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“The Clear Gospel”

I believe that it is safe to say, most Christians are afraid of this ten letter “e” word. But learning more about it and getting involved in doing it could result in inexpressible joy in a Christians’s life. Blind song writer, Fanny J. Crosby put it this way. “Rescue the perishing, / Care for the dying, / Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; / Weep o’er the erring one, / Lift up the fallen, / Tell them of Jesus, / the mighty to save.”

Have you ever had an occasion to rescue someone from imminent danger? Perhaps, as a parent, you’ve had to grab your child who ran out into the busy street or who faced an angry dog. Maybe you rescued someone from drowning or from being burned to death. If you have experienced such a moment, how did it make you feel? Share your experience with us.

View. If we, as Christians, could/would look at other people through the eyes of God, it should cause us to love others as He did. He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever would believe in/on Him would not perish forever in the lake of fire but have eternal life (John 3:16, 18, 36). What promise. But unless lost people are told the Good News about Jesus, how can they believe on Him (Romans 10:13-17)? This is where we, as Christians, come into the picture.

Incentive. God promises to give the “Crown of Rejoicing” to those believers who have a part in the salvation of the lost (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). This is one of the greater joys a Christian can have. But the greatest joy comes when a Christian helps a new Christian grow spiritually and walk in truth (3 John 1:4; See John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

Gift. While you or I may not have this particular spiritual gift (Ephesians 4:11), we can/should be obedient to the Lord who saved us by sharing the Good News with others and giving them the opportunity to be saved (Acts 1:8). To keep you from getting discouraged, you need to know that most people will not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Matthew 7:13; 22:14). The Lord reminded the Apostle Paul, when he was fearful, that there were many people in the city of Corinth who would believe in/on Christ when the Gospel was presented to them (Acts 18:9, 10).

Choice. Most unbelievers choose not to pursue the evidence from natural revelation that there is a God who is all powerful (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20; Revelation 1:8). They love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil (John 3:19). But God is omnipotent and can see to it that anyone who really wants to know about “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” will get the Gospel that is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16, 17). It might come to them through the spoken words of a believer or through the printed page or via radio or television. Unbelievers have no excuse for not believing in Christ (Romans 1:20).

Action Steps. What are some things we can/should do as believers to get the message of the Gospel out to others? Let’s consider some things that Philip the Evangelist did (Acts 8). He was –

Sensitive. He was responsive to the leading of God the Holy Spirit in his life (Acts 6:3; 8:26; Romans 8:14). Like him, we need to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and walk (order our lives) by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25). We must not quench (1 Thessalonians 5:19) or grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30) or deny (say “no” to) Him (2 Timothy 2:12).

Available. He was ready to share the clear Gospel with others who weren’t Jews (See Isaiah 6:8; 1 Peter 3:15). Let’s not succumb to the temptation from the devil to be spiritually lazy (1 Timothy 5:11-15) or act as a coward (2 Timothy 1:7; Luke 22:31-33). Put on the full armor of God to counter his attacks (Ephesians 6:10-17).

Proactive. While there may be times when others may ask us about our faith (1 Peter 3:15), most of the time we will need to look for opportunities to witness to others (Acts 1:8; 8:30). Jesus said, “…make disciples (true believers) of all the nations, baptize/immerse them, and teach them what I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19, 20; John 13:34, 35). Don’t be like the grumbler who, when opportunity knocked, complained about the noise.

Tactful. Being an evangelist, Philip was able to get right to the point much quicker than most of us might, present the Gospel, and see the man get saved. If I can, I try to steer the conversation around to spiritual things after talking with someone for awhile. I like to ask questions along this line: “What do you think is wrong in the world today?” “What is the best news you have heard lately?” “Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die?” “Why should God let you into heaven?” “Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation once you go it? If so, what?”

Clear. We must be very careful that we don’t cause people to be confused about the most important decision they will need to make in this life. We need to know what the Gospel is and isn’t and how a person can secure eternal life right now. (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). The Gospel is the power of God unto a person’s salvation (Romans 1:16, 17). Don’t change the facts that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, or the means by which people are saved – faith in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 16:31). Don’t add good works as a condition for salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Isaiah 64:6; Titus 3:5): baptism, church membership, attendance, giving, Lordship in exchange for salvation, etc).

Decisive. After sharing the Gospel with someone, ask him/her,“Is there anything that might keep you from believing in/on Christ right now?” If not, ask him/her to make the decision to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved (Acts 16:31). This decision can be made anywhere and at any time while a person is living. There are no second opportunities to be saved once a person is physically dead. Remind them that life is like a vapor that vanishes away (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

Informative. Let new believers know that once they are truly saved, (and not before), God wants them display their faith to other people by being baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:36-38). Baptism pictures our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (See Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:3, 4).  Infant “baptism” does more harm than good.

Helpful. New believers need special help so they can grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 5:12-14). Introduce them to other Bible believing Christians (Acts 9:27) and invite them to attend and become a part of a sound, Bible believing local church (Hebrews 10:24, 25; Ephesians 4:11-16).

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What is the 10 letter “e” word that you don’t need to fear any longer? It’s defined as “The spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.” What is this called? Spell this backwards. ms msilegnave. Let’s start and/or keep doing it.

Some material adapted from – The Swindoll Study Bible, NLT, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Philip, A Lifestyle Of Evangelism, p. 1337

Helpful Links:

Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”

Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, Moody Press, 1997, p. 108

Lordship Salvation – Problems:


It’s something everyone of us needs and yet so few have it. Without it one’s eternal destiny is bleak, hopeless, and frightening. Throughout the pages of the Scriptures God identifies Himself as the true and living God who is righteous and holy but at the same time loving, kind, gracious, and long suffering. He has other qualities too. It is not His desire that any human being should perish and end up forever with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46) but that all should receive a free gift from Him – eternal life (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36) and spend eternity in heaven with Him (John 14:1-3).

You may be like the religious people of Jesus’ day who thought that their good works would make them acceptable to God. But sadly, Jesus said that He never knew them as belonging to Him (Matthew 7:21-23). Could you be “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)? Find out for sure.

Opportunities. If a door opens, and a person is willing to talk about it, I like to ask him/her these questions: Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into heaven? If you believe that you’re headed for heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? By first listening to them and their answers, I can get a better idea of where they are spiritually. Then I like to ask them if they’ve heard the Bad News & Good News? (Read it on my website.) The “Bad News” is about us and the “Good News” is about who Jesus is and what He did for us 2,000 years ago.

Saved. What does it mean when the Scriptures talk about one’s being “saved” or “born again from above” (John 3:3 ff)? Far too many people today are only concerned about being saved/delivered from their sicknesses and/or poor health, from a lack of money, or from being miserable in life. The “health, wealth, and happiness preachers” tickle their listeners ears and tell them what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:1-4). They don’t talk about their Real Problem – Sin and unbelief that have consequences – physical and spiritual death (Romans 6:23). The Real Solution – Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins and rose again bodily on the third day. Believing in/on Christ alone will result in one’s being declared righteous by God so he/she can enter heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 4:3-5, 16, 23-25; Galatians 2:20). We know that this kind of talk is foolishness to unbelievers (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Phases. Did you know that salvation comes to a believer in three phases? Initial salvation – when a believer is delivered from the penalty of sin (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:1). Progressive salvation – this takes place during this life as a believer is being delivered from the power of sin (Romans 6:14; Philippians 2:12, 13). Ultimate salvation – takes place when a believer is delivered from the presence of sin at the time of physical death or the Rapture (Romans 8:18-23)?

Parts. Man is basically made up of three parts: spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Upon believing in Christ, a person’s spirit is saved (1 Corinthians 6:17; Romans 8:16). It is the rational part of us that belongs to the mind (Ephesians 4:23). The believer’s body won’t be saved and transformed to be like Christ’s until the Rapture of the true Church (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52;1 John 3:2). The soul (emotions) is the last thing that will be saved (1 Peter 1:9). This also will take place at the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Definition. “The word salvation represents the whole work of God by which He rescues man from the eternal ruin and doom of sin and bestows on him the riches of His grace, even eternal life now and eternal glory in heaven.” – Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer

Need. All of us need to be saved because we have a sinful nature that is hostile toward God (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:15-25). We inherited if from our parents (Psalm 51:5). We are “totally depraved” (Romans 3:9-18). This doesn’t mean that we as bad as we could be, but that we are as “bad off” as we can be. We don’t have the ability to save ourselves (Romans 3:23) by our good works (Ephesians 2:9; Isaiah 64:6).

Viewpoint. From God’s perspective, we are saved by God’s grace. None of us deserves to be saved. This is why we sing Amazing grace! How sweet the sound / That saved a wretch like me! / I once was lost, but now am found; / Was blind, but now I see.” – John Newton. From man’s perspective, we are saved through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead (Acts 16:31).

Condition. Those who place any other conditions, except faith in Him, are twisting God’s method of salvation. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. God has provided salvation for all mankind, including false prophets and teachers (2 Peter 2:1 ff; John 3:16; 1 Timothy 4:10). Most people refuse to come to Christ for salvation because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19, 20). When people refuse to acknowledge God’s existence and aren’t thankful to Him, He often gives them up to uncleanness and they worship the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:18-32). Does this explain why there is so much wickedness in our world today? Don’t fret. Jesus will return someday as the righteous Judge and make things right (John 5:22; Romans 12:19). Christians who live in the light of this truth can earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). Will you be one of them?

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Benefits. Here are some benefits of being saved: A believer is regenerated (Titus 3:5), justified (Romans 5:1), secured (John 10:28, 29), redeemed (1 Peter 1:18), forgiven (Ephesians 1:7), sanctified (1 Corinthians 6:11), gifted (1 Peter 4:10), and baptized by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:12).

When we sin (act lawlessly), what should we do?  It depends on whether you are a true Christian or not.  If you’re not a Christian, contrary to what you may have been told, it isn’t necessary for you to confess every single sin you’ve ever committed in your life before you can be saved.  In fact you can’t remember every sin (act of lawlessness) you’ve committed.  Everything you’ve done independently of God and all your self righteous acts are considered by God to be sin (See Proverbs 21:4; Isaiah 14:13, 14; 64:6; Romans 14:23; James 4:17).  You may not have known this fact.

Acknowledge.  Instead, you need to realize that you are a sinner like all the rest of us, and in need of a Savior (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23).  We believe that God the Holy Spirit convicts (thoroughly convinces) those whom the Father has given to the Son concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment after they have heard the unadulterated Gospel (John 16:8-11; 6:37, 44; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Much of what is being called “The Gospel” isn’t the true Gospel but a “different gospel” and/or another way of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15 ; See Acts 16:17).  (Please read “The Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea.)

Unforgivable Sin.  The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scriptures, (not the false christs of the cults – Matthew 24:5).  Without Christ’s quality of righteousness we cannot enter heaven.  But since we all have sinned and are unrighteous, we’re all disqualified from entering heaven to spend eternity with God.  This is why we need Christ’s righteousness put to our account.  God causes this to happen when we believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.  He sees us as having acted right when we believe in/on Christ alone and count His death as our death, and His resurrection as our resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Romans 4:4, 16).  The Holy Spirit also convicts (convinces) these people of being judged and having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons if they don’t believe in/on Christ alone to be saved (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10).  This truth will seem foolish to most unsaved people (1 Corinthians 1:20-31; 2:14).

Time.  These particular unsaved people (2 Peter 3:9) may not immediately place their faith in Christ but they will believe in/on Him before they die physically (Hebrews 1:14).  This sometimes is called “effectual calling” (John 6:37, 44).  If you’re saved, did you get saved the first time you heard the Good News concerning “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation”?  Most of us probably didn’t.

Christians.  If you are a true Christian who has been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone (not of your good works- Ephesians 2:8, 9), and you sin as a Christian, you don’t have to get saved all over again.  In fact, this is impossible (Hebrews 6:4).  Instead you need to honestly confess your known sins to God the Father (without making excuses or blaming others as Adam and Eve did – Genesis 3:8-13) so you can receive family forgiveness (1 John 1:9).  If you say that you have no sin nature that causes you to sin periodically, you are deceiving yourself, not others (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:14-25).

Christians Don’t Have To Sin (1 John 2:1).  God has made every provision for His children so we don’t have to keep on sinning (2 Peter 1:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13).  If you think and say that you can’t sin once you’re saved (and some people say this), you are about to fall into sin (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13).  You don’t lose your sin nature when you get saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).  It’s still very much alive and most of the temptations to which we yield originate from our sin nature (disposition).  But if we walk by means of the Holy Spirit, we won’t fulfill the lusts (strong desires) that come from our sin nature (Galatians 5:16, 26).  Don’t blame the devil for every sin you commit.  His 14 temptations to sin are different from those that come from our sin nature and the present world system.  Do you know how to overcome these three spiritual enemies and live a victorious Christian life?  Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16)? If so, we may be able to help you.

God Knows Everything.  He knows that we, as His children, will sin periodically (1 John 3:9, 10).  This is why we have an Advocate (Jesus Christ) along side the Father (1 John 2:1).  He ensures that we don’t lose our salvation when we sin (See John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30), and also maintains the Father’s integrity when the devil accuses His children of our sinful behavior on earth.  When we, as Christians, confess (name) our sins to God the Father, He grants to us family forgiveness (not judicial forgiveness that took place at the time of our salvation – Ephesians 1:7) and cleanses us from all the unrighteousness that led up to our sinning (1 John 1:9; See James 1:12-15).  Temptations are not sin, but yielding to them constitutes sin.  Believers can earn the “Crown of Life” for overcoming sin (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

Sin’s Effects.  It interrupts the Christians’ close relationship with God and causes us to grieve the heart of God (Ephesians 4:30).  When we sin we don’t abide (feel at ease with God) and He doesn’t feel at ease with us.  We don’t bear the spiritual fruit that we should (John 15:1-14).  Do you know that this fruit involves (See Galatians 5:22, 23; Colossians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 16:15; Hebrews 13:15; Philippians 4:17)?  Sin also keeps us from doing the desirous will of God for our lives (Romans 12:1, 2).  Without God’s power, we can do nothing to please God (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Romans 8:8).

Confession.  Confessing our sins to God the Father (not to men unless we’ve sinned against them too – James 5:16) doesn’t automatically place us in fellowship with God the Father.  We must make the choice to walk in the light as He is in the light if we are to enjoy close fellowship with Him (1 John 1:7).  Are you abiding in Christ and bearing much spiritual fruit (John 15:8)?  Are you walking in the light?  If not, what needs to change?  Are you tired of suffering the painful consequences of sin that could lead to your premature physical death (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17)?  Unconfessed sins in the life of a Christian can lead to severe disciplinary measures so we won’t be condemned later with the unsaved people of this world (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).

Freedom.  In Christ there is freedom to do as we ought to do rather than being in bondage to sin (Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:2).  We become the slaves of the one to whom we yield (Romans 6:14-23).  Whose servant are you?  Those Christians who make Christ the Master of their lives (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15) could have no better Master.  Have you done this yet?  This is not a condition for salvation as the “Lordship for salvation” people are teaching. (See below.)

Safety.  Being figuratively under “His wings” and under His care is the safest place we could possibly be (Psalm 91:4; 1 Peter 5:7).  Is this where you’d like to be?  Are you sure you’re saved?  Make sure (2 Peter 1:10). If you’re not, why not get saved today and gain assurance of it (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)?  If you’re saved, have you wandered away from God and become carnal like the prodigal son (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; See Luke 15:11-32)?  Would you like to come back to the loving arms of your heavenly Father?  He’s waiting (Matthew 11:28). Why not do it right now?

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Clear Gospel:

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation.

Lordship For Salvation?

“The Scriptures / Bible”

“Ralph Nader is a baseball player. Charles Darwin invented gravity. Christ was born in the 16th century. J. Edgar Hoover was a 19th-century president…. “The Great Gatsby” was a magician in the 1930s. Franz Joseph Haydn was a songwriter who lived during the same decade. Sid Caesar was an early Roman emperor. Mark Twain invented the cotton gin…. Jefferson Davis played guitar for the Jefferson Airplane. Benito Mussolini was a Russian leader of the 18th century; Dwight D. Eisenhower came earlier, serving as a president during the 17th century…. Socrates [was an] American Indian chieftain….” These were the answers that some college students gave to a quiz that Professor Jaime O’Neill had given to them. [1]

Ignorance. Not only is there a great deal of ignorance among our secular college students, there is also a great deal of ignorance among “professing Christians” about the Scriptures. How is your Bible knowledge? Are you believing a lot of things that just “ain’t so”? With your eternal destiny at stake, it’s important that you have a correct understanding about how you can be saved from the everlasting lake of fire and spend eternity with God in heaven and be well pleasing to Him while you’re here on earth (2 Corinthians 5:9, 10).

Pastor/teachers. After His death for our sins, and His bodily resurrection from the dead on the third day, Jesus ascended back to heaven from where He had come (Acts 1:9). At that time He gave to the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor/teachers to equip believers for their work of ministry. The Lord didn’t want us to be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. He wanted us to grow up in all things into the Head, who is Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16; See 1 Peter 4:10; 2 Peter 3:18).

Study. Many people resist the idea of having to read and study a large Book with rules and regulations in it (2 Timothy 2:15). I didn’t particularly like having to study the driver’s manual either, but I knew that if I got too many wrong answers, I wouldn’t be allowed to drive. While it’s not necessary for a person to have a Bible college or seminary education to teach the Bible, it’s important that those who teach the Word of God realize that they have a tremendous responsibility toward God and others. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). But Pastor/teachers who do their work God’s way will be rewarded with the “Crown of Glory” that does not fade away (1 Peter 5:4). False teachers will experience greater suffering in the lake of fire than those who believed their lies (2 Peter 2; Jude 1; See Matthew 7:21-23).  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

God Breathed. “All Scripture is [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

Problem. “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” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4).

Solution. “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). “And the servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses, and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26). “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” (1 Peter 3:15).

Purpose. In His High Priestly prayer, Jesus said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You…And this is life eternal, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given to Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (John 17:1-5). Jesus came to reveal God to us (John 1:1-18). Being one of the three members in the Godhead, He volunteered to add to His deity a true human nature and body and live among us for about 33 years without ever sinning (Hebrews 4:15). In the end, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (i. e. the God-man) to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:5-11). This isn’t teaching universal salvation of all men and angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Value. Not only can we learn from the pages of the Scriptures about the true and living God, we can also learn about ourselves and what we need to believe (i. e. the Gospel) in order to enter God’s family (1 John 5:13; John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24). It is a source of hope for us as we think about the promises of God (Romans 15:4). Our hope isn’t wishful thinking but a confident expectation based on a promise from God that we mix with faith (Hebrews 4:2) so we can enjoy the “Faith/Rest Life”.

Assurance. Do you know for certain that you will enter heaven the moment you die? Or do you believe that you have to go to Purgatory first? (By the way, it doesn’t exist.) 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?

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[1] Charles R. Swindoll, Growing Deep In The Christian Life, Zondervan, p. 19


What Does It Take?”

Questions. Are you a true Christian or someone who merely professes to be a Christian? Do you possess eternal life (God’s quality of life) right now (1 John 5:11-13)? If you’re saved, how did you become a Christian? Who initially shared the Good News concerning Christ with you so you could be saved? Was it a family member like Andrew who told his brother Peter about Jesus (John 1:41)? Was it a neighbor, a fellow worker, a stranger, a radio or TV preacher, or a missionary? We’d like to hear your story if you’d take the time to tell us about it. (Discover how Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, became a professing Christian by reading a pamphlet that my dad gave to him concerning Jake DeShezar in the link below.)

Testimony. By writing out your personal testimony and then sharing it with others, God might use you to bring others to Christ so they can be saved too. You could earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) so that you have something to present to Jesus when you see Him in all His glory at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 4:10). Jesus said, “…let no one take your crown” (Revelation 3:11).  Will someone else get a crown with your name on it because you failed to share the Gospel with a person whom He was going to save (John 6:37; See Acts 18:9, 10; Hebrews 1:14).

Effort. Even as it took someone’s effort and maybe some suffering on their part (2 Timothy 2:10) to introduce you to Christ so you could be saved, so, if you want to see others saved, it will involve your time and effort to let others know about the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Are you willing to do what our Lord commanded us to do?

Command. Having been given all authority in heaven and on earth, Jesus commanded His eleven disciples to duplicate themselves by making “disciples [true believers] of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:17 -20). He also said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Jesus. Who is this Person who gave this command? He is God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who had added to His deity a true human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 10:5).  He chose to be born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). His purpose in life was to glorify God the Father (John 17:4) by doing the things that the Father wanted Him to do and say (John 1:1-18; 5:18, 19). This also involved His going to the cross voluntarily (John 10:15-18) so He could die for our sins, be buried for 3 days and nights, and then rise again bodily on the third day as the prophets had predicted these things that are recorded for us in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43).

Propitiation. This big word simply means that Jesus fully satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2, 4:10). The debt for our past, present, and futures sins was paid in full once and for all (Hebrews 10:10). The only condition for man to receive judicial forgiveness from God (Ephesians 1:7) and to gain entrance into heaven was/is one simple act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31) through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It does not involve “Lordship in exchange for salvation” as some are teaching (See link below). Do you know what this involves? Have you been misled? Find out for yourself.

Immersion. Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, apart from his good works (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5), he should be baptized/immersed to demonstrate to others that he acted right in God’s sight by dying for his sins…and rising from the dead in the Person of their Substitute, Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19, 20; Galatians 2:20). Water baptism doesn’t save anyone but it enables a believer to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21) and serves as a testimony to others (Acts 8:36-38).  It may open up a door to bear witness for Christ (1 Peter 3:15).

Faith. One genuine act of faith is all it takes for a person to be saved (Acts 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36). This doesn’t mean merely knowing and giving mental assent to the facts of the Gospelbut a transfer of faith from yourself and your good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Once saved, a true believer should live a life of faith in God and His precious promises (2 Peter 1:4), addressed to Christians, that are contained in His Word (Romans 1:17). Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6; See Romans 14:23). If you’re saved, how many of God’s promises do you know and claim on a regular basis (Hebrews 4:2)? Are you enjoying the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding ”(Philippians 2:6, 7) now that you are at peace with God” (Romans 5:1)?

Crown. Would you like to earn the Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? Every true Christian should desire to lead unbelievers to the Lord so they can be saved (Philippians 2:13). How much suffering are you willing to undergo for others to be saved (2 Timothy 2:10)? Notice what Andrew did for his brother Peter (John 1:40, 41). Some people may sow the seed of the Gospel, others may water it, but God gives the increase and saves people (1 Corinthians 3:5-8).

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“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest in the land?” Perhaps you recall these words from the story about Snow White and the evil queen. As humans, we like to think of ourselves more highly than perhaps we should (Romans 12:3; See Philippians 2:5-11). It would be more appropriate for us to look into the mirror of God’s Word and ask Him to search our hearts to see if there are wicked ways in us so we can be cleansed (Psalm 139:23).

Confession. When Christians become aware of them, we should promptly confess our sins to God to gain “family forgiveness” (1 John 1:9; See also James 5:16). Don’t confuse this with“judicial forgiveness” (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 8:1). Confession of all the sins you’ve ever committed is not a condition for your salvation. If it were, how could anyone be sure that he/she had confessed every one of them?

Heart. The heart, as it is used in the Scriptures, often refers to our mind (Proverbs 23:7), our will (Daniel 1:8; Acts 11:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7), and our emotions (Romans 9:2). The Scriptures tell us that our natural hearts are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). “There is none righteous, no, not one. There is none who seeks after God.” “… all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10,11, 23). When a person gets saved, he/she receives a new heart. It consists of a new desirous will, and the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:16).

Sin. It is defined as lawlessness (1 John 3:4). It involves our refusal to recognize any restrictions or restraints from God and to act as though we had none. God determines what constitutes sin since He is the One who made Adam and then Eve from whom all of us have come (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:15-17). The only unforgivable sin today that will keep someone out of heaven is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior (John 16:8-11; 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24).

Atheists. As fools, they claim to deny the existence of God (Psalm 14:1) and shake their fists at anyone who would try to restrict them in their actions (Psalm 2). God often allows such people to pursue their own desires which lead them into greater and greater depravity (Romans 1:18-32). Sadly, many people who claim to believe in God, often act as though He doesn’t exist. They leave Him out of their plans or ask Him to “rubber stamp” what they have decided to do (James 4:13-17; John 15:5).

Sin Nature. This is a rebellious nature (disposition) that all of us have. We inherited it from our parents and Christians will have it until we die physically (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).  Unbelievers will carry their depraved natures and desires on into eternity (Mark 9:44, 46, 48).  No one needs to tell us to act badly. We do it naturally. Even true Christians can act carnally (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Galatians 5:19-21). If you’re a Christian, do you know how to overcome the temptations that come from your sin nature (See Romans 6:11-23; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:18)? What about overcoming the temptations that come from the devil and the present world system? There are three different strategies that must be used to overcome these three enemies.

Little Savages. Consider what the Minnesota Crime Commission had to say about babies.Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother’s attention, his playmate’s toys, his uncle’s watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He’s dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children but all children, are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free rein to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist.” (

New Birth. Jesus told Nicodemus, who was “the chief teacher” in Israel at that time, that he needed to be “be born again from above” (John 3:3-6). This new birth takes place today when a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Our salvation (deliverance from the lake of fire – Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8) is not based on our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We become partakers of the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:3) the moment we believe in/on Him. From then on, every Christian has the potential to behave in a manner that pleases God (2 Corinthians 5:9; See Ephesians 4:30). We don’t become gods now or in the future as some false religions and cults teach.

Like Christ. “…we know that when He [the Lord Jesus Christ] is reveled [at the Rapture, true Christians] shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). This doesn’t mean that we will become gods but we will become like His glorified humanity with a body of flesh and bones, but one that lacks blood (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:50). Do you know what happens after this event takes place? (Ask about our “Dispensations Chart” for more information.)

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“Pain & Suffering”

Posted: September 14, 2017 in Christian Life, Salvation, Suffering

Suffering and death are the result of sin (lawless behavior – 1 John 3:4) that came into our world when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden (Romans 5:12; Genesis 2:17; 3:1-19). We all inherited a sinful nature (disposition) from them that was passed on to us from our parents (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8). As a general rule, all of us will die eventually and be judged by the Lord Himself (Hebrews 9:27; John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). Do you know the purpose for these judgments? They are not to determine one’s getting into heaven or not (See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15). There are different orders of resurrections too (1 Corinthians 15:20-24). The Scriptures teach us that there is also a group of people who won’t die physically (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Will you be in that group?

Plan. Being a righteous and holy God who is also loving and gracious, the three Persons in the Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) saw us in our miserable condition – helpless (Romans 5:6), hopeless (Ephesians 2:1-13), hell bound (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8), heathen (1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 18:17). God couldn’t be righteous/just and overlook our sin (Romans 6:23). So They decided to do something about our plight (Ephesians 1:11). It was agreed among Themselves that One of Them would need to come down to our earth and add to His deity a real human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 10:5). He would live a sinless life and then voluntarily offer Himself as a sacrifice to pay the debt (physical and spiritual death) that we all owed to God (Hebrews 4:15; John 10:17, 18; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 6:23). His death would be both spiritual and physical. Death involves separation, not the annihilation of the wicked as some cults teach.

Why? While He hung there on the cross, God the Father placed the sins of all mankind on God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, just as the prophet had predicted (Isaiah 53:6; 46:10). While operating under His human consciousness, Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me” (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46). We know it was because He was undergoing spiritual death (separation from fellowship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit). During the three hours from noon until 3 P.M. He suffered an equivalency of our having to spend an eternity of separation from God. Only the God/man could do this.

Value. The value of Christ’s death comes from His being God. The reality of His death comes from His being a real man. God cannot die. Only the God/man could satisfy God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our personal sins (1 John 2:2; 4:10). He was raised from the dead bodily to prove to us that God the Father was satisfied with His death on our behalf (Romans 4:25; See John 16:10).

Finished. After suffering on the cross for three hours, Jesus cried out, “It is finished” (John 19:30). What was finished? We know that His life was about to come to an end and that the entire debt had been paid. But it was also His spiritual separation from His Father that was over. He was able to die physically knowing that His fellowship with His Father had been restored. At the time of His physical death, Jesus and the converted thief on the cross went to the Paradise section of Sheol in the heart of the earth for three days and nights (Luke 23:43; Matthew 12:40).

Resurrection. But on the third day, (not on the first or fourth day as Lazarus was resuscitated – John 11:43, 44), Jesus rose again bodily from the dead with a glorified body that consisted of flesh and bones but one without blood (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 50). He made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses over a 40 day period of time before He ascended back to heaven to sit at God the Father’s right hand (Acts 1:1-11). The Christian’s resurrected body will be like His (1 John 3:2).

Session. Currently Jesus, is the only Head of the true Church (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15), and the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). His mother, Mary is not one to whom we pray. She is only the mother of Christ’s humanity, not the “Mother of God.” The Lord Jesus Christ is directing His Body (the Church) through God the Holy Spirit (John 14:16). Jesus and the Holy Spirit are interceding on our behalf to God the Father. They are requesting that He bring or cause to be brought into our lives what we need to help bring us to spiritual maturity (Romans 8:14, 26, 34; Hebrews 7:25). If you’re a Christian, are you giving thanks in all things (situations) (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), and for the people whom God brings into your life (1 Timothy 2:1)?

Inevitable. Suffering in this life is inevitable. It happens to believers and non-believers. But the believers suffering came to pass. Why? After we die “…God will wipe every tear from [the believer’s] eyes; there shall be no more death, no sorrow, no crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). But not so for the unbelievers. At the time of their death, they will not be “resting in peace” (R.I.P.). Jesus said this to some folks who were thinking that their good works would get them into heaven: “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21; See Ephesians 2:8, 9). He also said this to some religious people: “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41, 46).

Deliverance. You and I don’t have to go to that awful place. We can/will be saved if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not believe on Him right now where you are? “These things I [the Apostle John] I have written to you who believe on the name [person and work] of the Son of God, that you may know [not wish, hope, or think] that you have eternal life…” (1 John 5:13).

Assurance. If you will believe in/on Him alone to save you, God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with your spirit, that belongs to your mind (Ephesians 4:23), that you have been transferred out of the devil’s family into God’s family and that you are a child of God (Colossians 1:13; Romans 8:16; 1 John 3:9, 10).

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