Why are Major Rivers Drying UP?

Currently, I am working on a short book on the converging Biblical signs that are pointing to the end times. One thing I found very interesting is that certain rivers in the world are drying up. The Bible actually predicted that this would happen during the last days. Our salvation may be nearer than we think. Consider what the Bible says about these Rivers when God’s judgment will begin to fall.

The Euphrates and Tigris

The Euphrates River begins in the mountains of Turkey and flows 1,700 miles through Syria and Iraq where it meets the Tigris River. The Tigris parallels the Euphrates through the country of Iraq. These two rivers have been the life blood for these countries over many years.

Babylon is in Iraq

Babylon is located in modern day Iraq right along the Euphrates river. It had its beginning at the tower of Babel. There man refused to obey God and wanted to make a name for themselves. Later King Nebuchadnezzar built a great city there, Babylon. The same rebellious attitude of Babylon has continued down through history, infecting each succeeding kingdom. Eventually, God said He would judge Babylon.

The Waters of Babylon are Drying Up

Because of Babylon’s idolatrous attitude, God said 2,600 years ago through the prophet Jeremiah, that Babylon shall not be inhabited, but she shall be wholly desolate”(Jer. 50:13). Part of His judgment will include, “A drought against her waters, and they will be dried up“(Jer. 50:38). The book of Revelation predicts that the great River Euphrates will be dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the east, to gather them for the future campaign of Armageddon. (Rev. 16:12, 16)

Is Prophecy being Fulfilled?

According to WorldAtlas.com, the many dams built in Turkey have caused a significant decrease in water flow of the Tigris River. This has resulted in an 86% reduction of the Mesopotamian marshes in Iraq. It also has caused problems for farmers who need the water to irrigate the land for crops. The Euphrates also is drying up. Rainfall has decreased by 70% and upstream dams impact the amount of available water. The lack of water has created a significant problem for twelve million people in Syria and Iraq. Just as God said, THE RIVERS OF BABYLON ARE DRYING UP!

Jesus chastised the Jewish leadership for their failure to recognize the signs of times. Are Christians today failing to recognize the signs of His coming? These rivers certainly appear to be fulfilling ancient prophecies. Could this change and the rivers return to normal? Maybe. But it should make one realize that God’s patience will not last forever. He has told us through His word that He is going to intervene again. It might be prudent to pay attention.

Are you Ready?

When Christ returns, one needs to have a relationship with Him. He said, He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). Have you put your faith in Him to save your soul? To be sure: Find out more here.

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Has Your Debt Been Paid?

Back in the 1950’s there was a TV show called the millionaire. In this series an anonymous millionaire would give away a million dollars to someone that he had never met.

If you were a recipient, it could enable you to pay off car loans, a house mortgage, and/or significant medical bills. How much joy would there be knowing that you were able to pay off all your debt, due to the benevolence of an unknown individual!

‘Tetelestai’ – Debt Cancellation in the Bible

In Biblical times when someone paid off a debt, the creditor would mark the bill with the word, ‘tetelestai’. This is a Greek word that literally means, ‘bring to an end’. A servant who finished his task would tell his master that he had completed the work, ‘tetelestai’. When a priest would find the perfect lamb for sacrifice, he would exclaim, ‘tetelestai’. In regards to the payment of a debt, ‘tetelestai’ would communicate that ‘the debt has been paid’.

The Last Words of Jesus

In John 19:30 the word is used in the perfect tense and is translated, ‘It is finished’. “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” It was the final words of Jesus on the cross. In other words, the debt has been paid. The certificate of debt has been cancelled. (Colossians 2:14 NASB)

What Debt Did Jesus Pay?

His death satisfied the Father’s holy wrath toward sin. Every person has a sin debt that he/she cannot pay. “The wages of sin is death (eternal separation from God)”. That’s what our sin earns – eternal death, being separated from God forever in the place the Bible calls the Lake of Fire.

But, JESUS’ DEATH PAID OUR SIN DEBT! If Jesus paid our sin debt, do we have any debt to pay? No! He paid it all. For example, if I was found guilty of speeding and the judge was about to fined me $100. But someone else, out of the kindness of their heart, stepped up and paid my fine of $100. Would I have a fine to pay? No, because someone else paid my fine for me. On a much grandeur and infinite scale, Jesus’ death paid our fine, our sin debt. Therefore, we have no debt to pay.

