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“Call Your Witness”

Posted: August 19, 2017 in Crowns, Evagelism, Gospel, Salvation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

The Gospel In 24 Words by Dr. Manfred Kober

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

The Clear Gospel illustrated by Dr. Ron Shea.

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

The Rapture (catching away) of the true church is going to affect every person on earth in one way or another. It will be the turning point that will change the course of human history. God doesn’t want His children to remain in the dark and be ignorant of this event. It gives us hope (a confident expectation based on a promise from God who cannot lie – Titus 1:2). It can/should bring happiness into our lives (Titus 2:13), comfort us when a believing loved one or friend is taken from us in death (1 Thessalonians 4:18), and it can/should motivate us to live morally pure lives (1 John 3:3. 1 Peter 1:15, 16; 1 Thessalonians 4:3).

If you are a true Christian (1), who has a desire to discover for yourself what the Scriptures say about this momentous event (See Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), we have some questions for you to consider so that you can have an answer for those who might ask you about the hope you have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15). Having a part in another person’s salvation entitles a believer to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Will you earn one? An even greater joy will come to you if you help that new believer come to spiritual maturity (3 John 1:4).

We’d like for you to use this method to discover the truth from God’s Word. Observation – What do I see in the text? Interpretation – What does it mean? Application – How does it work? Also, ask the who, what, where, when, why, and how questions as you consider the text found primarily in John 14:1-6.

Who are the people involved in this section? John 14:1-6

Who, among the disciples, is missing and why? John 13:21-30; 12:6

Whom would Jesus send to replace Himself? John 14:16

Who is the only way to God, the absolute truth, and the giver of eternal life? John 14:6

Who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit? John 14:17

What was causing the Lord’s disciples to be so troubled in heart? John 13:36; Matthew 16:20, 21; See Philippians 4:6, 7

What should believers do with God’s promises? Hebrews 4:2; Romans 1:17

What were the disciples hoping would take place? Matthew 20:21; Acts 1:6

What promise did Jesus give to them? John 14:2, 3; See Acts 1:11

What does this place look like? Revelation 21:9-27

Where and when were these words spoken to the disciples? Mark 14:14, 15

Where was Jesus going to go after He left them? John 16:10, 16, 17, 28

Where did Old Testament believers go at the time of their death? Luke 16:19-31; 23:43

Where are Old and New Testament deceased believers residing today? Ephesians 4:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:4

Where will resurrected Old Testament believers live in the future? Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13

When would Jesus be crucified and why? John 18:28; Matthew 26:5; See John 1:29

When will Jesus return for Christians? See John 6:37; Romans 11:25; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9

When is the only time a person can be saved? 2 Corinthians 6:2; See Hebrews 9:27

When/why will our works be judged? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:20-24; Revelation 20:11-15

When will you die and what will happen to you when you do? James 1:15; 4:14; 5:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8; 1 John 5:16

Why do most people reject the truth and Christ as their Savior? John 3:19; Romans 1:18-32

Why do so many Christians lack resurrection power? Romans 8:5-8; 7:15-25; Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18

Why should God let you into His heaven? Titus 3:5; Romans 4:11; See Matthew 7:21-23

Why are good works excluded from our salvation? Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 1:29

Why do you do what you do? Matthew 6:5; John 12:43; James 4:1-4; 1 Corinthians 10:31

Application: Is there an example for me to follow? A sin for me to avoid? A promise to claim? A prayer for me to repeat? A command to obey? A condition to meet? A verse to memorize? An error to mark? A challenge to face? (Adapted from Howard Hendricks)

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

Dispensations Chart. http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

You can gain entrance into heaven to be with God and other believers forever without understanding all the “House Rules” and pledging to keep all of them in order to be saved. But you cannot get into heaven if you are trusting in the wrong Jesus or are trying to get in by your good works (Matthew 24:5; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6).

Christ. Who is the Christ of the Scriptures? He is fully God and shares an equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9). He added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-11). He was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23 ). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He died for our sins, was buried for three days and three nights, and then rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:33-43). Then He made Himself visible to more than 500 witnesses over a forty day period of time before ascending back to heaven (Acts 1:9-11). He promised to return (John 14:1-3).

