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John 11:7-10

“Killing time is not murder, it’s suicide. When you kill time, just remember it has no resurrection. The easiest way to find more time to do the things you want to do is to turn off the television.” In one day we have 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds like everyone else does. How we spend our discretionary time is up to us. We will be held accountable for the way we use this gift from God (Romans 14:12).

Work. “You can often gauge a man’s ambition by whether he hates his alarm clock or considers it his dear friend. It seems that our modern churches are full of willing people; some are willing to work, and others are willing to let them. We’ve been told that many hands make light work. We won’t go far without enthusiasm, but neither will we go if that’s all we have.”

Mission. Jesus was on a mission from God the Father. To the surprise of His disciples, who were anticipating His kingdom (Daniel 2:44 45), it only lasted for three years. Let’s consider –

The Lord’s Purpose. He was determined to do the will of His Father who had sent Him to earth. He prayed, “Not My will, but Your will be done” (Luke 22:42). He always pleased His Father (John 8:29). This should be the Christian’s desire too (2 Corinthians 5:9). Even though His life had been threatened by the religious leaders, He knew that it was the Father’s will for Him to go back to Bethany that was near Judea and Jerusalem (Matthew 11:1-7). He wanted to glorify the Father by raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:4) and doing it according to the Father’s time table (John 2:4; 7:8; Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus was aware that His mission on earth was coming to an end (John 17:4; 19:30). In like manner, we should realize that we have a limited amount of time to do the things that God planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10).

The Disciples’ Concern. Yes, they were concerned about Jesus’ safety and their own too (Matthew 16:21, 22). There was a plot to seize and kill Him (John 5:18; 10:39). The Psalmist had predicted that Jesus would die by crucifixion (Psalm 22; John 3:14; 12:32). Their fear was an attack from the devil (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:17). More than ever, their needed to rely on and follow their Lord (Psalm 23; Matthew 16:24) and trust and obey Him (See Deuteronomy 9:23; Psalm 13:5; 20:7).

The Lessons To Learn. Our birth and time on earth was predetermined by God (Psalm 139; Ephesians 1:11). Jesus determined where each Christian would be placed in the spiritual Body of Christ, the Church and what gift (special enablement) we’d be given (1 Corinthians 12:11, 18). Our decisions must not contradict the clear teaching of God’s Word (Romans 3:8; 2 Timothy 2:5). Our motives for service must be right (1 Corinthians 4:5; 10:31; 13). Our fickle emotions must be overruled by the Holy Spirit and our spirit (John 14:1; 2 Timothy 1:7). Don’t forget that our rewards will be out of this world (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Making It Personal. Have you received the gift of eternal life (1 John5:11-13) by believing on the Lord Jesus who died for your sins…and rose again bodily? If you have, what good works have you been doing since you were saved (John 15:16)? Are you relying on God’s strength or your own (Philippians 4:13; John 15:5)? What promises do you need to claim so you can have the peace of God in your life (Hebrews 4:2; Philippians 4:6, 7)? What is keeping you from doing the will of God for your life? Are you F.A.T.F.R.E.E. – Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic?

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John 11:1-6

“Death is usually the last thing we want to talk about. It makes us feel uncomfortable, awkward, and we recoil when someone brings the subject up. One of the reasons we fear death is that, in spite of all our medical achievements, we haven’t been able to conquer it.” – Chuck Swindoll. “Every town has a mortuary. Every community has a cemetery. Every newspaper has an obituary column. All are sinners and all die. Death is no respecter of persons.” – Dr. Paul Tassell

Healing. You may be interested to know that God heals us of all sicknesses except the last one that will lead to our physical death (Psalm 103:3; Hebrews 9:27). Unlike the devil, who is the destroyer (John 10:10), God is merciful and shows compassion for those who are suffering (Psalm 106:1). Sometimes He does this through His children. God comforts us so we will comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). When was the last time you extended kindness and comfort to another person? God is gracious and often bestows on us favors that we don’t deserve (Psalm 145:8). When was the last time you gave thanks to Him for what you got and didn’t get (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20)?

Keys. In the Old Testament times the devil held the keys of death (Hebrews 2:14; Job 1:18-20). However, after dying for our sins…and rising bodily from the grave, Jesus took the keys away from him (Revelation 1:18). God determines the time of the believer’s death which enables us to enter into His presence forever (1 Thessalonians 4:14). Our times are in God’s hands (Psalm 31:15) and He has promised never to leave or forsake those who belong to Him (Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20). For true Christians, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). But this isn’t the case of those who are unbelievers (John 3:18, 36; 16:8-11; Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 10:28). They aren’t “resting in peace” (R.I.P.) as some folks believe (Luke 16:19-31). Are you a true child of God or still a child of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)? Do you know why Jesus said, “You must be born again from above” (John 3:3-8)?

Reasons. Although we may not be certain as to why we suffer and eventually die, our sickness may be designed to keep us humble (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). It could stem from a constitutional weakness (1 Timothy 5:23). It might be to chasten us for sin or lawless conduct that could lead to the sin unto death (1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Hebrews 12:6-14; James 5:15; 1 John 5:16). Or it might be permitted for the glory of God (John 9:3; 11:4, 25; 17:4).

Exception. Even though “it is appointed for men to die once, [and] after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27), there is a group of Christians who won’t die physically before they see the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Will you be in this group?

Existence. Yes, man goes on existing after he dies physically. Death is separation, not annihilation or reincarnation. But where he spends eternity, either in heaven or hell, will be determined by what he does with the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily. The sin of unbelief is the only unforgivable sin today (John 3:16, 18, 36; 16:8-11).

Resurrections. Jesus Christ is the first one to rise from the dead never to die again. He will raise everyone from the dead someday (1 Corinthians 15:20-28). In which of the five resurrections will you participate if you die physically? Are you sure? If not, seek help immediately since life is like a vapor (James 4:14; See Proverbs 27:1).

Be Wise. “We are wise to think about death before it actually intrudes into our lives…Death is inevitable. It may come through disease or accident or foul play, but come it surely will.” – Dr. Paul Tassell. “A wise man always prepares for the inevitable.” – Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.

Contact. As unpleasant as it is to think about death, we should all live as though it might be our last day on earth. If you knew you were going to die today, what would you do differently? If you, as a Christian, love Christ’s imminent return, you will receive the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). Why? You will live differently. “…to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We appreciate your sharing this information with others so we can help them too.

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John 10:30-42

“Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:11). Yes, Jesus is Jehovah – the God/man. Someday every one will acknowledge that He was born of the virgin, Mary, who lived a sinless life so He could go to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again on the third day.  But this isn’t teaching “universal salvation.”

If there is one thing the devil wants to do, it’s to confuse people about the Person of Christ and God’s simple plan of salvation. Before He went to the cross, Jesus told His disciples that many would come in the future, before His second coming to earth, and would say that they were the Christ (Matthew 24:5). Consider the Christs of the cults and false religions. They are numerous. They can’t save anyone.

While the common people of His day longed to have Jesus as their welfare King, the religious leaders were determined to kill Him (John 5:18; 6:15) because they envied Him and were afraid of losing their authority over the common people (Matthew 27:18; John 11:48). They dismissed, denied, or ignored the miraculous signs they had seen Him perform. Jesus came to His own people, but most of them rejected Him (John 1:12). How about you? What you and I believe about Him and how we respond to the Gospel will determine our eternal destiny in heaven or hell (John 3:16, 18, 36). Yes, they are real places (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Was Jesus A Liar? Did He know deep down that His claims were false? He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). He asked, “Which of you convicts Me of sin” (John 8:46)? No one could do this because He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15). This was in sharp contrast to the false prophets and teachers who were/are audacious deceivers (2 Timothy 3:13; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1). The coming Antichrist will be the greatest deceiver. He will be able to perform the same kind of miracles that Jesus and His apostles did (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 12:12). We sincerely hope you won’t be here on earth when he comes (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Would you like to learn how this is possible without your having to die? Did you know that there is a group of people who won’t die physically (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)?

Was Jesus A Lunatic? After Jesus called His twelve apostles to follow Him, His family members thought He had gone out of His mind. The Scriptures predicted that this would happen (Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 10:1ff; Mark 3:13-21; Luke 24:7). His half brothers didn’t believe that He was the Messiah and the Son of God, and His half brother James didn’t believe on Him until after His bodily resurrection (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). His enemies accused Him of being demon possessed (John 7:20; 8:48-52). But He responded to them by saying that a house divided against itself cannot stand (Matthew 12:25). No, He wasn’t crazy.

Was/Is He The Lord – Jehovah God? Let’s consider His own words (John 10:30, 34-36). He claimed to exist before Abraham and referred to Himself as the eternal “I AM” or Jehovah/God (John 8:58; Exodus 3:14). His works/miracles that God the Father gave for Him to do authenticated His claims to be God (John 5:17; 10:32, 37, 38; 17:4; 20:31). By the way, did you know that God has some specific works He wants His children to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Jesus’ unique Person also validates His claim to be God. He said, I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). The Greek text, in which the New Testament was written, tells us that this means that He shares the same essence, attributes, and nature with God the Father. There isn’t just one Person who manifests Himself as three personalities – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God (John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-17; 2:9) and distinct from God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, 20; John 14:16). Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist also testified to His deity (John 1:6-8, 15, 29-34). He was the forerunner of Christ (Malachi 3:1). But the Scripture itself testifies to Jesus’ credentials that He is indeed the God/man (John 10:35; Luke 24:27).

Gospel / Salvation. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, … He was buried, … and He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures, … He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve” and by over 500 other witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-5; See Acts 1:1-11). It is possible for a person to know and believe the facts about Jesus and the Gospel but still be lost and headed for the eternal lake of fire. Not until one places his/her faith in Christ alone is he/she saved. We are not saved by our good works lest any one should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Evidence. If you’re a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, have you given evidence of this to other people by being baptized (immersed), and are you doing the good works that God wants you to be doing (Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Peter 4:10; James 1:22; 2:18-20)? Are you ready to give an answer to those who ask you about the hope you have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15)? If not, why?

Help. We’re here to assist those who aren’t sure if they are headed for heaven or not. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “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). “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

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John 10:22-30

One of most beloved verses in the Bible is found in John 3:16. “For God so loved the [people of the] world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life.” This verse tells us that no human being has to die and be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46). Contrary to what some false teachers are saying, not everyone will eventually end up in heaven someday. Believe it or not, you can be assured of a home in heaven (John 14:1-3), even before we die (Philippians 3:20). This is a wonderful and comforting hope (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

The Hostile Encounter. The hypocritical, religious leaders of Christ’s day were envious of His popularity with the common people (Matthew 27:18), and were looking for ways to kill Him. With every sign miracle that He performed, their anger seemed to intensify especially since the time He healed a lame man on the Sabbath (John 5:16). God’s enemies were/are vicious and don’t play fairly (1 Peter 5:8). To them, “The end justified the means.” (Roman 3:8). But God doesn’t allow His children to operate this way if they want to be rewarded for their service (2 Timothy 2:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

The Setting. Jesus’ encounter with the religious leaders took place during the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, in the winter time (John 10:22). It was a time to recall the cleansing of the Temple that had been desecrated by Antiochus Epiphanes, the Syrian in 167 B.C. when he offered a sow on the Jewish altar. Another man like him, the Antichrist, will do something similar during the middle of the seven years of the Tribulation (Matthew 24:15; Revelation 13:18). This may not be that far off as we see indicators of the coming one world government, and one world religion.

The Question. Having surrounded Jesus in King Solomon’s porch, they asked Him, “Are you the Christ/Messiah” (John 10:24)? This same question was asked again by Caiaphas, the High Priest at Jesus’ trial before the Sanhedrin. When Jesus confessed that He was the Christ/Messiah, and equal to God, they accused Him of blasphemy and were ready to kill Him (John 10:30, 31; Matthew 26:62-68). The Apostle John’s purpose in writing His Gospel was to demonstrate, by means of seven sign miracles, that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Son of the living God (John 20:31). The Apostle Peter made a bold confession on behalf of the other disciples by affirming their belief in Jesus as the Christ (Matthew 16:16). Did you know that Christ’s own half brothers didn’t believe on Him as the Messiah and the Son of God until after His bodily resurrection from the dead (John 7:5; Mark 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:7)?

The Clear Witness (Testimony). In the Apostle John’s Gospel Jesus was identified as “The Word” (John 1:1-18; 1 John 1:1). He was the Communicator on behalf of the other members in the Godhead – The Father and the Holy Spirit. He spoke the words and did the works that God His Father wanted Him to do to validate His true identity (John 10:25; 6:63-68). God the Holy Spirit also was involved in leading Jesus during His earthly ministry (Matthew 4:1; 12:18-32; Luke 4:1).

The Confirming Announcement. Jesus proclaimed that His healthy sheep heard and were sensitive to His voice (John 10:4, 16, 27; See Psalm 23; 1 Kings 19:12; Romans 8:14). They were obedient to Him and His leadership (John 10:27; 15:10, 14). But a sick (carnal) sheep had a tendency to wander away from the Shepherd (Luke 15:3-7). His healthy sheep are confident of their security and their destiny (John 10:28, 29; 14:1-3). Their hope (confident expectation) was based on God’s promises (Romans 15:4) because they were/are in His strong and loving arms (Romans 8:35-39).

The Gospel. To be delivered from 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, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not believe on Him right now and receive His gift of eternal life and assurance from God’s Word (1 John 5:13) and the indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16).

The Sheep. If you are a true believer and are one of Jesus’ sheep, are you sensitive to His voice when He communicates to you through His Word, your conscience, other people, and/or your circumstances? Are you merely a hearer or are you a doer of His Word (James 1:21, 22)? Are you sharing God’s Word and the Gospel with others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2; 4:2-5)?

Confidence. Have you come to a place in your life where you know that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Or do you think that you have to go to a purging place first? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you are quite confident that you will go to heaven, is there anything that you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be?

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John 10:11-21

Suppose, after continually being attacked and rejected by most of the Jews of His day, Jesus decided that He didn’t want to give His life for them and said to His Father in heaven, “I quit! Let them all perish and go to h—.” Did you know that God didn’t provide salvation for Lucifer, the highest creature He ever made, who rebelled against Him and who became God’s adversary, the devil (Ezekiel 28:13-15)? Nor did God provide salvation for the the rebellious angels who followed him against God. Had God chosen to send all of us sinners to the lake of fire forever, He still would have maintained all His divine attributes: goodness, righteousness, omnipotence, omniscience, truth, love, and holiness. But God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, chose to die for all our sins, once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), while we were still sinners and His enemies (Romans 5:8, 10). That’s amazing grace!

The Good Shepherd

His Died. As the “Good Shepherd,” Jesus went all the way to the cross to die physically and spiritually so His sheep (i. e. those who would believe on Him) could live and have His quality of life – eternal life (John 3:16; 6:37, 44; 10:10-18) as a present possession that would go on into eternity. The payment for sin (lawlessness) had to be paid to God the Father before Jesus could offer eternal life to us sinners (Romans 6:23). While He was hanging on the cross, from noon until 3 P.M., God the Father laid on Jesus the sins of the whole world (Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46; 1 John 2:2). Only the God/man could bear all our sins and pay such a debt. The value of His death came from His being God, but the reality of His death came from His being a real man (See Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 1:19). His physical suffering was minor when compared to the spiritual suffering He experienced on the cross.

His Knowledge. Jesus knew/knows those who were/are His sheep (true believers) and those who aren’t His sheep (unbelievers). He knows them all by name and is intimately acquainted with them and all their needs (John 2:24, 25; 10:14; Hebrews 4:14-16; Philippians 4:19). The sheep know Him and recognize His voice when He calls for them (See John 11:43; 1 Thessalonians 4:16). They will follow Him unless they are spiritually sick and wander away from Him. But He will pursue after them and bring them back (Luke 15:3-7). He won’t lose any of His sheep (John 10:27-29; Romans 8:35-39). Do you know what God can/will do with His rebellious sheep without taking their salvation from them (1 Corinthians 11:30; Hebrews 10:30, 31; 12:5-11; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17)?

His Other Sheep. Initially Jesus came to glorify God the Father (John 17:4) by offering the kingdom of the heavens to the Jews (Matthew 4:17; 10:1-15; See Daniel 2:44, 45). He was/is the rightful King of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-25; 2:2; 27:11; Luke 3:23-38). When most of them rejected Him, He extended salvation to the Gentiles (non-Jews) without their having to become proselyte Jews first (John 1:11, 12, 29; 4:22). After His bodily resurrection from the dead and His appearances to over 500 eye witnesses, He gave His disciples the responsibility of evangelizing not only the Jews, but also the Samaritans and the Gentiles (Acts 1:8). From all ethnic groups God would bring into existence a “New Creation” known as The Church which is His Body” (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:15; Colossians 2:24). Jews and Gentiles are saved the same way today (Romans 1:16). We all must believe that “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be saved (Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

His Obedience. Jesus was obedient to God the Father (Hebrews 10:7, 9) and was led by God the Holy Spirit while He was here on earth (Matthew 4:1). Had not God the Father given Him the command to lay down His life in death (John 10:18), Jesus would have been committing suicide. In the garden Jesus prayed, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42; See Hebrews 10:7, 9). By doing this, Jesus was carrying out the Divine plan for the ages (Ephesians 1:11).

His Predictions. Jesus predicted His own death and bodily resurrection (John 2:19; Matthew 16:21; Luke 24:33- 43). He also chose the time and manner of His death (Psalm 22; Philippians 2:8). The Jewish leaders didn’t want to kill Him during the Passover feast but they were overruled because that was the predetermined time for Jesus to die (Matthew 26:5; Acts 4:28). The Passover lamb pictured Christ’s death (John 1:29). Jesus also chose to die at 3 P.M. from a ruptured heart (John 19:30-34). We don’t have that kind of control over our lives, but He did since He was/is the God-man (John 1:1-18).

Application. Even though the complete payment for the sins of all mankind has been paid by Jesus to God the Father, the gift of salvation and eternal life are only granted to those who place their faith in Christ alone to save them. Did you know that Christ even died for the sins of the false teachers (2 Peter 2:1)? But all those who die without Christ as their personal Savior and who refuse to believe on Him (John 1:12, 3:16, 18, 36:16:8-11) will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; 2 Peter 3:7; Jude 1:13; Revelation 21:8). How sad! Please make sure of your salvation (2 Peter 1:10).

Rescue Squad. If you’re a true Christian, why not join God’s “Rescue Squad” and give others the opportunity to hear the Gospel so they can believe on Him and be saved? God won’t forget our works and labors of love (Hebrews 6:10; 1 Corinthians 15:58). When a Christian is involved in pointing others to Christ for salvation, that one can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).  Will you receive one of them?

Help. If you aren’t sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, we’re here to help you if you’d like it. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you, and then ask you to share this information to others who may be teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2). To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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John 10:7-10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“The Blind See”

Posted: September 29, 2016 in Gospel of John

John 8:35-41

Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, was lingering in prison for having exposed and rebuked the sinful, immoral conduct of King Herod (Mark 6:18). Perhaps he was wondering why Jesus hadn’t come to deliver him from there. So John sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the Coming One or if they should look for another Deliverer? Jesus sent word back to him by saying, “the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Luke 7:19-22). Jesus was fulfilling what the prophets had said the Messiah would do when He came to earth (Isaiah 35:5, 6). In the Apostle John’s Gospel (8:35-41) we notice that –

Jesus Gave Sight. Not only could Jesus give physical sight to the blind, He was/is able to give spiritual sight to those who admit that they are spiritually blind and who come to Him to receive spiritual eyes to see what others can’t see. The things that are seen on earth are temporal but the things not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Jesus Went Looking for the man to whom He had given sight. The man was delighted to have his sight but in the process he also got ostracized and thrown out of the Temple as a result of his insulting the self righteous Pharisees (John 9:22, 34; 16:2; 2 Timothy 3:12). He needed Jesus to help him. In His “Sermon on the Mount” to the Jews who were anticipating Christ’s setting up of His kingdom on earth (Daniel 2:44, 45), Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile you and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:10-12).

