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It’s not hard to fall in love with a cute little baby. But sometimes as they grow older they aren’t always cute or nice anymore. A few of them grow up to be tyrants and wicked rulers over other people (Daniel 4:17, 25). Consider this analysis –

Babies. Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother’s attention, his playmate’s toys, his uncle’s watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He’s dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children but all children, are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free reign to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist.”Minnesota Crime Commission

Not Us? Of course, you or I weren’t that bad, were we? None of us has been as bad as we could be. But without the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we’re as bad off as we can be. We’re all helpless (Romans 5:6), hopeless (Ephesians 2:12), and hell bound (Romans 6:23). This is why One of the members in the Godhead had to come to this sin cursed world to deliver us from eternal condemnation (John 3:16). God the Son volunteered to do this for us (Hebrews 10:7). He is the God-man (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9).

First Coming. As predicted in the Old Testament, the promised Messiah came and fulfilled hundreds of prophecies that were made about Him. [1] “He came to His own [things], but His own [people, the Jews] did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11, 12).

Crucified. Many people believe that Jesus died. But not everyone believes that He died on a cross as the prophet said He would (Psalm 22; See Philippians 2:8). Nor do they know that He died for our sins or that He rose again bodily on the third day for our justification (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 4:25).

Appearances. To prove that He was/is capable of saving us (Revelation 1:8; Hebrews 7:25), Jesus Christ rose again from the dead with a glorified body, made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses before ascending publicly, literally, gradually into heaven in the presence of His disciples (Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8).

Promise. Before He left them, Jesus told His disciples that He would come back for them someday (John 14:1-3). If He doesn’t do this, He is a liar. But He is not (Titus 1:2; John 14:6). Many people don’t believe that this will take place literally. Nor do they know that there is a difference between the “Rapture” and the “Second Coming” of Christ. [2]

Rapture. It was a mystery in the Old Testament (Romans 15:25, 26]. No human being knew about it until Jesus revealed this information to His disciples and to the Apostle Paul (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). This “Hope” (confident expectation) is based on Jesus’ promise. It’s called “A Blessed Hope” (Titus 1:13), “A Purifying Hope” (1 John 3:3), and “A Comforting Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). Do you have this hope? Do you live in the light of Christ’s any moment return?

Second Coming. This event was predicted in the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is not to be confused with the Rapture. In the Rapture Christ meets New Testament believers in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17). At the Second Coming Jesus comes back and stands on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4; Matthew 24:29ff) and removes all unbelievers and the devil from this earth to establish His 1,000 year reign of peace on earth ( Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:1-6).

No Room. When Jesus came to this earth the first time, there was no room for Him in the inn. He was born in a stable to show us how low He was willing to stoop to save us (Luke 2:7; Philippians 2:5-9). If He were to return today, would there be room for Him in your life or would you ask Him to leave or wait until a more convenient time (Acts 24:25)?

Believer. Not everyone in the world knows the facts of the Gospel that He died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. Some people know the facts. Others know the facts and give mental assent to them, but still haven’t transferred their faith over to Christ alone to save them. They want to earn their way to heaven. It can’t be done. “For by grace you [are] saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9; See Titus 3:5).

Questions. 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 that you are saved, is there anything that you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? Do you have “eternal life” or “conditional eternal life”? Is it conditioned on your faithfulness to God after you’ve been saved? Do you confuse discipleship (Lordship for Salvation) and sanctification with justification? [3]

Quote. “[Lordship salvation] is a salvation of doubt. If you have to wait until you die to find out whether or not you’re truly saved, I fear you don’t really understand faith alone and grace alone-because, you’ve just destroyed it. I’m saved by the faithfulness of Christ, and that’s it.” – Pastor Al Franklin, Baptist Bulletin, November/December, 2015, p. 28

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[1] Prophecies of Christ’s Coming

http://bibleprobe.com/365messianicprophecies.htm

http://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-passion-in-prophecy/

http://www.gotquestions.org/Old-Testament-Christ.html

[2] Rapture v. Second Coming

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/proph/rapt2com.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/prophecy/prophe9.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/dispensa/dispch13.htm

[3] Lordship Salvation

http://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html#

http://www.freegracealliance.com/pdf/baiting.pdf

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

The journey from Egypt to Canaan shouldn’t have taken more than a few weeks. But the Jews ended up spending 40 years wandering around in the wilderness because of their unwillingness to believe God’s promise to take them into the Promised Land (Genesis 15:18-21; Numbers 14:34). They listened to the wrong men who instilled fear into their lives (Numbers 13:32). In spite of this, God graciously provided manna, water, and quails for about 2 million rebellious Jews until they reached the Promised Land (Exodus 16:4, 12, 31; 17:6; Joshua 5:12).

Grumblers. But rather than showing their appreciation to Him, they constantly grumbled and complained and brought judgment on themselves (1 Corinthians 10:1-13). God wants us as Christians to learn a lesson from those Jews. “But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted” (1 Corinthians 10:5, 6).

True Bread. Jesus wanted the Jews of His day to know that He was the true Bread of life that came down from heaven (John 6:32-51). Before proclaiming this to them, He fed over 5,000 people with some bread and fish that came from the lunch of a young boy who offered it to Jesus (John 6:9). Had you been there with a lunch, would you have given it to the Lord?

Holy Spirit. Today, God the Holy Spirit’s role in a person’s salvation can take place after the true Gospel has been presented clearly to an unsaved person (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). He convicts unbelievers of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11).

Sin. He convicts of one sin – the sin of unbelief. This sin that will keep a person out of heaven. “He who believes in [Jesus] 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).

Righteousness. The Holy Spirit also convicts an unsaved person of his need to have Christ’s quality of righteousness to enter heaven.  But“All our righteousnesses [righteous works] are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6; See Romans 3:10-23).  Thankfully God sees us as doing the right thing when we accept Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection as being ours. The Apostle Paul put it this way, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Judgment. All those who die as unbelievers will be resurrected from the dead and stand before Judge Jesus (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) to have their works evaluated.  This will determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15; See Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). God has made Himself known through nature (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20) and through His Word (John 1:1-18; 14:6; 17:17). God has the ability to get the Gospel to anyone who will respond positively to natural revelation (Ephesians 3:20; Acts 8:26ff; 10:1ff; Revelation 1:8). He has chosen to use Christians, not angels, to reach others so they can be saved (Acts 1:8).

Heaven. Before He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again from the dead, Jesus told His disciples that He would go away to prepare a place for them. Then He would come back for all true Christians and take them to His home in heaven (John 14:1-3). Here there will be fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. “There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” Revelation 21:4). When God creates a new heavens and earth “the former shall not be remembered or come to mind” (Isaiah 65:17). Heaven will be filled with holiness, harmony, and happiness.

Hell. The lake of fire was prepared for the devil and his angels (demons) but all unbelievers will be there with him (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). It is a place of perpetual torment and spiritual darkness (Jude 1:13). The wicked dead are not annihilated as some cults and religions teach (Hebrews 9:27). No human being has to go there. God has provided salvation for all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2).

Glorification. Unlike many of us, God finishes what He begins (Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 7:25). The believer’s salvation takes place in three phases. At the moment of our initial salvation, we are saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1). In this life we are being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14). When we die physically or when Christ returns in the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17), believers will be saved from the presence of sin (Romans 8:23). His return is imminent. Are you ready for it to occur? Perhaps Today!

Concern. The Jews living in Christ’s day were concerned more about the temporal things of life such as water and bread (John 4:15; 6:15) than they were for the unseen, spiritual things. Jesus fed over 5,000 people with the bread He’d received from a young boy (John 6:9). He wanted them to see Him as the “Bread of Life” that came down from heaven (John 6:35-40). He wanted them to believe on Him as their promised Messiah and as the Son of God (John 20:31). Sadly, most of those who had been following Him turned away from Him and eventually cried out for His crucifixion (John 6:66; 19:15).

Personal. With what are you more concerned – the things that are seen or unseen, temporal or spiritual things (2 Corinthians 4:18)? Would you come to church each week if we offered you a delicious meal along with a “make you feel good sermonette” (See 2 Timothy 4:3, 4)? What if we only offered to you a spiritual meal from God’s Word? Would you come? Do you prefer milk or solid food (Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 3:2)? What is your spiritual temperature (Revelation 3:15, 16)?

Questions. Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins… and rose again bodily on the third day? If so, what evidence can you provide for other people to prove that you are truly saved (James 2:18-20)? Have you been baptized (Matthew 28:19, 20)? Does you walk and your talk display Christ likeness (Galatians 5:22, 23)? If not, why?

Future. The Christian’s future is as bright as the promises of God. Heaven will never get boring. Throughout the ages of eternity God will keep on revealing to us facets of His grace (Ephesians 2:7). But think about the unbeliever’s future. If a person doesn’t get saved now while he/she is alive on earth, he/she will have no more opportunities to be saved. Jesus said that all unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire and into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). They are not annihilated.

Rescue. If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, God wants to use you to rescue others. Will you be a good witness for Him today and everyday until He takes you home to heaven (Acts 1:8)?

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“Wolf! Wolf!” cried the little boy. He tried it once too often and ended up facing a real wolf. But no one came to rescue him. In like manner, there have been many religious leaders who have tried to predict the time of Christ’s return only to miss the mark. Consequently, those who hate Christ and Christians scoff at us (2 Peter 3:3ff).  They don’t think God knows or cares what they do and that He won’t hold them accountable for their behavior (Psalm 10:11).  But He will (Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27).

N.W.O. Without a doubt, this world needs a New World Order. Before the Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth to set up His kingdom on this earth, God will allow the devil, the Antichrist, and the false prophet to try their hardest to establish peace on earth without the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).  It can’t/won’t happen because man’s heart is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23). Thankfully, God will limit their efforts to seven years before bringing man’s rebellious rule to an end (Daniel 2:44, 45; 9:27; See Psalm 2).

Purpose. Jesus came to this earth to offer Himself as the King of the Jews (Luke 1:32, 33). Long before He was born, King David was promised an Heir who would become the unique King of the Jews (2 Samuel 7:12-14). The government will be on His shoulders.  He will bring peace on earth that will not end (Isaiah 9:6, 7). The Prophet Daniel also unveiled Christ’s kingdom to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (Daniel 2:44, 45 ). Jesus was/is the rightful Heir to the throne because He came from the right parents, both of whom were from King David’s line (Matthew 1; Luke 3:23-38).

Offer. Immediately after His baptism, Jesus was driven out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights. One of the temptations the devil presented to Jesus was his offer of the kingdoms of the world to Jesus if He would just bow down to the devil and worship Him (Matthew 4:8-10; Luke 4:5-8). This offer was a legitimate one.  Satan is currently the ruler of the kingdoms of this world (Ephesians 2:2; Colossians 1:13). It was a temptation to Jesus to circumvent the agony of the cross simply by bowing down and worshipping the devil.  But it wasn’t part of the Father’s plan for the salvation of mankind (Psalm 2:8,9; Ephesians 1:11; Hebrews 10:7). The common people who had just been fed miraculously by Jesus wanted to make Him their “Welfare King.” But He prevented that from happening (John 6:15). They wanted a King on their terms, not on His terms. They weren’t concerned about their spiritual need to repent (i.e., change their minds) and believe on Jesus to save them from their sins (John 1:29).

Rejected. Most of the religious leaders (the scribes and Pharisees) hated and plotted to kill Him because they were envious of Him (Matthew 27:18; John 5:18; 7:1, 19). About one week after the common people had welcomed Him into Jerusalem as the Son of David (Matthew 21:9), they turned on Jesus and cried out for Him to be crucified (Luke 23:21; Acts 4:10). They chose the murderer, Barabbas, over Jesus (Matthew 27:20).

Death/Resurrection. Pilate, the Roman governor, had a lot of pressure put on him by the Jews. Even though he declared three times that he found no fault in Jesus, he succumbed to their threat when they said, “If you let this man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar” (John 19:12). Wanting to save his own neck, he turned Jesus over to them for Him to be crucified as it had been predicted (Psalm 22; John 19:16). Even though the Jews objected to the inscription that was placed over His head, Pilate kept it there. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19). But death couldn’t hold Him down in the grave. He rose again triumphantly from the grave with a glorified body of flesh and bones on the third day (Luke 24:33, 43).  It was different in that it had no blood (1 Corinthians 15:50).

Return. After appearing to over 500 witnesses over a 40 day period of time (1 Corinthians 15:1-8), Jesus ascended publicly, gradually, and literally to heaven in the midst of His disciples. When a cloud received Him out of their sight, two men (angels) said to them, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11). He will return at the end of the seven years of the Tribulation as the King of kings, and the Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). The believing, Jewish remnant will have repented (i.e., changed their minds about Him) and will welcome Him as their Messiah and Savior (Acts 3:19). At that time all the nations of the world will come to Armageddon to try to annihilate the Jews but King Jesus will come to rescue them in the nick of time (Zechariah 14:1-9; See Daniel 2:44, 45; Revelation 16:16).

King/Priest. Contrary to what many people are being taught, Jesus is not the Christian’s King and is not reigning now over the earth. Yes, He is sovereign, but His literal kingdom on earth is yet to be established according to God the Father’s timing (Psalm 2). Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is His Body (Ephesians 1:22, 23). He will be the Bridegroom and the true Church will be His Bride when He comes back for her at the Rapture (Ephesians 5:32). Presently Jesus is acting as the believer’s High Priest and is interceding for us (Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:25). Knowing this can be a source of great comfort to those who are suffering in this life. Every true Christian is a priest who is to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6; Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15, 16).

