God has provided salvation for all mankind. When Christ died, He died for the sins of the world. His offer is open to all; “Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev.22). But most people reject Christ and refuse God’s gift of salvation. So although Christ died for all and makes the offer to all, only those who accept Jesus Christ receive the benefit. So He “Is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe”(1 Tim.4). In other words, He died for everyone, but it takes acceptance by faith to really know Jesus as your personal Savior. Christ’ death doesn’t do you any good unless you receive His forgiveness.
It is sad when people are raised up in Christian ministry too soon after they are saved. They may be clever business people, or prominent citizens, or they may be talented entertainers, singers, musicians, artists or athletes; and when they come to Christ, and began to attend church people see how gifted they are, and immediately put them into a visible, public position. (1 Tim. 3) Talented new Christians are sometimes not given time to develop or mature, and quite often the result is that they are lifted up in pride. Christians need to give them a chance to become grounded in the faith before they are put into positions of leadership.
There is one God & one Mediator between God & men, the Man Christ Jesus”(1 Tim.2). All roads do not lead to Eternal Life! Most religions do not! There is only One who can lead us to Eternal Life, and that is Jesus Christ. He said; “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John14). We sometimes hear from people who are very upset because we teach about the narrow path that leads to Eternal Life, and that there is only one way. That’s not our opinion. Jesus said that!
Paul warned Timothy about those time wasters, who turn away from what matters to “idle talk.” There are some people who spend all their time and energy trying to debate and nit-pick issues that don’t matter. (1 Tim 1) I get letters from people who only want to debate. Sometimes they start with an honest-sounding question, but when you give them an honest answer they respond by writing a lengthy diatribe, advocating some strange theory. I try to avoid these disputes because I know I won’t get anywhere with them, so why waste time with idle talk? Pastor Chuck Smith
Jesus is coming! But we do not fix a definite time or condition that would allow us to sleep until prophecy is fulfilled. Someone asked; “Won’t the Jews be converted to Christ, & restored to their land?” I answered; “Yes! Surely they shall look on Him whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son. And God shall give them the kingdom, for they are His people, whom He has not forever cast away”. The Jews, who are the natural olive branches, shall be grafted in to live again. Like the dry bones of Ezekiel 37 prophecy.” Study Romans chap. 9, 10 & 11 and search for yourself, but this is the main thing – Jesus will come! He may come in the first watch of the night, or the second watch, or He may wait until the morning watch. Jesus told His Bride: ‘Watch & be ready’ (Matt.25). So whenever He comes, you be ready. – Charles Spurgeon
Before the day of the Lord comes, there is going to be a falling away. (2 Thess.2) The translation “falling away” is from the Greek word apostasia. The root of that word means “depart.” Over the years, it has come to mean “departing from the faith,” but the word itself simply means “depart” or “leave”.Now I believe that in the last days many will depart from the faith, in fact, as you look at the so-called church today, you see many churches are in a state of falling away even now. But apostasia can also refer to a departure, which we believe is the Rapture of the church. The wrath of the Lamb will not be poured out until the Bride has departed to be with the Bridegroom in the air.
The Apostle Paul thanked God for the church at Thessalonica. Persecution and trials came early for them, but these young Christians were sincere in seeking God. Their faith and their love toward each other grew! That is the kind of fellowship you want to be in; where you have faith and love abounding toward one another. It’s interesting how persecution and trials can bring the church closer together in the Spirit. – A person really can’t serve and experience fellowship with Jesus Christ unless you have real commitment. There cannot be anything that is more important for a Christian. So, it cannot be “Well, if it isn’t raining I’ll be in church, or if I’m not busy I’ll go to church.” True commitment to Jesus always comes when persecution and trials hit our lives. Real depth of relationship with Jesus, and great faith comes in the middle of hard times. And with that relationship, there comes tremendous faith and great love for fellow Christians.
Someone asked: “What kind of body will we have in the resurrection?” The answer is that our present bodies are temporary and disposable. “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven”. There are “celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies.” Bodies designed for earth and bodies designed for heaven. The bodies we walk around in today are not designed for heaven. They are terrestrial bodies. When Christians die, our natural bodies return to dust, but we are raised in a spiritual body prepared for life in the heavens. The REAL me is Spirit. My physical body is the expression of who I am, but it isn’t the REAL me. In fact, every cell of my physical body is constantly being destroyed and replaced, every 7 years. My Spirit is what makes me who I am, When God gives me my new body, my Spirit will be at home in a body that perfectly represents who I am, and it will last forever. That is the Resurrected Body. 1 Cor. 15