Archive for the ‘Salvation’ Category

Why bother trying to rescue those who hate you and who want to kill you? Why not let them suffer the natural and eternal consequences of their wicked behavior as it will be for Lucifer and the rebellious angels?

One of the reasons God the Son added a true human nature and a real body to His deity was to glorify God (make Him known) by seeking and saving those, among the human race, who were/are lost (John 1:29). But many people don’t realize that they are lost or that they are as bad off as they can be without God and the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). We’re helpless (Romans 5:6; John 15:5), hopeless (Ephesians 2:12), and hell bound (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46).  Most people don’t believe this to be true.

God the Son came down to earth some 2,000 years ago through the womb of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). God the Father provided the seed which God the Holy Spirit miraculously implanted in her womb (Luke 1:32-35). Of course, those in Nazareth didn’t buy this story. Throughout His life people thought of His birth as illegitimate as it was expressed when Jesus was accused by the Jewish leaders of being born of fornication (John 8:41). Even to this day there are those who believe that Jesus was probably the illegitimate son of a German (Roman) soldier. Blasphemy!

His own brothers didn’t believe that He was the promised Messiah until after His bodily resurrection from the dead when He appeared to His half-brother, James (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). They, including His own mother, thought He had gone insane when He gathered His 12 disciples to Himself (Mark 3:21). This, no doubt, fulfilled what was written about Him by the Prophet Isaiah where we’re told “…we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4).

In spite of all the verbal abuse that He and His mother and step-father had to endure, He lived a sinless life (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15). Only One who is sinless Himself, could die in our place for our sins and pay the debt that we owed to God (Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 3:18).

When most of the Jews rejected Him as their Messiah (John 1:11, 12; Luke 19:14; John 19:15), He temporarily changed His focus from being the Messiah for the Jews, to His becoming the Savior of all mankind, not just for the Jews (Matthew 16:20; 1 John 2:2; John 3:16). The provision He made to save us from eternal condemnation doesn’t guarantee our salvation. We must receive the gift of eternal life (God’s quality of life) by faith and not by our good works (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

But God hasn’t forgotten His unconditional promises to the Jews that He will one day step us His everlasting kingdom on/over the earth (Romas 11:1 ff; Isaiah 9:6, 7; 2 Samuel 7:12-14; Daniel 2:44, 45). It will be a literal kingdom with Christ and the true Church, His Bride, ruling over all the nations with a rod of iron (Psalm 2:9; Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15).

Under Christ and the Church will be King David, who will be resurrected 75 days after the 7 years of the Tribulation (Daniel 12:12) He will be the regent on earth (Jeremiah 30:9). Under Him there will be other kings, lords, and righteous judges (Revelation 19:16; Isaiah 1:26).

You could know and have all the facts straight about His birth, life, death and resurrection for our sins, and His future return to this earth, and yet still be lost and headed for the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Not until you transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, will you be saved from eternal condemnation (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 8:1).

If you’ve never done this before, why not believe on Him as your personal Savior today? We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change and who want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

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How To Develop An Evangelistic Lifestyle

Perhaps you’re among those who think that the work of evangelism should be left up to “Clerical George” and his staff. After all, isn’t that what most churches pay him to do? Or is he supposed to teach other Christians how they too can have the joy of bringing spiritual babies into God’s family?

God’s Word makes it plain to us that if we, as Christians, want to bring glory to God, we need to be involved in leading other lost people to Christ so they can be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:30, 41 46). “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word [Gospel] of God” (Romans 10:17; 1:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Andrew led his brother Peter to the Lord (John 1:41, 42). Peter, in turn, led thousands of Jews and non-Jews to the Lord (Acts 2:41; 10; 11). Have you ever led anyone to the Lord to be saved? Would you like to learn how to do that?

Many Christians, especially new converts, would like to have the joy of leading others (perhaps family members, friends, or fellow workers) to Christ, and earning the “Crown of Rejoicing” and other crowns to present to Christ when they see Him at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 4:10). What do you know about these crowns and how to earn them?

