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Most people like the “freebies” that are offered to them.  Some socialists demand them.  They want free education, free entertainment, free circuses, free health care, free housing, free vacations, and freedom to do and say as they please.  Many young people are led to believe that having a college degree, of any kind, (including such things like “basket weaving”) will guarantee for them a six figure income when they graduate.

Socialism. But when they are done with their schooling, and don’t get hired so they can pay back their student loans, they decide that socialism/communism looks like a better route to take.  They fail to realize that atheistic communism (now called “democratic socialism”) and other tyrannical forms of government, have resulted in over 100 million deaths at the hands of tyrants during the last 100 years.  Check out the facts for yourself as you look at Germany, China, Russia and many other countries.

Free/Costly? Are there any “free lunches”? Is salvation (i. e. deliverance from hell to heaven) really free or is it costly? If so, to whom? Can we get rid of heaven and hell by just imagining that they aren’t real as John Lennon has suggested in his popular song “Imagine”?  What about those who teach “Lordship Salvation” and tell people that it will cost them something to become a Christian? Are they confusing salvation with discipleship (spiritual maturity) and rewards?  Can a person earn his/her way to heaven by doing good works?  What’s the difference between salvation and rewards?  A correct understanding of this can/will affect your eternal destiny.

Heaven. Many people think that heaven is a reward for those who do good works on earth. No, the Scriptures tell us that it’s a FREE gift to anyone and to everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Ephesians 2:8, 9). It’s not merely knowing and agreeing with the facts of the Gospel, but a transfer of trust from yourself and your good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ on your behalf.

Salvation. It can’t be earned and it’s not something we deserve (Romans 6:23). It is a present possession (1 John 5:12) and it can never be lost (John 10:28, 29) by a true believer. It involves our being accepted “in the Beloved” in the same way Jesus is accepted by God the Father (Ephesians 1:6). Our salvation from God frees us from condemnation (Romans 8:1). Every true believer shares all the same “spiritual blessings” (Ephesians 1:3). If you’re a Christian, how many of them can you name?

Rewards. They can/must be earned by faithful service and good works (Colossians 3:22-24; Revelation 22:12). They are things a believer deserves (1 Corinthians 15:10; See Luke 19:16, 17). They will be given out on judgment day (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). It is possible that other believers might receive crowns that were intended for us (Revelation 3:11; See John 6:37). Salvation is received at a point in time, but rewards can be earned throughout a believer’s life on earth (2 Corinthians 5:10). God is not unrighteous to forget our work and labor of love (Hebrews 6:10).

Crowns. Each of the five crowns must be earned. The “Incorruptible Crown” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27) is given out to those believers who discipline themselves properly. The “Crown of Rejoicing” is given out to believers who have had a part in the salvation of other people (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). The “Crown of Righteousness” is given to Christians who love Christ’s imminent return (2 Timothy 4:8). The “Crown of Life” is given out to Christians who resist temptations even if it means physical death (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10). The “Crown of Glory” is given to faithful under-shepherds (not false shepherds) who care for the Lord’s sheep (1 Peter 5:4). Believers who receive crowns can/will show their gratitude to God for working in and through them (Philippians 2:13; 4:13) by casting their crowns before His throne while saying, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for You created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:10, 11).

God’s Omniscience. At the “Bema Seat Judgment” Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22), will evaluate our motives and reveal why we did what we did (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Were they done in keeping with the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives (Romans 8:14) and with His power (Philippians 3:10; 4:13)? Were they done according to the rules that God set forth in His Word (2 Timothy 2:5; See Romans 3:8; 6:1)? Were they done according to the will of God (Acts 21:4-14)?  Did they bring glory to God or to us (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

Imminent. The Lord’s return for true Christians can take place at any moment (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Even if He doesn’t return for us before we die, we should continue to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that [our] labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Help. We’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15).  If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this has helped you. If it has, please share it with others too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube.

Salvation vs. Rewards: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/rewards.htm

Lehman Strauss https://bible.org/seriespage/6-future-judgment-believer

Hampton Keathley III https://bible.org/article/doctrine-rewards-judgment-seat-bema-christ

Jack Kelley https://www.raptureforums.com/spiritual-life/how-to-win-your-crowns-2/

Socialism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEa8DpheXkM

Lordship in exchange for Salvation? – http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

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Perhaps you didn’t know this, but a Christian believer’s salvation comes to him in three phases. When a person puts his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, he is only initially saved but is guaranteed of his final salvation from that moment on (Philippians 1:6; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). Confused? Let me try to explain this to you.

Three Parts. We’re made up of a spirit, soul, and a body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The spirit belongs to the mind (Ephesians 4:23) and is the rational part of our being. The soul is associated with the emotional part of our being which can be excited and happy one moment and discouraged and/or depressed the next (John 14:1). The body is the physical part of our being that expresses the spirit and the soul. It’s not vile/evil in itself, as some have suggested, but it can be used for good or evil purposes (Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 6:13-21; Romans 6:11-23).

Carnal Christians. Yes, contrary to what some are being taught, there are many “carnal Christians” in local churches (See 1 Corinthians 3:1-3; 5:1-8; Romans 7:14-25). Are you one of them? Would you like to avoid God’s discipline and a premature, physical death (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16)?

Spirit. When we get saved, God the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16; See John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). The Scriptures tell us that “…he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Corinthians 6:17). We believe that it is in the realm of our spirit that God the Holy Spirit leads us in ways that He wants us to go and do the things He wants us to do (Romans 8:14). This will always be in line with the written Scriptures. Therefore, we believe that the human spirit is the only thing that is saved while a believer is alive on this earth.

Soul. “The soul refers to the immaterial part of man that is the center of the emotions and also interprets the five senses to the mind (Luke 12:19-22; Revelation 18:12-14).” – Dr. H. L. Schafer, Maturing In Christ, p. 86. The Christian’s soul (i. e. emotions) is the last thing that will be saved at the time of the Rapture of the church (1 Peter 1:9). It is very dangerous for a Christian to make major decisions in life based on how he feels at any given moment. Here is some dangerous advice – “If it feels good, do it.” Actions, whether good or evil, have consequences (Galatians 6:7-9).

Body. The human body is obviously not yet saved. “…we groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body” (Romans 8:23). Some teachers have misinterpreted the words “…by His [Christ’s] stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5) to mean that every Christian can/should enjoy perfect health in this life rather than ever being sick. Were this true, none of the “health, wealth, and happiness preachers” should ever get sick or die. But they do like all the rest of us. God Himself can and still heals us of all our sicknesses except the last one that will take our life. In the Old Testament times, the devil held the keys of death (Hebrews 2:14; See Job 1:13-22). Today, Jesus does (Revelation 1:18). Don’t assume that you will be alive tomorrow. Live every day as though it might be your last day on earth (See Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14).

Death. “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). This is a general rule. But there will be an exception to this when Christ returns at the time of the Rapture of the true Church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). Will you be in this group of Christians? Can anyone be absolutely sure (1 John 5:13)? No one is annihilated or reincarnated after death. Once you’re physically dead, your destiny is unalterable (See Luke 16:18-31; 2 Samuel 12:23).

Healing. During the Old Testament times, God saw the disobedient Jews as being spiritually sick and in need of spiritual healing (Isaiah 1:5, 6). Today God sees unsaved people as being spiritually dead in need of new life from above (Ephesians 2:1; John 3:3 ff). Do you have “eternal life” (i. e. God’s quality of life) right now? You can (John 3:36; 1 John 5:11-13).

Temporary. We don’t believe that God is still giving out the spiritual gift of healings today (1 Corinthians 12:9, 28). He stopped giving this supernatural gift out to Christians when the Scriptures (i. e. the perfect thing) were complete (1 Corinthians 13:10; See Revelation 22:18, 19). It, and some of the other temporary gifts, were designed to validate God’s messenger and his message from God (Acts 2:22; Hebrews 2:4).

Three “Ps”. When a person puts his faith in Christ alone through the Gospel (Acts16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), he is judicially forgiven and gets saved from the penalty of sin (Ephesians 1:7; 2:5, 8; Romans 8:1). He is currently being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14; 8:2). He will be saved from the presence of sin, either at the time of his physical death, or the Rapture (Romans 8:18-23).

Gospel. My friend, you are a sinner like all the rest of us and deserve to be eternally separated from God forever in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). But Christ died for sinners…and rose again bodily on the third day. If you’ll put your faith in Him, He will save you eternally. If you’ve never done so before, why not believe on Him right now?

Questions. If you have been saved by grace through faith in Christ, are you doing the things He planned for you to do while you’re here on earth (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Have you been baptized/immersed to demonstrate your faith to others (Matthew 28:19, 20)? Have you presented your body to Him as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15)? Are you growing spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18)? Are you sharing your faith and the Gospel with others (Acts 1:8)? Do others know that you are a true Christian (James 2:19, 20)? Are you F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, Teachable)?

The Salvation Formula

Correct: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works

Corrupt: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation

Help. We’re here to help you and others 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, please let us know how it has and then share it with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Spiritual Giftshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/spiritual-gifts-qa/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/signs-and-wonders/

Gospel – Dr. Manfred Kober, https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Recently, while our oldest son was flying home from a business trip, one of the passengers on board apparently had a heart attack. The flight attendant asked if there was a Doctor on board. So our son volunteered to help. He went and talked to the man to try to determine what was wrong with him. They were about an hour and a half into the flight over the ocean when the plane had to turn around and go back to the airport. Meanwhile, for the next 40 minutes, he administered CPR on the man hoping to revive him. But sadly, he didn’t survive.

Destinies. As I considered what happened that day, I thought about that man’s eternal destiny. I thought about all those on the plane who were planning to do other things that day but who were delayed from making it to their destinations on time as they had hoped. No doubt, there were some folks who were upset by this incident that interrupted their schedules. Others were surprised by the length of time that our son spent trying to revive this man. Some thanked him for trying to help him as they left the plane. Needless to say, it was a traumatic moment for all those on the airplane.

Vapor. I also was reminded of the passage in the Scriptures, where Jesus’ half brother wrote, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17).

Deo Volente. These two Latin words mean “God willing.” Far too many people, including those who claim to be Christians, live like practical atheists and do not take God into their plans. God wants to be a part of our lives, and for us to rely on Him for wisdom to make good choices in life. “If any of you [Christians] lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). “Trust in the Lord will all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6). “For as many [Christians] as are [habitually being] led by the Spirit of God, theses are the [maturing] sons of God” (Romans 8:14). Does this describe you or not?

Death. Having had one of our other sons taken from us unexpectedly two years ago on Easter Sunday, we are very mindful of the reality of death and the subsequent effects it has had on our lives and the lives of others who knew our 38 year old son, Bill. See link below.

Questions. Are you living independently of God? Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). We all are just one heart beat away from death. What are you doing with the life that God graciously has given to you? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not do this before it’s too late? “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)? If you are a Christian, are you regularly telling others about Jesus and the salvation that He offers to all mankind (John 3:16; Acts 1:8; 1 John 2:2)? Are you living for fame, fortune, power, or pleasure? Or are you living to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Are you living independently of God and acting like a practical atheist? If so, stop! If you’re a Christian, confess that sin to God (1 John 1:9). Remember, God saves us by one act of faith, but He wants us to live habitually in an attitude of faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 1:16, 17). How many of His promises, that are addressed to Christians, do you know and claim? (See below.)

Help. We’re here to help you if you are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you’re a Christian, we also want you to have the joy of leading other people to the Lord Jesus Christ so they can be saved too (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). To make sure that you are a true Christian, please read “The Bad News & the Good News that we have on our website: www.kelseypeach.com. See our “Understanding The Times” chart too. To receive future articles as they come out, please click on “Follow.” Also join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible Studies.

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

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/william-billy-austin-pietsch/P

Promises For Christians: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation:

In English. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/61244c_bdbf26f0ab65413c97b45aaf14c86c6f.pdf

In Japanese: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/61244c_cad9877375cc43d1b75036825e1fe903.pdf

Other languages: https://www.godssimpleplan.org/languages-in-print

It happened when the Apostle Paul and Silas had been preaching the Good News concerning Christ in the city of Philippi. They were unjustly beaten and then locked up in jail for allegedly causing trouble in the city after casting out a demon spirit from a young girl who was making a lot of money for her masters. She had been following Paul and Silas around and saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us [Greek – “a way”] of salvation” (Acts 16:17).

Problem. Jesus made it very clear to His disciples that He was “the [only] way [to God], the [absolute] truth, and the [giver of eternal] life” (John 14:6). He was not one of many ways to God as some of the false teachers of the world are suggesting. The Apostle Peter said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). These are not “politically correct” statements to those who believe that all religions lead to heaven.

Earthquake. After an earthquake took place and loosened the prisoners’ chains, the jailor was about to commit suicide. Paul called out and said, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Upon hearing this, the jailor said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The Apostle Paul responded by saying, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:28-31).

Question. What did Paul mean by the word “Lord”? Did He mean that the jailor had to acknowledge and believe that Jesus Christ was the “Lord” meaning “God/Deity” or as some have suggested, the “Lord and Master of one’s life” so he could be saved? We believe that Paul went on to explain to him the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and things about the One in whom the jailor should believe – the God/man who died for our sins…and rose again on the third day (Acts 16:32).

