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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.)

Perhaps you enjoy reading mystery novels or like watching crime scene investigations. I found the “Columbo” TV series to be very interesting as Detective Lt. Columbo went about looking for clues in his investigations as he tried to “convict” the real criminal. Do you remember his catchphrase “Just one more thing”? He always got the right person who was the guilty party.

Criminals. There is a lot of criminal activity going on in all levels of society and there are crimes that never get solved. Eye witnesses often are “mysteriously snuffed out” before they can testify in court. Sometimes critical evidence is withheld or distorted so as to convict the wrong person. Perhaps this happens more often than we might want to admit, and it’s happening all over the world. As the Scriptures teach, it’s going to get worse as lawlessness (sin) abounds (2 Timothy 3:1 ff; 1 John 3:4).

Unjust Judges. While there are judges who haven’t been corrupted by bribes, others misuse their office and condemn the wrong person and release the guilty party. This problem existed in the Old Testament times among God’s chosen people, the Jews, and it still happens today. Crimes will continue to be committed Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

The Righteous Judge. But there is coming a day when everyone of us will stand before the Righteous Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 4:8; See John 5:22; Hebrews 9:27). It won’t be to determine if we get into heaven or end up in the lake of fire, but to determine our degree of pleasure in heaven or our suffering in the lake of fire forever (Psalm 16:11; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 10:15; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15).

Condemnation. He who believes in Him [i. e. the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day – 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4] 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” (John 3:18; See Romans 8:1). Once a person dies physically, his/her eternal destiny is settled and irreversible.

Omniscient & Omnipotent. Being God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11), the Lord Jesus Christ knows everything we’ve ever thought, said, and done. He also knows our motives. “Probable cause” won’t be an issue with Him. Good works done by Christians with bad motives won’t be rewarded (1Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5). “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents [motivations] of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12; See 1 Corinthians 4:5). “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light” (Mark 4:22; See Psalm 139).

Denial. “[The wicked man] has said in his heart, ‘God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see’” (Psalm 10:11). Don’t be deceived, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). But I [Jesus] say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).

Lake Of Fire. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you [who have placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day] were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Confused? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re 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? Do you know how to lead a person to Christ so he/she can be saved? What would you say to him/her?

Contact. 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. Please SHARE this with others.

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

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

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

It was a popular TV program several years ago. Perhaps it caused many of us to recognize that we are vulnerable to the real possibility of our being killed or dying at any moment. In spite of this, many people keep on engaging in bad habits and dangerous lifestyles. The Scriptures are clear, Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away’” (James 4:13, 14). “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “… it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27).

Deaths. Every day thousands of people all around the world die, and most of them are dying without the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. It might be from the corona virus, seasonal flu, malaria, suicide, traffic accidents, HIV/AIDS, smoking, hunger, or tragically, by the abortion of innocent babies. We believe that when the body (not the person) dies, the soul and spirit leave the body. At the time of the unbeliever’s physical death, he/she enters the “second death” (which is irreversible) and will end up in the lake of fire forever. Physical death will be reversed when the Lord Jesus Christ raises everyone who has died, each in his/her own order. Do you know in which resurrection you will participate?

Dead. We’re all born into this world “spiritually” dead in trespasses and sin. We inherited a sinful nature from our parents that goes all the way back to our first parents, Adam and Eve. Thankfully this spiritual death (separation from God) can/will be reversed the moment a person places his/her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. This is the Good News (Gospel) that one has to believe in order to be saved. And He [Jesus] said to them [His disciples], ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’” (Mark 16:15). Have you placed your faith in Christ alone yet? If not, why not now? If you’ve been saved, are you sharing the Gospel with others as God opens doors for you and as you are led by the Holy Spirit?

Helpless. Some people argue that those who are spiritually dead can’t do anything. This is why God must provide the initial, necessary faith for us to believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ so we can trust in Him alone and be saved. We are saved by one act of faith, but a believer is supposed to continue to live in an attitude of faith. “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake” (Philippians 1:29). “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?” (1 Corinthians 3:5). We believe that God has provided salvation/deliverance from the lake of fire for all mankind but not for the devil or fallen angels/demons who believe in God and tremble. “And this is the condemnation, that the light [i.e. Christ] has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).

Faith. In his excellent book, “Maturing In Christ,” Dr. H. L. Schafer points out four uses of faith: 1) The gift of faith for salvation, 2) the spiritual gift of faith, 3) the measure of faith, 4) the attitude of faith. “The gift of faith for salvation, which comes from [God] the Holy Spirit at the point of salvation. The hope involved, based on a promise of God, is salvation (1 Cor. 3:5; 15:1-4; Eph. 2:8; Phil. 1:29). The initial act of faith obtains the thing hoped for (salvation) and from that time on it is no longer needed or used, since faith has become a reality. Once a believer is saved he no longer needs to use this act of faith again because he now possesses the thing he hoped for – salvation (Titus 3:5). This very act of faith was not a work on the part of the person, but was a gift (Rom. 4:5).” [1]

Confusion. While many self righteous people believe that they haven’t been bad enough to deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire, others are hopelessly convinced that God cannot possibly forgive them because of some heinous sin(s) they’ve committed. I’ve met both groups of people. But both groups are wrong.

Clarification. Dr. Paul Reiter has clearly and simply summarized the Scriptural teaching on this issue. FOR WHOM DID CHRIST DIE? HE DIED… 1. For all (1 Tim. 2:6; Isa. 53:6). 2. For every man (Heb. 2:9). 3. For the world (John 3:16). 4. For the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). 5. For the ungodly (Rom. 5:6). 6. For false teachers (2 Peter 2:1). 7. For many (Matt. 20:28). 8. For Israel (John 11:50-51). 9. For the Church (Eph. 5:25). 10. For “me” (Gal. 2:20). [2]

It’s Urgent. The Apostle Paul wrote, “…Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1). Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). “[God] desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

Assurance. Do you have it? The Apostle John wrote: “And this is the record, that God hath given to us [the true believers in Christ] eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name [i.e. His person and work on our behalf] of the Son of God; that ye may know [not wish, hope, or think] that ye have eternal life, [as a present possession]…” (1 John 5:13). Why do so many of those who believe in “limited atonement” or in “Lordship in exchange for salvation” lack assurance of their salvation?  We we believe in “Lordship because of salvation, not in exchange for salvation”. [3]  There is a big difference.

Help. We are here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change. Please contact us if you aren’t sure about your eternal destiny or if you have other questions. Once saved, we want to help you grow spiritually, and serve God effectively, as you share the clear Gospel with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know how it has, and then SHARE this with others.

[1] Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ,” Xulon Press, c. 2016, p. 127 https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

[2] From unpublished lecture notes, from Dr. Paul Reiter, former professor at Appalachian Bible College, Bradley, WV http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/dangers.pdf p. 4

[3] Lordship Salvation:

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

George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Other articles:

Jack Brooks, “Pastoral Problems Due To Limited Atonement”

https://www.gracegospelpress.org/pastoral-pastoral-problems-due-to-limited-atonement/

Dr. Charlie Bing, “For whom did Christ die?” https://www.gracelife.org/resources/gracenotes/?id=48&lang=eng

George Zeller, “The Dangers Of Reformed Theology.” http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/dangers.pdf pp. 5, 6

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Because of the limitations of our finite minds, and our failure, at times, to accept God’s Word as the absolute truth (John 14:6; 17:17), we often see things differently than God does. His thoughts and His ways are so much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8, 9). But by faith we are able to put substance to what we can’t see (Hebrews 11:1). Christians have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ (1 Corinthians 2:9 ff; Ephesians 1:3 ff).

Thoughts. Most of us think more highly of ourselves than we should (Romans 12:3). We also would like to believe that man isn’t quite as bad as he/she is portrayed in the Scriptures (Romans 3:10-23; Jeremiah 17:9; Isaiah 64:6). But God’s Word tells us the truth about God, the devil, and about us sinners. We’re not as bad as we could be but we all are as “bad off” as we can be if we’re without the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. We all have a very serious problem, but God has a solution that can keep us out of the lake of fire and take us to heaven.

