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“The Story Of Hope”

Posted: November 8, 2020 in Gospel, Heaven, Hell, Salvation

Heather came from a dysfunctional family where her parents fought often and where she was abused as a child. She didn’t grow up in a healthy or happy environment. But one day, when she was 10 years old, a friend invited her to a Bible Club for kids at her church. With her parents permission, she went to it. She forgot about her troubles at home and had a great time with the other kids and the group leader was very friendly to her.

Not long after attending this club, she heard “The Story of Hope” and put her faith and trust in Jesus as her personal Savior. Her life began to change dramatically and her parents noticed it. Not long after that her parents came to trust in Jesus as their Savior too. This made Heather very happy.

Shortly after she was saved, God began to work in Heather’s life and placed a burden on her heart to be a missionary teacher in Africa. Fast forward. The day finally came when she finished college. She had been approved by her church and a mission board, and had raised her support to go to Africa. Now she was on her way to be a fourth grade teacher. She had “high hopes” and wanted to teach her students the basics. But her primary goal was to share God’s love and “The Story Of Hope” with her students so they could be saved. Once saved, she wanted to challenge them to be and do their best for God and follow His leading in their lives.

She was a little nervous about meeting her students for the first time. They were curious, but friendly. She began by telling them some things about herself and the dysfunctional home in which she grew up, and what had happened in her life. Some of them were able to identify with her in this area. She told them how she came to know Jesus as her personal Savior and shared how God had been working in her life and why she wanted to become a school teacher.

To learn more about them, she asked for volunteers to share with her and the others what their hopes and dreams were. One boy enthusiastically said, “I want to be a Doctor someday if my family can afford for me to go to college and medical school.” A little girl said, “I want to be a chemist like my dad.” Another student said, “I want and hope to be a politician someday to help people out of poverty.” A few others shared their dreams and hopes with the rest of the class. Heather was excited to see their enthusiasm.

But she noticed that there were a few students who didn’t respond. So she went over to one of them and said, “Would you like to share with us what your dreams and hopes are?” Reluctantly, one boy said with tears in his eyes, “I hope when I get home today that my dad won’t be drunk and start beating me and my mother again.” Somewhat surprised, Heather was taken off guard. Another student chimed in to say, “I hope my older brother won’t end up in prison for a long time for using illegal drugs.” Still another one said, “I hope I won’t have to go to bed hungry again tonight like I usually do.” Heather’s heart was broken. She didn’t realize the hurt that some of her students were feeling at the time.

While many young people today seem to be excited about life and living, there are others who are very depressed, and even suicidal. Some children, whose parents can afford it, are taking medically prescribed drugs to keep them calm so they don’t hurt themselves and others. Other young people are killing their pain with illegal drugs and alcohol or acting up to gain attention.

When young people or older people lose hope, bad things begin to happen. Dreams are shattered. Husbands and/or wives often give up on their marriages. Some parents give up and abandon their children. Millions of babies are aborted every year. Pastors and missionaries have been known to quit the ministry and leave the people that were entrusted to them. Disappointment, discouragement, and doubt (questioning God and His Word) have destroyed many people’s lives. [2]

Perhaps you are a relatively happy person right now. Or maybe you’re pretending to be alright on the outside, but deep down inside you are really hurting. Do you feel like your life is falling apart? Do you feel hopeless? Be honest.

If you feel this way, could it be because you don’t know (1) where you came from (your past), (2) why you’re here on earth (your present), or (3) where you will go when you die (your future)? Maybe you’ve been taught in school and led to believe in the theory of evolution [3] and that you’re nothing more than an animal. Does your race (skin color), your face (bodily features), or your place (status) in life make you feel inferior, or perhaps superior to others? If you could change some things, what would you change? Think about this – “What do you have that you didn’t receive” (1 Corinthians 4:7)? We have no reason to be proud. Furthermore, God hates it (Proverbs 6:17).

Maybe you feel hopeless at times because you have no clear purpose in life, and you aren’t sure if there is life after death. If you, like many other people, lack hope, I’d like to tell you another story. Unlike the fictitious story about Heather, the following story is a true story. It’s called –

The Story Of Hope”

If you’ll come with me, I’d like to take you across a bridge. It’s been called “The Chronological Bridge To Life.” [1] It’s a true story that is found in the Bible. As we cross this bridge, I’d like for us to focus briefly on 8 topics: God-Man-Sin-Death-Christ-Cross-Faith-Life.