Sadly, most Christians aren’t taught how to lead others to Christ so they can be saved, 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). When Jesus ascended back to heaven, He gave “spiritual gifts” to the Church. They included Evangelists and Pastor/teachers (Ephesians 4:11; See also Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10). Some gifts were temporary until the Scriptures were completed; others are extant (1 Corinthians 13:8-13). Evangelists (spiritual obstetricians) will be most successful in leading others to Christ for salvation. But they also can be used by God to teach other believers how to do the work of evangelism. Pastor/teachers (spiritual pediatricians) will be most effective in the spiritual growth of new believers.  (If you don’t know what your spiritual gift is, contact us for more information.)

Here are some helpful suggestions from an evangelist for us to consider:

People. We need to see them as Jesus did. They were like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36; 14:14). As He was finishing up His mission on earth, He looked over the city of Jerusalem and wept over them (Matthew 23:37-39). Have you ever wept over lost people? “He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11, 12). How do you see the people around you – with love or with indifference?

Obey. Too often we make excuses for not doing the things we know God wants us to do. Even some of the great heroes of the faith had their moments of timidity. Negative examples include: Moses (Exodus 3:11); Jeremiah (1:6); Jonah (1:3). But we also have some positive examples to follow: Isaiah (6:8), Peter (Acts 2:14 ff); Paul (2 Timothy 2:8-10).

Prayer. We have eight ways to communicate with God: worship, praise, thanksgiving, supplication, intercession, asking in Jesus’ name, confession, and making vows. Our Lord communicated constantly with His Father. God has opened up many doors and opportunities for us which He wants us to enter (Revelation 3:8; 1 Corinthians 16:9). With the needs of others as great as they are, we should pray for more workers (Matthew 9:37), and that God would stimulate us and other believers to be faithful, available, teachable, flexible, resilient, evangelistic, and enthusiastic (F.A.T.F.R.E.E.).  If you’re a Christian, which of these areas need the most attention? How is your prayer life? Is it limited to “asking and receiving”?

Contact. Wherever we go, we can usually find people in our neighborhood, in the marketplace, or in the workplace. We could/should keep songs like these in our hearts: “Rescue The Perishing” or “Give Me A Passion For Souls.” A Christian who is filled with Holy Spirit will have a speaking, singing, thankful, and submissive heart (Ephesians 5:18-21). How is you heart’s condition?

Be Bold. One of the devil’s tactics is to roar like a lion and to try to intimidate believers (1 Peter 5:8). He overcame the Apostle Peter who denied the Lord three times (Luke 22:31-32, 54-62). But after he got turned around, Peter was instrumental in leading 3,000 Jews to the Lord on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41) and later on many Gentiles too (Acts 10; 11). To overcome this temptation to be timid, we must utilize the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17) and go forth with boldness in the power of God (1 John 4:4; Philippians 4:13; Acts 4:13, 29, 31).

Conclusion: Make no mistake about it, God wants to be glorified through the salvation of unbelievers (Luke 19:10), and by Christians bearing much spiritual fruit (John 15:8). If you’re a believer, will you submit and yield yourself to God daily, hourly, and moment by moment and let Him live out His life through your life (Galatians 2:20; 5:22, 23)? What actions does God want you to take right now (James 1:22; 4:17)? Have you been quenching Him and rendering Him ineffective in your life (1 Thessalonians 5:19)?  If you’re not saved, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  We are NOT saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

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

“An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? How often do you evaluate your own life or let someone else examine it? Why are you here on earth? What is your purpose for living? What do you want to accomplish in life? What short term and long term goals do you have? Why do you want to pursue these goals? What brings you the most satisfaction in life? What do you think will happen to you when you die? Do you think anyone can be sure of his/her eternal destiny? By what standard do you determine what is right or wrong? Do you expect others to live by your rules? What if everyone did whatever he/she wanted to do? Where does his/her freedom end?

