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“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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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

How utterly tragic it will be for many religious people to hear Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) saying to them one day, “I never knew you; depart from Me you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23). Sadly, they will end up forever in the lake of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. It was prepared for the devil and his fallen angels (demons) but all unbelievers will end up there with them (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). Perhaps without realizing it, you might hear those words said to you on judgment day (Revelation 20:11-15). “For is is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). This leaves no room for annihilation of the wicked or for reincarnation.

Prevention. To prevent this from happening to you or someone you know and love, we offer the following Biblical information for your careful consideration and examination. We want you to check things out for yourselves as did the Christians from Berea (Acts 17:11). “For what will it profit [you] if [you] gain the whole world, and [lose your own soul]”  (Mark 8:36)?

Warning. Jesus Himself warned others about following false Christs that would come (Matthew 24:5). The Apostle Paul said that there would be those who preach another Christ and/or another Gospel (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). The Apostle Peter and Jude, the Lord’s half brother, also warned of false teachers (2 Peter 2:1ff; Jude 1:4ff). Is the Christ in whom you are trusting to get you to heaven the Christ of the Scriptures or a false Christ of the cults? [1]

Heresy/Apostasy. Heresy is one of the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:20) and it is a misapplication of the truth. Christians who participate in the divine nature at the time of their salvation (2 Peter 1:4) still have a sin nature even after they are saved. They still can be carnal, or be governed by their sin nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Galatians 5:16) [2].  They can be guilty of misapplying truth without being apostates. Apostates are those who once claimed to be genuine believers but who then go on to denounce the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and the Gospel they claimed to believe (1 Timothy 4:1, 2). A true Christian cannot be an apostate. Among the heretical teachings that do not line up with the Scriptures are “Limited Atonement,” “Lordship [in exchange for] Salvation,” and “Galatianism.”

Limited Atonement. [3] This is the belief that Christ died only for the elect. Those who espouse this teaching cannot honestly share the Clear Gospel [4] with others so they can be saved because they can’t be sure if the individual to whom they are witnessing is one of God’s elect. They cannot honestly say to a person, “My friend, Christ died for your sins…and rose again [bodily] from the dead on the third day…” And yet the Scriptures are clear that God the Father loved the whole world and gave His only begotten Son to die for all of our sins (once and for all – Hebrews 10:10) and rise again bodily from the dead (John 3:16; See 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:2). This includes the non-elect ones including the false teachers whom He purchased with His own blood (2 Peter 2:1 ).

Lordship Salvation. [5] This false teaching makes the requirements for discipleship the requirements for salvation. It’s like getting the cart before the horse. It makes good works the basis of one’s salvation and confuses the meaning of “true repentance” [6] from being a change of mind to a person’s having to do some good works before he/she can be saved. Those who hold to this false teaching can’t have assurance of their salvation while they are alive.

Galatianism. [7] This is the false teaching that a believer can mature spiritually in Christ by trying to live by rules other than “Grace Teachings.” Most often it involves one’s trying to live by the “Mosaic Law,” or “Kingdom Rules” [8]. Do you know where to find the “House Rules” for Christians, for the Jews living before Pentecost, and for those who will enter the Kingdom of the Heavens? Ask for our FREE “Dispensational Chart” to help you rightly divide the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

Gospel. “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain. For I [Paul] delivered to you first of all that which I also received; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once…” (1 Corinthians 15:1-6 ).

Grace. We’re saved by one act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and not of works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 16:31; Titus 3:5). Once genuinely saved, the Christian is to live in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:16, 17) and do the good works that God planned for him/her to do (Ephesians 2:10). This involves using one’s spiritual gift with love (1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13). Do you know what your spiritual gift is? If not, we invite you to go to www.keleypeach.com and go to the section on Bible Basics” and then to “Spiritual Gifts” for more information.

Help. We want you and others to know for sure that you have eternal life” (i.e. God’s quality of life) right now and to enjoy the “abundant life” that can be yours (1 John 5:13; John 10:10) when you learn about the spiritual blessings that have been given to all Christians at the time of our salvation (Ephesians 1:3ff). Do you know how to live the “Faith/Rest Life” [9] by knowing and claiming God’s promises for Christians (Hebrews 3, 4)? Don’t try to claim the promises that were given to the Jews. We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology” [10]. We’re here for those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15) when presented with the truth from God‘s Word (John 14:6; 17:17) and to those who desire to grow in the sphere of grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). We want you to be illuminated by God the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:20, 27) and then put your faith into action. “…faith without works is dead” (James 2:20).

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Links. Disclaimer: By referring you to these links doesn’t necessarily mean that we agree with everything that has been written. But we believe that they are worth your consideration.