God.  In the first verse of the Bible (God’s Word) we read,“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1; See John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17). God has always existed. He refers to Himself as the eternal “I AM” (Exodus 3:14). He created three heavens: the atmospheric heaven where the birds fly (Genesis 1:21; Revelation 19:17), the starry heaven where the angels dwell (Ephesians 6:12), and the third heaven where He currently resides (2 Corinthians 12:2). And, of course, we dwell on the earth that God created out of nothing. It is just at the right distance from the sun so we don’t burn up or freeze to death.

Man. On the sixth day of creation, God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. This involved physical life and spiritual life. He instructed Adam (who probably was “red skinned”) [4] to take care of the fruit and vegetable garden that was located eastward in Eden. He told him not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. His disobedience to this command would result in death (separation) – in the spiritual and physical realm. On the same day God also took a rib from Adam’s side and formed a woman to be his helper (See Genesis 1; 2).

Sin.  After Adam and Eve had been in the garden for some time,God’s enemy (the devil) used the serpent to deceive Eve into believing that if she ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that she would become like God (in one area), knowing the difference between good (what was beneficial) and evil (not beneficial). This part was true. But he lied when he said that she wouldn’t die. He is a liar and is called the father of lies (John 8:44). Being deceived by him, she ate the forbidden fruit and invited Adam to eat it too. Adam wasn’t deceived, but he ate the fruit anyway (1 Timothy 2:13, 14; See Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 12:9). Sin is lawlessness – when we act like there are no laws/rules from God for us to obey (1 John 3:4).

Death. Adam’s disobedience resulted in both spiritual and physical death. As soon as they ate the forbidden fruit, they immediately became aware of the fact that their close and intimate relationship with God had been broken and they began to die physically (Genesis 5). They foolishly tried to hide from God Who knows everything. Their nature (disposition – natural tendency) became corrupted. They also realized that they were naked or had been stripped of something. So they sewed fig leaves to cover themselves (Genesis 3:7). But God graciously gave them animal skins instead to cover their nakedness. This is when sin (lawlessness) and death entered into the world (Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27) and why the theory of evolution [3] isn’t true. There was no physical death until Adam sinned.

Christ.  For about the next 4,000 years men and women were given different “rules for living” to test their obedience to God. They were not different ways of salvation. [4] (Think about the different rules that govern sports – football, baseball, basketball, etc.) But, no matter what rules God gave to them, they kept failing to do what He told them to do. To demonstrate His love for the people who had rebelled (sinned) against Him, God the Father sent God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) down from heaven to earth to live among us for about 33 years (John 1:11, 12; 3:16; Hebrews 10:7, 9). His primary purpose was to make God known to us and to the angels (John 1:14; 17:3-5; 1 Peter 1:12). Jesus offered Himself as the promised Deliverer, the Messiah, and the rightful King of the Jews. He also came to seek and save lost sinners like you and me (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 2:2; 16:16; 27:11; John 1:29; See also Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; 5:8).

Cross.  God doesn’t want (desire) that any of us, no matter how bad we’ve been, to end up forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). So Jesus Christ (the God-man), Who was born or the virgin, Mary, and Who never sinned (Hebrews 4:15), offered to die in our place for our sins to pay the debt that we owed to God (Romans 6:23; See Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46; John 19:30). When Jesus did this for us, God the Father was satisfied (1 John 2:2; 4:10). This made it possible for Him to save those who would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Acts 16:31).

Faith. True Christians can know (be absolutely sure) that God has forgiven their sins and that they are no longer condemned (Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:1). We know this is true because God the Father raised Jesus from the dead on the third day with a glorified body. It has flesh and bones, but no blood (Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 50; Luke 24:33-43; 1 John 3:2).

NOTE: The Gospel (Good News) that we must believe in order to be saved is that Christ died for our sins (once for all – Hebrews 10:10), was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily on the third day (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We are not saved by our good works, or by faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Life.  When we place our faith and trust in Christ alone to save us, we receive eternal life (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Acts 16:31). It is God’s kind of life. We also receive a new nature from Him that is capable of pleasing God (2 Peter 1:2-4; Romans 8:8). But He also wants us to enjoy an abundant life as we think about our spiritual blessings and riches that He has given to us (John 10:10; Ephesians 1:3 ff).