If God exists, and we believe that He does, what is His primary purpose? Is there anyway for us to find out? What has He revealed to us in His Word, the Scriptures? If/since He formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, what does He want mankind to do while he/she is here on earth and on into eternity? (See our “Understanding The Times – Dispensations Chart on our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com)

Glory. Throughout the pages of the Scriptures, we are told that God’s primary purpose is to glorify Himself by making Himself know to His creatures – spirit beings and human beings. The spirit beings are constantly learning about God as He deals with mankind in bringing them to salvation (1 Corinthians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:12). Through progressive revelation God made Himself known to various people as it relates to His attributes: goodness, righteousness, omniscience, omnipotence, truthfulness, holiness, and love. He demonstrated His goodness to the children of Israel in the wilderness by providing them with food and water for the entire 40 years of wondering. God determined their rules for living, and enforced them with righteousness. (Dispensations deal with our rules for life, not ways of salvation.) He made provisions for the atonement of their sins through bloody sacrifices. He showed His power when He divided the Red Sea and the Jordan River. He brought the plagues on Egypt and Pharaoh and delivered the children out of bondage. He humbled King Nebuchadnezzar for seven years and then graciously saved him.

Our Purpose. The chief end of man is (ought to be) to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (1 Corinthians 1:31; 10:31; Psalm 16:11; 73:25, 26). How can Christians do this? By experientially knowing God, growing in grace…, serving God and others, and sharing the Good News with lost people.

Knowing. God wants those who put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, as the One who died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, to know that they have eternal life as a present possession (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Eternal life is God’s quality of life that every Christian receives at the moment of salvation (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13). It is not to be confused with “everlasting life” or existence that every human being will have who was ever conceived. (See Romans 1:20; Jude 1:6; Mark 9:44, 46, 48). He wants believers to have assurance of their salvation from the Word of God and from God the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16). Do you? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Growing. God wants every believe to grow in the sphere of grace and experiential knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 2:2; See Philippians 3:10). Merely knowing the facts about the Gospel won’t save you; neither is God interested in our merely knowing the facts in the Bible. He wants us to live out the life that we have been given (Philippians 2:12; Galatians 4:19; 5:22, 23). Are you still in the “milk” stage or enjoying the “solid food” from God’s Word (Hebrews 5:12-14)? Are you living victoriously over your three spiritual enemies: the devil (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:10-17), your sin nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 6:11-14; 7:15-25), and the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31)?

Serving. Just before He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again from the dead on the third day, Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment“…that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34, 35; Contrast the Old Commandment – Leviticus 19:18). This “agape” love is a self sacrificial love that is willing to lay down one’s life for another (1 John 3:16, 17). This kind of love is produced in the life of a Holy Spirit filled Christian (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22, 23). It is the kind of love that should compel us to serve others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). It should be the attitude one has while using his/her spiritual gift for the edification of other believers in the spiritual Body of Christ (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13).

Sharing. God wants those whom He has saved to tell others about the salvation that He offers to all mankind (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). The Gospel is simple: “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). The only condition for salvation is Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; See John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24). No one is saved by his/her good works or by his/her faith plus good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Sadly, many people are trusting in the wrong Christ and have perverted the Gospel and the way of salvation (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

Conclusion. The Apostle Peter wrote, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure…” (2 Peter 1:10). Don’t be like those whom Jesus will rebuke on judgment day for thinking that they could get into the kingdom of the heavens by their good works (Matthew 7:21-23). Do you have assurance of your salvation? How much spiritual growth has taken place since you’ve been saved? Are you using your spiritual gift for the glory of God and the edification of others? Are you actively looking for lost people with whom you can share the Gospel? Do you ask God to lead you to some soul each day so you can share the Gospel with them?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped your, please SHARE it with others. Together we can accomplish more.

Do you ever have weird, fearful, or troublesome dreams? I had one just last night but it wasn’t as a result of eating some spicy food before going to bed. Now before I tell you about it and what I learned from it, allow me to tell you about what happened this past weekend.