Let us consider some things that may be hard for us to imagine –

Judas. He was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples (Matthew 10:4), who followed Him for over three years. He was entrusted with the money box (John 13:29). He went out with the other eleven disciples to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. He was involved in healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, raising the dead, casting out demons (Matthew 10:8; 7:21-23). But he went on to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12, 13; Matthew 26:15). Why did Judas do this? Perhaps his hope of being the treasurer in Christ’s kingdom vanished when Jesus told His disciples about a temporary delay in His plans as it related to the setting up of His kingdom on/over the earth (Matthew 16:20-23). Jesus did this because the Jews, as a whole, rejected Him when He didn’t meet their expectations (John 1:11; Isaiah 53:1 ff). And so Judas betrayed the Lord to the Jewish authorities. But after he did this, he regretted what he had done, returned the money, and went out and hanged himself (Matthew 27:5). Even though he was a disciple, he never was a true believer. He was so close, and yet so far away from the only One who could save him from the lake of fire. In fact none of the other disciples suspected him in any way when Jesus told them that one of them would betray Him (John 13:21). Are you like Judas – a follower/disciple, but not a true Christian?

Peter. He was a part of Jesus’ inner circle, along with James and John (Matthew 17:1; Mark 5:37). He declared that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16). He boasted that he would never deny the Lord, but he did it three times before the rooster crowed just as the Lord predicted (Luke 22:34, 61). When wicked men came to arrest the Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter tried to defend the Lord by cutting off the ear of the High Priest’s servant. The Lord rebuked him for doing that but He didn’t tell Peter to get rid of his sword (Matthew 26:51-53). He had good intentions, but he planned to do it in his own strength. He yielded to a temptation from the devil to play the part of a coward when he was asked about his being a disciple of Jesus (Luke 22:31, 32; 2 Timothy 1:7). Try to imagine how Peter must have felt for the next three days. After His resurrection, the Lord appeared to Peter to restore and strengthen him (John 21:15-18). On the Day of Pentecost he preached a powerful sermon that resulted in 3,000 Jews being saved (Acts 2:43; Romans 1:16). If you’re a true believer, have you ever denied that you know the Lord by your words or your deeds?

The Other Ten Disciples. They all fled from Jesus when He was arrested in the Garden, even though they had just seen Him display His power that caused the wicked men who came to arrest him fall backwards when He said, “I AM” (John 18:6; Exodus 3:14). He told His disciples that He could have called twelve legions of angels to deliver Him had He wanted to do so (Matthew 26:53). But that wasn’t part of the Decree/Plan that had been made in eternity past (Ephesians 1:11) that included God the Son’s becoming a man by adding to His Deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 10:5) so He could live a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15) and then die as a Substitute for the sins of all mankind (1 John 2:2; 4:10). Do you flee when you should stand firm? Do you hang around when you should flee? (See 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:10-17; 2 Timothy 2:22).

The Other Followers Of Jesus. Many of the Jews followed Jesus and wanted Him to be their “Welfare King” (John 6:15) and their “Conquering King” (Isaiah 9:6, 7) who would deliver them from Rome’s oppression. But they forsook Him when He talked to them about their spiritual need to be saved from sin (John 1:29; 6:66). They thought that their relationship to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob automatically entitled them to enter Christ’s kingdom on earth (Matthew 5:20; John 8:33). They didn’t see themselves as sinners in need of a Savior from the penalty and power of sin.

All The Rest Of Us. We’re all sinners by birth, and sinners by choice (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8). We all start our physical life as children of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). This is why Jesus told Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, that he needed to born again from above (John 3:3 ff). We all have a sinful nature that was passed down to us from our first parents, Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12). This sinful nature takes what is good and pure and turns it into that which is unclean and vile (Galatians 5:19-21). Even though a true Christian receives a new nature from above at the time of his/her salvation (2 Peter 1:4), we don’t lose our sin nature until we die or are raptured (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; 8:23; 1 John 3:2). The devil wants us to believe that we can save ourselves by our good works (Humanism), or by our faith plus our good works (Man’s Religions). Both things are a big lie (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; John 8:44). So is John Lennon’s song “Imagine” which is leading many people to hell to suffer forever. Jesus talked about a real heaven and a real hell to which people go. If they’re not real, then Jesus is a liar and unworthy of our trust (John 14:6).

God. Thankfully God offered to us sinners a way to escape so we wouldn’t have to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). God the Father did this by giving/sending to us His only begotten Son, who came into this world to die as a Substitute for our sins…and rise again bodily on the third day (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). The Lord Jesus Christ is the only One who can save us from hell and take us to heaven someday (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Is your faith and trust resting in Him alone to save you? If not, why receive the gift of eternal life today (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2;2, 15; 3:16, 17). Not only do we want you to know for sure that you’re saved, we also want to help you grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18, and then serve God and others effectively (1 Peter :410). You can reach us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know how it has and then SHARE it with others.

