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God is omniscient – all knowing. He knows all about the sparrows that fall to the ground, and even the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:6, 7). He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). Jesus, as the God-man, knew what was in the hearts of men (John 2:24, 25), and He knows the motivations behind our actions (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12-16). Absolutely nothing is hidden from Him. This can comfort us when we are being abused unjustly, but it can/should disturb us when we, as Christians, are acting lawlessly (James 2:19-25; Hebrews 10:30, 31).

The Judge. One day the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrected, glorified, and righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) will evaluate everyone’s works to determine the unbeliever’s degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15), or the Christian’s enjoyment in heaven, or the Jewish believer’s enjoyment on the new earth that was promised to them (John 14:1-3; Psalm 16:10; Romans 4:13).

Destinies. Our eternal destiny will be determined, not by our works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5), but by our faith or lack of faith in God and His promises (John 3:16, 18, 36; See Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3, 23, 24). Today, one must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, if he/she is to be saved (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Romans 1:16).

Judicial vs Family Forgiveness. At the point of our salvation God judicially forgives believers (Ephesians 1:7; See Romans 8:1). He acknowledges that the believer acted right by dying for his sins in the person of his Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that he/she was raised with Him into newness of life (Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 3:18). Family forgiveness takes place when a believer confesses his/her sins to God the Father by naming them specifically to Him (1 John 1:9; See Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16). But wait. Before confessing our sins, we must examine ourselves and discern what we have done to displease God (1 Corinthians 11:28, 29; See Hebrews 4:12), and then repent/change our minds about what we did (2 Corinthians 7:9)

Another Opportunity. When God forgives us He doesn’t hold our sins against us (Psalm 103:12; See Ezekiel 33:16). But, being omniscient, He can’t/doesn’t forget what we have done. He knows and determines when it’s necessary for us to be tested again with the same temptation that led to our sinning so that we are given another opportunity to demonstrate either our love for Him or for the temporary pleasure that we had by engaging in the sinful activity (James 1:12-15; See 1 John 2:15-17; Hebrews 11:25). Yes, there are temporary pleasures when we engage in sin/lawlessness, otherwise we wouldn’t engage in them (Proverbs 5:1-5; 7:1-27; 14:12). Think about that for a moment. Isn’t that true?

Consequences. Believers who fail to confess their sins to God may be subjected to weakness, sickness, or sleep – a premature physical death (1 Corinthians 11:30; See James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Demonic oppression and mental disturbances could also occur if we refuse to forgive others (Matthew 18:34). Why should we forgive others? No one has wronged us as badly as we have wronged God (See Ephesians 4:32). Confession of our sins doesn’t mean that we won’t have to suffer the natural consequences of our sins for the rest of our lives on earth. God disciplines His unruly children, sometimes severely because He loves us. Those who aren’t chastened by their heavenly Father should question who their real father is (Hebrews 12:5-11; See John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10).

Questions: Have you placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not now? Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die without your having to go to a purging place before you can get into heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you’re truly saved, is there anything that you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change, if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to know how it has. Then SHARE this with others please.

The Psalmist David wrote, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). And, “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, [graciously] forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:29-32 NKJV). “But if you [Christians] bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another” (Galatians 5:15 NKJV)

The Lord’s Half Brother, James also had some words to say about our untamable tongues. Please read and/or listen to his words: https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/jas/3/1/s_1149001

Temptation. When a Christian is tempted by the devil to use corrupt/inappropriate/foul language, he/she must “put on the whole armor of God” and then use “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word [specific, appropriate words] of God” to counter the temptation (Ephesians 6:12-17). If we fail the test, we must confess it to God first and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). Then we should try to make things right with those whom we offended (James 5:16).

Omniscient. God is listening to everything we say and do, and knows what kinds of words are coming forth from our mouths. So, let’s all be a part of the “construction crew” rather than the “demolition crew”?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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“Check The Weight Limit”

Posted: April 28, 2021 in Uncategorized

Our world is filled with people who are stressed out by current events. Many are committing suicide. Maybe you yourself are somewhat depressed, discouraged, and disturbed by the things you see and hear on the news or on social media. Why is there so much hatred in our world? Why are the rich, powerful, and elite people of the world pushing their “New World Order” agenda so hard? Will their “Utopia” be a wonderful place without God? What is the basic problem in the world today?

Visualize. Before we try to answer some of these questions, I’d like for you to picture these things clearly in your mind: A ladder, an elevator, a truck, a bridge, and an airplane? What do all these things have in common? They all have weight limits. You probably haven’t given much thought to this even if you’ve been on a ladder recently, or in an elevator, or hauled things in a truck, or as you drove across a bridge, or flown in an airplane.

Assume. We take it for granted that each of these things will do the job they were intended to do to insure our safety. But if, perchance, we have exceeded the weight limits, we might be crippled or dead today. Gravity is a strong force that must not be ignored. Neither is sin to be ignored. But sadly, it is.

Sin. What is it? How does it affect us every day? How did it affect those who have gone before us? Why do people get sick and die? What can we do to avoid sickness and death? Can science and technology save us? Are heaven and hell real places or not? If they are real, how can we avoid hell and gain heaven?

Faulty Thinking. Many people have distorted views about the man called Jesus and His ability to save men and women from their plight and their problems. Most people probably don’t think of Jesus as Superman in the comic books. They know very little about the devil and demons. They have a hard time believing that one man could save another man from hell by dying in his place. They’re not convinced that a person can rise from the dead after being dead for three days. They don’t know, or have never been told that God the Father was satisfied with the payment that Jesus made on the cross for the sins of the whole world (See 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

Man’s Problem – Sin. “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). It occurs when we do things that God tells us not to do, or when we fail to do the things He tells us to do (James 4:17). We all have a sinful nature (disposition) that resists rules and regulations (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). Sin has been responsible for man’s physical and spiritual deaths (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27). Death involves separation, not annihilation. To the dismay of many people who hope for a better life in the future, reincarnation is not taught in the Scriptures.

Unnecessary/Insufficient. Some people believe that Christ’s death on the cross was not necessary because they don’t think that they have been bad enough to deserve a death like His or hell (See Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Isaiah 64:6). They might say, “I believe He died for me. After all, I’m a pretty good person and I’m worth it; God was lucky to get me.” Others think that His death on their behalf was not sufficient and so they try to add their good works to earn their way into heaven (See Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 7:21-23). This is what the religions of the world teach. Do you think Christ’s death was unnecessary or insufficient? Still others say, “I believe He died for my sins. But I don’t believe that He rose again bodily from the dead on the third day” (See 2 John 1:7).

A Glorified Body. The Scriptures teach us that Christ died for our sins (the whole human race – John 3:16; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2) and then rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. His resurrected, glorified body consists of flesh and bones, but has no blood (Luke 24:36-43; 1 Corinthians 15). Those who claim to be Christians, but who don’t believe in His bodily resurrection “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). They aren’t saved. What about you?

Living. A dead Savior is of no value to anyone. Think of all the religious leaders of the world who are still dead and incapable of helping anyone. I’ve never asked a dead person to do anything for me. They can’t. We don’t pray to the dead, or to the saints, or to Mary. She is the mother of Jesus’ humanity only, not the “Mother of God.” There is only One Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). She even admitted that she herself needed a Savior (Luke 1:47).

Proof. Belief in Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead is absolutely essential for our salvation. It was proven by His appearances to over 500 witnesses on ten different occasions over a forty day period of time (See 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:1-11). If He were still dead He wouldn’t be able to save anyone from eternal condemnation with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8), and to take believers to heaven to spend eternity with Him (John 14:1-3).

The Father’s Role. God the Father raised Jesus from the dead to prove to us that He was satisfied with the payment that His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ made on our behalf (Romans 4:25; See 1 John 2:2; 4:10). He died once for all of our sins (Romans 6:10; Hebrews 10:10). Romanists falsely teach that Christ is re-crucified every time they observe the Mass, and that a person receives Christ through the wafer, and that they are saved by faith plus keeping the sacraments (See Ephesians 2:8, 9). Sadly, those who believe these heresies aren’t saved.

The Son’s Role. Did you know that Jesus Himself was also involved in His own bodily resurrection? He said, “… My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father” (John 10:17, 18; 2:19).

All Raised. Since Jesus has resurrection power, He can/will save anyone who believes on Him alone for his/her salvation (John 3:16, 18, 36; 6:37). He also will raise up from the dead everyone who has died physically (1 Corinthians 15:21-28; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:11-25). Believers will spend eternity with Him, and unbelievers will spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire. Where will you spend eternity? Not sure? You can be sure if you believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior while you’re still alive here on earth. (See 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

Carnal Christian? Are you a “carnal Christian” who is engaged in the “works of the flesh” which are all perversions of good things (1 Corinthians 3:1; Galatians 5:19-21)? If so, don’t bother telling others about Christ. You will do more harm than good. But if you’re a true Christian, who has your known sins confessed to God (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16), and who has dedicated your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2), and if you’re being filled with God the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to fill up where you are lacking in Christ likeness (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22, 23), God wants you to be one of His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Will you joyfully be a true witness for Jehovah God, the Lord Jesus Christ, or be intimidated by the devil as Peter and Timothy once were (Acts 5:41; Matthew 26:34, 75; 2 Timothy 1:7)?

Crown. Christians can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” when they point people to Christ and see them saved (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; Romans 10:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 3:6). The greatest joy will come when we help and see that new believer grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; 3 John 4).

Questions: Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment your die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be?

Tenses Of Salvation. Think about this: True Christians have been saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1); we are being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14); and we shall be saved from the presence of sin (Romans 8:18-23). God wants us, as Christians, to cast our cares [concerns, burdens] on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Are you doing this? If you do, you can enjoy the “peace of God” in your life (Philippians 4:6, 7).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this information has helped you and then SHARE this with others who may find it helpful too. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

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“Yes, You Can Help”

Posted: April 24, 2021 in Uncategorized

Those of us who have been saved by God’s grace through faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, by believing that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day [1], also believe that He is going to return for us some day and take us to the heavenly home that He has been preparing for us (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ff). “Perhaps Today!” Some deceased believers will need to be raised up from the dead; others, who are alive when He returns, will be changed into Christ’s likeness without dying (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 John 3:2).

From Body To Bride. Before He returns for “His Body,” the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13), and makes it “His Bride” (Ephesians 5:25-33; Revelation 22:17), all those whom God the Father has given to Him (John 6:37) must be saved and have done some praiseworthy works (1 Corinthians 4:5; Ephesians 2:10; John 15:16). We don’t know who that last person will be, or when he/she will be saved. It could be a family member, a friend, a fellow worker, or someone else.

Complete. The spiritual “Body of Christ,” began on the Day of Pentecost – about 2,000 years ago (Acts 2; 11:15), and will be complete when the Rapture occurs (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This group of Christians, with better promises than the Jews had (Hebrews 8:6; 11:39, 40), is distinct from the Old Testament believers, and those who will be saved during the Tribulation and the millennial reign of Christ (Daniel 9:24-27; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). The church has NOT replaced Israel (Romans 11). There are several resurrections mentioned in Scripture. (See 1 Corinthians 15:23, 24, 52, 52.)

Privilege. Every true Christian can/should do his/her part by being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) to lost, unsaved people. (See Acts 8:26-40; 16:6). We should share the Gospel in its entirety with them so they have Someone in whom they can believe in order for them to be saved. The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is an essential part of the Gospel message and must be shared and believed if a person is to be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:36-43). A dead Christ can’t save anyone.

Believing In Vain? It’s not enough to know the correct facts of the Gospel (which, believe it or not, many people on earth have never heard), or to merely agree with the facts. Many people “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2; See Matthew 7:21-23). Unbelievers must transfer their faith and trust from themselves and their good works over to Christ alone, through the Gospel message, if they are to be saved. God, Who is omniscient, knows exactly when a person believes in/on Christ for salvation.

Baptism. But to demonstrate his/her faith to other people, the first thing the new believer needs to do is to be baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:38; 1 Peter 3:21). It pictures our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Galatians 2:20). Note: Baptism doesn’t save us. We don’t believe in “baptismal regeneration” as some folks do.

Crown Of Rejoicing. This crown will be given to believers who have had a part in bringing the Gospel message to an unsaved person so he/she can be saved (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7). If you’re a Christian, don’t neglect your privilege/responsibility (Acts 1:8) to share the clear Gospel with others or let someone else get the crown that was intended for you (Revelation 3:11). The crowns (five are available for us to earn) we receive from the Lord at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) will be given back to Him as we declare, “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:10, 11).

Responsibility. “Our responsibility [as true Christians] is to preach the Savior and proclaim pardon and peace to every creature. All of us can do this. All of us should do this. All of us should do it more. As we are faithful to the Master’s mandate we can expect the [Holy] Spirit to empower us and the sovereign Lord to give the increase.” – Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” [2]

If you have questions and/or comments, please send them to us. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Please SHARE this with others. We never know who is ready to receive the message and be saved (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36). Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

If, as a result of reading this, you have placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, through the message of the Gospel, we’d like to know about it so we can help you grow spiritually in the Lord (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 2:18). You don’t have to wait until you are dead physically before you can have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

[1] When sharing the Gospel with lost people, never leave out the bodily resurrection of Christ. (See 1 Corinthians 15; Luke 24:36-43) Without it, we have no Good News for people to believe. Consider – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[2] Dr. Manfred Kober, https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Additional help:

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

Pastor/Prof. David Spurbeck – “The Gospel Checker,” http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For additional help, go to www.kelseypeach.com

Just prior to his being crucified upside down (according to tradition), the Apostle Peter wrote these words to some persecuted Christians: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense [an answer] to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;” (1 Peter 3:15 NKJV).

Many people today are living in fear, frustration, and without adequate finances. They lack hope as they watch the news and hear about so many tragic things happening all around the world. To such people, every “professing Christian,” who has made Christ the Master of his/her life, can/should be prepared to provide Biblical answers to those who would like a ray of hope to go on in life. Can you answer these questions and back it up with Scripture?

What is the next major event on God’s calendar and what is preventing it from taking place? How does or should this event affect your daily life? What three things must be in place before the “Seven Years of Tribulation” begin? Were the 10 Plagues in Egypt real? What about the 21 Judgments mentioned in the Book of Revelation? What do the four horsemen of the Apocalypse represent? When, where, and how will the “Russian Bear” die? Who is killed at this time and then brought back to life? Will China dominate the whole world? How many people will die during the Tribulation? Why must the days be shortened to 16 hour days? Who are the 144,000 and what will they do? Who are “the least of these My brethren”? What’s wrong with the “social justice gospel”? When will Satan know that his time is short? What will he do to try to exterminate the Jews? How and where will God preserve a Jewish remnant? When is the “the time of Jacob’s trouble” and why is it so devastating? Where is Armageddon and what takes place there? Who is cast into the lake of fire at this time? How long will Christ’s kingdom last? What characterizes it? When and why is Satan released from the sides of the abyss and what will he do? When does God create the new heavens and earth? What determines a person’s eternal destiny? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Having Biblical answers to these and other questions won’t save anyone but it may give you an opportunity to share with lost people the Good News that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. Any and all who place their faith and trust in Him alone, apart from their good works, will be saved.

If, after you have made an honest effort to answer the above questions, you still can’t find the answers, we invite you to contact us at out website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary. Ask about our FREE “Seven Dispensations Chart.”

For additional help, consider these:

“Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

“Do We Really Know The Gospel?” https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

“Salvation – What’s It All About?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oVxcF5yWko&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0iOpm6-3KfDiZTSZVbwwEdpMmaqWm_W5eanm5vi5EIBpt2uOjwA9fAtTU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John 14:6; Acts 4:12

Imagine there’s no heaven / It’s easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky / Imagine all the people / Living for today… Aha-ah…” – John Lennon (Please read what Jesus said in Luke 16:19-31 to discover what J. L. may be thinking now that he is dead and the warning he may be wishing he could send back to lost unbelievers on earth.)

I don’t know about you, but I choose to believe what Jesus said about heaven and hell (John 14:1-6; Matthew 25:41 46; See Revelation 21:8). I don’t want to end up with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire to suffer forever and I don’t want that to happen to you either. You might ask, “What do I need to do to be saved from hell and gain heaven (Acts 16:31)? Can I be sure?

What have you heard in church, on the radio, or TV? Pray. Confess all the sins you’ve ever committed in your life. Stop sinning. Repent and make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life. Believe and do good works. Say the sinner’s prayer. Come forward and confess Christ publicly. Repent and be baptized. Deny yourself and take up your cross. Follow Jesus. Ask Jesus to forgive you, etc.  [1] Beware of false teachers ( 2 Corinthians 11:3:3, 4, 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:8-13). [2]

Are you confused? I used to be until someone shared the truth from God’s Word with me and God the Holy Spirit illuminated my mind to it (1 Corinthians 2:10, 11; 1 John 2:20, 27). “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32; 14:6; 17:17).

The “Gospel” for our salvation is the same for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16). It is that Christ died for our sins…, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the grave on the third day… (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Luke 24:33-43; Romans 10:9-13).

Merely knowing and agreeing with these facts of the Gospel won’t save anyone. We must believe – transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone if we are to be saved. We aren’t saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Questions: Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

Help. We’re here to assist you and others if you want additional information. We want you to be assured of your salvation so you can share what you have with others (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:11-13; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others who could benefit from this information.

Portions of this article were taken from : https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/another-way-of-salvation/

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

[2] Lordship Salvation: Dr. Andy Woods

https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

For your additional consideration:

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

Dr. Manfred Kober Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  (Are you proclaiming a false gospel?)

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

“Bad News & Good News” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Listen Up! When one of God’s prophets [1] spoke, the people needed to pay attention to what he had to say. “The word of the Lord came again to me [the Prophet Ezekiel], saying: ‘Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. Even if these three [righteous] men, Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, they would only deliver themselves by their righteous,’ says the LORD God” (Ezekiel 14:12-14 NKJV; See Genesis 18:22-33; 2 Peter 2:6-8).

Who? In this context God was about to judge His chosen people, the idolatrous Jews (See Exodus 20:1-6), and send them into captivity to suffer for 70 years at the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar and the cruel Babylonians (Jeremiah 25:11, 12; 29:10; Daniel 1:1, 2; 9:2; See Isaiah 28:11; 1 Corinthians 14:21). Later, during the reign of King Cyrus of Medo-Persia (current day Iran), the Jews were allowed to return to the land that God promised to give to them (Genesis 15:18-21; See Romans 4:13) so they could rebuild their Temple and the walls around Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:22, 23). But not all of the Jews went back to their land (Ezra 2; See Book of Esther).

The United States. Are we, as a nation, headed for destruction and about to lose our freedom because of our worshipping “American idols” or things (homes, automobiles, bank accounts, etc) rather than the true and living God? These Jews were sacrificing their babies in the fire to the pagan god Molech (2 Kings 23:10). What about the millions of abortions that have taken place in our country? Is this not an abomination to God? See Jeremiah 32:35.

God’s Judgment. Is God about to bring us down as He did other nations? Why isn’t the United States mentioned in Bible prophecy? We need to know that it is God Who sets up kings (rulers) and nations and also brings them down according to His plan (Acts 13:21, 22; Ephesians 1:11; See Daniel 2). He is the one who determines the boundaries of nations (Acts 17:26). He often allows the basest of men to rule over others (Daniel 4:17, 25, 34-37). Consider many politicians. But God has also been gracious to save those rulers who place their faith and trust in Him alone as King Nebuchadnezzar did (See 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; Proverbs 21:1). Contrast him with Pharaoh, King in Egypt (Exodus 8:15, 32; Romans 9:7).

Our Duty. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4; See Romans 11:2). When was the last time you communicated with God this way?

Time. God is also the one who determines the number of our days here on earth. They are like a vapor that appears for a little time and then they’re gone (James 4:14). We all have “potential years” and “actual years.” Sin (lawless behavior) can result in God’s children being chastened (Hebrews 12:5 ff) or dying prematurely (1 Corinthians 10:6-13; 11:30; James 5:19, 20). Some believers commit the “sin unto death” and we’re told not to pray for them (1 John 5:16). Are you one of then? “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31; See Hebrews 12:5 ff). “The [unsaved] wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). What are you doing with the time and life that God has given to you (Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5)? Are you glorifying Him by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

Christ’s Work. The Lord Jesus Christ spent about 33 years here on earth. During that time He accomplished all that God the Father planned for Him to do (John 17:4; Hebrews 10:7, 9). Then He died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. He was seen over a 40 day period of time by over 500 witnesses before He ascended back to heaven where He now sits at God the Father’s right hand until He returns to claim His Bride, the true Church (also referred to as the spiritual “Body of Christ” – 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:20; 5:25-27).

Christ’s Bride. These are the ones whom God the Father has given to God the Son (John 6:37, 44; Revelation 22:17). The true “Church” (not the “apostate church”) will become Christ’s Bride at the time to the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Old Testament believers or those who will be saved during the 7 years of the Tribulation and during Christ’s millennial reign over the earth have a different relationship to God (See Daniel 9:27; 12:1-3; Matthew 24:14; 25:1; Revelation 6:9-11; 7:4-17; 20:1-6; Hebrews 12:22-24 ). We do NOT believe that the Church has replaced Israel (See Romans 11). [2]

Requirement. To become a part of this unique group, the future “Bride of Christ,” you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We are saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (not the Christ of the cults – Mathew 24:5). We are not saved by our good works, or by faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). [3]

Not Enough. Knowing and agreeing with the facts of the Gospel won’t save anyone (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; James 2:19; See Matthew 7:21-23). A transfer of trust from ourselves and our good works over to Christ alone will result in our being saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46). Where will you spend eternity? Are you sure (1 John 5:13)? If not, seek help immediately!

Baptism. Every true Christian should display his/her faith before other people by being baptized (immersed). Doing this will enable us to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21), provide a testimony for others to learn about our sincerity and intent to live in newness of life (Romans 6:4; Acts 8:36), and to demonstrate our obedience to Christ who commanded believers to be baptized (Matthew 28:19, 20). This pictures our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Galatians 2:20). If you’ve been saved, have you been baptized? If not, why not now?

New Birth. Only after we have been born spiritually into God’s family and have eternal life (God’s quality of life) can we begin to live a life that pleases God and truly blesses others (John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 5:11-13; 2 Corinthians 5:9). How does your life measure up to His standards? Are you using your spiritual gift from God with love (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16)?

Help. Are you a believer or a non-believer? We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

If this has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Please SHARE this with others.

[1] God sent many prophets in Old Testament times (Luke 11: 47-51) and in the early days of the church to instruct and/or to warn people who needed to hear what God wanted said. There have been and there are many false prophets and teachers today (2 Peter 2:1 ff; Deuteronomy 18:20-22). God isn’t giving out new revelation/information today (1 Corinthians 13: 8). We have all we need for life and godliness within the 66 Books of the Bible (2 Peter 1:3). After the Rapture of the true Church God will have additional information to dispense to the people on earth through His prophets (Joel 2:28; Revelation 11:3). Study it and apply what you should to your life (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; James 1:22). All Scripture is for us, but not all of it is addressed to us (See Titus 1:9). See our “Dispensations Chart.”

[2] Replacement Theology. Dr. Renald Showers http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

Dr. David Reagan http://www.lamblion.us/2013/12/the-evil-of-replacement-theology_27.html

[3] Lordship Salvation:Dr. Andy Woods

https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

For your additional consideration:

“Worthless Prayers” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/worthless-prayers/

Dr. Manfred Kober, Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  (Are you proclaiming a false gospel?)

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

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Do you profess to be a Christian but act like God doesn’t exist. Are you a “practical atheist”? Suppose, after listening to you talk and observing your walk in life, someone were to ask you these questions about your faith, what would you say? Are you absolutely (100%) sure that if you died today you’d go to heaven immediately? 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 would it be? Please think about them carefully and be ready to give an honest answer to anyone who might ask you these questions (1 Peter 3:15). Furthermore, if you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Sadly, many Christians have doubts about their salvation (deliverance from hell to heaven). Are you one of them? Many people believe that they have to go to Purgatory for awhile before they can go to heaven. In other words, they can’t go through the front door but only through the back door. Others think it’s very presumptuous for anyone to say that he knows for sure that he will go to heaven the moment he dies. What are your thoughts about this? We’d like to hear from you.

Why do so many people lack assurance of their salvation? Dr. Larry Moyer, in his book entitled, “How To Book On Personal Evangelism” suggests several reasons for this. [1]

First, he writes, there are those who have never understood the Gospel. Or perhaps they struggle with the fact that salvation is freely offered to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). There are no “good works” that a person needs to do to be saved. It’s all of grace – unmerited favor from God (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). What is the Gospel that leads to salvation? Jesus Christ, the God-man, Who never sinned (Hebrews 4:15), died in our place for our sins to pay the debt that we owed to God. His bodily resurrection from the dead assures us that God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 4:25; 6:23). The only thing that a person must do is to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily from the grave, and he/she will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The word “believe” is used almost 100 times in the Gospel of John as the only condition for us to be saved.

Most people think that good works or faith plus good works are the means of our salvation. When asked, “Why should God let you into His heaven,” some can be heard to say, “I try to live by the 10 commandments and do good works. Furthermore, I’m not as bad as some people I know.” They miss the fact that salvation is granted only to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Unbelievers can’t have a Biblical assurance of salvation. But the devil will try to convince them that they don’t need God and are OK without Him (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19).

Second, there are people who fail to realize that God’s gift is called eternal life” and involves eternal security” (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 10:28, 29). It isn’t something that God takes away from a Christian just because he/she is disobedient periodically to his/her heavenly Father (1 John 3:9, 10). Furthermore, “…the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29). Having “eternal life” (God’s quality of life) right now should cause true Christians to want to live a holy (pure) life that pleases God and be devoted fully to Him (1 Peter 1:16; 3:15; Romans 12:1, 2). The Apostle Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Christians who live carnally (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; Galatians 5:19-21) in disobedience to their heavenly Father can/should expect to be disciplined/chastened by Him (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 John 5:16; James 5:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:30) without losing their salvation and eternal security. (See John 10:28, 29.)

Illustration. Dr. Moyer tries to illustrate three types of people by drawing three circles. In the first circle, he puts the letter “W”. This refers to those who want to gain entrance into heaven by their good works. Underneath the circle, he puts the words “Unnecessary.” This individual says, “It wasn’t necessary for Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me. I’m not so bad and I can make it on my own.” The second circle has “C+W” in it. Underneath this circle is written the word “Disappointing.” This person believes that Christ paid for some sins, but not for all of them. He/she believes that salvation is a partnership, not a gift. The third circle has a “C” in it. It refers to the fact that Christ alone paid our debt to God by dying for our sins (Romans 6:23). He satisfied God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2). Underneath this circle is the word “Sufficient.”

Third. Dr. Moyer also points out that some people lack assurance of salvation because they have been the victims of false teaching. We need to study God’s Word carefully so we see for ourselves what God said (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17). We must be careful not to read into the Scriptures what we want it to say. Instead, we should seek to find out what God the Holy Spirit wanted conveyed to us through the human author. Some teachers of the Bible make the “rules for living” and spiritual maturity the conditions for salvation (Example: “Lordship in exchange for salvation.”) [2] Others tell their people that if they don’t pray, love, forgive (and the list goes on and on), they aren’t saved. This becomes very subjective. How could anyone be assured of his/her salvation if such things have been imposed on someone as a condition for salvation? Our good works and service to God and others should be done out of love, not grudgingly out of obligation (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13). Many Christians have never been taught how to study and interpret the Bible. (Ask about our FREE “Dispensations Chart & Bible Study Helps book marker.”)

Fourth. There are some people who seem to have doubts about everything. They have doubts about being loved by their spouses, their children, and their friends. They can’t believe that God could love them and forgive them because of all their past, horrific sins. Perhaps they have been led to believe that they’ve committed an “unforgivable sin.” The Apostle Paul wrote, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Judicial forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7; See Romans 8:1) comes to everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.

Know So Salvation. Can true believers know for sure that they have “eternal life” as a present possession and that they will spend eternity with God in heaven? Yes, since God’s Word is trustworthy (1 John 5:13; See John 17:17) and God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with the true believer’s spirit that he/she is a genuine child of God (Romas 8:16). One’s lack of assurance also may be due to unconfessed sins. “If we [as Christians should] confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). If a believer wants to be “at ease with God” (abide – John 15:1-8), and enjoy intimate fellowship with God, he/she needs to walk in the light as God is in the light (1 John 1:6, 7).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this article has helped you, and then SHARE this with others.

[1] Dr. Larry Moyer, “How-To Book On Personal Evangelism” Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids. MI,1998,pp. 103-115

https://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780825431791-larry-moyers-how-to-book-on-personal-evangelism

[2] Lordship In Exchange For Salvation: (Must reading)

Dr. Andy Woods, https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html/

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

George Zeller: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

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

Eternal Security: https://www.gotquestions.org/eternal-security.html

https://bible.org/seriespage/14-assurance-eternal-security

Dr. G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repentance-the-most-misunderstood-word-in-the-bible/

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.