Knowing Our Election of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It is one thing to hear that God called us into His family; however, it is an entirely different thing to know and believe in our hearts that we are members of God’s family. The Epistles of Thessalonians were written to believers who absolutely knew their heavenly standing in God’s household, and were believing daily with hopeful anticipation for the return of their Savior. God’s healing Word teaches believers how to have a well-balanced spiritual life while we are awaiting and anticipating the return, teaching that we have freedom in God’s grace and spiritual understanding.

I and II Thessalonians while revealing truths regarding Christ’s return also shows the believing Christian how to fine-tune their lives as they continue walking in grace with spiritual revelations of divine light.

When people become saved, they can sometimes slide into a lifestyle of rigorous condemnation for every mistake they make, and also they can begin condemning others (at least in their minds). Other believers who learn about their freedom in Christ can sometimes conduct themselves as people living in total lawlessness, knowing (thinking) that no matter what they do, God will forgive them.

In truth, God forgives both of these attitudes, and yet there is a true balance in life between the two, and no matter how good our intentions are, we will from time to time fluctuate between the two. I and II Thessalonians are terrific Epistles that enlighten the believers on how to walk with God being rooted, grounded, and established within the parameters of faith, hope, and charity.

I Thessalonians 1:4 – Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

A major key to begin walking with God is knowing that we are brethren and that we are beloved to God, to Jesus Christ, and to one another. “Your election of God” means that God has chosen you, and the word election can also be translated as a chosen vessel (of God). God has chosen us to have Christ within our earthly vessels (our bodies). The believers that Paul was writing to knew deep within their hearts that they themselves were the chosen of God, and that they were vessels elected and chosen by God into His family, and that all believers were their brothers and sisters in Christ, being members of the spiritual community of God’s household.

I Thessalonians 1:5-8:
-5:  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
-6:  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}:
-7:  So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
-8:  For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

When they received the Gospel, it meant more to them than words with empty meanings because they also received power, and this power helped them overcome all “affliction” or mental pressure and gave them their continuous conviction to walk in the balanced life that God’s Word reveals. The words, “Holy Ghost” mean their holy spirit, a God-given gift, and this gift of holy spirit gave them joy. As the belief of their own convictions in Christ became known to others, they set examples as a living Church who knew their election of God.

The more we learn about our calling and election of God, the greater we can walk with Him in understanding.

Rewards of the Kingdom

“At one time in my life I could not have fathomed receiving the kingdom of God, let alone everything else He gives (Romans 8:17). Then I discovered the author and finisher of my faith, Jesus Christ, and with him, my believing-faith began to grow effortlessly. The reason that we are encouraged to seek the kingdom of God — first, is because God called you unto his kingdom and glory– I Thessalonians 2:12. These are promises to and for those who diligently seek God first, as promised. All we need to do is believe, believe, and believe! Ephesians 3:20 reads, Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, and that power in us is our believing-faith, which energizes us exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. As our own believing-faith grows, we will be enabled to believe in things that at one time in our lives we perhaps thought were impossible, yet with God, all things do become possible (Luke 18:27), as we with our believing-faith begin not only asking and seeking, but also receiving and enjoying, because God is a rewarder.” ~LMJ~

The Elect of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Colossians contains such wonderful truths and it is awe-inspiring for believers to read and learn as they begin or continue in their spiritual walks with God in the knowledge of Christ Jesus our resurrected Savior.  God’s wonderful Word cannot be thoroughly understood in a cursory reading, rather when the believing heart looks to God’s Word for spiritual understanding and guidance, then God begins to reveal Himself in literally byte-sized portions.

When Jesus Christ was physically here, over half of his teachings were less than a single verse of Scripture because he understood the learning process of the human mind in great detail. Yet within those short verses, a world of truth and understanding can be found. For instance: remember when Jesus touched the man with leprosy (Luke 5:12-13)? On first glance we may suspect that Jesus had a magic finger; however, the word touched meant that Jesus embraced this man with a hug (lovingly)! Can you now picture Jesus walking up to this man whose body was literally falling apart and holding him in his arms as the leprosy completely subsided? WOW, this was much more than a touching moment not only for the leper but also for the masses who were watching this demonstration of the love of God that Jesus was displaying.

Jesus’ loving embrace completely set the leper free! This indeed is a wonderful study in God’s healing Word, yet it is only a fragment of Scripture, for with byte-sized morsels of the living bread of life God literally teaches His children.  From time to time in our own lives as we look into the Scriptures we also can spiritually feel the eternal embrace that comes from our heavenly Father, and our resurrected Savior Christ Jesus!

Colossians 3:8-10:
-8: But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
-9:  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
-10:  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

In the Epistles, whenever the Word is asking us to put off something the Word always gives us something else to replace it with. In Colossians God is asking us to put off some incredible ill feelings that spill out into words that will only hurt us eventually. The words, “old man” represents who we were before salvation, and the “new man” represents the Christ within, and God is encouraging us to put this new man on in our minds. The new man can be continually renewed in knowledge after the image of God, Who created the Christ within.

Colossians 3:11-13:
-11:  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
-12:  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
-13:  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Before God’s eyes (and spiritually speaking) we have no earthly credentials because we have Christ within, and we have a heavenly standing that God recognizes. No believer is above or below another in God’s family for we are on the same par because Christ is in all believers equally. We have been elected by God Almighty to partake in the life of Christ. Before we can really forgive others we may, as the elect of God, forgive ourselves (Matthew7:3-5), for then we can genuinely reach out with the love of God and embrace others in the place of our wonderful Savior.

To Remember or Not to Remember – That Is the Question ─ Asked and Answered

“Our God is so awesomely wonderful in what He chooses to remember or not remember. He will remember our helping fellow saints, our labor of love, and how we bless and reach out in love to others in our communities where we live (Galatians 6:10), but He promises, And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more– Hebrews 10:17. So if God will not remember our faults and shortcomings, why in the world do we so often dwell on them? Why do we allow sin consciousness to beat us down so often? The true antidote to sin consciousness is to be a blessing to those whom we can inspire in Christ’s name, for this God remembers and He will not forget. So Praise the Lord!” ~LMJ~