Peter – Revealing Our Stewardship of Grace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Apostle Peter, who had walked on water with his Lord and Savior, wrote I and II Peter. Peter was a great man of God, contrary to what some believe and write about. It is true that he emphatically denied that he knew who Jesus was (without being in Peter’s shoes ourselves and facing what he had to face, it would be impossible to imply that anyone could have done any better).

It is true that he continually made mistakes. Peter rebuked Jesus once (at least Peter was man enough to speak his mind), and another time he swore that he would stand with Jesus no matter what the situation or consequence, and then he told Jesus that he was quitting the ministry and going back to his fishing profession.  Peter was an eyewitness of the actual sufferings of Jesus Christ. As we know from the Gospels and the Book of Acts, Peter continued getting back up, leaving us today with his example of a steward of the grace of God.

Peter was one of the greatest believers in the first century. The Word of God is so wonderful to show us the heart and life of Peter who typifies what could be any believer today who continues endeavoring to walk with God. Because we are not perfect, thankfully God only asks us to try and walk in His love, while His grace and love covers for our mistakes.

We will all blow it from time to time, but knowing that we have God’s divine grace in our lives, we may continue rising above those circumstances that caused us to screw up in the first place.

The Epistles of Peter express many wonderful truths; one that we will highlight today is our stewardship of grace given to each believer with the love of God, so that we may continue to rise up and walk with God while helping others along our way.

Peter experienced the grace of God upon his life, and so it is fitting that Peter wrote about God’s grace and our stewardship that came with Jesus Christ because Peter thoroughly understood and was thankful for the grace he enjoyed.

I Peter 4:8-10:
-8: And above all things have fervent charity {intensely given love} among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
-9: Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
-10: As every man {every believer} hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

One of the wonderful things that set the Christian apart is having spiritual love which God has given to us. Spiritual love covers when we sin, for our shortcomings, and when we are weak in our believing, and these combined are the multitude of sins that God’s love covers.

No one is perfect, yet God’s love is; thus the Word of God encourages us to extend love with spiritual intensity to each other, and as Jesus taught, this love proves first to ourselves that we are his disciples, then shows others that we are his disciples (John 13:34-35).

This is why Peter stated “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned {without discrimination} love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (I Peter 1:22). Love not only covers a multitude of sins, but also purifies the soul of the lover, causing him to be pure before his Maker!

We have received the gift of God’s love, which was manifested in the life of Christ, and has been given to us in and by grace. God’s love encourages us to minister the same love to each other. This is our stewardship of grace.

“Manifold” means that the grace of God is multifaceted, like the life of Jesus himself, or like the morning sky changing into hundreds of pastel colors ever so slightly with every moment and with every blink of our eyes. God’s divine grace is always forgiving, and is always given to us with love, and this we can minister one to another, proving God’s grace and love to be genuinely true and gentle as God continues holding us in His loving arms.

I Peter 4:11 – If any man speak {about the manifold grace of God}, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth {we can speak authoritatively because God has given to us His grace}: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion {strength} for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus Christ is who made grace available, “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Jesus, being the true subject of Scripture, continues revealing to us how to enjoy and walk within our divine gift from the Father.

When we speak the “oracles of God” i.e., the declaration of God’s grace, then we reciprocate back to our God – glory, and we discover the praise and strength of him who brought to us God’s grace – Jesus Christ.

God has given every believer a great ministry, Our Stewardship of Grace to enjoy and share with one another. What a marvelous standing we have in God’s family, and with him who gave his all for us, Christ the Lord.

Corinthians – Revealing Our Sufficiency

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Many keys are revealed in the Epistles of Corinthians that will help us discover and enjoy our sufficiency that we have received in Christ. The more we come to know Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior from the Church Epistles, the more he in turn reveals to our understanding that God has given to us our sufficiency in all things. Jesus Christ introduces our loving Father’s will for our sufficiency.

II Corinthians 2:15-17:
-15: For we are unto God a sweet savour {a sweet fragrance} of Christ, in them that are saved {in those who we can reach with God’s Word}, and in them that perish: {Those we share God’s Word with, and yet they refuse to believe are “them that perish.” We who speak the Word are not responsible for other people’s believing, so when we simply speak the Word and share our blessings we are always a sweet fragrance and aroma of Christ to God, in other words, we bless God completely when we open up our hearts to others.}
-16: To the one {who refuses God’s Word} we are the savour of death unto death {spiritual death}; and to the other {to those who will believe, we are} the savour of life unto life {the abundant life that we enjoy having God’s sufficiency and eternal life}. And who is sufficient for these things? {The answer is we are always sufficient to present God’s Word as a sweet fragrance.}
-17: For we are not as many, which corrupt {water down, dilute} the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in {of} Christ.

