:17). Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6; See Romans 14:23). If you’re saved, how many of God’s promises do you know and claim on a regular basis (Hebrews 4:2)? Are you enjoying the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding ”(Philippians 2:6, 7) now that you are at peace with God” (Romans 5:1)?

Crown. Would you like to earn the Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? Every true Christian should desire to lead unbelievers to the Lord so they can be saved (Philippians 2:13). How much suffering are you willing to undergo for others to be saved (2 Timothy 2:10)? Notice what Andrew did for his brother Peter (John 1:40, 41). Some people may sow the seed of the Gospel, others may water it, but God gives the increase and saves people (1 Corinthians 3:5-8).

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“You Shall Be My Witnesses”

I have a question for you. Have you ever been called upon to be a witness in a criminal case? If so, we’re you scared? I haven’t ever had to be a witness, but I was on a jury. Think about this. A witness doesn’t really need to prepare what he is going to say unless he plans to lie on the stand. Here’s some good advice if you’re ever called upon to be a witness. Always tell the truth so you don’t have to remember the lies you told.

Command. Before going back to heaven (John 3:13; 14:1-3; 16:16, 17), Jesus gave His disciples a command to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8). All they had to do was tell what they knew about the Lord Jesus Christ. They knew that He had died on a cross for their sins, and that He was buried for three days and nights. But they also knew that He had risen bodily from the dead on the third day. There were over 500 eye witnesses who had seen Jesus on ten different occasions for forty days after His bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; See Luke 24:33-43).

Pentecost. Fifty days after the Passover feast, when Jesus was crucified, Peter, who had denied three times that he knew the Lord (Luke 22:34), was empowered by God the Holy Spirit to preach a powerful message that resulted in 3,000 Jews being saved (Acts 2:41). Then the church began to multiply because these Christians kept on telling other Jews about Jesus (Acts 6:7).

Multiplication. Just think about this. If you reached four people for Christ, who in turn reached for more people, who reached four more people, etc. you’d go from 4 to 16 to 64 to 256 and on and on. Many businesses are built this way by word of mouth advertising. Are you willing to be used by God to reach others for Christ? Are you a F.A.T.F.R.E.E. Christian who is Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic? If not, with God’s help, why now start becoming one today?

Problem. The early Jewish Christian’s problem was that they didn’t share this information with the half breed Samaritans or the non-Jews until a sever persecution broke out. Many Samaritans responded positively when Philip, a deacon, preached the Gospel to them. So did the Ethiopian eunuch who carried the message back to his own country (Acts 8:1 ff).

Results. Although we may not see the same kind of results today as they did, we still have the joy and responsibility to keep on sharing the Gospel with lost people until the Lord returns. We aren’t to keep back the Good News from anyone to whom the Holy Spirit leads us (Acts 8:26; Romans 8:14; James 4:17).

Joy. Recently I had the joy of sharing a tract entitled “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” with some folks from Ethiopia who have come to our country to live. Maybe God is bringing them here since very few missionaries are going out today to foreign countries with the “Clear Gospel” concerning Christ.  If someone had only a few minutes to live, could you share the Gospel with them with less than 25 words so they could be saved?  It can be done.  Read the article below.

Types. Notice what kind of people God saved in the city of Corinth. They had been fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). My friend, God can save anyone. He doesn’t require you to clean up your life first before you can be saved as some “false teachers” are saying.

Testify. Those of us who have been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and who have, after we’ve been saved, presented our bodies to God as a living sacrifice, and who know what God has done and is doing in our lives, can/should bear witness to the power of God to transform anyone’s life (Romans 1:16, 17; 12:1, 2; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 3:20, 21). Who would have thought Saul/Paul, the persecutor of Christians, would be saved and then go on to lead others to Christ and start local churches in many areas? 

Questions. Have you ever shared your faith in Christ with another person? Has the devil successfully silenced you by using fear and intimidation? God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but one of power and love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7; See 1 John 4:4). Are you ashamed of Jesus who paid the debt you owed to God (Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 1:18, 19)? What if He hadn’t been willing to die for your sins and rise again to demonstrate that He was/is able to save any and all who come to Him to be saved from the lake of fire (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36)? Yes, the lake of fire is real and all who die as unbelievers will suffer there forever.

Concern. Do you care about lost people? Have you left your first love (Revelation 2:4)? Leading others to Christ for salvation entitles us to earn the Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Will you earn one so you can cast it at His feet someday as an expression of your love and appreciation to Him for saving you (Revelation 4:10, 11)? Are you living to please yourself or God (2 Corinthians 5:9, 10)?

