That’s Just Terrific!

“Colossians 3:3 reads, For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Well, being dead does not sound all that terrific! Yet what this means from the Greek Text is that spiritually we have died to sin (Romans 6:2, I Peter 2:24), and to the law (Romans 7:4, Galatians 2:19), and now we are spiritually raised to completely live in our new nature of heavenly life in the glory of God (Romans 6:1ff).” ~LMJ~

Safely Anchored

“We are now members in the household of God (Ephesians 2:19) being His sons (I John 3:1-2), and with our new identity in Christ, we each have a special interceder working on our behalf in heaven (Romans 8:34). The more we learn about Christ Jesus from the Scriptures, the more we will truly find ourselves to be in him, safely anchored (Hebrews 6:19) now ― and for all eternity.” ~LMJ~

Faith, Hope, and Charity (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will be taking a look at faith, hope, and charity to learn how they work together. Our goal is to acquire a further understanding of their meaning in the Scriptures, for they are the footing on which the more abundant life rests. In this byte we will briefly look at all three and concentrate on each one in particular in other Bible bytes.

I Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Once, I was told by an individual that “charity was the best gift a person could receive from God,” and he got this idea from the verse above. However, the Bible doesn’t say that charity is the best gift, rather the Bible says charity is “the greatest.” Also, the Bible does not state “faith and hope are not really as good.” The reason that charity is the greatest is because it is a God-given master key for unlocking our own faith, and faith opens up to us and reveals “the hope of His calling” (Ephesians 1:18). So with charity, our faith and hope are energized.

“Faith” is the Greek word pistis, and means believing, believing faith. “Hope” is the Greek word elpis, and it means future hope, it is usually in the context of the hope men and women have for the return of Christ (still a future event). “Charity” is the Greek word agapee and means the love of God.

I Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly;” means that today we do not know it all, even with all the abundance that God’s Word reveals to us. This phrase is in reference to our believing faith, “for we walk by faith {believing}, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). The next words, “but then face to face” means when we meet Christ “face to face,” because of our hope in his imminent return. “Now I know in part;” is again in reference to our believing faith, to believe what we do know. “But then shall I know even as I am known” is again in reference to our hope, when we will receive all that we have hoped in because then we will have been perfected and will be enjoying our lives with God and with Jesus Christ in eternity.

Charity, the love of God we have will activate our faith, our believing faith to love as God’s Word encourages. Charity energizes our believing faith, and our believing faith will appropriate the revealed promises of God. Our believing faith energizes our anticipation in the hope of Christ’s return for us, and our hope is a necessary ingredient for living charitably. This is why all three are so wonderful and worthy of our taking the time to understanding them more clearly, and I am sure they will give you great inspiration, as well as great expectations.

The vehicle to help facilitate our believing and inspire our hope is charity, yet all three of these are important to living our lives in true godliness. “And now abideth {remains here for you} faith, hope, charity.”

Jesus Took (So We Could Receive)

“Jesus took our sins, our condemnations, our shortcomings, and our faults to his cross and buried them there at Calvary (John 1:20 and I Peter 2:24), yet man feels so inadequate at times that he tries to dig them up and cloak himself with his old nature (see Romans 6:4 and Colossians 1:20-22). But by doing so, he denies to himself his new life and nature in Christ which is given to shine forth from his inner heart (see Romans 8:1-18, II Corinthians 5:17, and Colossians 1:27; 3:1-2).” ~LMJ~

A New Commandment

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 13:34 – A new commandment I {Jesus} give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Here in the Gospel of John, Jesus had just given his disciples and Apostles a new commandment. This commandment was so new that they really did not fully comprehend it until after Christ Jesus was resurrected and ascended up into heaven and they began living within their new commandment. The new commandment was to live in love. This love was greater than any love known to man before Christ had shown them. Jesus then explains the benefits of living this new commandment of love:

John 13:35 – By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

When and where we apply this new commandment, Jesus had said that all men would know whose disciple we would be. Love is one of the greatest things that God in Christ has ever given to humanity. Walking in love not only will identify us as Christ’s disciples, but living today in love is the way that Jesus taught us how to walk with him.

I John 4:20 – If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother {another Christian}, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

It is impossible to say with genuine conviction that “I love God” if one hates. This word “hates” means to slight or dislike; however, the emphasis here is not on the negative (the slighting and disliking), but rather the emphasis is to focus on the love of God. As God’s love cannot be seen, neither can God be seen, but what can be seen are those whom God has called, those who are children of God.

I John 4:21 – And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Have you ever wondered: “How do I know if I really love God?” Well this is the test and the proof to that question. When we love believers as Jesus taught, then there is no question as to whether or not we love God, for when we love one another, we are Christ’s disciples and we indeed do love our God. God will always bless the believers who walk in the new commandment and love one another as Jesus Christ himself did.  Have a lovely day – God Bless!