Archive for the ‘Salvation’ Category

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/

Most of us have no trouble loving a cute little baby that doesn’t cry even when his diaper is wet as it’s suggested in the Christmas song, “Away In A Manger…No Crying He Makes.”

In whom is your faith and trust resting? In yourself and your good works? In a particular church or denomination or in a religious leader? If you say that you believe in Christ, which One? [1]

Believe it or not, there are different Christs in whom people believe. They are not all the same.  Jesus predicted that this would happen (Matthew 24:5).

Consider the Wafer Jesus” who didn’t finish the work of salvation, the Elevated Jesus” who is the brother of Lucifer, the Modernist Jesus” who wasn’t virgin born, the “Universalist Jesus” who won’t send anyone to hell, the Prosperity Jesus” who promises wealth to the contributors, the Laughing Jesus” who slays people in the spirit, the Self-esteem Jesus” who never calls men sinners, the Charismatic Jesus” who says, “Let’s put on a show,” and the Contemporary Jesus” who says, “Let’s all get together.”  And then there is a Jesus who used to be Michael the archangel. Are you trusting in any of these false Christs? Are you believing in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2; Matthew 7:21-23)?

God The Son [2]

We believe the Scriptures teach that the second Person of the triune God is the eternal Son, the Logos, the I AM, who as the incarnate one became the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:1, 2; Rom. 9:5; II Pet. 1:1). As the preincarnate Son, He planned and made the ages (Isa. 9:6; Heb. 1:2; 11:3). As the Logos Son, He was the agent of creation and thus all things came into being by, through, and for Him (Jn. 1:1-3; Col. 1:16-19).

In the incarnation, He became a man through the miracle of His divine conception and virgin birth (Jn. 1:14; Luke 1:31-35; I Tim 3:16; Heb. 2:14), without change in His deity (Phil. 2:6-8; Jn. 1:14).

While on earth He lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death for all men, was buried and arose bodily from the grave the third day (I Cor. 15:1-4; II Cor. 5:14, 15; Heb. 4:15). He then ascended bodily into heaven and is presently fulfilling His intercessory and mediatorial ministry (Acts 1:9-11; Heb. 4:14; 7:25; Rom. 8:34, 1 Tim. 2:5).

He indwells all believers of this dispensation [of Grace] imparting a quality of His life, which constitutes their possession of eternal life (Col. 1:27; I Jn. 5:11, 12). He has promised to rapture the church prior to the seventieth week of Daniel (Rev. 3:10).

After the Tribulation, He will return to earth and institute His millennial Davidic reign (Matt. 24:29-31; Luke 1:32; Rev. 20:4). After the millennial reign, He will turn the kingdom over to the Father. In the Father’s kingdom the authority of the Godhead will again be equalized so that the Son will co-reign into the ages of the ages (I Cor. 15:24-28; Rev. 11:15).

This, my friend, is the Christ of the Scriptures. You could know and believe all these facts to be true, and yet not believe on Him as your personal Savior and end up in the lake of fire forever. Perhaps you think that His death for your sins wasn’t necessary because you haven’t been bad enough for Him to die in your place for your sins (See Romans 3:10-23; Jeremiah 17:9; Isaiah 64:6). Maybe you think that His death for your sins wasn’t enough to save you, and so you keep on trying to add your good works to His work on the cross (See Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

If you aren’t absolutely sure of your salvation, please read “The Bad News & The Good News.” [3] We want you to have assurance of your salvation that comes from the Scriptures (1 John 5:13) and from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). Once you’ve been saved, we want to help you grow spiritually, serve God and others effectively, and reproduce other believers.

