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Far too many Christians, who claim to believe that Jesus will come back to earth as He said He would (John 14:1-3), don’t love His appearing.” As a result, they won’t earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). When you truly love someone, you want to please him/her and do the right things. If you claim to be a Christian, when was the last time you even thought about Him and His return for you?

In the “energy of their own flesh” (Romans 8:8) many of these same people often do their own brand of “good works” that they want to do rather than the “good works” that God planned for them to do while they are here on earth (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). They aren’t “led by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 8:14), and they don’t “walk by [means of] the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 25). So they give in to the strong desires (lusts) that come from their own sin nature (See Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8) and engage in the sinful “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21). Divine chastening may be necessary (Hebrews 12: 5 ff) if confession isn’t timely (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).

Most people work for someone else. Suppose you went to work and did whatever it was that you wanted to do rather than what the owner wanted you to do. How long do you think he would keep you employed? The owner needs to make a profit so he can pay you a salary. His customers are really the ones who enable him to sign your paycheck. This is why we need to do quality work that will keep customers satisfied and bring them back for additional products and/or services. (See Ephesians 6:5-8).

In like manner, Christians should do their work on earth as unto the Lord so they can be well pleasing to God because one day all of us will stand before Judge Jesus to give an account of what we did on earth (John 5:22; 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10; Romans 14:12). He will judge our works (not us – Romans 8:1) to determine their quality. If they are like gold, silver, and precious stones, we will be rewarded. If they are like wood, hay, and straw, they will be burned up without our losing our salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

The Lord’s imminent return is called a “Blessed Hope” (Titus 2:13), a “Comforting Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:18), and a “Purifying Hope” (1 John 3:3). This “Hope” is not wishful thinking, but a confident expectation based on the promises of God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2).

The “Rapture” of the true Church was a mystery in the Old Testament (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; See Romans 16:25, 26). But once it was revealed to spiritually maturing believers, it is no longer a mystery, and shouldn’t be mysterious to Christians. When we interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually we can gain a clearer picture of the Word of God and the future. [1] We believe in the “Pre-tribulation Rapture” of the true Church (not the apostate church – See Revelation 17, 18). Our FREE “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” has been helpful to many Christians. (Ask about it.)

We are much more likely to make better decisions in life when we keep the imminent return of the Lord in mind (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). What would you do differently if you really believed that the Lord would return this evening or that today might be your last day on earth? How would your plans change? God’s wisdom is available to every Christian when we ask Him for it (James 1:5 ff). Those Christians who pursue the philosophy and wisdom of this world will have their works burned up (Colossians 2:8; James 3:13-18).

To spiritually maturing Christians, the Apostle John wrote, Do not love the world [system] or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of [for] the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17; See 2 Peter 3:10 ff).

“The [cosmos] as a system includes all unsaved mankind under Satan as its ruler. It consists of society with its culture, commerce, education, entertainments, religions, governments, armies and senseless warfare. It is based on greed, idolatry, selfishness, religious superstitious awe, heresy and the constant striving for power. It is all society at its best and at its worst.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer [2] (See Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-24).

The primary purpose of every Christian is/should be to glorify God by making Him known to those around us by any and every legitimate means (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Timothy 2:5) as we are led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). This includes our sharing the Gospel [3] clearly with lost people so they can place their faith and trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone and be saved. The false Christs of the cults and a perverted gospel can’t save anyone (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; See Matthew 24:5.)  All unbelievers, who die physically in unbelief, will be cast into the lake of fire where they will suffer forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; John 16:8-11). “[God] desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). He died once and for all (Romans 6:10; Hebrews 10:10) for the sins of the whole world (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 4:10; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 2:2). But judicial forgiveness is only granted to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Ephesians 1:7; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not now? If you have, will you help us spread the Gospel to others?

Once a person has been saved, Spirit filled believers (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 6:1) need to help the new believer grow in the sphere of grace (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18). They need to be taught about serving God with their spiritual gift (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 4:10). Reproduction is/should be an important goal of every believer until the Lord takes us home through death or the Rapture (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’ve found this helpful, please SHARE this with others too.

[1] Coming Events: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

[2] Dr. H. L. Schafer, Maturing In Christ, Second Edition, 2016, Xuon Press, p. 216

https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

[3] Dr. Manfred Kober: “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”

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

The Human Problem. The Diving Provision. The Divine Provision.

Friend, You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again.

Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!”

Dr. Ron Shea, The Clear Gospel,(Illustrated)

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

My Presentation: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We firmly believe that while there are many ways for someone to die physically, there is only one way for someone to enter heaven. 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 and it raises some people’s ire (anger, wrath, fury) when we say this. But it is still a true statement.

The Apostle Peter. He got himself into “hot water” with the religious, Jewish leaders when he said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name [i.e. Jesus’] under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). They threatened him and told the disciples not to speak to any man in Jesus’ name (Acts 4:18). “But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard’” (Acts 4:19, 20). The persecution of Christians has been going on since the early days of the Church. Jesus told His disciples to expect it (John 16:2; See 2 Timothy 3:12). It’s happening in may places around the world and it’s intensifying in our country. We should pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for the cause of Christ.

The Apostle Paul. When he went to the city of Philippi to point people to Christ and to start a local church, there was a young girl who was possessed with a spirit of divination. She followed Paul and Silas around and said, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). From the Greek text, in which the New Testament was written, she actually was saying that “these men…proclaim to us ‘a’ way of salvation.” This greatly annoyed Paul. So he commanded the demon spirit to come out of her. This kept her from making money for her masters which led to Paul and Silas’ being beaten unjustly and thrown in jail. This eventually led to the salvation of the jailor and his family when they put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31-33). Yes, good can come out of bad situations.

Suffering. Has your personal suffering for Christ been responsible for someone’s being saved? Do others even know that you are a Christian? Maybe you’re not truly saved yet. Are you ashamed of Jesus as Peter was? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you are depending on any of your “good works” for your salvation, you’re not saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Be honest with yourself! If you have doubts, we’re here to help you gain assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13).

Abundant Life. Not only did Jesus come to show us the only way to God in heaven and how to secure “eternal life” (God’s quality of life), He also wanted us to enjoy this kind of life “more abundantly” (John 10:10). Every person has everlasting life (existence) and will spend it either in God’s presence or he/she will be separated forever from God in the lake of fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). The wicked dead are NOT annihilated or reincarnated as some cults and religions teach. Our living “abundantly” involves –

Walking By Faith. “The [justified ones] shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). We need to know the promises that God has given to Christians and mix them with faith so we can enjoy “Divine rest” and the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding (Hebrews 4:2 ff; Philippians 4:6, 7). Not every promise in the Bible is ours to claim. Some of them were addressed to the Jews alone. Some were conditional (Example: The “Ten Commandments” Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 28). Others were unconditional. (Examples: Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:1-8; 2 Samuel 7:4-17; Jeremiah 31:31-33). Some promises were given to specific individuals like Abraham regarding his having a son in his old age (Genesis 15:1-6).

Living By The Right Rules. When we interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually, as we should, we soon discover that God has different rules for different people in different times. They’re called “Dispensations.” Three main ones include “Law,” “Grace,” and “Kingdom.” Sadly, many Christians try to live by the wrong set of rules – “Mosaic Law,” or “Kingdom” instead of by “Grace” principles. The seven “Dispensations” are designed to test mankind’s obedience to God which most people fail. They are not different ways of salvation as some have suggested. They are designed to demonstrate to us that no matter what a person does independently of God, he/she can’t please God in his/her own strength (John 15:5). (Download a FREE copy of our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

Doing Good Works. These are not the things a person must do to be saved, but they are the things that God planned for believers to do once they have been saved (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 4:10). 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). In his book entitled, “So Great Salvation” Dr. Charles Ryrie points out this fruit of which Jesus spoke can be (1) a Christlike character, (2) a life characterized by good works, (3) a faithful witness, (4) a pair of lips that praise God, and (5) a generous giving of one’s money. [1] Question – If you claim to be a Christian, do others see any of these things in your life? James, Jesus’ half brother, wrote, “…Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:18-20).

Giving Thanks. Christians are instructed to give thanks for all things apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1) whom God may use for His glory and for our good. Christians who are “filled with the Holy Spirit” will have singing hearts, thankful hearts, and submissive hearts (Ephesians 5:18-21). What kind of heart do you have? What comes forth from it? A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

Having The Right Purpose. Our primary purpose in life is/should be to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. We glorify God when we make Him known to others through our words and deeds (1 Corinthians 10:31). God is also glorified when believers grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), serve Him by serving others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10), and when we share the Gospel clearly with those who are lost as we are led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) and as He gives us opportunities and opens doors for us (Revelation 3:8).

Summary. There’s only one way to be saved. There is a distinct set of rules to govern Christian’s lives. There is a specific purpose for our being here on earth.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17) and who want to SHARE what they learn with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, we’d like to know how it has. To receive future articles as they come out, click on FOLLOW.

[1] Dr. Charles Ryrie, Christian Fruit https://bible.org/illustration/christian-fruit

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

Recently I got my grandsons some kites to fly. It brought back some memories of the days when I used to fly them when I was a little boy growing up in Japan. (The Japanese have some very interesting designs for kites.) I had a box kite that we lost when it got tangled in the electric lines and then got away from us.

Memory. I have a happy memory of the time when my oldest son, David was still a little boy. Once we went out to fly a kite on a summer day as the sun was setting. Although the wind had died down, the thermal updraft from the hot ground kept pulling the kite upward and we had a hard time pulling it down in the dark.

Song. This made me think of God’s pulling His children home to heaven and the song, This world is not my home I’m just a passing through / My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue / The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door / And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore / Oh Lord you know I have no friend like you / If heaven’s not my home then Lord what will I do / The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door / And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” – Albert E. Brumley. Do you ever feel this way when life gets hard? I’ll admit, I do at times.