God has made us sufficient and complete to present Jesus Christ to anyone, for God has given us the Word and ministry of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:18-20). So rather than watering down or diluting God’s Word like some do by embellishing it or stating half‑truths, we can speak God’s wonderful healing Word in sincerity.

Revelations 22:18-19:
-18: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
-19: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Revelations gives us a very good reason why we speak what God’s Word says. It is much more enjoyable knowing that when we do speak the gospel of redemption and salvation through Christ, that we are presenting him openly, honestly, and candidly for we are in the sight of God Who always watches over His Word when spoken.

When we share God’s Word, we will be a blessing and sweet fragrance to God Who is our sufficiency.

II Corinthians 9:7-8:
-7: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
-8: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Our God does not want anyone to give until it hurts, or to give when they feel coerced and threatened, for then, giving will be done grudgingly with ill feeling about giving, when it should be an honor to give and to receive God’s blessings.

God does not want us to give mindlessly, but to give from the heart with our talents, resources and abilities. When we give based on the truth that we already have God’s sufficiency, then we can give cheerfully.

God loves a cheerful giver, and when we begin to recognize that we indeed do have all grace and all sufficiency in our lives we may abound to every good work, walking with our Savior.

II Corinthians 3:5 – Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of {from} God;

Our sufficiency is supplied by God and was freely given to us through the accomplishments of our Savior Jesus Christ as is revealed to us in Corinthians.

We can come closer to God and know He is Our Sufficiency, and when we tell someone about the healing Word, then we are a sweet savor of Christ to God’s complete delight as He gives us “all grace” to enjoy “all sufficiency” in “all things” every day.

The Power in Believing (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

There is “power in believing” is a common phrase. We have books that could easily fill a library written on the subject. The power of believing comes from the mind of man’s positive and assertive actions, and it is something that is within the very nature of the human mind to believe. When anyone, saint or sinner believes, they will receive, because believing is a Law that when tapped into will work equally for anyone. Yet, what distinguishes a Christian believer is that he or she has the Word of God to believe in, and our God is the Creator of the power in the Law of believing.

Matthew 8:13 – And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour {immediately}.

This Centurion came to Jesus asking for his help and he was hoping that Jesus would heal his personal servant who became very sick and he was “grievously tormented.” However, Jesus in Matthew 8 explains that all the Centurion himself had to do was believe because when someone believes they receive. We can see by the above verse that the servant was healed as soon as Jesus explained the Law of believing to the Centurion, which means that he believed and tapped into the power in believing.

A great lesson here is that the Centurion came to Jesus for guidance, the same kind of guidance that we can receive when we come to the Word to find the help we may need to increase our own believing, because the Word of God takes the place of the physical Christ and his guidance. Wherever the principles of positive believing are manifested great things begin to happen for anyone who applies them. However, the believing Christian has an edge when he begins to learn the Word, for he can tap into the power of believing in which God Himself is the source of the power.

Matthew 21:22 – And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask {of God} in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Man on his own efforts can tap into believing and ascertain that there is some kind of power behind his believing, but he will never come to know the source of the power without coming to know God. Jesus said in essence that, it will rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45), meaning everyone has the same “chance” in this life to believe, for God’s spiritual Law of believing is equally available to everyone. But when God becomes your Father, you also have the blessed privilege to believe in God’s own power, because you will have direct access into the living room of the Lawgiver: God (Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:19)!

You have been given the power of God and His true guidance in His Word to achieve “all things, whatsoever ye shall ask.” When you ask God, you have access into the “exceeding greatness” (Ephesians 1:19) of God’s divine power that will work as you believe it.

His Wonderful, Empowering Word!

“Hebrews 4:13 discloses, Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. The two words to do are only one word in the Greek Text, and that is the word logos, and the logos means the Word of God, and according to the context, this Word of God is what He sees within the heart of His beloved children. God has given us His Word so that we have something uncommonly good and in common with Him, His wonderful, empowering Word!” ~LMJ~