The Faith of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

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 has always been around, but the faith that Galatians is referring to in this verse 23 is a spiritual faith, it is the spiritual believing faith of Christ himself. Before Christ came, his believing faith was simply not available. Thus “we were kept under the law” until Christ came.

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

We are justified by whose faith? By Christ’s 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 from the Law and his own faith now makes us free, giving each of us justification and affording us a perfect standing before God.

Galatians 3:25 – But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

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, enhanced, spiritual faith came with Christ, and with Christ came spiritual freedom in an even greater law than the written Law of the Old Testament, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; . . .” (Hebrews 12:2a).

Romans 8:2 – For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

The human race has been under the law of sin and death since the fall of Adam; however, today, because of the believing faith of Jesus Christ we are now under a new law, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” This new law has given us freedom in Christ and has presented us with the actual faith of Christ himself in order that we may believe God’s Word regarding our current standing with Him as those who have been made free, and as those who have received the spiritual faith of Christ.

The Old Testament Law was given to protect God’s people from the greater law of sin and death, but now that the faith of Christ has come to men and women, they are no longer under the schoolmaster. We also have been made free from the law of sin and death by even a greater law, “the law of the spirit of life.” Our own believing can now rest assured in the faith of Christ (whose own believing faith never failed), and his faith has made us free indeed. With the faith of Christ, we may gratefully obtain genuine spiritual freedom out of the abundance of God’s goodness.

The Abundance of God’s Grace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ came to redeem Israel from the Law and all of humanity from the curse of the Law, and to present to us the abundance of God’s grace which is His divine favor, and this favor emanates out from the actual throne of the Creator and into our lives. Yet today the Law with the unbearable burden (Acts 15:7-11) is still carried around by so many thousands of professing Christians who have never understood the beauty and gracefulness of Jesus Christ’s complete mission on our behalf. Listen, since we were not born two thousand years ago and part of the children of Israel, then the Law was not even written to us anyway, and most definitely those Laws and commandments cannot even apply to us today who live and enjoy the abundance of God’s grace (period)!

Quite often laws are disguised as fear and rituals that make us feel inadequate and unworthy to accept God’s grace and blessings. When we feel this way, something is most definitely amiss because God loves us just as we are. All we can really do in grace is accept God’s love and learn to enjoy our lives with the Father in the abundance that His Word reveals.

Galatians 2:21 – I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

When anyone continues practicing and trying to obey the Law, God’s divine grace will become totally nullified in their life. The word “frustrate” means to reject, and this is what people actually do to the grace of God when trying to practice laws that we “think” will make us acceptable to God. Galatians further states that “then Christ is dead in vain.” The reason the Bible says “is dead” rather than “has died” is because the accomplishments of Christ are as good as dead to the individual who is trying to earn their already God-given righteousness accompanied with His abundance of grace. As Galatians corrects doctrinal error from the Epistle of Romans, Romans displays that Christ did not die in vain and that we already have righteousness and grace, and when we believe God’s Word the results will become a reality.

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.

By the faith of Christ, we have complete access into all of God’s grace and therein we are encouraged to stand, with a further view that we can rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. This hope of the glory of God is the return of Christ in which we can genuinely rejoice and anticipate with a yearning desire. As we stand in the abundance of the grace of God we can live without the fear of future retribution because we have the hope for Christ’s return to receive us up into the heavenlies to be with God for eternity.

Have a great day in the abundance of God’s grace as you continue looking forward to that great and glorious day, the hope of Christ’s return for you!

The Walk of Love (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Sometimes Christianity can become confusing when external tagalongs fasten themselves to the believer’s walk. There are many things that appear to be a part of the Church of God yet only hinder the believer from walking in the light of God’s Word. For instance: Have you ever been told “the Bible says that you have to do this, or you need to do this?” However, the Epistles never say “thou shalt, or thou shalt not,” regarding laws or commandments, rather the Epistles give the believers almost unimaginable freedom by offering to give us whatever we need to enjoy our eternal lives with God in Christ which has already begun in our lives.

Anything and everything that the Epistles reveal to the believers is offered by God’s grace, and it is literally God’s love that activates our believing to receive from God. God never made the Christian lifestyle to be burdensome but rather easy to know, to live, and to enjoy. In God’s family, He is the provider for our needs and gives us His love so that we may walk with Him being well pleasing before Him in love. It is man’s personal baggage, his condemnations, his own inability to be perfect which slows and hinders his personal walk and fellowship with God. But when the believer can recognize the truth that God looks at the heart and blesses our lives for believing in our Savior Jesus Christ, and that God loves us just as we are, then we can begin walking and growing in the spiritual nurturing that emanates out of God’s love for us.

I Thessalonians 3:11 – Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

The word “direct” means to guide, to show the way.  Paul was teaching that it was God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ who guided, directed and showed the believers the godly way in which to walk before God in His family.

I Thessalonians 3:12 – And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

Our Lord Jesus Christ, being in us, can inspire the desire within our hearts to walk and conduct our lives within the love of God. The purpose is so we may increase and abound in love toward each other (toward every believer) and for all other people. It is true that most people have the inability to love others outside their sphere of influence, either believers from other Churches or unbelievers in their communities. This is a great lesson in learning that God’s love transcends all human barriers for God’s love is spiritual and is for everyone, “for God so love the world” (John 3:16). God has given to us His love and this love can only be spiritually ascertained when manifested by believing believers. This is not a “thou shalt” walk in love, but rather this is something Christ inspires within our own hearts. As we look to him, we will find his strength in us that increases and abounds in love so that we can apply his spiritual love in never-ending abundance. When we do apply the love of God we will realize how terrific it truly is, for the rewards will always return back to those who apply God’s love.

I Thessalonians 3:13 – To the end he {Jesus Christ} may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

Jesus Christ is always at work within our hearts to help us recognize and acknowledge our God-given rights of being unblameable in holiness before God our Father. This is how we are at this very moment as we stand pure in God’s sight, and our heavenly Father will see us this way until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Grace of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 1:4:
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

The Apostle Paul, who wrote Corinthians was extremely thankful on behalf of the believers because he was able to reach out in thankfulness to acknowledge that the grace of God was given to them (and to us) by Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Grace means, God’s divine favor given to us with the abundance of His spiritual blessings, and these blessings are truly unmerited, undeserved, and unlimited. This grace is from God Himself and is given to men and women by (or on account of) Jesus Christ, by his own sacrifice on our behalf.

I Corinthians 1:5:
That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

The purpose for receiving the grace of God is to enrich our lives! We are dynamically enriched with spiritual blessings, which come to us by the favorable graces of God. Now that we have the grace of God, the quality of our spiritual lives can truly be enriched. Everything that we receive from God is spiritual; however, spiritual blessings will always come into our physical lives so that we may further enjoy them.  For instance – God gave us light, love, joy, and peace – these are spiritual qualities of life that become manifested in our lives as we walk in the knowledge that we truly have received these gifts from God.

The word “utterance” is the Greek word logos, and literally means the Word of God, and because we are enriched in and by the Word of God, we have access to everything His Word imparts unto us. When we begin to understand His Word, our “knowledge” increases and the grace of God becomes more and more enriching to our lives.

It is grace that helps us get back up on our feet when we fall so that we can again walk with God. When we study God’s Word, we will begin to realize some of the abundant grace that He has already presented to us. As we continue growing in the knowledge of God’s Word, we will become humbly thankful to God, as Paul was “… for the grace of God which was given {to} you by Jesus Christ.”