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Excerpt from the Funeral 

Message for Bernard Grysen
by R.B. Theime, Jr., May 26th, 1995

On November 22, under the stars of an alien sky somewhere in the South Pacific, Philip Welsher, 22, of the United States Marines, breathed his last. Mother and Dad and his beloved home were far away; horror, violence and devastation were all around. But Phil was "looking up", far beyond the stars, into the face of his Saviour.

Phil's last message to his Mother and Dad was written more than a year before his death. His pals found it amont his few possessions and mailed it home at once, in accordance with the request found on the envelope.


Somewhere in the Pacific
September 16

Dear Folks,

I am writing this letter in the hope that after my death it will be forwarded to you. My purpose in writing this is twofold. First, that you may be assured that, while we are temporarily separated, we know that we shall soon be joined together with Christ in the presence of God. As I write this I am in very little danger, but who can tell what the morrow may bring? We simply trust God to give us the victory in temporal things as well as spiritual matters.

As I pass on, I wish to leave behind a testimony to the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that God may be glorified in my death more than he was in my life. Today, knowing that I may very soon be called to give an account of myself, I can say that I am trusting only in Jesus Christ who died as a sacrifice for my sins that I might have eternal life. He paid the price with His own precious life, and by simple faith in Him I am cleansed from all unrighteousness.

I am now with Jesus, and all is well with my soul. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me shall never die.” (John 11:25,26)

My second purpose in writing this letter, Dad, is that you might make the way of salvation clear to a friend to whom I have written a similar letter. Give the message as from me that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3,4). Say, also, that in Him shall we meet again.

Dry your tears, Mom, a son has been called Home, where he waits to be joined by the dearest parents a boy could have. Perhaps consolation may be found in knowing that when we shall again be together, it shall be even as He promised: “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

My life and the lives of my buddies have not been given in vain. We have fought and died to maintain those God-given liberties with which we have been blessed. Now, for just a little while, I would say, good-bye, and God be with you till we meet again.


Your loving son,

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Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. — Psalm 19:14


1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,


Paul wrote the Corinthians to address problems with false teaching. One area of struggle was false Gospel messages. In these two verses, Paul reminded the Corinthians of the correct—and only— Gospel message that must be believed by the unrighteous sinner for salvation: Christ died for our sins and rose again. The Gospel message is an account of the literal historical event in which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross to pay for your sins and those of every other person who has ever or will  ever live. Then, He rose from the dead to validate that He had secured the possibility of salvation for the entire world. This event took place on a weekend in history two thousand years ago. The Gospel is not a subjective occurrence that happens in one’s heart, nor is it a personal story of how one came to believe. The accuracy of our understanding of this message is of the utmost importance since it has eternal consequences.


Too often people put the focus of the Gospel message on the creature rather than the Creator. They pervert the message by adding some work on the part of the unbeliever to the perfect and complete Work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For the Gospel message to be accurately understood, the focus must always be our Redeemer Christ Jesus. The message tells us what Christ did for us and that He did it completely and sufficiently so that the entire human race is afforded the same opportunity to receive His gift of salvation. There is nothing we can add to our gift of Salvation from God. We must simply believe. 


Paul’s account of the Philippian jailor is an excellent example of the simple requirement for salvation. God the Holy Spirit could have inspired Paul to provide the full list of steps required for man to be saved, but He inspired only one step: "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31). The only requirement on our part for salvation is to believe in the Work that Christ Jesus performed on the cross for our sins. Being baptized by man does not play a part in our salvation; it is the Holy Spirit who baptizes us at the moment we believe. We do not request or invite Christ into our heart or life in order to be saved. Why would Christ want to come into the cesspool of any unregenerate sinner! We simply believe in the Work He did for our salvation. We do not have to say a special prayer or perform any public act in order to be saved. We do not have to confess any specific sins, repent about anything but our opinion of Jesus Christ, or change our lives in any way in order to be saved. We don’t have to do anything other than believe that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, died as a substitute for us to pay the capital punishment that we deserve for our sins. A simple act of belief is the only requirement for us to receive the eternal salvation that can never be taken from us.


The only way we can be absolutely certain that we are saved is if the requirement for our salvation is dependent solely on the work of our absolutely infallible God. God did all of the work required for us to be saved; therefore, we can have comfort knowing that it was absolutely correct and complete. If we had to perform some ritual or work for our salvation, how could we have confidence that we did it right, knowing that we are certainly not infallible? That’s where the Lord’s grace steps in and makes the only requirement on our part an act of belief in His Work. We either believe the message or we don’t; there is no subjective middle ground or grey area. Through God’s grace, he offered us salvation through our faith and not by any work on our part (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ’s work on the cross and the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit performs the Work, not anything we have done (Titus 3:5).


As believers, we must make sure we have a clear understanding of the Gospel message so that we are prepared to share the message accurately with everyone around us. We should all be able and willing to clearly articulate the Gospel to others. In fact, we are commanded to do just that in 1 Peter 3:15. God desires the entire human race to come to Him and receive salvation through clear understanding of and belief in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. The only way someone can believe the message is if we give them a clear account of the historical event. We must be prepared to deliver that message accurately with the focus always on Christ, our Creator-God, and not on any work of man. 


Praise the Lord for providing such a clear and simple message of salvation that requires no work on our part and has such unimaginable rewards as a result of understanding our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

These Morning Meditations are commentaries on the Word of God written by Tommy Northcott, member of Pleroma Bible Church in Tullahoma, TN.

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