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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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His name is not mentioned in the book and yet God’s unseen hand was constantly at work in the events that took place in this suspense filled story to preserve the Jews from annihilation. National intrigue, an attempted assassination, and political unrest fill its pages.

Sovereign. But throughout the story, one can see the sovereign hand of God at work. God hasn’t abandoned the Jewish nation. Today, the Jews, as a nation, have been set aside temporarily and spiritually blinded until “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” (Romans 11:1, 25). The “Church” hasn’t replaced Israel as is being taught in many churches these days. Today God is taking a few folks from the Jewish community and more from the Gentile community and making those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel one new creation known as “The Church which is His [spiritual] Body” (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:14, 15; 5:32;1 Corinthians 12:12, 13).

Consternation. Try to imagine how this young Jewish girl, Esther must have felt as she entered the “Miss Persia” beauty contest without others knowing about her Jewish heritage. God was working on her behalf and was going to see to it that she would be chosen by the king and made the queen in place of Vasthi (Esther 1:19). After all, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 22:1). Furthermore, “…the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, [and] gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17).

Plot. When wicked Haman, the Agagite (Esther 3:1; See 1 Samuel 15:8) tried to annihilate all the Jews because Esther’s cousin, Mordacai wouldn’t bow down to him, she endangered her own life to preserve God’s people, the Jews. When Haman’s diabolical plot was discovered, she called for fasting among the Jews as a sign of their humility before God. This reminds me of another promise that God gave to the Jews. “If my people [the Jews] who are called by name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Humility. It goes a long way with God. After all, what do we have that wasn’t given to us (1 Corinthians 4:7)? The pride of race, place, and face shouldn’t be named among believers. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10). By the way, the ten commands found in James 4:7-10 are not how an unsaved person receives saving grace as one author suggests. This instruction was given to those who were already saved to help them in their Christian growth and the outworking of their faith (See Philippians 2:12; Ephesians 2:10).

Praise. As we remind ourselves of God’s sovereignty, let us meditate on this quality of God and read what the Psalmist said. God wants us to “Be still and know that [He alone is] God; [He] will be exalted among the nations, [He] will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10). This day may come a lot sooner than most believers think. Are you eagerly anticipating Christ’s any moment return (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? Believers can earn the “Crown of Righteousness” by loving His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). Will you be one of them?

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1 Peter 3:13-17

As a general rule, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7). But we all know that there are times when life isn’t always fair to those who do what is right and especially those who desire to live godly lives (2 Timothy 3:12). Our response to adversity is very important because others are watching and listening to us whether it’s other human beings or spirit beings (1 Peter 1:12). We might want to take matters into our own hands and get even or we might choose to look at things from God’s perspective (Isaiah 55:8, 9). His eyes and ears are on the righteous and his face is against those who do evil (1 Peter 3:12; See Romans 12:9). Nothing escapes His notice because He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; Psalm 10:11; John 2:24, 25). Does this fact encourage or alarm you?

Blessed. When we suffer for doing what is right, we should consider ourselves to be uniquely blessed by God (1 Peter 3:14; See James 1:2). Every true Christian will suffer to some degree with Jesus. Therefore, we also will be glorified and reign with Him (Romans 8:17; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 20:6). In comparison with other believers around the world, most of us in our country have suffered very little for Christ. But some early Christians rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for His name (Acts 5:41; 9:16). The “Martyr’s Crown” is given to believers who die physically for the cause of Christ and for those who resist temptations up to the point to death if necessary (Revelation 2:10; James 1:12).

Unafraid. We don’t need to be afraid or troubled by those who can only take our physical lives from us (Matthew 10:28) if the Lord permits them to do so. Today He holds the keys of death (Revelation 1:18; See 1 Thessalonians 4:14; Hebrews 2:14). God restrained the devil from taking Job’s life even though He didn’t restrict him from taking the lives of Job’s ten children (Job 1, 2). God used an angel to deliver Peter from King Herod’s sword (Acts 12; See Hebrews 1:14). He delivered Daniel’s three friends from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3) and Daniel from the den of lions (Daniel 6). However, many other believers suffered torture and death (Hebrews 11:36-38).

Years. Christians have “potential years” and “actual years.”  Do you know what can reduce the number of your days on earth (See 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16)? What is a spiritual Christian supposed to do with a fellow believer who has a bad attitude that could lead to sin (Galatians 6:1)? What assurances and promises does God give to His children (See Romans 8:17, 18, 35-39; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Philippians 1:21; 3:20, 21)?