[1] Christ of the Cults: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

[2] Christian’s Sin Nature: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm01.htm

[3] Limited Atonement: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

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

[5] Lordship For Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/sbgrace.htm

[6] Repentance: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/termsrep.htm

[7] Galatianism: http://www.gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

[8] Sermon on the Mount: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/dispen/sermon.htm

[9] Faith/Rest Life http://www.amazon.com/The-Faith-Rest-Life-R-B-Thieme/dp/1557640009

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

Myths?

No, the Scriptures are completely reliable and they reveal the real life stories of people who lived and died just as we do. They had feet of clay and were subject to the same kinds of temptations and trials that we face today. They were recorded to warn us not to make the same mistakes that they did.

“Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted…Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 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 make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:6).

Abraham

He is known as the “Father of faith” (Hebrews 11:8). But not long after he was saved (Genesis 15:6) he listened to his wife’s bad counsel and took her handmaid, Hagar and had a son (Ishmael) by her. But when Abraham and his wife Sarah had a son (Isaac) the 4,000 year struggle and feud began between the descendants of these two half brothers. As predicted (Genesis 16:12), the Arabs (sons of Ishmael) can’t seem to get along with anyone including the Jews (sons of Isaac and Jacob).

This “everlasting hatred” won’t be resolved until the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth to reign initially for 1,000 years as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16) before eternity future begins (Revelation 21). But in the meantime, woe to those who mistreat the Jews (Genesis 12:1-3). God isn’t finished with them (Romans 11).

We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology.”* This heresy, that is taught in some “Christian churches,” will lead to the greatest holocaust for the Jews (Jeremiah 30:7). It will also result in the deaths of one half of the world’s population during the seven years of Tribulation that seems to be just around the corner (Revelation 6:8; 9:15).

Do you attend and support a church that believes Christians have replaced the Jews? Do you know when God’s time clock will start up again for the Jews (Romans 11:25)?

Lesson: One bad decision on Abraham’s part led to the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews. Lest we cause untold harm to others, let us seek good counsel from God’s Word and from those who rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Do you know the difference between the Scriptures that are to be believed and the Scriptures that are to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9)? As someone has said, “All the Scripture is for us, but not all of it is addressed to us.” Do you understand what this means?

Jacob

He was the younger of the fraternal twins who came from Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 25:19ff). Jacob lied and cheated his brother, Esau out of his birthright and engaged in all kinds of deception throughout most of his life until he had a unique encounter with the Angel of the Lord one night (Genesis 32:24ff). Many Bible scholars believe that this was the time he was saved and his life changed dramatically. But many of his 12 sons picked up their father’s bad traits and engaged in some awful behavior.

What evil tendencies and sinful habits did you learn from your parents? Are you suffering emotionally or physically because of the sins of others? Do you know how avoid making the same mistakes in your own life? Is your attention focused on the person you don’t want to be like or upon the Lord Himself?

Samson

He had been dedicated to God. But instead of fighting and defeating the Philistines he flirted with their wicked and seductive women. This led to his downfall and having his eyes gouged out and serving his enemies until his death.

But after getting right with God, he was able to bring down the house (literally) on himself and God’s enemies (Judges 16). His sins had terrible consequences and so can our sins harm ourselves and many others.

If you think you can overcome the temptations that come from the devil, your own sin nature,** and the present world system without God’s power and provisions you’re sure to fall. Each enemy must be overcome by using the appropriate means that God has provided for Christians. Do you live a victorious Christian life or are you constantly knocked down? Do you know how to get up and get going again (1 John 1:9)?

King David

Even the “man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14) yielded to the lust of his flesh (sin nature) and engaged in adultery and murder (2 Samuel 11). But when he was confronted by the prophet Nathan he confessed his sins to God and was forgiven (2 Samuel 12). But some terrible consequences came about because of his sin.

Don’t believe those who tell you that Christians don’t retain their sin nature** even after they are saved (1 John 1:8). Even the Apostle Paul confessed to his struggle with it after he was saved (Romans 7:15-25). Thankfully he learned the secret to victory over his sin nature and shared it with us (Galatians 5:16, 25).

You And I

Are you tired of getting beat up all the time by your spiritual enemies? I was. Would you like to live without sinning? Is it possible? The Apostle John wrote, “My little children [i.e. Christians], these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins [and we will periodically], we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). When we, as Christians, sin (act lawlessly – 1 John 3:4) we are to confess our sins to God and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9). We also need to ask others to forgive us if we have sinned against them (James 5:16).

God has provided everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). But many Christians still live in the dark and don’t know what God has provided for us to live as victorious Christians.

Help!