If you need further spiritual assistance, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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

[2] https://vbcoregon.org/doctrinal-statement.html

[3] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Salvation In Three Phases

Posted: October 19, 2021 in Salvation, Uncategorized

A BELIEVER’S DELIVERANCE COMES IN THREE STAGES: (1) INITIALLY FROM THE “PENALTY’ OF SIN, (2) PROGRESSIVELY FROM THE “POWER” OF SIN, (3) ULTIMATELY FROM THE “PRESENCE” OF SIN. WHAT GOD BEGINS, HE FINISHES. ARE YOU STILL IN SATAN’S FAMILY? (1 JOHN 3:8-10; JOHN 8:44).

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A PART OF GOD’S FAMILY? YOU CAN BY PLACING YOUR FAITH AND TRUST IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ALONE, WHO DIED FOR YOUR SINS…AND ROSE AGAIN BODILY ON THE THIRD DAY.

CONTACT US IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL HELP. WE’RE HERE TO ASSIST THOSE WHO ARE TEACHABLE AND WILLING TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE THIS WITH OTHERS FOR THE GLORY AND THE SALVATION OF THE LOST.

WHAT ARE YOU TELLING UNSAVED ADULTS AND CHILDREN TO DO TO BE SAVED AND GO TO HEAVEN? “SAY THE SINNER’S PRAYER.” “REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED.” “ASK JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR HEART.” “PRAY TO RECEIVE CHRIST.” “TURN FROM YOUR SINS TO GOD.” “MAKE CHRIST THE LORD AND MASTER OF YOUR LIFE.” “DENY YOURSELF, TAKE UP YOUR CROSS, AND FOLLOW CHRIST.” “BELIEVE IN THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST.” IF YOU WERE TOLD TO DO SOME OR ALL OF THESE THINGS, WOULD YOU BE CONFUSED? I’D BE.

HERE IS THE CLEAR GOSPEL: “CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS [LAWLESS BEHAVIOR]…AND THEN ROSE AGAIN [WITH A GLORIFIED BODY] ON THE THIRD DAY. BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ALONE, APART FROM YOUR GOOD WORKS, AND YOU WILL BE SAVED.” (READ 1 CORINTHIANS 15:3, 4; ACTS 16:31; EPHESIANS 2:8, 9). IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE PEOPLE SAVED, DR. RON SHEA HAS A BOOKLET ENTITLED: “THE GOSPEL” THAT I’VE FOUND TO BE VERY HELPFUL. ASK ABOUT IT.

I’m thankful for health care professionals who sometimes risk their lives to save our lives. I’m also thankful for inventors of modern medical equipment.

Pacemakers & Ventilators

“A pacemaker is a small device that’s placed under the skin in your chest to help control your heartbeat. It’s used to help your heart beat more regularly if you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), particularly a slow one.” [1]

“… if a patient can’t breathe, whether it’s from the coronavirus, a pneumonia or even a traumatic injury, a mechanical ventilator is basically a machine that breathes for you… It pushes air in and out of the lungs.” [2]

Your Amazing Heart.

“Every day, your heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body. Although it’s no bigger than your fist, your heart has the mighty job of keeping blood flowing through the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that feed your organs and tissues. Any damage to the heart or its valves can reduce that pumping power, forcing the heart to work harder just to keep up with the body’s demand for blood. [3]

The Bible Is Right.

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). “Health experts now have proof that laughter is good medicine. A good belly laugh can send 20% more blood flowing through your entire body. One study found that when people watched a funny movie, their blood flow increased. That’s why laughter might just be the perfect antidote to stress. When you laugh, the lining of your blood vessel walls relaxes and expands… So have a good giggle. Your heart will thank you.” [3]

It’s Free.

“Laughter is a fun, free and easy way to reduce the effects of stress, pain and conflict. In fact, the health benefits can last up to 45 minutes following a good hearty laugh.” [4] So LOL often.

Our Original Heart

In another realm, the Scriptures tell us that “[Our] hearts are  deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). This is talking about the spiritual heart which includes the mind (Proverbs 23:7), the will (Daniel 1:8; Acts 11:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7), and the emotions (Romans 9:2), along with our sinful nature which we all inherited from our parents (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8). It is opposed to God and His Word and causes us to be defiant toward Him. (See Romans 3:9-23). Yes, whether we want to admit it or not, you and I have such a heart.

A New Birth & A New Heart

This is why God, in His Word, tells us that we need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-7) so we can receive a new heart and a new nature from Him (See 2 Peter 1:4). We are born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23). “The new heart of the believer consists of: (1) a new desirous will, (2) the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:16), (3) and new desires that come from the new nature.” [5]

The Christian doesn’t lose his/her sin nature until death or the rapture (1 John 1:8; 3:2; Romans 7:15-25). We must decide daily, hourly, and moment by moment whether we will live under the Holy Spirit’s control or the sin nature/flesh (Galatians 5:16, 25; Romans 8:5, 12, 13). The unbeliever will carry his/her sin nature into eternity in the lake of fire (Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Revelation 21:8; 22:11).

Evidence

Have you been “born again from above”? If so, what evidence can others see in your life that would convince them that you are a true Christian (James 2:18)? If you haven’t been “born again from above,” why not now? You may not be physically alive tomorrow to make a decision that would change your eternal destiny from hell to heaven (John 3:16, 18, 36).

Eternal Life

God gives eternal life (His quality of life) to all those who place their faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). But He also wants all of His children to enjoy an “abundant life”while we live here on earth (John 10:10).

Spiritual Blessings

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” (Ephesians 1:3). He went on to list some of the spiritual things that are ours to enjoy. They are of far greater value than any physical things in life. We invite you to take time to read about some of the things that believers can enjoy now.

Who Holds The Keys Today?

In Old Testament times the devil held the “keys of death” (Hebrews 2:14). He could take people’s lives at any time unless God prohibited him from doing this. (See Job 1:13-19; 2:6). Jesus said to some religious leaders of His day, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).

But when Jesus rose again bodily from the dead and ascended back to heaven, He took the keys of Hades and death away from the devil. Thank God, He holds them now (Revelation 1:18). No one can take a Christian’s life from him/her without Christ’s permission. He is the One who determines when He will put Christians to sleep in death (1 Thessalonians 4:14). It is the body that sleeps, not the soul or the spirit as some cults teach. Consider the intermediate bodies of those who die. [6]

The Sin Unto Death

It’s important to know that unruly and disobedient Christians can have their physical lives terminated prematurely by Jesus. There is a sin unto death which many Christians commit (1 John 5:16; See James 5:19, 20; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30). The Lord usually chastens and scourges His children whom He loves before He takes their physical lives from them (Hebrews 12:5-11). We don’t lose our salvation, but we could miss out on many rewards, crowns, and praise from God.

Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then it’s gone (James 4:14). Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). Live each day as though it might be your last day on earth, or the last day of someone you love or know as it was for us with our late son, Bill. [7]

A True Or Just A Nominal Christian?

Are you a true Christian or just a nominal one who professes to be a Christian? Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? If you’re not, would you like to be sure? Why should God let you into His heaven?

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[1] Pacemakers – https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/pacemaker/about/pac-20384689

[2] Ventilators – https://www.capecodhealth.org/medical-services/infectious-disease/so-what-does-a-ventilator-do/

[3] The Heart – https://www.webmd.com/heart/features/amazing-facts-about-heart-health-and-heart-disease_#1

[4] Laughter – https://blog.providence.org/archive/amazing-ways-laughter-improves-your-heart-health

[5] Dr. H. L. Schaffer, Maturing In Christ, p, 139 http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

[6] The Intermediate Body – http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/dbv1n4.html#A4

[7] Our Son’s Death – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

God’s wants every Christian to earn “The Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) by leading lost people to Christ so they can be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; Matthew 25:41). But unsaved people need to hear the Gospel clearly and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, if they are to be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4 ; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Andrew had the joy of leading his brother Peter to the Lord (John 1:41, 42). Peter, in turn, had the joy of leading thousands of Jews and non-Jews to the Lord (Acts 2:41; 4:4; 10:1-11:18).

Many Christians (perhaps you’re one of them too) would like to have the joy of leading their family, friends, or fellow workers to Christ, and earning the “Crown of Rejoicing” to present to Christ when they see Him at the time of the Rapture of the true Church (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; 4:13-18; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 4:10). But sadly, many of them don’t know how to do this joyfully or they yield to Satan’s temptation to be timid and fearful (Luke 22:32-34; 56-62; 1 Corinthians 2:3; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 5:8). Others distort the Gospel message or leave out parts of it (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15).

Here are some helpful suggestions from evangelist Dr. Larry Moyer* for us to consider:

People – See Them As God Does. Unsaved people are like sheep without a Shepherd (Matthew 9:36; 14:14). Christ wept over them because of their unbelief (Matthew 23:37-39). We should too.

Obey – Don’t Make Excuses. Negative examples: Moses (Exodus 3:11); Jeremiah (1:6); Jonah (1:3). Positive examples: Isaiah (6:8), Peter (Acts 2:14 ff); Paul (2 Timothy 2:8-10)

Pray – For open doors (Revelation 3:8; 1 Corinthians 16:9) and for more workers (Matthew 9:37; Ephesians 4:11). Don’t expect the “professionals” alone to do this work. (See Acts 1:8.)

Contact – People Are All Around Us. In our neighborhood, in the marketplace, and workplace (John 4:35). Songs to sing: “Rescue The Perishing” (Jude 1:23), “Give Me A Passion For Souls”

Be Bold – Not Timid. Satan’s desire (Luke 22:32-34; 1 Peter 5:8; See Ephesians 6:17). Go forth in God’s strength (1 John 4:4; Philippians 4:13; Acts 4:13, 29, 31).

The Gospel – Share It Clearly. Friend, You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again [bodily]. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!”**

Conclusion: God is glorified through the salvation of unbelievers (Luke 19:10) and when Christians grow spiritually and bear much spiritual fruit (John 15:8). He also wants all of His children to be F.A.T.F.R.E.E: Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic. If you’re a believer, will you let God live out His life through your life (Galatians 2:20)? What actions does God want you to take now? (Read James 1:22; 4:17.)

*Portions taken and adapted from Dr. Larry Moyer’s book, “How-To Book On Personal Evangelism,” Chapter 1, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI

**Taken from Dr. Manfred Kober – Do We Really Know The Gospel? https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

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

For additional help, go to www.kelseypeach.com

What about them? I’ve been asked this question on several occasions. Without hearing and believing in/on the Christ of the Scriptures, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, people will end up in the lake of fire forever. It’s a real place to which people will go (Matthew 25:41, 46; Mark 9:42-48; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8). But no human being needs to go there.

Anyone can look around at nature and come to the realization that there must be a God who is all powerful. There is no excuse for unbelief (Romans 1:20). The Psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1-3). Even a blind man can feel the warmth of the sun or smell the fragrance of a flower.

God, Who is omnipotent and all knowing, can see to it than anyone (Jewish or not) who truly desires to know more about Him can/will receive the Good News concerning Christ that is the power of God unto his/her salvation (Romans 1:16, 17; 10:9-17). It might be through a radio or TV broadcast, a missionary, or a clear Gospel tract. It is God’s desirous will that all men and women, boys and girls be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

Why don’t people come to the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved? “He who believes in Him [the Lord Jesus Christ] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name [person and work] of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:18, 19). What about you? What do you really love?

When a person chooses to worship and exalt the creature (man) rather than the Creator, God often gives him/her up to uncleanness, to vile passions, and to a debased mind (Read carefully Romans 1:20-32). This kind of behavior is seen all around us today as the Scriptures predicted (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1ff; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1). What about rulers and politicians, who usually come from the basest of mankind (Daniel 4:17. 25)? We are supposed to pray for them too (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

The ultimate expression of humanism will be on display when the “Man of Lawlessness” (the Antichrist) gains total domination over the whole world during the middle of the “Seven Years of Tribulation” (Revelation 13:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Daniel 9:27; 11:36). He will be empowered by the devil and have an assistant (the false prophet) with equal power and authority.