Sanctify. As believers, we’re supposed to set aside and elevate the Lord God in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15; See Isaiah 8:13). This verse is not teaching “Lordship in exchange for salvation.”[1] God alone deserves our worship and praise (John 4:24; Revelation 4:11; 5:12) and the most exalted place in our lives. But as Christians we still have an old sin nature that rebels against God and His Word (Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). Believers, not the unsaved, are exhorted to “present [their] bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is [their] reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). If you’re a Christian, have you done this yet? Don’t waste your whole life pursuing fame, fortune, power, and pleasure as King Solomon did only to regret it when he came to the end of his life (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 14; 12:1). Our primary purpose in life should be to glorify God by making Him known to those around us (1 Corinthians 10:31). If you’re a Christian, are you doing this?

Ready. God allows some of His children to suffer from time to time to give them an opportunity to display the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Christ likeness) before others (Galatians 5:22, 23). Sometimes they will ask how we are able to endure such hardships. Our answers should be given with meekness (strength under control) and with fear of displeasing God or grieving Him (1 Peter 3:15; Ephesians 5:30; 2 Corinthians 5:9). Consider the responses that Peter, Stephen, and Paul gave to those who asked them about their hope and faith in Christ (Acts 2, 7, 22).

Hope. This is the confident expectation that we have as a result of believing a promise from God who is able to do what He says He will do (Romans 15:4; Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:8). When God promises to do something, and we believe it, that settles it. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Jesus said, “I am the [only] way, the [absolute] truth, and the [One who gives eternal] life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12; 16:31). We are not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). How many promises do you know that you are claiming? Not all the promises in the Bible are for Christians to claim (2 Peter 1:4). Keep Israel and the Church separate. We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology.” [2]

Good Conscience. In order for the conscience to be a useful tool to assist us in life, it needs to be regulated by God’s Word that is addressed to Christians. All Scripture is to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). We must “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).  (The “Seven Dispensations” found in the Scriptures are the result of a normal, literal, grammatical, historical interpretation of the Bible. They are not different ways of salvation as some have said. For more information, see our “Dispensations Chart.”) A Christian’s conscience may be evil (Hebrews 10:22), weak (1 Corinthians 8:7), or possibly seared (1 Timothy 4:2). This could lead to a premature death (Romans 8:6).

So What? Unjust suffering is always better than deserved punishment (1 Peter 2:20; 4:19). The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:18). “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).

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

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According to the Scriptures, there is coming a day (perhaps very soon) when a mortal man will rule over the entire world all by himself for 3 ½ years. This is why there will be silence in heaven for 30 minutes during the seventh seal judgment (Revelation 8:1).  For the first 3 ½ years the Antichrist will have to share his power with the ten rulers/leaders of the revived Roman Empire (Revelation 17:11-13).  Because he will have made a 7 year covenant with the Jews (Daniel 9:27), he will come to their aid when Russia and her allies come down on Israel for a prey (Ezekiel 38:12, 13).  He (the Antichrist) will be killed in the middle of the seven year tribulation in a battle with the king/ruler from the north of Israel (Russia).  But when he is resuscitated back to life (Revelation 13:3), the people of this world will be told to worship him as god (Revelation 13:11-18; Matthew 24:15-20; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).  To buy or sell and engage in commerce, one will need to have the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:17).  But the astute Jews will refuse to worship him and will flee to Petra in Jordan where God will protect the Jewish remnant of believers for the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation (Isaiah 16:1).  

Interpretation.  There are basically two ways to interpret the Scriptures: normally or allegorically.  Satan was the first one to use the allegorical method of interpretation when he tempted Eve to doubt God (Genesis 3:1).  Most people who claim to be Christians interpret the predictions that were made concerning His first coming literally.  But when it comes to His second coming, many of the same people use the allegorical method and change the clear meaning of words. The Apostle Peter warned believers about those who twist the Scriptures this way (2 Peter 3:16).

Replacement Theology.  Many folks within Christendom believe that God has abandoned the Jews as a nation because they were responsible for the death of Christ.  They believe that the promises that were given to the Jews now belong to the Church. In their thinking, the Jews who live in Israel today are occupiers of a land that doesn’t belong to them anymore.  Such thinking leads to anti-Semitism and will result to the worst holocaust in human history.  It is called “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). 

Prophecy.  Sadly, there are some pastors in churches who tell their people to ignore Bible prophecy.  Those who follow their advice will not earn the crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8).  About one third of the Bible, at the time it was written, was prophetic in nature.  God must and will keep His unconditional promises to the Jews.  Don’t confuse Israel with the Church.  They are two separate and distinct entities and God will keep His promises to both groups.

