The Gifts and Calling of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When Jesus was physically here walking upon the earth, everything he did was perfect and complete. His life totally exemplified the prophecies written about him as he redeemed us from our sins. Today we know that his mission was successful, and we now belong to God through the accomplished work of Jesus Christ our Savior. We are saved by believing in and confessing the Savior from sin (Romans 10:9-10), for Jesus Christ is our Savior from not only the sin of the world, but also the sin nature implanted in man since the fall of man in Genesis.

Acts 3:18-19:
-18:  But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
-19:  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out {washed away totally leaving no stain whatsoever}, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

Jesus Christ had fulfilled every legal requirement needed to bring salvation to humanity, giving us total access into God’s family. Now that we are saved, we can spiritually take our rightful place at God’s right hand with Christ. To repent or repentance (contrary to some beliefs) can only be done once because when we repent we are saved for eternity. Repentance is when we confess the Savior from sin. We cannot lose our eternal sonship right of being God’s children because He will never take back our eternal life – this is why our salvation is referred to as “being born again” in I Peter 1:23. “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:29), means that our God will never repent from calling you, nor will He ever regret giving you His gift of eternal life, or all His blessings, or your free and total access to His throne and His heart.

After our salvation, do we still fall prey to temptations and are we swayed by the sin nature? Yes, all Christians will be tempted, and blow it even after salvation, and it is at this point believers feel that they have lost their salvation, that their relationship with God has been severed, and condemnation thus begins reigning supreme in the conscious mind. So what do we do at this point to regain our good standing with God? From the time of our salvation, onward, until Christ returns, we simply confess our mistakes or shortcomings to God in prayer to receive forgiveness.

I John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The word, confess means to agree in our minds that yes, we indeed have blown it. God allows us to honestly admit that we made a mistake. This is the way God designed our forgiveness. God knows that we will from time to time blow it, so He has given to us an easy way back into fellowship with Him. When we become honest within our hearts and simply say something like this: “Yes, I blew it. I am truly sorry. I will try my best to walk with You today. I am honestly thankful that You have cleansed me from any and all unrighteousness and I thank you for this in the name of Jesus Christ.” Then our heavenly Father instantly and faithfully forgives and cleanses us from our shortcomings and again shows us that we have His righteousness to walk with Him in His divine love. The reason that our God can completely forgive us is because of what the Savior from sin has accomplished for us.

Exodus – Revealing Our True Passover

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In Christendom we normally think of the Passover as a Jewish festival or holiday, and for the most part the word Passover hardly comes up except when talking about the last supper. Today we will see that Jesus Christ is not only our true Passover but that he is our exodus and redemption from the bondage of sin. The word Exodus means a way out, a departure (from bondage). The children of Israel were living as slaves under horrendous conditions in Egypt and God was going to set them free and bring them into the Promised Land, and to commence this deliverance God initiated the Passover.

The Passover lamb had two major components, one was the body itself, and two was the blood. In the very night that Israel left Egypt they sprinkled the Passover lambs’ blood on their doorposts and ate the flesh. The blood was not simply used to allow death to pass over their homes; the blood was for the forgiveness of their sins, while the flesh (body) when eaten was for their healing. This is why during the forty years in the wilderness they were not sick.

In Exodus 12:11 the Passover is called “the LORD’S Passover.” God gave the children of Israel two wonderful things that strengthened their frail minds and bodies for the task and journey ahead, forgiveness in order that they may have a good conscience to believe God, and healing so they could go the distance through the barren desert. They were to have a Passover once a year, as a reminder of their redemption from slavery and sin; this was to help strengthen their believing and enjoyment in having the God-given freedom to choose their destinies without oppression.

John 1:36 – And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he {John the Baptist} saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

John was a Levite, and as a Levite he was a priest of the Most High God. John the Baptist in the above verse pointed out to Israel the true Passover Lamb of God. The lambs were symbolic, but the Lamb of God would redeem Israel and the world from the bondage of sin for our eternity and would become our spiritual exodus and entrance to the right hand of God.

Luke 9:31 – Who {Moses and Elijah spoke to Jesus in a “vision”} appeared in glory, and spake of his {Jesus’} decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

The word “decease” is the Greek word exedon and means exodus. Jesus’ exodus for humanity would be accomplished at Jerusalem. The word “accomplish” means to complete, to fill to the brim, and when Jesus Christ gave himself for us he became the Passover for the entire world, this is why in the Christian Church we do not need to sacrifice lambs. Jesus Christ was the final sacrifice; he fulfilled – once for all – our eternal exodus into his own heavenly glory.

Our Passover – Jesus Christ – he has delivered us from spiritual death to eternal life, he redeemed us from the bondage of sin (and sins), and to the righteousness of God.

Knowing our Passover will give us a clear conscience to walk daily, moment by moment with our heavenly Father.

I Corinthians 5:7b – . . . For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:

During the last hours prior to Jesus’ crucifixion he initiated the communion which represents for all of us his accomplishments that would be perfected and accomplished at Jerusalem. When Jesus was crucified his precious blood ran down his cross at the doorpost and threshold of eternity, giving us an eternal entrance into the promised land and home of His Holiest, with the gift of eternal redemption that daily abides within our very hearts.

I Peter 2:24 – Who {Jesus Christ} his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should {now} live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.