Questions. If you were to die today, are you absolutely sure you’d go to heaven the moment you die or do you believe that you have to go to some purging place first?  Your answer to this is critical.  Why should God let you into heaven? If you believe that you are going to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? Are you looking forward to Christ’s return? Do you conduct yourself as though He might come back today? If not, why? Jesus said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again to receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). Believers who love His imminent arrival will receive the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8).

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Miracles. Signs, wonders, and mighty deeds. Who wouldn’t be interested in being around someone who could perform miracles that would be beneficial to ourselves and others? The Jews of Christ’s day certainly were amazed and followed Him. Had we been there, I’m sure that we would have liked to see Him do such things for us and our loved ones who were sick, diseased, crippled, and/or demon possessed.

B.T.W.  Did you know that while a Christian can’t be demon possessed (2 Corinthians 6:14-17), he can be tormented by demons if he has an unforgiving or bitter spirit or other unconfessed sins in his life (Matthew 18:34; 2 Timothy 2:26; Hebrews 12:15)? This may be just one way God chastens His rebellious children whom He loves (1 Corinthians 11:30; Hebrews 12:5ff). What do you know about the sin unto death (1 John 5:16; James 5:19, 20)?

Loaves/Fishes. Having just seen Jesus perform the miracle of feeding five thousand men plus women and children (Matthew 14:21) from five loaves and two small fish, the crowd wanted more from this miracle worker. In fact, they wanted to make Him their King (John 6:15). But surprisingly, He didn’t let that happen. Do you know why He turned down their offer? Do you ever sing songs in church that talk about our crowning Jesus as the King? Had Jesus allowed them to make Him their King, they would have had control over Him. But this was/is not according to God’s plan or timing (Psalm 2). God the Father won’t cause Jesus to rule as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16) until the Jews have repented (i.e., changed their minds about the Lord Jesus Christ). He is the Lord (God), Jesus (Savior), Christ (Messiah, the resurrected and glorified One).

Remnant. When the Jews are about to be annihilated at Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation, the believing remnant will acknowledge Jesus to be their True Messiah and the God-man as it was predicted in the Old Testament (Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 23:39; John 1:1-18). For a Jew to be saved today, he must believe in the Deity of Jesus and His bodily resurrection which implies that Christ died for his sins too (Romans 10:9).  Jews must be saved the same way that non-Jews are saved by believing the same Gospel (Romans 1:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). They aren’t saved by a separate covenant as is falsely being taught. Eventually everyone, believers and unbelievers will admit that Jesus is the Lord (i.e., God-man) to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11). However, this doesn’t mean that everyone, including the devil and demons, will be saved eventually because God is love and wouldn’t send anyone to hell to suffer forever. If this were true, God’s Word would be a lie because hell is eternal and the devil and his demons and all unbelievers will suffer there forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Jude 1:13).

The Miracle Workers And Magicians

Imagine. There was no doubt about it. Miraculously Jesus fed a multitude of over 5,000 people by multiplying a boy’s lunch that consisted of five barley loves and two small fish (John 6:9-11). Imagine what it must have been like. Suppose a hamburger shop had 5,000 people come in for just one burger. It might overwhelm the employees in the store and they might not even have enough food to make that many burgers. How long would it have taken to feed such a crowd until they were full and satisfied?

Jesus And His Agents. On another occasion Jesus sent out His twelve disciples and gave them power over unclean spirits and to cast them out of people. They also were enabled to heal all kinds of sick people of their diseases (Matthew10:1). In the early days of the church, some believers were given the supernatural gifts of healing people to authenticate those who brought oral revelation to the new Christians before the New Testament was complete (1 Corinthians 12:28; 13:10). The credentials of a true apostle was his ability to perform three types of miracles: sign miracles, wonder miracles, and mighty deeds miracles (2 Corinthians 12:12). In the Old Testament times Moses performed many miracles before Pharaoh and the Egyptians to prove that the God of the Jews was the only true and living God (Exodus 7:3; 8:19).

Satan And His Agents. The devil is a master counterfeiter and has deceived and is still deceiving many people today through false prophets and teachers who proclaim another gospel and another way of salvation by good works (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). We trust that you aren’t being deceived by them. After Moses had performed a few miracles, Pharaoh’s magicians imitated some of them to try to discredit them through their magic tricks (Exodus 7:22). But when it came to the plague of the lice, they weren’t able to duplicate it and acknowledged that it had to have come from the finger of God (Exodus 8:19).

Judgment Day. On judgment day, many false teachers and preachers who had prophesied in the Lord’s name, who had cast out demons in His name, and who had done many wonders in His name, will hear Jesus say to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23). Sadly, many believers in Ephesus were involved in magic. But after seeing a demon possessed man overpower the seven sons of Sceva, they burned their magic books that had cost them 50,000 pieces of silver. After they did this the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed (Acts 19:11-20). If you’re a Christian, what sin in your life may be keeping the Word of God from spreading to others?

Deception. The greatest deception will take place during the days of the seven year Tribulation. It seems to be very near at hand. The Antichrist (Lawless One) will be able to imitate the three kinds of miracles that Christ and His apostles performed (Acts 2:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12). His power will come from the devil (Revelation 13: ). Thankfully his reign will be limited to seven years (Daniel 9:27). Were God to allow it to go on any longer, no one would survive (Matthew 24:22). During this awful time in human history, one half of the population will die (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). You won’t want to be here during the Tribulation. Do you know how you can escape it without dying (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? We understand that there are some environmental groups who believe that the population of the world needs to be reduced by 90%. The question is, “Whom do they want to eliminate and how?”

The Water Walkers

Jesus. To the chagrin of the unbelievers, miracles have happened. A miracle is nothing more than the circumvention of the normal laws (phenomenon) of nature. Since Jesus, as the God-man, is the One who established all these laws (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2), He is free to change them when He wants to do so. By His walking on the water Jesus demonstrated that He was/is the Master over nature itself (John 6:19; See Psalm 65:7; 107:29). Earlier in His ministry He had changed water into wine (John 2:6-11). He also calmed a raging sea with a command (Matthew 8:23-27). Being omnipotent, there is nothing too hard for Him (Revelation 1:8; See Hebrews 7:25).

Peter. Don’t you just love this man? He was vocal, impetuous, and a man of action. Many of us are a lot like him. When he saw Jesus walking on the water on that stormy night, he asked that Jesus grant to him the ability to walk on the water to come out to Him (Matthew 14:28-31). Jesus told him to “Come.” After a short distance Peter took notice of the boisterous wind and waves and began to sink. Some have suggested that his real problem was concerning the true identity of Jesus. Was He just a man, God or the God-man? Later on Peter made this confession, “You are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). This is the confession that a person had to make to be saved prior to Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection (See 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

The Counterfeit Master

Expelled. During the latter half of the seven years of the Tribulation, when Satan will be kicked out of heaven for good (Revelation 12:9), his man, the Antichrist will attempt to wipe out the Jewish people who will refuse to bow to the image which the false prophet has erected of him (Matthew 24:15; Daniel 9:27). The devil will be enabled to send a flood on the Jews who will be fleeing from Judea to Petra (Sela) in Jordan (Revelation 12:14-17; Isaiah 16:1). But God will cause the earth to open up and swallow the flood that otherwise would have killed all of them.

Indestructible. Folks, the Jewish nation cannot be annihilated in spite of what their enemies vow to do. They are the “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13) and the reason God preserves this earth. Since Satan hates the Jews, who provided us with the Scriptures and the Savior, he will bring all the nations of the world against Israel in the campaign of the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). The devastation of those who come against the Jews is almost indescribable (Zechariah 14:12-15; See Genesis 12:1-3).

News Heavens/Earth. When God creates the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21:1ff), the Jewish believers will inherit the new earth where righteousness will finally settle down and feel at home (Romans 4:13; 2 Peter 3:13). Christians are the inheritors of the New Jerusalem in heaven (Revelation 21:9ff; See John 14:1-3). Will you be in one of these places or with the devil and his angels (demons) in the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 25:30, 42, 46)? What you do with Jesus while you’re alive on earth will determine your future destiny. The choice is yours – accept Him or reject Him (John 1:12).

The Locomotive Engineer

Other Miracles. While most of us would think that walking on the water was quite spectacular, Jesus also performed a couple other miracles at this same time. He caused the winds and the raging sea to die down instantly (Matthew 14:32; Mark 6:51). But He also caused the boat in which His disciples were sitting to be transported immediately to Capernaum, the place for which they originally were headed (John 6:17-21). You see, Jesus is the Master of time and space too. This also relates to the Christian’s hope of instantly being “caught up” (i.e., raptured) to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; John 14:1-3). The same Greek root word is used when the people came to take [Jesus] by force” to make Him their King (John 6:15).

Application. Just as Jesus calmed the raging sea, so He can calm our souls (emotions) so we can enjoy the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7; John 14:1-3). The Christians’ souls (emotions) aren’t saved yet but they will be at the Rapture (1 Peter 1:9). Do you know Him as your personal Savior? Would you like to be at “peace with God” (Romans 5:1)? Are you ready for the Lord to return for those who belong to Him or will you be left behind? Would you like to know what kind of bodies we’ll have in eternity (1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57; Luke 24:33-43)?

Followers

Disciples. To be a disciple in Christ’s day simply meant that a person was a follower of Jesus. It didn’t mean that all of them were saved people. Judas was one of Christ’s twelve disciples but he wasn’t a true believer (John 6:71). There are many people today who say they are followers of Jesus. If you are one of them, why do you follow Him? Is it merely for you to have Him as your personal genie to meet all your personal, physical, and emotional needs? What about your spiritual needs? Have you placed your faith in Him alone to save you from hell and take you to heaven? If not, will you believe on Him as the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day? If you’ve already done this, have you given evidence of your faith by being baptized (immersed)? If not, why?

Motives. They matter greatly. Christians are to judge (weigh) their own and other people’s actions, but not motives (1 Corinthians 5:3; 6:1-8; 11:28-32). “Judge not, that you be not judged,” was written to hypocrites (Matthew 7:1). Without the ability to judge, how would one know what was holy and not holy that shouldn’t be cast to dogs and swine (Matthew 7:6)? Why do you do what you do and say what you say? Why do you attend or fail to attend church? Is it to be blessed and/or to bless others (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4; Hebrews 10:24, 25)? Is it to look for a mate or business contacts? Is it to have your ears tickled (2 Timothy 4:3, 4)? Be honest. What’s is really important to you – God and people or things?

Tested. The Lord will evaluate and expose each one’s works and our true motives on judgment day (1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). These judgments won’t be to determine if one gets into heaven or not but to determine the degree of pleasure one will enjoy in God’s presence (1 Corinthians 3:11-15) or one’s degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 10:15). Do you know in which judgment you will participate (Hebrews 9:27)? Will your works meet the test of fire (1 Corinthians 3:13-15)? If you’re a Christian, will you receive any crowns, praise, and/or rewards from the Lord or will you meet Him empty handed? Let’s make our choices (big and small) with this in mind.

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Beggars. Most people shy away from them but a few have mercy on them. What would you have done? One day, while the Apostles Peter and John were on their way to the temple at the hour of prayer, they encountered a lame man who was begging for alms (Acts 3). Rather than giving the man what he wanted, they gave him something better. In the name of Jesus they healed the man and enabled him to walk. His excitement was contagious and those who were there wondered what had happened to him. This in turn led to a crowd’s gathering around Peter and his being able to explain to them what had happened. About 5,000 people got saved but not without opposition from the religious authorities (Acts 4:1ff).

Opposition. Early in His ministry, Jesus performed a similar miracle and it also resulted in the religious leader’s opposition to Jesus. Not only did they hate Him, they wanted to kill Him (John 5:16). But why would there be such opposition to such an act of mercy? They were filled with envy (Matthew 27:18).

Sabbath. Jesus deliberately healed a man on the Sabbath (John 5:9). This infuriated the religious leaders who had added extra rules (legalism) to the Sabbath and imposed them on the common people. Perhaps they thought, How dare this man Jesus violate our rules?

Creation. Let’s go back to the beginning.  We’re told that after the six days of creation God rested (Genesis 2:2, 3). Why? It wasn’t because He was tired. He’s not a man who gets worn out. He is omnipotent (Revelation 1:8). There simply was no more work for Him to do at that time.

Resumption. But after Adam and Eve rebelled against God, by eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6), there was plenty of work for God to do on man’s behalf.  When that man got down into the ditch of sin, the Lord Jesus and the Father could no longer rest on the Sabbath Day. Although God rested after the creation of the physical universe, after the fall of man He didn’t rest, because man, like an ox, had gotten down into the ditch.” – J. Vernon McGee (See Luke 13:15; 14:5)

Relief. God graciously established the Sabbath as a day of rest for the Jews who had been slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years without any rest (Mark 2:27; Exodus 20:2; Deuteronomy 5:15). It wasn’t imposed on the people (for about 2,500 years) who were living before the giving of the Mosaic Law nor on the non-Jews after the giving of the Law. Not only was the Sabbath (seventh) day designed to give man a day of rest, every seventh year God told the Jews to give the land rest (Leviticus 25:1ff; 26:34-43). It also gave the Jews an opportunity to trust God to supply their need for food while the land rested. But they didn’t trust God for 490 years straight. So God removed them from their land, by the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, for 70 years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Daniel 1:1, 2). King Cyrus of Persian (Iran) allowed the Jews to return to the land of Israel and rebuild the temple and reestablish their worship of God (2 Chronicles 36:22ff; Ezra 1:1ff).  Wouldn’t it be great to see the current leaders in Iran treat the Jews as King Cyrus did?