Personalize.  As a member of the human race, God the Father sent His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die in your place for your sins…and to rise again bodily from the dead on the third day so He could save you the moment you place your faith in Him exclusively.  We aren’t saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Do you have assurance of your salvation and that you will go to heaven the moment you die?  If not, we’re here to help you discover how you can have eternal life right now and enjoy an abundant life while you are here on earth (John 10:10).  

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1 Peter 1:15-25  

Shortly before He was arrested, Jesus prayed for His disciples about their relationship to the world. He said, “…I do not ask that You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15). He didn’t ask the Father to isolate them but to insulate them.

The Father’s Judgment. He is impartial (1 Peter 1:17) and He is to be feared/revered. Why? “’Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God” (Hebrews 10:30, 31; See Romans 12:19). He Himself is holy (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8). He expects His children to live morally pure lives. With His enabling we can/should live this way (1 Peter 1:15, 16; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18). We need to abide (feel at ease) in Christ and walk in the light as He (God the Father) is in the light (John 15:5; 1 John 1:3-7). If you’re saved, are you doing these things? If not, it’s important to know that God the Father will discipline His unruly children (Hebrews 12:5-11; Proverbs 19:18). The purpose of His chastening is so that we won’t be condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 5:5; 11:32). So, if necessary, confess and forsake your known sins to God (1 John 1:9) and to those against whom you have sinned (James 5:16). “He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1). Beware of committing the “sin unto death” (1 John 5:16; See James 5:19, 20). Do you know what it is?

The Son’s Redemption. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ purchased a pardon for all of us with His own precious blood (1 Peter 1:18, 19; See 1 Corinthians 6:15-20). This pardon can be rejected by unbelief (John 3:18, 36; 16:9). The value of Christ’s death comes from the fact that He’s God. The reality of His death comes from the fact that He’s a real man, the God-man (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9). If we want to be delivered from the lake of fire and spend eternity with God in heaven, we must know and believe the facts of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone to save us (Acts 4:12; 16:31). He’s the only way to God in heaven (John 14:6). When we believe on Him, we begin to participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and have God’s seed implanted in us (1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9). We are set free from sin’s domination over our lives (John 8:32, 36; See Romans 6:14) and no longer do we have to sin, although we, as Christians, will sin from time to time (1 John 2:1; 3:2-10). We were saved by one act of faith (Ephesians 2:8), but we are supposed to go on living in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:17). Are you saved? If so, are you living by faith in God and His promises to you (Hebrews 4:2)? Do you know which ones in Scripture you can/can’t claim. Don’t be misled by those who teach “Replacement Theology.” Keep Israel and the Church separate. God has distinct plans for each of these two groups.

The Holy Spirit’s Incentives. Some religions and cults don’t believe that Jesus is equal to God the Father or that the Holy Spirit is God. Jesus got Himself into a lot of trouble with the religious leaders for claiming to be equal with God (John 5:18; 10:30-33). He referred to Himself as the eternal “I AM” (John 8:58; Exodus 3:14; See Colossians 2:9). Yes, Jesus was/is the Jehovah of the Old Testament. Furthermore, He prayed, “And I will pray the Father (i. e. ask the Father as My equal), and He will give you another Helper (of the same kind – equal to the God the Father and God the Son), that He (the Holy Spirit) may abide with you forever” (John 14:16). This took place when Jesus returned to heaven and sat down at the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 1:20-21). In heaven, Jesus, as our High Priest, is making intercession for believers on earth (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25). He knows what we need to bring us to spiritual maturity (2 Peter 3:18). He energizes believers to do God’s desirous will for our lives (Philippians 2:13). Do you know what His desirous will for your life is? Are you resisting, grieving, or quenching the Holy Spirit’s ministry in your life (Acts 7:51; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? If so, could this be the reason you’re not enjoying an “abundant life” (John 10:10)? No, it’s not what the “Health, Wealthy, and Happiness” preachers are promising to those who contribute to their ministries. (*) This relates to our position in Christ and our spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). How many of them could you enumerate?

If we want to stay clean (holy) in a spiritually dark and dirty world, we need to (1) pay closer attention to what we look at (v. 13, Colossians 3:1, 2), (2) give greater thought to the consequences of sin rather than its pleasures (1 Peter 1:14; Proverbs 7), (3) start each day by renewing our sense of reverence for God (1 Peter 1:17; 2 Corinthians 7:1), and (4) periodically during each day focus fully on Christ (1 Peter 1:18-21; Hebrews 12:2). – Adapted from C. R. Swindoll, Hope In Hurtful Times, p. 26

Stay Focused

O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see?

