Love, Knowledge and Truth

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge {of God and His healing Word} and in all judgment {in all discernment}- Philippians 1:9. Paul prayed that their love may abound more and more, yet this was not simply a prayer to continue loving one another. Beyond that he prayed they would learn to love more and more the precious knowledge of God, for this knowledge can help the believers discern between evil and good, between darkness and light, and between that which may be in error and that which is in truth. ~LMJ~

The Heart of Giving and Receiving

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Giving is a spiritual principle established by God in the beginning. It is a powerful principle certifying that when we give we also receive — more. Yet some have distorted and abused this divine principle of giving so that the emphasis on our receiving abundance from God has fallen by the wayside. In this study, I want to explain some spiritual truths that will energize for you the spiritual principles of “giving and receiving,” and bring the true light of God’s healing Word to the forefront with logical reasoning that will augment the dynamic teaching of the Scriptures. If you have ever been hassled, dogged, hit up, ridiculed, or begged for money, then this study will truly thrill your heart.

A Christian friend came to me a few years ago with tears in his eyes and when I asked about his sadness, he handed me a note that his minister gave him. It said that he should not be blaming God for car accidents that he would inevitably have, because his minister noticed that he had not been giving much money to his Church lately. My friend was terrified to drive his car, so to avoid an accident he had his daughter drive him to work and back, and everywhere else he needed to go, because he feared that God was out to get him. That horrible note broke his heart, and for a time he was so afraid that, he quit praying to God. (That was after going to Church and praying for nearly sixty years.) I explained to him some of what we will be looking at, and I showed him from the Scriptures why the note he received was untrue.

The Scriptures boldly proclaim that our God is a loving Father, but the Scriptures do not teach that God is the “godfather” extorting protection money from His children. God is love, and light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. Unless Scripture is manipulated, we also will not find verses propounding that God will protect us from the Devil if we give money because that is still paying for protection. It is a devilish idea to assume these unscriptural notions come from God and His healing Word. In all of the Church Epistles written directly to us, God never demands giving money or paying God or His ministers for protection (and besides God does not need money, nor can He spend it). Giving, whether it is your time, your talents, your resources, or your money is the biblical ministry of true receiving. The Bible says that God loves a cheerful giver. Nevertheless, how in the world can anybody really give cheerfully if he or she lives in fear of God’s retribution? One could not!

II Corinthians 9:6-8:
-6: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
-7: Every man according as he purposeth in his {own} heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
-8: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

These verses relate to the attitude of the mind and heart, because if we do not understand the true spiritual heart behind giving we might give either sparingly or grudgingly and receive only sporadically. However, when we truly understand God’s Word and we know that we have received blessings from God (Ephesians 1:3), then with purpose of heart we may, out of those blessings, give back bountifully and receive bountifully as well. This will cause us to experience the delight in having “all grace” abounding in our lives to the point that we will receive all sufficiency in all areas of our lives. This further causes us to abound in “every good work” that we may cheerfully pursue.

The Upwards Performance of God Within

Being confident of this very thing, that he {God} which hath begun a good work in you will perform it {perfect it} until the day of Jesus Christ– Philippians 1:6. The good work in you is that God has already placed the spiritual seed of Christ in you. The word perform means that the good work that God began, the work of placing Christ within, will eventually bring the believers into perfection and full maturity which will occur when Christ returns for us.” ~LMJ~

The Song of Solomon – Revealing Our Beloved

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Song of Solomon (also called Solomon’s Song) has been debated and misinterpreted for centuries, some believe that it is a love story or a sexual book; others think it is just plain pornography. Some believe it is an allegory about Mary the mother of Jesus, some think it is about the Church of God, and others hold to the suspicion that Solomon’s Song should not even be in the Bible.

In order for us to begin understanding any of the Book we need to discover the master-key which will unlock its meaning to us and this key will give us true spiritual understanding.

The key is Christ: Jesus Christ is the subject of the Bible, and in the Song of Solomon, Jesus Christ is our “beloved,” he is the bridegroom of the bride (Israel), and he is the “chiefest among ten thousand.”

Solomon’s Song 5:10; 16a:
-10: My beloved is white and ruddy {“ruddy” means red ─ “white and red,” means that he is distinguished}, the chiefest among ten thousand.
-16a: His mouth is most sweet {for he would speak the sweet words that come from God}: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, . . .

I was once at a concert with literally hundreds of thousands of people, I could not even see my friends who were only about 10 feet away because all of the faces in the crowd were so close together. Yet as Jesus Christ becomes our beloved, then we will be able to see him clearly because he is the “chiefest among ten thousand.” He said that his disciples were indeed his friends (John 15:15), and he can become our best friend.

In Solomon’s Song there are many passages that we cannot presently understand: there is nothing wrong whatsoever to admit that we do not know it all (this is an honest view). Realizing that we are not “know-it-all’s” is the first step in our quest for spirituality because we are all students of the Word.

The folly of man comes into play when we act as though we know it all when in truth we do not; it would be better to understand a single byte of Scripture than to scan a thousand verses without really knowing what we read. Instead of worrying about what we do not understand in the Song, let us focus on what we can know, for then and only then will Christ the Master-key (and Golden Thread who holds the Word together) appear in our searching hearts as he begins revealing spiritual truths to us.

The Song of Solomon can only be understood in the light that the book was written first and foremost to the twelve tribes of Israel, to the believers who anticipated and hoped in the Beloved’s coming.

All of the external interpretations given today, even with the best intentions, that leave Christ out of the picture, are in error.  Solomon’s Song was written to Israel (who were living before the coming of Christ). We cannot apply or fully understand the complete significance of what Solomon wrote because we live in the age of grace, rather than in the age of those who lived under the Old Testament Law.

But this we do know for certain, that God inspired, blessed, and sanctified every word in the book, and when we come to God’s Word knowing that Christ is the subject, then we will be able to glean tremendous truths that have been unseen for centuries.

I John 3:2a – Beloved, now {not someday, but NOW} are we the sons of God, . . .

God said of Jesus Christ “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). When God said that His Son is Beloved, it was because God was “well pleased” with him, and today God is also well pleased with us because we too are also beloved of God. However, without Christ, without knowing him as the golden thread that binds the Scriptures together, we could only condemn ourselves, never elevating our believing up to the standards that the healing Word presents to us because of our Savior Jesus Christ!

The more we see Jesus Christ as the Beloved of God, the greater he will show to us how beloved we really are to him and to our heavenly Father. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 12:42 “a greater than Solomon is here.” By referring to himself as “greater than Solomon,” he means that he came to give us understanding in order that we may absolutely know him and his Father (I John 5:20).

When we look to Jesus through the Scriptures and see him as being our true friend, and as our Beloved, we will enable him to continue revealing himself to our hearts.