Object Of Faith. If your faith in resting in Him alone, you will have the witness of God the Holy Spirit bearing witness with your spirit that you are a true child of God (Romans 8:16). You can also have the witness of God’s infallible Word to give you assurance of eternal life (God’s quality of life) to enjoy while you are here on earth (John 10:10). Heaven is also a gift to believers from God that will be enjoyed at the time of physical death or the rapture (2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 John 5:13; John 10:28, 29; 14:1-3; Ephesians 1:13).

Good Works. Once a person in genuinely saved, he/she can begin to do the good works that God planned for him/her to do (Ephesians 2:10). These good works are related to the spiritual gift that each believer was given at the moment of salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11). The “Grace House Rules” apply to all Christians. They generally can be found between John 13 and Revelation 3. The six other “House Rules” given to other people in other times are not applicable to Christians unless the same rules are also given to Christians. (Example: 9 of the 10 commandments given to the Jews are repeated somewhere in the rules given to Christians.)

Differences. Since all the “House Rules” come from God Himself, and since He can change them to test some or all of mankind, we need to realize that while all Scripture is to be believed, not all of Scriptures is to be believed and practiced (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). A Christian who tries to come to spiritual maturity by keeping the Old Testament sacrificial system (that included bloody sacrifices) or certain dietary rules (example: Leviticus 1-15) will surely be adding worthless works to himself and will be cutting himself off from benefits that could have been his to enjoy (Galatians 1:6-9). The Christian’s works that have the quality of wood, hay, and straw will be burned up at the “Bema Seat Judgment” without the loss of salvation, but those works that have the quality of gold, silver, and precious stones will be rewarded (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Degrees. It is our understanding that some Christians will enjoy heaven more than other Christians will. Not all Christians are filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), walk by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25), or are led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). They rarely do the desirous will of God for their lives. (Example: They don’t give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18) They won’t receive the crowns, praise, and rewards that obedient Christians will receive. Many Christians are carnal (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). On the other hand, some unbelievers will suffer more in the lake of fire than others do. The Great White Throne judgment is not designed to determine one’s entrance into heaven or not, but to judge the unbelievers wicked works (Revelation 20:11-15). Jesus Himself said that it will be more tolerable for some than others (Matthew 10:5; 11:22, 24). If you don’t believe this, you’re calling Him a liar.

Hell. The lake of fire is a real place to which real people go to spend eternity apart from God where there will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30, 41, 45). God doesn’t want people to go there (1 Timothy 2:4). The God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to glorify God the Father by dying for our sins…and rising again bodily from the dead. Only a living Savior can help us. By observing nature, anyone can know that there is a God who exists and that He is powerful. All are without excuse (Romans 1:20; See Psalm 19:1). Fools deny the existence of God (Psalm 14:1).  The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in Christ (John 16:9).

Application. In which family are you right now – God’s or Satan’s (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)? Not until you’ve been “born again from above” (John 3:3-5; 1 Peter 1:23) do you enter God’s family. By one act of faith you can enter into God’s forever family. Once you’ve entered it, God wants you to walk in a continual attitude of faith in His promises that are for us to claim (Romans 1;17; Hebrews 4:2). He desires that you grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), and serve Him and others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). He’d like for you to reproduce yourself by sharing the clear Gospel with others so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20).

Help. We’re here to help 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 article has helped you, please share it with someone else and let us know about it too. We invite you to join us on Facebook Live as we study God’s Word together: www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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

Dispensations Chart. http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

If you continue to think as you’ve always thought, you will continue to get what you’ve always got.” Is this what you want, or would you like to really live and enjoy the life that God has graciously given to you (John 10:10)? Perhaps you’re thinking only in the physical and material realm rather than in the spiritual realm. After all, “…what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own [life]” (Mark 8:36) and ends up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels forever (Matthew 25:41, 46)? Our lives are like “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). This was true of our late son, Bill who died at age 38. You and I never know when our time on earth will come to an end. So we need to treat each day as though it might be our last day on earth. Are you doing this? What needs to change? With whom do you need to make things right (1 John 1:9; James 5:16)? What things are really important to you?

Money. We’re told that “money can buy a bed but not sleep; books but not brains; food but not an appetite; finery but not beauty; a house but not a home; medicine but not health; luxuries but not culture; amusements but not happiness; religion but not salvation; and a passport to everywhere but heaven.” -The Voice In the Wilderness, quoted in Discipleship Journal, Issue 53, 1989, p. 21

Impacting Others. Whether you want to admit it or not, you are affecting the lives of other people every day. You do this by what you say and do, or by what you don’t say or do. My dear mother used to quote this verse to me. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Your presence or absence and your attitude toward life affects others too.

Freedom. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances….” Viktor E. Frankl. What kind of an attitude do you have? If your friend is having a bad day, what are you doing to help him/her see life from a different perspective? What should a spiritual Christian do (Galatians 6:1-5, 10)?

Viewpoint. Most of us look at things from a horizontal position. But when we look at our circumstances and trials in life from above, things take on a new perspective as we see God at work in our lives (Romans 8:28). Of course, if you’re not a true Christian, you’re left to fend for yourself.

Insignificant? There are many Christians who feel insignificant and unable to contribute much to the glory of God and the good of others. Maybe you feel like “a wandering generality” instead of “a meaningful specific.” In the Scriptures we have examples of virtually unknown people who touched the lives of one person who in turn touched and blessed the lives of countless other people.

Andrew. Not many people know much about this disciple of Jesus. But he was the one who led his brother Peter to the Lord (John 1:40-42). Peter in turn was instrumental in leading thousands of people to Christ on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41). Andrew was also the one who brought a lad with five loaves and two fish to Jesus who multiplied them and fed over 5,000 hungry people (John 6:8-14).

Barnabas. He went to get the converted Apostle Paul from his home town in Tarsus and brought him to the believers whom he had persecuted and brought reconciliation to them (Acts 11:25-26). Then Barnabas and Paul went on a missionary journey that brought many people to faith in Christ (Acts 13, 14).

Rahab. She was a harlot in the city of Jericho who became a believer in Jehovah and then became an ancestress of Jesus the Messiah (Joshua 2:1-14; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31).

Lois and Eunice. They were the grandmother and mother of Timothy. They taught him the Old Testament Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:5; 3:14, 15). He later traveled with the Apostle Paul and Silas on their missionary journeys and helped establish churches in various places (Acts 16).

Spiritual Gifts. Each true Christian has been given a spiritual gift (1 Peter 4:10). When you, as a Christian, discover and use it with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13) for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10), you will find fulfillment in life and receive rewards, praise, and crowns from the Lord at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Help. To help you and your friends grow spiritually, we’d like to ask you to get our “Dispensations Chart” and make five copies of it. Keep one for yourself, and share the other four copies with believers who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). This information changed my life and I trust it will do the same for you.

Facebook Live. We’d also like to invite you and your friends to join us on Facebook for Bible studies dealing with “The House Rules” and other topics. Many Christians are tying to live by rules that weren’t given to them. Are you?  All the Bible is for us, but not all of it is addressed to us (See Titus 1:9).  Not all the promises in the Bible are ours to claim.

Gospel. If you’re not sure of your salvation and that you would go to heaven the moment you die, please read “The Clear Gospel.” Make sure of it. God’s Word and the Holy Spirit can give you the assurance you need when you place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

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Dispensations Chart. http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

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

Spiritual Gifts: http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm

Does it really matter where you squeeze the tooth paste to get it out to brush your teeth?  Does it really matter which way the toilet paper rolls out?  So many things over which people argue and fight are so insignificant.  The Lord’s half-brother James asks the question,Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members” (James 4:1)? Yes, Christians can and sometimes do act like unsaved people because we still have an old sin nature to which we yield from time to time (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:15-25). The Christian man in Corinth certainly wasn’t acting like one while he was engaged in incest with his mother (1 Corinthians 5).  Neither do Christians who engage in the other “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21).

To Tell The Truth.  Does it really matter in which Jesus you place your faith?  Recently there has been a revival of the show “To Tell The Truth.”  Three people come out and claim to be a certain person.  Obviously, only one of them is telling the truth about himself/herself.  The panel is supposed to figure out which one is telling the truth.

Illustration.  Now suppose you wanted to fly from one city to another.  Three people came out on the stage and claim to be an experienced pilot.  You must decide which one is the experienced pilot and which two are just learning how to fly.  Suppose you picked the person who thought he could fly an airplane but really couldn’t.  How comfortable would you be flying with that pilot?