Jesus Identified Himself. Since the man had only heard Jesus’ voice when He told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam so his sight could be given to him, it was necessary for Jesus to make Himself known to this man. Upon finding him, Jesus said to him, “Do you believe in the “Son of God?” He responded by saying, “Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus replied, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” Try to imagine the emotions that this man was experiencing at that moment. He said, “Lord, I believe” and he worshiped Him” (John 9:35-38).

Jesus Received Worship. Had Jesus not been God manifested in human flesh, He should not have allowed this man to worship Him. Consider the demise of King Herod who accepted worship from others.  He was smitten and eaten by worms so that he died (Acts 12:23). In like manner, the Antichrist will try to force the Jews during the Tribulation time to worship him as God but without success (Revelation 13:11-18; Matthew 24:15). He had tried in vain to get Jesus to worship him in exchange for the devil’s giving to Jesus the kingdoms of this world (Matthew 4:8, 9). At the end of the seven years of Tribulation the Antichrist and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Revelation 19:20). A thousand years later Satan himself will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever too (Revelation 20:10). All unbelievers will end up there with them (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Jesus Had A Purpose. Jesus’ primary purpose was to reveal God the Father to mankind (John 1:1-18; 17:3, 4). His secondary purposes included offering the promised “Kingdom of the Heavens” to the Jews (Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 4:17), and offering salvation to Jews and Gentiles alike (John 1:11, 12; Luke 19:10; Romans 1:16, 17). He didn’t come initially to condemn the world (John 3:17) but eventually He will judge all those who reject God’s offer of salvation (John 3:18, 36; 5:22; Matthew 7:21-23; Revelation 20:11-15).

Jesus Gave A Warning. There is hope for those who will admit that they are spiritually blind and dead (1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:1) and deserving of eternal separation from God in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23). But those who rely on their self righteousness rather on God’s righteousness will be separated from God forever (John 9:40, 41; 16:10; Ephesians 2:8 9).

Jesus Has A Gift For You. Those who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day will be saved from eternal condemnation and receive eternal life as a present possession (John 3:16, 18, 36). Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel can’t save you or anyone else (Matthew 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 15:2). We must transfer our trust to Him alone.

Jesus Is Concerned. When maturing Christians misdirect their love away from God to the present world system and misuse it, their spiritual eyesight gets clouded (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). Carnal Christians lack spiritual discernment (1 Corinthians 3:1-4)? Examine your life to see if there are unconfessed sins that need to be addressed (1 Corinthians 11:28). Then repent by changing your mind about what you have done and seeing them as God does (2 Corinthians 7:9). To receive family forgiveness, we must honestly confess our sin(s) to God and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). If you have sinned against other people, confess/admit your sins to them and ask them to forgive you (James 5:16). If they grant forgiveness to you, ask them not to hold it against you. God is omniscient and can’t forget anything but He won’t hold our sins against us if we’ve confessed them to Him (Ezekiel 33:16). Hopefully other people will forgive us as God has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32).

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John 9:15-34

“No testimony is quite as compelling as that of a changed life. People can argue theology and dispute interpretations of the Bible, but they are rendered speechless when confronted with the reality of a changed life.” – Chuck Swindoll. Think of a caterpillar’s being turned into a beautiful butterfly by the Creator Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17). No matter what you’ve done, or how sinful you’ve been, He can save you and change your life as He has done for many other people including my life (See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). This can be illustrated by the transformation of a man who was born blind but who received his sight from Jesus one day. This incident caused a great stir among the critical, hypocritical, religious leaders of the day.

Prejudices. They insisted that Jesus couldn’t have come from God because He violated their Sabbath rules (John 5:18; 9:14). He hadn’t broken the Sabbath but the additional requirements that they had added to the fourth commandment (Exodus 20:8). This included such things as plucking a hair from one’s beard or head on the Sabbath because that involved work. Wearing sandals with nails in them was considered bearing a load on the Sabbath. Adjusting a broken arm was illegal, according to these legalists, because it wasn’t a life or death matter.

Legalists. Have you ever met someone who made up additional religious rules and tried to force you to obey them? Do you know the difference between a legalist and a Galatianite Christian? What part of the Scriptures is for you and which part it to Christians? Which part is to be believed and practiced and what part is merely to be believed (Titus 1:9)? If you aren’t sure, we have a free “Dispensations Chart” for those who would like one. What warning does God give to those who add to or subtract from the Scriptures as the cults do (Revelation 22:18, 19)? Do you believe that the Scriptures include everything that we need for life and godliness or do we need the humanistic philosophies of men to solve man’s spiritual problems (2 Peter 1:3; Colossians 2:8)? Please don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by the legalists and Galatianite Christians (1 Peter 5:8).

Sign Miracles. Rather than connecting the sign miracles that Jesus had been performing to the prophecies that had been made about the Messiah’s doing such miracles when He came (Isaiah 29:18; 35:5; 42:6, 7), they tried to discredit His miracles and explain them away somehow. Had they admitted that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, they would have had to submit to Him and His authority. But they loved darkness rather than the Light because their deeds were evil (John 3:19). Things haven’t changed in our day. Apostates deny the Deity of Christ and the miracles He performed. They make Him out to be a mere man with some good ideas but certainly not God manifested in human flesh as the Scriptures teach (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11).