A former Belgian Prime Minister, Paul-Henri Spaak, who was one of the founding fathers of the European Union spoke ‘prophetically’ into the current climate surrounding the EU and the economic chaos. The prospect is chillingly real.”We do not want another committee, we have too many already.  What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.”

Whether you want to believe it or not, we seem to be on the verge of a great transformation (“The Great Reset” [1]) that the rich and powerful people of the world are pushing at this very moment. Mankind, as a whole, doesn’t want God to rule over them. The Psalmist wrote, “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us’” (Psalm 2:1-3). May we suggest that you read the entire Psalm and heed the advice lest you be crushed with a rod of iron? (Read also Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15).

If you’ve never placed your faith and trust in Christ alone as your personal Savior, why not do so now? We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to SHARE it with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] “The Great Reset” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIl9gmlhPY0&feature=emb_logo

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/

“The Story Of Hope”

Posted: November 8, 2020 in Gospel, Heaven, Hell, Salvation

Heather came from a dysfunctional family where her parents fought often and where she was abused as a child. She didn’t grow up in a healthy or happy environment. But one day, when she was 10 years old, a friend invited her to a Bible Club for kids at her church. With her parents permission, she went to it. She forgot about her troubles at home and had a great time with the other kids and the group leader was very friendly to her.

Not long after attending this club, she heard “The Story of Hope” and put her faith and trust in Jesus as her personal Savior. Her life began to change dramatically and her parents noticed it. Not long after that her parents came to trust in Jesus as their Savior too. This made Heather very happy.

Shortly after she was saved, God began to work in Heather’s life and placed a burden on her heart to be a missionary teacher in Africa. Fast forward. The day finally came when she finished college. She had been approved by her church and a mission board, and had raised her support to go to Africa. Now she was on her way to be a fourth grade teacher. She had “high hopes” and wanted to teach her students the basics. But her primary goal was to share God’s love and “The Story Of Hope” with her students so they could be saved. Once saved, she wanted to challenge them to be and do their best for God and follow His leading in their lives.

She was a little nervous about meeting her students for the first time. They were curious, but friendly. She began by telling them some things about herself and the dysfunctional home in which she grew up, and what had happened in her life. Some of them were able to identify with her in this area. She told them how she came to know Jesus as her personal Savior and shared how God had been working in her life and why she wanted to become a school teacher.

To learn more about them, she asked for volunteers to share with her and the others what their hopes and dreams were. One boy enthusiastically said, “I want to be a Doctor someday if my family can afford for me to go to college and medical school.” A little girl said, “I want to be a chemist like my dad.” Another student said, “I want and hope to be a politician someday to help people out of poverty.” A few others shared their dreams and hopes with the rest of the class. Heather was excited to see their enthusiasm.

But she noticed that there were a few students who didn’t respond. So she went over to one of them and said, “Would you like to share with us what your dreams and hopes are?” Reluctantly, one boy said with tears in his eyes, “I hope when I get home today that my dad won’t be drunk and start beating me and my mother again.” Somewhat surprised, Heather was taken off guard. Another student chimed in to say, “I hope my older brother won’t end up in prison for a long time for using illegal drugs.” Still another one said, “I hope I won’t have to go to bed hungry again tonight like I usually do.” Heather’s heart was broken. She didn’t realize the hurt that some of her students were feeling at the time.

While many young people today seem to be excited about life and living, there are others who are very depressed, and even suicidal. Some children, whose parents can afford it, are taking medically prescribed drugs to keep them calm so they don’t hurt themselves and others. Other young people are killing their pain with illegal drugs and alcohol or acting up to gain attention.

