The Word of Life

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Once God’s healing Word begins to permeate our hearts, and our thoughts begin to reflect that which is written in the Scriptures, then we will begin realizing that we have indeed received the actual Word of life from the heart of God. Paul said in Philippians:

Philippians 2:12 – Wherefore, my brethren, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

The believers were obedient to the Word of life, irrespective of whether Paul was there personally watching over them, because the Word itself began to uplift them. The Word of God was changing them from the inside, out, for God’s Word is pure (Psalm 12:6). The word “salvation” does not relate to our already God-given salvation, but rather salvation means to be made spiritually whole and entire. The Word of life freely gives to us inner spiritual completeness as we continue to accept it with a believing heart that they are God’s words. The words “fear and trembling” literally means to have reverent respect for the Word of life, and to become obedient to the words that will bring our hearts closer and closer to God’s heart.  We become ever more connected to our heavenly Father and His Word of life proportionally to our inner respect and obedience from belief of the Scriptures. Verse twelve shows us what we can do for ourselves, while verse thirteen (below), shows us what God can and has done for us, giving to us not fear and trembling, but good pleasure to walk hand in hand with our Savior and with our heavenly Father.

Philippians 2:13 – For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

One way that God works within us is through His words that we have placed within our minds. God works via two specific avenues. The first way is to help us have the “will” to do His good pleasure and since God designed life and gave us freedom of will – His words in our mind can be the inspiration and energy of our wills. The second way is that God also gives us the spiritual ability “to do” that which will give both God and us glory and “good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:14-16a:
-14:  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
-15:  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke {from God}, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
-16a:  Holding forth the word of life;

To do “all things without murmurings and disputings” is a great way to live, for we need not have any fear as we daily walk before our heavenly Father. We are totally “blameless and harmless” before His loving eyes. Indeed, we are the “sons of God” and although we live in a spiritually perverse society, we today do “shine as lights in the world.” In the Scriptures the word “sons” is an all-inclusive noun for male and female. Then, God’s Word shows us a wonderful privilege, and that is: that we may enjoy a completeness within our own hearts, and walk within the good pleasure of the words of God that are both light and life, and they are freely given to us to share one with another.

Freedom’s Key

“Throughout God’s healing Word we have been given tremendous insights about our delighting in faith, hope, and charity, as these spiritual truths are very liberating and inspirational. Jesus said in John 8:31-32 If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. You see ― the key to the freedom Jesus was referring to is in the continuing in his word, for through his word freedom is recognized, received, and then freely maintained in one’s life.” ~LMJ~

A Double Promise from God

“Today we have been given a double promise from God; first being that we may enjoy this present life immersed in God’s graces received through our believing faith which is energized by our applying the love of God (Galatians 5:6), and second, we have a future promise of receiving eternal life with new bodies. Having promise of the life that now is, and {the promise} of that {life} which is to come– I Timothy 4:8b), and that which is to come is the focus of our hope. Knowing that the Christian believer’s future hope is assured and knowing that we will be given bodies that will live for eternity can certainty inspire us to continue living for our heavenly Father in the present tense, for then we become more enabled with patience to wait for our future rewards.” ~LMJ~

Thank God

And every man that hath this hope in him {the hope to be like Christ} purifieth himself, even as he is pure– I John 3:3. To become what God’s Word promises we will become ― that is our hope, and as we put our trusting hope in this, we become purified (today) as much as Christ is pure. The hope of Jesus Christ’s return purifies the hearts and souls of believers today because the hope itself is a pure hope, inspirationally uplifting. You see, we can sometimes mess up when we believe because we may believe positively or negatively but we cannot mess up our glorious hope, thank God!” ~LMJ~

The Faith of the Gospel

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians shows us that we have been raised (spiritually) to an elevated position, seated with Christ at the right hand of God. This is why God can give to us, His beloved children, spiritual wisdom and understanding in the true knowledge of Him. Philippians continues on with this wonderful knowledge that continues opening our eyes that we may truly see.

Philippians 1:27 – Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

The word “conversation” is the word in the Greek Text for citizenship, for according to God’s Word our citizenship is already in heaven. The Scripture is imploring us to conduct our lives as heavenly citizens worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Paul says that whether he is present or absent that he wanted to hear that their Christian lives were being conducted as those who were standing fast in one spirit, and standing together in the knowledge of their citizenship. Paul wanted the believers to be of the same mind working together for the faith of the Gospel. The faith of the Gospel is our believing that God Almighty has indeed called us into the Gospel, and into His family, and that we can believe this together as members of the household of God.

Philippians 1:28-29:
-28:  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of {or from} God.
-29:  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.

God’s healing Word encourages us not to be terrified, not to have fear about our adversaries, our opponents. In this life there are people who think we are off our rockers simply because we believe in that which is unseen (John 20:29). Our own personal adversaries sometimes scrutinize the way we walk before God, they even try to throw hurdles (by words or deeds) in our way to trip us up simply out of spite. This reminds me of the Psalm “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah” (Psalms 57:6). This is to them the “evident token of perdition” for they reap what they themselves sow. However, for us who do believe and continue standing, we will be receiving proof of our own salvation, and spiritual wholeness, and that is from God.

We are citizens of heaven itself, and we are ambassadors here on earth for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20). God has given to us diplomatic immunity from the course of this world. This is given to us “in the behalf of Christ” because he was our substitute for sin and all its consequences. Then verse 29 concludes with “but also to suffer for his sake.” This phrase has been used incorrectly and totally out of context, because the word “suffer” does not imply that we should allow our adversaries to cause us to suffer in any way. Rather the word means to endure with ever increasing experience, for not only are we going to heaven, but when we endure we will become stronger, setting even greater examples for one another who believe that God does deliver His children. When we have complete faith in the Gospel, knowing that God does deliver His children (I Corinthians 10:13; II Corinthians 1:10), and knowing that He has already given us a standing with Him, then our faith – our believing faith in the Gospel – will continue to strengthen and inspire us with godly blessings.