Decision. You alone must decide whether you will believe on Him as your personal Savior, or reject Him and His offer of salvation. Your decision will determine whether you spend eternity with God or apart from Him in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (John 3:18; 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). It’s not enough to just know and believe the facts of the Gospel; you must transfer your faith and trust from yourself and your good works over to the Christ of the Scriptures [5] alone if you are to be saved? Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Help. We’re here to help you if you want/need additional information to make a decision to become a “true Christian.” We want you to be assured of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16), to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), so you can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13). God also wants all Christins to reproduce themselves while they are here on earth (Matthew 28:19, 20). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know how it has. And then would you please share this information with others so they can be helped too?

[1] “The Chronological Bridge To Life” Information taken from https://www.goodsoil.com/

[2] Hope. Adapted from Ray Johnston – http://hopequotient.com/blog/category/hope/page/2/

[3] Video – Evolution vs God: https://www.livingwaters.com/movie/evolution-vs-god/

[4] The Original Red Skins. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/07/03/the-original-red-skins/

[5] Seven Dispensations. Download a FREE copy of it from our website: “Understanding the Times”

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

Other Helpful Information:

Dr. Manfred Kober, Do We Really Know The Gospel?” 

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel”  (Note the confusing conditions for salvation on page 2.)

If you are a professing Christian, are you concerned about rescuing the perishing, caring for the dying, snatching them in pity from sin and the grave (Jude 1:22, 23)? Do you weep over the erring ones (Matthew 23:37), and lift up the fallen (Galatians 6:1, 2)? Do you and tell them of Jesus the mighty One who can save anyone from the “penalty of sin,” the “power of sin,” and eventually from the “presence of sin”?

Do you witness (Acts 1:8) to lost people out of obligation and duty or because you love God (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15) and are grateful that God graciously saved you? Do you know that He wants you to have the joy of seeing lost people found and saved?

When was the last time you shared the clear Gospel with someone? Did God the Holy Spirit open up an opportunity for you to speak to someone about his/her spiritual needs (Revelation 3:8)? Did you take the opportunity or play the role of a coward like Peter did when he denied that he knew Christ (Matthew 26:72-74)? If you’ve spoken to someone, what specifically did you say to him/her? Was the entire Gospel message presented? Did you invite him/her to trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (See 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4)? What Scripture verses did you use as your source of authority? Did you add to or subtract essential elements in your Gospel presentation?

While the devil will try to intimidate us and cause us to be fearful (1 Peter 5:8), we don’t have to yield to his temptations (1 John 4:4). We have Bad News & Good Newsthat needs to be shared with people so they can be saved from having to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

The Gospel for our salvation is found in 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4. For I [Paul] delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…”. We must be careful to include Christ’s bodily resurrection in our presentation (See 1 Corinthians 15:5-9; Luke 24:33-43). Without it, we haven’t given a person hope for the future. “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (1 Corinthians 15:17).

Please note, it says that “Christ died for our sins…” If you said to an unsaved person, “Christ died for you,” he might say, “That wasn’t really necessary because I’m not that bad.” This is not true. (See Romans 3:10-23; 6:23.) But when one believes that Christ died for his sins, he is acknowledging that he is a sinner, who can’t save himself, and that he is in need of a Savior.

Other people might believe all the facts of the Gospel, but say, “His death wasn’t sufficient. There are good works that I must do if I am to be saved from hell.” One cult teaches that when a baby or an adult is baptized (sprinkled), that he is given grace or help so he can keep the Sacraments so he can be saved. But the Scriptures are clear. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9; See Titus 3:5).

If you distribute Gospel tracts, please make sure that they include the whole Gospel, and that they invite people to trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, not in a Christ of the cults (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4) or in their good works.

We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17), and to encourage and help you if you want to be a more effective witness for the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We want you to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” by having a part in someone’s salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 5:20, 21). There are four other crowns that a believer can earn.

If you have questions and/or comments, please contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you have found this article helpful, please SHARE it with others.

For more helpful information, consider these articles:

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

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel: (Consider some confusing/false conditions for salvation)

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

Dr. Manfred Kober: Do We Really Know The Gospel? (24 word presentation)

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

Professor David Spurbeck: The Gospel Checker

http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

Dr. Andy Woods, Lordship Salvation:  https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Dr. G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repentance-the-most-misunderstood-word-in-the-bible/

Bad News – Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Song: Fanny Crosby, “Rescue The Perishing” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMFRt2aLuMI

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Monster cookies. I love them for their crunchiness and texture. Some time ago one of my son’s wife made some of them for us. But the problem was, she left out an ingredient. They looked delicious. But when my wife took a bite of one, she noticed that it didn’t taste good. Since I lost most of my taste and smell many years ago, she offered them to me to eat. I couldn’t tell the difference, so I ate them.

Mistakes. Perhaps you’ve tried to make some things from scratch but forgot to add an ingredient or you may have used the wrong size measuring cup. Maybe you set the temperature wrong or left them in the oven too long or took them out too soon. Have you ever done this? I did this once when I used to sell cookware while I was in college. In spite of my mistake, the customer bought the product.

Misleading Others. When it comes to the most important decision in life that will determine one’s eternal destiny in heaven or in hell, we must make sure that we are not misleading people by leaving out any of the essential “ingredients” of the Gospel or asking people to trust in the wrong Jesus as the cults do. Let’s consider the essential elements of the Gospel and which Jesus has the ability to save us from eternal condemnation?

Gospel. The Gospel that leads to our salvation is clearly presented in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. Christ died [once and for all – Hebrews 10:10, on a cross, not a stake – Philippians 2:8] for our [everyone’s – 1 John 2:2; 1 Timothy 4:10] sins [all of them – past, present, and future sins]; He was buried for three days and nights (See Matthew 12:40), and then He rose again [bodily] on the third day (as it had been predicted so He wouldn’t experience decay as Lazarus did – Psalm 16:10; See John 11:39). He was seen with a real, resurrected, glorified body on 10 different occasions by over 500 witnesses over a 40 day period of time before ascending back to heaven with a promise to return (Acts 1:1-11). His resurrected, glorified body could appear and disappear instantly, and even eat food (Luke 24:33-43). The resurrected bodies of Christians will be like His (1 John 3:2; See Daniel 12:1-3).

Which Jesus Saves? Before He went to the cross, Jesus said that many false Christs would come in His name and deceive a lot of people (Matthew 24:5). They have been around for a long time and many people have been deceived by false teachers (2 Peter 2:1 ff). Which Jesus can save us from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire? “The Wafer Jesus” who didn’t finish the work of salvation and whose mother is a “Co-Redemptrix” (R.C.C.)? “The Elevated Jesus” who is the spirit brother of Lucifer (L.D.S.)? “The Modernist Jesus” who wasn’t born of the virgin, Mary? “The Universalist Jesus” who won’t send anyone to hell? “The Firstborn Creation” of Jehovah who is not fully God (J.W.)? “The Self Esteem Jesus” who never calls men sinners? “The Prosperity Jesus” who promises health, wealth, and happiness to their contributors? “The Revolutionary Jesus” of the socialists/communists? “The Muslim Jesus” who isn’t the God-man. Or perhaps some other Jesus?

Believing In Vain. It’s not enough to know and agree with the facts of the Gospel as many people do today. You must transfer your faith and trust from yourself and your good works over to the person of the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be saved (Acts 4:12; 16:31). We are not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5) or by our faith plus our good works as an added measure for extra “insurance.” We are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. We are not to add unbiblical requirements as conditions for salvation.

Missing Ingredient. Sadly, when invitations for salvation are given today, the “bodily resurrection of Christ” is often left out (See 1 Corinthians 15; Luke 24:33-43). The Apostle Paul suffered extreme persecution at the hands of religious Jews and others because he insisted that the bodily resurrection of Christ be a part of the Gospel message (2 Timothy 2:8-10; See Romans 1:16, 17). So did the early disciples (Acts 4:2 ff).

Don’t assume that unbelievers know the proper facts of the Gospel and believe them. Many people in some parts of the world have never even heard the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) or know anything about the true and living God. If you leave out the bodily resurrection of Christ in your Gospel presentation, you haven’t given a lost person the hope (confident expectation based on God’s promises) that he/she needs to be saved.

No Annihilation/Reincarnation. Christ’s resurrection guarantees the bodily resurrection of everyone who dies – believers and unbelievers (1 Corinthians 15:20-24). True believers will spend eternity with God, but all unbelievers will spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; John 16:11; Revelation 21:8). The Scriptures do NOT teach the annihilation of the wicked dead as some of the cults do or reincarnation as some religions teach.

Crown. The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits true Christians who are involved in leading lost people to Christ and who share the Gospel clearly with them (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Once this has been done, God the Holy Spirit can do His part of convicting (thoroughly convincing) unsaved people of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11; See 6:37, 44).