A Transfer of Trust

Most people think that they will get to heaven based on their own personal goodness. Recently, I had a young man tell me that he believed it was 50% his effort and 50% Jesus. He needed to transfer all of his trust (100%) to Jesus.

By transferring your trust from yourself to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, you pass from death (eternal separation) to (eternal) life. (John 5:24) You receive the benefit of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. You no longer have a sin debt to pay and you gain spiritual life (eternal) which you can never lose. ‘Tetelestai!’

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Is There Only One Way to God?

A Barna poll in 2020 titled, ‘The Christian Church is Seriously Messed Up, found that 56 % of people who claim to be an evangelical Christian believe that ‘some type’ of religious faith is more important than which faith a person aligns with. In other words, it doesn’t matter who you believe; Buddha, Allah, or Jesus. It simply matters that you have faith.

This is end time apostasy prophesied in the Bible and violates the words of Jesus Himself saying that He is the only way (John 14:6).

Last Day Deception

The Bible speaks to this condition of the church in the last days. (The last days for the church began with the first coming of Christ and will culminate at the rapture) “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanders, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power (II Timothy 3:1-4)”.

The apostle instructed Timothy to stay away from such people. (v. 5) These are religious people who “will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” as time moves forward (II Timothy 3:13). With access to world wide audiences through modern day technologies, the church and the world are in the times when spiritual deception is growing at an exponential rate.

The apostle went on to say 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 aside to fables (II Timothy 4:3, 4).” Congregations will choose pastors and teachers not according to sound Biblical doctrine, but will pick people who have a pleasant message even if it’s false.

Modern Day False Gospel

One of the doctrines of tickling ears is the message of salvation. Even though Jesus said He is the only way to the Father, as shown above, much of the church does not actually believe that. Additionally, the survey found that “41% of professing evangelicals said that if a person is generally good, or does enough good things in their life, they will earn a place in heaven; a view shared by 70% of Roman Catholics“. Here again this is contrary to the Biblical message that there is none righteous; that there are none who does good, no not one. (Romans 3:10-12)

There is only one Way

The Bible is crystal clear. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me(John 14:6). Through His death on the cross, He paid the sin penalty for everyone (Hebrews 2:9). He was buried and rose again on the third day proving that He has the power over sin and death (I Corinthians 15:3, 4). He promises forgiveness and everlasting life to anyone who will believe in Him as the all Sufficient Substitutionary Sacrifice for sin.

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Believers pass from eternal death to eternal life

Anyone who understands and believes the gospel; that Jesus, fully God and fully Man, died for sin, was buried, and rose again; passes immediately from eternal death to eternal life. (John 5:24) Jesus said, “Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47). It is a one-time act of hearing (understanding the gospel) and believing it, which causes an irreversible change in your final destiny.

Be careful not to be confused by the false gospels out there today. No amount of good works, righteous living, or religious duty can ever make you acceptable to God. Jesus did it all. He paid it all! There’s no sin debt to be paid. He’s the one and only way.

***Many often ask, “What about the person who never heard?” Find out the answer to this question.

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The Greatest Sacrifice of ALL!

November 11th. is Veteran’s day. My dad and six of my uncles served in WW II. My father-in-law was shot down and captured, spending 15 months as a prisoner of war in Stalag 17. One of his brothers was killed in action. My father, who served on a five-inch gun on the battleship, Nevada, was credited for shooting down a Japanese kamikaze plane, saving the command structure of the ship.  One of his brothers received a purple heart at the battle of the Bulge.

There are numerous stories of heroic acts of those in every war. Sergeant Alvin York was one of the most decorated soldiers of WW I. He attacked a German machine gun nest, killed 25 of the enemy, and captured 132.  

Medal of Honor Recipients

Jason Dunham, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corp, while fighting with his unit in Karabilah, Iraq, dove on top of a grenade to save fellow Marines. When it exploded Dunham was seriously injured and died eight days later. 

Michael Anthony Monsoor a U.S. Navy SEAL, quickly smothered a grenade with his body, absorbing the resulting explosion and saving his comrades from serious injury or death. Monsoor died 30 minutes later from serious wounds caused by the grenade explosion.  

William T. Perkins, a Marine Corp Vietnam War Photographer, saved three of his fellow Marines when he dove on a hand grenade, completely covering it with his body. He is the only war photographer to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.   

Gratitude for those who sacrificed all!

You can only imagine the lifelong gratitude that those who survived because of the self-sacrifice of the one covering the grenade with his body. You live because another has died for you.  

As I researched a few of these amazing acts of courage, it brought tears to my eyes with gratitude for their service and selfless acts of heroism. Our freedom has been purchased with much blood and sacrifice by many of our citizens who have served in our military.  

The Greatest Sacrifice of ALL

But there is one sacrifice that is the greatest of all. It’s the story of God’s sacrifice. Jesus Christ, fully God and fully Man, came down to earth to offer Himself as the all-sufficient substitutionary sacrifice for sin. 

Jesus jumped on your Spiritual Hand Grenade

Jesus’ death on the cross was the payment for sin, the sins of the world. “He tasted death for everyone” (Heb. 2:9). Our sin debt has been paid in full by Jesus Christ. We have no debt to pay, because He paid it for us! In His resurrection He proved that He has the power over sin and death.

Like the soldiers in the fox hole, Jesus jumped on your spiritual hand grenade. And like a surviving solder’s gratitude for the sacrifice of his brother in arms, aren’t you forever grateful to Jesus for His sacrifice? He died in our place and saved us eternally. How will you now respond to the One who has saved you from the eternal lake of fire where the devil and his angels will be?  

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” I Corinthians 9:15

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Are You a Good Person?

Most of us think that we are good. I’ve talked to hundreds of people over the last few years at outreach events and about 95% respond in the affirmative to the question, “Are you a good person?” Almost all people believe God will accept them into heaven based on their personal goodness.

Some reason, “Well, I’ve never murdered anyone or committed any kind of heinous crime”. They think God will weigh their good against their bad. And most come to the conclusion that they are basically good.

A Few Questions
  1. How do you determine what is good or bad?
  2. How do you measure the good and bad?
  3. How much good do you need; how much bad is permissible?
  4. Where do you find this theology of good vs. bad?
  5. Does this mean that an atheist can make it to heaven if he/she is good enough?
  6. If humans are basically good, why do we have to teach young children to be good?
  7. If you can be good enough for God, why then did Jesus have to die on the cross?
Is Anyone Good?

God is good and the ultimate author of good. This is what He says about it; “There is none who does good, no, not one” (Romans 3:12). Jesus told a certain ruler, “No one is good but One, That is God” (Luke 18:19).

Is Our Heart Good or Bad?

When comparing yourself to others, you might conclude that you’re better than them. But comparing yourself to God who is holy (spiritually clean) should cause you to realize how unholy (spiritually unclean) you really are. We come into the world having inherited the sinful nature of our very first parent, Adam. (Romans 5:12) Therefore, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked“. (Jeremiah 17:9)

Because our heart is wicked and deceitful, we sin in thought, word, and deed. Did you ever disobey your parents? Have you ever stolen anything no matter how small? How many lies have you told? Jesus tells us that out of the heart proceeds adulteries, thefts, covetousness, lewdness, an evil eye (envy), pride, foolishness, etc. (Mark 7:21-22) If you have even thought about doing an evil, it is considered sin in the eyes of the Lord. One sin is an infinite offense against a holy God and we have committed many!

If you are a believer, the closer you grow in your relationship with God the more wickedness you see in your heart. The nearer you get to the light the more dirt you see, even if it just bad thoughts. We are not good; that’s why we must teach little children to be good. The bad things they figure out on their own.

Who Did Jesus Die for?

Jesus didn’t die for good people. He said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Mark 2:17). All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Why not agree with what God says about you; that you’re not good and receive forgiveness and the free gift of everlasting life by faith in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Who is Worthy?
Jesus  alone  is  worthy!

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood

Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And]we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10

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The Great Reset

If you are paying attention to world events, you know that the globalist and world leaders see an opportunity with the pandemic to take control. Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, commented that “the pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.”  Others, like our president, are using the phrase, “build back better” to paint the same picture.

The pandemic, along with the advancement of AI (artificial intelligence), seems to be bringing the world quickly to a global convergence. Elon Musk warns about AI. He suggests; “…you know, whoever acquired it, and if it was limited to just one of the people there and it was ultra-smart; they would have dominion over the earth.” WOW!  Amazingly, we are living in the time when the world is heading exactly in the way the Bible has described.

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God, through the prophet Daniel, said that the final kingdom before the return of Christ would devour the whole earth. (Dan. 7:23)  A kingdom is not a democracy or a republic. A kingdom is ruled by a king. In the Bible a king and kingdom is synonymous. This last government on earth will reign over the whole earth by one individual referred to as the antichrist (Rev. 13:7; I John 2:18).  

Just about every Bible commentator agrees that the fourth beast of Daniel 7 is speaking about the Roman Empire that would come on the scene about 500 years into his future. The prophecy of Daniel indicated that there would be three phases to this last kingdom before Christ returns to set up His kingdom on earth.  

The Three Stages of the Roman Empire 

The First Stage: This kingdom would be different than the others due to its overwhelming destructive power. Daniel described it as “dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong” (Dan. 7:7). The Romans conquered much of the known world at its inception. The land of Israel fell under its control.

The Second Stage: Ten kings described as ten horns arise out of this kingdom. These ten kings would rule together in this kingdom. (Dan. 7:24) Since the Roman empire never had ten kings at one time, one can conclude this to be a future phase of the kingdom. 

The Third Stage: The little horn is an eleventh ruler that comes up among the ten and overthrows three of the ten kings. This eleventh king will speak blasphemes against God and ultimately demand to be worshipped as God. (I Thess. 2:4; Rev. 13:6) He will be the greatest expression of man-centered mania in his rebellion towards God.

The fourth beast of Daniel seven and the first beast of Revelation thirteen are speaking about the same person. Both identify the final stage as the worst stage of all when it comes to deceit, death, and destruction.  In fact, Jesus said that if those days were not cut short, no one would survive it. (Matthew 24:22) 

The Beast of Daniel compared to the First Beast of Revelation 
Daniel 7Revelation 13
Ten horns (v. 7) Ten horns (v. 1)  
Came up from the sea (v. 3) Rise up out of the sea (v. 1)  
Mouth speaks pompous words (v. 8) Mouth speaking great things and blasphemies (v. 5) 
He shall persecute the saints of the Most High. (v. 25) He makes war with the saints. (v. 7) 
Saints given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time (3 ½ yrs.). (v. 25) He is given authority to continue for 42 months (3 ½ yrs.). (v. 5) 

This is where our world is heading. Almost 40 years ago Dr. Renald Showers in his excellent book, The Most High God, aptly stated: “Ironically, man’s greatest effort to rid himself of the rule of God will not produce the freedom he desires. Instead, it will enslave him in the most fiendish, oppressive, form of bondage. Rather than moving toward Utopia, man is hurtling toward the most horrible time of tribulation in world history”. 

This is scary stuff. But Jesus says “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). He’s coming back to to crush this kingdom and to set up His kingdom to rule and reign in righteousness; “a kingdom which shall never be destroyed” (Dan. 2:44).

However, we’re not commanded to be looking for the antichrist. The Bible instructs us to be “looking for the Blessed Hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ”; a reference to the rapture that will remove the church before the rule of antichrist. (Titus 2:12). There’s a great reset coming, but not the way that the globalists think. 

Are you a member of His kingdom?

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The Bible, Why Should You Read It?

A few years ago, from time to time a fellow would say to me, “If you don’t read the Bible, then I think you’re probably not saved”. There were a number of years that I didn’t read and study God’s word. Was I not saved? According to him, probably not. I guess the thief on the cross wasn’t saved either. This is just one of many things that people judge about others to determine if they are ‘truly’ saved.

For sure I would agree that Christians should read the Bible. It’s how we hear from God. People want to know God’s will. Read, listen, and study the Bible and you will easily discover it. However, I have a hard time finding a verse that says there something you must do to be saved from the penalty of sin other than believing the gospel.  

The Bible reveals the way of salvation

The Bible is the only document that reveals God’s plan of salvation from the penalty of sin (eternal death) by faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. In a round-about way, every person is saved by hearing and responding to the word of God by faith.  Many, I would say, are saved when the Holy Spirit uses someone to share the Biblical gospel with them; a preacher, a Sunday School teacher, a friend, or a street evangelist, or a combination of voices (Acts 2:41; 16:31).  However, not everyone is saved by directly reading the Bible.

The Bible is food for the believer

But the Bible is valuable food for a believer to grow spiritually; to deepen their relationship with the Lord. It’s certainly something that we should do daily; not for an academic pursuit but out of a desire to know Him (Phil. 3:10).  Psalm 119 teaches us the virtues of knowing God through His word. Following are nine truths from the Psalm:

Nine Truths from Psalm 119
V. 2 – Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! 
V. 9 – How can a young man cleanse his ways? By taking heed according to Your word. 
V. 11 – Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You. 
V. 24 – Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors. 
V. 50 – This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.
V. 105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
V. 130 –  The entirety of Your Word is truth. And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever. 
V. 162 – I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure. 
V. 165 – Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. 

The Bible is an essential tool in living the Christian life. The Spirit of God is the agent and the Word of God is the instrument that He uses to develop us into mature believers (II Tim. 3:16). If we are not in the word, learning how to deepen our relationship with the Lord, our life will fail to glorify Him. It will also be detrimental to the way we live and our future in the kingdom of God.  

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” I Timothy 6:6

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God’s Life Insurance Policy

The first aspect of salvation, being delivered from the penalty of sin, is similar to life insurance. Because of Adam’s disobedience, we inherit his nature at birth. We are born physically alive but spiritually dead; separated from our Creator.

To receive true life, one first must recognize that he or she is a helpless sinner separated from their Creator and then believe the gospel. At that moment one becomes a child of God and has everlasting life that can never be lost. That’s the best life insurance!

God is infinitely Holy!

If you are growing in your understanding of your sin nature and the holiness of God, you begin to realize the infinite gap there is between the Lord and us. My heart is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). I am learning that “in me (that is in my flesh [old nature]) nothing good dwells” (Romans 7:18). The closer I get to the light of God’s holiness, I cry out like Isaiah, “Woe is me, for I am undone!” (Isaiah 6:4) 

Growing requires time

However, did I understand the depths of my depravity the moment I received Jesus as my Savior? Does anyone ever understand the depths of their depravity at that moment? I don’t think so. Children or teenagers don’t understand the depth of their sinfulness. Neither do new converts. It requires time and spiritual growth. The closer I become in my relationship with Christ, the more rubbish I see in myself. If He dumped that all on you and I at one time, it would be devastating.    

What motivates you?

Yet in seeing more and more of my depravity, I am able to grow to understand more and more of His mercy and grace. The more I dig deeper into justification, the more I am compelled to live a life that glorifies Him and is good for me and those around me. His life insurance has given me what I don’t deserve (Spiritual life) and has withheld from me that which I do deserve (Spiritual death). When I understand that, it motivates me to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:18; II Corinthians 5:14-15).  

God’s Policy promotes godliness

Understanding the comprehensive coverage of God’s Life Insurance actually promotes godliness and service. The grace of God teaches me to deny ungodliness and worldly lust; to live righteously and soberly (Titus 2:11). Grace never gives us the green light to sin more so grace may abound (Romans 6:1). That is a significant misunderstanding of God’s grace.

God’s grace always leads in paths of righteousness. If I am learning to develop my relationship with Him, His grace not only saves me from the penalty of sin, but It also saves me from the daily power of sin. Living by His grace and power glorifies Him and is good for me. Am I growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ?

For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. II Samuel 16:7

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Does God offer us Fire Insurance or Life Insurance?

Most people have insurance on their home. It would be pretty ridiculous not to have it. My eldest son almost burned down the house once when he was frying hamburgers on the stove. He went to do something in his room, forgot about them, and filled most of the house with burnt burger smoke. He yelled for me and I dashed into the house, grabbed the skillet, and tossed it outside. That’s probably the closest we ever came to using insurance. 

There is only one time when you will absolutely need fire insurance and that is when your house catches on fire. Thankfully, most never have to use it.

Is Salvation fire insurance?

Often some criticize those who ‘claim’ to be saved but show no visible fruit. Some will judge that such a person only wanted ‘fire insurance’. In other words, such a person doesn’t want to go to hell, but his life doesn’t seem to change much. It fails to show outward fruit or interest in things like going to church, reading the Bible, etc. Their conclusion usually is that those people are on thin ice when it comes to salvation. They just want ‘fire insurance’.

Although I do not like referring to salvation as fire insurance, it will actually prevent you from even having a fire. But to me salvation is better described as life insurance since that is what we really need. “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life.” (I John 5:12).

Salvation is Life Insurance!

Every human is born physically alive, but spiritually dead; separated from God. We need spiritual life. The only way we get that life is by being born again; born from above.

When a person believes the gospel, he or she becomes a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:26). That’s called being justified by faith. You are declared ‘not guilty’ in the court room of God Almighty! You have passed from death to life (John 5:24). That happens instantaneously when you believed the gospel. You are born again (spiritually) as God’s child. It is a one-time act of hearing (understanding the gospel) and believing it, which causes an irreversible change in your final destiny.

The truth is that if we have God’s life insurance, we don’t need fire insurance. Receiving spiritual life will keep you from needing fire insurance. Those who receive spiritual life by faith in Christ will never end up in the Lake of Fire.

All Policy holders have everlasting life

Once you are God’s child you are always His child. You may be a disobedient one. You may be a child that wanders off; but you still remain His child. No one can snatch you out of His hand including yourself. You shall not come into judgment. You receive everlasting life, the forgiveness of sins, and have been made accepted in the Beloved (Jesus).  You are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption.  You will never perish in the Lake of Fire. And it’s not based on anything you do, good or bad. It’s based completely on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ who promised that whoever believes in Him has everlasting life (John 3:16; 6:47).

God’s Insurance Policy is Free!

Salvation is more of a life insurance policy than fire insurance, because it gives you spiritual life that cannot be lost. It’s full coverage from the day you believed the gospel until the day you stand before the Lord. There’re no premium in this policy. He offers this policy as a free gift to whosoever will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!  

Next Time: Understanding the comprehensive coverage of God’s Life insurance program actually promotes godliness and service.

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Chosen by God?

In high school the gym teacher would often pick two captains for two teams, whether it be football, baseball, or dodge ball. The two captains would then take turns picking others for their team. Obviously, they would pick friends and then guys they believed would have the best athletic ability. Not to be picked last was the fear that ran through most of our veins. Well, that fear can grow exponentially if you think God has not picked you.  

A few years ago, I knew a young man that struggled with his relationship with God. He commented to another brother in the Lord that he was struggling with assurance; not sure if he was really saved and going to heaven. Rather than providing comfort of the gospel, the other brother gave him a devastating answer, saying to him that maybe he wasn’t ‘elect’ or ‘chosen’. That’s pretty harsh and presumptuous in my opinion.  

The Go-to-Verse

The go-to-verse for those who believe God arbitrarily chooses some people for salvation and rejects the rest is Ephesians chapter one, verse four: “…just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love”.

Presuppositions

Most everyone has presuppositions, especially when it comes to seeing the word ‘chosen’. We can focus on the word ‘chosen’ and automatically think that God picked some and not others for salvation. But is that what the verse actually says?  

The Body of Christ

No, it doesn’t. It does say that He chose us (referring to the apostle Paul and the Christians at Ephesus – Gentiles) in Him. The context as you read into chapter 2 is referring to believing Jews and Gentiles. They are the ‘us’ that God chose in Him. There was significant enmity between the two groups. But God reconciled them through Christ and now both Jew and Gentile believers form one new man (Eph. 1:10; 2:15, 16). That one new man is referred to as the church, the body of Christ (Eph. 3:6).  

Unbelievers were never in Christ

Unbelievers are “in Adam”. IN ADAM all die. Only in Christ are we made alive (I Cor. 15:22). This happens when a person is born again; when one becomes a believer (John 5:24). No one is in Christ before the foundation of the world. According to Ephesians 2:12, Gentiles were without Christ. How could Gentiles who came to faith in Christ, be without Christ, if all believers were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world?  

Secondly, the apostle Paul greeted Andronicus and Junia who “were in Christ” before him (Romans 16:7). How could those two disciples be in Christ before Paul, if all believers are chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world? It’s not possible.  

The Place of Spiritual Blessings

Under the New Covenant, God decided before creation to place all believers (Jews and Gentiles) after the cross in Christ when they believed the gospel. That means that every person who trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior is placed into the body of Christ (the church), where we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 1:3). It’s a positional truth.

Being “in Him” is the very first blessing, resulting in being holy and without blame (v. 4); adopted as sons (v. 5); accepted in the Beloved (v. 6); and receiving redemption (v. 7). Many more of these blessings follow in the rest of chapters one and two. However, a person isn’t “in Christ” until he believes. God decided before He created the world that all believing Jews and Gentiles would be place into one body (in Christ), His church.

Conclusion

Trying to say that Ephesians 1:4 means that God picks some and not others for salvation is reading that into that verse. Jesus Christ died for the ungodly (Rom. 5:6). That’s includes all of us. He tasted death for everyone (Hebrews 2:9). God “desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim. 2:4). People don’t get saved because God didn’t choose them. They fail to receive salvation because they reject the one and only way, Jesus Christ (John 14:6; John 5:40).   

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