We’re here to assist those who want to know the truth from God’s Word that can set them free (John 8:32). If you’re teachable and willing to change, there is hope for you (2 Timothy 2:2, 14; 3:16, 17).  We can be reached at 805-238-3549. For additional help, go to www.kelseypeach.com.  We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages.  If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you.  Tell a friend too.  If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” 

*Sin Nature http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm00.htm

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

 

Throughout human history there have been people with great oratorical skills. They have dynamic personalities and dramatic voices. They can stir people up and move them to action. Sometimes it’s for a good cause. On other occasions it is for sinister purposes. We’ve seen a lot of this in our day.

Most of us can talk. Our speech can be destructive or edifying. If you’re a Christian, Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6; See 1 Peter 3:15). Always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and the good of others (Galatians 6:10). Remember, we will be held accountable for the words we use (Matthew 12:36) and the motivations behind our actions (1 Corinthians 4:5).

John The Baptist

Sorry. He wasn’t the first Baptist and he didn’t found the First Baptist Church. The Church that is the “Body of Christ” didn’t come into existence until the Day of Pentecost (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2). By the way, don’t confuse Israel with the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32). The Bible doesn’t teach that the Church has replaced Israel. This is called “Replacement Theology.”* It is a very dangerous teaching that will result in a greater holocaust for the Israelite people (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff). John the Baptist (not the Apostle John) was the forerunner of Christ and his coming was predicted in the Old Testament (Malachi 3:1; Isaiah 40:3). When asked as to who he was, he claimed that he was not the Messiah that was promised to the Jews (Isaiah 9:6, 7; 53), nor Elijah the prophet (Isaiah 18:24, 38; Matthew 17:3, 10-12), nor the Prophet who would come and be like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15).

Voice. John the Baptist referred to himself simply as the voice of one crying in the wilderness (John 1:23). He saw himself as an insignificant one who was allowed to announce to the Jewish nation the arrival of their Messiah and King (John 1:27; 3:30). Problem – Too many people want to draw attention to themselves rather than be a humble servant of the Lord. Believers are told not to think of themselves more highly than they ought to think (Romans 12:3). The Apostle Paul wrote, “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8; See 1 Corinthians 4:7; Proverbs 8:13).

You And Me

Witness. Just as John the Baptist bore witness to the Person and work of Christ, so God wants all whom He saves to bear a witness to others concerning Christ’s offer of salvation to everyone (Acts 1:8; John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). We don’t believe the Scriptures teach “Limited Atonement” (John 3:16; 6:37; 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:2) or “Baptismal Regeneration.”** Water baptism (immersion) identifies us with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:3, 4). If you’re a Christian, have you been immersed? It displays your obedience to God (Matthew 28:19, 20), serves as a testimony to others (Acts 8:38), and enables you to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21).

Service. If you’re a Christian, will you let God use your body and your voice for His glory (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you yourself teachable and willing to change? Are you maturing in the faith and sharing what you know with others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2)? Are you glorifying Him by the things you do and say (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Or are you grieving and/or quenching Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? Is God well pleased with your conduct (2 Corinthians 5:9)? If not, confess your sins to Him, claim His forgiveness, and move on (1 John 1:9).

Help

We’re here to help those who sincerely want to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and then grow spiritually in the sphere of grace (2 Peter 3:18).  He is the [only] way, the [absolute] truth, and the [One who gives eternal] life (John 14:6) to believers. God’s Word is truthful and totally reliable in everything it says (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). It can set people free (John 8:32). You can be liberated from your bondage to the devil (Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 2:15; Ephesians 6:10-17), your own sin nature (1 John 1:8; Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 7:15-25), and the present world system in which we all live (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). We can be reached at 805-238-3549. Visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com. Click on “Follow” if you want to receive future articles as they come out. Please help us get the Word out to others in need. If this article has helped you, pass it on to someone else.

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

**Baptismal Regeneration http://www.gotquestions.org/baptismal-regeneration.html

 

 

 

An Introduction To The Gospel Of John

”The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” He also wrote, “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” – Mark Twain

Greatest. The Bible is greatest book that has ever been written. It is made up of 66 books. Don’t add to or subtract from it, as the cults do, or face the terrible consequences (Revelation 22:18, 19). It is God breathed and has a purpose (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). One of the primary reasons for trusting it is fulfilled Bible prophecy. Prophecy is history written in advance. “Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’…Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it’” (Isaiah 46:9-11).*

Signs. The Gospel of John contains 7 sign miracles that prove that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). A miracle has been defined as the circumvention of the normal “laws of nature.” Since God established these “laws,” He can modify them if and when He chooses to do so. Do you know why Jesus and His apostles performed three kinds of miracles (Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12)? Do you know when and why the Anti-Christ will be given the power to imitate these three kinds of miracles (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)? What will Jesus say on judgment day to the false prophets and teachers who claimed to do miracles in His name (Matthew 7:21-23; Revelation 20:11-15)?**

Addition. When God the Son added a true human nature (not a sinful nature) and a real body to Himself (Philippians 2:5-11), He lived among men for about 33 years to reveal to us visible evidence of the only true and living God. Contrary to what some cults are teaching, He did not relinquish any of His deity (Colossians 2:9) but simply veiled some of it while He lived and walked among men.

Glorification. In sending God the Son to earth, God the Father wanted the men of this world to know more about the Godhead that consists of three persons, not three Gods (Deuteronomy 6:4). In His high priestly prayer, Jesus said, “And this is life eternal, that they may know You [Father], the only true God, and Jesus Christ [the God-man] whom You have sent” (John 17:3). In response to Philip’s request, “Lord, show us the Father…” Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:7-12). In other words, “If you want to know the Father, look at the Son.” They both have the same essence but are separate persons with a mind, will, and emotions. Yes, Jesus did claim to be God (John 5:18; 10:30). When His disciple Thomas said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28), He accepted his worship. Had Jesus not been God, Jesus should never have allowed that statement to go uncorrected.

“I AM.” Contrary to what some cults teach, with each of the seven “I AM” statements that He made concerning Himself, Jesus was declaring that He was/is the Jehovah God of the Old Testament (Exodus 3:14; John 6:35; 8:12; 10:7, 11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:5). He was/is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17).*** Jesus, the God-man is worthy of our trust and worship. All who believe in/on Him will receive eternal life from Him (John 3:16; 5:24). This life can/should be enjoyed right now. If you’re a Christian, are you enjoying “abundant life” right now?

Helper. While Jesus was on earth, He was subordinate to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 10:7, 9; Matthew 4:1; 12:22, 32; John 8:28, 42). But when Jesus ascended back to heaven with a resurrected, glorified body (one with flesh and bones, but no blood – Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:50) after dying for our sins and rising from the dead on the third day (Acts 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:20), He and God the Father sent God the Holy Spirit to earth to indwell the bodies of true Christians (John 14:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 6:19). Since He indwells all true believers, we are not to grieve or quench Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). If saved, are you doing this? If so, stop and confess your sins to the Father (1 John 1:9).

Salvation. In addition to revealing the Godhead to us, Jesus (God the Son) came to offer salvation to those who had rebelled and who are still rebelling against God (John 1:29; Romans 5:8, 10). All of us have sinned (acted lawlessly) and come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:10-23). We all deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Love. “…God [the Father] loved so the [people of this] world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life” (John 3:16). “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name [person and work] of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). Are you a true believer or an unbeliever? Have you placed your faith in Christ exclusively as the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 4:12; 16:31)? Christ had to satisfy God’s outraged holiness and justice against our sin nature and our personal sins before He could offer salvation to us (1 John 2:2; 4:10). Salvation from hell to heaven is not based on any of our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:4). Furthermore, it’s not just offered to some men but to all human beings (1 Timothy 4:10). We don’t believe in “limited atonement.”****

Life. God the Son (Jesus Christ) came to give believers eternal life (i.e. God’s quality of life). All true believers receive this the moment they place their faith in Christ as personal Savior. But not all Christians enjoy the “abundant life” (John 10:10). Contrary to what the “health, wealth, and happiness preachers” are teaching through the misapplication of Scripture,***** this is not referring to material things (1 Timothy 6:8) but to spiritual things that can/should be enjoyed by those who are rightly related to God the Holy Spirit and who are filled with Him (Ephesians 1:3; 5:18). He produces the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23). These Christ like qualities (love, joy, peace, etc) need to be directed properly toward the right objects at the right time. Yes, they can be misdirected toward the wrong things too (1 John 2:15-17). Are you using or abusing the present world system (1 Corinthians 7:31)?

Help. If you have honest questions and are teachable and willing to change when presented with Scriptural evidence (2 Timothy 2:2), we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com for more information. If this article has helped you, let us know how it has. Maybe you might want to share it with someone else. Together we can reach more people for God. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

 The Gospel in 30 languages. www.cleargospel.org

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

*Recommended: Charting The End Times by Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=charting+the+end+times+lahaye

**Miracles: http://www.compellingtruth.org/miracles-literal.html

Demonic/Satanic miracles: http://www.gotquestions.org/demonic-satanic-miracles.html

***Deity of Christ. Is Jesus God?

http://www.gotquestions.org/is-Jesus-God.html

http://www.gotquestions.org/God-in-the-flesh.html

****Limited Atonement. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/limited.htm

*****Replacement Theology. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

Message for Jew haters: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/destroy.htm

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?

Help. If you’re confused, or need spiritual help, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website for more information www.kelseypeach.com.  If this article has helped you, please share it with someone else who may find it helpful too.  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”  We’d like to hear from you too.

*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

 

Most everyone knows that there is a crisis of truth in our culture. There are politicians, contractors, car salesmen and many other people, including some Christians, who think that it is alright to lie and swear while talking to other people. But is it? Consider this quote: “Every man’s heart is a storehouse, and his words show what he keeps there. What is said on the spur of the moment is sometimes better evidence of a man’s disposition than what he says deliberately, for the latter may be calculated hypocrisy.” A. Plummer

The Heart. Our words often reveal what is really in our hearts. We all start out our lives spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1). We need to be born again from above (John 3:3-6; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:23). Our sinful hearts are desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23) and we’re prone to grumble and complain (1 Corinthians 10:10) just as the Israelites did in the wilderness (Numbers 14:2-29). Too many people make promises that they don’t intend to keep. Treaties among nations have been likened to pie crusts that are made to be broken. We need to realize that Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” (Proverbs 18:21). How many lives have been built up or ruined by our words? The Apostle Paul wrote, “But if you [Christians] bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another” (Galatians 5:15). Yes, Christians can be tempted by the devil to lie (Acts 5:4-6) and use foul language (Ephesians 4:20) or we can be regulated by our old sin nature (1 John 1:8) and display the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 John 1:8). There are consequences to lawless behavior (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 John 5:16). Do you know how to overcome your three spiritual enemies? If you’d like to be set free, and you’re teachable and willing to change, contact us for help from the Scriptures. Someone helped me; I’d be happy to share what I know with you (2 Timothy 2:2; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Fruit. God wants His children to have and display the “Fruit of the Spirit” in their lives as the need arises (Galatians 5:22, 23). When Christians do this, others around them can learn something about God. A transformed life serves as a tremendous testimony to God’s grace and power (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Ephesians 3:20). If you’re a Christian, do other people notice a difference in your life? What Christ like qualities do others see in you?

Truth. Too many people have the mistaken idea that truth is relative and that it all depends on one’s own viewpoint. They say, “What’s true for you may not be true for me.” Truth has been defined as the ability to see things as they really are. Our views of people and things may be tinted by colored glasses. But there is Someone who is truth and who has conveyed truth to us humans. By the way, God is not giving out new revelation (information) today (Revelation 22:18, 19). Beware of false prophets and teachers who add to or subtract from the 66 books of the Bible and who twist the normal, usual, customary meaning of words (2 Peter 2:1ff; 3:16).

Jesus. He made what many people would call a politically incorrect statement when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). The Apostle Peter made a similar statement, “Nor is there salvation is any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Consider the Apostle Paul’s words in response to the jailor’s question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). To make such a statement, Jesus would have to be a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. Many people who think of Jesus as a great teacher, reject His claims to be the God-man (John 1:1-18; 5:18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9). Yes, He’s the Jehovah of the Old Testament who displayed Himself to Abraham and others as the Angel of the Lord (Genesis 16:7; 18:2ff; 22:11; Judges 13:18; Isaiah 9:6). He is the personification of absolute truth.

Scriptures. Jesus validated the 39 books of the Old Testament (Matthew 5:18; Luke 24:27; John 10:35) and pre-validated the 27 books of the New Testament (John 14:26; 16:12, 13). Together they tell us in words the absolute truth that God wanted mankind to know (John 17:17). God used the Jewish people to give us His Word (the Scriptures) and the only Savior for mankind (2 Peter 1:21; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 2:11). Contrary to what “Replacement Theology” teaches, God isn’t done with the nation of Israel (Romans 11). The church has not replaced Israel. God will fulfill all His promises to them including the land promises (Genesis 15:18-21). Before King David is raised from the dead to be the regent on earth for 1,000 years under Christ and His Bride, the true Church (Ephesians 5:32; 2 Timothy 2:12), the Jews will experience “the time of Jacob’s trouble” during the last half of the 7 years known as the Tribulation (Jeremiah 30:7-9; Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15ff; Revelation 20:1-7). Do you know when the Old Testament believers will be raised from the dead (Daniel 12:12)? What about all the unbelievers who die (Revelation 20:11-15)? The Scriptures don’t teach annihilation or reincarnation (Hebrews 9:27).

Freedom. To enjoy true freedom from our enslavement to the devil, the present world system, and from our old sin nature, we must start by “[Believing] on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). His bodily resurrection from the dead is crucial to our salvation. It’s true, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50). But Christ’s resurrection body had/has flesh and bones but no blood (Luke 24:33-43; John 20:27, 28). Those who deny that Jesus Christ is coming back with a resurrected, glorified body of flesh and bones are deceivers and antichrist (2 John 1:7; Acts 1:11).

