158 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 2 - Book 14 - Hell versus Lake of Fire

158: Lesson 1 Part 2 Book 14 – Hell versus Lake of Fire

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 2 * BOOK 14

HELL VERSUS LAKE OF FIRE

Revelation 20

Now for this lesson we will digress for a little bit, and go over the plan of salvation. We have been talking so much about the future of the believer, and the coming of the Kingdom and our opportunities and responsibilities in it, but we want to make sure that everybody understands how to become a part and parcel of this great salvation. So let’s deal with the plan of salvation and make it as simple as we can. It is so simple and plain and yet so complex that I maintain we will never understand all of it until we get to glory. And yet it is so simple that a six-year-old can comprehend it.

We must begin with the very first law that God gave to the human race, and it was a law. And we pick it up when Eve is confronted by Satan back in Genesis Chapter 3:

Genesis 3:2,3

“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said (this is the first law for the human race, and of course she is quoting it, and not getting it 100% right, but mostly, and she says), `Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye (God didn’t say the next word)touch it, lest ye die.'” In other words, sin would immediately bring about death. Go to the Book of Ezekiel Chapter 18. This is basically saying the same thing. This is the Lord God speaking:

Ezekiel 18:4

“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Let’s see what the Apostle Paul says. Turn with me to Romans Chapter 3:

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned (we already have), and come short of the glory of God;”

Now I maintain that salvation is only by faith. And faith is taking God at His Word. So the first thing we have to believe is what God says about us. And the first thing that I must believe is that regardless of how good I may be, or how good a family I may have come from. God says, “I’m a sinner.” I’ve already sinned. And to me that is the very first step in the plan of salvation. Remember, salvation is an event. And the Christian life, or sanctification or growth aspect, is a process that takes place as we mature. But we must begin as new babes in Christ. There has to be that “New Birth” and that can’t happen until we recognize a need. Jesus used the illustration that well people don’t need a physician. But who does? The sick! It’s the same way in salvation. The person who thinks he is good enough for Heaven will never be saved. There are so many good people; you can’t take that away from them. But they are so good, they never see their need of salvation. Therefore, they are headed for an eternal doom. Just as much as the most evil person that has ever lived. And the reason they are headed for eternal doom is that they don’t believe that God has said that they are sinners.

Adam was created with a body, soul, and spirit. And as such, he was in fellowship with God. His soul which made up his personality was the mind, will, and emotion. And it was all in perfect agreement with the Creator. And then in the area of his spirit, he had fellowship with the Creator. He walked with Him in the Garden of Eden and so forth. Now with all of this under the perfect control of the Creator, naturally, the body was without sin as well. It had never had the opportunity. But when Adam sinned, then immediately, this whole personality of him became what the Apostle Paul refers to as a “sin nature.” It’s just bent to sinning. And immediately the spirit died, and when the spirit died it lost that fellowship and communication with God. And it became then dormant. I think the spark is still there, but it needs charging to come back to life.

I have used the analogy of your car battery. If you leave your lights on over-night and try to start your car the next morning, your battery will be dead. You can go out there with a pan of soap and water and clean that old battery, make it look like new, then get back in the car and try to start it and what happens? Nothing, because it’s still dead. You’ve cleaned it up and made it look good on the outside, but it’s still dead until you bring in some outside power. That’s exactly what salvation is. You and I cannot clean up our life. And how many people think they can do that. I’ve had so many tell me, “When I get my act together, and my life cleaned up, then I’ll become a Christian.” That’s not the way it works. God takes us just exactly like we are, as sinners. And He is the one that has to infuse that divine life and power which comes with salvation.

Let’s back up a bit. When the person who is now only body and soul with the sin nature ruling supreme, then for the most part he’s not in control of all that he does. I guess the words I’m looking for are “he’s in bondage” to the sin nature and of course to Satan. Many people today don’t like to give credit to Satan, but I give him full credit. He is powerful, he is only controlled by the more powerful Sovereign God. But never underestimate the power of Satan. The world tonight is operating under the influence of Satan. Now Paul explains in Romans Chapter 1 and verse 16:

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it (The Gospel) is the power of God unto (what?) salvation (Go back a moment to that dead battery. As soon as you put an outside power on it you have life. And here Paul makes it so plain that the Gospel is that generating power) to every one that (it doesn’t say he that joins the church, gets baptized, takes communion, tithes, does good works. None of those things are in here. They are all okay in their rightful places but they have nothing to do with our salvation. But the power of God is imputed to the person that) believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

I’m not an easy believeism teacher. I do not ascribe to someone casually saying, “I believe Christ died for me.” I don’t buy that. When I talk about believing, I’m talking about totally entrusting our eternal destiny to the Word of God, to the power of the Gospel. Let’s turn quickly to I Corinthians Chapter 15 and look at the Gospel. I have a fellow down in McAlester, Oklahoma who often tells me, “Les, you haven’t shown anybody regarding the Gospel, in I Corinthians Chapter 15, in quite a while and it’s about time.” And I’m glad he does, because it is so easy to get a little lax sometime on this subject. But here in I Corinthians Chapter 15, the first four verses, you have the Gospel in the clearest definition that you can find in Scripture. I maintain it puts John 3:16 in the shade, because John 3:16 doesn’t tell you everything. You have to read a lot in between the lines. But here it tells you everything:

I Corinthians 15:1,2

“MOREOVER, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel (do you see that, and it’s the same Gospel that he is referring to in Romans 1:16) which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;” Positionally. We aren’t driven about with every wind of doctrine. We are solid in this Gospel.

“By which also ye are saved (do you see that? A lot of people don’t like that word, but it denotes salvation), if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” In other words, you must know what you have believed. And here in verse 3 & 4 is the Gospel.

I Corinthians 15:3

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,…”

Paul is constantly referring in his letter to the fact that he received this whole truth of the Grace of God from the risen Lord, and from him, (Paul) it went out to others. Unless you understand that, you will miss the point. Paul several times tells us he was the first to whom God revealed that the work of the Cross was not just Israel rejecting her King and Messiah and putting Him to death, but it was the fulfilling of the eternal purposes of God. That by that Crucifixion the whole human race would now have access to God’s Plan of Salvation. It was culminated in His Resurrection as He came forth in power. And in a moment we will see that in verse 4:

I corinthians 15:3b,4a

“… how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again…”

Now that’s the Gospel. That Christ died for my sins, He was literally dead, three days and three nights in the tomb, and He arose from the dead. That’s the Gospel! And you can’t shortcut it, and you can’t do anything with it but believe it or reject it. And that is where faith comes in.

Let’s go to the Book of Hebrews for a moment to look at a couple of Scriptures. The first one will be in Chapter 9.

Hebrews 9:22b

“… without shedding of blood is no remission.”

So that is where the death of Christ comes into play. He fulfilled that demand of God that blood had to be shed for the soul that sinneth. Don’t forget that first law, “The soul that sinneth shall surely die.” That cannot be compromised. Turn to Chapter 11 and verse 6. I always call these two verses, the absolutes; that you can’t do anything with them but face them head-on. You will either believe them or reject them. And the other one is this.

Hebrews 11:6

“But without faith it is impossible to please him (do you see that?): for he that cometh to God (for salvation) must believe (and that is what faith is. Faith is believing) that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

On our way back to the Book of Romans let’s stop again in I Corinthians, this time in Chapter 1. One thing that Paul is constantly reminding us of, through out all of his letters, is this work of the Cross. How that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again from the dead. What I say doesn’t count. But what The Book says means everything. Verse 17:

I Corinthians 1:17

“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

In other words, Paul says, “I can’t let anything detract from that finished work of the Cross.” Nothing that the Church does, not even the rites of baptism or anything else dare detract from the Gospel, and that is the finished work of the Cross. Now verse 18:

I Corinthians 1:18

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness (to the lost person); but unto us which are saved it (the preaching of the Cross) is the power of God.”

When the Holy Spirit begins to work on this dormant dead spirit with which we have been born (and when we get old enough to understand these things), the Spirit begins to convict us that indeed, we are sinners, and we have broken that law that the soul that sinneth will surely die. But you see God has given us a tremendous loophole, if I may call it that. And that loophole is, that yes, I have to die because I have sinned, but God has provided Someone who has died that death in my place. That’s where understanding the Gospel comes in. That Christ died for me. He died for you. And as the Holy Spirit enlightens our understanding, and regenerates that old dead spirit, then this dead spirit suddenly realizes that I have died; the ego, the I, the Old Adam, was crucified; it was placed on the Cross in the mind of God, because God did it on our behalf. And as soon as we do that, He regenerates our spirit by that outside power, the fellowship is restored, and then He comes in and dwells in the person of the Holy Spirit. This old sin nature then become a new divine nature. This part of us that has been generated is now in concert with the eternal God. It begins to have its effect on the body and that begins our Christian walk. Then we come to the place of growing in Grace and knowledge.

Now, let’s look at Romans Chapter 6. Here, Paul makes this so plain that we have to identify with what Christ accomplished on our behalf on the Cross. And it was through what Hedid. He fulfilled the demand of God that the soul that sinneth must surely die. He died my death. Now do you see that? And as He died my death and took that away, He also imparted eternal life in the area of the Spirit – this new Divine nature. And that is the part of us that will be one day ushered into His presence. And then we will pick up that new body that we talked about in the last lesson when the calling out of the Body of Christ, or the Rapture occurs. As such, then we become active in the overall plan of God in the Kingdom that is yet to come. In Romans Chapter 6, beginning with verse 5, where the Apostle uses plain English, Paul talks about something being planted. Now when you plant something, what do you do with it? You put it in the soil. That’s planting it. And when that seed goes into the soil and the moisture, and sunlight began to work, what happens to that seed? It dies! Now out of that death of the seed comes new growth. Now look what Paul says in verse 5:

Romans 6:5

“For if we have been planted (in other words, if our Old Adam has died, it has to be crucified) together in the likeness of his death (If we have been identified in His death then), we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Do you see that? Oh, it’s so beautiful. Let’s turn to John’s Gospel and then we’ll come right back to Romans and finish this lesson. Last night, as I was teaching, going through so many Scripture verses, one lady said, “I’m going to wear out my Bible in one night.” And there is nothing I like better.

Here in the Book of John are the events just before the Crucifixion. All the preparations are beginning for the last Passover. Some Gentiles wanted to see Jesus in verses 20 and 21. He didn’t invite them, because He was still dealing only with the Jew (with few exceptions) as the Abrahamic Covenant was still operating. Here He responds to Andrew and Philip by saying:

John 12:23

“And Jesus answered them, saying, `The hour is come (He’s ready to go to the Cross), that the Son of man should be glorified, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn (grain) of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.'”

So what is Jesus talking about? His own death, burial and Resurrection. That He had to die, and through that death He could then come forth in Resurrection power and impart that Resurrection life to those who would believe. Now to Romans Chapter 10 (a tremendous Chapter on salvation). Again, it’s by faith and faith alone! For your salvation you can only believe that Christ died for you, was buried, and rose again. You claim that by faith, and immediately you are baptized by the Holy Spirit, you are sealed and you are placed in the Body of Christ. Don’t ever try to add anything else to your salvation, because if you do, Paul tells us in the Book of Galatians Chapter 5 that when we do that, then Christ shall profit you nothing. So remember it’s faith + nothing. Otherwise you are telling God, He didn’t quite finish the work.

Romans 10:9,10

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Romans 10:13

“For whosoever (there is no one left out) shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That’s faith, but we have to put that faith into action by asking Him to save us – the sinners.

157 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 1 - Book 14 - Salvation

157: Lesson 1 Part 1 Book 14 – Salvation

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 1 * BOOK 14

SALVATION

Revelation 20

We were talking about believers coming up before the judgment seat of Christ, the Bema seat. Bema is simply the Greek word for judgment seat. It came from the Olympics – the seat of the judges. I stressed in our last lesson it’s a seat of judging not for Heaven or hell, but rather for what rewards we will receive. This will only be for believers and the Body of Christ who one day will come before the Bema Seat for rewards. We will definitely get rewards based on our Christian walk in this life here on earth. Of course, the rewards are going to come to their fruition primarily in the Kingdom economy. When the Kingdom finally comes on the earth and becomes active, Christ will be King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the world wide Ruler, and we will be ruling and reigning with Him.

Now here is where the reward aspect comes in, as we reign and rule with Him, our level of responsibility is going to be based on our faithfulness here. And that is why it behooves us as believers to labor, to work, and serve for the rewards we will use in the Kingdom Age. I think most people would rather be active as opposed to being inactive and sitting on the sideline. I know I would. I couldn’t stand sitting on the sidelines.

I would like to begin our study in Romans Chapter 8. We haven’t finished our study of Revelation by any means, but remember, as soon as the Body of Christ is Raptured out and we receive our new bodies (and we will be looking at that in this lesson) we step out of time and into eternity. I know that is hard for us to understand, how even though seven distinct years are going to unfold here on the earth, yet that seven years multiplies into all the time in the world because we are out of time and into eternity. The reason I’m stressing this, is that in no way could the Lord deal with every Church Age believer individually in seven years. It would be impossible in our frame of time. But since we will be out of time and into eternity there will be no problem. Don’t ask me to explain it, because I can’t. But each of us as believers will have that specific, personal, quality time in front of the Lord for our rewards.

Now it’s this point in time that I want to come into Romans, because in our study we are getting ready for the return of Christ to set up His Kingdom at the end of the Tribulation. The Book of Revelation specifies that it will be a thousand years. And even though Revelation reveals it will be a thousand years, all the prophecies in the Old Testament reveal that this Kingdom on earth will be for how long? FOREVER! So then the only way we can look at it then, is that this thousand-year Kingdom is just an introduction to the eternal state. It will be interrupted of course, with a new Heaven and new earth, and the Great White Throne judgment for the lost. But even eternity is going to be based on the physical attributes and so forth of this thousand years reign of Christ. There will be some differences, as here in the thousand years you still have flesh and blood people having children. Where in the eternal state I don’t think that will carry on. But I believe there will be tremendous activity and production all through eternity. We won’t be sitting on a cloud floating around doing nothing except strumming a harp. But in Chapter 8, we come to where the believers, beginning with the rewards. But it’s all looking forward to the time when Christ will return and set up His Kingdom for this thousand years, and we will be part of it. We will be playing our role in that Kingdom as we rule and reign under the Lord.

Romans 8:14-16

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (or the children of God) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself (Himself) beareth witness with our spirit, that we are (present tense) the children of God:”

Romans 8:17

“And if children (born from above), then heirs (now that brings us into a family relationship); heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; (Most of you are acquainted with laws on joint-heirship that mean what belongs to the husband belongs to the wife. And what is hers is his. So that’s the way it will be with Christ, what’s His will be ours and what’s ours will be His)if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” Now, I like these next few verses and very few people realize what these verses are teaching.

Romans 8:18,19

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time (and Paul knew what it was to suffer) are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be (future) revealed in us, For the earnest expectation of the creature (creation) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”

When will you and I as God’s children be manifest? When we come into this glorious Kingdom rule with Him. And remember to be manifested in Scripture is to be put under the spotlight. Our day is coming when we will be just literally put in the spotlight, and all of creation is waiting for that day. Even at this moment as you read this, creation is waiting for that day. Now verse 20:

Romans 8:20

“For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity (the curse), not willingly (creation didn’t have anything to do with Adam’s sin), but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,”

So as soon as Adam sinned and the curse fell, what did God immediately come back and promise? The time of restoration. So then, all of creation is constantly looking for that day when the curse will finally be lifted. When we first started the Book of Revelation, we began to talk about these seven terrible years that are coming. The whole idea of these seven years is to bring the earth to a delivery. In Matthew Chapter 24, where Jesus said, “These are the days of travail,” travail was connected with delivery. In this instance, it’s the delivery of the planet from the curse. So from the very day it was subjected to the curse, God has begun to promise there is coming a day of redemption for it.

Romans 8:21,22

“Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (that’s where we are today, sin and death) into the glorious liberty of the children of God(that’s us). For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

I want to stretch your thinking. What’s involved in the term “whole creation,” just man? No, everything! Everything that was created; even the rocks. You might say the rocks are stretching it some, but when Christ had His triumphant entry and they tried to quiet the crowd, what did Jesus say? “If you make these people be quiet the rocks will cry out.” Even the rocks know the Creator. That’s more than you can say about most human beings. So all of creation is waiting for that great day of deliverance from the curse.

Romans 8:23

“And not only they, but ourselves also,… groan within ourselves (if we are true believers today, what is our longing? Oh, for the Lord to come. As we see the world just falling apart, and literally going into the lap of the evil one more and more, how can we help but cry out, “Lord come quickly.” Because if He doesn’t come soon, I can see even in our beloved America changes coming that will effect us as believers. So here we are), waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

Now the redemption of the Soul and Spirit has already been concluded, but we are still waiting for the redemption of our body that Paul says, in I Corinthians Chapter 15, is corruptible. And it is going to suddenly become incorruptible. The moment it’s changed and we go up into the presence of the Lord, receive our rewards and come back to become active participants of the Kingdom here on earth. Let’s look for a moment at the Book of Colossians. I always like to point out that we who are believers today are already members of the Kingdom. The Kingdom today is not on earth, but rather it’s in Heaven. But one day that Kingdom will come on the earth, and you and I are going to be part and parcel of it, because we are already in it. Here, Paul is praying for the Colossi believers. And in that prayer as Paul is winding it up he says:

Colossians 1:12

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (or prepared us) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light (that same language in Roman 8):”

Colossians 1:13

“Who (The Father) hath (past tense) delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath (past tense, it’s already been accomplished if we are believers today. And He hath) translated us into the (what?) kingdom of his dear Son: “

The Kingdom is the Kingdom is the Kingdom. Whatever Kingdom that was promised to David and Solomon, and later to the twelve disciples, later made reference to in the Book of Acts, is the same Kingdom that is mentioned here in Colossians. And it’s the same Kingdom that is coming upon the earth. Now to get a little hint of how our bodies will be. I personally like to think that we when we get into our new resurrected body we will all be the age that Christ was when He was in His earthly ministry, which was of course 30 to 33. So when someone elderly says, “Will I be gray-headed when I get to glory?” I don’t think so. I think we will all be thirty-something with lots of vim and vigor of that age group. They don’t know how good they have it. Do they? Now let’s look at I John for a moment. Here is one little hint:

I John 3:1

“BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” Now here it comes:

I John 3:2

“Beloved, now are (present tense) we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be (in other words we don’t have a full understanding of how we are going to look and so on): but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” And we also read the next verse:

I John 3:3

“And every man (every believer) that hath this hope (that the Lord will be coming, maybe even today) in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

I always like to use the analogy that when my wife knows that we have company coming, what does she do to the old house? Well you clean, and straighten up, and get the guest room ready. Why? Because you are expecting a visitor. Now that should be the attitude of every believer every day. We should keep our spiritual house in order, because any day we could have a visitor. So we know we will be like Him. Now let’s turn to Philippians Chapter 3. Paul always writes to the believer. And he says to you and I:

Philippians 3:20

“For our conversation (or citizenship; as we are already in the Kingdom) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:”

Philippians 3:21

“Who shall change our vile body (this one that is prone to sickness and death), that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body (the body after His Resurrection), according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

Let’s go to Luke 24 and take a quick look at His post-Resurrected body. Our body will be like His. I’ve told my classes over the years, if you want to get a good grasp (as much as Scripture reveals) of how we are going to operate in our new resurrected body, then study the forty days of Christ’s post-Resurrection life. And remember, the disciples had no idea that Christ would die (although He had told them He would), much less that He would rise from the dead. That was totally hidden from them. So now it has happened, and they are still having a hard time accepting it.

Luke 24:36-39

“And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them (the disciples), and saith unto them, `Peace be unto you.’ But they were (what?) terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit, And he said unto them, `Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have,'” Today we speak of our make-up of being flesh and blood, but in the eternal state we will be flesh and bone.

Luke 24:40-43

“And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet, And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, `Have ye here any meat (food. Now this is amazing)?’ And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did (what?) eat before them.” Most people don’t know that. He ate with that glorified body!

Luke 24:44,45

“And he said unto them, `These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.’ Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,”

But here is just one little glimpse of how our new body will be. Remember, He was on the road to Emmaus and all of a sudden He fell in step with the two believers, visited with them and went into the house with them. And after He had finished that little sojourn there, in a split second He was gone back to Jerusalem with the disciples. He didn’t need doors to come and go. He could appear and disappear when He wanted to. And that’s the kind of existence we have ahead of us.