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You can gain entrance into heaven to be with God and other believers forever without understanding all the “House Rules” and pledging to keep all of them in order to be saved. But you cannot get into heaven if you are trusting in the wrong Jesus or are trying to get in by your good works (Matthew 24:5; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6).

Christ. Who is the Christ of the Scriptures? He is fully God and shares an equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9). He added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-11). He was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23 ). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He died for our sins, was buried for three days and three nights, and then rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:33-43). Then He made Himself visible to more than 500 witnesses over a forty day period of time before ascending back to heaven (Acts 1:9-11). He promised to return (John 14:1-3).

Object Of Faith. If your faith in resting in Him alone, you will have the witness of God the Holy Spirit bearing witness with your spirit that you are a true child of God (Romans 8:16). You can also have the witness of God’s infallible Word to give you assurance of eternal life (God’s quality of life) to enjoy while you are here on earth (John 10:10). Heaven is also a gift to believers from God that will be enjoyed at the time of physical death or the rapture (2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 John 5:13; John 10:28, 29; 14:1-3; Ephesians 1:13).

Good Works. Once a person in genuinely saved, he/she can begin to do the good works that God planned for him/her to do (Ephesians 2:10). These good works are related to the spiritual gift that each believer was given at the moment of salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11). The “Grace House Rules” apply to all Christians. They generally can be found between John 13 and Revelation 3. The six other “House Rules” given to other people in other times are not applicable to Christians unless the same rules are also given to Christians. (Example: 9 of the 10 commandments given to the Jews are repeated somewhere in the rules given to Christians.)

Differences. Since all the “House Rules” come from God Himself, and since He can change them to test some or all of mankind, we need to realize that while all Scripture is to be believed, not all of Scriptures is to be believed and practiced (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). A Christian who tries to come to spiritual maturity by keeping the Old Testament sacrificial system (that included bloody sacrifices) or certain dietary rules (example: Leviticus 1-15) will surely be adding worthless works to himself and will be cutting himself off from benefits that could have been his to enjoy (Galatians 1:6-9). The Christian’s works that have the quality of wood, hay, and straw will be burned up at the “Bema Seat Judgment” without the loss of salvation, but those works that have the quality of gold, silver, and precious stones will be rewarded (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Degrees. It is our understanding that some Christians will enjoy heaven more than other Christians will. Not all Christians are filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), walk by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25), or are led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). They rarely do the desirous will of God for their lives. (Example: They don’t give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18) They won’t receive the crowns, praise, and rewards that obedient Christians will receive. Many Christians are carnal (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). On the other hand, some unbelievers will suffer more in the lake of fire than others do. The Great White Throne judgment is not designed to determine one’s entrance into heaven or not, but to judge the unbelievers wicked works (Revelation 20:11-15). Jesus Himself said that it will be more tolerable for some than others (Matthew 10:5; 11:22, 24). If you don’t believe this, you’re calling Him a liar.

Hell. The lake of fire is a real place to which real people go to spend eternity apart from God where there will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30, 41, 45). God doesn’t want people to go there (1 Timothy 2:4). The God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to glorify God the Father by dying for our sins…and rising again bodily from the dead. Only a living Savior can help us. By observing nature, anyone can know that there is a God who exists and that He is powerful. All are without excuse (Romans 1:20; See Psalm 19:1). Fools deny the existence of God (Psalm 14:1).  The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in Christ (John 16:9).

Application. In which family are you right now – God’s or Satan’s (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)? Not until you’ve been “born again from above” (John 3:3-5; 1 Peter 1:23) do you enter God’s family. By one act of faith you can enter into God’s forever family. Once you’ve entered it, God wants you to walk in a continual attitude of faith in His promises that are for us to claim (Romans 1;17; Hebrews 4:2). He desires that you grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), and serve Him and others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). He’d like for you to reproduce yourself by sharing the clear Gospel with others so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20).

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“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to destruction, and a house divided against a house falls” (Luke 11:17). From this may we conclude that the United States of America is coming to an end as a constitutional republic? With what kind of government might it be replaced? If you had your druthers, what would you like? Why isn’t the United States specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy?  Democracies are destined to fail eventually. Do you know why?

Democracies. “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”  Alexis de Tocqueville

Government. It has also been said that any form of government, whether it be socialism, communism, a monarchy, a theocracy, or even fascism, is better than anarchy and lawlessness. During the days of the Judges in the Old Testament times, prior to their becoming a monarchy, many of the Jews were doing what was right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25). They disregarded the Ten Commandments that God had given to them to regulate their lives for their own good and that of the Jewish community. As a result of this, enemy nations subjugated and enslaved them until a Judge came to deliver them. The cycle went on for several hundred years: From silence to sins to servitude to supplication to salvation and back to silence.

Laws. The Mosaic Law was not made for righteous people, but for the lawless and profane, for murderers of fathers and mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and for those who engage in other kinds of sinful behavior (1 Timothy 1:9, 10; See Galatians 5:19-21).

Perilous Times. The Apostle Paul predicted that in the last days perilous times would come. Men and women would be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God. They would have a form of godliness but they would deny its power (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Does this describe our nation as a whole? What about you as an individual?

Peace. The world is longing for peace on earth. But the men of the earth don’t know how to bring it in and make it last. They don’t have peace with God (Romans 5:1, 10; See Psalm 2) or the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7). Prior to the 1,000 years of peace that will come to earth when Christ returns (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1- 6), the Antichrist will be allowed to rule over the earth for 7 years (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19). Were God to allow him to have world wide domination any longer than this, no flesh would survive on this earth (Matthew 24:22).  Do you know what event must precede the Seven Years of Tribulation  (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? It’s imminent and no signs precede it.  It’s sure, sudden, silent, selective, and satisfying.

Plan. To understand the times and the boundaries of nations that God has predetermined in His Word (Daniel 2:21; Acts 17:26), we must become students of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15) and interpret the Bible normally, not allegorically (2 Peter 3:16). God didn’t leave us in the dark about the future. He’s omniscient and knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10; See John 2:24, 25). He promises a special blessing to those who read, hear, and keep (guard in their hearts) the truth about the future that is found in the Book of Revelation. (We have some FREE charts for those who ask for them. Understanding them could revolutionize your life like they did mine.)

Help. If you haven’t placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, we want to encourage you do so right now! We’re not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We can help you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16) and know that you will go to heaven the moment you die (2 Corinthians 5:8). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We appreciate your telling others about these articles so we can reach more people for Christ and take them to heaven with us.

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John 10:7-10

“Our largely urban society does not have much knowledge of the fine art of herding sheep. Most of what we know we have learned from the Bible itself. We do know about doors, however. Our twentieth-century world has all kinds of doors- automatic sliding doors, revolving doors, elevator doors, car doors, French doors, patio doors and jumbo jet doors…” – Dr. Paul Tassell

In addition to identifying Himself metaphorically as the true Shepherd, Jesus also referred to Himself as the door of the sheep” (John 10:7). For anyone to enter into God’s presence in heaven, a person has to come through Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). As the Good Shepherd He is the God/man who has provided all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

Salvation. All of us were born with sinful natures (dispositions) that we inherited from our parents (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12). We’ve all sinned and come short of God’s glory and deserve to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). But God saw us in our misery and so One of the members in the Godhead made the choice to come down to earth, take to Himself a human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-9). After living a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), He volunteered to lay down His life as a Substitute and pay the debt that we all owed to God (John 10:18; Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 3:18). The only condition placed on us to receive this deliverance from the lake of fire and to receive eternal life is faith (John 3:16, 18, 36; Ephesians 2:8, 9). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Once saved, a Christian can/should demonstrate his faith to other people by being baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20). It isn’t part of our salvation but is evidence of it (Acts 8:36-38).  It enables us to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21).

Safety. Our world is filled with spiritual thieves and robbers (John 10:1-10; 2 Peter 2:1ff). False teachers are like wolves in sheep’s clothing. They come to steal, kill, and destroy God’s sheep. True shepherds of the Lord must do their best to guard His sheep (Acts 20:29). Thankfully, even though the false teachers may be allowed to kill the sheep (Matthew 10:28), they can’t rob us of our eternal life that is found in Christ (Romans 8:35-39). True believers are secure in God’s hands (John 10:28, 29) and are sealed by God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). We have been saved from the penalty of sin (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:1); we are being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14); we shall be saved from the presence of sin either at the time of our physical death or the Rapture (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Sustenance. Babies need milk right after they are born (1 Peter 2:2). But as they mature, they should move on to the meat (solid food) of God’s Word (Hebrews 5:12-14). The Shepherd leads His sheep to the green pastures and still waters (Psalm 23:2). He will keep His eyes opened for the dangerous weeds of false doctrines that come from demons and their agents (1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Peter 2:1; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). He will teach them about the promises of God that can and can’t be claimed. He will make distinctions between the promises given to Israel and the promises given to the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32; Romans 11:1ff; 2 Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:9).

Opposition. To keep the sheep from denying the Lord as the Apostle Peter did (Matthew 26:74), the Lord’s under-shepherds need to teach them about the devil’s tactics (1 Peter 5:8) and let them know that they can/should expect to be persecuted if/when they tell others that Jesus is the only way to God in heaven (John 14:6; 16:2; 2 Timothy 3:12). But God will never leave or forsake His own (Hebrews 13:5). He will give us His strength.

Help. If you aren’t absolutely sure of your salvation, please let us help you come to have assurance of it (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13). If you’re saved but don’t feel at ease with God, there is probably some barrier that has come between you and Him. Known sins need to be confessed to God the Father before family fellowship can be restored (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16).  If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com.  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”  

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May I ask you a few important questions? Do you believe that heaven and hell are real places and that people will spend eternity in one of these two place?  Do you believe that everyone eventually will go to heaven even if he/she doesn’t want to go there?  What does a person need to do to be saved from hell and go to heaven?  What is the Gospel and how powerful is it?  If you’re a Christian, how often do you share it with unsaved people? Do you think that sharing the Gospel should be left up to the “Clergy?” Are you clear or confusing if/when you share it with a lost person? Are you sharing the Good News (The Gospel) that “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day” with tongue in cheek? Do you believe that Christ only died for a select few or for all men? Did Christ really die for you and your sins?

Dr. Robert Lightner states the issue clearly: “Unless Christ died for all men, the message of God’s love and Christ’s death must be given with tongue in cheek and with some reservation, because some may hear who are really not to be numbered among those whom God loved and for whom Christ died….Therefore, to tell all men that these things are true and that salvation is available for them is to speak that which is not true if the limited view [of Christ’s sacrificial death] be accepted” (The Death Christ Died, p. 15).

If those who believe in what is called “Limited Atonement” were really honest and sincere, they would need to preach their “Gospel” along these lines: “Perhaps Christ died for you.” “Maybe God so loved you.” “Christ shed His blood for you, perhaps.” “Salvation has been provided for you, maybe.” “Possibly God commendeth His love toward you.” “Hopefully He’s the propitiation for your sins.” “There is a possibility that Christ died as your Substitute.” “I bring you good news, maybe.” “It’s possible that Christ died for you. If you get saved then we know that He did die for you, but if you continue to reject Him then He did not die for you.” “Christ died for you only if you believe that Christ died for you (thus proving you are elect), but if you do not believe this and if you continue in your unbelief until the day you die, then Christ did not die for you.”

Be honest. Wouldn’t such statements like these confuse you? They would me. God’s Plan Of Salvation is simple enough for children to understand. It’s not just an adult issue as some claim. We are not to add to the Gospel the conditions for spiritual maturity (Discipleship). To do so is to pervert the Gospel. Justification and sanctification are two separate doctrines.

We’re very concerned about the lost condition of mankind and have Good News to share with them so they can be saved and know that they can have eternal life even before they die (1 John 5:13). If you aren’t sure about your eternal destiny, please let us help you so you have no doubts about your home in heaven with God. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

Some of the information above was adapted from a few of the websites below. If you’d like to learn more about the salvation that the Lord Jesus Christ has provided for all men rather than just for a select few, please go to the following websites:

Reformed teachings: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/4whom18.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/macatone.htm

Salvation of Children: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/termschi.htm

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

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

Helpful Book: So Great Salvation” by Dr. Charles Ryrie, http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780802478184-so-great-salvation-what-it-means-to-believe-in-jesus-Christ

 

Jesus said, For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36). When a millionaire was asked, How much more would it take for you to be content?” he responded by saying, A little more.” But did you know that godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6)? The goal of some people is merely to acquire a lot of money so they can do whatever they want to do rather than what God wants them to do. They want to do it their way by being the “Captain of their own ship” and the “Master of their own fate.” In contrast with this sentiment, one songwriter said it well, “Not what I wish to be, / Nor where I wish to go, / For who am I that I should choose my way? / The Lord shall choose for me, / ‘Tis better far, I know, / So let Him bid me go, or stay.” – C. Austin Miles. When the Lord Jesus Christ is your Shepherd, you shall not want (Psalm 23:1; See Philippians 4:13, 19).

Seven Wonders. Our son, Bill, loved to travel to other countries. During his brief 38 years of life here on earth, he traveled to over 50 countries and to the seven wonders of the world. In doing so, he gained a deeper understanding of people from other cultures and languages. His passion was to try to reach them for Christ by sharing the Gospel with them. By the way, we are still hearing from people whom he met in different countries who recently have learned of his death. He touched a lot of lives.  How are you impacting other people’s lives?  How will they remember you?

Silence In Heaven. According to Bible prophecy, there are three sets of seven judgments (totaling 21 judgments) that will come upon the people of the earth during “The Seven Year Tribulation” (Revelation 6-19) which seems to be just around the corner. We hope you won’t be on earth when they happen. When the seventh “Seal Judgment” comes on the earth, at the middle of the Tribulation, there will be silence in heaven for 30 minutes (Revelation 8:1). For the first time in human history, one mortal man will rule over the entire world. He is the “man of lawlessness” known also as the Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). It is very likely that he is alive today, waiting in the wings, ready to step onto the stage to offer peace to a world that will be falling apart right after the Rapture of the true Church (Revelation 6:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; Daniel 9:27). This man’s total domination of the world will be limited to the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation (Matthew 24:15 ff; Revelation 13:1-18). During the first 3 ½ years, he will have to share his power with 10 other leaders from the revived Roman empire (Daniel 2:42; Revelation 17:10-13).

Getting Personal. My friend, you may be exerting a lot of time and energy pursing the accumulation of money and things that are all going to be left behind when you die. I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a trailer behind it. When asked how much the miserly millionaire left behind at his death, someone said, All of it.” Money, in and of itself, isn’t evil. But the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). It is part of the present world system (1 John 2:15-17). Being in the world but not of it (1 Peter 2:11; John 17:16), even Christians must use money and other things in the world system, but we are not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31). In God (Not Government) We Trust” should be our motto.

Questions. If you died today, are you certain that you’d go to heaven immediately or do you believe that you will have to go to a purging place first? For how many of your sins did Christ die? Was His death for your sins a sufficient payment to God the Father to satisfy His outraged holiness against your sin nature and your sins? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you are quite certain that you will go to heaven when you die, is there anything that could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? I ask you these questions to stimulate your thinking so that you will base your confidence of getting into heaven on what God has said in His Word, not in some feeling that you may have. Eternal security and assurance of salvation can be yours today.

Knowledge. Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel that Christ died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, aren’t enough to save you. Even demons believe that there is one God, and yet they aren’t saved (James 2:19). We’re not saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Neither are we saved by making promises to God that we will never sin again or that we will make Jesus the Lord and Master of our life in exchange for salvation (Lordship Salvation). No, the only condition for our salvation is, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily) and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Don’t be among those who believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2) by adding to the conditions of the Gospel or by failing to believe the on Christ alone for your salvation.

Help. We’re here to assist you if you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny in heaven with God. Why not gain assurance of your salvation today (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)? Only then can you begin to live and enjoy the abundant life that God planned for His children to live (John 10:10). Don’t confuse this with the false “Health, Wealth, Happiness Gospel” that has brought a lot of sorrow and bitterness to those who have been misled by false prophets and teachers. If you’d like to learn the truth from God’s Word that can set you free (John 8:32), we can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and also ask you to share this with someone else. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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“Kamishibai”

Posted: July 26, 2016 in Gospel, Salvation, Security

When I was a small boy growing up in Japan as a missionary kid, I used to love going out to listen to a Japanese storyteller who came around our neighborhood on his bicycle with his mobile theater box on the back of it. First, he would walk around the block pounding his drum to let us children know that he was going to have a story for us.

Kamishibai. This comes from two Japanese words. Kami means paper. Shibai means theater. These dramatic storytellers would stand behind a little wooden theater and would flip through pictures as they told their stories. They would use different voices for the various characters in the story. Some people believe that this had its origin among the Buddhist monks, who walked from village to village teaching moral lessons, using painted boards to illustrate their stories.

Senbei. But the storyteller who got our attention wanted to sell us Japanese senbei, or rice crackers. I recall buying a whole lot of them one day and eating all of them only to get a tummy ache. Oh well, it was a memorable moment for me and it enabled me to meet Japanese boys my age with whom I developed a friendship.  I still like senbei as well as plain seaweed.  Let me know if you like this too.

Preachers/Teachers. Those who communicate God’s Word have an awesome responsibility and privilege. The Lord’s half brother, James wrote, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). Teaching false doctrines or heresies is very serious in God’s eyes (1 Timothy 4:1). The Apostle Paul told Timothy to “[Proclaim] the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching.” Why? “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned to fables [that aren’t true]” (2 Timothy 4:2-4).

Crown Of Glory. Pastors who shepherd God’s flock and who serve well as overseers, who do their work, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly, will receive the “Crown of Glory” when the Lord returns for His Bride, the Church, at the time of the Rapture (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 1 Peer 5:4). This work involves feeding the believers, guiding and guarding them, and healing their wounded souls and spirits from disappointment, discouragement, and doubt. False teachers, who proclaim another Gospel and and another Christ will end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels to suffer forever (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1ff; Jude 1:13; Matthew 25:41, 46).

Test. The Apostle John wrote, “Brethren, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).  Some of them are captivating speakers and orators. “A mediocre teacher tells; The good teacher explains; The great teacher inspires.” – Source unknown.  I don’t know about you, but I like to listen to those who can take me from the pits of despair to the heights of glory.  He must speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). But we also need to be discerning to see if the speaker’s word line up with the Scriptures. The Apostle Peter warned his listeners about the false teachers who twist the Scriptures to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16).  Beware of those who use flattery to achieve their own ends (Proverbs 6:24; 20:19).  As listeners, we must be like the believers at Berea who searched the Scriptures to see if the Apostle Paul’s words lined up with it (Acts 17:11).

Good Works. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven…” Some of those to whom He spoke claimed to have done many wonderful works in His name. They prophesied in His name, cast out demons, and did many things that impressed a lot of the people. But sadly, He will have to say to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness” (Mathew 7:21-23).

Questions. My friend, are you certain that you will go to heaven the moment you die (1 John 5:13) or do you think that you have to go to a purging place first? Why should God let you into heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9)? Are you trying to earn your way into heaven by your good works or are you trusting in Christ alone who died for our sins..and rose again bodily on the third day? If you’re confident that you will go to heaven when you die, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation (John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who want clear answers from the Scriptures. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We’d like to hear from you. Please share this with your friends too.

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John 8:14-19

Whether you believe in creation or evolution, you must accept what you believe by faith. We weren’t there in the beginning. The teaching of creation is more plausible but not as accepted as the theory of evolution. Creation implies accountability; evolution doesn’t. Having to give an account to Someone who is all knowing for everything we’ve ever thought, said, or done is a frightful concept that we wish wouldn’t happen (2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:12; Matthew 12:36). But whether we like it or not, we will be held accountable someday (Hebrews 9:27).

Rejection. Because many people deliberately choose to ignore or dismiss the revelation/information concerning God that comes from nature (Psalm 19:1), and from the prophets whom God chose to dispense truth to us (2 Peter 1:21), God often allows them to descend into the grossest forms of depravity (Romans 1:18-32). They call good evil, and evil is called good (Isaiah 5:20). The wicked seem to prosper while the righteous suffer (Psalm 37:34-36). Because Christians are not of this world (John 17:14-16; Philippians 3:20), they often are marginalized and persecuted for their faith as Jesus predicted (John 15:20; 16:2; 2 Timothy 3:12).

Murder. Because of His popularity with the common people and the authoritative way He taught them (Matthew 7:29; John 12:19), the scribes of Pharisees envied Him and wanted to do away with Him by killing Him (John 5:18; 7:1). He didn’t meet their particular expectations even though the former prophets had made it clear as to when, where, why, and how Christ would come to earth. Their spiritual eyes were blinded by their father the devil (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 11:25).  Are your spiritual eyes blinded too (1 Corinthians 2:14)?  Would you like to see and know “The Truth” (John 14:6; 17:17).

Origin. Christ’s enemies questioned His parentage (John 8:19). They considered Him to be born out of wedlock (John 8:41) even though the prophet had said that He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; See Matthew 1:23). He performed three types of miracles to prove that He was who He claimed to be – the eternal “I AM” (John 5:18; 8:58; Acts 2:22), the Messiah/Christ and the Son of God (John 20:31).

Incarnation. During the council meeting between the three Persons in the Godhead (Ephesians 1:11), God the Son volunteered to be the One who would identify Himself with mankind by adding to His deity a true human nature and a real human body (Philippians 2:5-9; Hebrews 10:5). He is referred to as “the first born over all creation” (Colossians 1:15-17). At least one cult [1] has taken this to mean that Jesus was the first One whom God the Father created and that Jesus then created all “other” things. They add the word “other” four times to this text which isn’t there in the original Greek language in which the New Testament was written.

Clarification. “However, if this verse were teaching that Jesus Christ is the first created being made by Jehovah, the word “first-created” would have been used of Christ, not the word “firstborn.” These are two different words in the Greek, with two different meanings. “First-created” is protoktistos, and “firstborn” is prototokos. Colossians 1:15 does not use the word protoktistos, “first-created”. Instead it uses prototokos. The latter word means an heir, a begotten one, the first in rank. The teaching of Colossians 1:15, then, is that Christ is first in rank above all creation; He is the heir of all things. He is prior to all creation and superior over it as the Lord.” – Roy Zuck [1]

Crucial. Understanding this is crucial to one’s eternal destiny. If Jesus isn’t equal to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, His death has no value to us. The reality of His death for our sins on the cross (Philippians 2:8; 3:18) comes from the fact that He was/is a true human being. God cannot die. The value of His death comes from His being God in human flesh (John 1:1-18), the eternal “I AM” (John 8:58). “For in Him [Jesus Christ] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9).

Resurrection. Without the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58), we’d have no hope of our being resurrected and we would still be in our sins. His resurrection assures us that everyone who has died will be raised from the dead, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:22-24). Everyone will be judged by Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8).  Our degree of pleasure in God’s presence or our degree of suffering with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire will be determined when we are judged by Him (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8). There is more than one judgment and one general resurrection of the dead at the end of time. Do you know how many there are and in which one you will participate (Hebrews 9:27)?

Today In Heaven. Have you ever wondered what Jesus is doing ever since His bodily resurrection and ascension back to heaven (Acts1:9-11; See Hebrews 7:25; Ephesians 1:22)? Whom did He take with Him when He ascended back to heaven? In what part of heaven do they reside (2 Corinthians 12:4)? Will this be their final destination (Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13)? What spiritual gifts did He give to whom and why (Ephesians 4:8-16)? Are all of these gifts still being given to believers today (1 Corinthians 13:10)?

Faith. Our eternal destiny will be determined by our belief or unbelief (John 3:16, 18, 36; 16:9; Ephesians 2:8, 9). Salvation is always by God’s grace through faith and not of works (Ephesians 2:8,9).  My friend, Christ died for your sins and mine. He was buried for three days and nights in a tomb. But He rose again on the third day with a body of flesh and bones but one without blood (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 50). Knowing and believing these facts aren’t enough to save you. You must transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ on your behalf (Acts 16:31). If you’ve never done this before, why not do this right now? Once you do this, you will receive the assurance that comes from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16) and from the Scriptures (1 John 5:13).

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[1] Letter to Jehovah’s Witnesses: http://luke-15.org/Zuck-letter.pdf

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

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages. http://www.kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm