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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