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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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We, as the citizens of the United States of America, have a major decision to make in the coming election. In my humble opinion it seems to boil down to whether or not we want to continue to maintain our own sovereignty (self rule) as a nation or yield/submit ourselves to another organization that has proven itself to be a miserable failure thus far – the United Nations and/or the coming New World Order that the Scriptures predicted would come in the last days (Daniel 2:40-43). Why will God allow men to defy Him and set up a One World Government and how long will it last (Proverbs 14:12; John 15:5)?  What should the world leaders be doing (Psalm 2)?  What will you do?  You have a choice.

Lowest Of Men

It shouldn’t surprise us that those who are running for the highest office in the land lack moral character. Are they a reflection of us? Why have we degenerated to such a low level of morality?  There is an answer found in Romans 1:18-32.  The Scriptures tell us “That the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, [and] gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest [basest] of men” (Daniel 4:17).  Keep in mind that no one gets into power without His permission (Daniel 2:21).

Things To Come

About 2,600 years ago God revealed to wicked King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon His plan for “Things to Come” (Daniel 2, 7). Much of it has been fulfilled already. But the “Day of Man” seems to be coming to an end.  During the Seven Years of the Tribulation over ½ of the world’s population will die from wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes (Revelation 6-19; Matthew 24:7).  The social engineers of this world would like to reduce the population down to about 500 million people.

False Peace

The down trodden people of the world are longing for peace on earth. They are looking for someone, anyone to bring it to them. Such a person is probably alive right now and waiting in the wings for the “right crisis” to occur for him to step on to the stage and offer to the world his peace proposal. Do you know what event could trigger it (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? (Read some disturbing quotes http://www.arewelivinginthelastdays.com/com/quotes.html)

The Hated Jews

Even though the nation of Israel is marginalized and despised by most of the countries of the world, this “man of lawlessness – the Antichrist” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12) will come on the scene and make a “Seven Year Peace Agreement” with the Jews (Daniel 9:27). Perhaps this will be in exchange for their right to protect themselves against their sworn enemies whose agenda is to wipe them off the face of the earth once and for all as Hitler tried to do. It may involve Israel’s having to relinquish their nuclear weapons to this man who will promise to protect that tiny Jewish nation from their enemies.  Do you know when and why the Antichrist will break his agreement with the Jews? What will he do during the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation?  When and where does the campaign of Armageddon take place (Matthew 24:15 ff, Revelation 12-19)?  What horrific thing will happen to all the armies of the world that come against Israel (Zechariah 14:12-15)?

Far Fetched? 

No, the books of Daniel and Revelation, which many people allegorize or spiritualize rather than interpret normally, reveal what is in store for the future of mankind. A special blessing is promised to those who read the book of Revelation and to those who hear the words of this prophecy, and who keep (guard in their hearts) those things that are written in it (Revelation 1:3). Hiding your head in the sand won’t make the problems of the world go away.  There is only one Person who can bring in lasting peace – “The Prince of Peace – The Lord Jesus Christ” (Isaiah 9:6, 7).

Invigorating

It may be that we are about to witness what the Scriptures have predicted would take place. The world is ripe for judgment even as major earthquakes are overdue in the state of California and in other parts of the world. The 9.0 earthquake in Japan several years ago (which our two children survived) was minor in comparison to what is yet to come (Matthew 24:7). The movie “2012” shook some people up for a little while.

The Passion

Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion Of The Christ” also brought some people to tears as they thought about the unjust sufferings of Christ. But did they come away knowing why Christ died and rose again bodily from the dead? It was designed by God to display His love for those of us who have sinned against God (John 3:16),  All of us deserve to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). Christ died in our place for our sins…and rose again bodily to demonstrate to us that God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

Provision

Even though God has provided forgiveness and eternal life to all mankind, and not just to a few people, it is not secured until we place our faith in Christ alone to save us (John 1:12; Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works or by faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). If someone were to ask you, Why should God let you into heaven?” what would you say? If you included any of your good works, you are believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2) and you aren’t headed for heaven. Get help immediately so you can be assured from Scripture (1 John 5:13) that you have met God’s only condition for entrance into heaven (Acts 4:12; 16:31).

Gospel

The Good News (Gospel) that we must believe to be saved is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Believing in/on Christ through this message will result in our being saved from the lake of fire and entering heaven.

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1 Peter 2:21-25

Had they known the extent of the suffering and sorrow they would bring on themselves and on us, Adam and Eve would probably have avoided Satan’s suggestion to eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3). But it appealed to her desire to be like God and know good from evil (i. e. what would bring them happiness or be detrimental to them) without having to consult with God every day. All of man’s suffering today came as a result of one act of lawlessness (Romans 5:12).

