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For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Death is a subject that most people don’t like to discuss, but it’s inevitable. Or is it? “And as it is appointed unto men [and women, boys and girls] once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). The Apostle Paul wrote: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Apocalypse. The “Fourth Horsemen of the Apocalypse is death. It is preceded by a false peace, war, and famine (Revelation 6:1-8). These conditions could be “just around the corner” from where we are today. Is there a way for us to avoid or delay these events from coming?

Approach. In journalistic style, let’s ask Who…? What…? Where…? When…? Why…? How…? Who dies and who lives? What is death? Where does a person go at the time of death? When will a person die? Why death came upon the human race? Can death be reversed?

Death. From the Scriptures we learn that there are three kinds of death. [1] Death isn’t annihilation or reincarnation but separation. Physical death takes place when the soul and spirit depart from the body (2 Corinthians 5:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Peter 1:9). It can be and will be reversed by the Lord Jesus Christ sometime in the future (1 Corinthians 15:26, 51, 52). Spiritual death involves an individual’s separation from God which began in the Garden of Eden when Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-6). We all were born into this world physically alive but spiritually dead and separated from fellowship with God (Ephesians 2:1). This condition can and will be changed the moment a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; Ephesians 2:1). The Second death takes place at the time of an unbeliever’s physical death (Revelation 20:6, 14; 21:8). It is irreversible. There are no “second chances” to be saved from the eternal lake of fire as some cults and false religions teach. Today, when an unbeliever dies, he/she goes to the lowest section of Sheol/Hades, in the heart of the earth, where they will suffer (Luke 16:19-31; Deuteronomy 32:22). At the time of the Great White Throne Judgment, which takes place at the end of Christ’s millennial reign on/over the earth, they will be raised from the dead, given another kind of body that will suffer forever in the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). Their degree of suffering in the lake of fire, will be determined by Christ, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 20:11-15). The souls and spirits of true Christians, at the moment of physical death, are transported immediately from this life into God’s presence in the third heaven. Here they are given a temporary body to house their souls and spirits until the time of the Rapture when they will receive their resurrected, glorified bodies that are like Christ’s resurrected, glorified body (2 Corinthians 5:1- 8; 1 John 3:2). We do NOT become gods. At the time of the Rapture, the works of New Testament believers will be evaluated at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15) to determine if we will receive crowns, rewards, and praise from Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). It isn’t a time to determine if we get into heaven or not.

Life. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, came into this world to glorify God (John 17:4) by making the Godhead known to mankind and to spirit beings whether they be cherubs, seraphs, and angels (Ephesians 3:10). God didn’t offer salvation and deliverance from the lake of fire to the devil and his angels/demons who rebelled against Him. But surprisingly God graciously demonstrated His love for rebellious mankind and provided the means of our salvation and deliverance from the lake of fire. He added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-11).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and then offered Himself as our Substitute and died in our place for our sins to satisfy (1 John 2:2; 4:10) God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature (Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 10:10). Had He remained dead, we would have no way knowing if God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25). But on the third day He arose bodily from the dead, made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses over a forty day period of time before He ascended back to heaven from where He had come (1 Corinthians 15:1 ff; Acts 1:1-11). He promised to come back for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:1-3; Ephesians 5:32). Those who place their faith and trust in Him alone will receive “eternal life” (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 1 John 5:13). Christ came to give us “eternal life” and an “abundant life” (John 10:10).

Response. Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:2) isn’t enough to save anyone from having to spend eternity with the devil in the lake of fire forever. We must transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5) over to the Person of Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. Have you done this yet? If not, why not now (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, we’d like to know how it has and then ask you to SHARE this with others too.

Gospel. Dr. Manfred Kober summed up the Gospel with these 24 words: “Friend: You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” [2] Please share this Good News with others as you are led by God the Holy Spirit as He opens up opportunities for you (Romans 8:14).

[1] Death. See Dr. C. I. Scofield’s Bible Study notes: Physical – Hebrews 9:27; Spiritual – Ephesians 2:5; Second – Revelation 20:14.

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

[3] “The Death Of Our Son,” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

Hopeless. Helpless. This is how many people in our world feel today. They don’t know for sure how mankind got here on earth and where we will go when we die. They fear death because they don’t know what is on the other side of it. Some dismiss heaven and hell from their thinking.

Class. Recently I have been teaching a class about “The Story Of Hope.” It is designed to help Christians lead lost people, who feel hopeless and helpless, to Christ so they can be saved (See John 1:41; 3:16; Acts 8:26 ff). We want to bring people out of darkness and into the light (Colossians 1:13;1 Peter 2:9). The future is as bright as the promises of God for true Christians (John 14:1-3; Psalm 16:11). But it isn’t bright for unbelievers who die without the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Jude 1:13). God cannot and will not lie to us (Titus 1:2; John 14:6; 17:17). But we must know the promises and claim them for ourselves (Hebrews 4:2).

My Method. When I meet people in the market place, on a plane, or perhaps at the gym, I like to “break the ice” and begin a conversation with them by trying to find something in common with them. Many people are willing to talk about their work, their family, or their background. I let them talk. Then, if I can, I might share with them the story of our son, Bill’s death [1] to point out how fragile life is (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1). Or I might tell them something about myself. I want to try to bring the conversation around to spiritual things. I usually say, “May I ask you something?”

Three Questions

Sure? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die?” The usual answer I get is, “I think/hope I will.” I ask, “Would you like to know for sure that you’ll go to heaven the moment you die?” Before I show them how this is possible, I like to ask them another question.

Why? “Why should God let you into His heaven?” The usual answer is, “I try my best to do what is right.” I ask, “How good do you think you have to be to get into heaven?” (This puzzles them.) If the person has a good answer to this question and believes that he/she is saved, I like to ask another question.

Lose? “If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?” (I like to ask this because some people, who are saved, lack assurance of their salvation. If I can, and if time permits, I like to proceed with the “Bad News & Good News.” Otherwise, I like to give them a clear Gospel tract or something I’ve written for them to take and read later.)

Bad News / Good News

Death. We’ve all sinned – acted lawlessly (Romans 3:23; 1 John 3:4). All of us deserve to die physically and be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23; Matthew 7:21-23; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Resurrection. But Christ died for our sins and rose again bodily on the third day. He can save anyone who puts his/her faith and trust in Him alone for his/her salvation (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31).

Only One Condition

Believe. If a person seems to be interested, I like to ask him/her, “Are you willing to place your faith in Christ alone to save you?” (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). I point out that it’s not enough for you to know and believe the facts of the Gospel. You must transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone to save us. I ask, “Are you willing to do this right now?” (2 Corinthians 6:2; Proverbs 27:1). If he/she is willing to do this, I encourage them to tell God. I let him/her know that praying doesn’t save us. But it’s our way of letting God know of our decision to trust in Christ alone to save us. Here is a suggested prayer: “Dear God, I know I’m a sinner and that I can’t save myself. I believe that Christ died for my sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. I’m trusting in Him alone to save me. Thank You for the assurance that will come to me when I believe your promises to save me.” (Here are some promises that provide assurance of salvation for believers: John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).

False Conditions. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be baptized, join the church, give money, confess every sin you’ve ever committed, promise never to sin again, make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life, keep the sacraments, and/or do other good works. Good works don’t save anyone (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). They provide evidence of our faith to other people (James 2:18-20).

Formulas

The Right Formula. Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works

The Wrong Formula. Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation

Security & Assurance

When someone truly believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, through the message of the Gospel, he/she is saved instantly and is secure “in Christ” forever (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 4:30). However, a true believer may not always feel like he/she is saved after sinning. The devil/demons like to put doubts into our minds when we sin (act lawlessly) or when we have unanswered questions.

Confession

When we sin, as Christians, we need to confess them (name them and be specific) to God and then claim His promise to forgive us (1 John 1:9). Then we need to learn how not to keep repeating the same sins (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13). We have three spiritual enemies that tempt us: the devil, the present world system, and our own sin nature.

Help. We’re here to glorify God by making Him known to others. We want to help you make sure of your salvation. Once saved, we want to help you grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18) and help you identify the sources from which your temptations come, and to show you what you need to do so you don’t keep on sinning and grieving God (1 John 2:1; Ephesians 4:30). Perpetual sin, in the life of a Christian, could lead to a premature, physical death (James 5:19; 1 John 5:16; 1 Corinthians 11:30). Contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

[1] “The Death Of Our Son” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

Links

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

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

“The Clear Gospel” http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why bother trying to rescue those who hate you and who want to kill you? Why not let them suffer the natural and eternal consequences of their wicked behavior as it will be for Lucifer and the rebellious angels?

One of the reasons God the Son added a true human nature and a real body to His deity was to glorify God (make Him known) by seeking and saving those, among the human race, who were/are lost (John 1:29). But many people don’t realize that they are lost or that they are as bad off as they can be without God and the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). We’re helpless (Romans 5:6; John 15:5), hopeless (Ephesians 2:12), and hell bound (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46).  Most people don’t believe this to be true.

God the Son came down to earth some 2,000 years ago through the womb of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). God the Father provided the seed which God the Holy Spirit miraculously implanted in her womb (Luke 1:32-35). Of course, those in Nazareth didn’t buy this story. Throughout His life people thought of His birth as illegitimate as it was expressed when Jesus was accused by the Jewish leaders of being born of fornication (John 8:41). Even to this day there are those who believe that Jesus was probably the illegitimate son of a German (Roman) soldier. Blasphemy!

His own brothers didn’t believe that He was the promised Messiah until after His bodily resurrection from the dead when He appeared to His half-brother, James (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). They, including His own mother, thought He had gone insane when He gathered His 12 disciples to Himself (Mark 3:21). This, no doubt, fulfilled what was written about Him by the Prophet Isaiah where we’re told “…we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4).

In spite of all the verbal abuse that He and His mother and step-father had to endure, He lived a sinless life (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15). Only One who is sinless Himself, could die in our place for our sins and pay the debt that we owed to God (Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 3:18).

When most of the Jews rejected Him as their Messiah (John 1:11, 12; Luke 19:14; John 19:15), He temporarily changed His focus from being the Messiah for the Jews, to His becoming the Savior of all mankind, not just for the Jews (Matthew 16:20; 1 John 2:2; John 3:16). The provision He made to save us from eternal condemnation doesn’t guarantee our salvation. We must receive the gift of eternal life (God’s quality of life) by faith and not by our good works (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

But God hasn’t forgotten His unconditional promises to the Jews that He will one day step us His everlasting kingdom on/over the earth (Romas 11:1 ff; Isaiah 9:6, 7; 2 Samuel 7:12-14; Daniel 2:44, 45). It will be a literal kingdom with Christ and the true Church, His Bride, ruling over all the nations with a rod of iron (Psalm 2:9; Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15).

Under Christ and the Church will be King David, who will be resurrected 75 days after the 7 years of the Tribulation (Daniel 12:12) He will be the regent on earth (Jeremiah 30:9). Under Him there will be other kings, lords, and righteous judges (Revelation 19:16; Isaiah 1:26).

You could know and have all the facts straight about His birth, life, death and resurrection for our sins, and His future return to this earth, and yet still be lost and headed for the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Not until you transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, will you be saved from eternal condemnation (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 8:1).

If you’ve never done this before, why not believe on Him as your personal Savior today? We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change and who want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

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John 12:1-11

Motives Matter. “…the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). On judgment day Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8), will unveil all the motives behind our words and actions (Matthew 12:36; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 4:5). If the Christian’s good works have the quality of gold, silver, or precious stones, they will be rewarded. Otherwise, their worthless works will be burned up and the believer will suffer the loss of rewards, but not the loss of his salvation (2 Corinthians 5:10).

The Countdown. It was on. By the time of this event, Jesus had been rejected by most of the Jews and His time had come to glorify God the Father by providing salvation for all mankind (John 1:29; 3:16; 10:15-18). Within a week He would be crucified. He would die as a Substitute for our sins…and then rise again bodily on the third day and thereby pay the debt that we all owed to God for our sins (Romans 5:8; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  He offers deliverance from the lake of fire to all who will believe on Him (John 3:16, 18, 36; Acts 16:31; Matthew 25:41, 46).  Our salvation is not based on our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Mary’s Magnanimous Gift. This event took place at a supper for Jesus and Lazarus who had been restored to life after being dead for four days (John 12:2; Matthew 26:6-13). His life was a testimony to the power of Jesus who claimed to be “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Jesus was well aware of His impending death and had even told His disciples about it (John 12:7; 14:1-3; Matthew 16:21). While they still seemed to be in a daze, it appears that Mary believed Him and came to anoint Him before His burial (John 12:7). The value of the fragrant oil was estimated to be the equivalent of a year’s wages (John 12:5). Rather than using it on herself, she poured it on His head and His feet and wiped them with her hair (Matthew 26:7; John 12:3). When she was done wiping His feet, the aroma of the perfume lingered in her hair to remind her and the others of her service to Christ. As Christians share the Gospel with others, we carry with us the aroma of death or life. It all depends on the response of the hearer (2 Corinthians 2:14-16). If you are a Christian, does your life smell like “the Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23)? Are others impressed with the life you live and are you ready to give an answer to those who may ask you about it (1 Peter 3:15)?