Responsibility. But while we’re here on earth, every Christian’s responsibility is to glorify God by making Him known to those around us through the words that we say, and by our actions that display the “Fruit of the Spirit.” He wants us to share the Gospel clearly with others as the Holy Spirit leads us and opens doors for us. God wants us to grow spiritually, and to serve Him by our serving others with “agape” love, especially those who are His children.

Bad News / Good News. The Bad News is that we’ve all sinned against God and deserve to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire. But the Good News is that Christ died for all our sins once and for all, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. Any and all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are promised eternal life as a present possession.

Questions. Have you placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you, or you depending on your good works, or your faith plus your good works? Be honest. Your eternal destiny will be determined by what you do with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you aren’t sure about where you will spend eternity, please contact us so we can help you have assurance of salvation. If you have questions/comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

Personal Applications

Memories – What are some happy memories that you have from your youth? (See Ecclesiastes 12:1)

What could you do today that might bring you happy memories as you look back on them in the future?

Songs – What songs/hymns bring delight to your soul (emotions) and why? (See Job 35:10)

What is your favorite song/hymn?

Responsibilities – What is/should be your primary purpose in life? (See 1 Corinthians 10:31)

In what ways are you trying to carry out this responsibility?

Assurance – Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? (See 1 John 5:13)

Why should God let you into His heaven? (See Ephesians 2:8, 9)

Sharing. Here is how I usually share the Gospel with others. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Here is another helpful, expanded explanation of the Gospel. http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Develop An Evangelistic Lifestyle

Perhaps you’re among those who think that the work of evangelism should be left up to “Clerical George” and his staff. After all, isn’t that what most churches pay him to do? Or is he supposed to teach other Christians how they too can have the joy of bringing spiritual babies into God’s family?

God’s Word makes it plain to us that if we, as Christians, want to bring glory to God, we need to be involved in leading other lost people to Christ so they can be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:30, 41 46). “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word [Gospel] of God” (Romans 10:17; 1:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Andrew led his brother Peter to the Lord (John 1:41, 42). Peter, in turn, led thousands of Jews and non-Jews to the Lord (Acts 2:41; 10; 11). Have you ever led anyone to the Lord to be saved? Would you like to learn how to do that?

Many Christians, especially new converts, would like to have the joy of leading others (perhaps family members, friends, or fellow workers) to Christ, and earning the “Crown of Rejoicing” and other crowns to present to Christ when they see Him at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 4:10). What do you know about these crowns and how to earn them?

Sadly, most Christians aren’t taught how to lead others to Christ so they can be saved, or they yield to Satan’s temptation to be timid and fearful (Luke 22:32-34; 56-62; 1 Corinthians 2:3; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 5:8). When Jesus ascended back to heaven, He gave “spiritual gifts” to the Church. They included Evangelists and Pastor/teachers (Ephesians 4:11; See also Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10). Some gifts were temporary until the Scriptures were completed; others are extant (1 Corinthians 13:8-13). Evangelists (spiritual obstetricians) will be most successful in leading others to Christ for salvation. But they also can be used by God to teach other believers how to do the work of evangelism. Pastor/teachers (spiritual pediatricians) will be most effective in the spiritual growth of new believers.  (If you don’t know what your spiritual gift is, contact us for more information.)

Here are some helpful suggestions from an evangelist for us to consider:

People. We need to see them as Jesus did. They were like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36; 14:14). As He was finishing up His mission on earth, He looked over the city of Jerusalem and wept over them (Matthew 23:37-39). Have you ever wept over lost people? “He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11, 12). How do you see the people around you – with love or with indifference?

Obey. Too often we make excuses for not doing the things we know God wants us to do. Even some of the great heroes of the faith had their moments of timidity. Negative examples include: Moses (Exodus 3:11); Jeremiah (1:6); Jonah (1:3). But we also have some positive examples to follow: Isaiah (6:8), Peter (Acts 2:14 ff); Paul (2 Timothy 2:8-10).

Prayer. We have eight ways to communicate with God: worship, praise, thanksgiving, supplication, intercession, asking in Jesus’ name, confession, and making vows. Our Lord communicated constantly with His Father. God has opened up many doors and opportunities for us which He wants us to enter (Revelation 3:8; 1 Corinthians 16:9). With the needs of others as great as they are, we should pray for more workers (Matthew 9:37), and that God would stimulate us and other believers to be faithful, available, teachable, flexible, resilient, evangelistic, and enthusiastic (F.A.T.F.R.E.E.).  If you’re a Christian, which of these areas need the most attention? How is your prayer life? Is it limited to “asking and receiving”?

Contact. Wherever we go, we can usually find people in our neighborhood, in the marketplace, or in the workplace. We could/should keep songs like these in our hearts: “Rescue The Perishing” or “Give Me A Passion For Souls.” A Christian who is filled with Holy Spirit will have a speaking, singing, thankful, and submissive heart (Ephesians 5:18-21). How is you heart’s condition?

Be Bold. One of the devil’s tactics is to roar like a lion and to try to intimidate believers (1 Peter 5:8). He overcame the Apostle Peter who denied the Lord three times (Luke 22:31-32, 54-62). But after he got turned around, Peter was instrumental in leading 3,000 Jews to the Lord on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41) and later on many Gentiles too (Acts 10; 11). To overcome this temptation to be timid, we must utilize the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17) and go forth with boldness in the power of God (1 John 4:4; Philippians 4:13; Acts 4:13, 29, 31).

Conclusion: Make no mistake about it, God wants to be glorified through the salvation of unbelievers (Luke 19:10), and by Christians bearing much spiritual fruit (John 15:8). If you’re a believer, will you submit and yield yourself to God daily, hourly, and moment by moment and let Him live out His life through your life (Galatians 2:20; 5:22, 23)? What actions does God want you to take right now (James 1:22; 4:17)? Have you been quenching Him and rendering Him ineffective in your life (1 Thessalonians 5:19)?  If you’re not saved, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  We are NOT saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

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*Portions taken and adapted from Evangelist Dr. Larry Moyer’s book, “How-To Book On Personal Evangelism,” Chapter 1, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI

“An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? How often do you evaluate your own life or let someone else examine it? Why are you here on earth? What is your purpose for living? What do you want to accomplish in life? What short term and long term goals do you have? Why do you want to pursue these goals? What brings you the most satisfaction in life? What do you think will happen to you when you die? Do you think anyone can be sure of his/her eternal destiny? By what standard do you determine what is right or wrong? Do you expect others to live by your rules? What if everyone did whatever he/she wanted to do? Where does his/her freedom end?

If God exists, and we believe that He does, what is His primary purpose? Is there anyway for us to find out? What has He revealed to us in His Word, the Scriptures? If/since He formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, what does He want mankind to do while he/she is here on earth and on into eternity? (See our “Understanding The Times – Dispensations Chart on our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com)

Glory. Throughout the pages of the Scriptures, we are told that God’s primary purpose is to glorify Himself by making Himself know to His creatures – spirit beings and human beings. The spirit beings are constantly learning about God as He deals with mankind in bringing them to salvation (1 Corinthians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:12). Through progressive revelation God made Himself known to various people as it relates to His attributes: goodness, righteousness, omniscience, omnipotence, truthfulness, holiness, and love. He demonstrated His goodness to the children of Israel in the wilderness by providing them with food and water for the entire 40 years of wondering. God determined their rules for living, and enforced them with righteousness. (Dispensations deal with our rules for life, not ways of salvation.) He made provisions for the atonement of their sins through bloody sacrifices. He showed His power when He divided the Red Sea and the Jordan River. He brought the plagues on Egypt and Pharaoh and delivered the children out of bondage. He humbled King Nebuchadnezzar for seven years and then graciously saved him.

Our Purpose. The chief end of man is (ought to be) to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (1 Corinthians 1:31; 10:31; Psalm 16:11; 73:25, 26). How can Christians do this? By experientially knowing God, growing in grace…, serving God and others, and sharing the Good News with lost people.

Knowing. God wants those who put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, as the One who died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, to know that they have eternal life as a present possession (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Eternal life is God’s quality of life that every Christian receives at the moment of salvation (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13). It is not to be confused with “everlasting life” or existence that every human being will have who was ever conceived. (See Romans 1:20; Jude 1:6; Mark 9:44, 46, 48). He wants believers to have assurance of their salvation from the Word of God and from God the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16). Do you? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Growing. God wants every believe to grow in the sphere of grace and experiential knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 2:2; See Philippians 3:10). Merely knowing the facts about the Gospel won’t save you; neither is God interested in our merely knowing the facts in the Bible. He wants us to live out the life that we have been given (Philippians 2:12; Galatians 4:19; 5:22, 23). Are you still in the “milk” stage or enjoying the “solid food” from God’s Word (Hebrews 5:12-14)? Are you living victoriously over your three spiritual enemies: the devil (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:10-17), your sin nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 6:11-14; 7:15-25), and the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31)?

Serving. Just before He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again from the dead on the third day, Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment“…that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34, 35; Contrast the Old Commandment – Leviticus 19:18). This “agape” love is a self sacrificial love that is willing to lay down one’s life for another (1 John 3:16, 17). This kind of love is produced in the life of a Holy Spirit filled Christian (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22, 23). It is the kind of love that should compel us to serve others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). It should be the attitude one has while using his/her spiritual gift for the edification of other believers in the spiritual Body of Christ (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13).

Sharing. God wants those whom He has saved to tell others about the salvation that He offers to all mankind (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). The Gospel is simple: “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). The only condition for salvation is Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; See John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24). No one is saved by his/her good works or by his/her faith plus good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Sadly, many people are trusting in the wrong Christ and have perverted the Gospel and the way of salvation (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

Conclusion. The Apostle Peter wrote, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure…” (2 Peter 1:10). Don’t be like those whom Jesus will rebuke on judgment day for thinking that they could get into the kingdom of the heavens by their good works (Matthew 7:21-23). Do you have assurance of your salvation? How much spiritual growth has taken place since you’ve been saved? Are you using your spiritual gift for the glory of God and the edification of others? Are you actively looking for lost people with whom you can share the Gospel? Do you ask God to lead you to some soul each day so you can share the Gospel with them?

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Many people live their lives as “wondering generalities” rather than as “meaningful specifics.” This includes a lot of Christians. Some believers lack assurance of their salvation, and are confused as to what they are supposed to do now that they have become a Christian. Studying is not appealing to many of them and they seem to lack the ability to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). They aren’t fully convinced that all 66 books of the Scriptures are God breathed and profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness so that they can be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). They don’t realize that while all of the Bible is to be believed, not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9). Some try to live by the “Mosaic Law” and the “Ten Commandments” (Exodus 20). Others try to live according to the “Sermon on the Mount” as the “Red Letter Christians” do (Matthew 5-7). Both of these “Rules for Living” were given to the Jews, not to Christians and the Church. Many of those who follow them allegorize and twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16) rather than use the normal (literal, historical, grammatical) interpretation of the Bible. Both of these two are legal systems which many “preachers” prefer to teach (1 Timothy 1:7). Living by “Grace Principles” is foreign to most Christians (See Romans 6:14; Galatians 3:1-3; 5:1 ff; 2 Peter 3:18). Some of them erroneously think that it leads to a license to sin (Romans 6:1 ff). If you think this way, please note what happens to God’s disobedient children (Hebrews 12:5-11; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13).

What Does God Want Christians To Do?

Baptism. Once a person has been saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 6:23; 8:1), he/she should be baptized/immersed. This is not a requirement for salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9) but it is a picture of our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Galatians 2:20). He commanded this of His disciples (Matthew 28:19, 20). It enables a believer to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21) and it serves as a witness to others that we are identifying ourselves with Christ (Acts 8:36-38; 10:47; 16:33) and the “Body of Christ – The Church” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:15).  Sadly, there are many Christians who haven’t been baptized/immersed yet. Perhaps they’re ashamed of Jesus and deny that they know Him as Peter did (Matthew 26:75). Maybe they fear opposition or even loss of life (1 Corinthians 15:29; Philippians 1:21). What about you?

Dedication. Having been purchased out of the slave market of sin” with Christ’s own blood (1 Peter 1:18, 19; See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11), every true Christian should present his/her body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2). We should gladly make ourselves available to the Lord so He can live out His life through our lives (Galatians 4:19; 5:22, 23; Romans 6:13). Note: This is not a condition for salvation as the Lordship In Exchange For Salvation” people teach. We should submit to Christ’s Lordship over our lives because we have been saved, not in order to be saved. If you’re saved, have you submitted to His Lordship yet? Is He your Master? If not, why not? Are you afraid that He might ask you to do something you don’t want to do? Are you interested in pleasing God or yourself (See 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10)? When God saved us, He gave us His quality of life – eternal life (John 3:16; 5:24) and we began to participate in the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). He began to put new desires in our hearts (Philippians 2:13). When He does this, He gives us the power and resources to do them (Philippians 3:10; 4:19; See Ephesians 2:10; 3:20). We bring joy and blessings to His heart when we do His desirous will” for our lives. He in turn makes us happy too. But, in spite of all this, many Christians frequently quench the Holy Spirit’s leading in their lives (Romans 8:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:19) and render Him inoperative. The Apostle Paul wrote, “If we deny Him (i.e. say “no” to Him), He also will deny us (say “no”) to us” (2 Timothy 2:12). Don’t ask God for favors if you’re disobedient to Him. This verse is not teaching that we will lose our salvation but we could lose rewards, crowns, and/or praise from God (Revelation 3:11).

Growth. Even though some parents may say that they want their babies to stay small, they really want them to grow up to be normal, well adjusted human beings who can reproduce themselves. New Christians need the milk of the Word” (1 Peter 2:2) and then the meat/solid food” of God’s Word (2 Peter 3:18). God has provided everything we need for life and godliness in His Word (2 Peter 1:3). But it must grieve the heart of God to see so many Christians remaining in a state of spiritual infancy and/or carnality (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Hebrews 5:12-14). How much spiritual growth has taken place in your life? Would this make God happy? If not, what needs to change?

Walk. Rather than crawling around everywhere, God wants His children to learn how to walk (order their lives) by means of the Holy Spirit so we don’t fulfill the lusts (strong desires) of the flesh/sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25; See 1John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25). It brings delight to the heart of God and to spiritual leaders when they see believers walking in love and truth (Ephesians 5:2; 2 John 1:4), and in the light as God Himself is in the light (1 John 1:7). Not only are we saved by one act of faith (Ephesians 2:8), we are to continue to live in an attitude of faith and claim the promises that were addressed to New Testament grace believers (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 4:2; 10:38). Regrettably, most Christians live by sight rather than by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7) and only a few of them are aware of God’s promises and mix them with faith and live restful, joyful lives (Hebrews 4:2-16; Philippians 4:6, 7).

Be Filled. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). This verse tells us that not all Christians are filled with the Spirit; all can be filled; all should be filled; and all can/should be filled again and again. This filling of the Holy Spirit” involves His making up in our lives where we are lacking. But instead of our being spiritual Christians (1 Corinthians 2:15) who allow the Holy Spirit to produce the Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22,23) in their lives, and who then direct this fruit toward the right objects, at the right time, for the right reasons (1 John 2:15-17; Ephesians 5:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31), many (perhaps most) Christians act carnally and are governed by their old sin nature (See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4). Habitual carnality and sinful (lawless – 1 John 3:4) behavior can lead to a Christian’s premature, painful, physical death (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Is this your condition right now? If so, immediate repentance (a change of mind – 2 Corinthians 7:9) and honest confession of your known sins could prevent your premature death (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). The believer’s chastening by God the Father is limited to this life so that he/she will not be condemned later with the world (1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Hebrews 12:5-11). The idea of Purgatory, where one pays for his venial sins before entering heaven, is not found in the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul wrote, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present [immediately] with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Unity. In His High Priestly prayer to God the Father, Jesus said, I do not pray for these [disciples] alone, but also for those who will believe in Me [in the future] through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:19, 20). Most people don’t believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. They may know and believe the facts of the Gospel but they haven’t transferred their faith from themselves and their good works over to Christ alone. True unity can only exist among those who are a part of God’s family, not among God’s children and the devil’s children (John 8:44; 1 John 3:8-10). To which family do you belong? Are you sure?

Yokes. True Christians are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers…” (2 Corinthians 6:14). The Apostle Paul went further when he instructed the believers in the church in Corinth to put out of their fellowship the carnal Christian who was living in an incestuous relationship with his mother (1 Corinthians 5). So they did. But even after this man repented – changed his mind about his sin (2 Corinthians 7:9) and confessed it (1 John 1:9; James 5:16), they still didn’t want to forgive and restore him back into the fellowship of the church (See Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 18:34). So Paul gave them instructions to take him back into the church lest Satan take advantage of them (2 Corinthians 2:1-11). Sadly, too many carnal Christians bring disunity to the church over the wrong issues (Examples: the color of the choir robes, carpet, their favorite teachers, Et al) and render the church ineffective in its witness to the world (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 3:1-4). Note: God is opposed to man’s New World Order consisting of a One World Government, Religion, and Economic System (See Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 17:26; Revelation 17; 18; 19:11-16). He doesn’t want Christians promoting it. But God will allow rebellious man the opportunity to set one up, but it will only last for seven (7) years (Daniel 2:44, 45; 9:27; See Psalm 2). If Christ didn’t limit them, no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). Man is not capable of ruling himself without God’s help (John 15:5). As is, over ½ of the world’s population will die during the 7 years of the Tribulation (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). The globalists, we’re told, want to reduce the population down to 500 million people. If this is the case, where will that leave you?     

Gifts. Our salvation is a gift from God that was purchased with Christ’s own blood (Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Peter 1:18, 19). When He ascended back to heaven after dying for our sins…and rising again, He gave spiritual gifts” (special abilities) to Christians who make up the “Body of Christ – the True Church” (Ephesians 4:8-16; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10). Some of these gifts were of a temporary nature until the Scriptures were completed (1 Corinthians 13:10; Hebrews 2:4). Others are extant and are still being given out to believers at the moment of their salvation. They need to be developed and used with Divine love for the glory of God and the good of others, primarily the Church (1 Corinthians 10:31; 13:1-13; Galatians 5:13).  Sadly, most of these spiritual gifts get left undiscovered and/or unused by most Christians. Some teachers of the Bible misinform people by telling them that all 20 spiritual gifts are still being given to the Church. Many carnal Christians seek the flashy gifts that aren’t being given out today. [1]

Love. The best that an Old Testament believer could do was to love his neighbor as himself  (Leviticus 19:18). Christ’s New Commandment is …that you love one another [fellow believers] as I have loved you (John 13:34, 35). This “agape” love needs to be directed back to God the Father and to His children first (1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17; See Galatians 6:10). We can’t love God and the world system at the same time. It’s passing away (See 2 Peter 3:10-13). It was devised by the devil, in the days of Cain, to control man’s sin nature (Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-24). Sadly, there are some maturing Christians who misdirect God’s love toward the world system. The Apostle John says this must stop! Christians may use it but we’re not to abuse it by making it more important than God and His children (1 Corinthians 7:31; See Hebrews 10:24, 25).   

Witness. God usually leaves believers on this earth for awhile after He saves us. He wants all Christians to bear witness to His saving power (Romans 1:16, 17; Ephesians 3:20; Hebrews 7:25) and for us to share the Good News concerning Christ with lost people (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) so we can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; See Revelation 4:10, 11). Our lives need to correspond with our lips. We need to be ready to give an answer to those who ask us about our hope (1 Peter 3:15). But most Christians fail to tell others about the Savior and seem to be timid or ashamed of Him (2 Timothy 1:7, 8). Some distort the Gospel message (2 Corinthians 11:3, 13-15) and/or the method/way of salvation (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). This produces many “professing Christians” who aren’t truly saved (1 Corinthians 15:2; See Matthew 7:21-23).   

