Zechariah – Revealing Our Total Forgiveness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Zechariah, Jesus Christ is revealed as the servant and branch of God (Zechariah 3:8). The word “branch” literally means that Jesus would be the offspring of God.

We will see when we study the Gospels that in Jesus Christ’s ministry in all four Gospels he is revealed as the branch, with emphasis in Matthew of his being a King, and in Mark he is seen as a Servant, and in Luke he is highlighted as a Man, while in John he is manifested as the true Son of the Father.

The life of Jesus truly shows us the way to God’s divine blessings, and he – as our perfect example – teaches God’s children how to serve one another in and with the love of God, and reveals to our understanding the reality of having total forgiveness.

Zechariah 9:12 – Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

God is encouraging us to turn to the stronghold that we have in Christ our Savior. The “prisoner of hope” means that we are committed in our expectation for Christ’s return.  His return is the greatest hope that any believer can have. To be a prisoner from a spiritual point of view means to become totally committed, sold on the idea that Christ is coming back for us and this hope quickens our lives from the inside out, for hope causes us to have joy even through difficult times.

Psalms 119:49-50:
-49: Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
-50: This {hope} is my comfort in my affliction {of daily life}: for thy word hath quickened me {God’s Word that quickens our hope in Jesus Christ’s return}.

The phrase “I will render double unto thee” does not infer in any way, shape, or form that we will receive double for our sins like I once heard taught. Rather this refers to a biblical custom. When someone is in debt and he cannot pay in a timely fashion, the elders of the city would post on the gate a ledger stating how much the debtor owed and to whom he owed it.

To say the least, this is embarrassing to the debtor, bringing him and his family shame. All his friends and acquaintances could read it and think “shame on him” for it was exposed for all to see. Yet if someone came along and paid the bill, then they would fold the ledger in half and again nail it to the gate and all anyone could see was a folded bill now blank.

What God is saying in Zechariah 9:12 is that the believer’s sins and shortcomings would be covered, leaving nothing that would shame the individual. However, in the New Testament Epistles we learn that because Christ was our complete substitute for sin, we have received our forgiveness in an even greater completeness.

Colossians 2:14 – Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

What Jesus Christ did for us was so much more than the elders of a city could ever do, because he blotted out our sins completely, deleting everything that was against us and anything that is contrary to our obtaining eternal life is now completely gone. Jesus Christ took it out of the way and nailed it to his cross.

When Christ Jesus was resurrected, we received not a doubling but a complete and total forgiveness.

Today, because of Jesus Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven we currently have received Our Total Forgiveness, and it is posted and revealed for anyone, especially believers, to see and recognize in the Epistles.

The Word of Faith (The Longer Version)

 Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will take a closer look at the word “faith” from a biblical perspective. The words “faith” and “believing” are the same Greek word pistis and always mean believing or believing faith. We are born with the innate ability to believe, however, there is another kind of believing faith that the Bible reveals called, “the faith of Jesus Christ” and this faith is something new and introduced to believers when they become saved. With salvation, the believing Christian receives Christ in them (Colossians 1:27), and thus we become endowed with the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself which is purely perfect.

Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus {who is} the author and finisher of our {believing} faith,” and since he is the author and finisher of our faith, we can look to him in the Scriptures for our example of how to grow our believing faith to maturity. Another way we could look at this is that without Jesus, we will have a lack of Christian faith. So then, how do we learn more about this faith of Christ that we now have? We go straight to the Word of God!

Romans 10:17:   So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The faith of Christ comes to us by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. This verse carries a double meaning. First, the word hearing is repeated doubly to emphasize how the faith of Christ comes to us, and that is by hearing, and hearing to the point of our believing – and believing one thing and one thing only – and that is the word of God! The second meaning of the word hearing here is that the more of the Word of God we hear, the greater our own believing can rise to believe in the promises that are laid out for us in God’s faithful Word to receive and to enjoy. There are promises such as, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalms 37:4), and “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12), and “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

Since Jesus ascended unto his Father after his resurrection (Acts 1:9–11), just as he said he would in John 14:12 above, the “greater works” that Jesus promised can become something we can now accomplish. One of the major works Jesus did was to completely believe what God’s Word said about him. Jesus’ believing faith was perfectly complete; he had believed to do more than anyone on earth had ever done, and then (because of the resurrection) God gave men and women who will believe on and accept his resurrection, the actual faith of Jesus Christ. His believing faith is similar to our believing faith, but Jesus never doubted the Word of God, which caused his faith to be immensely precious and extremely powerful. We find in Mark 9:24 that a man came to Jesus Christ in need, imploring with tears in his eyes ― “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Well, today Jesus still helps our unbelief mature to faith equaling his own, for he is “the author and finisher of our {believing} faith.”