There’s light for a look at the Savior, And a life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face;

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.” – Helen H. Lemmel

He’s coming back for believers (John 14:1-3). Perhaps today! Are you ready?

Help. We’re here to assist those who want to be sure of a home in heaven (1 John 5:13), and for Christians who would like to learn how to live a life that pleases God (2 Corinthians 5:9). 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. We’d also like to ask you to share this information with others who might benefit from it. Thanks.

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As Jesus was bearing His cross to His own crucifixion, He expressed great concern for the Jews and not for Himself. He said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and your children” (Luke 23:28). He foresaw what would come on them in a matter of a few years. In A.D. 70 the Romans came down on the Jews and more than a million of them were killed. Rejecting their promised Messiah was a terrible thing for them to do. Most of the Jewish leaders and the mob cried out for His crucifixion (John 19:6). They had said, “His blood be on us and on our children” (Matthew 27:25). It has been on them for about 2,000 years now.

Jesus Wept. Just before He went to the cross, perhaps as He sat on the Mount of Olives, Jesus wept over the Jews. He said, “’O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD’” (Matthew 23:37-39). Believe it or not, this day may not be that far away from us today.

Second Coming. Although there are many people within “Christendom” who say that there is no future for the Jews as a nation, and that the Church has replaced Israel, there will be a remnant of believing Jews who will survive the coming holocaust that will make all previous ones seem insignificant (Romans 9:27). It is called in Scripture, “The time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) or “The Great Tribulation”(Matthew 24:21). It is when all the nations, including the United States, will come against Israel to try to annihilate them as it was predicted by the Prophet Zechariah (12:1-14; See Daniel 9:27).

Demon Spirits. The Scriptures teach and we believe that at the end of the seven years of the Tribulation three demon spirits (fallen angels) will perform sign miracles to gather the kings (rulers) of the earth together to the battle of the great day of God Almighty in the place in Hebrew called Armageddon that is located in northern Israel (Revelation 16:13-16; See 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). In the nick of time the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth with the true Church and crush those who sought to destroy the Jews (Revelation 19:11-21; See Psalm 2).

Choice. You can choose to deny what the Scriptures teach, but that won’t change God’s Word. “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). “All Scripture is [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for ever good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). It is “living and powerful, and sharper that 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 (motives)of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

Interpretation. The Old Testament was written mostly in Hebrew. The New Testament was written in common Greek so the average person of that day could understand it. When we interpret it normally, as we would other pieces of literature, we discover what God wanted to convey to us. The allegorical, non-literal method of interpretation began in the Garden of Eden when the devil suggested to Eve that God didn’t really say what He meant or mean what He said about death (Genesis 2:17; 3:1 ff; See Romans 6:23). He mixed a lie in with some truth as he usually does. He is a murderer and the father of lies (John 8:44; See 2 Corinthians 4:4).

Lion. The Apostle Peter warned Christians about the devil. He wrote, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (1 Peter 5:8, 9). Do you know how to use the armor of God to resist him so you can stay standing rather than falling to his temptations (Ephesians 6:10-17)?

Sorrow. Many people have expressed their sympathy toward us when they heard the news of our son’s death. Yes, we sorrow, but not as those who have no hope. We believe in an imminent resurrection of all the dead New Testament believers (including our son’s bodily resurrection) that will take place at “The Rapture” of the true Church (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Concern. We are more concerned about those of you who don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Do you know that He died for all your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day from the dead? He was seen by over 500 witnesses before ascending back to heaven in the presence of His disciples (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11). He promised to return bodily for His own (John 14:1-3). Do you know what the Scriptures say about those who deny the bodily resurrection of the dead (2 John 1:7; See 1 Corinthians 15:22-24; 50-53; Luke 24:33-43)?

Prayer. It is our prayer that you come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. We can’t believe for our children or be baptized for the dead hoping that they will be saved. Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die or do you believe that you have to go to a purging place first (1 John 5:13; 2 Corinthians 5:8)? Why should God let you into His heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? Once you’re truly saved, do you think that there is anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation (Romans 8:35-39)? If so, what would it be?

Help. We’re here to assist you if you are interested in knowing the truth in God’s Word that can make you free (John 8:32; 17:17). Are you willing to believe (change your mind) when you see the truth for yourself? We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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Kelsey Pietsch pastors the Grace Baptist Church, 535 Creston Road in Paso Robles.