Armor Of God. By the way, a Christian can overcome the temptation from the devil to be a coward by putting on the armor of God and focusing on the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17). Do you know what his other 13 temptations include and how you can overcome them? If not, ask for more information.

Help. If you’re serious about obeying the Lord’s command and leading others to Christ so they can be delivered from the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8), then we invite you to take/make time to read the following tract and two articles to help you be a better witness for Jesus while He keeps you here on earth. We glorify God by making Him known to others. This ought to be our highest priority in life (1 Corinthians 10:31). Is it yours?

Contact. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. We also ask that you be ready to share the Gospel with others at a moment’s notice (1 Peter 3:15). We can be reached through our website: To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation by Ford Porter in 24+ languages

The Gospel In 24 Words by Dr. Manfred Kober

The Clear Gospel illustrated by Dr. Ron Shea.

“If you were Satan, which doctrine would you want to undermine? Which area of theology would you pervert, to prevent people from being saved? An individual may be wrong about the doctrine of the church or deny the millennial kingdom and yet doubtless be gloriously redeemed. However, if a person is wrong on the doctrine of salvation, specifically, the prerequisites for salvation, he misses the very heart of the gospel. One would expect Satan to attack in the area of soteriology. Indeed, he has! The informed and discerning believer soon realizes that there is a battle raging among evangelicals and fundamentalists over the matter of the conditions for salvation.”

“What is the necessary condition for salvation, faith in Christ as Savior or faith plus commitment of life? It is true that some believers dedicate their lives to the Lord at the moment of salvation. The Apostle Paul immediately asked the question: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? (Acts 9:6). With most believers, dedication takes place after a fuller understanding of their spiritual responsibility. Key soteriological passages such as Acts 16:31 and Ephesians 2:8,9 teach that faith in Christ alone is the prerequisite for salvation.” Dr. Manfred Kober

Please take time / make time to read what he has written about this vital doctrine.  Your eternal destiny hinges on a proper understanding and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or False Doctrine,” Dr. Manfred Kober

Part 1

Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help. If you are not absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die (2 Corinthians 5:6-8), or if you believe that you must go to a purging place first, we’re here to help you make the most important decision of your life. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36). Don’t put this off because our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14; See Proverbs 27:1). Make sure today! (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask that you share this information with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” by Dr. Manfred Kolber,

[2] “The Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea


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

Part 1

Part 2

[4] Lordship Salvation, by George Zeller,

[5] Limited Atonement: by George Zeller


John 10:7-10

“Our largely urban society does not have much knowledge of the fine art of herding sheep. Most of what we know we have learned from the Bible itself. We do know about doors, however. Our twentieth-century world has all kinds of doors- automatic sliding doors, revolving doors, elevator doors, car doors, French doors, patio doors and jumbo jet doors…” – Dr. Paul Tassell

In addition to identifying Himself metaphorically as the true Shepherd, Jesus also referred to Himself as the door of the sheep” (John 10:7). For anyone to enter into God’s presence in heaven, a person has to come through Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). As the Good Shepherd He is the God/man who has provided all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

Salvation. All of us were born with sinful natures (dispositions) that we inherited from our parents (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12). We’ve all sinned and come short of God’s glory and deserve to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). But God saw us in our misery and so One of the members in the Godhead made the choice to come down to earth, take to Himself a human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-9). After living a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), He volunteered to lay down His life as a Substitute and pay the debt that we all owed to God (John 10:18; Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 3:18). The only condition placed on us to receive this deliverance from the lake of fire and to receive eternal life is faith (John 3:16, 18, 36; Ephesians 2:8, 9). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Once saved, a Christian can/should demonstrate his faith to other people by being baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20). It isn’t part of our salvation but is evidence of it (Acts 8:36-38).  It enables us to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21).