The Epistle of Galatians 3:23–26 sheds some interesting light on Jesus’ faith:

Galatians 3:23:  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Before faith came means that there was a time when there was no faith. Many people believe that faith, all faith, has always been around, but the faith that Galatians is referring to in verse 23 is the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself. Before faith came, refers to before Jesus was on earth, and therefore his believing faith was not available. Thus, the Scripture says, we were kept under the law until Christ and his faith came; for the Law was designed to protect the believers up until Jesus would come and give men and women his faith, the faith that would be from “the author and finisher of our {believing} faith.” But what confuses people sometimes about the word faith, is that it is used for our believing faith (pistis), and this word is also used for Jesus’ believing faith (pistis). In both usages throughout the Bible, faith is the same Greek word pistis. Only when we observe the context where pistis is used will the difference be apparent of which faith the Text refers.

For an example of the confusion of one word with more than one meaning, I could say, “I am at the bank,” and it could mean I am near a river, or it could mean I am depositing money at the bank, or I could be in a bank of snow for that matter. We need to view the broader context to know where I am and we can use the same logical deduction with the word faith, pistis. Only as we see the context in which the word faith is set will we understand whether the Scripture implies Jesus’ faith, or ours. At the conclusion of this study, you will be able to recognize many more of the passages where the word faith is used, and more verses will open up for you and become much clearer.

Galatians 3:24:  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto {or until} Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

The Scripture says we are justified by faith but by whose faith were we justified? When we see the context of this verse, we find we are justified by Christ’s faith! As Romans 4:25 declares, “Who {Jesus Christ} was delivered {unto death} for our offences {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification.” We are justified because of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, not because of our faith, thus, Ephesians 2:8–9 reveals, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Our justification into salvation is a gift from God through faith, and since salvation is not based on our works, then our salvation is given and received because of the faith of Jesus Christ who had done all the work so that we could receive by grace. The Epistle of Romans celebrates this blessed truth of our gift of God which is our salvation, “but the gift of God is eternal life through {by the work and faith of} Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

 Galatians 2:16:   Knowing that a man {or woman} is not justified by the works of the law, but {a man or woman is justified} by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

See how not only the immediate context fits together with Christ’s faith, but all the related passages work towards a wonderful enlightenment that we are justified because of his faith! With the believing faith of Jesus Christ, we have received our justification, being made completely justified from the dictates that the Law demands. It took the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself to give his life on our behalf to redeem us; his own faith now sets us free from the Law, giving each of us an equal justification, affording us a perfect standing before God, as we simply believe in the completeness of Jesus’ faith. This is the perfection of the faith of him who is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

Romans 5:1:  Therefore being justified by faith {i.e., Jesus’ faith}, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Acts 26:18:  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God {this is literally the mission of the Pauline Epistles}, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me {Christ Jesus}.

Today in grace, we are not only justified by Christ’s faith, but we have peace with God, and we are also sanctified, and we have “the righteousness of God which is by {the} faith of Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:22). We also have access into God’s grace by the faith of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:2:  By whom {Jesus Christ} also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Any faith that we read about in the Old Testament and in the Gospels is man’s own believing faith or that perfect faith of Jesus Christ. However, in the New Testament, faith could be man’s own faith, Jesus’ own faith, or believers utilizing the faith of Jesus Christ as in these verses, Acts 3:16; 6:5, 8; 15:9; Romans 1:16; I Corinthians 2:5; II Corinthians 4:13; Ephesians 1:19; 6:16; and I Thessalonians 2:13. Today, in grace, “the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). We are able to live in a Christ-like lifestyle because we have received the faith of Jesus Christ, which is, the faith of the Son of God.

Recall that Galatians 3:23–24 above talked about before faith came, but now the Epistle continues with “after that faith is come:”

Galatians 3:25–26:
-25: But after that faith is come {again, Jesus’ own faith}, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
-26: For ye are all the children of God by faith in {of or by} Christ Jesus.

Now that the faith of Jesus Christ has come, we are no longer under the rules and regulations of the schoolmaster, i.e., the Law. Believing faith was always around since the beginning of time, but a new and enhanced, spiritual faith came with Christ, and with Christ came spiritual freedom to experience a much greater life than what the written Law offered in the Old Testament times (see Ephesians 2:15; Hebrews 7:16–19).

Galatians 5:1:  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage {i.e., the schoolmaster — the law}.

The main difference between man’s faith and the faith of Jesus is that human faith can only rise up to believe in that which is seen, like the phrase says, “seeing is believing.” As Jesus said to Thomas, “because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). In stark contrast to seeing before we believe; the faith of Jesus Christ is given so men and women can rise all the way up to believe in that which is not physically seen, yet is spiritually real ― such as salvation, love, peace, grace, joy, and the faith of Jesus Christ.

 II Corinthians 4:18 and 5:7:
-18: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
-7: For we walk by faith {Christ’s believing faith}, not by sight:

In truth, man needs Jesus’ faith to fulfill his own faith, as we read in Hebrews 12:2 “Jesus {is} the author and finisher of our faith,” and this is how Christians can become fully satisfied, feeling complete within their hearts (Colossians 2:10). The faith of Jesus Christ is only available to the Christian believer, as II Thessalonians 3:2 emphatically states, “for all men have not faith.” This cannot be one’s personal believing faith, for anyone can believe, but not all men have the faith of Christ to apply towards believing God’s Word and to enjoy and believe for help in times of great need. This is also why spiritual truths in the Bible make perfect sense to the believer, whereas the same truths make absolutely no sense to the unbeliever (I Corinthians 1:18–31, 2:14).

Living by the faith of the Son of God works like this: If someone was to tell you that you are going to hell or if you once thought so yourself, now being equipped with your upgrade of the faith of Jesus Christ, you can say and believe in your innermost being that is not true. Instead, you can say to yourself ― I am heaven bound, and you can think and say this with believing conviction because it is true according to the Bible. If someone was to say you are unrighteousness or if you ever assumed this of yourself, now with faith, you can know in your heart that you are as righteous as God Himself is because it is true according to the Bible. If someone was to say to you that you are destined to failure or if you believed in your heart that success was not for you ― with faith, you can rise above that negative perception of yourself because faith has made you more than a conqueror through all situations. Faith believes the Word of yourself, faith delivers to you the promises of God; faith is the power of Christ manifested in your life! This is why I Corinthians 2:5 boldly proclaims, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” We Christians have “the same spirit of faith” (II Corinthians 4:13) to believe that we are “filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). Talk about ease of believing ― Jesus is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), and all we have to do is follow Jesus’ instructions to “come unto him.”

Matthew 11:28–30:
-28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
-30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light {nothing brings peace and rest into our souls like coming unto and accepting and enjoying the uplifting faith of Christ}.

There was a time that I believed that I was so far removed from God that hell was to be my ultimate destiny, for I believed I was a sinner and had no rights to heavenly blessings, and I believed this with all my heart, and obviously I feared the end of my life. But with the believing faith of my Savior, who is my hero and everything to me, I can boldly say with believing conviction, “I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” What made the transformation in my thinking and in my inner heart? The faith of Jesus Christ; his faith now flows through my heart and assures me that God loves me completely! I now know effortlessly that I am justified and sanctified and that I have peace with God through the faith of the Son of God. Christ’s faith gives the Christian believer the feeling of flying high because God has, “raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6), and “ye are risen with him {Christ} through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).

We only need to believe in the work that our Savior has done for humanity (and what he has accomplished for you personally), to experience completeness and fullness. For with Christ’s faith we collectively, “come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). Our Savior’s faith is now so pleasantly real that it causes one to simply accept the grace of God with humbleness. Rather than searching for “more faith in yourself,” you will find faith to be real – to be palatable – to be in you – and to be enjoyable.

Romans 10:8–10:
-8: But what saith it {the Scriptures}? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The word of faith when preached (as well as when heard, when read, when understood, and when believed), will be as close as in your mouth and in your heart. Because the Word of God is that close to you ― you can spiritually taste its divine presence (and presents), as it settles deep within your soul, giving you tangible impressions of God in meaningful revelations of divine truths, so that your believing the Word continuously becomes an exciting daily adventure. You will increase your own believing by tapping into all the believing faith that comes with having Christ within your heart (Colossians 1:27), and his faith accompanies your salvation with your belief and confession of Romans 10:9–10.

We have shown the simplicity of receiving and utilizing the faith of Jesus Christ is as it is succinctly stated in Romans 10:17: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Today, I invite you to think about the word of faith that God has placed within your mouth and heart, for the word of faith delivers to you the salvation of God (Romans 10:8–10). When you begin believing the Word of God within the depths of your soul, you will come to experience the realities of the Word effectually working in your heart and life and surroundings, as the word of faith Christ’s faith – continues blessing you and all that you have and all that you do.

I Thessalonians 2:13 (The Amplified Bible):**  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].

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

An Episode in America’s Freedom

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

(The following is a bonus excerpt from a former study that was titled” Episodes in America’s Freedom, Part One: Reflections in Common Sense, Logic, and Reason. . .)

“. . . We highlight and bear witness to one of the most astounding epics in America’s history that displays the single greatest event of all time about one of the most peaceable transformations of power and government that has ever transpired in a society since man was expelled from Paradise. The United States exchanged its form of government from one form of laws, principles, rules, and constitution (The Articles of Confederation) to a completely different form of government, effortlessly (The Constitution of the United States*).

This episode in America’s history all came forward without any armies forming, without a signal cannon being lit, without a musket being fired, without a sword being drawn, without a single leader being forcibly replaced, imprisoned, or hung on the gallows, without the formation of any firing squads, without a drop of blood being spilt, and no one had to go into exile. The only activity was unnoticeably held behind closed doors as a series of vigorous debates over words, principles, and semantics while a more perfect union was being formed from principled reason into notes and then painstakingly constructed onto a sheet of parchment and collectively signed by its participants.

The weapons that were used to make this metamorphosis possible were the iron pen and ink, simply by connecting the right words together detailing the way to a more perfect union of and for man and country that would stand the test of time. The battlefield in this amazing epic was first, the human mind; then, the very land they represented and stood upon, and the victory won was awarded to all of the people in America. Yet this incredible drama has slipped through history almost unknown and unappreciated by many people of the contemporary generation because these are not generally school or public square or water cooler subjects any longer.

So astounding was the event, so impossible was the result that it shook the halls in legal chambers around the world and left them in speechless awe so that the event could only be categorized as a miracle, and miracles cannot happen without the phenomenal Providence of the Supreme Being’s intervention. This intervention we may examine in the actual words, this miracle we may comprehend, and the outcome and prize offered and received we may evaluate and enjoy through understanding its parts that form the whole vision of liberty offered and received. The forming of a new government and adding its Bill of Rights in December, 1791 to the one page document only took only twenty-three minutes to read aloud.

The event happened in an age when all the stars lined up and shined down upon a small group of men for a very brief moment in history, between Friday, May 25, 1787, and Monday, September 17, 1787, whereon they signed the new document. This inspiring light showed the way for a unique group of men gathered in the State House in Philadelphia where inspiration and sound thinking stimulated the human heart to reach for and grasp, as a collective body, the foundations of excellence, a more perfect union.

Upon this foundation, they formed and built, word by word and line by line, understandable reason that composed a new formula for government, unequaled in the world, before or since. Dare anyone say that they brought political science to its zenith? Yes, I dare to say so because it is true, and it has remained settled science since its inception! So true that they put the formulas down on paper in easy to read prose, phrases, and articles that worked every time from then to the present, no matter who performs the experiments (i.e., the American experiment applied by the “individual or the collective citizen equally”). Nothing this grand was so realized aforetime, nothing so marvelous was previously given to govern in the affairs of man, and nothing so splendid will ever come this way again. . .

The principles and protocols in their schematics were applicable for a strong government and equally pliable for a vibrant, exceptional, and hopeful people. Their labors produced momentous mechanisms of governing-liberty for the group and for the individual, for the rich and for the poor, for the young and for the old, for the educated and for the uneducated, and these instruments of laws and rights distributed powers more fairly and equally to all in every geographical location within its borders, whether secular or religious ― all were awarded freedom’s joys and blessings of liberty.

Out of chaos, the newly designed principles brought forth freedom, peace, and order amidst the dire-straits of a broken, powerless system. Out of foreign and domestic threats, and financial destruction, the freshly drawn up schematics distributed trust, confidence, prosperity, and safety to its populace. Out of insecurity and obscurity, the iron pen crafted and etched out filigrees of palatable liberty, clarity of justice, light amid an encroaching darkness while all the while personal rights sprouted in the hearts of the hopeful recipients.

Out of confusion, the proof of their protocols delivered order, sanity, and a viable guide to govern nation and self with unequaled tranquility. These new treaties lead man’s inner aspirations out to the light of creativity as a free-spirited procession of discovery of human potential began emerging under the security of free-willed liberty to rise and amend depleted hopes back into renewed, obtainable reality. This started a revival that to this day still inspires the world at large.

What was this formula that the world had never seen or experienced before, that worked so amazingly, and that brought the nation out of darkness? It was the Constitution of the United States ― this was man’s Miracle received; the hope of the whole world was realized in one, three‑part document for We the People.

Perhaps the greatest feat of all time in American history was the process that lead us to the result that the founders’ labor produced; specifically, a governing document that shaped a more perfect union. This unified government blossomed purely from the purposeful methods born out of the founders’ eagerness to work together as they collectively with one mind and heart revolved purely around uncontaminated reason to obtain our more perfect union.

Monumental was the task before them (monumental is the task still before us to sustain Mother Liberty); you see, it is nearly impossible to get five equally reasonable men to agree on any one subject, yet they, as a collective group did, and they did so for over one-hundred days. Greater than fifty men commenced and entered into the fair-minded challenge for America’s future at a time when they were the world’s laughing stock because although they won the war of independence they were losing the peace as factions within America were dividing the country into parts and pieces and powers from without were trying to stake claim to them as well. The framers were the last hope of millions (and hundreds of millions to come), and they succeeded more so than they realized upon the day of signing the Constitution over to the Continental Congress, the States, and the people for judgment and ratification.

And an amazing thing happened; they the people gave we the people the same gem they formulated and the whole populous were and still are drawn along into a perfect confluence of their reason. Thankfully these men debated over the document’s details rather than talking themselves out of the document and we to this very day became the living links back to the convention that originally assembled in the city of love, and its outcomes still live to caress us in our own personal abodes. On that blissful day of ratification on June 21, 1788, they cloned that time for us to experience because we still live in the same, most excellent experiment of the ages.

The framers possessed an amazing capacity to overcome political differences and personal indifferences while they formed-out well balanced principles and far-reaching conciliations about man’s basic fears of government and their equal need for a strong central government, and for its power given by the collective local governments chosen OF THE PEOPLE to serve ― We the People.

These men oftentimes could disagree over the implications in specific provisions within the document’s construction, but they were restrained by personal, disciplined outlines and self-imposed boundaries that gave them entry to an apparatus for compromise which lead to the prize of receiving the greatest liberty ever collected and given for its citizenry to pursue.

Their energetic spirit was a spirit of equality and gave way to very clear methods and practices that could reconcile most all of their personal disagreements as they set and established a new central STANDARD for the ages.

Our founding fathers went way outside of their commission for even assembling in Philadelphia, as their mandate was to find possible ways of bolstering up the Articles of Confederation for its continued success. The conduct of the assembly could have been considered an act of treason against the Articles of Confederation, mutiny against the Congress of the Confederation, and insults against their own countrymen who had sacrificed so much in the last war to win their independence! The framers actually invoked another act founded in the Declaration of Independence by putting off an unworkable, unprofitable, unfixable Constitution, and an inapt government, and started over from scratch ― again.

What they actually did may have ignited another rebellion from within its borders that could have set in motion a worse fate than their present situation presented. Still the new Constitution became the law of the land, a collective conscience that established principles unto itself and unto its united people. The almost supernatural Constitution began setting boundaries for discussion, gave parameters for equality, gave guidelines for refined debates, and ultimately became a remedy for comforting so much worry and fear – imaginary and real – present and future.

Declarations and Constitutions have come and gone through time. In fact, the American Constitution is continuously the longest lasting Constitution in the entire world today; it has endured twice as long as any other current Constitution.

Once a book dealer went into a book collector’s shop and asked if they carried any copies of the French Constitution, and the desk clerk replied, “Sorry, we do not deal in periodical literature.” This could be said for most of the Constitutions written from all around the world that have come and fell by the wayside, only to be replaced by ever newer versions, some lasting only hours, days, weeks, months, or a few years.

Yes, many countries have remained the same country for much longer than the United States, but our Constitution has stood through the storms of time and has outlasted all the others.

The document they formed with its Bill of Rights showcased not only the concerns of an age now bygone, it still reveals the personification in the character and wisdom of modern man to govern himself with a secure standard, and reaches forward with security, hope, and direction for America’s continued future.

I liken the Constitution to Lady Liberty. Adorn and protect her like she was your mother, her arms are held out to you and yours, as well as to me and mine, but do we now recoil from her embrace? The question is, can we hold her and protect her as she has done for us or are the lecturing attitudes of all too many elites correct that she is going, going, and soon to be gone to the ages superimposed and laid to rest in the ruins of societies’ past Constitutions, to be placed upon script-heaps of funeral pyres? She is the last hope of this world; she is what protects us from the peripheries of hopelessness as no one and no government or peoples in this world are able to save us, nor are they willing to accept us as we are, stewards and light-bearers of liberty united under our Constitution that was labored and delivered and born for the birth of freedom, endowing us with unalienable rights that favor the pursuit of our own secured happiness.

Even with all of our individual goals, hopes, and dreams, and vastly different lifestyles, we all can have a common objective and standard rooted firmly in the Constitution to protect each other’s personal rights. This was the intent of the founding fathers because each side (religious and nonreligious) counterbalances the other which makes for somewhat of an “I’ve got your back and you’ve got mine” concept. I can freely study and live with biblical principles without fear of my government storming into my house with gag orders or an arrest warrant, and you can do and be whatever you desire without any such pressures. How amazingly wonderful this is for us ― We the People!

The Constitution protects the believers in sundry religions throughout this country. The religious can enjoy their individual relationship with God without external pressures from the government, and if this is not living in the sweet spot of life, well then there never was one.

The Constitution protects the secularist in sundry activity throughout this country. The secular can take pleasure from their individual associations without external pressures from the government, and if this is not living in the sweet spot of life, well then there never was one.

Until Christ returns, we believers are in a relatively safe place, better than any time in the history of the world since Paradise; and until Christ returns the unbeliever is in a relatively safe place, better than any time in the history of the world since man’s fall from grace, thanks to our Constitution!

Together we are sharing this land and OUR jointly owned Constitution, we have our hope and they theirs, but together we enjoy the greatest country on the face of the whole earth. Both have vested interest in protecting each other’s rights. If we chip away at an opposing side to lessen their stance on the Constitution, we actually destroy something equally as great on our side in other opposite ways. This is the structured perfection and flawless balance within the document itself; this is our every reason to uphold it all as incomparable. The Constitution is our legally signed contract that the founders gave to us not only to enjoy but to protect with all reverence. . .”

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Reading the Constitution for Understanding

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It is true that if you have never read the Constitution that an initial reading of the document may appear a little awkward at first blush and the understanding may not blossom into a plethora of practical or applicable knowledge. However, if you read it through several times you will become so amazed with all its wonderful details and nuances that it releases in your mind; it can be life-changing as equally as it is uplifting to our patriotic conscience.

At first appearance, the Constitution almost reads as if it is only a shell of a document, seeming relatively meager in any specific details. Yet it is filled with so many amazing particulars that it almost leaves one awestruck to realize of all its finer, precise points.

The more you read through it for understanding, the larger it becomes and the more important it is seen by you as a gift to you from the framers; it is very much like planting a seed and watching it grow ― the more you read, the more you are watering and cultivating its growth, and the more you see of the document ― the more light you are giving to it and the more bounty it begins returning back to you. The Constitution is not a seasonal plant that withers but a great, ever-growing, evergreen tree of fruitful knowledge. Every time you read the Constitution it will take on greater meaning that will inspire you in more ways than I can begin to explain.

One thing that I have noticed when reading the document is that within it there is at least two ways or sides that the Constitution provides answers on almost every concern, and in many ways, it is like my computer. As an example, I can refresh the screen by pressing the refresh tab at the top of the screen, but also by pressing the F5 key. In computers, there are usually two or more ways to do almost anything, including printing, highlighting text or graphics, to bold, to italic, or to underline, copy, and on and on it goes.