God had made it clear to Adam that if he ate the forbidden fruit, he would die two types of death: spiritual and physical (Genesis 2:17). He didn’t know what death was, having never seen or experienced it. But as soon as he and Eve ate the fruit, their garment of light was stripped from them (1 Corinthians 15:49) and they were separated from fellowship with God. They recognized that they were naked and sewed fig leaves to cover their nakedness (Genesis 3:7). Physical death wouldn’t come for many years (Genesis 5) but their comfortable life in the Garden of Eden came to an end and they had to work hard to get their food (Genesis 3:17-19).

The penalty for sin also involves spiritual death and eternal separation from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). To make it possible for mankind not to have to go there forever, One of the members in the Godhead volunteered to add to His deity a true human nature and body (Hebrews 10:5-7). He would be born of a virgin so He wouldn’t have a sinful nature passed on to Him (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). He would live a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15) and then go to the cross to die as a Substitute for all of mankind’s sins (1 Peter 3:18).  We do not believe in “limited atonement.”

His suffering at the hands of sinful men was horrific (Matthew 27:27-32). But He experienced His greatest suffering when His Father in heaven forsook Him from noon until 3 P.M. as He hung naked on the cross in our place (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46). It was during this time that God the Father laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6).  We are the ones who should have been hanging there.  He was our Substitute.

Unjust suffering? It certainly was. But in addition to making it possible for us to be saved, by His suffering He set an example for us to follow when we suffer unjustly too (1 Peter 2:21). We can’t die for the sins of others as Jesus did for our sins.

“[The Apostle] Peter had seen firsthand the yoke of unjust suffering placed upon Jesus’ shoulders. He saw the rejection of society and the retaliation of the Sanhedrin. He saw Jesus betrayed by a friend and brutalized by an empire. Peter himself had denied Him. Yet in the Savior’s innocent eyes was no windswept harbor of revenge. They were placid under the storm of unjust suffering. And they offered the cool drink of forgiveness for friend and foe alike.” – Chuck Swindoll, Hope In Hurtful Times, p. 51

Jesus never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). He serves as an example of One who never compromised with His words to avoid mistreatment (John 14:6; Ephesians 4:15). He didn’t revile or threaten those who were mistreating Him but committed Himself into His Father’s care as He suffered at their hands (Luke 23:46). He did all this to take our place and die for our sins to satisfy God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2).

But His offer of salvation and eternal life would have been of no value to us had He not risen from the dead. His bodily resurrection demonstrates to us that God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25) and would accept us into heaven if we would place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for our sins…and rose again from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

There is nothing to “crow about” if we suffer for doing what is wrong or sinful (1 Peter 2:20). But if we should suffer for doing what is right, we can/should submit ourselves to God and let Him be the One who takes vengeance on evil doers (Romans 12:19).

All believers who desire to live godly lives will suffer persecution from time to time (2 Timothy 3:12). But the suffering of this life is not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall follow (Romans 8:18).  Do you know the difference between suffering “for Christ” as opposed to suffering “with Christ?”  If n0t, ask about it.

The Apostle Paul was willing to suffer all things for the salvation of God’s elect (2 Timothy 2:10).  If you think you’ve suffered for Christ, consider his sufferings (2 Corinthians 11:23-33).  All whom the Father has given to the Son are going to come to Him, and anyone who comes to Him, He will never cast out (John 6:37). When that number is complete, Jesus will come back for His bride (the true Church – not the apostate Church) and take us to the home that He has been preparing for us (John 14:1-3). Will you be in that group?

Have you come to Christ for your salvation (deliverance) from hell to heaven? If not, why not come to Him right now? Now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). There are no opportunities to be saved once you’re physically dead (Hebrews 9:27).

If you need spiritual help, we’re here to assist you and to help you come to have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13). Don’t delay! Today could be your last day on earth.  Don’t boast about tomorrow (James 4:15; Proverbs 27:1).

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People love stories. A good story teller can take people away from the rat race of life into a fantasy world of virtual reality where they can forget about the troubles of this life for a little while. The late Paul Harvey was a skilled story teller and was paid well for that ability. I enjoyed listening to him present the news with his commentaries.

Sports figures, who can handle a ball well, are also paid exorbitant amounts of money by those who will give up thousands of dollars to sit on the front rows in stadiums so they can be closer to such talented athletes.

Think about the movie and TV stars who once lived in their cars before being discovered and put in front of the bright lights to entertain others. Some of them have learned how to make people laugh and/or cry almost on cue. Sadly some of these same people are very miserable themselves and often take illegal drugs to escape the harsh realities of their own lives. A few commit suicide to avoid the pressures of life.

And then there are some “greedy preachers” [1] who have learned how to extract money from people by tickling their ears and telling them what they want to hear or by promising them health, wealth, and happiness if they will plant their seed money with “their ministry” that is focused on the temporal things of life rather than on spiritual and eternal things. Thank God for the Pastor/teachers who are faithful to their Lord and their calling who aren’t like those mentioned above (1 Corinthians 4:2; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

As he sat in a prison cell waiting for the day of his execution for being a Christian and preaching the Gospel that includes the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 24:33-43; 2 Timothy 2:8, 9), the Apostle Paul wrote some final words to his son in the faith, Timothy. He told him to “Preach [proclaim] the word [of God with authority]! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned to fables. But be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:2-5). This is a huge responsibility that can only be accomplished with God’s help (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13).

Let’s get personal for a moment. Are you more interested in the style or the substance of what is being said when you attend church? Do you go to be entertained, to be blessed, and/or to bless others? What is true worship (John 4:24)? Are you a “milk Christian” or a “meat Christian” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Hebrews 5:13, 14)? Are you a “discerning Christian” who evaluates what you hear by comparing it with the Scriptures (Acts 17:11)? Are you a “convenient Chritian” or a “committed Christian”? Are you using or abusing the present world system (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17)? How well do you know God and His Word (Philippians 3:10; 2 Peter 3:18)? Do you know which sections of it are to be believed and which part of it is to be believed and practiced (2 Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:9)? Do you believe all Scripture is inspired (God breathed) or just parts of it (2 Timothy 3:16, 17)? Are the words of Jesus (written in red letters in some Bibles) more important and inspired than the rest of the Bible? How do you interpret the Bible – normally or allegorically (deliberately twisting the intended meaning – 2 Peter 3:16)? Do you believe in the sufficiency of the Scriptures to meet your spiritual and emotional needs (2 Peter 1:3) or do you think that the philosophy of the world (Colossians 2:8) needs to be interjected into the picture too?

Are you certain that you will go to heaven the moment you die (1 John 5:13) or do you think that you have to go to a purging place first? Why should God let you into heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9)? Would your answer satisfy Him? If you’re confident that you will go to heaven when you die, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation (John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6)?

Heavy stuff?  Yes, I know that you probably haven’t been asked such questions very often. But our lives are like a vapor that quickly vanishes away. We don’t know when our last day on earth will be (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14). Are you living as though today might be your last day to live on earth?

With every day that passes I realize that I’m getting closer to my home in heaven which is far better than the one in which I now live (Philippians 1:23). I might go through the door of death (2 Peter 1:14) or the door of the Rapture (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). I’m looking forward to spending eternity with God in heaven. My hope (confident expectation) isn’t based on what I have done, but on what the Lord Jesus Christ did for me when He died on the cross for my sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Without His bodily resurrection, none of us has any hope of spending eternity in heaven (1 Corinthians 15:9). The Scriptures say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts16:31). Our salvation is “not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:9; See Titus 3:5).

We’re here to assist fellow travelers in life like you so you too can have the same assurance (1 John 5:13) that we have of a safe arrival in heaven one of these days (2 Corinthians 5:8) when we’ve finished our work on earth (2 Timothy 4:7, 8). Would you like a Free “Dispensations Chart” that might help you discover where we are in time and how close we may be to the next major event on God’s time schedule? Ask for one. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website at www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] https://www.raptureready.com/rr-evil.html

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

Gospel In Less Than 25 Words: http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/read

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages. http://www.kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

 

John 8:14-19

Whether you believe in creation or evolution, you must accept what you believe by faith. We weren’t there in the beginning. The teaching of creation is more plausible but not as accepted as the theory of evolution. Creation implies accountability; evolution doesn’t. Having to give an account to Someone who is all knowing for everything we’ve ever thought, said, or done is a frightful concept that we wish wouldn’t happen (2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:12; Matthew 12:36). But whether we like it or not, we will be held accountable someday (Hebrews 9:27).

Rejection. Because many people deliberately choose to ignore or dismiss the revelation/information concerning God that comes from nature (Psalm 19:1), and from the prophets whom God chose to dispense truth to us (2 Peter 1:21), God often allows them to descend into the grossest forms of depravity (Romans 1:18-32). They call good evil, and evil is called good (Isaiah 5:20). The wicked seem to prosper while the righteous suffer (Psalm 37:34-36). Because Christians are not of this world (John 17:14-16; Philippians 3:20), they often are marginalized and persecuted for their faith as Jesus predicted (John 15:20; 16:2; 2 Timothy 3:12).

