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WHAT IF…

Posted: February 15, 2022 in Evagelism, Gospel, Resurrection, Salvation

Suppose you heard Jesus say to you on judgment day, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” even though you correctly had said to Him, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” (Matthew 7:21-23). This is what is actually going to happen some day to false teachers. What a tragedy this will be.

The only condition for a person’s being saved today is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [alone], and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). Your faith must be in the Christ (God-man) of the Scriptures, not the Christ of the cults. [1] You must believe in/on Christ through the message of the Gospel – “Christ died for our sins…and rose again [bodily] from the dead on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; See Luke 24:36-43). Some preachers talk about the Gospel, but never tell others what it actually is. Have you noticed this?

A dead person can’t help anyone. Sadly, Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead is often left out of the presentation of the Gospel to lost people. “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19).

We know that God the Father was satisfied with the payment that Christ made on our behalf because He raised Jesus from the dead on the third day (Romans 4:25; 6:23; See 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

Just before he was put to death, the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10). Yes, he insisted that the resurrection of Christ be included in the Gospel presentation. The other disciples were persecuted too for preaching the bodily resurrection of Christ (Acts 3:15; 4:1-3, 10; 5:28-32; 13:30, 34).

Before Jesus returns for Christians at the time of the Rapture (John 14:1-3), what He said to His disciples must happen. “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out…No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:37 44).

Our responsibility and privilege, as Christians, is to share the Gospel clearly with those who are lost and headed for the lake of fire (Acts 1:8; Matthew 24:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

If they believe on Christ alone, they will instantly receive eternal life (God’s quality of life – John 3:16; 14:6), and become a part of the spiritual “Body of Christ” where Christ is the Head of the Body (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13, 21; Colossians 1:18). Sadly, most people will not believe on Him to be saved because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:18-20).

If you’ve never placed your faith and trust in Christ alone to save you, now is the time to do it (2 Corinthians 6:2). Our lives are like a vapor that quickly vanishes away (James 4:14). If you have been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, apart from your good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9), then God wants you to work to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20), by having a part in the salvation of the lost by being a good, clean witness for the Lord (Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:20, 21).

At the “Bema Seat Judgment” for Christians(1 Corinthians 3:11-15) you will be able to present a gift to Christ. It will consist of those people whom you led to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; Revelation 4:10, 11).

If you need further assistance or have questions/comments, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

[1] Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

Clear Gospel Presentations:

Dr. Manfred Kober: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dr. R. Larry Moyer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Dr. J. B. Hixon, video: “Getting The Gospel Wrong” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9gbZzo8QA Every Evangelist and Pastor-teacher should watch this and encourage their people to watch it too. He talks about the “Purpose Gospel,” “Puzzling Gospel,” “Prosperity Gospel,” “Pluralistic Gospel,” “Performance Gospel,” and the “Promise-only Gospel” that is developed in his book “Getting The Gospel Wrong.”

Evangelist Dr. R. Larry Moyer, founder and CEO of EvanTell, made a great suggestion: “If you want to have one of the greatest New Years you have ever had, instead of coming up with a New Year’s resolution, adopt a New Year’s accountability partner in evangelism – a person who asks you every month, ‘How have you reached out to a non-Christian with the gospel in the last 30 days?’ You will be amazed at the healthy impact that will have on your evangelism and will wish you had done it sooner.”

He has written a Gospel tract: “May I Ask You A Question?” that includes “Bad News & Good News” and simple illustrations that you could memorize and use as you witness to others. Or you could secure and distribute this tract to others. You might want to attach the video presentation of this tract to someone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

The Lord is counting on true Christians to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Having your known sins confessed to God the Father and to others when it’s necessary (1 John 1:9; See also James 5:16), and as you are being led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), share the Gospel clearly with others as God opens doors for you (Revelation 3:8). Don’t let the devil intimidate you (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 5:8). Use the armor of God to overcome his temptations (Ephesians 6:10-17).