Judas’ True Identity. While pretending to be concerned for the poor people, he complained about the wasteful thing Mary had done in anointing Jesus’ feet with such expensive oil (John 12:4-6). But the reality was, while he seemed to be compassionate for the poor people, he was really a selfish thief, a hypocrite, and was called the son of perdition (John 6:70, 71; 12:5, 6, 18, 17:2). He saw little value in Jesus and demonstrated this by selling Him out for 30 pieces of silver as it had been predicted of him (Zechariah 11:12, 13; Matthew 26:15). Mary valued Jesus highly, whereas Judas didn’t and ended up committing suicide after returning the money to the temple (Matthew 27:5). How highly do you value Jesus?  How often do you tell others about Him and the offer of salvation He has provided for everyone?

Exam. Let’s evaluate ourselves as Christians (1 Corinthians 11:28). Do I do what I do (1) to gain favor with others? (2) to derive personal pleasure for doing it? (3) to fulfill an obligation? Or do I serve God to demonstrate my love for Him and to glorify Him by making Him known to others around me (Romans 5:5)? Have I dedicated my body to Him to use as He sees fit (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Corinthians 13:1-7)?

Death. If you knew that you only had one week to live, how would you spend your time, talents, and treasures? What is really important to you? Will you pray with the Psalmist – “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23, 24).

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John 11:1-44

Our lives on earth are like a vapor that appears for a moment and then it is gone (James 4:14). We never know when our last day on earth will come to us. Making every day count for eternity is crucial. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?

Problem. The two sisters of Lazarus had a real problem. Their brother, perhaps the breadwinner, was very near to death when they sent word to Jesus concerning his condition. They made no demands of Him hoping that He would do what was necessary to insure that their brother wouldn’t die. But strangely, Jesus waited for two more days after hearing about the condition of His friend. In the meantime, Lazarus died and the sisters were devastated.

If Only. When Jesus finally arrived at Bethany, Martha hurried to Him only to say, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21). She wasn’t aware of what Jesus planned to do for her brother that would bring much greater glory to God than merely keeping Lazarus from dying.

Clarity. Jesus wanted Martha and Mary to trust Him and get a clearer picture of Him. Martha believed that God the Father would answer Jesus’ request concerning her brother. When Jesus referred to Himself as “the resurrection and the life,” she didn’t grasp the true significance of that statement as it related to the immediate situation and the condition of her brother. Jesus wanted her to know that whatever God the Father could do, He could do also. They both shared the same essence and attributes and were equal in their Deity (John 10:30; See Colossians 1:15-17; 2:9; John 1:3; Genesis 1:1).

Emotions. When God the Son added to His deity a true human nature and body, it came with emotions too (Philippians 2:5-11). Unlike us, He had no sin nature (Hebrews 4:15). His human body became hungry, tired, and weary (John 4:6). He exhibited righteous anger without sinning (John 2:15; See Ephesians 4:26). Jesus wept and seems to have been deeply grieved when He saw their unbelief and unwillingness to believe that He could and would do something for their brother, Lazarus (John 11:35). Could it be that the Holy Spirit is grieved by our lack of faith or our sinful conduct (Ephesians 4:30)?

Communication. Before doing what He intended to do, which was part of God’s plan for Him (John 5:17), Jesus lifted His eyes toward heaven and thanked His Father for hearing Him and answering His request to allow Him to raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11:41, 42). When He called Lazarus by name, he came forth to the surprise of all who were there (John 11:43).Then many believed in Him, but there were some religious leaders who feared losing their authority over the people and wanted to kill Jesus and Lazarus (John 11:45-53). How sad to think that some of these people were unwilling to admit that He was the Promised Messiah and the Son of God just so they could retain power. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [or has temporary power over other people], and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?

Power. Ultimate power rests with God alone (Revelation 1:8). The work of creation is likened to God’s finger work (Psalm 8:3), but His resurrection power is the greatest power of all. With it Jesus will raise everyone who has died, each one in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). The Apostle Paul wanted this kind of power to do the work of God for His glory (Philippians 3:10). Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5; See Philippians 4:13).

Death. Physical death is separation of the spirit and soul from the body, not the annihilation of the wicked dead (2 Corinthians 5:8; See Revelation 20:10). Spiritual death is the separation of the person from fellowship with God (Genesis 2:17; Ephesians 2:1; 4:18). Physical and spiritual death can be reversed, but the second death is irreversible (Revelation 20:14; 21:8). Dying physically in unbelief is the unforgivable sin today (John 16:8-11). The lake of fire was prepared for the devil and his angels but all unbelievers end up there with him forever where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). We don’t want you to end up there. You don’t have to go there.

Gospel. The Good News is that Christ died for us sinners…and rose again bodily on the third day and can save any and all who will place their faith in Him alone to save (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). The right formula: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Good Works.

No Death. Two people living in the Old Testament times didn’t die: Enoch (Genesis 5:24), and Elijah (2 Kings 2:1, 11). These two men illustrate for us what will happen one of these days when Jesus comes back for the true believers and takes them to the “Bridal Suite” that He has been preparing for them (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Will you be in that number? We hope so.

Sorrow. When a loved one is taken from us in death it’s not easy to bear. Jesus never told believers not to cry at such times. “We sorrow, but not as those who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). “When you grieve, when you’re confused, yes, and even when you’re angry, don’t hide your feelings from God and pretend everything’s alright. He knows you better than that. And since He is the Truth, He can handle the truth.” C. R. Swindoll. Remember, Jesus, our High Priest sympathizes with us (Hebrews 4:14-16).

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Everyone wants the opportunity to make his/her own choices in life. We’re all different and in this country we have a lot of freedom to choose where we will live, what kind of clothes we’ll wear, and the kind of food we will eat. We’re not robots.

Progenitors. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, lived in a beautiful garden where all their needs were provided for them. They could eat the fruit of all the trees of the garden except one – the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Sadly, both of them ate the fruit from that tree. This brought physical death and spiritual death to them (Genesis 2, 3, 5). Their decision affected all of us who descended from them. Eventually we all will die physically and be judged but not for the purpose that most people think (Romans 5:12; 6:23; Hebrews 9:27). But did you know that there have been some people who went from this life into the next one without dying (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11)? There will be another group of people who won’t die physically either (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Would you be interested in knowing how you can be part of this group? If so, ask us.

Born Dead. When we came into this world, we were born spiritually dead – separated from fellowship with God (Ephesians 2:1). This is why we all need to be born again from above in order for us to receive God’s quality of life (eternal life) from Him (John 3:3-7). Every person who has been conceived will have everlasting existence somewhere. Where will you spend it? Life begins at conception (Psalm 139). The Scriptures don’t teach the annihilation of the wicked or reincarnation.

Sinners. Whether we want to admit it or not, we’re all sinners who have acted lawlessly and violated God’s laws (Romans 3:10, 23; 1 John 3:4). Some people sin less than others but we all deserve to be separated from God forever in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46).

Love. But God the Father loved the sinful people of this world and didn’t want us to perish and end up in hell with the devil and his angels. So He sent One of the members in the Godhead to this earth to add to His deity a true humanity (John 1:14). He lived a sinless life and then died as our Substitute to pay the penalty that we all owed to God.

Value. Christ’s death was not an ordinary one. The value of His death for our sins came from the fact that He was/is God. He reality of His death came from the fact that He was/is a true human being. God cannot die.

God’s Desire For Us Sinners

Deliverance. He desires that all the people on earth be saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire (1 Timothy 2:4) and come to the knowledge of the truth (John 14:6; 17:17) and the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) so they can enter heaven to spend eternity with God and His sanctified and cleansed children (Ephesians 5:26). We don’t believe that Christ died just for a select group of people but for the sins of the whole world including your sins and mine (John 3:16; 6:37; 1 John 2:2).

Knowledge. In order for us to be saved, it is necessary for us to know that there is a Savior who is powerful enough to deliver us and take us out of the devil’s family (John 8:44; Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:9, 10) and make us a part of God’s family. Jesus is preparing a special place for believers in heaven (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9ff). Most of the people on earth know little or nothing about God’s only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scriptures tell us that He is equal to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 5:18; 8:58; 10:31; Colossians 2:9). The Christ of the cults can’t save anyone (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

Birth – Life. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary as Isaiah the prophet had predicted (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). He lived a sinless life (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15). The many miracles He performed proved that He was/is God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; 20:31). He voluntarily allowed Himself to be taken by sinful men and to be crucified on a cross as it had been predicted (John 10:15-18; Psalm 22:1). After being dead for three days, He raised Himself from the dead (John 2:19-22; 10:17, 18). God the Father and God the Holy Spirit also had a part in His bodily resurrection (Romans 6:4; 8:11). Only a living, omnipotent Person can save us (Revelation 1:8).

Anticipation. He is waiting for all whom the Father has given to Him to come to Him for their salvation (John 6:37, 44). When this number is complete, He will come back for the true Church and make it His bride (John 14:1-3; Ephesians 5:32).

Questions. Are you sure that you will be in this group? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you think that you are headed there, is there anything that you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? How secure are you? How can you be absolutely sure?

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