Works. The Scriptures are clear. We’re saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9; See Titus 3:5). The requirements for “Discipleship” in Christ’s day involved many things that were “good works.” There were a lot of people who were disciples (followers) who weren’t true believers. The Apostle Judas is a prime example (Matthew 26:25; John 6:71). There were many others who followed Jesus around, hoping that He would be their political deliverer and their “Welfare King” (John 6:15, 66).

Postponed. Because of the refusal of most of the Jews to accept Him as their promised Messiah (Luke 19:14; John 1:11, 12; 19:15), Jesus postponed the setting up of His literal, millennial kingdom on earth until a future date (Matthew 16:20; Revelation 20:1 ff). Is Jesus the true Messiah? (See link below). In light of what we see happening around us today, the setting up of the rule of the heavens over the earth (“kingdom of the heavens” – Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 4:17) doesn’t seem to be that far off. (See our “Understanding The Times” chart on our website.)

Faith. Belief and faith are synonymous. The word “believe” is used about 100 times in the Gospel of John to tell us what is required for a person to be saved ( Examples: John 1:12, 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24 etc). Unbelief is the only unforgivable sin today (John 16:9). Are you adding other conditions/requirements for people to be saved? To do so is to cause people to “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2).

Lordship For Salvation. Here are some of the requirements that are wrongfully imposed by the “Lordship For Salvation” teachers on the unsaved people in order for them to be saved: Follow Christ / Surrender to Christ / Be Willing to Obey / Commit yourself / Turn From Sin / Be Willing to Sacrifice Everything / Give Up All For the Kingdom / Deny Self / Love Christ supremely / Give Up All Your Earthly Possessions if the Lord Should Ask This / Give Yourself Totally to Him / Fulfill the Demands of Discipleship / Etc. Etc. Etc.” [1] Aren’t all these things considered “works”?  Yes they are!  But our salvation is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5).

Assurance. How could a person ever be sure that he/she had fulfilled all the requirements such as these? It would be impossible for someone to have “assurance of salvation” if all these works were required of someone in order to be saved (See 1 John 5:13). Thankfully, God’s Word doesn’t make them conditions for salvation.

Lordship Because Of Salvation. Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, it’s only “reasonable for a Christian to present his/her body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1, 2; See 1 Peter 3:15). This is not a requirement for salvation as some would have us believe. Most new believers don’t do this at the moment of their salvation. But it is God’s desirous will for us to do this. “Carnal Christians” don’t do this (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). There are many things that are required of Christians if they want to mature in Christ, but they aren’t to be made conditions for someone’s salvation. Let’s not make our rules for living the conditions for salvation. Do you know where to find them in the Scriptures? (See our “Understanding The Times” chart.)

Gospel. God wants every saved person to share the Good News concerning Christ with others (Acts 1:8). By learning and sharing these 25 words, you could be instrumental in the salvation of another person from hell to heaven. “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!” [2] (See 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  It’s the same for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16, 17).

Crown. The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits those believers who are involved in the salvation of others as they share the Gospel with them (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). God wants us to have the joy of leading others to Christ (Revelation 3:11). The greatest joy in life comes when we help new believers, whom we have led to Christ, come to spiritual maturity as they walk in truth (3 John 1:4).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are “teachable” and “willing to change” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If this has helped you, please share it with others who might be misled by false teachings.  We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] George Zeller, Lordship Requirements: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

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

Dr. Manfred Kober – Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or a False Doctrine?, Parts 1 & 2

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or.html

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or_14.html

Dr. Andy Woods, What’s Wrong With Lordship Salvation?, http://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

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

Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/search/charles-ryrie-so-great-salvation

G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word in the Bible,

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

Is Jesus The Messiah? https://www.gotquestions.org/is-Jesus-the-Messiah.html

“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).

Contact. If you’d like additional spiritual help, get in touch with us. Share what you’re learning with others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). To do this, you need to get to know people and find out more about them and the concerns that they have. Visit our new website: www.kelseypeach.com. Read “The Bad News & Good News.” To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We are also on Youtube and Facebook.

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:

www.evantell.org

www.cleargospel.org

https://www.godssimpleplan.org/

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

https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

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

http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/search/charles-ryrie-so-great-salvation

Lordship Salvation – Problems: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

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

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation. http://kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

Lordship For Salvation?  http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf