Unlike the late Elizabeth Taylor who had 8 husbands, this woman wanted just four husbands. First a banker, then a movie star, followed by a clergyman, and finally a funeral director. When asked why, she responded, “One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.” [1]

Some people are very superstitious about the future. And isn’t it amazing what decisions people make, thinking that “somehow things will just work out” if they stay close to the right people? But think about this – God has no grandchildren. We can’t get into heaven based on our parent’s faith.

If we are to be saved from eternal condemnation and enter heaven someday, each of us must personally believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. We aren’t saved by our good works. (See Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9.) Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ? If not, why not now? [2]

When you enter into a conversation about future events with some people, you discover that some of them have strange and mixed beliefs. Some people get irritated; others are intimidated, and a few panic. But most people give little or no thought to the return of Christ which is mentioned often in the Scriptures and which we believe is imminent. Some scoff at the idea (2 Peter 3:3 ff).

The Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ are not to be confused. Do you know “The Order of Coming Events?” [3] Did you know that over ¼ of the Bible, at the time of its writing, was prophetic in nature? Fulfilled prophecy is one of the main reasons we should study and believe the Bible.

Dr. John F. Walvoord, long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy. He gave “50 Reasons For A Pretribulational Rapture of the Church” which we would encourage you to read. [4]

If you’re a Christian, God wants you to “Study [the Scriptures carefully – which includes Bible prophecy] to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16. 17). Be ready to give good Biblical answers to those who might ask you about your faith in Christ and His Word (1 Peter 3:15).

Instead of wasting your time watching worthless TV shows, click on the links below to access additional information about “Bible Prophecy.” [5] It could change your life dramatically.

We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] Some material adapted from Charles R. Swindoll’s book, Growing Deep In The Christian Life, Multnomah Press, Portland, OR, c. 1986, pp. 263 ff

[2] Gospel Presentations: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[3] The Order Of Coming Events –

[4] Dr. John Walvoord – 50 Reasons For a Pretribulational Rapture Of The Church”

https://bible.org/seriespage/premillennialism-and-tribulation-%E2%80%94-part-ix-conclusion

[5] Contrasting: The Two Comings Of Christ –

https://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/dispensa/dispch13.htm

FREE Bible Study Book Marker & Dispensations Chart –

Drs. Tim LaHaye & Thomas Ice, Charting the End Times: A Visual Guide to Understanding Bible Prophecy, https://www.amazon.com/Charting-End-Times-Understanding-LibraryTM/dp/0736980172/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?crid=3E2TXJVPXT4WH&keywords=tim+lahaye+charing+the+end+times&qid=1645234723&sprefix=tim+lahaye+charing+the+end+times%2Caps%2C131&sr=8-1-fkmr2

Treasures In Dark Clouds

Posted: February 18, 2022 in Compassion, Gospel

“Christians often learn more in times of darkness and trial than in the pleasant sunlight of prosperity. God may be shrouded in a thick, impenetrable cloud when He has something very important to teach us. Yet we will not enjoy the treasures of His grace until we master the lessons He brings us in those gloomy days of distress. Even when we feel utterly forsaken, God is near. We ought to approach our difficulties without flinching. Beyond the blackness of our most severe trial, God’s special blessing awaits us.

“A Christian sat near the peak of a high mountain, watching a storm as it raged below. Suddenly an eagle soared up though the clouds toward the sun-its pinions glistening like diamonds. The man thought to himself, had it not been for the tempest, the bird might have been content to remain in the valley. The same is true of believers. The sorrows of life cause us to rise toward God, where we see His grace in a new and refreshing light. This more than compensates for the momentary distress of our dark trials.” – Henry G. Bosch [1]

“God hath not promised skies always blue, / Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; / God hath not promised sun without rain, / Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. / But God hath promised strength for the day, / Rest for the labor, light for the way, / Grace for the trials, help from above, / Unfailing kindness, undying love.” – Annie Johnson Flint [2]

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). [3]

If you haven’t yet placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do this so you can be saved from everlasting condemnation and enter heaven some day. (See Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24)

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com

[1] Henry G. Bosch, Rainbows For God’s Children In The Storm, Radio Bible Class, Grand Rapids, MI, c. 1981, p. 11

[2] https://hymnary.org/text/god_hath_not_promised_skies_always_blue

[3] Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Gospel Presentations: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

This is the Gospel (Good News) that we must believe today to be saved from hell to heaven:

“Christ [the God-man] died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

The means by which we are saved: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [the God-man], and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). Note: We are NOT saved by our good works or by faith plus our good works.

“For by grace [unmerited favor from God] you have been saved through faith [by believing in the Christ of the Scriptures through the Gospel], and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

It is not enough for us to know and give mental assent to these facts; we must transfer our faith and trust from anyone else or anything else over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone if we are to be saved.

Audio/Video Presentations:

Dr. R. Larry Moyer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Dr. J. B. Hixon,

“Good News Plain And Simple” https://www.notbyworks.org/resources/multimedia/details?id=1816619

“Getting The Gospel Wrong” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9gbZzo8QA

Written Presentations:

“The 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/

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

Gospel Tracts: Ask about them.

What’s Next – Once You’ve Been Saved?

Baptism/Immersion. This is to let other people know that we have placed our faith and trust in Christ alone for our salvation (Acts 8:38). It is a picture of our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Galatians 2:20).

Other responsibilities: See our Bible Study Book Marker at www.kelseypeach.com.

Help. If you have questions/comments, contact us here or through our website. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

WHAT IF…

Posted: February 15, 2022 in Evagelism, Gospel, Resurrection, Salvation

Suppose you heard Jesus say to you on judgment day, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” even though you correctly had said to Him, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” (Matthew 7:21-23). This is what is actually going to happen some day to false teachers. What a tragedy this will be.

The only condition for a person’s being saved today is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [alone], and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). Your faith must be in the Christ (God-man) of the Scriptures, not the Christ of the cults. [1] You must believe in/on Christ through the message of the Gospel – “Christ died for our sins…and rose again [bodily] from the dead on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; See Luke 24:36-43). Some preachers talk about the Gospel, but never tell others what it actually is. Have you noticed this?

A dead person can’t help anyone. Sadly, Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead is often left out of the presentation of the Gospel to lost people. “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19).

We know that God the Father was satisfied with the payment that Christ made on our behalf because He raised Jesus from the dead on the third day (Romans 4:25; 6:23; See 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

Just before he was put to death, the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10). Yes, he insisted that the resurrection of Christ be included in the Gospel presentation. The other disciples were persecuted too for preaching the bodily resurrection of Christ (Acts 3:15; 4:1-3, 10; 5:28-32; 13:30, 34).

Before Jesus returns for Christians at the time of the Rapture (John 14:1-3), what He said to His disciples must happen. “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out…No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:37 44).

Our responsibility and privilege, as Christians, is to share the Gospel clearly with those who are lost and headed for the lake of fire (Acts 1:8; Matthew 24:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

If they believe on Christ alone, they will instantly receive eternal life (God’s quality of life – John 3:16; 14:6), and become a part of the spiritual “Body of Christ” where Christ is the Head of the Body (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13, 21; Colossians 1:18). Sadly, most people will not believe on Him to be saved because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:18-20).

If you’ve never placed your faith and trust in Christ alone to save you, now is the time to do it (2 Corinthians 6:2). Our lives are like a vapor that quickly vanishes away (James 4:14). If you have been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, apart from your good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9), then God wants you to work to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20), by having a part in the salvation of the lost by being a good, clean witness for the Lord (Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:20, 21).

At the “Bema Seat Judgment” for Christians(1 Corinthians 3:11-15) you will be able to present a gift to Christ. It will consist of those people whom you led to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; Revelation 4:10, 11).

If you need further assistance or have questions/comments, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

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

Clear Gospel Presentations:

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

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

Dr. R. Larry Moyer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Dr. J. B. Hixon, video: “Getting The Gospel Wrong” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9gbZzo8QA Every Evangelist and Pastor-teacher should watch this and encourage their people to watch it too. He talks about the “Purpose Gospel,” “Puzzling Gospel,” “Prosperity Gospel,” “Pluralistic Gospel,” “Performance Gospel,” and the “Promise-only Gospel” that is developed in his book “Getting The Gospel Wrong.”

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation [from hell to heaven] for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek [non-Jew]. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just [justified ones] shall live by faith’” (Romans 1:16 17). Visit the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews chapter 11. Let them serve as examples for believers today.

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen…by over five hundred brethren at once” (See 1 Corinthians 15:1-8). (Two facts: He died…, He was rose again…. Two proofs: He was buried…, He was seen….)

My friend, you could know and give mental assent to these facts and still be under condemnation and headed for hell (John 3:18, 36; Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46). But if you transfer your faith and trust from your good works or anything/anyone else, over to the Christ of the Scriptures alone, you will be saved from condemnation and receive eternal life and be on your way to heaven. [1]

Jews and non-Jews are saved today by one act of faith in Christ (the God-man) through the Gospel. But once saved, God wants all His children to continue to live in an attitude of faith in God and His promises to Christians. [2]

Jewish and non-Jewish believers in Christ lose their ethnic identities and become one spiritual Body “in Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:4). At the time of his/her salvation, every Christian is given a “spiritual gift” which he/she is to use to glorify God and edify others in the spiritual “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 4:10). [3]

Questions: Are you absolutely sure you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why do you think God should 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?

We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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

[2] Promises For Christians to claim. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

[3] Spiritual Gifts. https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

Clear Gospel Presentations:

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

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

Dr. R. Larry Moyer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Dr. J. B. Hixon, video: “Getting The Gospel Wrong” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9gbZzo8QA Every Evangelist and Pastor-teacher should watch this and encourage their people to watch it too. He talks about the “Purpose Gospel,” “Puzzling Gospel,” “Prosperity Gospel,” “Pluralistic Gospel,” “Performance Gospel,” and the “Promise-only Gospel” that he developed in his book “Getting The Gospel Wrong.”

Pews – long benches with a back, placed in rows in the main part of some churches to seat the congregation. Thankfully many hard backed pews have been replaced with more comfortable chairs.

But we’re not as concerned with the type of chairs a church has, but rather with the messages that come forth from the pulpit to the needy people “in the pews” who want to hear a message from God. “When it’s foggy in the pulpit it’s cloudy in the pew.” – C. Robert. We don’t want this to happen.

Some church services are in Latin which most people don’t understand. Some preachers like to use foreign words to impress their audiences: sola Scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, solus Christus. In some churches people supposedly “speak in tongues” and most often without an interpreter which is contrary to Scripture (1 Corinthians 14:27). Learn more about spiritual gifts. [1]

God gave us the Scriptures – a unique Book made up of 66 smaller books. It gives us accurate information on every subject it addresses, and it is totally reliable. It needs to be interpreted normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually. (See Nehemiah 8:8). When it is, we come to realize that while there has been and always will be only one way to be saved (by God’s grace through faith in God and His Word.) But there are different “House Rules – Dispensations” that are found in the Scriptures. [2]

Today, the content of faith for our salvation is that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). If anyone adds or subtracts from the main facts, and includes “and…” or “but…”, then he is believing in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2). Good works are excluded for our salvation lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Salvation comes in three phases: Initially – from the penalty of sin (Romans 5:1; 8:1; Ephesians 2:8), Progressively – from the power of sin (Romans 6:14; 8:2), Ultimately – from the presence of sin (Romans 8:18-23). “Salvation is by grace through faith, is a free gift and wholly without works (Romans 3:27, 28; 4:1-8; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8). The divine order is first salvation, then works (Ephesians 2:9, 10; Titus 3:5-8).” [3]

The Christ in whom we believe must be the Christ of the Scriptures, not the Christ of the cults. [4] His substitutionary death on our behalf was to pay the debt that we all owed to God (1 Peter 3:18). Because we’ve all sinned, we deserve to be eternally separated from God in hell (Romans 3:23; 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Once we’ve been saved/delivered from the penalty of sin (Romans 5:1; 8:1), a new believer needs to start growing spiritually by the intake of the milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2), and then progress on to the meat (solid food) of God’s Word (1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12). “But grow in [the sphere of] grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).

We’re here to help you gain assurance of your salvation if you don’t have it (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13), and then start growing spiritually, so you can serve God and others effectively (Galatians 5:13), and reproduce yourself (Matthew 28:19, 20) while you’re here on earth. For additional help, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] See “Bible Basic Docs” #2, #3, #4 on our website. https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

[2] Seven Dispensations – See our “Bible Study Book Marker” on our website.

[3] Salvation – Three Phases – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/salvation-it-comes-in-three-phases/ Also see – Scofield Study Bible note. Salvation – Romans 1:16.

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

If I Were The Devil

Posted: February 12, 2022 in Devil / Satan, Evagelism, Gospel, Heaven, Hell

The late Paul Harvey had an interesting broadcast entitled “If I Were The Devil.” [2] He suggested some of the things he’d do to ruin people’s lives and take them to hell with him. (Click on the link below to listen to his talk.)

Now, if I were the devil, I’d do my best to deceive people by trying to be like God and counterfeit the miracles He did (Exodus 7:11,12; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10). I, as Lucifer, once said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14). I acted independently of God and wanted to be unaccountable to Him. I tempt people to act this way today and many people, including Christians, do this.

If I were the devil, I’d appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) and use sophisticated, polished preachers and false teachers to twist the Scriptures to promote falsehoods and other plans for salvation (2 Peter 2:1 ff; 3:16). After all, I am the father of liars who will spend eternity with me in the lake of fire (John 8:44; See Revelation 21:8).

I, as the devil, know that there are ten major teachings (doctrines) in the Bible: The Bible, God, The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, The Church, Future Things. The one I’d attack the hardest is the doctrine of salvation – How a person can be delivered from hell to heaven. I’d do my best to get my ministers (2 Corinthians 11:15) and others to garble, confuse, and distort the Gospel for salvation by adding other conditions beside faith (believing on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel). This list might include doing good works, praying, confessing all your sins, promising God that you won’t sin anymore, being baptized, denying yourself and following Jesus, making Jesus the Lord and Master of your life as a condition for salvation, attending church, tithing, etc.

I’d try to convince people that Christ’s death on the cross wasn’t really necessary because no one is so bad that he/she needs someone else to die for him/her. Or I’d tell them that Christ’s death wasn’t quite sufficient and that they would need to do their part to earn their salvation by their good works.

If I were the devil, I’d vigorously attack this invitation for salvation because I know that this is how God says people, who have sinned, are saved from hell to heaven: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day. Trust Him alone, apart from any of your good works, and you will be saved eternally. Do it now!” (See Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9; James 4:14).

My friend, if you’re not sure of your eternal destiny, or if you’re a Christian who needs additional help so you can present the Gospel more clearly to lost people, contact us here or at www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

[1] The Devil https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/the-devil-fallacies-facts-2/

[2] Paul Harvey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKk_5XH1AEM&t=7s

Clear Gospel presentations:

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

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

Dr. R. Larry Moyer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Dr. J. B. Hixon, video: “Getting The Gospel Wrong” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9gbZzo8QA

The moment a person, whether young or older, places his/her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day, he/she is saved from eternal condemnation(Romans 8:1) and receives eternal life – God’s quality of life (John 3:16; 5:24; 1 John 5:13). There are about 33 wonderful things that take place at the time of one’s salvation. [1]

The body of the believer becomes a temple of God the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19) who indwells every Christian (John 14:17). He begins His ministry of energizing the new believer to engage in the good works that were planned by God for him/her to do (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:13; 4:13). Most new Christians are excited to share their new found faith with others even when persecuted (Acts 4:20; 8:4 ff).

Sadly, as time moves on, and as opposition mounts from the devil and his crowd, or from carnal Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff), he/she becomes intimidated and fearful and backs off from doing this as Timothy did (2 Timothy 1:7). Even maturing Christians periodically succumb to the devil’s temptation to play the role of a coward as it was with the Apostles Peter and Paul (Luke 22:31-33; Acts 18:9, 10; 1 Corinthians 2:3). The “helmet of salvation” must be used to counterattack this temptation (Ephesians 6:17).

Since doing the good works that God planned for a believer to do are related to God’s desirous will, rather than to God’s determinative will, the believer may or may not engage in them (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). When we know to do good, and don’t do it, it becomes a sin to us (James 4:17). God the Holy Spirit doesn’t lead every Christian the same way (Romans 8:14; John 21:21, 22 – Example: Peter and John).

When a Christian follows the leading of the Holy Spirit, and uses his/her spiritual gift with “agape” love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13), he/she will be rewarded with crowns and praise from the Lord Jesus Christ at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:9-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Spiritual fruit will begin to be evident in a believer’s life (John 15:1-8). This fruit could be seen in Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), a faithful witness (1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15), and through generous giving of one’s money (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17). [2]

Before Christ returns at the Rapture for all New Testament believers as He promised (John 14:1-3), all those whom God the Father has given to the Son (John 6:37, 44), must be saved and made part of the spiritual “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13), and do some praiseworthy works which will be rewarded at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5). Guardian angels are involved in this too (Hebrews 1:14).

These people may not be saved the first time they hear the Gospel message of Christ’s death and resurrection for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Saul/Paul didn’t believe on Christ when he heard Stephen’s message but he did get saved and was baptized/immersed after his encounter with Him on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians (Acts 7:58; 9:1-18). Some sow the seed of the Gospel, others water it, but God gives the increase and saves people (1 Corinthians 3:5, 6). “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).

The believer’s receiving crowns and rewards will be based on proper motives for service (1 Corinthians 4:5; 13:1 ff), if they were done in the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:8, 14; Philippians 4:13), if they were in keeping with the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:5), according to the will of God (Acts 21:8-13), and if they were done for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31).

The five crowns that Christians can earn will be cast at Christ’s feet when we meet Him face to face (1 John 3:2). This will be an expression of our appreciation to Him for saving us by His amazing grace (Revelation 4:10).

Every Christian can/should have a part in being a faithful witness for the Lord (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15), and sharing the Gospel clearly (1 Corinthians 15:1- 4) with lost people so they can be saved (Romans 10:9-17). Don’t get discouraged as the Apostle Paul once did at Corinth (Acts 18:9, 10; 1 Corinthians 2:3).

Even though they are invited, most people won’t come to Christ, the Light of the world (John 8:12), and be saved because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19). “To [some people] we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to [other people] we are the aroma of life leading to life” (2 Corinthians 2:16). The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits the believers who have a part in the salvation of others (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

Questions: Have you placed your faith and trust in Christ alone and been saved from eternal condemnation (Romans 8:1)? Are you grieving and/or quenching God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? Is the “Fruit of the Spirit” being produced and evident in your life (Galatians 5:22, 23)? If not, why? Are you directing it properly (See 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] See Dr. L. S. Chafer’s “Systematic Theology” Vol. 3, pp. 234 ff

[2] See Dr. Charles Ryrie’s book, “So Great Salvation” p. 50

Clear Gospel Presentations:

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

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

Dr. R. Larry Moyer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Dr. J. B. Hixon: “Getting The Gospel Wrong” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9gbZzo8QA

This Is Your Life was an American reality documentary series  broadcast on NBC radio from 1948 to 1952, and on NBC TV from 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its creator and producer Ralph Edwards. In the program, the host surprised guests and then took them through a retrospective of their lives in front of an audience, including appearances by colleagues, friends, and family. 

Some guests didn’t want to go on the program and have their lives exposed to the public. Of course, the positive, good side of a person’s life was what was usually presented.

But suppose your entire life, with all the good, the bad, and the ugly, were put into a documentary for all the world to see. What if all your wicked thoughts, words, and deeds were exposed and nothing held back. No doubt, if this happened to us we’d all be ashamed and cringe in front of others.

All of us have sinned (acted lawlessly) and deserve to be eternally separated from God in hell (Romans 3:23; 6:23). But God the Father loved us (John 3:16) and God the Son volunteered to add to His deity a true human nature and body (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11). He lived a sinless life, and then went to the cross to die for all of our sins, the Just One for us, the unjust ones (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 3:18). God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins and demonstrated this by raising Jesus from the dead on the third day (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2).

Now He offers eternal life and a home in heaven to all who place their faith and trust in Christ alone (John 3:16; 14:1-3). We aren’t saved from hell to heaven by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works. It’s by grace (unmerited favor) alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

If you aren’t sure that you will go to heaven as soon as you die, or if you think you have to go to Purgatory first, contact us for additional help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change. We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

After dying for our sins, and being buried for three days and nights, Christ (the God-man) rose again bodily from the dead and made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses over a forty day period of time before ascending back to heaven from where He had come (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:1-11). [1]

Then He gave spiritual gifts to the members of His Body, the Church (Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14).Some were temporary, others are extant. [2]

Evangelists. Those believers with the gift of evangelism are like spiritual obstetricians. They have a special ability to (1) communicate the gospel clearly to unbelievers, (2) find those who will believe in Christ, (3) and to teach other believers how to share the gospel effectively. (4) They will enjoy studying Scripture for various methods to accurately communicate the Gospel, and (5) encourage other believers to be good witnesses for Jesus Christ. (6) They will be consistently leading others to Christ for salvation and into a good, Bible believing local church. (7) They can be involved in working in the outreach activities of the local church.

Pastor-teachers. These men, who have been given this gift, are like spiritual pediatricians. They have a special ability to (1) lead, provide for, and care for believers through the teaching of the Word of God. They will enjoy (2) encouraging believers to put into practice the teachings of Scripture which apply to New Testament grace believers, (3) and protect them from doctrinal errors. (4) They will enjoy setting spiritual goals for believers, and (5) seeing all the extant gifts operating with love. (6) They will anticipate receiving the crown of glory for faithful service and the opportunity to give an account for their service. (7) This gift could be used in the office of an overseer (bishop) of a local church, in a Bible institute or college, or as a teacher of Bible classes, etc.

If you lack assurance of your salvation, or would like to learn more about your “Spiritual Gift,” visit:

[1] “The Gospel” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[2] Spiritual Gifts: (Some of this material was adapted from David K. Spurbeck, Sr.)

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-gifts/