Ah, So Perfect, So Awesome

“Critics so often see wasted space in three repetitive Gospels and one out of place; however, we notice a multiplicity of exciting details.

The skeptics see imperfect documents; nevertheless, we perceive the perfection of beauty in every word.

The cynics see unbelievable legends and myths; though, we witness authentic revelations of the Son of God who is the way.

The agnostics see in the spirit of blindness and carelessness ― inconsistency, their eyes were holden that they should not know him– Luke 24:16, nonetheless, we observe glimpses and revelations from the spirit of truth that opens the joy and rejoicing of our hearts, And their eyes were opened, and they knew him– Luke 24:31.

The pessimists see incomplete thoughts and sentences; conversely, we discern what our faith has afforded us, wholeness, and with our spiritual understanding we delightfully walk with Jesus by the way and say, one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures– Luke 24:32.” ~LMJ~

Yes, You May!

“One of the greatest gifts that God has ever given to men and women who believe is spiritual light. With this light, the eyes of our spiritual understanding begin opening to the life that Jesus called the more abundant life, for it is eternal life (I John 5:10-12). Jesus Christ made this life available to us by sacrificing his own life. As we personally come to know and experience Jesus Christ who dwells in our hearts (Colossians 1:27), and who resides within every fiber of our beings (Colossians 3:4), the greater the experience of the more abundant life becomes. John 10:10 reads I am come that they {believers} might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. The word might in the Greek Text is the word for may and the meaning is that we have Jesus’ permission to enjoy the more abundant life. This is the very reason and purpose why Jesus Christ came in the first place, so that we may experience the abundant life, which is not just an abundant life, but – life – MORE ABUNDANTLY! Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life– John 8:12.” ~LMJ~

Shoot the Breeze and Kill Time or Speak the Word of Life and Gain Eternity

“True, some may shoot the breeze just to kill time, but we Christians can share the Word of life from our merry hearts and actually lead someone into eternal life, because when we speak the words of God, we are never alone, for Christ the Lord works within us to confirm the Word we speak. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following– Mark 16:20. Just in knowing that Christ the Lord works with us gives us every reason to radiate a merry heart, especially when we realize that he confirms the Word we speak. Now, what are the signs that follow? This can be something different for every believer; it is a personal blessing for talking in Christ’s stead, and God will become your sufficiency in this life as II Corinthians 9:8 promises, God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, {so that you} may abound to every good work.” ~LMJ~

Thessalonians – Revealing Our Comfort in Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistles of I and II Thessalonians have tremendous revelations that help strengthen the believers’ stands in the Christian faith.

The church in Thessalonica was a model Church in that they stood firm with the teachings given to them by Paul, Timotheus, and Silvanus, though they were persecuted for their faith in Christ.

Thessalonians has an underlying theme of detailing the hope which is the coming of Christ and the gathering together up to him in the clouds above to enjoy new bodies that will be given at that time. Hope always gives believers patience and great expectation for that very special day when Christ returns to gather us up to him, and then further up to meet God face to face.

Thessalonians were the first Epistles written by Paul, yet they are placed last, not only in our English Bibles, but in all the manuscripts that are in existence today. Thessalonians reveals that which comes last, “the gathering together” (I Thessalonians 4:13-18), which gathering comes at the end of the grace period as is expressed in all of the Church Epistles.

Still the teaching of Thessalonians was the first teaching given to the believers because it brought to them a great comfort in the hope of Christ’s coming for them (as he is coming for us).

I Thessalonians 2:19 – For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

The word “presence” represents the personal presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we will see him as he really is, just as the Apostles along with more than five hundred other disciples had seen him after he was resurrected before his ascension into heaven (I Corinthians 15:6). Being in the presence of Christ is our great hope, and is our joy in the here and now.

The “crown of rejoicing” will be a gift that believers will receive when we meet the Lord at his coming for having hope today, which also gives us daily joy in knowing the truth that he is absolutely coming back for us.

Not only can we receive a “crown of rejoicing” for having Christ as our hope, but if we “love his appearing” (of which some fear greatly), then we will also receive a “crown of righteousness” (II Timothy 4:8).

Of course many unbelievers fear that glorious day, others doubt that he is ever coming, and unfortunately many Christians fear the day of all days, about which we never need have any fear. Jesus Christ loves us and he is excited about his coming for us (after all he has been waiting nearly two thousand years), and as we bask in our hope, then we can be excited as well.

One further note on crowns: in the world we know that crowns belong to kings, queens, and royalty. We, being the children of God, are royalty in His eyes. However, these crowns that believers can receive (five in all), the Word does not fully explain what they really encompass or what they will mean to the believer in heaven, but this we do know, that crowns in the Bible are spiritual crowns and they represent receiving authority and power.

I Thessalonians 5:8-9:
-8: But let us, who are of the day, be sober {minded}, putting on the breastplate of faith {believing faith} and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
-9: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

In the future when Christ returns we can receive the crown of rejoicing, and here today on earth while we are patiently waiting, our God encourages us to put on a “helmet” to protect our minds from doubts, worries, and fears, because our helmet is “the hope of salvation” and this is our hope in the coming of our Lord and Savior for us.

Then, we can replace our protective helmet with the glorious “crown of rejoicing.” (Pretty cool, huh?)

II Thessalonians 2:16-17:
-16: Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us {hey – we certainly are loved in good company, by heaven’s holiest}, and hath given us everlasting consolation {comfort} and good hope through grace,
-17: {to} Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

We have good hope through God’s grace, we have comfort in our hearts, and God can and does establish our lives before Him so that we may enjoy the good Word of God and the good work that was given to bless our lives.

When we look to the Savior and our heavenly Father we will discover their love, which originated out of heaven (John 17:24-26), and they reveal Our Comfort In Hope, freely and graciously given to us today.