Archive for the ‘Hell’ Category

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/

In Hebrews 9:27 we read, …it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” The first part of this verse is a general rule. The second phrase is an absolute. Not everyone will die physically. There have been a couple examples of this in the past (Enoch and Elijah) and there will be a whole generation of Christians who won’t die physically either (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

But all believers will face the Lord Jesus Christ someday to have our works evaluated to determine if we will or won’t receive crowns, rewards, and praise from God (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). At the end of Christ’s 1,000 reign on/over the earth, the deceased unbelievers will be raised from the dead and will stand before Him at the Great White Throne to have Him evaluate their works to determine their degree of suffering forever in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).

But you might ask, What must I do to be saved/delivered from the lake of fire? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

How can I know what God expects me to do as a believer? Where do I find this information? It’s found in the Bible. You might ask, Aren’t there different rules for different people in different times? Yes, there are. They are known as Dispensations – the house rules. Old Testament believers had different rules for living than Christians do today. Those living during Christ’s 1,000 reign on/over the earth will also have intensified legal rules to keep. (See our Dispensations Chart on our website.)

But imagine, for a moment, that you are back in school and you have to take a final exam to pass the course and to graduate. But suppose the teacher gave you, ahead of time, the questions that you would be asked. Would that help you? It should.

It may sound strange to some people that God would give His children the test questions before the final exam that we all will have to take when we stand before Him to have our works (not us) evaluated (2 Corinthians 5:10). But He does. This is true for the Jews, who were given the “Mosaic Law” and for the Church (the spiritual Body of Christ) that becomes His Bride (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 19:7; 21:9; Galatians 6:2). Don’t confuse the two groups (1 Corinthians 10:32). God has separate plans for the nation of Israel and for the Church. We don’t believe that the Church has replaced Israel.

The judgments for believers will be to determine if we will be rewarded or not (Matthew 25:21-23; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The judgment of unbelievers will be to determine their degree of suffering forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 11:24; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15). One’s eternal destiny with God or apart from God is determined by his/her faith or lack of faith in God/Christ (John 3:16, 18, 36; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It is NOT based on one’s good works (Isaiah 64:6; Titus 3:5). At the “Bema seat judgment” Jesus, the omniscient One (John 2:24, 25; Isaiah 46:10), will determine the answers to these questions: (Some of these Bible references relate to the Jews, not to Christians. Similarity doesn’t mean identity.)

How did you treat others (Matthew 10:41-42; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:32; Hebrews 6:10)?

How did you use your talents and your spiritual gift (Matthew 25:14-29; 1 Peter 4:10)?

How did you use the resources (time and money) I gave to you (Matthew 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)?

How did you endure personal injustice when mistreated (Matthew 5:11, 12; 1 Peter 4:12, 13)?

How did you endure suffering and trials (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)?

How did you spend your time on earth (Psalm 90:9-12; Ephesians 5:16)?

How did you run the race I gave you to run (1 Corinthians 9:24; Hebrews 12:1)?

How did you keep your body under control (1 Corinthians 9:25-27; Ephesians 5:18)?

How often and why did you try to lead unbelievers to Me (Daniel 12:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)?

How intensely did you love My imminent return (2 Timothy 4:8)?

How faithful were you to My Word and to other people (Acts 20:26-28; 2 Timothy 4:1, 2)?

How hospitable were you toward strangers (Matthew 25:35, 36; Hebrews 13:2)?

How faithful were you in your vocations/jobs (Colossians 3:22-24)?

How did you support the work of the Lord (Matthew 10:40-42; Galatians 6:6)?

How did you use your tongue (Matthew 12:36; James 3:1-12)?

Conclusion: Although there are different rules (dispensations) for people living in different times, and there will be different times for the judgment of various groups of people, we all need to remember this – “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). We all may not die physically, but all of us will face the Lord Jesus Christ some day. He will judge all our works and unveil our motives (John 5:22; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Are you certain that you will spend eternity with God in heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? 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?

Sadly, in spite of all this information that God has given to us in His Word, most people won’t put their faith and trust in Christ alone and be saved (John 3:16-20). As it is true with the believers in other dispensations, most believers will NOT receive all that God would like to give to them because they will not claim God’s promises to them and walk by faith (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 4:1-12). Don’t try to claim promises that weren’t given to you. Not all the promises in the Bible are there for Christians to claim. Some are only for the Jews.

Each of the seven dispensations will end in failure. This demonstrates to us that without God’s help, no one can do anything to please God (John 15:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Hebrews 11:6).