Avoid. There are things that need to be eliminated from the Christian’s life. This includes outright lies. Consider what happened to some early Christians who lied (Acts 5:1-11). Habitual liars and all other unbelievers, will be cast into the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels (Revelation 21:5; Matthew 25:41, 46). Half truths that are intended to deceive are also lies. “White lies” are still lies even though they may seem harmless. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Pragmatism says, “Let us do evil that good may come” (Romans 3:8). But the end doesn’t justify the means if it violates God’s Word and the rules that are given to Christians (2 Timothy 2:5). All Scripture is to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9). Without a clear understanding of “Dispensational” distinctions, a believer won’t be able to grow spiritually and please God (Galatians 3:1-4; 5:1; 2 Corinthians 5:9; 2 Peter 3:18). Ask for our FREE “Dispensational Chart.”

Love. It is just one of God’s attributes (1 John 4:8). It must be balanced with His other attributes of goodness, righteousness, omnipotence, omniscience, truth, and holiness. A Christian should always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). This might involve convincing, rebuking, and exhorting with all long suffering and teaching (2 Timothy 4:2). A satanically ensnared Christian knows the truth but refuses to acknowledge it and live up to the truth. He will ask all kinds of foolish questions to try to get out of that which he knows he should do. He becomes his own worst enemy (2 Timothy 2:24-26). Do you fit into this category? If so, it could lead to a premature and undesirable, physical death (1 Corinthians 11:30; 1 John 5:16; James 5:19, 20). True Christians can’t lose their salvation (John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:1) but we can lose the joy and assurance of our salvation (Psalm 51:12; 1 John 5:13).

Prayer. I was a M.K. (Missionary Kid) who grew up in Japan for 14 years. I took three crowded trains for 1 ½ hours to get to school each day. But before I went to school, my mother used to pray this prayer with me: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Today, my prayer is that the words I share with others (including these words) will be used by God to point people to Christ for their salvation, and to teach believers what God’s Word says in reference to how He wants us to live. I haven’t arrived yet. I’m still on my journey but I know where I’m headed if I die. Physical death is the general rule (Hebrews 9:27) but there is an exception to death that a generation of Christians will experience. It’s called “The Rapture” (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). It’s imminent. Are you prepared for it? If you’re not sure where you will go when you die, or if you’ll be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, we’d be delighted to point you in the right direction.

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Although the Devil/demons can only tempt Christians after they have secured permission from God (Job 1:12; 2:6; Ephesians 6:13; Luke 22:31), their attacks seem to be harder to resist and may last for a longer period of time (Job 1, 2). But with the power that comes from God (Philippians 3:10; 4:13), Christians can be victorious over any and all temptations that come our way (Romans 8:37; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 4:4). Our spiritual enemies include the Devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system. When resisting the Devil, we must use the armor of God that includes the –

Shield Of Faith. This piece of the armor involves our faith (trust) in God and His Word, particularly as it relates to His promises that have been given to us as Christians who live in the “Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:1-12). Do you know where to find them in the Scriptures? (Ask for our FREE “Dispensational Chart”)  We must not try to claim the promises that were given specifically to the Jews. Doing this has caused a lot of people to become disappointed or angry at God for not fulfilling their expectations. Were you or are you being misled by someone who is teaching you a heresy?  We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology.” (http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html)

Application. First, we must know the promises of God. Then we must claim them by faith and make them our own (Hebrews 4:2). Sometimes the fulfillment of these promises may be delayed, but if God said it, we can/should believe it. Wait patiently for Him to keep His Word (Galatians 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:10). He is faithful to His Word, because He is truthful (John 14:6). He has the ability to do what He promises to do because He is omnipotent (Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:8). He cannot deny Himself or go back on His promises (1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Timothy 2:13; James 1:17).

Faith. It is one part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23). God supplies it to Christians who have their known sins confessed to Him (1 John 1:9), and who are filled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Unconfessed sins grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30). We quench Him and render Him inoperative in our lives (1 Thessalonians 5:19) when we deny or say “no” to Him and refuse to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Romans 8:14; James 4:17). His leading will never contradict the Scriptures. Once saved, we can’t get rid of the indwelling Holy Spirit (John 14:17).

Fiery Darts. When a maturing Christian is being attacked by the devil, he must be aware of the fact that the Devil may change the circumstances around him or his opportunities to sin (Job 1, 2). Instead of being attacked in just one area, the Devil may tempt us from multiple angles so as to get us to sin (1 John 3:4) and render us ineffective in our service to God (John 15:5; Philippians 3:10; 2 Timothy 2:24-26). Do you feel “washed up” and “out of commission” due to some sins you’ve committed? Then change your mind (repent) and confess your known sins to God (2 Corinthians 7:9; 1 John 1:9). Claim God’s forgiveness. Make yourself available to Him by yielding yourself and the members of your body to God (Romans 6:11-14, 12:1, 2).