 

“God’s Plan For The Ages” 

When Jesus the Messiah rode into Jerusalem that day on the back of a young colt, as it had been predicted centuries before (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-10), few people knew what would happen in the next few days. The common people wanted Him as their Welfare King” and to deliver them from Roman oppression (John 6:15; Luke 2:1). But the religious leaders had other plans in their minds. Jesus was a threat to their authority and power and they were looking for a way to put Him to death (John 5:18; 7:1, 19). Pilate, the governor, knew that it was because of envy that they had brought Jesus to him to be crucified (Matthew 27:18).

Plot. While sinful men were plotting His death, the Godhead’s plan for the ages was being carried out on earth right on time according to God’s schedule (Ephesians 1:11; Galatians 4:4; Luke 22:53). Had sinful men known what God was doing to provide a Savior for mankind, they wouldn’t have killed Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:7, 8). He, as the God-man (John 1:1-18), would still be here on earth looking for someone to kill Him so He could die for our sins and rise again bodily from the dead.

Responsible. God holds all mankind responsible for the death of Christ, not just the Jews (Acts 3:13-15; 4:27, 28). This includes you and me. We don’t believe in Replacement Theology” which teaches that the Church has replaced the nation of Israel and that the Church can claim the promises that God gave exclusively to the Jewish, believing remnant (Genesis 15:18-21; Matthew 5:5; Romans 9:27; 11:1-6). This false belief will grow greater and greater and will lead to the time of Jacob’s trouble” known also as the Great Tribulation” during the last ½ of the 7 years of Tribulation on earth (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff). This event may be a lot closer than you want to admit. Where will you be when it happens? Will you be caught up (raptured) before it happens or left behind to enter it (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)? For whom was this time meant? Are you sure?

Purpose. God’s ultimate purpose is to glorify Himself by making Himself known to His creatures (John 17:3ff). He did this in the Old Testament by the miracles He performed through various individuals – bringing the 10 plagues on the Egyptians (Exodus 7ff), parting the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21), providing food, water, and quails for the Jews to eat in the wilderness for 40 years (Exodus 16:13, 15; 17:6), etc. He is being glorified today through the transformed lives of those who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Romans 12:1, 2). This plan included God’s decision to –

Create. Before God created out of nothing the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16, 17), He created spirit beings: cherubs (Ezekiel 28:12-14), seraphs (Isaiah 6:2), and angels (Colossians 1:16, 17; Ephesians 2:12). These spirit beings shouted joyfully as they suddenly saw what God had done (Job 38:7). It was from the earth that Lucifer ruled under God over all other spirit beings each of whom has a mind, will, and emotions (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12ff). While spirit beings are not normally visible to human beings, they are to each other. Satan (Lucifer) appears as an angel of light to deceive the good angels who didn’t follow him in his rebellion against God (2 Corinthians 11:14). His human agents on earth (false prophets and false teachers) also deceive many people and keep them from knowing the true and living God (1 Thessalonians 1:9; John 1:1-18; 14:6).  He tries to keep them from placing their faith exclusively in the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation. They teach another Christ and another Gospel. Many people want to contribute to their salvation by their good works. It can’t be done (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We don’t know how long it was after Lucifer’s rebellion that God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into him the breath of lives – physical and spiritual (Genesis 1:27; 2:7). We all descended from Adam and Eve. Your only other choice is to believe the lie of evolution. It takes too much faith to believe that we came into existence this way. God also –

Gave Opportunities. We all love to be given choices. Lucifer was given a choice to remain in submission to God or to try to place his throne above God’s throne and act independently of God (Isaiah 14:14; Ezekiel 28:16, 18). He chose the latter and drew one third of the lower categories of angels with him in his rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:14; Ezekiel 28:12ff ; Revelation 12:3, 7; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:16). God also gave Adam and Eve a choice to eat or not to eat of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). We don’t know how long it was before Satan used the serpent to tempt Eve to eat of this fruit (Genesis 3:1ff; Revelation 12:9). Did animals miraculously speak to humans on occasions (See Numbers 22:28ff)?  Those who deny God’s and Satan’s abilities to perform miracles (i.e. the circumvention of the normal laws of nature) don’t understand the power of God or the limited power of the devil. Jesus performed many miracles while He was here on earth (John 20:31). So did His disciples (Matthew 10:1; Mark 16:17, 18; Acts 3:7). Satan and his agents on earth, when allowed by God, can also perform miracles (Exodus 7:11, 12, 22; 8:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:9). Mankind has a choice as to whether they will accept God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” by grace alone through faith alone in Christ of the Scriptures alone or to try to earn their way to heaven by their good works or by their faith plus their good works (John 3:16, 18, 36; Ephesians 2:8, 9). How are you hoping to enter heaven? Then God decided to –