The Constitution is very similar as it provides several sides to any argument up for debate, and answers questions from two or more different perspectives. The whole Constitution seems to reveal itself this same way, and this is just totally amazing to me.

Consider challenging yourself to read the Constitution and the first Ten Amendments every week for a while, and from time to time also read it through to include all Twenty-seven Amendments to enjoy its intrinsic blessings. I would imagine that when you look back a few months later that you will easily recognize two amazing things, well, much more than that, but two that I will bring up. First, you will notice how many people who talk as though they have an understanding of the Constitution that can be heard on the cable channels or elected officials or people you know; however, you will be able to see right through the facade if they do not really know what they are talking about regarding the Constitution. It is kind of exciting to see how much your own understanding grows in the Constitution in amazing ways and perspectives. Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) wrote, “Dimidium facti, qui coepit habet: sapere aude!” (“He who has begun is half done: dare to know!”)

Secondly, you will come to know and realize much more of the power and liberty you have been given in the Constitution. Unfortunately, you will also recognize just how much power and liberty the powers that be are trying to extract from you, but at least you will know how to think, act, and believe for the best with legal information and Constitutional parameters that you really have on your side and in your heart to stand as a beacon of its light to yourself and others.

I will not be suggesting any other books to read that may help guide you further into understanding the Constitution because it is not my place to do so; all I will do is direct you to the document. You see, by starting at the source itself and then spreading out from there is the best and the most refreshing way to follow the flow from its fountainhead. If you start with books and study guides, you may end up entrapped in someone else’s concepts bent to a certain way or political angle, but the Constitution is the best and most principled teacher of itself. Utilizing its principled boundaries, you will become inspired and equipped to follow that inspiration for what you personally would enjoy, but please begin by having a basic understanding of the Constitution “in mind” first; this will help you discern and separate truth from error.

I have found that older books from the 1800s are so precise and agenda-free in their presentation on the Constitution, especially books that were made for schools and colleges because they contain lesson plans with simplicity. You might find these books at book fairs, libraries, used book stores, and in grandma’s attic!

The first time I read the Constitution was in my mid-twenties, but the first time I was taught about the Constitution was, well, never. I must have missed that day in school. They called our studies, American History, and I remember perusing all around the time of the Revolutionary War through studying all the relevant people of that era, and we studied the temperaments and concerns of the times; this and gym were my favorite subjects. However, we had no actual word by word study of the Constitution itself, unless we missed it because of an unscheduled snow-day; however, if that is true, then that must have happened every single year with perfect timing.

In the Constitution, we can read eight ways to Sunday regarding the concepts of separation between the Legislative, the Judicial, and the Executive branches.

The Constitution was a document for uniting the country, but built on the distrust of government itself, and thus it was laced with checks and balances so that the governmental machine could not overtake each other’s mechanisms in the three branches or the general freedoms and liberties of the population. Therein lies the crux and crucible of the Constitution of the United States, and its true bearers are all its citizens.

Today, we as a society have almost been completely hoodwinked into thinking that we cannot understand our Constitution and our rights, our privileges, and our responsibilities contained therein. Abraham Lincoln completely understood and comprehended the Constitution as well as the Declaration of Independence, and we can liken his education or schooling level to that of any average citizen of today. Indeed, Abraham Lincoln was a genius, but he understood the Constitution at an early age, and in truth, both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution greatly contributed to his renowned intelligence, as he once said, “I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments in the Declaration of Independence.”

Sometimes to understand some of the conclusions that now come out of the Supreme Court’s decisions and legal redirect that accompanies them from the legal experts, you just may need eight or so Constitutional dictionaries and a few law degrees just to get a diminutive indication of the gibberish they often try to elucidate through elusive concepts that transmit abstract particles of disjointed intangibles laced with impracticalities of matters over mind. What? Well, yes, that’s what I’m saying, it leaves one almost dumbfounded to wade through all the mountains of wordy precedents, and what may be worse is that some people act as if they understand and also believe that all the people (to whom the Constitution was given) are just too far down to grasp its relief or benefits. This is why it is important for citizens to read and understand its inherent lessons and not allow the intellect of others to overtake and lessen the Constitution’s simple principles and boundaries.

Therefore, the greatest prize to be sought and benefit to be received is to read for comprehensive understanding of America’s greatest documents, especially our Constitution.

I wish you all the best in the journey ahead.

God speed,

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