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1 Peter 4:15-19

We’re told that “attitude is everything.” How we respond to the circumstances of life tells others a lot about us. Do we grumble and gripe as the children of Israel in the wilderness did (1 Corinthians 10) or do we thank Him for opportunities to trust Him in the hard times of life (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Timothy 2:14)? Do we know God’s promises and mix them with faith and enjoy the peace of God (Hebrews 4:2, 3; Philippians 4:4-7)? Let’s consider –

The Believer’s Action In Relation To Suffering. It should be obvious that if we sin or do evil we usually will suffer for it (1 Peter 4:15, 16). Most often, we reap what we’ve sown (Galatians 6:7-9) and should recognize that the government has been given the God given responsibility to punish evil doers even to the point of death for some crimes against humanity (Romans 13:4). We should not expect to receive a gold medal if we competed in an athletic event and violated the rules of the game (2 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 9:25-27). Nor should we expect to be rewarded for our service to God and/or to others if we engaged in the activity independently of God or without faith (John 15:5; Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:6). If we should suffer as a result of doing what is right, we ought to commit our souls (emotions) to God and let Him bring us the needed comfort at such times (1 Peter 4:19). Jesus suffered mercilessly at the hands of wicked men. He died as the Just one for the unjust ones – you and me (1 Peter 3:18). He bore our sins and paid the penalty of death that we deserved (Isaiah 53:7-9; Romans 6:23). Throughout the pages of the Scriptures we have examples of believers who suffered unjustly at the hands of the wicked (See Hebrews 11; Acts 5:20, 41).

The Time Of Judgment In Relation To Suffering. No one will escape judgment day (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone who has died will be raised up someday and will stand before Judge Jesus (John 5:22). There will be different orders of resurrections and times of judgment (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). New Testament Grace believers will be judged according to their works when Christ returns at the Rapture (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:51, 52; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Their works that have the quality of gold, silver, and precious stones will endure the fire and will be rewarded. Their worthless works will be burned up but they will not lose their salvation. On the other hand, all the dead unbelievers will raised back to life with immortal bodies and will stand before the omniscient (John 2:24), omnipotent (Revelation 1:8), and righteous (2 Timothy 4:8) Judge Jesus at the Great While Throne to have their works evaluated to determine their degree of suffering in the eternal lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15). There will not be any second opportunities to be saved as some cults teach. Yes, there seems to be greater degrees of pleasure in heaven for those Christians who earned some or all of the five crowns on earth so they can cast them at Jesus’ feet when He judges their works (Revelation 4:10). In like manner there will be degrees of suffering in the lake of fire for all unbelievers (Matthew 10:15; 23:13-36; James 3:1). The unforgivable sin is unbelief (John 3:6, 18; 36; 5:40; 16:8-11).

The Gospel. The “Bad News” is that we’re all sinners who deserve to be eternally separated from a holy God in the lake of fire forever (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). But the “Good News” is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. He can/will save any and all who put their faith in Him apart from their good works (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). The Scriptures don’t teach universalism – that eventually everyone will be saved and end up in heaven. Some people hate God and don’t want to spend eternity with Him and His children. They love darkness and won’t come to the Light of the world to be saved (John 3:19; Revelation 13:6; 16:11).

Suffering? If you, as a Christian, are suffering for doing what it sinful, confess and forsake your sinful conduct.  To keep from repeating the same sins over and over again, utilize the techniques taught in the Scriptures (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). We teach Christians how to overcome the distinct temptations that come from the devil, their own sin nature, and from the present world system. If you are suffering for doing what is right, be encouraged by these words: “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls [emotional stability] to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). “…if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I [Paul] consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:17, 18; See 2 Cor. 11:23-33; 2 Timothy 2:10). If you’re a Christian, your troubles didn’t come to stay but to pass. If you’re not a Christian and if you die as an unbeliever, your suffering and troubles are just beginning. You won’t be resting in peace (R.I.P.) in the lake of fire. Don’t delay! Trust in Christ alone today! God desires (not determines) that everyone be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). He wants His children to enjoy their eternal life abundantly (John 10:10).

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“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to destruction, and a house divided against a house falls” (Luke 11:17). From this may we conclude that the United States of America is coming to an end as a constitutional republic? With what kind of government might it be replaced? If you had your druthers, what would you like? Why isn’t the United States specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy?  Democracies are destined to fail eventually. Do you know why?