Glory. God wants all His creatures to know that He is who He claims to be. He has revealed Himself through nature (Psalm 19:1), His Word – the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17), and through God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-18). The chief end/purpose of man should be to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Sadly, many Christians are more interested in promoting themselves rather than God (Romans 12:3). Do you worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25)? In the end God will be glorified and everyone (spirit beings and human beings) will admit that Jesus Christ is the God-man (Philippians 2:11; See Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14).  These verses are NOT teaching “Universal Salvation.”

Check Up. God wants His children to examine themselves on a regular basis (1 Corinthians 11:28). “An unexamined life is not worth living.” One day, at the “Bema Seat Judgment,” every Christian will have his/her works examined to determine which ones are rewardable and which ones get burned up because they are worthless (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). This judgment will NOT be to determine if one gets into heaven or not.

Judgment. Even though God accepts all true Christians in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6), and graciously teaches (1 John 2:20, 27), disciplines (Hebrews 12:5-11), empowers (Matthew 28:19, 20), rewards (1 Corinthians 3:11-15), guides (John 16:13) and enables (Philippians 4:13) us to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), many (perhaps most) Christians fail to carry out the responsibilities that God has placed on them. With God’s help you don’t have to be one who grieves God (Ephesians 4:30).

Grace. In spite of this, at the time of the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52), God will raise all the dead New Testament Christians, and translate/transform the living Christians, and then judge their works and reward what He can (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 15:51, 52). Then He makes the true Church His Bride (Ephesians 5:22) and takes her to His home in heaven (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9-27). Will you miss out on some crowns, rewards, and praise because you were carnal? If you are, repent and then confess your known sins to God, and start abiding (feeling at ease) in His presence so that He feels at ease in your presence (John 15:1-8).

Motivation. Doesn’t God’s marvelous grace deserve a response of love and obedience from true Christians (John 14:15; 15:10)? Living each day with Christ’s imminent return in mind will (1) encourage us to be pure (1 John 3:3), (2) bring us true happiness (Titus 2:13), and (3) comfort us in times of sorrow (1 Thessalonians 4:18)? Ask yourself, “Am I pleasing God or self?” (2 Corinthians 5:9). With God’s help, what changes will I start making today (James 4:14, 17)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 25; 3:16, 17). We’d like to hear from you. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” If this article has helped you, please let us know how it has, and then SHARE it with others.

This article is an expansion of some of the material I have on my website under “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart.”  If you’re not sure you’re truly saved, please read “The Bad News & The Good News.”

[1] Spiritual Gifts. See “Basic Bible Docs” on our website.

Please watch “The Ultimate Final” by Dr. Howard Hendricks  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKaavuDlvZ4

Do you think of yourself as the “Captain of your own ship” and the “Master of your own fate”? Do you believe, “If it is to be, it’s [totally] up to me”? You might want to think again. The Scriptures tell us that there is coming a day when “every knee will bow…and every tongue will confess [admit] that Jesus Christ is Lord [the God-man], to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10, 11; See Isaiah 45:23; Romans 14:11; Revelation 5:13). Jesus said, “…without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). “…in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). God alone is sovereign.

Man’s Purpose. The unregenerate, unsaved man usually pursues such things as fame, fortune, power, and pleasure. In his pride, he wants to exalt himself and be unaccountable to God or anyone else. He says, “Don’t tell me what to do!” This same attitude led to the fall of Lucifer, the anointed cherub, who became the devil and the primary adversary of God (See Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19). Having received a fallen, sinful nature from Adam and Eve (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12), we all have a natural bent to be rebellious toward God and most often do just the opposite of what He wants us to do (Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8; 3:4). No one has to teach a child to be bad. It comes naturally. (Read the Minnesota Crime Commission’s report about children. – See link [1] below.)

New Nature. When a person believes in/on the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, and is born again from above (John 3:3-5), he receives eternal life (John 3:16) and participates in the divine nature from God the Father (2 Peter 1:4). This enables him to begin to do what is well pleasing to God (Philippians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 5:9). As the believer walks by means of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25) and is filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), he will be led by the Holy Spirit and mature in his faith (Romans 8:14; See 2 Peter 3:18). If you’re saved, are you doing the works that God preplanned for you to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Do you know what they involve? Are you doing the desirous will of God for your life?

God’s Purpose. His primary purpose is to glorify Himself (John 17:3). He does this by letting His creatures, both spirit beings and human beings, know that He is what He says He is. Notice the phrase, “and they shall know that I AM the LORD” (See Ezekiel 6:7, 10, 13, 14; 7:4,27; 11:10,12; 12:15, 16, 20; etc.). This information about God is revealed to us in the Holy Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). The spirit beings (cherubs, seraphs, and angels) observed the creation of the heavens and the earth and shouted with joy when they saw God doing this (Job 38:7; Genesis 1:1; John 1:3). This presupposes that they were created before this event took place (Colossians 1:16, 17).

