Being Likeminded on God’s Word

“Being likeminded on God’s Word about what Christ Jesus accomplished for us by his life, death, and resurrection will bring blessings not only to our lives, but will also encourage others into the ways of God’s divine will. That {purpose} ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ– Romans 15:6. The purpose for being likeminded on God’s Word is so that we may, as a body of believers, with one mind and mouth glorify God, for this is His due. This is the spiritual standard that Christ set for the Christian Church and is a major building block on the true foundation upon which all true Christianity rests.” ~LMJ~

Ruth – Revealing Our Redeemer

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Ruth 4:14-15a:
-14: And the woman {Ruth} said unto Naomi {her mother-in-law}, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman {redeemer} that his name may be famous in Israel.
-15a: And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: . . .

Although the Book of Ruth contains only four chapters, a wealth of knowledge and understanding is inlaid throughout regarding redemption. The word “kinsman” means the next of kin who has the right of redemption. Ruth, a Gentile, had a husband who was from Israel, and when her husband died, Ruth was released (because of the laws and customs of that day) from any inheritance or possessions or any legal rights that her husband had in Israel.

She was told by Naomi to return back to her home and to her gods, but Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee {Naomi was returning back home to Bethlehem}, for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God;” (Ruth 1:16). This is the statement that made Ruth a great woman, a virtuous woman (Ruth 3:11), and Boaz said of her: “The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust (Ruth 2:12).

What a wonderful statement for man of God to say to a Gentile, and Gentiles were at that time considered unclean and vile.

To the question “who can find a virtuous woman?”, Boaz found one in Ruth,* who learned to have great trust in God. She had the qualities of a virtuous woman which can be read in Proverbs 31:10-31.

Boaz first needed to redeem her former husband’s inheritance back, which he did, then he would be free to marry her; this would give her the redemption of the eternal inheritance that the hope of all Israel had in and for the Redeemer. The Redeemer would be famous in Israel and be the restorer of life ─ eternal life!

The son of Ruth and Boaz was in the direct bloodline of King David (Ruth 4:21-22), and David was in the direct line of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. Without Ruth and her faith, trust, and confidence in God we would not have a Savior!

Ruth had such an important and intricate part in the coming of Christ that she not only got her name recorded in the royal (kingly) lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5), she was the only woman besides Mary to be mentioned in the genealogies of Jesus Christ in the Gospels.

In Matthew 1:16 we read: “And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” There is a huge error in translation here, because the word “husband” in the Greek Text is the word father. Mary’s father was named Joseph; Mary’s husband was also named Joseph. Joseph, Mary’s husband’s father was named Heli (Luke 3:23), while Mary’s father was named Jacob. Joseph was not the father of Jesus Christ, God was! And in this (understanding of the genealogy of Mary, and knowing the story of Ruth), we can receive incredible insights about our Redeemer ─ Jesus Christ.

Galatians 4:4-5a:
-4: But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
-5a: To redeem them that were under the law, . . .

Who was under the Law? Israel was, and through Mary being the mother of Jesus, Jesus was born to be the only redeemer of Israel, who redeemed them from the Law. As Boaz redeemed Ruth so she could receive her rightful inheritance, Jesus in the same way redeemed all of Israel to receive their promised inheritance that God promised to Abraham and the prophets who followed him. After Jesus fulfilled the Law and redeemed Israel, God’s ultimate plan of redemption went into effect for the redemption of all humanity.

Galatians 3:13-14a:
-13: Christ hath redeemed us {not just Israel but the entire world} from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
-14a: That the blessing of Abraham might come {also} on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; . . .

Anyone who was not under the Law, namely every human being that wasn’t in the fold of Israel was under the curse. But when Jesus fulfilled the Law and redeemed Israel, God’s divine plan of redemption for the entire world went into effect to give all people who will simply believe, their eternal inheritance to be in him who is the prophesied “restorer of thy life,” our Redeemer ─ Jesus Christ!

*(See our study, titled: A Virtuous Woman.)

Our Christian Walk with the Father Is

“Our Christian walk with the Father is always a heartfelt spiritual journey into the ways of God and the more abundant life is the result. As a believer we were never called to stand alone, as was done often by individual believers throughout Old Testament times. We, in grace, however, are called into God’s household and His family, being individual members in the Church of God where each of us is important to God, Christ, and one another. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God– Romans 15:7. Glory literally means a manifestation of power, and here in Romans the glory of God represents God having revealed Himself to us through the accomplishments of Christ (initially for us, and now eternally in us), and that we now have God’s permission and personal access to His manifested power. This is available to each believer because of Christ’s resurrection and ascension into heaven, who is now standing at the right hand of God making intercession for us (Romans 8:34).” ~LMJ~

That I Might Know Him

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ is who makes known the heavenly Father to His children (Matthew 11:27b and John 1:18; 14:6). The more we learn about Jesus himself, the more he can introduce God to us.

John 17:26:
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

When we believed and confessed in the resurrection (Romans 10:9-10) we became totally saved. But saved for what, and from what? The answer lies in knowing our Savior, for when we become saved we automatically have a personal Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When we first became truly acquainted with him, we believed the Scripture that God raised him from among the dead. Consider what it took to raise and rescue a brutally battered and totally lifeless man from the clutches of the grave and death. Power – enormous power, almost unfathomable might. Yet we believed in it, and the hope of our own eternal life is contingent upon this power.

Philippians 3:10a:
That I may know him {Jesus Christ}, and the power of his resurrection . . .

Why do you suppose that writing this was so important for the Apostle Paul? Because as Paul began realizing the enormous spiritual power that was now in him (as well as in us), he also understood that it was the same power that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11). After our salvation, the power of Christ begins revealing the true characteristics and attributes of God to men and women (I Corinthians 1:24).

Philippians 3:8a:
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord . . .

The more we learn about the power of our personal Lord and Savior’s resurrection, the more he begins to introduce the ways of God to us, and then the more we become able to live a life not called the abundant life, but “the more abundant life” (John 10:10b). As we continue learning about our personal Savior’s resurrection, power, and the subsequent more abundant life with him that follows, the more Christ Jesus will teach us about his heavenly Father, Who is also now our heavenly Father.

The Simplest, and Best (Biblical) Answer I Know

“After you have believed and confessed in your heart, Romans 10:9-10, the first thing that God asks you for is to receive and enjoy His many blessings. It is God’s healing Word that shows you His divine presence (and presents) as you come to know the love that He has placed in your heart and life. In order to understand and enjoy all God has given may take a little time and patience on our parts as God slowly and delicately begins revealing His true characteristics to the heart of our hearts. Truly a miraculous miracle has taken place in your life because you have passed from judgment to grace, from a child of the world, to a child of God. These are some of the things that God wants you to know and thoroughly understand, and believe me, this takes patience. So where do we learn about those things that God would have us know, and how can we learn to appreciate them once we know of them? We learn from God’s Word, and our appreciation will grow as we learn to accept the grace of God in our lives. This is the simplest, and best (biblical) answer I know. Still, where is His Word? The Holy Scriptures (the Bible) is His Word, and in His Word we find healing (Psalms 107:20), spiritual understanding (John 6:63), and direction (II Timothy 3:16-17), so dig in and get you some!” ~LMJ~