Today. Although 9 or the 10 commandments are repeated in the New Testament, the 4th commandment regarding the Sabbath day of rest is not imposed on Christians (Colossians 2:16). Yes, the Apostle Paul went into the synagogues on the Sabbath (Acts 13:14; 18:4), but it was to preach the Good News concerning the Jewish Messiah Jesus and His work on their behalf to save them from sin and its consequences (Acts 13:15ff; 17:1ff; 18:4ff; Romans 6:23). But the early church assembled on the first day of the week to hear the Word of God proclaimed and to stimulate each other to love and good works (John 20:19; Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Hebrews 10:24, 25).

Tribulation. During the (perhaps soon) coming seven years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19), know also as the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), the judgment of the rebellious nations (Psalm 2) and the Jews will take place with the 7 seal judgments, 7 trumpet judgments, and the 7 bowl judgments. Jesus told the Jews who would be living in Jerusalem in the future when the Antichrist will have his image set up in the holy place in the rebuilt temple on the current “Temple Mount” to pray that your flight [from Jerusalem to Petra in Jordan – Isaiah 16:1ff] may not be in winter or on the Sabbath” (Matthew 24:15-20; See Revelation 13:11-18).

Millennium. During Christ’s millennial reign on/over earth, the Sabbath day rest will also be restored (Ezekiel 44:24; 46:1-3). It will be a time of peace and great prosperity (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1ff; 35:1ff) when Christ and His Bride, the Church rule over the earth from the heavenly (satellite) New Jerusalem (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9ff; Isaiah 9:6, 7). King David and other Old Testament believers will be raised from the dead 75 days after the Tribulation is over (Jeremiah 30:9; Daniel 12:12). He will be the regent on earth.  Under him there will be other Gentile kings and lords (Revelation 19:16). Some of the resurrected Old Testament Jews will rule as  judges who can’t/won’t be bribed. (Isaiah 1:26; Luke 19:17). Try to imagine what that will be like.

Sabbath Rest. There is another type of Sabbath rest that was/is available to the people of God who know and claim God’s promises (Hebrews 4:2). God assured Abraham and the Jews that He would deliver them from their 400 years of bondage in Egypt and take them into the “Promised Land” (Genesis 15:13-18). While they have inhabited some of the land that was promised to them, they are yet to get all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River. This will happen during the millennial reign of Christ. After leaving Egypt, God instructed them to go in and take the land away from the wicked Amorites and Canaanites by force (Genesis 15:15; Deuteronomy 7:1).  God often uses one nation to punish another wicked nation.  This is one reason why God is opposed to man’s attempts to establish a one world government and a one world religion.  But it’s coming as predicted (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).  The stage is being set.  Thankfully it will only last for seven years.  Otherwise no one would survive this holocaust when over 1/2 of the population will die (Matthew 24:22; Revelation 6:8; 9:15).  We sincerely hope that you won’t be here on earth during these days.  Will you be left behind when the Lord returns?  (Read John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9).

Discouraged. When the 12 spies came back from the land of Canaan with their report concerning the “Promised Land,” 10 of them gave the people a bad report and caused them to doubt God’s ability to give them the land. So they revolted against God and Moses and refused to claim God’s promises. This is one of the reasons why the Jews had to spend 40 miserable years in the wilderness (Numbers 13:26ff; 14:33ff). Learn what not to do from their bad example (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11).

Promises. Just as God gave the Jews promises and has kept them, so God has given New Testament believers promises that we can claim so we can enjoy the abundant life consisting of, among other things, the peace of God (John 10:10; Philippians 4:4-6; Galatians 5:22). This gives us hope. It is the confident expectation that God will keep His promises to us too (Romans 15:4). Make sure that you don’t try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to the Jews. The Church has not replaced Israel (Romans 11:1ff).  This is called “Replacement Theology.” [1] . Christians have plenty of promises to claim but most of them will go unclaimed. This is why many Christians are miserable and filled with anxiety, fear, and doubt (John 14:1; Philippians 4:6). Are you one of them? Would you like a list of promises for Christians to claim? You can’t claim them if you’re not saved.  What is the command and promise to an unsaved person? (Read John 3:16, 18, 36; Acts 16:31; 1 John 5:13).

Christian. You can become a Christian, and have peace with God (Romans 5:1) by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). There are no good works that you can/must do to be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Isaiah 64:6; Titus 3:5). Salvation is a free gift from God to all who will believe on Christ.  (Beware of the “Lordship Salvation” requirements for salvation. They’re very confusing and can leave a person without assurance of salvation.) [2]

Formula. Here is the right formula: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works. This is the wrong formula: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation. If you get this mixed up, you’ll end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46). We’re here to help you avoid that awful place that lasts forever. Contrary to what some cults teach, there are no second chances to be saved once you’re dead (Hebrews 9:27). The Scriptures don’t teach reincarnation either.

Help. We’re here to assist sincere people who want to know what God’s Word says.  We interpret the Bible normally (literally), historically, and grammatically.  This leads us to a “Dispensational” perspective.  Would you like our FREE “Dispensational Chart”?  Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2)? We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com  If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Please share the helpful articles with others.

[1] Replacement Theology: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

[2] Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Sabbath: http://nowtheendbegins.com/pages/israel/are-christians-required-to-keep-the-sabbath.htm

Suffering, sickness, and death are the result of sin (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). Eating the forbidden fruit seemed like such a harmless thing to do but it ended up in total disaster. Therefore, just as through one man [Adam] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). We’re all sinners by birth and by choice. Without God’s help we’d all be doomed to the lake of fire.

Signs. All the sign miracles that Jesus performed and that John recorded were to demonstrate that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing [we] may have life in His name” (John 20:31). The sign miracle that involved Jesus’ healing a man who had been impotent for 38 years also led to the Jews’ wanting to kill Jesus because they said that He violated the Sabbath (i.e. as they understood it) and because He made Himself equal to God the Father (John 5:1-18; See John 10:30, 31; Colossians 2:9). All those who diminish Jesus to be inferior to God the Father are Antichrists (1 John 2:18).

Occasion. When Jesus and His disciples went back to Jerusalem for one of the feasts of the Jews, He encountered a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, and paralyzed. They were superstitiously waiting for the water in the Bethesda pool to move. They believed that the first person to get into the water would be healed. We’re not told how often people were healed and what kind of people actually were healed. Many people have psychosomatic illnesses (James 5:13-16; 1 Corinthians 11:30).

Causes. Some sicknesses were for God’s glory. By giving sight to a blind man (John 9:3), Jesus let others know that He was the light of the world (John 9:5). He resuscitated a man (Lazarus) who was dead for four days to let others know that He is the resurrection and the life (John 11:4, 25). The Apostle Paul told us that God didn’t grant him his request but told him that His grace would be sufficient to meet his need. His thorn in the flesh” was designed to keep Paul humble (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).  God used insanity to demonstrate to King Nebuchadnezzar that the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men and that He gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men (Daniel 4:17, 25, 32). God also allows affliction to come to His children when we go astray (Psalm 119:67, 71, 75). Sometimes our illnesses may be due to a constitutional weakness (1 Timothy 5:23; 2 Timothy 4:20). And then again it may be the chastening from the Lord (John 5:14; 1 Corinthians 11:30; Hebrews 12:6-14).

Focus. On some occasions Jesus healed all those who came to Him (Matthew 12:15). But on this occasion, out of all the people that Jesus could have healed because He was/is omnipotent, He targeted just one man who had been infirm for 38 years (John 5:5). He was homeless, helpless, hopeless, and hell bound. Isn’t this basically the spiritual condition of all of us who are without the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior? We need not beg God for mercy and grace because God demonstrated this when Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. He can and will save any and all who come to Him in faith (John 6:37; Hebrews 7:25). If you’re not yet saved, why not now?

Social Gospel? [1] With what was Jesus concerned? “The phrase ‘social gospel’ is usually used to describe a Protestant Christian intellectual movement that came to prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Those who adhered to a social gospel sought to apply Christian ethics to social problems such as poverty, slums, poor nutrition and education, alcoholism, crime, and war. These things were emphasized while the doctrines of sin, salvation, heaven and hell, and the future kingdom of God were downplayed. Theologically, the social gospel leaders were overwhelmingly postmillennialist, asserting that Christ’s Second Coming could not happen until humankind rid itself of social evils by human effort.” Taken from – http://www.gotquestions.org/social-gospel.html

Debt. God is not indebted to any man (Romans 4:4). If we demanded justice from Him, we’d all be in hell (Romans 6:23). He is free to be merciful to anyone to whom He chooses to be merciful (Romans 9:15, 18). All a person needs to do today is Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and [he/she] will be saved” (Acts 16:31; See Romans 8:1). Most people will not believe on Him because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19-21). The wrath of God abides on them (John 3:18, 36; See Jude 1:22, 23). Don’t be among those who believe in vain by adding to or subtracting from the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:2). [2]

Cure. While God may use men to bring about a physical cure, the Great Physician is the ultimate source of our healing. He heals us of all our diseases except the last one. Apart from the Rapture’s taking place, we will all die physically some day (Hebrews 9:27). Jesus will raise all mankind out from the dead someday (1 Corinthians 15:22-24, 51, 52). In which resurrection will you participate? Our eternal life and spiritual health are far more important than our physical health [3] on earth (Romans 8:18; 3 John 1:2).

Help. We’re here to help those who have spiritual needs and who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website at www.kelseypeach.comIf you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Social Gospel. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/greatcom.htm

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

[3] Physical Healing. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/charis06.htm

 

They had watched as He was being crucified. They saw Him die. Just before sunset, they observed His lifeless body being taken down from the cross and hurriedly placed in a tomb nearby. But on the first day of the week (Sunday) these women, who had lingered at the cross, came early in the morning to the tomb to anoint His body. They really believed that He was still dead when they made their way to the tomb.

Shock. But imagine the shock they experienced whey they got there only to find the stone rolled away and the body of Jesus gone. The angel, who spoke to them said, “He is not here; for His is risen” (Matthew 28:6). That same day, and for the next forty days (Acts 1:3), Jesus made at least 10 special appearances to over 500 witnesses. Then He ascended back to heaven in the presence of His disciples (Acts 1:11). It was public, gradual, and literal.  He died to pay the penalty for our sins and rose again bodily because of our justification (Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  You may give mental assent to these facts and still be unsaved.  You must place your faith in Christ alone for your salvation.  Are you depending on any of your good works to save you?  If so, stop!  They can’t save you (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Deity. His bodily resurrection proves that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God (i.e. the God-man – John 1:1-14). Although He performed many miracles by circumventing natural laws (Acts 2:22), the Apostle John recorded seven sign miracles to prove this fact (John 20:31). When the Jews kept asking for more sign miracles, Jesus only told them about Jonah’s being in the belly of the great fish for three days and nights (Matthew 12:39; 16:21; Acts 10:40). That is how long He Himself would be in the tomb. This was the maximum amount of time He could be dead without His body’s decaying or seeing corruption as it had been predicted (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:27, 31).

Validation. Christ’s bodily resurrection (Luke 24:39) from the dead validates the 66 books of the Scriptures. The original manuscripts were God-breathed and totally reliable (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). No one is to add or subtract from it without serious consequences (Revelation 22:18 19). Do you know of someone or some group that claims to receive new revelations and information from God today? Beware of them (Matthew 24:4, 5; 1 John 4:1).

Guarantee. Jesus’ bodily resurrection assures us that He will come back for true believers someday (John 14:1-3). Because of the unbeliever’s shortsightedness and God’s long suffering, many people mock His promise to return (2 Peter 3:3-9). Jesus said the meek (meekness means having strength under control), believing Jews will inherit the  earth (i.e. the land that God promised to them – Genesis 15:18-21) when He sets up His 1,000 reign on earth (Matthew 5:5; See Romans 4:13; Revelation 21:5, 6; Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; 11:1ff; 35:1ff). New Testament Christians are promised the heavenly New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9ff; Hebrews 12:22). Sadly, all unbelievers will spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; John 3:18, 36; 16:8-11; Revelation 21:8). The Scriptures don’t teach annihilation or reincarnation (Hebrews 9:27). If these aren’t true facts, then Jesus is a liar or a lunatic, not the Lord or someone we should trust.

Resurrections. According to the Scriptures, every human being will someday be resurrected with a real body, each in his/her own order (1 Corinthians 15:23, 24).  Judge Jesus will judge our works to determine the degree of pleasure or pain and suffering that every person will experience in eternity future (1 Corinthians 3:12-15; Revelation 20:11-15). Do you know in which judgment you will participate? It’s no joking matter. Don’t believe the lie of universalism. It teaches that eventually everyone goes to heaven. Believe it or not, some people don’t want to spend eternity with a holy God.

Empowerment. Christ’s bodily resurrection also provides the Christian with resurrection power (Philippians 3:10; 4:13) that he/she needs to live victoriously over the temptations that come from the devil (Ephesians 6:10-17), his own sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25), and the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). It’s sad that so many Christians haven’t been taught from the Scriptures about their three spiritual enemies and how to live in victory over them (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Does victorious Christian living interest you? Do you love darkness rather than light (John 3:19)? It might indicate who your true father is (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10).

Believe. The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is a believable fact of human history (Acts 1:3). It is an essential part of the Good News that leads to one’s salvation (2 Timothy 2:8-10). Without it Christians have no hope for the future and should be pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19). His resurrected, glorified body consists of flesh and bones, but lacks blood (Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:50). While He is seated at God the Father’s right hand in the third heaven (Ephesians 1:20) He is clothed with a garment of unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16; Acts 9:3). New Testament believers will receive a body like His glorified humanity at the time of the Rapture (1 John 3:2; See Daniel 12:2-12).  We will not become gods.

Faith. Is your faith resting in Christ alone for your salvation or are you relying on Christ and your good works (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5)? If you’re saved, are you sharing the Gospel with others (Romans 1:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? Do you love the truth of His imminent return for His own? Christians who do will receive the Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8).

Help. We can’t help anyone who is not teachable and willing to change when exposed to the truth of God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). To contact us, call 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Please let us know if this article has helped you and share it with someone else too.

 

Christs. Believe it or not, there are different Christs in whom people believe. They are not all the same.  Jesus predicted that this would happen (Matthew 24:5). Consider the “Wafer Jesus” who didn’t finish the work of salvation, the “Elevated Jesus” who is the brother of Lucifer, the “Modernist Jesus” who wasn’t virgin born, the “Universalist Jesus” who won’t send anyone to hell, the “Prosperity Jesus” who promises wealth to the contributors, the “Laughing Jesus” who slays people in the spirit, the “Self-esteem Jesus” who never calls men sinners, the “Charismatic Jesus” who says, “Let’s put on a show,” and the “Contemporary Jesus” who says, “Let’s all get together.”  And then there is a Jesus who used to be Michael the archangel. Are you trusting in any of these false Christs? Are you believing in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2; Matthew 7:21-23)?

Warning. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; See Jude 1:13).

Purpose. The Apostle John had a clear purpose in mind when he wrote the Gospel of John. “…these [sign miracles] were written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). Do you have, as a present possession, eternal life (i.e. God’s quality of life)? Are you enjoying an abundant life now (John 10:10)? If not, ask us how you can have these things.

Gift. When my father, Timothy Pietsch, used to preach in Japanese in Tokyo, Japan for 35 years, he offered to his radio listeners a copy of the Gospel of John. Sometimes he referred to the Lord Jesus Christ as the only true “Tenno Heika” (Heaven’s Descended Majesty). He thought saying this would get him into a lot of trouble since the Japanese people use this term to refer to their emperor. (BTW – I attended the Peer School with the current Japanese Emperor’s younger sister.  See the link below.)

Tool. John’s Gospel is an evangelistic tool to introduce people to the Christ of the Scriptures. He is fully God and not inferior to God the Father or God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9). He is the God-man (Philippians 2:6-8). He was born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14) and lived a sinless life for 33 years (Hebrews 4:15; John 8:46). He performed many miracles to prove that He was/is the Christ (Messiah). He had created all things and He holds the molecules together (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17). He promised to return for His Bride, the Church before the Tribulation (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; Revelation 3:10).  Are you ready for His imminent return?  Ask how you can receive our “FREE Dispensational Chart.”

I AM. Contrary to what at least one cult teaches, the Lord Jesus Christ is the Jehovah of the Old Testament (Exodus 3:14; See John 5:18; 10:30, 31). The Apostle John records seven times when Jesus referred to Himself by saying, “I AM the…” (John 6:35; 8:12; 10:7, 11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1). See for yourself what these verses say.

P.C. It’s not politically correct today to recite Christ’s own words when He said, “I am the [only] way [back to God], the [absolute] truth, and the [only One who gives eternal] life” (John 14:6). The Apostle Peter’s words are rejected or disputed by some folks. “Nor is there salvation is any other [than the Lord Jesus Christ], for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Of course the Apostle Paul’s words aren’t liked either by the P.C. Crowd. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [exclusively], and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Grace / Faith. The Apostle Paul reminded the believers in Ephesus how they were saved, “For by grace [unmerited favor] you have been saved through faith [believing], and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). What is the Gospel?Did you know that it’s possible for people to know and agree with the facts of the Gospel without being saved (James 2:19)? It’s not until one transfers his faith from himself and his own good works over to Christ alone that he is saved (Titus 3:5).

Death / Resurrection. Most knowledgeable people will admit that Jesus died on a cross about 2,000 years ago. But many don’t know that He died for all of our sins once and for all…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43; Hebrews 10:10). His bodily resurrection assures us of the fact that everyone will one day be raised from the dead, each in his/her own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-28). Do you know in which one of the five resurrections you will be raised?

Judgment. “And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Nowhere in Scripture can you find second chances to be saved after physical death, or reincarnation. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “For what is your life? It is a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

Assurance. Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven when 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? Is it possible for those who believe in “Lordship Salvation” to have assurance of salvation?** What are some of the dangers of “Reformed Theology”?***

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*Clear Gospel in 30 languages. www.cleargospel.org

***The Dangers of Reformed Theologyhttp://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/dangerso.htm

“Tenno Heika”  https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/theres-only-one-tenno-heika/

 Assurance of Salvation https://bible.org/seriespage/assurance-salvation

When God is about to do something good, He starts with a difficulty. When He is about to do something great, He starts with an impossibility.”

King Jesus. It’s not surprising. Who wouldn’t want as their King someone who could take five small loves and a couple of fish and feed 5,000 men plus women and children (John 6), heal the sick (Matthew 8:16), and raise the dead (John 11:43, 44)? It was a logical choice on the part of the people who followed Jesus. They would have loved to have had such a welfare state. There were concerned about their physical well being but not about their spiritual condition (John 6:26-29). Isn’t that they way many people are today? Are you one of them? The Jews wanted to get out from under the heel of Rome with its oppressive taxes.

Rejected. But to their surprise, Jesus turned them down (John 6:15). You might ask “Why?” Hadn’t He come to be the King of the Jews? Yes, He did. His credentials as the rightful King of the Jews are given to us in Matthew’s Gospel chapter 1. So why did He turn them down? Simply because had He been voted in by will of the people, they would have been in charge. But His becoming the King of the Jews will be carried out by God the Father when He chooses to make His Son the King of kings and Lord of lords (Psalm 2:7-9; Revelation 19:16). We won’t crown Him King as some of our songs suggest. God the Father will do that but true believers will be there to observe it and rejoice to see it happen (Revelation 11:15). That will be an exciting day and may not be that far off from now. Do you know the order of things to come? Ask about our FREE charts.