When young people or older people lose hope, bad things begin to happen. Dreams are shattered. Husbands and/or wives often give up on their marriages. Some parents give up and abandon their children. Millions of babies are aborted every year. Pastors and missionaries have been known to quit the ministry and leave the people that were entrusted to them. Disappointment, discouragement, and doubt (questioning God and His Word) have destroyed many people’s lives. [2]

Perhaps you are a relatively happy person right now. Or maybe you’re pretending to be alright on the outside, but deep down inside you are really hurting. Do you feel like your life is falling apart? Do you feel hopeless? Be honest.

If you feel this way, could it be because you don’t know (1) where you came from (your past), (2) why you’re here on earth (your present), or (3) where you will go when you die (your future)? Maybe you’ve been taught in school and led to believe in the theory of evolution [3] and that you’re nothing more than an animal. Does your race (skin color), your face (bodily features), or your place (status) in life make you feel inferior, or perhaps superior to others? If you could change some things, what would you change? Think about this – “What do you have that you didn’t receive” (1 Corinthians 4:7)? We have no reason to be proud. Furthermore, God hates it (Proverbs 6:17).

Maybe you feel hopeless at times because you have no clear purpose in life, and you aren’t sure if there is life after death. If you, like many other people, lack hope, I’d like to tell you another story. Unlike the fictitious story about Heather, the following story is a true story. It’s called –

The Story Of Hope”

If you’ll come with me, I’d like to take you across a bridge. It’s been called “The Chronological Bridge To Life.” [1] It’s a true story that is found in the Bible. As we cross this bridge, I’d like for us to focus briefly on 8 topics: God-Man-Sin-Death-Christ-Cross-Faith-Life.

God.  In the first verse of the Bible (God’s Word) we read,“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1; See John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17). God has always existed. He refers to Himself as the eternal “I AM” (Exodus 3:14). He created three heavens: the atmospheric heaven where the birds fly (Genesis 1:21; Revelation 19:17), the starry heaven where the angels dwell (Ephesians 6:12), and the third heaven where He currently resides (2 Corinthians 12:2). And, of course, we dwell on the earth that God created out of nothing. It is just at the right distance from the sun so we don’t burn up or freeze to death.

Man. On the sixth day of creation, God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. This involved physical life and spiritual life. He instructed Adam (who probably was “red skinned”) [4] to take care of the fruit and vegetable garden that was located eastward in Eden. He told him not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. His disobedience to this command would result in death (separation) – in the spiritual and physical realm. On the same day God also took a rib from Adam’s side and formed a woman to be his helper (See Genesis 1; 2).

Sin.  After Adam and Eve had been in the garden for some time,God’s enemy (the devil) used the serpent to deceive Eve into believing that if she ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that she would become like God (in one area), knowing the difference between good (what was beneficial) and evil (not beneficial). This part was true. But he lied when he said that she wouldn’t die. He is a liar and is called the father of lies (John 8:44). Being deceived by him, she ate the forbidden fruit and invited Adam to eat it too. Adam wasn’t deceived, but he ate the fruit anyway (1 Timothy 2:13, 14; See Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 12:9). Sin is lawlessness – when we act like there are no laws/rules from God for us to obey (1 John 3:4).

Death. Adam’s disobedience resulted in both spiritual and physical death. As soon as they ate the forbidden fruit, they immediately became aware of the fact that their close and intimate relationship with God had been broken and they began to die physically (Genesis 5). They foolishly tried to hide from God Who knows everything. Their nature (disposition – natural tendency) became corrupted. They also realized that they were naked or had been stripped of something. So they sewed fig leaves to cover themselves (Genesis 3:7). But God graciously gave them animal skins instead to cover their nakedness. This is when sin (lawlessness) and death entered into the world (Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27) and why the theory of evolution [3] isn’t true. There was no physical death until Adam sinned.

Christ.  For about the next 4,000 years men and women were given different “rules for living” to test their obedience to God. They were not different ways of salvation. [4] (Think about the different rules that govern sports – football, baseball, basketball, etc.) But, no matter what rules God gave to them, they kept failing to do what He told them to do. To demonstrate His love for the people who had rebelled (sinned) against Him, God the Father sent God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) down from heaven to earth to live among us for about 33 years (John 1:11, 12; 3:16; Hebrews 10:7, 9). His primary purpose was to make God known to us and to the angels (John 1:14; 17:3-5; 1 Peter 1:12). Jesus offered Himself as the promised Deliverer, the Messiah, and the rightful King of the Jews. He also came to seek and save lost sinners like you and me (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 2:2; 16:16; 27:11; John 1:29; See also Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; 5:8).

Cross.  God doesn’t want (desire) that any of us, no matter how bad we’ve been, to end up forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). So Jesus Christ (the God-man), Who was born or the virgin, Mary, and Who never sinned (Hebrews 4:15), offered to die in our place for our sins to pay the debt that we owed to God (Romans 6:23; See Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46; John 19:30). When Jesus did this for us, God the Father was satisfied (1 John 2:2; 4:10). This made it possible for Him to save those who would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Acts 16:31).

Faith. True Christians can know (be absolutely sure) that God has forgiven their sins and that they are no longer condemned (Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:1). We know this is true because God the Father raised Jesus from the dead on the third day with a glorified body. It has flesh and bones, but no blood (Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 50; Luke 24:33-43; 1 John 3:2).

NOTE: The Gospel (Good News) that we must believe in order to be saved is that Christ died for our sins (once for all – Hebrews 10:10), was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily on the third day (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We are not saved by our good works, or by faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Life.  When we place our faith and trust in Christ alone to save us, we receive eternal life (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Acts 16:31). It is God’s kind of life. We also receive a new nature from Him that is capable of pleasing God (2 Peter 1:2-4; Romans 8:8). But He also wants us to enjoy an abundant life as we think about our spiritual blessings and riches that He has given to us (John 10:10; Ephesians 1:3 ff).

Decision. You alone must decide whether you will believe on Him as your personal Savior, or reject Him and His offer of salvation. Your decision will determine whether you spend eternity with God or apart from Him in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (John 3:18; 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). It’s not enough to just know and believe the facts of the Gospel; you must transfer your faith and trust from yourself and your good works over to the Christ of the Scriptures [5] alone if you are to be saved? Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Help. We’re here to help you if you want/need additional information to make a decision to become a “true Christian.” We want you to be assured of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16), to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), so you can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13). God also wants all Christins to reproduce themselves while they are here on earth (Matthew 28:19, 20). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know how it has. And then would you please share this information with others so they can be helped too?

[1] “The Chronological Bridge To Life” Information taken from https://www.goodsoil.com/

[2] Hope. Adapted from Ray Johnston – http://hopequotient.com/blog/category/hope/page/2/

[3] Video – Evolution vs God: https://www.livingwaters.com/movie/evolution-vs-god/

[4] The Original Red Skins. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/07/03/the-original-red-skins/

[5] Seven Dispensations. Download a FREE copy of it from our website: “Understanding the Times”

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

Other Helpful Information:

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

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

Necromancy is defined as the conjuring of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events.” [1] “Man’s interest in the future is legendary, and many prophets – true and false – have tried to satisfy that interest. Prophecy is a risky business because you can’t stay in business if you have too many failures.” – Dr. Charles Ryrie [2]. Furthermore, false prophets in Old Testament times were to be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 13:1-11; 18:20-22).

With all the trouble going on all over the world today wouldn’t you like to know what the future looks like? I believe most of us would like to know more about it so we can make plans for ourselves and our children and to calm our fears. But where can we find a consistent, reliable source?

To draw crowds to themselves and their “ministries” there are false prophets and teachers today who resort to consulting with the dead and/or claim that God is still giving them new revelation/information for them to pass on to others. Of course, there is a price attached. Such is the case with many who associate themselves with the New Apostolic Reformation and some other groups. [3]

In the Old Testament times, King Saul, the first king of Israel, tried to consult with the dead through the witch who lived in Endor. He wanted her to summon the Prophet Samuel concerning the future because the Holy Spirit had departed from him and an evil spirit (1 Samuel 16:14), who came from heaven, was afflicting him (1 Samuel 28; See 1 Kings 22:22, 23; Ephesians 6:12 ff).

Surprisingly, the witch was able to rouse Samuel and bring him up. But Samuel rebuked King Saul and told him of his impending death (1 Samuel 28:19). David, the king elect, had witnessed King Saul’s rage when an evil spirit tormented him. Saul tried to kill him on several occasions (1 Samuel 18:10, 11). Later, when King David himself sinned, and repented for his adultery with Bathsheba, he begged God not to take His Holy Spirit from him (Psalm 51:11).

By the way, while God the Holy Spirit won’t leave a true Christian today, and Christians can’t be indwelt by a demon (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19), demons can afflict and torment Christians (2 Timothy 2:24-26; See Job 1; 2; Ephesians 6:10-17). [4]

There are false prophets and false teachers today who claim that they have consulted with the dead to get power and “the anointing” for themselves. According to one source, Benny Hinn talks about his visits to the tombs of Aimee Semple McPherson and Kathryn Kuhlman. [5]

Jesus, while He was here on earth, told His listeners a story about what happens when people die. This was before He Himself died for our sins…and rose again from the dead (Luke 16:19-31).

A rich man (who was an unbeliever) died, and a beggar named Lazarus (a believer) died. Both of them were taken to Sheol/Hades in the heart of the earth. (See John 3:13; Ephesians 4:8-10.)

The rich man, with his temporary body to house his soul and spirit, was in torments on one side of the gulf. The beggar, Lazarus was resting on the Paradise side of the gulf in the presence of Abraham and other believers. The rich man begged Abraham to let Lazarus dip his finger in water to drop it on his tongue because he was in torment. Since that wasn’t possible, the rich man asked that Lazarus be sent back to earth to warn his five brothers not to come to that awful place.

But that too was not possible. He was told that if the people, who were still alive on earth, didn’t believe what Moses had written, neither would they believe if someone came back from the dead to warn them.

Suppose men like Adolph Hitler, Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky, Charles Darwin, or other unbelievers were able to come back from the dead to warn people not to believe the lies they had promoted while they were here on earth. Would they be believed? Not according to Jesus.

Nowhere does Jesus speak about second chances to be saved after one dies physically (See Hebrews 9:27). Neither is there such a thing as reincarnation taught in the Scriptures.

“Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “…For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

If you’ve never done so before, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on their third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, apart from your good works (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13; John 10:28, 29)? If so, God wants you to grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), to serve Him by serving others, especially Christians, with love (Galatians 5:13; 6:10; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10), and to bear a good witness for Christ while sharing the clear Gospel with unbelievers so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-17).

While we don’t know all the details of things that will happen in the future (See Revelation 10:4), God has given to us enough information to give us a sure hope, which is a confident expectation based on a promise or promises from God (Romans 15:4).

To get the “Big Picture” first, we invite you to download our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” which can be found on our website. Also, consider carefully the “The Order Of Coming Events” [5].

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 25; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know, and then SHARE this article with others. Together we can accomplish more.

[1] Necromancy https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-necromancy.html

[2] Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, A Survey Of Bible Doctrine, Moody Press, p. 159

[3] New Apostolic Reformation: https://www.gotquestions.org/New-Apostolic-Reformation.html

[4] Demon Possession? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/demon-possessed-or-oppressed/

[5] Benny Hinn https://www.apologeticsindex.org/9937-benny-hinns-graveside-anointing

http://www.raptureready1.com/rapture/ssbh13.html

[6] Order https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/