Action Steps. If you are not a true Christian, why not trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be your personal Savior? Do it now! When you do this you can have assurance of your salvation from God’s Word (1 John 5:13), and from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). If you are a true Christian, God wants you to glorify Him (1 Corinthians 10:31) by growing spiritually yourself and helping new believers grow (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), by serving God and others with “agape” love (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13; 6:10), and by leading lost people to Christ (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). Are you doing these things? Are you trying to win people to Christ but failing to share the clear and complete Gospel with them? If so, make the necessary changes in your presentation and leave the results with God. He alone can save.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has been helpful to you, we’d like to hear from you. Please SHARE it with others too.

For more information, consider these articles:

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

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel: (Consider some confusing/false conditions for salvation)

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

Dr. Manfred Kober: Do We Really Know The Gospel? (24 word presentation)

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

Professor David Spurbeck: The Gospel Checker

http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

Dr. Andy Woods, Lordship Salvation:  https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Dr. G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repentance-the-most-misunderstood-word-in-the-bible/

Bad News – Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hopeless. Helpless. This is how many people in our world feel today. They don’t know for sure how mankind got here on earth and where we will go when we die. They fear death because they don’t know what is on the other side of it. Some dismiss heaven and hell from their thinking.

Class. Recently I have been teaching a class about “The Story Of Hope.” It is designed to help Christians lead lost people, who feel hopeless and helpless, to Christ so they can be saved (See John 1:41; 3:16; Acts 8:26 ff). We want to bring people out of darkness and into the light (Colossians 1:13;1 Peter 2:9). The future is as bright as the promises of God for true Christians (John 14:1-3; Psalm 16:11). But it isn’t bright for unbelievers who die without the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Jude 1:13). God cannot and will not lie to us (Titus 1:2; John 14:6; 17:17). But we must know the promises and claim them for ourselves (Hebrews 4:2).

My Method. When I meet people in the market place, on a plane, or perhaps at the gym, I like to “break the ice” and begin a conversation with them by trying to find something in common with them. Many people are willing to talk about their work, their family, or their background. I let them talk. Then, if I can, I might share with them the story of our son, Bill’s death [1] to point out how fragile life is (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1). Or I might tell them something about myself. I want to try to bring the conversation around to spiritual things. I usually say, “May I ask you something?”

Three Questions

Sure? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die?” The usual answer I get is, “I think/hope I will.” I ask, “Would you like to know for sure that you’ll go to heaven the moment you die?” Before I show them how this is possible, I like to ask them another question.

Why? “Why should God let you into His heaven?” The usual answer is, “I try my best to do what is right.” I ask, “How good do you think you have to be to get into heaven?” (This puzzles them.) If the person has a good answer to this question and believes that he/she is saved, I like to ask another question.

Lose? “If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?” (I like to ask this because some people, who are saved, lack assurance of their salvation. If I can, and if time permits, I like to proceed with the “Bad News & Good News.” Otherwise, I like to give them a clear Gospel tract or something I’ve written for them to take and read later.)

Bad News / Good News

Death. We’ve all sinned – acted lawlessly (Romans 3:23; 1 John 3:4). All of us deserve to die physically and be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23; Matthew 7:21-23; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Resurrection. But Christ died for our sins and rose again bodily on the third day. He can save anyone who puts his/her faith and trust in Him alone for his/her salvation (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31).

Only One Condition

Believe. If a person seems to be interested, I like to ask him/her, “Are you willing to place your faith in Christ alone to save you?” (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). I point out that it’s not enough for you to know and believe the facts of the Gospel. You must transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone to save us. I ask, “Are you willing to do this right now?” (2 Corinthians 6:2; Proverbs 27:1). If he/she is willing to do this, I encourage them to tell God. I let him/her know that praying doesn’t save us. But it’s our way of letting God know of our decision to trust in Christ alone to save us. Here is a suggested prayer: “Dear God, I know I’m a sinner and that I can’t save myself. I believe that Christ died for my sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. I’m trusting in Him alone to save me. Thank You for the assurance that will come to me when I believe your promises to save me.” (Here are some promises that provide assurance of salvation for believers: John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).

False Conditions. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be baptized, join the church, give money, confess every sin you’ve ever committed, promise never to sin again, make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life, keep the sacraments, and/or do other good works. Good works don’t save anyone (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). They provide evidence of our faith to other people (James 2:18-20).

Formulas

The Right Formula. Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works

The Wrong Formula. Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation

Security & Assurance

When someone truly believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, through the message of the Gospel, he/she is saved instantly and is secure “in Christ” forever (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 4:30). However, a true believer may not always feel like he/she is saved after sinning. The devil/demons like to put doubts into our minds when we sin (act lawlessly) or when we have unanswered questions.

Confession

When we sin, as Christians, we need to confess them (name them and be specific) to God and then claim His promise to forgive us (1 John 1:9). Then we need to learn how not to keep repeating the same sins (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13). We have three spiritual enemies that tempt us: the devil, the present world system, and our own sin nature.

Help. We’re here to glorify God by making Him known to others. We want to help you make sure of your salvation. Once saved, we want to help you grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18) and help you identify the sources from which your temptations come, and to show you what you need to do so you don’t keep on sinning and grieving God (1 John 2:1; Ephesians 4:30). Perpetual sin, in the life of a Christian, could lead to a premature, physical death (James 5:19; 1 John 5:16; 1 Corinthians 11:30). Contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

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

Links

Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Do We Really Know The Gospel” https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

“The Clear Gospel” http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

“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?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped your, please SHARE it with others. Together we can accomplish more.

Do you ever have weird, fearful, or troublesome dreams? I had one just last night but it wasn’t as a result of eating some spicy food before going to bed. Now before I tell you about it and what I learned from it, allow me to tell you about what happened this past weekend.

I was invited to speak in a church on the Minnesota and Canadian border this past Sunday. It was about 300 miles from our home in the Twin Cities. I rented a small car to make the trip up there and we travelled for about 6 hours on Saturday. As usual, I try to get to bed early in the evening and usually wake up in the middle of the night and meditate and/or pray for people and think about the following day and the opportunities that might come my way for me to represent the Lord and share the Gospel with others.

I spoke three times on Sunday – Sunday School, Morning Service, and in an afternoon service. When I speak, I try to put myself into the message and give the people my very best regardless of the size of my audience. By the time I’m done, I’m usually exhausted and ready to crash. But after the afternoon service, I drove about 150 miles to stay at my wife’s cousin’s home overnight before heading home the next day.  (My wife doesn’t like to drive on the freeways.)

Even though the roads were in pretty good condition, I was trying to be extra cautious about icy spots on the road. On one of our previous trips back from there in the winter time, we had a tire blow out and we had to wait in the cold for an hour before the tow truck could got there to help us.

When we finally arrived home safely, we thanked the Lord for bringing us home in one piece. We make it our practice to always pray before we go out on the road, even though it might be a short distance. Most accidents, I’m told, happen near people’s homes.

I was also mindful of the horrific and fatal automobile accident that our friend’s daughter was in about a month ago as she and her husband were out on a beautiful fall day enjoying the colorful leaves. They were stopped behind a semi truck that was turning left when a dump truck struck them from behind at a high speed and crushed them to death instantly. [1] We were saddened by the news.

Before returning the rental car, I stopped by the gym to get some needed exercise and sit in the sauna for awhile. As I was leaving the gym, I met a young fellow in his 30s who was in a wheel chair. I asked him how long he had been in it. He said that he had a stroke several years ago that immobilized him. I expressed my sorrow and gave him a Gospel tract that I’d written about our son Bill’s death in Japan. [2]

After getting home I was still very tired and went to take a quick nap at about 4:30 P.M. I didn’t wake up until about 9:30. So I stayed up and worked for a few hours and then went back to bed.

During the night I had this weird and troublesome dream. It took place in Japan where I grew up for 14 years. I got on a train thinking I was going to a destination that I had been to many times before. But somehow I got on the wrong train. So I got off at the next stop and asked someone how I could get back to the station from which I had just come. But no one was able to help me and show me the way. This went on for a long time in my dream as I asked person after person to help me find my way back. I was frustrated and told them that I would fire them if I could.

When I finally woke up from my dream, I went into another room and sat down in the dark and looked out a window. I began to think about how God had given Pharaoh of Egypt and King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon dreams that were interpreted by Joseph and Daniel respectively.  Those dreams were from God.

Contrary to what some people believe, I know that God isn’t giving out new information (revelation) to people today, but I asked the Lord what He might want me to learn from this weird dream I’d just had. Then a thought came to me as I considered what I had shared with the believers on Sunday.

Many people are like I was in my dream. They feel lost and are fearful of dying and ending up with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). Perhaps they’ve heard a hell fire and brimstone message that scared them. They know they don’t want to go there, but they can’t seem to find someone to tell them the way to heaven.

Maybe you or someone you know is desirous of discovering the right and only way to heaven. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). But what does a person have to do to be saved? Before we deal with that, let’s consider what some “professing Christians” are telling lost people to do.

You’d think that people in a church, a Bible college or seminary could give you the answer, wouldn’t you? But suppose you met up with some of these folks sitting around a table and asked them how you could be saved. One might say, “Say the sinner’s prayer.” Another might say, “No, you must ask Jesus into your heart.” Still another person might say, “You must repent of your sins, be baptized, give your heart to God and make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life.” “No, no! You must also deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus.” [3]

Perhaps by now you might be thoroughly confused and thinking to yourself, Do any of these people know for sure that they themselves are going to heaven? If they are so confused, how can I be saved and assured that I will go to heaven when I die?

My friend, has anyone ever shown you from the Bible how to be saved from hell so you can enter heaven? Is it possible for someone to have assurance of salvation before he/she dies? We believe, from Scripture, that there is.

In an article written by Dr. Manfred Kober, he talks about the problem we all have, the provision that God made for all mankind, and the way to procure (receive) eternal life as a present possession. [3] With 24 words he points out how anyone who is about to die can be saved. He wrote, “Friend: You have sinned. [See Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23] But Christ died for sinners and rose again. [See 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4] Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. [See Acts 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5] Do it now!” [See Proverbs 27:1; 29:1; James 4:14; 2 Corinthians 6:2]

Please reread these 24 words again and let them sink down into your heart and mind. God’s simple plan of salvation is not complicated. [5] It’s by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures (not the cults) alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave, we are instantly saved from condemnation and can be assured of a home in heaven. (Read John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 10:28, 29; 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:1, 16).  We are NOT saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works (Titus 3:5).

If you need additional spiritual help, we’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

If this article has helped you, please SHARE it with others who might benefit from it.

[1] “Gone In Fifteen Seconds” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/gone-in-fifteen-seconds/

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

[3] “The Gospel” http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

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

[5] “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 123 languages https://www.godssimpleplan.org/

“Gone In Fifteen Seconds”

Posted: October 29, 2019 in Death, Gospel

Based On A True Story

It happened on a beautiful fall day as a young married couple went out on a drive to look at the colorful leaves. They were stopped behind a semi truck that was going to turn left when a dump truck slammed into them from behind and killed both of them almost instantly.

The young lady was the daughter of my wife’s good friend who had been in our wedding many years ago. The couple who died had two sons who were suddenly left without parents. Needless to say, the whole family and their friends were shocked by this incident.

The funeral home had long lines of people who wanted to express their love for the family. Had this couple been able to look down on the scene from heaven, they probably would have been amazed to learn how many lives they had influenced for good while they were here on earth.

The family wanted to make sure that their deaths would not be in vain, and that the Gospel would be presented clearly at the memorial service.

Let’s change gears. Suppose you were the one who was involved in this horrific traffic accident, and you were the victim who was about to die. Do you know for sure where you will go when you die? Would you like to know? You can.

Dr. Manfred Kober put the Gospel that delivers us from eternal condemnation concisely: Friend: You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again [bodily]. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!”* In these 25 words you have man’s problem, God’s provision, and the means of procuring eternal life in heaven with God.

We all need to make sure of our own salvation. Once we are certain, we/can should be prepared to share the Good News concerning Christ with others so they can be saved.

If you are not absolutely sure of your salvation, and would like additional help, please contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

*https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Video of incident: https://kstp.com/news/couple-killed-in-highway-55-crash-described-as-helpful-and-caring-october-20-2019-/5529592/

If you’re a true Christian, God wants to use you for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), so that other unsaved people can learn about God and His wonderful plan of salvation that is offered to all of mankind. He wants us to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Are you willing to be one of them? Would you like to learn how to do this more effectively? You can begin by making sure of your own salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16). You can use your personal testimony to share the Gospel with others. You might want to share good tracts with others. They need to include the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and the way of salvation clearly (Acts 16:31; John 3:16). They must not add “good works” as another requirement for salvation. (See Dr. Ron Shea’s “The Gospel” booklet at www.cleargospel.org or on my website “The Bad News & The Good News.”)

I’ve found that people express their sympathy for me when I share with them the story of our late son, Bill’s death. But rather than let his death be just a sad story, I’ve tried to use it to impress on others the need for them to make every day count and to trust in Christ alone as their personal Savior.

The following is a short article I wrote which I printed up on a half sheet of paper and folded it up into three sections. As the Lord opens up doors for me, I pass them out to others to get their attention so I can share the Gospel in a just few words. I invite you to read Dr. Manfred Kober’s article, “Do We Really Know Gospel” where he presents the Gospel in less than 25 words.

https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Bad News & Good News

We had a son who lived in Japan for 15 years. He and his sister taught English there. Both of them were there when the great earthquake and tsunami took place in 2011.

I used to tell our son, “Live everyday as though it might be your last day on earth.” Sadly, he died on Easter Sunday, after passing out about 1,000 flyers inviting people to come to church.

No one knew about his death for 6 days until he didn’t show up for class one day. One of his student’s mother called our daughter, who had moved back to the States, and asked her if she knew where her brother was. She didn’t know, but she asked the Japanese lady to go with the police to his apartment.

When they got there they found him dead in his bathtub with the water still running. An autopsy was performed and they determined that he died of a heart attack. He was 38 years old.

Why do I tell you this? Because none of us knows the day when we will die. Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then it’s gone (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

The “Bad News” is that we’ve all sinned (Romans 3:23; 6:23). But the “Good News” is that “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

If we believe on and trust in Christ alone, and not in our good works (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9), we will be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Acts 16:31; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). It’s urgent that we believe on Him now before it’s too late!

If you’ve just placed your faith in Christ alone as a result of reading this, and would like additional help so you can grow spiritually, please visit our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change.

Live today as though it might be your last day on earth.”

To learn more about the life and death of our son, go to –

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

My Friend,

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have a serious problem. It’s worse than having cancer.  We were born spiritually dead  (separated from God) and we’re dying physically (Ephesians 2:1; Hebrews 9:27). If we die physically without the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we will spend eternity separated from God in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  This is what Jesus Himself said.  He’s the truth and cannot lie (John 14:6).

Please let me elaborate on twenty-five words that could change your life and enable you to enter heaven someday: “Friend, You [we all] have sinned. But Christ died for sinners, and rose again [bodily]. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!”*

Let’s evaluate these words according to the Word of God, the Bible.

“Friend, You [we all] have sinned.”

Romans 3:10. “…There is none righteous, no, not one.”

Romans 3:23. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

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

1 John 3:4. “…sin is lawlessness.”

“But Christ died for sinners and rose again.”

1 Corinthians 15:3, 4. “…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,…and He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”

Romans 6:10. “For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all.”

Luke 24:39. Jesus said, “‘Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.’”

“Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally.”

Acts 16:31. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…”.

John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life.”

John 3:18. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Ephesians 2:8, 9. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Titus 3:5. “[Our salvation is] not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

“Do it now!”

2 Corinthians 6:2. “…Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” KJV

James 4:14. “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Proverbs 27:1. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

The Gospel That Leads To Our Salvation

The “Bad NewsGood News” concerning Christ’s death for our sins, and His bodily resurrection from the dead, is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes on Christ alone for salvation (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16, 17). The Apostle Paul insisted that the bodily resurrection be included in it (2 Timothy 2:8-10). Without a living Savior, no one could be saved and Christians would be of all people most pitiable  (1Corinthians 15:12 ff).

The Christ of the Scriptures is the only One who can save us (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). He is the God-man (John 1:1-18; 10:30; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9), who was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He died once for all as a substitute for all our sins (1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 10:10), and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Luke 24:33-43).  Other religions and the false Christs of the cults can’t save anyone (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

Question. In whom/what is your faith resting? Yourself, your church, your good works, your faith plus your good works, a false Christ, or in the Christ of the Scriptures alone? This is the most important question you’ll ever have to answer in life, and your response to it will determine your eternal destiny. To ignore it or to reject Christ will result in your eternal condemnation (John 1:11, 12; 3:16, 18, 36).

You might ask, “What about those who have never heard the Gospel?” There are no excuses. From God’s creation and nature we can learn that there is a God who is all powerful (Psalm 19:1 ff; Romans 1:18 ff; See Psalm 14:1). But merely believing in a God” isn’t enough to save anyone (James 2:19). God can see to it that those who desire to know more about His unique plan of salvation will be given the Good News (Gospel) about Christ so they can be saved (Acts 8:26 ff; 10:1 ff; Romans 10:9-17).

Help. We want you to know for sure that you will go to heaven someday (1 John 5:13). Perhaps Today! Do you have assurance of your salvation (Romans 8:16, 35-39)? Once you’re saved, we want to help you glorify God by making Him known to other people (1 Corinthians 10:31). We want to see you grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), so you can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13; 6:10), and reproduce other believers (Mathew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8) while you are here on earth.

*This quote came from –

Dr. Manfred Kober’s article “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”

Do We Really Know the Gospel?

Scripture taken from the New King James Version

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