Safety. Our world is filled with spiritual thieves and robbers (John 10:1-10; 2 Peter 2:1ff). False teachers are like wolves in sheep’s clothing. They come to steal, kill, and destroy God’s sheep. True shepherds of the Lord must do their best to guard His sheep (Acts 20:29). Thankfully, even though the false teachers may be allowed to kill the sheep (Matthew 10:28), they can’t rob us of our eternal life that is found in Christ (Romans 8:35-39). True believers are secure in God’s hands (John 10:28, 29) and are sealed by God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). We have been saved from the penalty of sin (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:1); we are being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14); we shall be saved from the presence of sin either at the time of our physical death or the Rapture (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Sustenance. Babies need milk right after they are born (1 Peter 2:2). But as they mature, they should move on to the meat (solid food) of God’s Word (Hebrews 5:12-14). The Shepherd leads His sheep to the green pastures and still waters (Psalm 23:2). He will keep His eyes opened for the dangerous weeds of false doctrines that come from demons and their agents (1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Peter 2:1; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). He will teach them about the promises of God that can and can’t be claimed. He will make distinctions between the promises given to Israel and the promises given to the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32; Romans 11:1ff; 2 Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:9).

Opposition. To keep the sheep from denying the Lord as the Apostle Peter did (Matthew 26:74), the Lord’s under-shepherds need to teach them about the devil’s tactics (1 Peter 5:8) and let them know that they can/should expect to be persecuted if/when they tell others that Jesus is the only way to God in heaven (John 14:6; 16:2; 2 Timothy 3:12). But God will never leave or forsake His own (Hebrews 13:5). He will give us His strength.

Help. If you aren’t absolutely sure of your salvation, please let us help you come to have assurance of it (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13). If you’re saved but don’t feel at ease with God, there is probably some barrier that has come between you and Him. Known sins need to be confessed to God the Father before family fellowship can be restored (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16).  If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website:  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”  

Clear Gospel.

A week before he was to take the stand as a witness against the accused, he was brutally gunned down as he came out of a restaurant. Being a witness against someone can be a dangerous thing, especially if the person being tried is part of organized crime.

Swear. While many of us have served on jury duty, fewer of us have ever been called to be a witness on the stand in a court of law. Before testifying, one is supposed to swear on the Bible to tell the truth. In spite of this, many people lie or twist the truth.

Flat Tire. It was a bright spring day and four boys failed to show up at high school until noon, reporting they’d had a flat tire. The teacher smiled understandingly and informed the youths that they’d missed a morning test so she would give them another. She requested that they sit apart from one another. The exam proved very brief. As the boys sat, pencils in hand, the teacher gave them one question: “Which tire was flat?” – Source unknown.

Abomination. “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 12:22) and those whose character is one of a liar will end up forever in the lake of fire with the devil/demons and others who lack Christ’s righteousness (Revelation 21:8; See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; John 16:8-11; Matthew 25:41, 46). Do you know how to secure His righteousness to insure yourself a place in heaven (Romans 4:3-16; Acts 16:31; 1 John 5:13)?

Truth. Jesus said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). This is not a politically correct statement to make. It’s excludes all other ways to God. But Jesus spoke the truth about Himself to the people of His day. Most of the Jews refused to believe in/on Him as their promised Messiah and as the Son of God (John 20:31; John 1:11).

Purpose. Jesus’ primary purpose in leaving heaven and coming to earth was to glorify God by making the Godhead known to His creatures (John 17:3). Through selected Old Testament prophets (2 Peter 1:21) some knowledge of God was gained, but the greatest manifestation of the Godhead was on display for about 33 years while Jesus walked here on earth. If He had sinned, His disciples would have know about it (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15). He would not have been qualified to be our Savior.

Witnesses. Having died for our sins…and having risen again bodily from the dead on the third day, Jesus gave His disciples some clear commands. “Go therefore and make disciples (true believers) of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19, 20). Just before He ascended back to heaven publicly, gradually, and literally, Jesus said to His disciples, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnessed to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Sadly, the early Jewish Christians didn’t begin to evangelize the non-Jews until persecution arose against them (Acts 8).

Questions. Are you certain that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you claim to be a Christian, when was the last time you shared the clear Gospel message with someone else (1 Corinthians 14:3, 4)? What did you tell them they had to do to be saved (Acts 16:31)? Are you doing the works that God planned for you to be doing (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Are you edifying other believers when you gather on the Lord’s day (Hebrews 10:24, 25)? What kind of an influence are you having on others – good or evil? Do you have un-confessed sins in your life (1 John 1:9)? If so, would you like to get back in fellowship with God (1 John 1:3-10)?  Do you know the difference between the Scriptures that are to be believed and those that are to be believed and practiced? All of it is  for us but not all of it is addressed to us.  If you don’t have our FREE “Dispensations Chart,” ask for one.  It could open up the Scriptures for you as it did for me many years ago.

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