God’s Glory. The Greek word “doxa” primarily signifies an opinion, estimate, and hence, the honor resulting from a good opinion. [2] Since one of God’s attributes is truth (John 14:6; 17:17; Titus 1:2), it means that His opinion of Himself is completely accurate. Ours, on the other hand, is usually quite distorted (Romans 12:3; See Ezekiel 28:1-10). We usually think of ourselves more highly than we should, but some think otherwise. They lack a correct understanding of themselves and fail to look into the mirror of God’s Word to see themselves as He sees them. Not until we see ourselves as sinners in need of a Savior are we in a position to be saved from eternal condemnation and separation from God in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; 5:8; 8:1; John 3:16, 18, 36).

Manifestations. In no uncertain terms, God let Pharaoh in Egypt know who the true and living God was/is. The “Ten Plagues” were designed to dethrone the false gods whom the Egyptians were worshiping (Exodus 7:5; 14:4, 18). God also demonstrated His power to supply the daily needs of His people, the Jews, in the wilderness for 40 years (Exodus 16:12, 13; Deuteronomy 29:5, 6; See Philippians 4:19). He humbled King Nebuchadnezzar for seven years as he ate grass like the beasts of the field until he acknowledged that “the most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever He chooses” (Daniel 4:25). Pride is one of the things God hates (Proverbs 6:17; 8:13).

Man’s Great Sin. What was it that plunged the human race into paganism and heathenism? It was the terrible rejection of the knowledge of God. God made Himself known to man through natural revelation (Psalm 19:1) and through special revelation (2 Peter 1:20, 23), but man rejected that knowledge and became spiritually blind (1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 11:25). The Scriptures tell us “… when [men and women] knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21). “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:28).  Here is the problem –“The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9)?

One Sin. There is only one “unforgivable sin” today. It is the sin of unbelief in Christ (John 16:9). Jesus told His disciples that it was to their advantage that He go away for awhile. When God the Holy Spirit would come (and He did on the Day of Pentecost – Acts 2), He would convict (convince) people of sin, righteousness, and judgment. “Of sin, because they do not believe on Me, of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more.” Had God the Father not received Jesus back into heaven and sent Him back to earth, it would have indicated to us that He hadn’t sufficiently satisfied God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and the resulting sins (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 1:3; 10:12; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Without Christ’s righteousness imputed (put) to our account by faith, we couldn’t enter into God’s presence in heaven (Romans 4:1-16). Furthermore, the same kind of judgment awaits all unbelievers that will come upon the devil (See Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). His degree of suffering in the lake of fire will be determined at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). Do you know how you can avoid being judged by Jesus at this time (John 5:22)?

Every Knee… The fact is that someday every human being who ever lived on earth will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (i.e. the God-man) to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10). This happens at the time of salvation for believers (Acts 16:31). In the case of unbelievers, this could take place after they die physically or at the time of their bodily resurrection from the dead (Luke 16:19-32; 1 Corinthians 15:22-24). Do you know in which resurrection you will participate if you die (1 Corinthians 15:22-24, 51, 52)? Will you be among the Christians who won’t die physically (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)?

God The Son. On different occasions God the Father said, “This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17; 17:5). He shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:19; 2:9; John 5:17, 18; 8:58; 10:30). He is the One who volunteered to come to this sin cursed earth to manifest to us the Godhead (John 1:1-18; 10:15-18; 17:3; Hebrews 10:7, 9) and to die for our sins, once and for all, and then rise again bodily from the dead so we could be saved (John 1:12, 29; Luke 19:10; Hebrews 10:10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-19). Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, not the cults (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?

Universalism? The fact that “every knee will bow…and every tongue confess (admit) that Jesus Christ is Lord (God)” doesn’t mean that everyone will eventually be saved. While there is the possibility for every living human being to be saved (John 1:12; 3:16; 6:37; 1 John 2:2; 4:10), not everyone will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Most people love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil (John 3:19). Once a person dies physically, his/her eternal destiny is unchangeable. The Scriptures don’t teach the annihilation of the wicked or reincarnation.

Deliverance. To avoid having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46), we must “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16;31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We aren’t saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works lest any one should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Have you taken this step of faith yet? If not, why not right now? Do it without 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? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

Glorifying God? If you are a true Christian, are you getting to know God better each day (Philippians 3:10) and glorifying Him by making Him known to others by the things you do and say (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Is the “Fruit of the Spirit” being displayed to others (Galatians 5:22, 23)? If not, what needs to change with God’s help (Philippians 4:13)?

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[1] Minnesota Crime Commission’s Report – Children

http://www.family-times.net/illustration/Self-Centered/201632/

[2] W. E. Vine, Expository Dictionary Of New Testament Words,

https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/g/glory-glorious.html