I was invited to speak in a church on the Minnesota and Canadian border this past Sunday. It was about 300 miles from our home in the Twin Cities. I rented a small car to make the trip up there and we travelled for about 6 hours on Saturday. As usual, I try to get to bed early in the evening and usually wake up in the middle of the night and meditate and/or pray for people and think about the following day and the opportunities that might come my way for me to represent the Lord and share the Gospel with others.

I spoke three times on Sunday – Sunday School, Morning Service, and in an afternoon service. When I speak, I try to put myself into the message and give the people my very best regardless of the size of my audience. By the time I’m done, I’m usually exhausted and ready to crash. But after the afternoon service, I drove about 150 miles to stay at my wife’s cousin’s home overnight before heading home the next day.  (My wife doesn’t like to drive on the freeways.)

Even though the roads were in pretty good condition, I was trying to be extra cautious about icy spots on the road. On one of our previous trips back from there in the winter time, we had a tire blow out and we had to wait in the cold for an hour before the tow truck could got there to help us.

When we finally arrived home safely, we thanked the Lord for bringing us home in one piece. We make it our practice to always pray before we go out on the road, even though it might be a short distance. Most accidents, I’m told, happen near people’s homes.

I was also mindful of the horrific and fatal automobile accident that our friend’s daughter was in about a month ago as she and her husband were out on a beautiful fall day enjoying the colorful leaves. They were stopped behind a semi truck that was turning left when a dump truck struck them from behind at a high speed and crushed them to death instantly. [1] We were saddened by the news.

Before returning the rental car, I stopped by the gym to get some needed exercise and sit in the sauna for awhile. As I was leaving the gym, I met a young fellow in his 30s who was in a wheel chair. I asked him how long he had been in it. He said that he had a stroke several years ago that immobilized him. I expressed my sorrow and gave him a Gospel tract that I’d written about our son Bill’s death in Japan. [2]

After getting home I was still very tired and went to take a quick nap at about 4:30 P.M. I didn’t wake up until about 9:30. So I stayed up and worked for a few hours and then went back to bed.

During the night I had this weird and troublesome dream. It took place in Japan where I grew up for 14 years. I got on a train thinking I was going to a destination that I had been to many times before. But somehow I got on the wrong train. So I got off at the next stop and asked someone how I could get back to the station from which I had just come. But no one was able to help me and show me the way. This went on for a long time in my dream as I asked person after person to help me find my way back. I was frustrated and told them that I would fire them if I could.

When I finally woke up from my dream, I went into another room and sat down in the dark and looked out a window. I began to think about how God had given Pharaoh of Egypt and King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon dreams that were interpreted by Joseph and Daniel respectively.  Those dreams were from God.

Contrary to what some people believe, I know that God isn’t giving out new information (revelation) to people today, but I asked the Lord what He might want me to learn from this weird dream I’d just had. Then a thought came to me as I considered what I had shared with the believers on Sunday.

Many people are like I was in my dream. They feel lost and are fearful of dying and ending up with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). Perhaps they’ve heard a hell fire and brimstone message that scared them. They know they don’t want to go there, but they can’t seem to find someone to tell them the way to heaven.

Maybe you or someone you know is desirous of discovering the right and only way to heaven. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). But what does a person have to do to be saved? Before we deal with that, let’s consider what some “professing Christians” are telling lost people to do.

You’d think that people in a church, a Bible college or seminary could give you the answer, wouldn’t you? But suppose you met up with some of these folks sitting around a table and asked them how you could be saved. One might say, “Say the sinner’s prayer.” Another might say, “No, you must ask Jesus into your heart.” Still another person might say, “You must repent of your sins, be baptized, give your heart to God and make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life.” “No, no! You must also deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus.” [3]

Perhaps by now you might be thoroughly confused and thinking to yourself, Do any of these people know for sure that they themselves are going to heaven? If they are so confused, how can I be saved and assured that I will go to heaven when I die?

My friend, has anyone ever shown you from the Bible how to be saved from hell so you can enter heaven? Is it possible for someone to have assurance of salvation before he/she dies? We believe, from Scripture, that there is.

In an article written by Dr. Manfred Kober, he talks about the problem we all have, the provision that God made for all mankind, and the way to procure (receive) eternal life as a present possession. [3] With 24 words he points out how anyone who is about to die can be saved. He wrote, “Friend: You have sinned. [See Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23] But Christ died for sinners and rose again. [See 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4] Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. [See Acts 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5] Do it now!” [See Proverbs 27:1; 29:1; James 4:14; 2 Corinthians 6:2]

Please reread these 24 words again and let them sink down into your heart and mind. God’s simple plan of salvation is not complicated. [5] It’s by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures (not the cults) alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave, we are instantly saved from condemnation and can be assured of a home in heaven. (Read John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 10:28, 29; 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:1, 16).  We are NOT saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works (Titus 3:5).

If you need additional spiritual help, we’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] “Gone In Fifteen Seconds” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/gone-in-fifteen-seconds/

[2] “The Death Of Our Son” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

[3] “The Gospel” http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

[4] “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

[5] “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 123 languages https://www.godssimpleplan.org/

“The Silver Spoon.” There is a story of a sophisticated couple who invited their pastor and his wife over for dinner one evening. They enjoyed their time together, and the evening was lovely. As the wife was cleaning up after the pastor and his wife had left, she noticed his silver spoon was missing. This made her wonder if her pastor had stolen her spoon. About a year later, the couple invited the pastor and his wife over for another meal. They enjoyed the evening, yet the wife had to ask. “Pastor did you steal my silver spoon last time we ate together?” To which the Pastor said, “No, I put it in your Bible.” Ouch!

Perhaps you own a nice Bible but it seldom gets read or used. Maybe you don’t realize what’s in it and how valuable it is due to the fact that no one took the time to explain some basic things to you about it.

Perhaps you are wondering – What is the Bible and how did we get it? What is its primary purpose? How many authors were involved in writing it and over how many years was it being written? What do these terms mean: revelation, inspiration, illumination? How trustworthy and authoritative is it? What part of it is merely to be believed, and how much of it is to be believed and practiced? How should it be interpreted – normally or allegorically? Where does a Christian find his/her rules for living? Why are there so many versions of the Bible?

God gave us the Scriptures to teach us about Himself, about ourselves, and why there are so many problems in our world and what He can do for us to solve them. He wants us to know that He loved us sinners and provided a Savior for us. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Anyone who believes on Him alone for his/her salvation will be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire. We are NOT saved by our good works lest anyone should boast.

Sadly, most people will not accept God’s offer of deliverance. Have you? Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Here are some things that might help you understand the Bible better so you can enjoy the eternal life that God has provided for true believers:

“Understanding The Times – Dispensations Chart – Bible Study Aids” (Download this from our website.)

“How We Got Our Bible” by Dr. J. B. Hixson’s – (8 Videos)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2qanr7iYR90xeQ8kXSQauBeAP27GtO2U

“Charting The End Times” by Drs. Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice,

http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780736901383-charting-the-end-times-a-visual-guide-to-understanding-bible-prophecy-tim-lahaye-prophecy-library%EF%BF%BD%EF%BF%BD

Bible Survey by Gary Tucker – http://www.biblebelievers.com/Bible_Survey.html

We invite you to read other articles on our Blog that pertain to “Bible Basics,” “Bible Prophecy,” and “Bible Study.”

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“My Friend’s Death”

Posted: October 30, 2019 in Heaven, Salvation

It was quite a shock when my long time friend was told that he had cancer and didn’t have much time to live. Outwardly he looked well. But before long he began to decline rapidly.

As he got closer to his death, he became very concerned about his eternal destiny. He knew that he didn’t want to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire. He wanted to make sure that he would go to heaven the moment he died.

I recall spending some time with him and asking him some questions that I thought might help him have assurance of his salvation. I usually like to ask people three questions: “Are you absolutely sure that you go to heaven the moment you die?” My friend wasn’t. Then I ask, What would you say to God if He asked you why He should let you into His heaven?” And if a person gives a relatively good answer to that question, I like to ask, “Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation?” How a person answers these questions tells me a lot about him/her.

