The Calling of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It would be next to impossible to present the grace of God to others enthusiastically while being fearful about our own future. Today we are bombarded from every direction with unimaginable fears about doomsday, Armageddon, and the wrath of God. These fears have been running rampant for years around the world and have scared people, especially Christian people, half to death. However, most about what people say regarding the future for the Christian believer and the world are, simply put – not true!

I Thessalonians 5:9-10a:
For God hath not appointed {or called} us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us . . .

To be appointed for an office or a position someone needs to call and appoint us. God has called us to Himself even before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4 and I Thessalonians 2:12). Contrary to popular thought, belief, and doctrine, our calling is to obtain salvation rather than wrath. We have the God-given right and privilege of obtaining this calling based entirely on the completed work of our Savior who died for us. In the Greek text, the word saved is sozo and means to be made spiritually whole (through the receiving of the gift of holy spirit), and to be saved from eternal death (into the lake of fire), and judgment (at the last day). Because Jesus gave his life for you and for me, we are truly saved from the wrath to come. Jesus already passed completely through the judgments for us. This is all included and given to us in the calling of God.

I Thessalonians 1:10:
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Our deliverance from the future wrath is thankfully based on the completed work of our heavenly Father Who raised Christ from the dead. Yes—there will be wrath coming in the future; however, the believers are totally exempt from wrath and will be rescued by “. . . His son from heaven,” who will take us back to heaven with him (I Thessalonians 4:13-18). Not only will we be delivered from the wrath to come but Jesus has also “. . . delivered us from this present evil world (Galatians 1:3-4).” Life with our Savior began by our belief and confession of Romans 10:9-10, and from that moment onward we have the privilege and the responsibility of learning and living in the true grace and calling of God, being made free from any and all of the wrath and judgments to come upon this world. Have a great day, God bless you!

The Greatest Day of our Lives!

“In the future there is going to be a gathering together of the believers (I Thessalonians 4:14-18), when Christ comes back in the clouds above and gathers us up into the heavenlies to be with God. (This is going to be without a doubt, the greatest day of our lives!) Spiritually today we are already risen (by the power and glory of God) to a new life in Christ (Romans 6:9-13). Romans 15:7 reads wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God because having fellowship with another believer is the next best thing this side of the actual gathering together into the heavenlies. Being with another likeminded believer (or believers), having the common bond of the Scriptures, is to experience (at least in part) the greatness of the glory of God as a genuine foretaste of how glorious our heavenly gathering will be. Hebrews 10:25 encourages the assembling of believers together. Obviously this is not a command to gather at every spare moment of every day; however, when we do fellowship with another believer, being likeminded on the Word, we will become spiritually linked with others who are going to live throughout eternity with us in the glory of God.  We are to treat other believers with the same honor and respect that God in Christ has honored us with, according to the guiding instructions recorded in the Epistles.” ~LMJ~

Speaking With Grace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes: 

Colossians 4:6:
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

The word “speech” in the Greek text is the word logos. This word is usually translated in the Bible as “word” and is used for the Word of God itself. In the phrase “let your speech be always with grace” we are exhorted to speak kindly and affectionately with the favor and authority of God’s own grace. How often have we heard hellfire and brimstone accompanied with negatives relating to God, or His Word? Here in Colossians 4:6, God exhorts us to speak of His loving favor to others rather than about wrath and condemnation. We can authoritatively speak about the true grace of God because we were saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8).

The phrase “. . . seasoned with salt” means to present God’s grace in a savory and flavorsome way to others as it has been (or at least should have been) spoken to you. God obviously foresaw that His Word would at times be mishandled, wrongly interpreted, and spoken with venomous wrath and condemnation, and even in hypocrisy to others. Salt in the Bible is not only used as a preservative but it also represents one’s commitment and dedication to God. We are saved for eternity and have been entrusted with God’s Word (II Corinthians 5:19). As we ourselves become committed to His Word, He then kindly asks us to speak His Word entrusted to us with grace (I Corinthians 5:18-20).

Then the next phrase in Colossians 4:6 is “. . . that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” We cannot answer until a question is put forth. As others become aware of our Christian standing and see our excitement, they will without a doubt begin to ask us questions. Some people may be very sincere (perhaps they are searching as we have done in the past). Others may ask with other motives. Either way, God wants us to be prepared to speak of His divine grace. As we answer in the way God encourages us to, others will see our commitment and dedication to Him, which will promote our genuine sincerity as well as placing God in the favorable light due to Him (I Peter 3:15).

This is why the verse preceding Colossians 4:6 states “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without . . .” To walk in the wisdom of God’s gracious Word toward them who are without may be the key factor in someone’s decision to make the ultimate confession in Romans 10:9-10 and live a life with God in His loving abundant grace, as we have.

 

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~