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

The greatest miracle that ever took place was the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ out from among the dead ones. On at least 10 separate occasions, and to over 500 brethren, He appeared to show Himself alive after dying on the cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). Jesus predicted His own death on the cross and His bodily resurrection from the dead (John 2:19; 10:17, 18). His resurrection guarantees the bodily resurrection of every human being who has died (1 Corinthians 15:22). Rather than just one general resurrection at the end of time, there will be four more resurrections that occur at different times in the future (1 Corinthians 15:23, 24, 51, 52; Revelation 11:11). Do you know in which one you will participate? Some cults teach the annihilation of the wicked dead; other religions teach reincarnation. Neither of these are taught in the Scriptures which is absolute truth (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

Atheists. There are many people who arrogantly claim to be atheists (those who don’t believe there is a god). If they were honest, they would say they are agnostics (those who aren’t sure if God exists or not). The Scriptures calls atheists fools (Psalm 14:1). The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1-3). From nature we can learn that there is a God who is powerful (Romans 1:20).  But believing this alone isn’t enough for a person to be saved from the lake of fire (James 2:18-20).  We must know and believe the facts of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and then transfer our faith and trust over to Christ alone to save us from the lake of fireHave you done this yet?  If not, why not now?  You have no guarantee that you will be alive at the end of today (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

Imagine. John Lennon, of the Beatles, who expressed himself in his song “Imagine,” wanted people to deny the existence of heaven and hell. Those who deny their existence shouldn’t be afraid of dying, but somehow most of them are afraid of death because they don’t know what is on the other side of death. Jesus, who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), often referred to heaven (Matthew 5:10, 12, 16 et al). But He talked more about the eternal lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons. It is the place to which all unbelievers and those not fit for heaven will go (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Revelation 21:8). We hope you won’t be in that number. Contact us if you aren’t sure about your eternal destiny.

Evolution. Most people in the world today have bought into the lie of evolution. It’s a theory that can’t be proven scientifically. God and the spirit beings He created were there to observe the creation of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Job 38:7; Colossians 1:16, 17), and it’s not repeatable. Unbelievers reject what God has recorded for us in Scripture regarding creation because believing it would make them accountable to God.

Liar. Their father Lucifer/Satan himself didn’t want to be accountable to God either (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-19; John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). They worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25). The public school system, and most institutions of “higher learning” have convinced them that they are nothing more than advanced animals. Some students excuse their bad behavior by claiming that they are simply following their “animal instincts.” They don’t want to believe the Scriptures which says that all of us are sinners who deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23), and that we all inherited a sinful nature from our first parents Adam and Eve (1 John 1:8; Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12; 7:15-25). Not until we are “born again from above” (John 3:3ff; 1 Peter 1:23) are we capable of doing anything that pleases God (Romans 8:8; Proverbs 21:4; Isaiah 64:6).

Abortion. Murdering innocent babies in the womb is often thought to be justifiable because many people think the world is overpopulated. Sinister eugenicists, who often pose as philanthropists, want to reduce the world’s population down to about 500 million people [1]. They want to play the role of God and decide who lives and who dies.

Future. The future is very dark and horrible for false prophets and teachers and those who follow them (Jude 1:13). But the future of believers is as bright as the promises of God. Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and who rose again bodily on the third day from the dead (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? In whom is your faith resting: yourself, your good works, your church, or in something or someone else? If so, transfer your faith over to Christ alone if you want to be saved from having to spend eternity in the lake of fire. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Song. If you are a true Christian, you can sing Because He lives I can face tomorrow / Because He lives all fear is gone / Because I know He holds the future / And life is worth the living just because He lives.” Bill Gaither

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:15, 16). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others.

[1] Georgia Guide Stones https://www.raptureready.com/2018/08/01/georgia-guide-stones-population-control-antichrist-geri-ungurean/

“My Friend’s Death”

Posted: October 30, 2019 in Heaven, Salvation

It was quite a shock when my long time friend was told that he had cancer and didn’t have much time to live. Outwardly he looked well. But before long he began to decline rapidly.

As he got closer to his death, he became very concerned about his eternal destiny. He knew that he didn’t want to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire. He wanted to make sure that he would go to heaven the moment he died.

I recall spending some time with him and asking him some questions that I thought might help him have assurance of his salvation. I usually like to ask people three questions: “Are you absolutely sure that you go to heaven the moment you die?” My friend wasn’t. Then I ask, What would you say to God if He asked you why He should let you into His heaven?” And if a person gives a relatively good answer to that question, I like to ask, “Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation?” How a person answers these questions tells me a lot about him/her.

Then I proceeded to ask him if he had placed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for his sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. He told me that he had done that and that he wasn’t relying on any of his good works to get him to heaven.

Being satisfied with his answer, I began to share with him some promises from God’s Word that would give him assurance of his salvation. Here are some of them:

These things I have written to you who believe in [on] the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

Most assuredly, I [Jesus] say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24).

The [Holy] Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we [who have placed our faith in Christ alone] are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:16, 17). There are many more promises like this.

If you aren’t sure about your eternal destiny, we invite you to contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change.

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!”

Believe it or not, God could use these 25 words to save someone from having to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8), and, instead, enable that person to spend eternity in God’s presence with pleasures forever (Psalm 16:11).

If you’re a true Christian, would you like to have a part in rescuing people from the eternal lake of fire (hell) and taking them to heaven with you? You could earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” to present to Jesus when you see Him on judgment day for Christians (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; Revelation 4:10). On that day, Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) will evaluate our works (not us) to see which ones are rewardable and which ones aren’t (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). It won’t be to determine if we enter heaven or not. That decision to believe or not believe on Him must be made while we are still alive on earth. There are no second chances to be saved once you’re dead physically. The wicked dead aren’t annihilated (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48). Salvation is always by grace alone through faith alone in God, and not of works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6).

In light of all that God has done for us (Romans 12:1, 2), every Christian should desire to be obedient to the Lord’s command to tell others about Him, as the Holy Spirit leads him/her (Romans 8:14; Acts 8), and show them how they can be saved (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8). God’s love has been shed abroad in our hearts (Romans 5:5), and God the Holy Spirit motivates us to do His will (Philippians 2:13).

Sadly, many Christians quench (render inoperative) the Holy Spirit who lives within them (1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20). He is also grieved by such actions on our part (Ephesians 5:30). Honest confession to God (1 John 1:9) will result in our being forgiven so we can abide (feel at ease) with God and He can abide (feel at ease) with us and we can bear much fruit (John 15:1-8; Galatians 5:22, 23). When we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with Him (1 John 1:7).

When we have this kind of a relationship with Him, we are free to ask the Father in Christ’s name and receive what we ask of Him (John 14:13,14; 15:16, 23; 1 John 3:22; 5:15).

Let’s analyze from the Scriptures these 25 words that God could us to save people.

Friend: You have sinned.

Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23; 1 John 3:4

But Christ died for sinners and rose again bodily.

1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43; Hebrews 10:10

Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally.

Acts 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5

Do it now!”

2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14

This Good News (Gospel), in its entirety, is the power of God unto a person’s salvation (Romans 1:16). The Apostle Paul insisted that the bodily resurrection be included in the message (2 Timothy 2:8-10). Without a living Savior, no one could be saved and we would be of all people most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:12 ff).

The Christ of the Scriptures is the only One who can save us. 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 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). 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 the Christ of the Scriptures? 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 rejecting Christ will result in eternal condemnation (John 1:11, 12; 3:16, 18, 36).

We’re here to assist those who aren’t sure about their salvation. We also want to help Christians glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31) by being sure of their salvation (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13), growing spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), serving God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13; 6:10), and reproducing other believers (Mathew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8) while they are here on earth.

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*This article was adapted from Dr. M. Kober’s article: “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  Please read it too.  https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

What about John 3:16?

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/the-gospel-in-a-nutshell/

The Greatest Rescue Operation”

Fighting fires is a dangerous occupation. Every year fire fighters lose their lives while trying to save others. Most of us have never had to be rescued from a burning building although you may know someone who has had this experience.

Greatest. Today let’s consider “The Greatest Fire Fighter” and what He did for you and me. There are many people in our world who know little or nothing about Him and the personal sacrifice He made to make it possible so that we wouldn’t have to end up in an awful place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth and torment in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Revelation 21:8).

Unique. Jesus Christ was not just another, ordinary man who lived here on earth about 2,000 years ago. He was/is the God-man (John 1:1-18; 5:18; 10:30), who came to earth to glorify His Father (John 17:4). He presented Himself as the rightful King of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-25; 27:21), and the Savior of the world (Luke 19:10; 1 Timothy 4:10). This doesn’t mean that all mankind will ultimately be saved (“universalism”).

Substitute. In order for Him to rescue mankind from having to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons, He had to offer Himself as a Substitute and die for our sins and then rise again bodily from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Why? Because “the wages [payment] for sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Someone has to pay the debt for the sins we have committed and will commit. Either the individual himself does, or a perfect, sinless Substitute could pay the debt. Jesus, the sinless One (Hebrews 4:15), died as “the just One for [us] the unjust ones” (1 Peter 3:18). The payment that He made on our behalf was accepted by God the Father, who demonstrated this fact by raising Jesus from the dead (Romans 4:25). Only a living Savior can help us.

To the surprise of many people, this rescue operation has three phases: Past tense, Present tense, and Future tense. What God begins, He finishes (Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 7:25).

Initial Salvation. He saved believers from the penalty of sin (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 6:23). This is known as justification. God forgave our sins judicially (Ephesians 1:7) because Jesus, the believers’ Substitute, took on Himself our sins and died for them once and for all (Hebrews 10:10). He paid the debt in full (1 Peter 1:18; 3:18). The guilt and condemnation of sin were removed (Romans 8:1). Justification doesn’t make us innocent or “Just as though we had never sinned.” Rather, it means that God counted us to have acted right when we died for our sins and rose again in the Person of our Substitute, Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:4). Christ’s righteousness was put to our account (Romans 4:16, 25; John 16:8-11). When we understand this truth, and realize that the burden of sin has been lifted from us, and that God the Father sees us and accepts us through the merits of Christ (Ephesians 1:6), it should make us very grateful to God and cause us to do things to please Him (2 Corinthians 5:9).

Progressive Salvation. God is saving believers from the power of sin. This is known as sanctification. God set us aside unto Himself and we don’t have to sin anymore, but we will sin periodically (1 John 2:1, 2; 1:9; James 5:16). Satan is no longer our father, God is (Colossians 1:13; John 8:44; 1 John 3:8-10). The temptations that come from all three of our spiritual enemies can be overcome. Satan (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17). Our sin nature (Romans 6:14; 7:14-25; Galatians 5:16, 25; 1 John 1:8). The present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-24). Christians need to be informed, alert, and realize that no temptations are more than we can bear and that other people have the same kind of temptations that we have (1 Corinthians 10:13). God’s resurrection power is available to all Christians (Philippians 3:10; 4:13). A Christian can demonstrate his/her love for God by overcoming temptations (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10). God has provided everything we need for life and godliness within His Word (2 Peter 1:3). Diligent study is required if we want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Because of His love for His children, God the Father will chasten/scourge His unruly children so that we will not be condemned with the world (Hebrews 12:5 ff; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; 1 John 5:16).

Ultimate Salvation. He will save true Christians from the very presence of sin at the time of our death or the Rapture. From that time on we will be present with the Lord forever (2 Corinthians 5:8; John 14:1-3). When the Rapture occurs all Christians will receive new bodies (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:49-51; Luke 24:33-43) and then our souls/emotions will be saved (1 Peter 1:9). This is known as our glorification.

God’s Desire. Even though the Lord Jesus Christ desires that all mankind be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), and has made it possible for them to be saved from the lake of fire (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2), most people reject “natural revelation” (Romans 1:18 ff; Psalm 19:1). They also refuse to believe in/on Him as the One who died for their sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (John 3:18, 36; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). This is the only “unforgivable sin” that a person can commit today (John 16:8-11). Some people know and believe the facts of the Gospel, but they haven’t placed their faith in Him exclusively. If they believe in hell and heaven at all, they rely on some or all of their good works to get them into heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Are you?

Certain? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment your die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything that you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Now! Today is the “day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Make sure you’re truly saved (2 Peter 1:10; 1 Corinthians 15:2; See Mark 8:36; Matthew 7:21-23). If you’re saved, are you sharing the Gospel (1) with others so they can be saved (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8)?

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

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