Timing. The Jews will come back into God’s favor when the Jewish remnant repents (changes their mind) about the One whom they had crucified by the Romans. God holds all mankind responsible for Christ’s death, not just the Jews (Matthew 4:17; 23:37-39; Zechariah 12:10; Acts 2:36-38; 3:12-16; 4:25-28; Romans 9:27; 11:5). The Jewish remnant will repent at the end of “The times of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) known also as the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:15ff). Until then, the Jews will be subjected to the oppression of the Gentile nations (Luke 21:24). Anti-Semitism is growing in the world even at this time. Another holocaust is coming. But woe to those who mistreat the Jewish people (Genesis 12:1-3). They will be crushed by Christ at the end of the campaign of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). Consider the gruesome death that will come upon those who try to annihilate the Jews (Zechariah 14:12—15). Do you know when Russia and her allies will be destroyed and the one whom God will use to crush them (Ezekiel 38, 39; Revelation 13:1ff)?

Hope. God is not done with the Jews as a nation. (We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology”*). The believing Jewish remnant has a very bright future awaiting them (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1ff; 35:1ff; Zechariah 12, 14). They will inherit all the land that God promised to give to them. Do you know what it includes (Genesis 15:18-21)? They will become the head nation and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13) during Christ’s millennial reign (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). King David and other Old Testament believers will resurrected 75 days after the end of the Tribulation (Daniel 12:12). He will be the regent on earth (Jeremiah 30:9) under Christ and His Bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 19:16; 21:9; 22:3).

Delayed. Since most of the Jewish leaders and many of the people rejected His claims to be the Christ/Messiah and the God-man (John 1:1-18; 5:18; 8:58, 59; 10:30, 31), even though He had performed many miracles and signs for them (John 20:30, 31), He decided to postpone the setting up of His kingdom on this earth. A key turning point occurred right after Peter made his famous declaration, “Your are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Jesus went on to tell His disciples that no longer were they to refer to Him as the Christ/Messiah. He was going to go to the cross to die for the sins of the whole world – Jews and Gentiles (Matthew 16:20; John 1:29; 1 John 2:2). Peter opposed Christ’s words and had to be rebuked sharply by the Lord (Matthew 16:21-23). Sadly, there are many Christians today who also oppose God’s plan and support the wrong causes. Do you know why the Apostle Paul rebuked the Apostle Peter on one occasion (Galatians 2:11-14)?

Church. After declaring to Peter that he didn’t come up with this truth on his own, Jesus told His disciples that He would build His church and that He Himself would be the foundation upon which it would be built (Matthew 16:18; See Ephesians 2:20). If the church had Peter as its foundation, it would have crumbled. The Church, which is the “Body of Christ” is made up of all true Christians. It had its beginning on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and it will be complete by the time Jesus returns at the Rapture (John 6:37; 10:16; 14:1-3). Will you be in that number? Don’t confuse Israel with the Church as some do.**

Deluded. The unadulterated Gospel*** concerning Christ is that “[He] died for our sins [yours and mine]…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). Having heard this, if you don’t believe on Him as your personal Savior before the Rapture happens (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52), you will not be given another opportunity to be saved after this event when you’re left behind. Instead you will believe “The lie” (2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12). Do you know what it is (Romans 1:25)?

Today. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). You have no guarantee that you will be alive tomorrow (James 4:14). “…it is appointed for man to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Nowhere in Scripture do you find the annihilation of the wicked (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8) or reincarnation. Jesus, the just One, came to take your place and mine and die for our sins (1 Peter 3:18). But a dead Savior is of no value to us. Therefore, after being dead for three days, God the Father raised Him from the dead with a real body consisting of flesh and bones, but no blood (1 Corinthians 15:50). He did this to let us know that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross met the righteous demands that God had set for those who have sinned (Romans 3:10-23; 4:25; 6:23; John 16:10).

Gift. Eternal life (God’s quality of life) is available right now to all mankind, not just to a few chosen ones**** (John 3:16; 5:24; 1 John 2:2; 5:11-13). Have you received it by faith yet (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?  If not, why not now?

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*Replacement Theology http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

**Distinctions between Israel and the Church http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/dispen/israelch.htm

***Clear Gospel http://www.cleargospel.org/

****Dangers of “Limited Atonement” http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

For Holocaust Deniers http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/this-is-for-all-those-holocaust-deniers-dont-you-dare

 

Walking. What a great way to exercise. I prefer to walk in places other than the gym unless I want to interact with others. Problem is, others usually are watching TV or listening to their head phones and may not be interested in a conversation with someone else.

Jesus. He and His disciples walked from place to place and didn’t travel very far. As He/they traveled, Jesus did the work that the Father planned for Him to do – no more, no less (John 17:4). Some people are surprised to know that God planned for His children to do some specific kinds of service while they are here on planet earth (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10).

Gifts. Most Christians I meet don’t know/care about the spiritual gifts that God has given to them. These gifts were designed to bring glory of God and help other believers in the Body of Christ (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:11-16). Do you know what your spiritual gift is and are you using it with love (1 Corinthians 13)? (For more information about spiritual gifts, go to “Bible Basics” on our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com.)

Enemy. In order for us as Christians to overcome the sin nature that dwells in us (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25).  The Apostle Paul wrote, “Walk in [by means of] the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts [strong desires] of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). This means that our overall manner of living must be lived this way. But we must also walk each step in [by] the Spirit if we live in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).

Victory. We can live victoriously over this spiritual enemy when we order our lives under the Holy Spirit who indwells us (John 14:17). Paul told Timothy to flee youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22). Solomon echoed the same advice (Proverbs 5-7). Then we must rely on Him to kill the evil desires that could lead to acts of sin and a premature physical death (James 1:13-15; 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). As we refocus our attention on things above (Colossians 3:1-17; Philippians 4:8, 9) and upon our position “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17), along with all our spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3), the enticements that come from our sin nature will fade away for awhile.

Crown. “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promises to those who love Him” (James 1:12). If we really love God, we will take the necessary measures to overcome the temptations to sin. Let’s show our love to God this way.

Promise. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

View. We must walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15). As we observe the Lord’s Table, we should take a look backward to think about Christ’s sacrifice for our sins (Isaiah 53; Romans 5:8). Then we should look forward to His imminent return (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). We should examine our own lives by the standard of God’s Word (1 Corinthians 11:28), and confess our sins if necessary and then claim His promise to forgive us (1 John 1:9). We should think about our relationship with other believers who are “in Christ” with us (Matthew 18:15-35). But most importantly, we should look up and remind ourselves that our Savior is sitting at the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 1:20) making intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).

Joy. With all the promises of God for us to claim, there is no good reason for any Christian to be “down in the dumps.” We should rejoice in the Lord at all times (Philippians 4:4). After all, consider what He did for us, is doing for us, and what He will do for us. “The future is as bright as the promises of God.” Know them, claim them, and then live and enjoy the “Faith-Rest” life (Hebrews 3, 4).

Pilgrim. Lift up your head. Your redemption and mine draws near (Luke 21:28; Romans 8:23). We’re just passing through this earth on our way to heaven where our citizenship lies (Philippians 3:20). Let’s act like children of God.

Help. If you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny, or would like spiritual help, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website.