Thoughts. What are your honest thoughts about Jesus? Is He the eternal God or was He the first One whom God the Father created and who in turn created all “other” things as one of the cults teaches? Was He born of the virgin, Mary or was His father Joseph or some other unknown man (Matthew 1:21)? Did He live a sinless life or not (Hebrews 4:15)? Did He die for the sins of the whole world or just for a select few (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2)? Was His death for our sins a sufficient payment to God the Father or do we have to pay for our sins and do penance for them (Hebrews 10:10; Romans 4:25)? Did He rise again bodily from the dead or merely swoon and come back to the life He once had ? Did He have a resurrected, glorified body with flesh and bones, but lacking blood, or did He merely rise as with a spirit body (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8)? Were the 500 eyewitnesses deluded or did they actually see Him after His resurrection? Did He ascend back to heaven literally, gradually, publicly or secretly (Acts 1:9)? What does the Scripture say about those who deny His bodily return to earth (2 John 7)? Why are so many “Christians” ignorant about Bible prophecy (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17)? Why do many pastors avoid this topic (2 Timothy 4:3, 4)? Why do they change the rules of interpretation when they deal with the Book of Revelation (2 Peter 3:16)?

Parents. In their desperate attempts to discredit the miracle that Jesus had performed (John 9:10, 26), the religious leaders grilled the parents of the man who had received his sight. Fearing the possible repercussions that might happen to them as a result of their not having the right answers, and possibly being excluded from the synagogue (John 16:2), they shied away from answering their questions by telling them to ask their son about what happened (John 9:23).

Personalize It. If you claim to be a Christian, are you afraid or ashamed to be identified with Jesus? If so, why? Have you been intimidated by the devil as the Apostle Peter was (Luke 22:31-34, 54-62; 1 Peter 5:8)? What if Jesus were ashamed of you? Are you a “silent witness”? Maybe you are “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2) and just think you’re a Christian when you really aren’t one. Read Matthew 7:21-23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5. Knowing for sure that you are going to heaven is the most important thing you need to have settled in your mind (2 Timothy 1:12; 2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13). There is only one way (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 16:31). What crown can a martyr earn (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10; See Romans 8:18)?

One Man’s Testimony. Although this man hadn’t seen Jesus’ face yet, he did what he was told to do and went and washed his eyes in the pool of Siloam and received his sight (John 9:7). He said, “One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see” (John 9:25). Later, when he had been cast out by the religious leaders, he met Jesus and said, “Lord, I believe [You are the Son of God]! And he worshiped Him” (John 9:35, 38). Had Jesus not been God, He never should have accepted the worship of this man because God alone is to be worshiped (Exodus 20:3-5; Jeremiah 25:6; Revelation 19:10).

Witnesses. Jesus told His disciples that He was going to leave them for a little while as He went back to heaven to prepare a place for them. He promised to come back for them and all true believers (John 14:1-3). Because it has been almost 2,000 years since He said this, many skeptics doubt and mock those of us who believe in His literal return. However, a thousand years is like one day to God. He is longsuffering and not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:1-9). But one day that door of opportunity to be saved will close. Perhaps today! You could die today. Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14). If you’re not sure, get help today. There are no second chances (Hebrews 9:27).

Transformed. Has your life been changed by the power of God so that others can see a difference? If you claim to be a Christian, does the Light (Jesus) who indwells you shine out for others to see Him living His life through your life (Galatians 2:20)? Has sin dimmed the Light? If so, will you confess all your known sins to God and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; James 5:16)? If you don’t have eternal life yet, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:16, 18; 36). Once you’ve been saved, be baptized (immersed) (Matthew 28:19, 20) and dedicate your body to God (Romans 12:1, 2). Let Him begin to change your life for His glory and your good (happiness). The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him. I will try my utmost to be that man.” – D.L. Moody. What about you? Would you like to take others to heaven with you and earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19 20)? You can.

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John 9:1-14

“For years he sat in the street, a castaway from society, his soul aching for the touch of light and love. And then one day he heard the approaching footsteps of Jesus who, with a touch of compassion, gave him new eyes… Few afflictions are more difficult to bear than blindness. And in Jesus’ day, a blind person held little hope for anything more than a lifetime of begging.” – Chuck Swindoll.  Perhaps you know someone who is blind too. How do you treat him/her?

The Men. This blind man went virtually unnoticed by Jesus’ disciples who, apparently, were enamored more by the magnificent temple itself (Matthew 24:1). In a sense, they were a lot like the priest and Levite who passed by the man who had been robbed by thieves and left for dead (Luke 10:30-37). Jesus, however, was concerned about people. To those who were oppressed by the hypocritical, religious leaders of the day, Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Jesus.  I’d rather have Jesus as my Shepherd than anything else. He loves me, knows me, knows my future, and gives me the strength to do the things that He wants me to do. He forgives me when I confess my sins and helps me start over again. He will never leave or forsake me. He will reward me for faithful service to Him. He is the God-man (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9). King David wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). My friend, is He your Shepherd? If not, we’d like to introduce you to Him. If He is your Shepherd, do you tend to wander away from Him and get yourself in precarious situations that cause Him a lot of grief (Ephesians 4:3). He wants you to stay close by Him so you will be safe? It’s so much better to stay under His care and let Him lead you (Romans 8:14) than to wander away like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31).