Which Jesus Saves?  Before leaving His disciples and returning back to heaven from where He had come (John 16:16), Jesus told them that many false Christs would come in His name and deceive many people on earth (Matthew 24:5).  While this will be especially true during the coming 7 years of the Tribulation, we also see many people today who are following the wrong Christ and who will end up with the devil in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46).  Is it possible that you might be in that group?  (Please read “Which Jesus Saves?” at https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/)

The Object.  For us to be saved from everlasting condemnation, our faith must rest in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.  He shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9).  He was born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1: 23).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15).  He laid down His life voluntarily to pay the debt we owed to God the Father (John 10:14-18; Romans 6:23)

The Gospel.  The Good News that leads to our salvation is clear.  “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…He was buried [for three days and three nights],…He rose again [bodily] on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43; Matthew 12:40). Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel doesn’t save anyone.  A person must transfer his/her faith over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone apart from his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  Have you done this yet?  If not, why not now?  For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

How God Saves.  Does God offer salvation to mankind on the basis of their promise to do 10 things before He will save them?  If you have a Study Bible, check the comments found in James 4:7-10?  Some men are teaching that a person must make Jesus the Lord and Master of his/her life before he/she can be saved?  This false teaching is known as “Lordship Salvation” or “Lordship in exchange for salvation.” How could anyone be sure of his/her salvation before death if it were dependent on our doing something rather than believing on Christ alone who offers the gift of eternal life to us that we receive by faith? (Please read Dr. M. Kober’s article in the link below.)

One Condition.  In the Gospel of John, the word “believe” is used about 100 times to inform us that this is the only condition God has placed on us if we are to be saved.  The Apostle Paul told the jailer to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [exclusively] and [he] would be saved…” (Acts 16:31).  The members of his house would be saved too if they believed on Christ for their salvation.  Parents can’t decide and believe for their children or anyone else.  As someone rightly said, “God has no grandchildren.”  Neither can a person be baptized for the dead so they can have a second chance to be saved. At the time of one’s death, his/her eternal destiny is forever settled (Hebrews 9:27).

Living Faith.  While we are saved by one act of faith, Christians are called upon to live in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:17).  To do this, we must know and claim the promises of God that have been given to New Testament grace believers.  Claiming promises that weren’t intended for us can bring great disappointment.  Ladies, would you really want to have a baby when you are 90 years old as Sarah was when she gave birth to Isaac? Don’t confuse the promises that were given to the Jews alone with those that are promised to the Church.  The Church has NOT replaced Israel!

Dispensations.  Think of them as “House Rules.”  The rules you have in your home may vary from your neighbor’s.  A house without any rules and many children will result in disharmony.  Since the beginning of man’s existence on earth, God has imposed on some or all of mankind certain rules by which they are to live.  They aren’t different ways of salvation as some men have suggested.  They were given by God to test man’s obedience to God.  Upon careful examination of each “Dispensation,” we learn that no matter what rules God imposes on mankind, men always fail to keep the rules when they act independently of God (See John 15:5).  It proves that “The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)?  For more information about “Dispensations” and what God expects of believers, down load a free copy of our chart at http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Help.  Our desire is to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). We want you to know that you have eternal life (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (1 John 5:13). Then we want to help new believers grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18) so they can serve God effectively (1 Peter 4:10) and earn the crowns, rewards, and praise that God desires to give to His children (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has been helpful to you, please share it with others and let us know too. Together, we can reach more people for Christ. To receive future articles as they come out, click of “Follow.”

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

Clear Gospel – Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/the-gospel-audiobook/

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

Understanding The Times: www.kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

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

Part 1 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-1/read

Part 2 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-2/read

Promises for Christians to claim. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

John 13:1-33

If you think “Big Brother” (the government) knows a lot about you, think about someone who knows everything about you. You might say, “That’s impossible.” This would be true of another human or spirit being, but not for God because one of His attributes is omniscience (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25). Jesus, being the God/man knew who would betray him, who would deny Him, and who would flee from Him when He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. He also knows everything about us and will not only judge our words and deeds but will also judge our motives to determine our degree of pleasure in heaven or our degree of suffering in the lake of fire (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15).

God/Man. Jesus was/is God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-17; 2:9). He is also sovereign. This means that He is in control of everything. In other words, “There is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority.” – Chip Ingram. Let’s consider this One who is omniscient and sovereign.

Servant. He became a lowly servant and washed His disciples feet (John 13:2-17). Not only did Jesus display His lowly spirit (Matthew 11:29), He also wanted to teach His disciples about their need for spiritual cleansing. An unbeliever needs to have an overall bath only once for him to be cleansed (John 13:10; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Titus 3:5). But a Christian also needs ongoing cleansing when he/she sins periodically. This occurs when he/she confesses his sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9; 3:9-10).

Model. Jesus set an example for believers to follow. He wants us to have a servant’s humble heart (Philippians 2:5-11; John 13:15). It’s easy for us to say we love God but it’s hard to love some of His children who may rub us the wrong way. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him. My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue [only], but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:16-18).

Savior. Jesus came to glorify God (John 17:3) by dying for our sins, once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), and then rising again bodily from the dead on the third day. He appeared to different people on many occasions to validate His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:33-43). The payment that Jesus made to God the Father was sufficient to satisfy God’s outraged holiness against our sin (1 John 2:2; 4:10). He can and does offer salvation and eternal life to all who will accept by faith His substitutionary death on their behalf (John 3:16). Those who reject Him and His offer are under condemnation (John 3:18, 36).

Shepherd. Is the Lord Jesus Christ your personal Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)? As the “Good Shepherd” He laid down His life for His sheep and knows all of us by name (John 10:3-14). He is the “Chief Shepherd” to whom all “Under Shepherds” (Pastors) are accountable (1 Peter 5:1-4). He is the “Great Shepherd” who will bring believers to spiritual maturity and finish the work of salvation at the time of the “Rapture” (Hebrews 13:20; Philippians 1:6; 1 John 3:2).

Purpose. Jesus came to glorify God the Father and to carry out the work that He had been given to do on earth (John 17:3, 4; Ephesians 1:11). He provided deliverance from the lake of fire for all mankind including the false teachers (2 Peter 2:1). But for any of us to be saved, we must not only know and believe the facts of the Gospel, we must transfer our faith from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Have you done this yet? It not, why not believe on Him right now?

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 1 Peter 5:8, 9

When it comes to the subject of the devil, two mistakes are often made by many people, including Christians. Some folks joke about him while others ignore him. Both of these responses are dangerous positions to take.

Warning. The Apostle Paul warned Timothy that in the latter times some people would depart from the faith and give heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. They would speak lies in hypocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron. They would tell people not to marry and abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth (1 Timothy 4:1-5; See Acts 10:14, 28). He told Timothy to preach the word with authority and to be ready in season and out of season because many people would seek to follow teachers with itching ears who would tell the people what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:1-4).

Ignorance. The Apostle Peter, having given in to a temptation from the devil to play the role of a coward (Luke 22:31, 32; Matthew 26:74), was well aware of Satan’s tactics. They seem to be intensifying in our day and we need to know the truth about him so we who are true Christians can resist and overcome him (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8, 9; 1 John 4:4) after we have put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17). Let’s not be ignorant of his tactics (2 Corinthians 2:11).

Satan’s Activities

Independence. He seeks to provoke believers to rely on themselves rather than on God (See John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 4:7; Philippians 4:13). As a result of King David’s yielding to Satan’s solicitation to number and rely on his troops rather than on God Himself, 70,000 Israelite men died (1 Chronicles 21:1). The leaders of the world have made and will make decisions to engage in unjust wars and in the future billions of people will die. Do you know how many people will die during the seven years of the Tribulation when the devil, the anti-Christ, and the false prophet are in charge? It will be over ½ of the world’s population (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). If God allowed them to have power for more than seven years, no one would survive (Matthew 24:22). By the way, not all wars are unjust and some have been ordered by God Himself (Deuteronomy 20:17-20). God gave the wicked nations in the land of Canaan 400 years to repent but they didn’t (Genesis 15:16; Leviticus 18:24). God is long suffering and wants people to be saved (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4). But there will come a day when He will judge the unrepentant and unbelievers (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). You and I can cause great harm to others too if we act like the heathen and the Israelites who sacrificed their live babies to the pagan god Molech (Leviticus 18:21; Jeremiah 32:35). Can God forgive the sin of murder and other sins (Exodus 20:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)? Yes! He forgave King David, King Manasseh, and the Apostle Paul (2 Samuel 12:9; 2 Chronicles 33:1-20; Acts 8:1-3).

Victims. He roams the world to find victims to overwhelm (1 Peter 5:8). He’d like for believers to become bitter and have an unforgiving spirit (Hebrews 12:15; 2 Corinthians 2:10, 11) and get them to curse God and die for not protecting them from harm and danger (Job 2:9). The patriarch Job was an upright man and became the object of Satan’s abuse. He was allowed by God to strip Job of his children, his wealth, and his health (Job 1, 2). He became a prime example of our need to trust God even when things are going badly (Proverbs 3:5, 6; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Do you do this?

Blindness. The Scriptures talk about three kinds of spiritual blindness: Natural blindness. This keeps all unbelievers from understanding many things in the Scriptures or think of them as simply being foolish (1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:14; 3:19). Satanic blindness. He spiritually blinds the minds of unbelievers to prevent them from understanding the power of the Gospel to save Jews and non-Jews (2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 1:16, 17). Judicial blindness. This was imposed on the Jewish people because of their rejection of their promised Messiah (Romans 11:25; Matthew 27:25). Only God Himself can remove these three blinds from people’s spiritual eyes after the Gospel has been presented to them by a human agent (1 John 4:4; Romans 1:16).

Darts. Satan has in his arsenal 14 fiery, mental darts that he directs at a believer’s mind but only if God allows it (Ephesians 6:10-17). Disappointment, discouragement, doubt are very effective tools he uses to bring Christians down and cause them to lose their power from God (Philippians 3:10; 4:13). Do you know what the other 11 temptations are and how to overcome them? They are not to be confused with the temptations that come from our old sin nature (Galatians 5:19-21; See 1 john 1:8) or from the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Genesis 4:17-24).

Hinder. Whenever he can, he tries to hinder those who are engaged in the work of evangelizing the lost with the Gospel of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and the edification of believers (1 Thessalonians 5:11) for their work of service (1 Thessalonians 2:18; 1 Peter 4:10). He encourages and promotes greedy, false teachers who do his bidding (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Timothy 3:1-9). Beware of the “health, wealth, and happiness preachers” (2 Peter 2:15; Jude 1:11; Revelation 2:14).

Doubt. He undermines the Word of God by casting doubt on it (Genesis 3:1). He often uses false teachers to twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16). Many of them use the allegorical rather than the normal, historical, grammatical method of interpreting the Scriptures (Matthew 13:19; Genesis 3:1).

Angel. Believe it or not, he can transform himself into an angel of light so as to try to deceive other good angels (2 Corinthians 11:14). He drew 1/3 of the angels with him in his rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4). They became demons and are destined for the eternal lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46). This Biblical teaching stands in sharp contrast to the false teachers who teach and promote the “universal reconciliation” (salvation) of all of God’s creatures in the end.

Satan’s Future

Abyss. After the seven years of the tribulation (Daniel 9:27; See Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff) the devil will be captured by a low ranking angel and will be bound in the Abyss for 1,000 years while the Lord Jesus Christ rules on/over the earth (Revelation 20:1-6; Isaiah 9:6, 7). But when the 1,000 years are over the devil will be released from the Abyss for a brief time. He will gather to himself those who inwardly rebelled against Christ during His 1,000 year reign on earth (Revelation 20:7-9). Then Christ will cast the devil, his angels (demons) and the unbelievers into the lake of fire where they will suffer forever (Revelation 20:10). God is a righteous and holy God and must/will sentence the unbelievers to that awful place. There are no second chances to be saved once a person dies (Hebrews 9:27). Don’t be misled by false teachers who teach otherwise. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). His Word is truth (John 17:17).

Conclusion: Therefore, if you still are a child of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10), you need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-6) so you can become a child of God by faith in 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). Believers need to “Be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. [Having submitted yourself to God, and having put on the whole armor of God], resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (1 Peter 5:8, 9; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17).

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