The Love That Travels Through Time

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

** An excerpt:

“. . . In our discussion of time travel we learned the principles of how Jesus lived his life to become such a wonderful miracle worker that inspired and moved him and his disciples so, and that his loving examples can still reach us today to inspire us to enjoy those keys regarding how we can live our lives just as miraculously in today’s world as he did because his love has been passed on down through the ages to reach our hearts.

John 13:34-35:
-34: A new commandment I give unto you {says Jesus}, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
-35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

God has made it available for each of us to love equally and proportionately to the same love that Jesus Christ loves us with, and thank God for giving us this wonderful understanding about the genuine spiritual service of love that is so uplifting to all those this spiritual love touches. I John 3:18 encourages, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth,” With this new spiritual love of Christ we have been enabled to love the unlovable with the same intensity that we can love the most deserving and lovable souls.

The love of God that He has placed in our earthen vessels is a divine treasure chest and is stocked complete with pure heavenly love. God’s love applied reaches all the way into the heart of man, beyond the appearance or facade that people portray on the outside, “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

The love of God which is Christ’s love is the true spiritual strength of the Christian family, and the spiritual foundation for true believing unity within the church, and the true spiritual uplifting in the individual believer’s heart, and is the believer’s lifeline into the tremendous blessings contained in God’s revealed Word.

Jesus said, A new commandment I give unto you; Jesus gave (I have loved you), so we could know his utmost love for us.

Jesus gave (I have loved you), so we could receive his love.

Jesus gave (I have loved you), so we could then experience his love by loving one another as Jesus loves you!

Jesus demonstrated this new commandment by loving people, including you and me.

When we accept his love and love one another with his love, we will effortlessly begin walking in its true splendor, and we will recognize that there is no law and no commandment that we would break before our heavenly Father which shows the true exquisiteness of his love.

Take for instance the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” When love – Jesus’ love is applied – then it becomes totally impossible to break this or any other commandment. When we utilize Jesus’ love, we then will be fulfilling all of the laws and commandments without compulsion. We must humbly allow the abundance of Jesus’ love for us – into our hearts – for then we will have his love that is necessary to appreciate and enjoy his true love.

John 15:9:
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

When Jesus Christ walked upon this earth – one of the things that attracted people to him and his ministry was – his love that he gave to people individually.

Mark 12:29-30:
-29: And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
-30: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

I Timothy 1:5a:
Now the end of the commandment is charity {love}. . .

When comparing Mark 12:29-30 with I Timothy 1:5, we find the first commandment is love and then the end of the commandment is love. What we have here is a wondrous concept that reveals that the commandments begin and end with love. Thus, Romans 13:10 disclosed that, “Love is the fulfilling of the law.” Love is one of the greatest things that God in His love has ever given to us.

The Bible teaches us that today, nearly two thousand years later we still may benefit with this love Jesus gave in the new commandment.

Ephesians 3:17-19:
-17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith {believing faith}; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
-18: May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth {or width}, and length, and depth, and height;
-19: And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Verse 17 states that with Christ in our hearts we can be rooted and grounded in love. Christ’s love in us can become an exciting and dynamic foundation for living the Christian, Christ-like lifestyle.

Then, in verse 18, the Word of God shows us the four dimensions of the love of Christ. The love of Christ is the love of God in full bloom that Christ utilized in his daily life while he was here blessing people and is freely given to believers today in this age of grace.

Time passes at the same rate for everyone on earth; some time is wasted and some time is spent wisely, but love, agapē love that was first given to man in the first century by Jesus is the same love of Christ that we have today, and it is time that we accept this heavenly love and become true examples of Christian lovers of God, of others, and of self. The love of Christ is never lost because as we love, love always returns from whence it originated because love is eternal and is an essential part of God, “for God is love” (I John 4:8). This love is the same love Jesus enjoyed in his time on earth and is still present for his love transcends through time and is continuously present to those who use their personal time to love, affording the Christian lover unlimited resources to live miraculously in our time. I John 4:16: reads, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.”

The love of Christ did not end at the crucifixion and does not cease with the conclusion of the Gospels nor did it end with his ascension up to heaven, but currently grows in our hearts as love is eternal, for it is a part of God’s spiritual nature (I John 4:8, and II Peter 1:4).

With the love of Christ we can spiritually perceive the fullness of love, its breath {or width}, length, depth, and height.

The width of the love of Christ outpours ― boundlessly.

The length of the love of Christ extends throughout time ― endlessly.

The height of the love of Christ overflows ― measurelessly.

The depth of the love of Christ founds spiritual wisdom ― fathomlessly.

We have received the love of Christ in order that we may walk with great dignity before our heavenly Father, cuddled in the knowledge that in Christ’s love we have all the fullness of God.

In verse 19, we see that the love of Christ passeth knowledge for his love is beyond, exceeding, and surpassing what human knowledge is able to comprehend by the senses. Love (the love of Christ) does not hurt, stink, or let people down as some of the songs and literature of the day exclaim, for the love of Christ is pure, first and foremost spiritual, and is on a higher plane than five senses love. Christ’s love is the greatest because it brings the Christian believer into all the fullness of God!

To conclude, I repeat the last sentence of the study above: Walking with the love of God in Christ to the best of our ability is doing exactly what Jesus would do because he is all love, and thus when we are walking in love we will be taught ― How to Live Miraculously. . .”

I John 4:7-12:
-7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
-8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
-9: In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
-10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
-11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
-12: No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

John 17:24-26:
-24: {Jesus prays} Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world {emphasis supplied}.
-25: O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
-26: And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Ephesians 1:3-4:
-3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
-4: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love {IN LOVE, emphasis supplied}:

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

** This  excerpt from our free e-Booklet titled: How to Live Miraculously! You can have your copy by going to our Free e-Bookstore, under the heading of Assorted Bible Studies.

Faith, Hope, and Charity (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Through this study, we will be looking at the words ― faith, hope, and charity to learn how they work together. Our goal is to acquire a further understanding of their meaning in the Scriptures, for they are the footing on which the more abundant life rests. In this first study, we will briefly look at all three words.

I Corinthians 13:13: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but {and} the greatest of these is charity.

Once I was told by an individual, “charity was the best gift a person could receive from God, and everything else was insignificant in comparison” and he got this idea from the verse above. However, the Bible does not say that charity is the best gift; rather the Bible says the greatest of these is charity. Jesus said, “my Father is greater than I” in John 14:28, and this is the same Greek word that is translated greatest, though no one would say Jesus is insignificant in God’s eyes! Also, the Bible does not teach “faith and hope are not really as good.”

Let us use the earth, the sun, and the moon for a parallel example; the earth supplies the substance that sustains our lives, but still without the moon and the sun, the earth would be about as barren of a planet as you could find. In truth, we need all three to sustain ourselves and flourish in our physical lives; it is the same truth with faith, hope, and charity, we need all three to sustain ourselves and flourish in our spiritual lives.

The reason why charity is called the greatest is because it is a God-given master key for unlocking our faith, and faith opens, reveals, and insures our inner souls of “the hope of His calling” (Ephesians 1:18), which is to be with Christ for all eternity. So with charity, our faith and hope are energized.

Faith is the Greek word pistis, and means believing or believing faith and without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), so faith is significantly important.

Hope is the Greek word elpis, and it means future hope (Romans 8:24–25); it is usually in the context of the hope or anticipation that men and women have for the return of Christ (still a future event), and I Timothy 1:1 says that Christ is our hope. Only the believer has access to the hope of Christ’s return in order to patiently wait with joy to be eternally with our Savior in heaven. Hope encourages the Christian believer to continue standing for God even through any present adversity because the future has rewards for our believing and loving in this current time of grace, so hope is also significantly important.

Charity is the Greek word agapē and means the love of God. The word greatest in I Corinthians 13:13 above would be much better understood if it were translated as the first, or the elder, or the commencement, or the foundation, as this is the proper and greater meaning of the word, because God loved us from before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). God’s love for us has always existed while faith and hope both have a beginning in our lives, faith comes to the individual by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17), and man had no spiritual faith until he knew Christ (Galatians (3:22–29). And as well, our hope began growing in our hearts from the moment of our salvation when we became the children of God, a hope that we at one time were without (Ephesians 2:2; I Thessalonians 4:13). Thus, as (and when) faith and hope begin living in the heart of our understanding, then charity will magnify itself greater and greater in our lives as a viable part of the spiritual serenity we can enjoy walking with God.

Charity – being the love of God is a part of God Himself, and this part – His love – He has given to all believers (Romans 5:5; 8:36–39), while our hope and believing faith is something we learn to aspire to utilize in our daily living. We learn to believe in the promises of God through our believing faith, and we learn to hope more and more through knowing what the Word says regarding our Savior returning for us.

I Corinthians 13:12:  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; means that today we do not know it all, even with all the abundance that God’s Word reveals to us. This phrase is in reference to our believing faith, “for we walk by faith {believing faith}, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). The next words, but then face to face is in reference to when we meet Christ face to face, because our hope is in his imminent return. Now I know in part; is again in reference to our believing faith, to believe in what we do know from God’s healing Word. But then shall I know even as I am known is again in reference to our hope, when we will receive all that we have hoped in and anticipated, because then we will have been perfected (Philippians 3:20–21), and we will be enjoying our lives with God and with Jesus Christ through eternity.

Love – God’s love – motivates our endeavors, faith – believing faith – appropriates the promises of God, and hope – Christian hope – anticipates the return of Christ. These three form a complete whole and enhance Christian character in an individual’s life. “And now abideth {or ― remains here for you} faith, hope, charity.”

Philippians 3:20–21 (The Amplified Bible):**
-20: But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior,
-21: Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself.

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

Faith, Hope, and Charity (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will be taking a look at faith, hope, and charity to learn how they work together. Our goal is to acquire a further understanding of their meaning in the Scriptures, for they are the footing on which the more abundant life rests. In this byte we will briefly look at all three and concentrate on each one in particular in other Bible bytes.

I Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Once, I was told by an individual that “charity was the best gift a person could receive from God,” and he got this idea from the verse above. However, the Bible doesn’t say that charity is the best gift, rather the Bible says charity is “the greatest.” Also, the Bible does not state “faith and hope are not really as good.” The reason that charity is the greatest is because it is a God-given master key for unlocking our own faith, and faith opens up to us and reveals “the hope of His calling” (Ephesians 1:18). So with charity, our faith and hope are energized.

“Faith” is the Greek word pistis, and means believing, believing faith. “Hope” is the Greek word elpis, and it means future hope, it is usually in the context of the hope men and women have for the return of Christ (still a future event). “Charity” is the Greek word agapee and means the love of God.

I Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly;” means that today we do not know it all, even with all the abundance that God’s Word reveals to us. This phrase is in reference to our believing faith, “for we walk by faith {believing}, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). The next words, “but then face to face” means when we meet Christ “face to face,” because of our hope in his imminent return. “Now I know in part;” is again in reference to our believing faith, to believe what we do know. “But then shall I know even as I am known” is again in reference to our hope, when we will receive all that we have hoped in because then we will have been perfected and will be enjoying our lives with God and with Jesus Christ in eternity.

Charity, the love of God we have will activate our faith, our believing faith to love as God’s Word encourages. Charity energizes our believing faith, and our believing faith will appropriate the revealed promises of God. Our believing faith energizes our anticipation in the hope of Christ’s return for us, and our hope is a necessary ingredient for living charitably. This is why all three are so wonderful and worthy of our taking the time to understanding them more clearly, and I am sure they will give you great inspiration, as well as great expectations.

The vehicle to help facilitate our believing and inspire our hope is charity, yet all three of these are important to living our lives in true godliness. “And now abideth {remains here for you} faith, hope, charity.”