Doubt. Since man’s first days on earth, Satan has tempted human beings to doubt God and His Word (Genesis 3:1). He used and continues to use the “allegorical” method to interpret the Bible. It changes the clear meaning of words into something completely different than that which God intended to convey to us. Although this method was/is used primarily in the area of eschatology (future things), it is sometimes used to interpret other teachings in the Scriptures. The Apostle Peter warned Christians about this deception (2 Peter 3:16). We must rightly see and make Biblical distinctions between the rules in the Old Testament and the New Testament (2 Timothy 2:15). While all the Scriptures are to be believed, not all of it is to be believed and practiced by Christians (Titus 1:9). The shield of faith must be used to overcome the temptation to doubt God and His Word. Are you doing this? He rewards believers who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Helmet Of Salvation. A Christian’s past tense of salvation occurred when he placed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9). Our present tense salvation is based on Christ’s current session (ministry) in heaven where He intercedes for those who belong to Him (Hebrews 7:25). He can’t/won’t lose any believer (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 4:30). All true Christians are eternally secure in Christ (Romans 8:35-39).

Discipline. The fact that God disciplines all His children who “get out of line” and will do whatever it takes to transform them into Christ’s image (Romans 8:29; 12:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 3:18), guarantees their eternal security (Hebrews 12:5-11). Every person starts out life as a child of the Devil and needs to be born from above (John 3:3, 16; 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). Once saved, God expects us to start acting like Christians (Galatians 2:20). He puts His desires in us and empowers us to do His desirous will (Philippians 2:13; 4:13). Our future tense salvation will take place at the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). This is when our bodies and souls (emotions) will be saved (Romans 8:23; 1 Peter 1:9).

Application. When we metaphorically put on the helmet of salvation, and think about all that Jesus (the God-man) provided for us when He saved us, we will be able to overcome discouragement (Job 19:7-12), disappointment (Job 3:3-10, 17:1, 13, 16), cowardice (2 Timothy 1:7; Luke 22:31-33; 1 John 4:4), and an unforgiving spirit (2 Corinthians 2:10, 11; Ephesians 4:31, 32).

Trials. The Christian’s trials in life came to pass, not to stay with us forever. In heaven there will be no more tears, death, sorrows, or pain (Revelation 21:4). Not all who die R.I.P. (Rest In Peace) in their graves (Luke 16:19-31). Consider the unbeliever’s everlasting fate (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8). Where will you spend eternity? Why should God let you into His heaven? Read Ephesians 2:8, 9 and Titus 3:5. Ask for help if you are not sure about your eternal destiny (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13).

Riches. Every Christian has been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer has identified in the Scriptures about 33 major things that transpired the moment a person placed his/her faith in Christ alone for salvation. Discover some of the Christian’s spiritual blessings found in Ephesians chapter 1.

Sword Of The Spirit. This piece of the metaphorical armor is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17). In the Greek language (in which the New Testament was written) the word is “rhema,” not “logos.” The “logos” often refers to the entire Word of God (The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments – John 17:17), whereas “rhema” refers, in this passage, to individual words or sayings that can/should be used to respond to the temptations to use filthy speech (Ephesians 4:29) rather than appropriate words in any given situation. What we say or don’t say in our conversations with others conveys messages to them. The avoidance of foul language doesn’t necessarily mean that a person is a Christian (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Our language should be pure (Proverbs 15:26) and edify others (1 Thessalonians 5:11), rather than tear them down (Galatians 5:15). What effect do your words have on others?

Our Words. The Psalmist prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer” (Psalm 190:14). “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). The Apostle Paul wrote, “In everything (in the midst of it) give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). For this reason, we must guard our hearts with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).

Thoughts. “…whatever things are true…noble…just…pure…lovely…[and of] good report…mediate on these things” (Philippians 4:8). The blessed man doesn’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit down with the scornful. Instead he delights and meditates in God’s law (Psalm 1:3). The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to meditate on Biblical truth (1 Timothy 4:15). Don’t engage in transcendental meditation (T.M.) and many forms of what is called “contemplative prayers.” (http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-meditation.html)

Busybody. When a Christian is focused on being what God wants him to be, and doing and saying what God wants him to do and say, he, at that moment, won’t be engaged as a busybody in other people’s business.

