We Look for the Savior

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest expectation that the believer has is the return of his or her Savior who is Jesus Christ. When he returns, we will be gathered up with him to enjoy our eternity with him at God’s own right hand.

Philippians 3:20 – For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Our conversation” means our citizenship because our homeland is in heaven! With our heavenly standing in God’s family we may earnestly look with great hope for our Savior who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice that the verse does not say to pray for him to come because his return will happen on God’s timetable rather than on man’s timetable. The word “look” means to wait with patience and expectation.  I know that many Christian people fear this great and glorious day, but that is only because they have a wrongful fear of the greatness of Christ’s return for us. Some people are indeed fearful of the future wrath; however, God’s children do not, will not, and cannot pass through the impending wrath that is surely to come. In Philippians 3:20 our Lord Jesus Christ is called “our Saviour” because we have been saved, not for the wrath of God, but for heaven itself and to be eternally immersed in the love of God! The word “Saviour” in reference to Jesus Christ means that he himself accomplished our salvation and our complete spiritual wholeness. We will be in heaven before wrath and tribulation ever begin (I Thessalonians 4:13–5:5).

Philippians 3:21 – Who {Jesus Christ} shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {all believers} unto himself.

The words “vile body” means a body that has been humiliated. The human body was originally perfect in every detail, having eternal life within its very nature before the fall of man in Genesis. It was the Adversary (the Serpent) who defiled and humiliated the human body of man from its original perfect creation, and with the return of Christ our bodies will be “fashioned like unto his {Christ Jesus’} glorious body.” When Christ Jesus awoke from the dead after his crucifixion he had a new and glorious body, which would never be humiliated again, that will never die again, and that will last him for eternity. This is the kind of body promised to believers!

Jesus was a perfect man, he had no sin in his body, neither was his body humiliated until he allowed himself to become sin for us and be brutally tortured and crucified. He indeed received humiliation and he experientially knows the hold the sin nature still has in man because he himself experienced this so that he could identify completely with humanity. Although our human body is still humiliated, we have been given great hope in the return of our Savior, and then we will receive heavenly life-regenerating bodies equally as powerful as what Jesus now has. He literally walked (or passed) through walls, appearing and disappearing in the midst of his disciples at will; he passed through the heavens and back in the blink of an eye, and was only recognizable to his disciples when he wanted to be recognized. This glorious body will be given to us, and is why the Scriptures say that we can look with great expectation for that great and glorious day of his return, and our gathering together up to him.

John – Revealing Our Fellowship

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John was an Apostle who walked with Jesus Christ when he was physically here, and John had seen his Lord ascended up to heaven. In his Epistles he expresses divine truths that relate to the believers’ fellowship with God and with Jesus. He delivers practical principles that expound on the love of God, he shows that God is Light, Life, Truth, Righteous, and that we can have fellowship with Him through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I John 1:3-4:
-3: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
-4: And {in addition to having fellowship} these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

What John had seen was the Word of life, for he had physically seen Jesus Christ who is the incarnate Word of God (John 1:14).

John is teaching that he is declaring Jesus Christ to believers with a purpose, and the purpose is that we may have fellowship with fellow-believers, and fellowship with our Father, and fellowship with His Son.

The word “fellowship” means to share fully (in his life, and he is alive), so believers can partake and fully share in the joys of knowing the resurrected Savior who will return for us. I Corinthians 1:9 reads, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” Our God has faithfully called us into a sharing of the life of Jesus, having his power (Philippians 3:10a) and life (Colossians 3:4a) to enjoy and fellowship around.

I John 1:5 – This then is the message {the word “message” is the word for promise} which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

It is a promise from God that He is light, and has no darkness within Him whatsoever!

This of course is contrary to what so very many people think; they believe that God kills, that He is evil, that He does not even care about people or what goes on down here, yet these ideas are untrue, for God is light.

That darkness comes from another source, from the Adversary, whom we hardly ever mention in our Bible Bytes because our glory and praise always focuses upon our loving Father, and in the accomplishments of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We believe that excluding the Adversary whenever possible will show to us God’s “safe passages” that will help lead us into godliness, fellowship, and life with him who was raised from the dead.  This is where our focus is always placed. We dispel darkness by focusing on the light, rather than focusing on darkness, negatives, and works of the Adversary who is the Devil.

I John 1:6-8:
-6: If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not {and cannot do} the truth:
-7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we {absolutely} have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
-8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us {enough to lift us up in grace to enjoy our fellowship with each other, God, and Jesus}.

However:

I John 1:9-10:
-9: If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness {and true spiritual fellowship and unity with God will flow}.
-10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make him {God} a liar, and his word is not in us.

If we simply confess, meaning to say to God something like “I am sorry” and recognize in our minds that we are not perfect, then God forgives and cleanses.

Verse 9 does not say confess to any man, nor does it say to say it aloud, rather we are to talk to our heavenly Father and admit that yes we had blown it in some way, that we have gone off course in some way, and when we do this, this blesses the Father’s heart to no end because we are upfront and honest with Him. Then our God goes to work for us and forgives with this purpose: that we may have continued fellowship with one another, and with God, and with our Lord.

Let us learn to be continuously thankful for Our Fellowship that we can have with our forgiving heavenly Father, being humbly thankful for the completed work of our Savior Jesus Christ who made it possible for God to do a perfect work within our hearts, through the cleansing blood of him who gave his all in all so that we may enjoy serenity and fellowship with God’s graces upon our lives.

Your Two Personal Acquaintances

“We have a personal Savior (Ephesians 5:32, Philippians 3:10) and a personal Adversary (I Peter 5:8), who desires ― animosity, enmity, and hostility, but faith raises one up to the relationship our personal Savior who desires ― friendship, companionship, and fellowship, which far surpasses what the other acquaintance offers!” ~LMJ~