Provide Salvation. If we got what we rightfully deserved to get, we’d all end up forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God and His standard of perfection (Romans 3:10-23). No, we haven’t been as bad as we could be, but all of us are as bad off as we can be if we lack Christ’s righteousness and end up in hell (John 16:10). This righteousness of Christ is imputed to our account (Romans 4:4, 16) when we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Substitute and believe that His death was our death to sins, His burial was our burial, and His bodily resurrection was our resurrection. The Apostle Paul stated, 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; See Romans 6:4). We do not believe that Christ only died for the elect but for all mankind (John 3:16; 6:37; 1 John 2:2). He even died for the sins of the false teachers who would never believe on him for their salvation (2 Peter 2:1). His death was sufficient for all, but the full benefits of His death are only extended to those who believe on Him for their salvation (1 Timothy 4:10). God never provided salvation for Satan or the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). He also decided to –

Save Some.  Even though God has provided salvation for all mankind, He is not obligated to save everyone. The Scriptures don’t teach universalism. It suggests that eventually everyone, including the devil and demons will be saved and go to heaven. Some people honestly don’t want to go to heaven. If they were forced to go there, they wouldn’t be happy. They love darkness rather than light (John 3:19-21). They don’t want to have anything to do with God or His people (Psalm 2:1-12; 10:11). The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). Some folks object to God’s selection to save some out from among mankind to be the special recipients of His grace (Ephesians 1:4). This doctrine is not easy to explain or understand but it was something that the Apostle Paul taught even to some very young Christians (1 Thessalonians 1:4). He also wrote, So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy…Therefore [God] has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens” (Romans 9:16, 18). To those who don’t want to acknowledge the existence of God or His power, He often gives them up to do what they want to do and then holds them accountable for their perverted behavior (Romans 1:18-32). The unbeliever’s degree of suffering in hell will be determined at the Great White Throne before Judge Jesus (John 5:22; Revelation 20:11-15). We don’t want you to go there. That is why we try to speak the truth from God’s Word to you with love (Ephesians 4:15). Once you die, your eternal destiny is determined and it cannot be changed. There are no back doors into heaven after you’ve paid for your sins in a purging place. God also wanted to –

Display His Love, Grace, Mercy. Yes, God is love” (1 John 4:8). But we can’t turn this around and say Love is God.” The original Greek language in which the New Testament was written prohibits this. Agape love is only one of God’s attributes and must be balanced with His righteousness and holiness (2 Timothy 4:8; Isaiah 6:3). False teachers are misleading many people right into hell by telling them that since God is love He would never send anyone to hell. But those who refuse His offer of salvation condemn themselves to the lake of fire (John 3:16, 18, 36). Even those in remote parts of the earth can come to the realization from nature that there is a God who is powerful (Romans 1:20). Should they accept natural revelation (Psalm 19:1), God would see to it that they received the Good News concerning Christ’s death for their sins…and His bodily resurrection so they could believe in Him through the Gospel and be saved. God never saves anyone apart from personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through the Gospel (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 1:16). We can’t be saved for someone else by proxy as one cult falsely teaches by twisting Paul’s words concerning baptism for the dead (1 Corinthians 15:29; See 2 Peter 3:15, 16). The unbelievers who end up in the lake of fire will admit that God did what was right in sending them there (Philippians 2:11; Revelation 4:8; 15:3). Folks, hell is no joke. Do what the Apostle Peter said, …make your call and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10; See John 3:16; 6:37).

The Crucifixion. – God’s plan for the ages was being carried out just as He ordained it even as Jesus was being crucified on the cross (Isaiah 53). It was God’s way of demonstrating His love for mankind and providing salvation to those who couldn’t/can’t save themselves (John 3:16). Jesus, the Just One was dying for all of us the unjust ones (1 Peter 3:18; Romans 3:10-23; 5:8). Jesus satisfied God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2; 4:10). He even died for false teachers who would never put their faith in Him (2 Peter 2:1). Without His death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection, none of us could be saved (Romans 4:25). The penalty had to be paid before the gift of salvation and eternal life could be offered to us (Romans 6:23). Have you received it by faith? If not, why not now?

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