Murder. Because of His popularity with the common people and the authoritative way He taught them (Matthew 7:29; John 12:19), the scribes of Pharisees envied Him and wanted to do away with Him by killing Him (John 5:18; 7:1). He didn’t meet their particular expectations even though the former prophets had made it clear as to when, where, why, and how Christ would come to earth. Their spiritual eyes were blinded by their father the devil (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 11:25).  Are your spiritual eyes blinded too (1 Corinthians 2:14)?  Would you like to see and know “The Truth” (John 14:6; 17:17).

Origin. Christ’s enemies questioned His parentage (John 8:19). They considered Him to be born out of wedlock (John 8:41) even though the prophet had said that He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; See Matthew 1:23). He performed three types of miracles to prove that He was who He claimed to be – the eternal “I AM” (John 5:18; 8:58; Acts 2:22), the Messiah/Christ and the Son of God (John 20:31).

Incarnation. During the council meeting between the three Persons in the Godhead (Ephesians 1:11), God the Son volunteered to be the One who would identify Himself with mankind by adding to His deity a true human nature and a real human body (Philippians 2:5-9; Hebrews 10:5). He is referred to as “the first born over all creation” (Colossians 1:15-17). At least one cult [1] has taken this to mean that Jesus was the first One whom God the Father created and that Jesus then created all “other” things. They add the word “other” four times to this text which isn’t there in the original Greek language in which the New Testament was written.

Clarification. “However, if this verse were teaching that Jesus Christ is the first created being made by Jehovah, the word “first-created” would have been used of Christ, not the word “firstborn.” These are two different words in the Greek, with two different meanings. “First-created” is protoktistos, and “firstborn” is prototokos. Colossians 1:15 does not use the word protoktistos, “first-created”. Instead it uses prototokos. The latter word means an heir, a begotten one, the first in rank. The teaching of Colossians 1:15, then, is that Christ is first in rank above all creation; He is the heir of all things. He is prior to all creation and superior over it as the Lord.” – Roy Zuck [1]

Crucial. Understanding this is crucial to one’s eternal destiny. If Jesus isn’t equal to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, His death has no value to us. The reality of His death for our sins on the cross (Philippians 2:8; 3:18) comes from the fact that He was/is a true human being. God cannot die. The value of His death comes from His being God in human flesh (John 1:1-18), the eternal “I AM” (John 8:58). “For in Him [Jesus Christ] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9).

Resurrection. Without the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58), we’d have no hope of our being resurrected and we would still be in our sins. His resurrection assures us that everyone who has died will be raised from the dead, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:22-24). Everyone will be judged by Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8).  Our degree of pleasure in God’s presence or our degree of suffering with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire will be determined when we are judged by Him (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8). There is more than one judgment and one general resurrection of the dead at the end of time. Do you know how many there are and in which one you will participate (Hebrews 9:27)?

Today In Heaven. Have you ever wondered what Jesus is doing ever since His bodily resurrection and ascension back to heaven (Acts1:9-11; See Hebrews 7:25; Ephesians 1:22)? Whom did He take with Him when He ascended back to heaven? In what part of heaven do they reside (2 Corinthians 12:4)? Will this be their final destination (Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13)? What spiritual gifts did He give to whom and why (Ephesians 4:8-16)? Are all of these gifts still being given to believers today (1 Corinthians 13:10)?

Faith. Our eternal destiny will be determined by our belief or unbelief (John 3:16, 18, 36; 16:9; Ephesians 2:8, 9). Salvation is always by God’s grace through faith and not of works (Ephesians 2:8,9).  My friend, Christ died for your sins and mine. He was buried for three days and nights in a tomb. But He rose again on the third day with a body of flesh and bones but one without blood (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 50). Knowing and believing these facts aren’t enough to save you. You must transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ on your behalf (Acts 16:31). If you’ve never done this before, why not do this right now? Once you do this, you will receive the assurance that comes from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16) and from the Scriptures (1 John 5:13).

Help. If you have questions and/or comments, and you’re teachable and willing to change when you’re exposed to the truth of God’s Word (John 17:17), we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.  If this has helped you, we’d like to hear from you.  Please share this with others  so we can help them too.  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Letter to Jehovah’s Witnesses: http://luke-15.org/Zuck-letter.pdf

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

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages. http://www.kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm