A Living Manual (Emmanuel Which Being Interpreted Is, God with Us- Matthew 1:23)

“Almost everything that we receive in life comes with a manual to follow, such as our computers. Even a simple basketball comes with an instruction manual, written in several languages. However, so many people today think that life itself came without any instructions whatsoever, so people must stumble around in life through trial and error, but not so! God our Father has given us a manual, it is called the Scriptures, and when we believe Scripture we will learn the truth that God absolutely knew what He was doing when He formed, made, and created man because life itself can become ever more exciting when God is with us, and instructing us through Christ, His Emmanuel.” ~LMJ~

In My Father’s House

When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business, but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken– Deuteronomy 24:5. In the Eastern cultures when a couple was married, they spent the first six months living with the wife’s parents, and the second six months living with the husband’s family. Then the family on the husband’s side would build an apartment that they would attach to the house, and there they would live together and raise their family, and have a family support system built right into the whole household, with individual family units within their immediate surroundings. This has significance when Jesus said In my Father’s house are many mansions- John 14:2. The word mansions is the word for apartments which Jesus says he was going to prepare. Today we marry, perhaps take a little trip and then jump right into life; most husbands and wives go straight back to work and the honeymoon abruptly ends with the cares of this world. Thankfully, we will have a future abode wherein we will have an eternity to get to know one another.” ~LMJ~

The Word of God Is Quick and Powerful (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Hebrews 4:12:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The word quick means to be alive or to impart life. It is the opposite of lifeless, for the Word of God is alive, living, and real, unlike the average book that oftentimes contains information that becomes obsolete and/or outdated. In contrast, our God’s Word is living and becomes more renewed and concise in the hearts of our own understanding. The word powerful is the Greek word energees, and means powerful in its action and effectual in its operation; our English words for kinetic, active, energetic, and exercised energy comes from energees. Jesus, when speaking about the Scriptures said, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Jesus understood just how quick and powerful the living Word of God can be when placed and believed in a believer’s heart, for those living words can sustain godly thoughts and intents that guide our steps along life’s path to the Creator of life.

Ephesians 6:17:
And take {receive for yourself} the helmet of salvation, and {receive also} the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The word take in the Greek Text is the word for receive, receive to oneself; rather than to take; you see, we receive the protective helmet of salvation when we become saved, and we are also encouraged to receive the sword of the Spirit, which, as the Scripture points out, is the word of God. This sword is offered, not for impairment (as one normally thinks of the function of a sword), but to bless, to encourage, and to exhort our endeavors to enjoy life being immersed in the graceful quick and powerful Word of God. We have the God-given permission to receive our helmet of salvation and the word of God into our lives for they will help perfect our fellowship with our heavenly Father, and Christ Jesus, our risen Lord and Savior. One way that Hebrews 4:12 could begin is that “the Word of God is living energy,” because the words in the Scripture are the very life and essence of God’s power, as Peter confessed to Jesus about the spirit and life that were conveyed through the words he spoke: “thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:68), and this is why the Word of God is still so quick and powerful to this very day.

God’s Word, even now “effectually worketh also in you that believe” (I Thessalonians 2:13), and the reason that the principles in the Word still effectually worketh is because of its life-giving properties. When and as the Word of God is believed in the heart it will produce “joy and rejoicing” (Jeremiah 15:16), for the Word is an enabling, spiritual powerbase that men and women of God may rely upon, not only in times of need but also in times of prosperity and abundance. Believing is how the words of God that we have placed in our hearts (Psalms 119:11) become energized into spiritual, living energy as it enlightens the human mind with “testimonies” that are “everlasting” (Psalms 119:144). The Word itself is a great and rewarding treasure (Psalms 119:62) when placed in the hearts of believers as they continue receiving the delights recorded and released from within the words of God.

God’s Word is also sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. Sometimes we confuse the soul and the spirit, using them interchangeably, quite often thinking they are the same thing. This misunderstanding causes no problems when found in the literature of man; however, in the powerful literature of eternity, they mean two separate things that when divided accurately will bring spiritual insight into our lives. The amazing Word of God shows us a unique distinction, for whenever the word soul is used in the Bible, it means our breath life (Genesis 2:7). We were born with soul at the very moment we took our first breath, and when we take our last breath – our soul is gone. The soul gives us physical, mortal life (I Corinthians 15:50). On the other hand, the spirit that we have is a gift created by God and given to us at the very moment of our salvation (Romans 8:15; and II Corinthians 5:5). The spirit gives us spiritual, immortal, everlasting life (Romans 8:11).

I was once told that science has yet to distinguish between where the marrow of a joint ends and where the joint actually begins, and thus there is no scalpel or laser (or two-edged sword) that could sever the two parts perfectly. True or not, the light in the Word is so brightly sharp that it can distinguish the difference. After all, God should know the difference, for He formed the human body, made the soul, and created the spirit within. Marrow imparts the essence of the life within the body, and the joints imply the movement of life, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). The life of the soul gives one the ability to live here (on earth); the spirit gives one the ability to live there (in the eternity of everlasting heaven). So biblically, there is a huge difference between the soul and spirit and between the marrow and joints, yet they work in concert and in complete harmony with the quick and powerful Word of God to impart spiritual understanding and wisdom.

Isaiah 55:11:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void {or useless}, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Contrary to some very popular thought (and ignorance), God is not dead! God is real, and His Word is not only quick and powerful but it accomplishes everything that it says it will do, and will work as it promises when we believe (I Thessalonians 2:13). The wonderful Word that came from the mouth of God, which He sent and gave to us, is priceless, for all Scripture is the inspiration of God (II Timothy 3:16), as Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Psalms 107:20 reads that, “He {God} sent His Word and healed them,” and this is why His Word will prosper us and reveal spiritual health to our minds, for we are those to whom God has sent His quick and powerful Word.

Jesus was also sent by God, as Jesus is the living Word (John 1:14), and he being the Word becomes our window into spiritual understanding. Jesus Christ is the golden thread that leads one’s heart to God Himself and is the reason God sent His Son to us. In our e-Booklet series, The Golden Thread (available in our online bookstore), we disclose from the Bible many of the details of the principles Jesus taught so that the reader may have and experience for themselves the spiritual rewards that he reveals throughout the Scriptures while bringing to light the realities of the living God. Jesus said in John 12:45, “And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.” When and as we, from the Scriptures, see Jesus as the living Word, then we will see and understand that Jesus is quick and powerful – the living energy that God provided by his lovingkindness to sustain us. Even to this day, Jesus is what will prosper the believer from within, for he is the healing Word that we may invite into our lives (Revelation 3:20), as he leads us into “life eternal.”

John 17:3; and 25–26:
-3: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
-25: O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these {his disciples, believers like you and I} have known that thou hast sent me.
-26: And I have declared unto them thy name, and will {even to this very day} declare it {and why?}: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

In Hebrews 4:12, the Greek word for marrow is muelos, and from the word muelos we get the Latin word medulla. The Greek word for joints is harmos, and the only place in the human body where the two, the marrow (medulla) and joints actually connect are at the medulla oblongata located at the base of the brain. The medulla oblongata connects the brain and the upper spine. All other marrow in the human body is basically encased by bone, and bones connect to joints, muscles, ligaments, etc., rather than the marrow connecting directly to joints, and thus the medulla oblongata is the probable place in the body that Hebrews 4:12 is referring to with the words muelos and harmos. Verse 12 is stating the simple point that God’s Word can reach deeply in our lives, even into the innermost places of our beings to enlighten our hearts, and that just as the muelos and harmos have specific purposes and tasks that literally connect to every one of our body functions through the medulla oblongata, so can the quick and powerful Word positively affect every part of our spiritual well-being.

The words dividing asunder in Hebrews 4:12 do not literally mean to cut apart or to sever apart, but to separate between different things, to clearly distinguish separate parts, such as between the soul and spirit, or the joints and marrow, or the thoughts and intents of the heart. To experience God working in our lives we need to acknowledge what He gave to us, and that is specifically His Word, i.e., Jesus Christ – he is our Savior, and he is the embodiment of the quick and powerful Word living within our hearts to help direct and support our lives as we learn to walk with our heavenly Father.

God’s Word is also a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The word discerner means that the quick and powerful Word critiques, and what the Word critiques is the heart. The heart in the Bible represents our innermost being, where we think and reason things out and make decisions. When we have the quick and powerful Word in our hearts, we can make discernments that are based on biblical truths and concepts. The word thoughts mean our emotions, and the word intents mean our ideas or notions that we can carry out in our actions. Thoughts lead to our intents, our intents will critique biblical endeavors to help us walk in a heartfelt relationship with God through Christ, our Savior, as promised. Just as the head (the inner heart), inspires the body into actions (or movements); the living Word inspires the individual believer’s heart into walking with God through Christ.

I John 4:9:
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live {moment by moment, even today} through him.

God’s Word and His love softens the most hardhearted hearts and warms the soul as it reaches into the innermost depths of our thought processes to enlighten our inner souls. The quick and powerful Word lifts up the downtrodden, comforts the bereaved, and encourages those who have lost hope, as the penetrating Word gives men and women the joy of inspiring them, individually, to become more Christ-like disciples. Romans 10:8 reveals, “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach,” and this word of faith (the Word that builds and strengthens one’s faith) is introduced in our own hearts by the Physician of the heart – Jesus Christ. He can bring us back up from the brink of all despair and from all the peripheries of hopelessness as he delivers and shows us the way into complete and endearing fellowship with our heavenly Father.

Hebrews 4:13 discloses, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” The two words to do are only one word in the Greek Text, and that is the word logos, and the logos means the Word of God, and according to the context, this Word of God is what He sees within the heart of His beloved children. God has given us His quick and powerful Word so that we have something uncommonly good and in common with Him, His wonderful, empowering Word. Receiving and enjoying this is the beginning of everlasting fellowship as His Word continues to permeate and uplift our hopes and dreams from within our hearts, and this is doing something wonderful before His eyes! The Psalmist wrote, “The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart {are} to all generations” (Psalms 33:11), and yes, this includes our generation in this day and time. Just mulling the wonderful Word around in our minds and allowing the thoughts of his heart to filter up into our hearts will cultivate godly concepts and produce inspired actions, these are things God not only will never forget, but He will reward our efforts forever and ever.

Psalms 16:11; and 37:18:
-11: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
-18: The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

Folks so very often dispute and refute the words of life, never allowing the words in the perpetual manuscript of eternity to take root and spring to life in the fruitful ground of their hearts, “But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit” (Matthew 13:23). Oh what a blessing it is to really begin enjoying the fruitful Word of God that will produce eternal fruit that we may share not only with other believers, but with our heavenly Father, divine fruits such as love, joy, and peace. This is the reward that we have, as we “are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15). To bring forth fruit with patience is to enjoy the benefits of the spiritual fruit for all eternity, because the Word of God “liveth and abideth for ever” (I Peter 1:23).

Psalms 119:111:
Thy testimonies {God’s Word} have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

I Peter 1:25:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you {and what is preached unto you “is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach” Romans 10:8}.

Hebrews 4:12 shows that the living Word will critique the very thoughts and emotions that men and women have, not only about life but also about how to be pleasing to God. The living Word itself critiques the thoughts and emotions of our hearts, guiding us into deeper understandings and revelations of God Himself (Ephesians 1:17–20), and of Jesus Christ who said, “I have given them thy word” (John 17:14), because, The Word of God is quick and powerful.

John 17:20–26 (The Amplified Bible):*
-20: {Jesus is praying to God his Father.} Neither for these alone {Jesus’ disciples in the first century} do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,
-21: That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.
-22: I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one:
-23: I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.
-24: Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me] may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me [Your love gift to Me]; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
-25: O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has failed to recognize You and has never acknowledged You, I have known You [continually]; and these men understand and know that You have sent Me.
-26: I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and Your very Self, and I will continue to make [You] known, that the love which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them [felt in their hearts] and that I [Myself] may be in them.

I Thessalonians 2:13; and 5:23–24 (The Amplified Bible):*
-13: And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].
-23: And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
-24: Faithful is He Who called you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you].

Hebrews 4:12 (The Amplified Bible):*
For the Word of God that speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of the joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Our Inseparable God

“The healing Word of God grows and becomes more actively alive in proportion to how much we allow the Word to hold us up in our personal lives. For some, the only place for Christianity is in the local Church and when some leave the building they end up leaving God at the altar and the Bible behind in the pew. The true blessings of God come into being when we recognize that our heavenly Father is with us 24/7, and that it is His desire to bless us with His love, grace, and peace.”  ~LMJ~

Peter – Revealing Our Stewardship of Grace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Apostle Peter, who had walked on water with his Lord and Savior, wrote I and II Peter. Peter was a great man of God, contrary to what some believe and write about. It is true that he emphatically denied that he knew who Jesus was (without being in Peter’s shoes ourselves and facing what he had to face, it would be impossible to imply that anyone could have done any better).

It is true that he continually made mistakes. Peter rebuked Jesus once (at least Peter was man enough to speak his mind), and another time he swore that he would stand with Jesus no matter what the situation or consequence, and then he told Jesus that he was quitting the ministry and going back to his fishing profession.  Peter was an eyewitness of the actual sufferings of Jesus Christ. As we know from the Gospels and the Book of Acts, Peter continued getting back up, leaving us today with his example of a steward of the grace of God.

Peter was one of the greatest believers in the first century. The Word of God is so wonderful to show us the heart and life of Peter who typifies what could be any believer today who continues endeavoring to walk with God. Because we are not perfect, thankfully God only asks us to try and walk in His love, while His grace and love covers for our mistakes.

We will all blow it from time to time, but knowing that we have God’s divine grace in our lives, we may continue rising above those circumstances that caused us to screw up in the first place.

The Epistles of Peter express many wonderful truths; one that we will highlight today is our stewardship of grace given to each believer with the love of God, so that we may continue to rise up and walk with God while helping others along our way.

Peter experienced the grace of God upon his life, and so it is fitting that Peter wrote about God’s grace and our stewardship that came with Jesus Christ because Peter thoroughly understood and was thankful for the grace he enjoyed.

I Peter 4:8-10:
-8: And above all things have fervent charity {intensely given love} among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
-9: Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
-10: As every man {every believer} hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

One of the wonderful things that set the Christian apart is having spiritual love which God has given to us. Spiritual love covers when we sin, for our shortcomings, and when we are weak in our believing, and these combined are the multitude of sins that God’s love covers.

No one is perfect, yet God’s love is; thus the Word of God encourages us to extend love with spiritual intensity to each other, and as Jesus taught, this love proves first to ourselves that we are his disciples, then shows others that we are his disciples (John 13:34-35).

This is why Peter stated “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned {without discrimination} love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (I Peter 1:22). Love not only covers a multitude of sins, but also purifies the soul of the lover, causing him to be pure before his Maker!

We have received the gift of God’s love, which was manifested in the life of Christ, and has been given to us in and by grace. God’s love encourages us to minister the same love to each other. This is our stewardship of grace.

“Manifold” means that the grace of God is multifaceted, like the life of Jesus himself, or like the morning sky changing into hundreds of pastel colors ever so slightly with every moment and with every blink of our eyes. God’s divine grace is always forgiving, and is always given to us with love, and this we can minister one to another, proving God’s grace and love to be genuinely true and gentle as God continues holding us in His loving arms.

I Peter 4:11 – If any man speak {about the manifold grace of God}, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth {we can speak authoritatively because God has given to us His grace}: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion {strength} for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus Christ is who made grace available, “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Jesus, being the true subject of Scripture, continues revealing to us how to enjoy and walk within our divine gift from the Father.

When we speak the “oracles of God” i.e., the declaration of God’s grace, then we reciprocate back to our God – glory, and we discover the praise and strength of him who brought to us God’s grace – Jesus Christ.

God has given every believer a great ministry, Our Stewardship of Grace to enjoy and share with one another. What a marvelous standing we have in God’s family, and with him who gave his all for us, Christ the Lord.