Caution. Let’s be aware of the Devil’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11) and take the Biblical steps to overcome him when he tempts us. “Greater is He (God) who is in us than he (the Devil) who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

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     During the “Dark Ages,” under the judges of Israel, a civil war broke out and decimated thousands of Jews (Judges 19-21).  It was sparked off by a horrific event when a Levite (a religious man) mutilated his wife’s body and cut her up into twelve pieces and sent them to the 12 tribes of Israel. 

     Raped.  Before doing this she had been brutally raped by some Sodomites who wanted to rape the Levite himself when he, his wife, and his servant came into their town one evening. But instead of raping him they ended up ravishing his wife all night. As morning dawned, they let her go and she went back to the place where they were staying and then she died on the doorstep.

     Outraged.  As you can imagine, when the Israelites from the other 11 tribes heard about it they were aghast and determined to take vengeance on those who were responsible for such a vile and gruesome deed.  But to their surprise, when they demanded that the Sodomites be turned over to them for punishment, the tribe of Benjamin refused to do so and defended these wicked men.  The Benjamites had 700 “sharp shooters” who could sling stones with precise accuracy and great velocity to kill their enemies.  Remember the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)?

     Slaughter.  A 400,000 man army came from the 11 tribes to exterminate one of the twelve tribes of Israel.  But when they went to attack the city where the Sodomites were, 40,000 soldiers from the 11 tribes were killed during two separate attempts.  Apparently God allowed this to happen because many of the Jews from all 12 tribes were also worshiping the false gods of the Canaanites and engaging in a sensual, disgusting, syncretistic religion.  A purging needed to take place among God’s chosen people.

     Victory.  After two devastating losses, the 11 tribes finally were able to gain a victory over the tribe of Benjamin.  They slaughtered everyone (men, women, and children) but 600 men fled into the wilderness.

     Senseless.  All this could have been avoided if the Jews had been true to their pledge to God when they promised to keep God’s commandments (Exodus 19:8).  They failed to realize that their hearts (minds, wills, and emotions) were deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).  The heart of man hasn’t changed to this day. We all have a sin nature that is bent on doing just the opposite of what God tells us to do. God gave us His assessment of mankind in Romans 3:9-23.  Do you agree or disagree with it?

     About Us.  Are we that much different from these Israelites?  Haven’t we defended and given special privileges to those who are morally depraved and treated them better than the upright citizens?  Do you think God’s heart isn’t aching as He sees infants in the womb being chopped up or poisoned to death?  Over 50 million of these helpless babies have been killed in our country since Roe v Wade in 1973.  Do you come across people who call good evil, and evil good as they did in days gone by (Isaiah 5:20)?  What about you? Do you live lawlessly and disregard what God has said in His Word? Do you understand the “Dispensational” distinctions in Scripture?  Do you live any way you want to live as long as you can get by with it?

     Religious.  Many people around the world are religious  and sincere, but they are not fit for heaven because they are trying to earn their way into heaven by their good works rather than trusting in the Christ of the Scriptures who died for all our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day.

     Many Ways?  How often have you heard it said, “There are many ways or paths to God.”  If that is true, than Christ was a liar.  He said in essence, “I am the only way to God in heaven, the absolute truth, and the only One who gives eternal life to those who believe on Me alone for their salvation” (John 14:6).  The Apostles Peter and Paul confirmed this truth (Acts 4:12; 16;31). What about you?  Why should God let you into His heaven?  Do you say, “I’m a pretty good person.  I try to keep the Ten Commandments”?  This won’t save you.

     Deliverance.  It comes to us by God’s grace that is totally undeserved on our part.  It is conditioned by faith alone, not by the good works we do lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  The object of our faith must be in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is the God-man who was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15).  Then He voluntarily went to the cross (John 10:15-18) to die as our Substitute to pay the penalty of death that we owed to God (Romans 6:23).  His bodily resurrection (Luke 24:33-43) assures us of God the Father’s acceptance of His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25).

     Questions.  Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you?  Are you absolutely certain that you will go to heaven the moment you die, or do you think you can only enter heaven through the back or side door after you’ve been purged in a temporary prison for an indefinite period of time?  If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you can do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

     Civil War.  Is the United States headed for another civil war?  I certainly hope not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened or if God allowed another wicked nation to punish us for our wickedness and toleration of evil. He did it to His chosen people the Jews (Daniel 1:2) and He can/might do it to us too. 

     Replaced? No, the church hasn’t replaced Israel (1 Corinthians 10:32) and Christians cannot claim the promises that were given to the Jews.  God has a special plan for the believing Jews and His promises to them might be fulfilled in the very near future (Romans 11:1ff; Zechariah 14:1ff). Do you know what God says will happen in the future?

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     Teachable?  If you’re teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; Romans 12:1, 2) when you are presented with the truth from God’s Word (John 17:17), we’d be happy to assist you in your discovery of God’s purpose and your brief role on the stage of life.

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