Dr. Moyer also wrote: “Three things have to be explained to an unbeliever to make salvation clear: (1) Sin – so they understand their need, (2) Substitution – so they understand His remedy, and (3) Faith – so they understand their response. We do great in explaining the first two but we drop the ball on the third. John 6:47 says, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.’ Believe means to TRUST IN CHRIST ALONE to save us. We ought not use phrases and wording that confuses people.” [1]

The Gospel for our salvation includes not only Christ’s death for our sins, but also His bodily resurrection from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Without His resurrection, we have no hope (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). Don’t leave it out of the Gospel presentation as many people do.

To receive other helpful ideas from him, become his friend on Facebook and secure some of the books he’s written. [2]

God gave Evangelists to the Church to help us be better witnesses for Christ. They are like obstetricians who deliver babies. Pastor-teachers are like pediatricians who help in the development of children (Ephesians 4:11-16). By all of us Christians working together we can accomplish much more.

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.

[1] Clear Gospel, For “Unclear messages” and “Repentance” see pages 2, 3, 16-19. http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

[2] https://www.evantell.org/

Those who have been in the pastorate for any length of time have quite probably had people in the congregation who opposed them and wanted them to quit or at least not talk about certain things that could offend some people. Sometimes it’s because they’ve had “their toes stepped on” or for some other reasons. Maybe they’re unsaved or carnal Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff). “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). The truth needs to be spoken in love (Ephesians 4:15; See also 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Galatians 2:11 ff).

Jesus. While He was here on earth, Jesus had many religious, Jewish leaders who opposed Him and tried to silence and kill Him. They objected to His claims to be the eternal “I AM” (John 8:58), to His being the promised Messiah (Matthew 26:63), and to His being the rightful King of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-17; 2:2; 27:11), and for many other things He said and did. And yet His miracles attested to the reality of who He claimed to be (John 10:25, 37, 38; 20:31).

Peter. He and the other disciples were also commanded by the religious leaders not to preach in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:17; 5:28). In spite of that, they kept on preaching the Good News concerning His death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection. “But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29).

Paul. He ran into opposition for preaching the Gospel concerning Christ and insisting that His bodily resurrection be included in the Gospel message (2 Timothy 2:8-10; 3:12). A dead Christ can’t help anyone. Without His bodily resurrection from the dead, we have no hope of a bodily resurrection either and we are of all people most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:19). His resurrection guarantees the resurrection of all who have died, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-24).

There is no annihilation of the wicked dead or reincarnation or universal salvation taught in the Scriptures. Neither are there second chances to be saved once one is physically dead as some cults teach.

If, when you try to help someone get saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire to heaven, do you garble the Gospel with confusing conditions or an incomplete message? Or do you present it clearly so God the Holy Spirit can do His work of convicting them of the sin of unbelief, of their need for Christ’s righteousness to enter heaven, and of judgment to come to all who reject Christ as their personal Savior (John 16:8-11)?

Unless an individual is genuinely saved, there is no use in trying to help him/her to live a righteous life. It’s impossible (Hebrews 11:6). Our salvation is secured by one act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Once saved, the new believer is supposed to continue to live in an attitude of faith in the promises of God given to New Testament believers (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). Don’t try to claim promises that were given exclusively to Old Testament Jews or you will be disappointed.

BTW. Old Testament believers could expect good health and other physical blessings if they kept the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Malachi 3:10). If they violated it, they could expect curses (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). New Testament believers can/should be content [and thankful] with food and clothing (1 Timothy 6:8). But think about all the other material things He has provided for us. More importantly, consider the “spiritual blessings” that are ours to enjoy as Christians (Ephesians 1:3 ff).

If you’re consistently presenting the clear Gospel to lost people (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), as you are being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), keep on doing it even if fewer people respond positively to it and are saved. Most of God’s Old Testament prophets got negative responses from the people to whom they proclaimed God’s messages. When a disobedient prophet reluctantly proclaimed God’s message to some people he hated in Nineveh, the whole city responded and believed his message from God. Do you know who that was?