Democracies. “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”  Alexis de Tocqueville

Government. It has also been said that any form of government, whether it be socialism, communism, a monarchy, a theocracy, or even fascism, is better than anarchy and lawlessness. During the days of the Judges in the Old Testament times, prior to their becoming a monarchy, many of the Jews were doing what was right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25). They disregarded the Ten Commandments that God had given to them to regulate their lives for their own good and that of the Jewish community. As a result of this, enemy nations subjugated and enslaved them until a Judge came to deliver them. The cycle went on for several hundred years: From silence to sins to servitude to supplication to salvation and back to silence.

Laws. The Mosaic Law was not made for righteous people, but for the lawless and profane, for murderers of fathers and mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and for those who engage in other kinds of sinful behavior (1 Timothy 1:9, 10; See Galatians 5:19-21).

Perilous Times. The Apostle Paul predicted that in the last days perilous times would come. Men and women would be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God. They would have a form of godliness but they would deny its power (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Does this describe our nation as a whole? What about you as an individual?

Peace. The world is longing for peace on earth. But the men of the earth don’t know how to bring it in and make it last. They don’t have peace with God (Romans 5:1, 10; See Psalm 2) or the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7). Prior to the 1,000 years of peace that will come to earth when Christ returns (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1- 6), the Antichrist will be allowed to rule over the earth for 7 years (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19). Were God to allow him to have world wide domination any longer than this, no flesh would survive on this earth (Matthew 24:22).  Do you know what event must precede the Seven Years of Tribulation  (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? It’s imminent and no signs precede it.  It’s sure, sudden, silent, selective, and satisfying.

Plan. To understand the times and the boundaries of nations that God has predetermined in His Word (Daniel 2:21; Acts 17:26), we must become students of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15) and interpret the Bible normally, not allegorically (2 Peter 3:16). God didn’t leave us in the dark about the future. He’s omniscient and knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10; See John 2:24, 25). He promises a special blessing to those who read, hear, and keep (guard in their hearts) the truth about the future that is found in the Book of Revelation. (We have some FREE charts for those who ask for them. Understanding them could revolutionize your life like they did mine.)

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1 Peter 2:11-17

“This world is not my home, I’m just passing through / My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue / The angels beckon me from heavens open door / And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” – Albert E. Brumley

Citizens. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:20, 21; See Romans 8:23).

Quit? The people to whom the Apostle Peter was writing were suffering greatly for their faith. Those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus can/should expect to suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). But the glory to follow is out of this world (Romans 8:18). It seems that these believers were being tempted to quit the race and conform themselves to this evil age (Romans 12:1, 2; See Acts 20:24). So he wrote to encourage them to stay the course until God called them home. Consider what God the Holy Spirit led the Apostle Peter to write to them in such times. Maybe you’re in a similar situation.

Abstain. Contrary to what some believers are being taught, the Christian doesn’t lose his sin nature when he gets saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). At the time of our salvation we participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and are enabled to do things that please God (2 Corinthians 5:9; Hebrews 11:6). This is why Peter told these believers to abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul/emotions (1 Peter 2:11). Our emotions are yet to be saved at the time of the “Rapture” (1 Peter 1:9).

Flesh. The “works of the flesh” are enumerated for us in Galatians 5:19-21. All of them are perversions of good things. The Apostle Paul told Timothy, his son in the faith, to “flee youthful lusts” (2 Timothy 2:22). Those who think that they can overcome these temptations on their own are prime victims for a fall (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Victory. A Christian can gain victory over these lusts (strong desires) that come from the sin nature by walking [ordering his life] by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 6:11ff). To overcome the strong, sinful desires that come from the devil or the present world system involves using other methods prescribed by God (Ephesians 6:10-17; 1 John 2:15-17).

Soul. The soul and the spirit of man are two separate parts (Hebrews 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). The soul seems to be associated with the emotions we have, whereas the spirit belongs to the mind (Ephesians 4:23).  It is the only part of us that is currently saved (1 Corinthians 6:17; Romans 8:16). It is with the spirit and in the realm of truth that we are called upon to worship God (John 4:24). The salvation of the soul and body are yet future (1 Peter 1:9; Romans 8:23). We must be careful not to allow our unstable emotions to rule over our spirit. We need to be led moment by moment by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14).

Conduct. Dishonorable conduct shouldn’t characterize a Christian. We are called upon to live morally pure lives (1 Peter 1:15, 16). With God’s help, we can do this (Philippians 4:13; Romans 6:14). Our former, unsaved friends may try to pull us back into the lifestyle we used to live (1 Peter 4:4; 1 Corinthians 15:33). We need to find new friends while trying to win our old friends to the Lord so they can be saved too. A transformed life is a powerful testimony as illustrated by the man out of whom Jesus cast out a multitude of demons (Mark 5:19).  If you’re a believer, do others notice that you are different (1 Peter 2:9)?

The Law. God established human government for the protection of the citizens (Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1ff). It holds the power to carry out capital punishment on those who unjustly take the lives of others. Even though we may not like the way the government spends our tax dollars, we’re supposed to pay them. When the government makes rules that violate God’s rules, we must obey God (Acts 5:29) and suffer the consequences if necessary (1 Peter 2:19, 20). Consider Daniel and his three friends (Daniel 3:16-18; 6:10).

God’s Will. God has a determinative will that can’t be altered (Ephesians 1:11). But He also has a desirous will that men may or may not carry out. He offers deliverance from hell to heaven to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Most people refuse to accept this gift of eternal life that God has provided for them because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19). What about you? Have you placed your 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)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13)?  Keep this in mind – We aren’t saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works lest we should  boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Rapture. Those believers who live in the light of Christ’s any moment return for them, will live life differently. Moral purity will characterize their lives (1 John 3:3). Those who love His imminent return also will earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). Are you preparing yourself to meet Him? Perhaps Today!

Confession. If you are a believer who isn’t walking in the light as He [God] is in the light, perhaps you need to do some self examination and then confess your known sins to God. Then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:3-9).  You may also need to make things right with other people (James 5:16).  If you don’t, you can expect Divine discipline from God the Father who loves you (Hebrews 12:5ff; 1 John 5:16). “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). It’s so much more enjoyable to abide (feel at ease) in Him and have Him feel at ease with you (John 15:1-14).

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John 8:15

It really shouldn’t surprise us that our country and the world are in the mess that they are. When more and more people are doing what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25) and lawlessness abounds (Matthew 24:12) God’s righteous judgment isn’t far off. Sometimes He intervenes directly as He did when He brought on the universal flood of Noah’s day (Genesis 6-8).  But most often He uses other nations.  He used the Babylonians to punish the idolatrous Jews (Daniel 1:1, 2). Jesus is the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8) and He will take vengeance against those who have defied Him and wronged others (Romans 12:19).

Warning. The Apostle Peter warned us about false teachers and those who twist the Scriptures to their own advantage (2 Peter 3:16). They allegorize (change) the clear teachings of the Word of God to try to avoid having to do what God tells us to do. Do you know what the unforgivable sin is (John 16:9)? If you’re a Christian, do you know where to find your rules for living? While all the Bible is for us, not all of it is addressed to us. If you believe that the rules for the Jews, found in the Old Testament, differ from Christians’ rules found in the New Testament, you believe in “Dispensations.” (If you’re confused about this, ask for our FREE “Dispensations Chart.”)

Favorite. One of the favorite verses today among the lawless ones is, “Judge not that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). Without considering the context which also tells people to have righteous judgment (Matthew 7:5, 6, 15, 16; See John 7:24), many of them brandish anyone who might not celebrate their sinful lifestyle.

Imagine. Try to imagine what a sporting event would be like without rules for the game and without judges (umpires). Suppose a country dismissed all the legislators, judges, and the executive branch of government which is supposed to uphold the laws through the police force. Would you really want to live in such a society? What if someone bigger than you bullied you? Would you want the police to protect you? If there were no judges, how could you take someone to court if they violated your rights?

Bribes. What if the judges are bribed and justice is not served (Proverbs 17:23)? Do you think that this doesn’t happen? Do you think the omniscient God (Jesus) doesn’t know or isn’t aware of what is going on (John 2:24, 25)? Nothing is hidden from His eyes (Hebrews 4:13). He even knows about our motives for doing what we do and will judge everyone accordingly (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

All Knowing. The omniscience of God can be a comforting thought to those who have been wronged unjustly (1 Peter 2:19), and who know that God will make it right someday (Romans 12:19). But it should also frighten the lawless unbelievers because their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever will be determined by the wicked works they did on earth (Jude 1:13; Revelation 20:11-15). Of course such people will try to dismiss from their thinking any future judgment by simply denying God’s existence and/or by believing in the annihilation of the wicked rather than judgment which is inevitable (Hebrews 9:27).

Admonition. “Be wise, O kings [rulers, presidents, leaders]; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son [Jesus], lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him [Jesus]” (Psalm 2:10-12).

Confess. Great or small, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, wise or foolish, strong or weak – We will all face Jesus some day (John 5:22; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15). Everyone will bow the knee and every tongue will confess (admit) that Jesus Christ is Lord (i.e. the God-man), to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11). This is not teaching universal salvation (See Matthew 25:41, 46).

Faith. Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead? If not, why not now? We can’t be saved by our good works lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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Killing Jesus

Under the Mosaic Law one witness alone was not enough to convict and condemn a man to death. But “by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established” (Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15). When Jesus healed a man who had been lame for 38 years, the Jews wanted to kill Him because He healed him on the Sabbath (John 5:18). Imagine that. They were more concerned about their additions to the Sabbath law than they were for a man’s physical well being. Even during His trial His enemies could not get the false witnesses to agree with each other (Mark 14:57-60).

B.T.W.  After the universal flood of Noah’s day, and throughout the rest of human history, God’s law requires the government (Romans 13:4) to carry out capital punishment on those who murder other people unjustly (Genesis 7:19; 9:6; Exodus 20:13; 21:12-29. 22:19; 31:14, 15). Those in governmental positions of authority who ignore and/or refuse to do this will bring God’s judgment on themselves. During Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth (perhaps in the very near future) just judges will carry out God’s laws that are for the good of mankind (Isaiah 1:26). 

Christ’s Five Witnesses

Killing Jesus.  Jesus knew that His enemies were looking for an occasion to kill Him (John 8:37, 40).  But before He allowed them to take Him (John 8:20; 10:10-18; 18:4-9), He provided them with five witnesses to confirm the fact that He was indeed the Messiah and the Son of God (John 20:31).

His Own Testimony. Jesus said, “If I bear witness of Myself [alone], My witness is not true [i.e., according to your requirements]” (John 5:31). Throughout His public ministry He claimed to be the eternal “I AM” ( John 5:18; 8:58; 10:30; See Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:11-15). He claimed to be the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; 8:45; 18:37, 38; See Hebrews 4:15). Today there are many people who believe that there are other ways to God in heaven.

His Father’s Testimony. Jesus claimed to have come down from heaven to do the Father’s will (John 3:13; 5:19; 32, 37, 38; 12:28; 17:4; See Hebrews 10:7). He directed the Magi by the star that led them to Jesus who was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:9; Micah 5:2).  God the Father made announcements at Christ’s baptism and at His transfiguration (Matthew 3:17; 17:5). Peter’s ability to proclaim “You are the Christ , the Son of the living God,” came from the Father (Matthew 16:17).

His Forerunner’s Testimony. John the Baptizer declared, “Behold? The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29-34; 5:33-35). After being imprisoned by Herod the King, John sent his disciples to inquire of Jesus, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3). Then Jesus told them to tell John the things which they heard and saw. His miracles validated who He claimed to be.

His Own Works’ Testimony. John the Apostle recorded selective sign miracles to prove the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:36; John 20:31). Strangely, His own half brothers didn’t believe on Him as the Messiah and the Son of God until after His death for our sins…and bodily resurrection from the dead (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). Everything Jesus did was what He saw God His Father doing (John 5:19). As the God-man, He subordinated His will to His Father’s. He didn’t relinquish any of His Deity; He only veiled the outward manifestations of His Deity (Philippians 2:5-11).

His Word – The Scriptures. Moses, who wrote the five books of the law, spoke of the coming Messiah as One who would be like him but greater than he was (John 5:39—47; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; John 5:45-47). Later prophets also announced the coming of the Messiah and what the Jews should expect of Him when He came (Isaiah 9:6, 7; 35:5, 6; Jeremiah 31:15; Micah 5:2; John 12:41).

Conclusive. The evidence for Jesus’ being who He claimed to be, The Christ (Messiah) and the Son of God, is irrefutable (John 20:31; See Matthew 16:16). But in spite of all the proofs, most people, including those in the Jewish community, refuse to believe on Him as their personal Savior. Some know and agree with the facts of the Gospel (i.e., Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead), but they don’t want to transfer their faith over to Christ alone for their salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10). They prefer to continue to “love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19).

Identification. If you claim to be a Christian, how many of the people you know would attest to the fact that you are a true Christian? How many wouldn’t? If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? What could the devil’s witnesses truthfully say about you? How should this affect your lifestyle? Are there some sins that need to be confessed and forsaken (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; James 5:16)?