If you have questions and/or need spiritual help, please contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you have found this helpful, please SHARE this information with others (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

(For additional Christian responsibilities, go to our “Understanding The Times” Dispensations Chart on our website: www.kelseypeach.com.)

*Some of this material was adapted from Dr. Mark Hitcock’s book, “The End” by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Carol Stream, Illinois, c. 2012, pp. 218, 219

https://www.amazon.com/End-Complete-Overview-Bible-Prophecy/dp/1414353731/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=mark+hitchcock+the+end&qid=1572641050&sr=8-3

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)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 2 Timothy 3:16. 17). If this information has helped you, please let us know how it has. Then please SHARE this with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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

The Bad News & The Good News” – See our website: www.kelseypeach.com

If you’ll permit me to do so, I’d like to ask you some very personal questions that relate to your eternal destiny. Are you 100% (not 97%) sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Or do you believe, as most devout Roman Catholics believe, that you have to go to Purgatory first before entering heaven through the side or back door? Why should God let you into heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be?

Now I know that most of us don’t like to think or talk about dying or death. But it is almost inevitable (Hebrews 9:27). There have been some exceptions in the past to this (Enoch – Genesis 5:24, and Elijah – 2 Kings 2:11) and there will be another exception in the future (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

No one really likes bad news, but without it the good news isn’t so attractive. A brilliant diamond shines brightest with a black cloth behind it. The “Bad News” is that we’ve all sinned (acted lawlessly) and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:10-23). Therefore, we all deserve to die and be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Romans 6:23). Mankind is helpless (Romans 5:6), hopeless (Ephesians 2:12), and hell bound (Matthew 25:41, 46). But the “Good News” is that God the Father loved the people of this world who were/are headed for hell and sent His only begotten Son to provide deliverance for all of humanity, not just for a select few (John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

The Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto our salvation (Romans 1:16). It’s the same message for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 10:9). But it needs to be declared boldly (Acts 4:29) and with clarity so that God the Holy Spirit can do His part and save those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (John 16:8-11).

The Apostle Paul declared the Gospel that leads to our salvation in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.

Fact One:

Christ – The Christ of the Scriptures, not the cults (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4).

died – once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), not as a continual sacrifice (R.C.C.)

Death = separation. Two kinds: spiritual (Matthew 27:46), physical (Luke 23:46)

for – in place of, as our Substitute (1 Peter 3:18).

our – the whole world of humanity (I John 2:2), not for the devil/demons (universalism)

sins – lawlessness (1 John 3:4; Romans 14:23; James 4:17)

according to the Scriptures (Psalm 22:1 ff; Isaiah 53:6)

Proof One:

He was buried – to prove that He was really dead (Mark 15:44), not just fainted or swooned.

Fact Two:

He rose again – bodily (Luke 24:34-44), not just “in spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:50).

on the third day – no corruption (Matthew 12:40); not on the fourth day (John 11:39).

according to the Scriptures (Psalm 16:10)

Proof Two:

He was seen by more than 500 witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:6).

Over a 40 day period of time (Acts 1:3).

Conclusion: Many people in the world don’t know these facts about the Lord Jesus Christ. True Christians can/should share this “Good News” with others as God the Holy Spirit opens doors and leads us to be a witness for Christ (Revelation 3:8; Romans 8:14; Acts 1:8). He alone can open the spiritually darkened eyes of unsaved people so they can see and believe on Christ and be saved (1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 11:25; John 16:8-11). Many “professing Christians” know and believe the facts of the Gospel but haven’t yet placed their faith in Christ alone to save them (See Matthew 7:21-23). They add good works to try to earn their salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). They are “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). Don’t be one of them?

Application

Please make sure of your own salvation before you try to show others how they can be delivered from having to go to the lake of fire forever (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13; 2 Timothy 1:12; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). It’s as real as heaven and “…God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).  Sadly, most people will reject Him and God’s offer of salvation.

My friend, if you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, have you been baptized to demonstrate your faith to other people (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:34-38; 1 Peter 3:21)? When was the last time you shared the Gospel with someone? Have you yielded to the devil’s temptation to be timid and fearful (2 Timothy 1:7)? If so, confess it (1 John 1:9). You can overcome it the next time by putting on the armor of God and focusing on the “helmet of salvation” to remind you of how great your salvation from God actually is and what God can do for those who believe in/on Christ as their personal Savior (Ephesians 6:17).

Help. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you’re not sure of your salvation, please contact us so we can help you. If you’re saved, but if you are living like a “carnal Christian,” please don’t share the Gospel with others. Get right with God first through confession (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies. Send us your Bible questions and comments and visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com.

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