Do you have assurance of your own salvation? We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually. Contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others.

Clear Gospel presentations –

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

Dr. Manfred Koberhttps://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Are you a believer or an unbeliever? Are you someone who wants more evidence before you decide to put your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from eternal condemnation? If so –

Consider Judas. How much more evidence could one have than that which he had as he spent 3 ½ years with Jesus listening to Him and watching Him perform the miracles that He did to prove that He was the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Savior of mankind (John 20:31)? None of the other disciples suspected him as being the traitor. They even trusted him with the money box. And yet he betrayed the Lord and was used by the devil to have Jesus sold for 30 pieces of silver and subsequently crucified on the cross.

Had the devil and the wicked rulers of this world known that by having Christ crucified they would be providing a Savior for mankind, they never would have crucified Christ (1 Corinthians 2:8). But God the Father allowed them to kill His Son to fulfill His purpose. King David wrote, “’Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ. For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together “to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done” (Acts 4:26-28). God holds all men (including you and me) responsible for and guilty of Christ’s death, not just the Jews.

Another disciple, Thomas, likewise had spent 3 ½ years with Jesus. He, along with the other disciples, had been told by Jesus on several occasions that He would rise from the dead after He was crucified (Matthew 20:19). But none of them picked up on Jesus’ words about His resurrection from the dead. Thomas, who was not with the other disciples when Christ first appeared to them, insisted that he see for himself and put his finger in the holes in Christ’s hands and put his hand in Christ’s side before he would believe in Christ’s bodily resurrection. To this day he is known as “Doubting Thomas.” Jesus said to him, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

I haven’t seen the risen Christ. But I believe the testimony of those who did, and the evidence that has been given to us in the Scriptures. For forty days after His bodily resurrection from the dead with a glorified body, He made 10 appearances to over 500 witnesses to validate His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:1-11). Without His resurrection from the dead, Christians would be the most pitiable people on earth (1 Corinthians 15:10).

But since He as been raised from the dead, all those who have died physically shall be raised from the dead, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). Do you know in which one you will participate if you should die? There will be a generation of believers who won’t die (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in Him alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again physically on the third day, why not now? Tomorrow may be too late. (Read Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14).

We’re here to glorify God by making Him known to those who are lost, and telling them how to be saved [1]. We also want to edify believers in their faith. We have a FREE Bible Study Book Marker to help those who want to understand the Bible better. Ask about it. If you have questions/comments, contact us here or at our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

Good News deserves to be shared, especially the Good News concerning Christ’s substitutionary death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Without His bodily resurrection from the dead, we have no Savior to help us. Don’t leave it out of your presentation to lost people as it is often done.

During His earthly ministry on earth, Jesus wanted to glorify God the Father (John 17:4) by letting others know of His love for mankind in their sinful state (John 3:16). Sometimes people came to Jesus with their questions and needs (Luke 10:25). On other occasions Jesus initiated the conversation with people (Luke 9:1-5).

“Today, you will likely experience both kinds of encounters: those you initiate (such as at a store or filling your tank at a gas station) and those initiated by others (such as delivering your mail or keeping an appointment at your office).

“In both cases, follow the advice of 1 Peter 3:15. ‘Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.’ After all, the first two letters in the word gospel are GO!” (Taken from The Daily Walk Bible, WTB, p. 1213)

Dr. Manfred Kober put the Gospel in 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!” This presentation includes the human problem, the Divine provision, and the personal procurement. Why not memorize this and share it as the Holy Spirit leads you and as you have opportunities?

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John 14:6; Acts 4:12

Imagine there’s no heaven / It’s easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky / Imagine all the people / Living for today… Aha-ah…” – John Lennon (Please read what Jesus said in Luke 16:19-31 to discover what J. L. may be thinking now that he is dead and the warning he may be wishing he could send back to lost unbelievers on earth.)

I don’t know about you, but I choose to believe what Jesus said about heaven and hell (John 14:1-6; Matthew 25:41 46; See Revelation 21:8). I don’t want to end up with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire to suffer forever and I don’t want that to happen to you either. You might ask, “What do I need to do to be saved from hell and gain heaven (Acts 16:31)? Can I be sure?

What have you heard in church, on the radio, or TV? Pray. Confess all the sins you’ve ever committed in your life. Stop sinning. Repent and make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life. Believe and do good works. Say the sinner’s prayer. Come forward and confess Christ publicly. Repent and be baptized. Deny yourself and take up your cross. Follow Jesus. Ask Jesus to forgive you, etc.  [1] Beware of false teachers ( 2 Corinthians 11:3:3, 4, 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:8-13). [2]

Are you confused? I used to be until someone shared the truth from God’s Word with me and God the Holy Spirit illuminated my mind to it (1 Corinthians 2:10, 11; 1 John 2:20, 27). “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32; 14:6; 17:17).

The “Gospel” for our salvation is the same for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16). It is that Christ died for our sins…, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the grave on the third day… (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Luke 24:33-43; Romans 10:9-13).

Merely knowing and agreeing with these facts of the Gospel won’t save anyone. We must believe – transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone if we are to be saved. We aren’t saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Questions: Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

Help. We’re here to assist you and others if you want additional information. We want you to be assured of your salvation so you can share what you have with others (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:11-13; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others who could benefit from this information.

Portions of this article were taken from : https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/another-way-of-salvation/

[1] Dr. Ron Shea Clear Gospel”  (Note the confusing conditions for salvation on page 2.)

[2] Lordship Salvation: Dr. Andy Woods

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

George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

For your additional consideration:

Repentance: https://voice.dts.edu/review/g-michael-cocoris-repentance/

Dr. Manfred Kober Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  (Are you proclaiming a false gospel?)

Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

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

Monster cookies. I love them for their crunchiness and texture. Some time ago one of my son’s wife made some of them for us. But the problem was, she left out an ingredient. They looked delicious. But when my wife took a bite of one, she noticed that it didn’t taste good. Since I lost most of my taste and smell many years ago, she offered them to me to eat. I couldn’t tell the difference, so I ate them.

Mistakes. Perhaps you’ve tried to make some things from scratch but forgot to add an ingredient or you may have used the wrong size measuring cup. Maybe you set the temperature wrong or left them in the oven too long or took them out too soon. Have you ever done this? I did this once when I used to sell cookware while I was in college. In spite of my mistake, the customer bought the product.

Misleading Others. When it comes to the most important decision in life that will determine one’s eternal destiny in heaven or in hell, we must make sure that we are not misleading people by leaving out any of the essential “ingredients” of the Gospel or asking people to trust in the wrong Jesus as the cults do. Let’s consider the essential elements of the Gospel and which Jesus has the ability to save us from eternal condemnation?

Gospel. The Gospel that leads to our salvation is clearly presented in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. Christ died [once and for all – Hebrews 10:10, on a cross, not a stake – Philippians 2:8] for our [everyone’s – 1 John 2:2; 1 Timothy 4:10] sins [all of them – past, present, and future sins]; He was buried for three days and nights (See Matthew 12:40), and then He rose again [bodily] on the third day (as it had been predicted so He wouldn’t experience decay as Lazarus did – Psalm 16:10; See John 11:39). He was seen with a real, resurrected, glorified body on 10 different occasions by over 500 witnesses over a 40 day period of time before ascending back to heaven with a promise to return (Acts 1:1-11). His resurrected, glorified body could appear and disappear instantly, and even eat food (Luke 24:33-43). The resurrected bodies of Christians will be like His (1 John 3:2; See Daniel 12:1-3).

Which Jesus Saves? Before He went to the cross, Jesus said that many false Christs would come in His name and deceive a lot of people (Matthew 24:5). They have been around for a long time and many people have been deceived by false teachers (2 Peter 2:1 ff). Which Jesus can save us from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire? “The Wafer Jesus” who didn’t finish the work of salvation and whose mother is a “Co-Redemptrix” (R.C.C.)? “The Elevated Jesus” who is the spirit brother of Lucifer (L.D.S.)? “The Modernist Jesus” who wasn’t born of the virgin, Mary? “The Universalist Jesus” who won’t send anyone to hell? “The Firstborn Creation” of Jehovah who is not fully God (J.W.)? “The Self Esteem Jesus” who never calls men sinners? “The Prosperity Jesus” who promises health, wealth, and happiness to their contributors? “The Revolutionary Jesus” of the socialists/communists? “The Muslim Jesus” who isn’t the God-man. Or perhaps some other Jesus?

Believing In Vain. It’s not enough to know and agree with the facts of the Gospel as many people do today. You must transfer your faith and trust from yourself and your good works over to the person of the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be saved (Acts 4:12; 16:31). We are not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5) or by our faith plus our good works as an added measure for extra “insurance.” We are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. We are not to add unbiblical requirements as conditions for salvation.

Missing Ingredient. Sadly, when invitations for salvation are given today, the “bodily resurrection of Christ” is often left out (See 1 Corinthians 15; Luke 24:33-43). The Apostle Paul suffered extreme persecution at the hands of religious Jews and others because he insisted that the bodily resurrection of Christ be a part of the Gospel message (2 Timothy 2:8-10; See Romans 1:16, 17). So did the early disciples (Acts 4:2 ff).

Don’t assume that unbelievers know the proper facts of the Gospel and believe them. Many people in some parts of the world have never even heard the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) or know anything about the true and living God. If you leave out the bodily resurrection of Christ in your Gospel presentation, you haven’t given a lost person the hope (confident expectation based on God’s promises) that he/she needs to be saved.

No Annihilation/Reincarnation. Christ’s resurrection guarantees the bodily resurrection of everyone who dies – believers and unbelievers (1 Corinthians 15:20-24). True believers will spend eternity with God, but all unbelievers will spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; John 16:11; Revelation 21:8). The Scriptures do NOT teach the annihilation of the wicked dead as some of the cults do or reincarnation as some religions teach.

Crown. The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits true Christians who are involved in leading lost people to Christ and who share the Gospel clearly with them (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Once this has been done, God the Holy Spirit can do His part of convicting (thoroughly convincing) unsaved people of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11; See 6:37, 44).

Action Steps. If you are not a true Christian, why not trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be your personal Savior? Do it now! When you do this you can have assurance of your salvation from God’s Word (1 John 5:13), and from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). If you are a true Christian, God wants you to glorify Him (1 Corinthians 10:31) by growing spiritually yourself and helping new believers grow (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), by serving God and others with “agape” love (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13; 6:10), and by leading lost people to Christ (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). Are you doing these things? Are you trying to win people to Christ but failing to share the clear and complete Gospel with them? If so, make the necessary changes in your presentation and leave the results with God. He alone can save.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has been helpful to you, we’d like to hear from you. Please SHARE it with others too.

For more information, consider these articles:

Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel: (Consider some confusing/false conditions for salvation)

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dr. Manfred Kober: Do We Really Know The Gospel? (24 word presentation)

https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Professor David Spurbeck: The Gospel Checker

http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

Dr. Andy Woods, Lordship Salvation:  https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Dr. G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repentance-the-most-misunderstood-word-in-the-bible/

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

“No Hope Without It”

Posted: April 11, 2020 in Death, Resurrection

Many people, who refer to themselves as Christians, usually go to church on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. However, Easter means many things to different people. Some folks think that Jesus died and then rose from the dead but only in people’s hearts. They don’t believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, and His resurrection seems to have little or no effect on their daily lives.

His Death. Christ’s birth and first coming were predicted by many Old Testament prophets (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, 7). But so was His death, burial, and resurrection predicted by them and by Christ Himself (Psalm 22:1 ff; 16:10; Isaiah 53:6; John 2:19; 10:17). While many people will acknowledge that Jesus was a good man and a teacher, who died about 2,000 years ago, they don’t all acknowledge that He was God manifested in human flesh or agree as to the purpose of His death and resurrection (John 1:1-18, 29; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 4:25). The Scriptures tell us that He died on a cruel cross to pay the debt that all of us owed to God for sin (Romas 6:23; Isaiah 53:6; Philippians 2:8). The beneficiaries of His death included all mankind, but especially those who would believe in Christ as their personal Savior (1 Timothy 4:10; John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:19; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 2:2). Those who limit Christ’s death to a select group of people have difficulty sharing the Gospel with others because they can’t say to them, “Christ died for your sins…was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). They would have to say something like this – “Perhaps Christ died for you.” “Maybe God so loved you.” “Christ shed His blood for you, perhaps.” “Salvation has been provided for you, maybe.” “Possibly God commendeth His love toward you.” “Hopefully He’s the propitiation for your sins.” “There is a possibility that Christ died as your Substitute.” “I bring you good news, maybe.” [1] We need to notice that neither Lucifer/Satan or those angels/demons that followed him in his rebellion against God have no deliverance from the lake of fire provided for them (Matthew 25:41, 46).  But they haven’t been cast into the lake of fire yet.  People who reject God’s offer of salvation will spend eternity with them in that awful place (Matthew 25:41, 46). God holds all mankind responsible for the death of Christ, not just the Jews (Acts 3:14 ff ; 5:27 ff; 1 Corinthians 2:8).

His Burial. Not too many days before Jesus was crucified on the cross, Lazarus, Jesus’ friend, died and was buried for four days. His body had begun to decay and it smelled. To demonstrate His power over death, Jesus resuscitated him back from the dead (Luke 11:39-44). Subsequently, he died again physically. But Jesus was buried only for three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40).  This was the maximum amount of time He could be dead without His body starting to decay. This is what was predicted about His death and burial (Psalm 16:10; 22:1 ff). Every year religious unbelievers try to discredit Christ’s death and resurrection by claiming that He only swooned, or that His disciples stole His body, and all kinds of other theories.

His Bodily Resurrection. Some folks, in the cults, deny His bodily resurrection from the dead by using the Scripture that says, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50). That’s true. Our current physical bodies consist of flesh, bones, and blood. We also have a soul and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12). But Christ’s resurrected, glorified body consisted of flesh and bones, but it had/has no blood. When Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection, He showed them His hands and feet, and the wound in His side (Luke 24:33-43; John 20:27-31). In His resurrected and glorified body He was able to go right through closed doors, and to appear and disappear instantly, and to travel at the speed of thought (John 20:17; Luke 24:31).

His Appearances. To validate His bodily resurrection from the dead, He appeared to numerous people, on ten different occasions, to prove to them that He had indeed risen from the dead. This assured His disciples that He was worthy of their trust, and that He would keep all His promises to them (John 20:31). Without His bodily resurrection from the dead they and all true Christians would be hopeless and most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). We would have no hope of a better life in the future with a resurrected, glorified body like Christ’s (1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:32).

His Ascension. Rather than secretly riding into heaven at night on a horse, without any witnesses to validate Mohammed’s ascent into heaven, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with His disciples and then ascended publicly, gradually, and literally into heaven as His disciples watched Him go (Acts 1: 9-11). Then two angels asked them why they were gazing into heaven. They told them that Jesus would come again in like manner as they saw Him leave (Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:29 ff; Revelation 19:11 ff; Contrast John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Our Response To It. Knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel aren’t not enough to save anyone. The demons know and believe them and that Jesus is the God-man (James 2: 19). We must place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively as our personal Savior (Acts 4:12; 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36). [2] Our good works can’t save us (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). Neither can our faith PLUS our good works save us (1 Corinthians 15:2). Only after a person has been saved can he/she do the good works that God wants him/her to do for the glory of God and the good of others (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10).

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[1] http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/dangers.pdf

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

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