Cause And Effect. Seeing the blind man, it was quite natural for His disciples to ask Jesus why this man was blind from birth (John 9:1). Was it due to his own sins or his parent’s sins? Apparently some Rabbis were teaching that it was possible for a baby in the womb to sin by kicking his mother on the Sabbath. Perhaps they concluded that this man’s parents had sinned and thus passed down a curse on him (Exodus 20:5, 6; Jeremiah 32:18). Yes, it’s true. Some parents who take illegal drugs, alcohol, or who have sexually transmitted diseases, sometimes do pass a curse on to their children. Just talk to some Doctors and nurses about such babies.

Jesus’ Diagnosis. “Jesus answered [the disciples’ questions], ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him’” (John 9:3). Jesus was on a mission to glorify His Father by making Him known to humanity (John 17:3, 4). He did everything that the Father wanted Him to do at the right time and in the proper manner. His miracles were designed to prove to them/us that He was/is the promised Messiah/Christ and the Son of God (John 20:31). They validated His person and work (Isaiah 29:18; 35:5; 42:6, 7). Perhaps you didn’t know this but God has some predetermined works for Christians to do too (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). Sadly, most Christians don’t know very much about the “Spiritual Gifts” that God gave to every Christian at the moment of his/her salvation (See Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16). Which gifts were temporary and which are extant? [1]  Which one do you have?  Are you using it with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13)?

Miracles. The miracles that Jesus performed were conducted in different ways. Sometimes He performed them without a lot of fanfare (John 2:7, 8). He was able to heal the nobleman’s son from a distance just by speaking a word. He told a crippled man to take up his bed and walk (John 5:8). He fed over 5,000 people at one time (John 6:11). He brought Lazarus back to life with a word (John 11:43). But on this occasion Jesus “spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’…So he went and washed, and came back seeing” (John 9:6, 7).

Sabbath. It’s interesting that Jesus chose to give this man his sight on the Sabbath (Saturday). The hypocritical, legalistic, religious Pharisees had added all kinds of other requirements to the observance of the Sabbath. Apparently they said it was unlawful for a man to pluck a hair from his head or beard because that involved work. Cutting one’s fingernails was illegal. No medical attention could be administered unless it was a life or death situation. It was unlawful for a man to walk with sandals that had nails in them because that was carrying a burden on the Sabbath. Is it any wonder that Jesus had compassion on the common people who were weighted down with such additional burdens? They missed the whole purpose of the Sabbath. “Apart from maintaining the continual burnt offering ( Numbers 28:9), and its connection with the annual feasts…the seventh day was never made a day of sacrifice, worship, or any manner of religious service. It was simply and only a day of complete rest for man and beast, a humane provision for man’s needs. In Christ’s words, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath’ (Mark 2:27).” – Dr. C. I. Scofield

Response. Perplexed by what had happened to this blind man, the people asked him about it. Not satisfied with his answer, they took him to the Pharisees for them to interrogate him about his eyesight. With all their knowledge of the Scriptures, they should have made the connection of this miracle to the prophecy that Isaiah had made concerning the Messiah’s giving sight to the blind when He came (Isaiah 29:18; 35:5; 42:6, 7). But they didn’t get it. Things haven’t changed much today either. Liberal theologians refuse to acknowledge that Jesus is the God-man who had/has all the Divine attributes of God. They don’t believe that He came to earth through the virgin, Mary. They don’t believe that He was sinless, and that He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily from the dead on the third day. They don’t believe that He’s coming back literally as He said He would (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11).

Confusion/Unbelief. The Jewish prophet Jeremiah rehearsed the reasons for the Jewish captivity by their enemies. “Hear this now, O foolish people [Jews], without understanding, who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not…But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; They have revolted and departed…” (Jeremiah 5:21-23). Because most of the Jews rejected their Messiah when He came 2,000 years ago and said, “His blood be on us and on our children” (Matthew 27:25), they have been to this day under Gentile domination and will be until Christ returns after the seven years of tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Romans 11:25). The last 3 ½ years are known as “the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). This time seems to be just around the corner. To get the big picture, would you like to receive a free “Dispensations Chart” for your consideration? If so, ask us for one. Do you know what happens to a Jewish person who believes in Jesus as his/her personal Savior today (Romans 1:16; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:11-18)?

Israel’s Future. God hasn’t forsaken the Jewish nation forever as some “Replacement Theology” people believe. [2] A bright future awaits the believing Jewish remnant (Romans 11:26). Those who physically survive the seven year Tribulation will be the ones who repopulate the earth (Matthew 10:22; 24:13). They will inherit all the land that God promised to give to them in an everlasting covenant. During Christ’s 1,000 reign on/over earth (Revelation 20:6; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Daniel 2:44, 45) it will extend from the Mediterranean Sea to the River Euphrates (Genesis 15:18- 21). In eternity future, the believing Jews will inherit a new earth in which they will dwell (Revelation 21:1; Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13). “Nevertheless we [believers], according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells [feels at ease]” (2 Peter 3:13). Don’t let the scoffers intimidate you. They don’t believe that Jesus is returning to earth as He said He would (2 Peter 3:3ff). Are they ever in for a surprise!

Judgment Day. “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Every person who has lived on this earth will face Judge Jesus someday (John 5:22). Do you know the purposes for the different judgments (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15)? Where will you spend eternity – Heaven or Hell? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead? Are you depending on any of your good works to get you into heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? Would you like assurance of salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)?

Our True Condition. All of us were born spiritually blind (1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4). We need someone to share the Clear Gospel [3] with us so God the Holy Spirit can open our spiritual eyes and enable us to see the Lord Jesus Christ and believe on Him to be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 10:9-16).

Witnesses. If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, you can/should tell others about Him (Acts 1:8). Carnal Christians need to get right with God through confession of their sins to God and others against whom they have sinned or face discipline from God (1 John 1:9; James 5:16, 19, 20; 1 John 5:16; Hebrews 12:5ff).

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

[2] Replacement Theology:

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

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/scofield.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

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

“Is He God Or Not?

Posted: September 9, 2016 in Gospel of John

John 8:49-59

“What you say is blasphemy,” shouted the Jewish religious leaders against Jesus. And they picked up stones to kill Him. What had He done or said that riled them up? He graciously had healed a man on the Sabbath which they said He shouldn’t have done (John 5:1-18). He had said that the devil was their father (John 8:44). But to top it all, He said, “…before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58). He was claiming to be the eternally existent One without beginning or end (See Revelation 1:8). [1] He was not claiming to be the first one whom God the Father created as some cults teach. He was claiming to be Jehovah who spoke to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). He also encountered Abraham, the father of Ishmael and Isaac (Genesis 12:7-9; 22:11-18), Hagar, the mother of Ishmael (Genesis 16:7-14), Jacob, the father of the Jews (Genesis 32:28) and others as “The Angel (Messenger) of the Lord” in humanoid form. Such pre-incarnate appearances of God the Son are called “theophanies” [2] or “Christophanies.”

Immanuel. Isaiah the prophet had said that the Messiah would come through a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) as Jesus was (Matthew 1:22, 23). He would be called “Immanuel” which means “God with us.” The Prophet Micah said that the Messiah was/is an eternal being, not One who was created (Micah 5:2; See Matthew 2:6; John 7:42). Jesus asserted His equality with God the Father by forgiving sins (Mark 2:5-7). He demonstrated before others some of the Divine attributes: omnipotence (Matthew 28:18; Luke 7:14), omnipresence (Matt. 18:20), and omniscience (John 2:24, 25; 11:11-14).

Worship. Jesus received worship from people (Matthew 14:33; 28:9; John 20:28, 29). Had He not been God in human flesh (John 1:1-18), He should have told His worshippers not to worship Him (Exodus 20:3; Jeremiah 25:26; Revelation 22:9).

Resurrection. The crowning evidence for His being God is His bodily resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4). It is the basis of a believer’s justification (Romans 4:25). Who are antichrists – those opposed to the Christ of the Scriptures (2 John 1:7)? They are the people who deny that He died for our sins, and that He was buried for three days, that He rose again bodily from the tomb, that He appeared to over 500 people for 40 days to let us know that He had risen from the dead, and then ascended back to heaven in the presence of His disciples with a promise to return (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11; John 14:1-3). Christ’s bodily resurrection guarantees the bodily resurrection of every person who was ever conceived (1 Corinthians 15:22-24). Life begins at conception (Psalm 51:5; Psalm 139). In which of the five resurrections will you participate? No one can hide from God and keep Him from raising everyone from the dead, including you (Psalm 139:7). Jesus will be the righteous Judge (John 5:22; Hebrews 9:27; 2 Timothy 4:8).

Summary. “For in Him [Jesus] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). God the Son added to His deity a true human nature (not a sin nature – Hebrews 4:15) and a real body (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 10:5-10). His temporary subordination to God the Father during time didn’t diminish His Deity. But He did veil the outward manifestation of His deity while He was here on earth (Philippians 2:5-11).

Questions. Is your hope of getting into heaven some day resting in the Christ of the Scriptures alone and not the Christs of the cults or false religions?  We are not saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  What do you have to do to be saved?  “Believe on The Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins… and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43; 1 John 2:2). If He isn’t your personal Savior yet, why not believe on Him right now and be saved (John 3:16, 18, 36; Acts 16:31)? You can have assurance of your salvation too when you believe in/on Him (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16) .

Sharing? If you have been saved, are you sharing the Good News with others so they can be saved (Romans 10:0-17)? God commands His children to do this (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8). Where would you be today if someone hadn’t shared the Gospel with you? Don’t keep the Good News from others that can keep them out of hell and enable them to enter heaven if they will believe on Him alone as their Savior.

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[1] Is Jesus God?  http://www.gotquestions.org/is-Jesus-God.html

[2] Theophany. http://www.gotquestions.org/theophany-Christophany.html

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