Then I proceeded to ask him if he had placed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for his sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. He told me that he had done that and that he wasn’t relying on any of his good works to get him to heaven.

Being satisfied with his answer, I began to share with him some promises from God’s Word that would give him assurance of his salvation. Here are some of them:

These things I have written to you who believe in [on] the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

Most assuredly, I [Jesus] say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24).

The [Holy] Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we [who have placed our faith in Christ alone] are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:16, 17). There are many more promises like this.

If you aren’t sure about your eternal destiny, we invite you to contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change.

Do you sometimes feel “ill at ease” and like you’re out of place and not welcome in some places or in some people’s homes? (Read Psalm 1) Are there times when you’ve apologized to someone for something you said or did and asked him/her to forgive you and yet you feel like you’re not really forgiven? Why should Christians be quick to admit it when they are wrong and forgive others who ask us for it? (See Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 18:15-35.)

Recently I posted a comment on someone’s Facebook page that was misunderstood by the reader. It was short and to the point, but he didn’t quite get what I wanted to convey. So, here’ my explanation to him that might also be of help to you.

Saved? When a person believes and puts his/her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, as the One who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day, he/she is instantly saved from the “penalty of sin” (Romas 6:23) and will not spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46). Believers are being saved from the “power of sin” (Romans 6:14), and will ultimately be saved from the “presence of sin” (Romans 8:23).

Accepted. When Jesus ascended back into heaven He was accepted and welcomed by God the Father who was satisfied with the payment that the Lord Jesus Christ had made, once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), for mankind’s sins (Romans 4:25). True believers in Christ, in like manner, are “accepted in the Beloved” just as Christ was accepted by God the Father (Ephesians 1:6). Imagine that! It’s pure grace (undeserved favor from God – Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Forgiven. There are two kinds of forgiveness: judicial and parental/family forgiveness. Since Christ paid the debt that we owed to God (1 John 2:2), and since believers accepted His payment as their payment to God the Father, He judicially forgives our sins so that we are no longer under condemnation (Romans 8:1, 35-39). But parental/family forgiveness takes place when a Christian sins (acts lawlessly – 1 John 3:4) and then confesses them (by specifically naming them) to God the Father (1 John 1:9). Before we confess our sins to the Father, we need to discern what we did to offend and grieve God (1 Corinthians 11:28-31; Ephesians 4:30) and then repent (change our minds about what we did – 2 Corinthians 7: 9, 10). When a believer confesses his/her sins, God forgives them and cleanses him/her from all unrighteousness that led up to his/her sinning (1 John 1:9; James 1:13-15).

Questions. Have you been judicially forgiven? If not, why not place your faith in Christ alone, right now, and be forgiven? We aren’t saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). If you, as a believer, have confessed your known sins to God, have you accepted His forgiveness and moved on? Do you need help so you won’t keep on committing the same sins (Proverbs 28:13)? If so, ask for it (James 1:4-8; 4:1-4). There are no temptations that you have that others haven’t had too (1 Corinthians 10:13). Temptations aren’t sins. They give us the opportunity to demonstrate our love for God (James 1:12) or to enjoy the momentary pleasure of sin (Hebrews 11:2) that leads to sorrow and a premature physical death (Proverbs 5:1-14). We’re here to help you and others who are “teachable and willing to change” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

Sin Unto Death. If a believer willfully defies God and chooses to live in sin, he/she is in danger of being chastened by God (Hebrews 12:5 ff) and having his/her life terminated prematurely (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 3:9, 10; 5:16). We have “potential years” and “actual years.” Christians can’t lose their salvation, but they will lose the joy of their salvation (Psalm 51:12) and the crowns, rewards, and praise from God that could have come to them on Judgment Day. This judgment of our works, not us, will not be to determine if we get into heaven or not, but to determine the quality of our works as to whether they are rewardable or not (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). The Great White Throne Judgment will determine the degree of suffering an unbeliever will experience in the everlasting lake of fire (Matthew 10:15; Jude 1:13; Revelation 20:11-15). We don’t want you or others to go to that awful place.

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