Help. If you’re not a Christian yet, why not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ today? He can/will save anyone who believes on Him (John 3:16, 18, 36). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Click on “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as them come out.

While growing up as a missionary kid in Japan after World War II, my father used to teach us Bible verses and songs in English and Japanese. Then on Sunday afternoons we used to go to the Shibuya train station to hold street meetings. We recited these verses and sang songs in English and Japanese to gather a crowd so my father could preach to them and pass out Gospel literature. We used to stand on the hood of a converted military Jeep so we could be seen and heard with a loud speaker system. It was here that Mitsuo Fuchida [1], the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, received a tract and became a professing Christian.

B.T.W. The plaza at Shibuya station [2] is one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in the world today. Our middle son, Bill lives not far from there. On several occasions I have taken our children there to pass out Gospel tracts to the Japanese people. This is where the statue of the famous dog Hatchiko [3] is. Some of you probably have seen the American version of this sentimental movie, “Hatchi: A Dog’s Tale” [4].

Verses. Among the many verses that we memorized as children (in English) were Jeremiah 9:23, 24. Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Let not the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight,’ says the Lord.” Knowing God personally and telling others about Him and what He has done for us human beings is one way to glorify Him (1 Corinthians 10:31).

The Wise. Wisdom involves our going from the theoretical to the practical. It doesn’t do much good for us to have mere knowledge and facts. We need to be doers of [God’s] word, and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves” (James 1:22). If any [believer] lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). There is also wisdom that is earthly, sensual, and demonic (James 3:15). Beware lest anyone cheat you [as a Christian] through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17). There are doctrines (teachings) in the Bible that are to be believed while there are other doctrines that are to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17). Do you know the difference between the two? (Ask about our FREE “Dispensational Chart” to help you make these distinctions and better decisions in life.)

The Mighty. There are some very powerful people on earth who rule over the lives of billions of other people. Some of them rule from behind the scenes and are known as the “Shadow Governments” [4]. Do you know who are behind these wicked human beings (Daniel 10:20; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8)? Don’t fret. Why? “the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, [and] gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17; See Acts 17:26). “[God] removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:21). “For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another” (Psalm 75:6, 7). Still feeling oppressed? “The king’s [ruler’s] heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1). “For who [successfully] has resisted His will” (Romans 9:19; See Psalm 2)? What should Christians do with reference to those who are in authority over us? “Therefore I [the Apostle Paul] exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions [for or against], and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence…[God] desires that all men be saved [and] come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Are you in a position of authority over other people (Ephesians 6:1-4-9)? Keep in mind your accountability to God (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12; Hebrews 9:27; 13:17; 1 Peter 4:5). Consider the teacher’s or parent’s responsibility (James 3:1).

The Rich. This is a relative thing. We, who live in the United States, are far richer than many other people in the world. The Apostle Paul wrote these words to Timothy, “Command those who are rich in the present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). The very poor Christians living in Macedonia took up a collection for the poorer Christians living in Jerusalem (2 Corinthians 8:1-6). This act of love bonded the Jewish Christians and the Gentile Christians together so that there is only one true Church, the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:32; 12:12, 13; Galatians 3:28). We don’t believe that it is the government’s job to rob the rich through unjust taxation and give it to the poorer people (See Romans 13:7; 1 Timothy 5:8). God’s Word speaks about those who can work but who won’t work (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15). Socialism or communism cannot work as long as man has a sin nature (Psalm 51:5). The Christian doesn’t get rid of it when he/she gets saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; 2 Peter 1:4) [5]. The unsaved person who ends up in the lake of fire will have his sin nature forever but those cravings will never be gratified (Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 22:11). Sharing our material things with others, as we are being led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), displays our love for God and His children (John 13:34, 35; Galatians 6:10; 1 John 3:16, 17). To the maturing Christians the Apostle John wrote, “[Stop loving] the world [system] or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love [for] the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (i.e. the vain glory of ownership) is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17; See 2 Peter 3:11). As Christians, we must use the world system, but we are not to abuse it by making it the most important priority in our lives (1 Corinthians 7:31). What comes between you and God and His children? “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21). Jesus said, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” (Luke 12:48). In what ways are you using your time, talents, and treasures for God’s glory and the good of others?

Know/Believe. You may know and give mental assent to the facts of the Gospel that “Christ died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). But not until you transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone are you truly saved (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). Are you “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)? Do you have assurance of your salvation and that you will go to heaven as soon as you die? If not, contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com where we have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages.

Links:

[1] Mitsuo Fuchida: http://www.biblebelievers.com/fuchida1.html

[2] Shibuya Hachiko Plaza: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=image%20shibuya%20pedestrial%20crossing&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=image%20shibuya%20pedestrial%20crossing&sc=0-14&sp=-1&sk=

[3] Hatchiko, The Dog: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Hachi+Dog+Statue&FORM=RESTAB

[4] Shadow Government: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/about/the-nefarious-shadow-government/

[5] Sin Nature: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm00.htm

 

Have you ever seen a child in the store put on a temper tantrum when he didn’t get the toy or something else he wanted? How did it make you feel? What did you want to do? How did the parent handle the situation? Did you agree or disagree with the method the parent used to quiet the child down or appease him?

Have you ever seen grown people acting like little children and putting on temper tantrums when they didn’t get their way? Have you seen people fighting “for their rights”? Why do wars and fights occur? To discover the answer, read James 4:1-3.

Imperfect. Being human like the rest of us, law enforcement officers are subject to their emotions and shortcomings just like we are. Most of them enter the profession to serve and protect the communities in which they live. Their intentions are good. Yes, sometimes there are rogues who get out of line and need to be removed from their positions of authority. But to generalize and say that all of them are corrupt is simply not true. I, for one, try to express my gratitude to those who serve to protect us by endangering their own lives almost daily as they apprehend dangerous criminals. When was the last time you thanked a police officer or a soldier for his service?

Watchers. If you believe that “Big Brother” (NSA) is listening to your phone calls and watching your actions with spy cameras now, try to imagine what it will be like during Christ’s millennial reign on/over earth (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). Some theologians believe that the good angels (Hebrews 1:14; 13:1) will act as the police force during that time (Daniel 4:17; Matthew 13:41). Nothing will escape their watchful eyes. The enforcement of the enhanced rules (Matthew 5:21-48) will be swift and with justice by some of the resurrected (Daniel 12:12), Old Testament believers (Isaiah 1:26) who will serve under King David on earth (Jeremiah 30:9). He will be under Christ and His Bride, the true Church (Revelation 19:16; 21:9; 22:3).

Pragmatism. Have you ever heard the term “the end justifies the means”? To get the desired end, whether it’s good or bad, many people think that it’s alright to use and take illegal means (methods) to get what they want. This seems to happen in almost any profession, including the one in which I find myself. Those who claim to be “men of the cloth” (clergymen) and who engage in, or encourage others to violate the law to get their own way, will face greater judgment from God (James 3:1; Jude 1:14). The Apostle Paul denounced those who say, “Let us do evil that good may come” (Romans 3:8). “…if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5). Our motives are also very important and will be revealed in due time (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Rules. We’re all born with a sinful nature (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8) that is opposed to rules and regulations that are imposed on us. We don’t like anyone telling us what we can or can’t do. But try to imagine what your life would be like if there were no laws. Others could steal from you without any consequences, people could drive recklessly and endanger your life, your wife and children could be molested and killed and would be at the mercy of evil doers, and many other things.  Any form of government is better than anarchy.

Government. The government has the God given right and responsibility to enforce the laws that the legislators make, even by using capital punishment, if necessary, to restrain evil (Romans 13:1-7; Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:12-17; 22:19). Would you really want to live in a society where anyone could do whatever he wanted to do to you and others? Do you know when a Christian is allowed to disobey the laws of men (Acts 5:29)? What happened to the disciples as a result of it (Acts 5:40-42)? Consider carefully the Apostle Peter’s words in 1 Peter 4:12-19.

Lawlessness. We’re seeing lawlessness (1 John 3:4) intensify as time progresses just as it was in the days of Noah prior to the universal flood (Genesis 6:5; Matthew 24:37; 1 Peter 3:20). This was predicted by Jesus in the Scriptures. In anticipation of the coming days called “The Tribulation,” He said, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). Will you be left behind when Christ comes back for His bride, the true church (John 14:1-3)? This event is imminent. As a Christian, do you really love His appearing? If you do, you will earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8).  What do you know about the other four crowns?

Gospel. To ensure your place in heaven, you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (of the Scriptures) Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). We’re not saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Pray. When was the last time you prayed for those in authority over you (1 Timothy 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22; 6:1, 5)? Remember, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16)? How many of the eight ways to communicate with God do you use on a regular basis?

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