You are Accepted in the Beloved

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians is the greatest revelation ever given to the Church of God, and believers collectively make up the Church of God – we are all members within the spiritual body of Christ. Ephesians shows us the greatest present ever presented to mankind and contains the doctrine (the right believing) of what God has currently given to us. Ephesians shows us how to conduct our lives within the framework of having received the love of God. The first three chapters of Ephesians lays out in great detail what God has given to us, showing us how we are permanently accepted in the beloved, and that we are endowed with the riches of God’s lovingkindness. The last three chapters are the prACTical side of the doctrine showing us how to utilize and walk within the magnificent graces of God that is upon our lives.

Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

“Heavenly places” means all heavenly things, God has blessed us with all heavenly things and it is the Epistles that show us these heavenly things. Romans shows the believer that he was raised with Christ to a new life with God. Ephesians, being the second Epistle of doctrine, picks up where Romans ended and shows the believers that they are blessed in and with heavenly things because we are spiritually seated up where Christ is at God’s own right hand, for we are “in Christ.”

Ephesians 1:4 – According as he {God} hath chosen us {to be} in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in {His} love:

God Himself chose us before the foundation of the world with a purpose, and that purpose is that we “should be holy and without blame before him in love,” and this we are. The word “should” is in relation to the attitude of our hearts, the attitude that God desires that we should see ourselves as God does, holy and without blame, seated before Him in His unending love. When we begin to see ourselves in this elevated and esteemed state in which God has placed us, then life truly begins to take on a whole new meaning, knowing that we truly are blessed with all spiritual blessings immersed in the wonderful love of God.

Ephesians 1:5 – Having predestinated us unto the adoption of {God’s} children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Predestination relates to our calling, our being chosen before the world began to become God’s children, and this happened because of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Becoming God’s own children is the good pleasure of His will, which is freely offered to us in grace.

Ephesians 1:6 – To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein {God’s grace} he hath {past tense} made us accepted in the beloved.

God made us totally “accepted in the beloved”; the beloved is Jesus Christ, for we are now eternally in Christ. The words “made us accepted” means highly favored. These are the same words in the Greek Text that the Angel used for Mary in Luke 1:28, for she conceived the Son of God. We also have received the seed of Christ, (not for 9 months, but forever), thus we are highly favored of God. This is the greatest present that God ever gave to humanity, and is our joy and privilege to know that we have received the greatest gift ever given, and it is ours for eternity.

Thanking My Guardian Angel

When I arrive in Heaven, the very first thing I personally want to do is look up my guardian angel (hoping he is out of the angel hospital and has recuperated after the arduous task of taking care of me before I was saved, Hebrews 1:14), and give him a big ole hug, and thank him with all my heart’s gratitude! I will always be eternally grateful because without him I would have not found my way to Christ, or to you through this webpage.

Sincerely and endlessly indebted to you,
~LMJ~

Star Light, Star Bright!

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches {the things recorded in Revelation}. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star– Revelation 22:16. Jesus Christ identified himself as not only the morning star, but as the bright and morning star. He is now bright because today we can clearly see him through the Scriptures, and as we handle the Scriptures in the light that God’s Word truly reflects in our hearts, we currently may also behold him in the fiber of our entire beings, for Christ is in us (Colossians 1:27).” ~LMJ~

Judges – Revealing Our Wonderful Secret

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the book of Judges an angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah and his wife and prophesied that they were going to have a son, a Nazarite who would look to God his whole life. The son was Samson who was a very strong man, especially in his believing. Eventually he was given over to the Philistines by his own people. In Samson we can see the correlation between him and the Savior who was rejected by Israel. Manoah asked the angel what his name was so that when the child was born they may honor the angel.

Judges 13:18 – And the angel of the LORD said unto him {Manoah}, Why asketh thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

The word “secret” in the Hebrew Text is the word meaning a wonderful secret. This word is also used in Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful.” This is a reference about Jesus Christ, and in Judges when the angel said of his name “it is secret” he was saying that his name represented something that would be a wonderful secret (even the angel did not fully comprehend its meaning). However, the Savior would reveal the dynamics and realities of this wonderful secret to humanity in the ages to come.

In the Old Testament the believers had the hope of his coming, although they did not fully understand everything about his coming. God continued revealing more and more through His angels to His Prophets, and His Prophets would receive revelation and write down His Word for posterity. The angel in Judges 13 ascended back to heaven after having revealed the name of the hope of all humanity: the “wonderful secret.”

I Corinthians 2:7-8:
-7: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world {even began} unto our glory:
-8: Which none of the princes {the rulers of darkness} of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The mystery, the hidden and secret wisdom of God was ordained before the world began for our glory, yet it was a secret that was not revealed until Christ was raised from the dead. If God’s “wonderful secret” was ever known to the powers of darkness, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory, Jesus Christ. Without the crucifixion and sacrifice of Jesus for us, we would have remained eternally unredeemed, forever unsaved, and destined to eternal damnation, and without God and without hope in this world. But because of the death of Jesus Christ we have received the spiritual life of Christ within our very hearts, and our entrance into the salvation of eternity, being forever redeemed.

With Christ within we can daily enjoy God’s “wonderful secret,” that is now manifested in our own lives. I would like to close with the God-inspired words of Paul:

Colossians 1:25-28 (Amplified*):
-25: In it {the Church of God} I became a minister in accordance with the divine stewardship which was entrusted to me for you [as its object and for your benefit], to make the Word of God fully known [among you] ─
-26: The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints),
-27: To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.
-28: Him {the Christ in you} we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

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

Accepted in the Beloved

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein {God’s grace} he hath {past tense} made us accepted in the beloved– Ephesians 1:6. God made us totally accepted in the beloved; the beloved is Jesus Christ, for we are now eternally in Christ. The words made us accepted means highly favored. These are the same words in the Greek Text that the Angel used for Mary in Luke 1:28, for she conceived the Son of God. We also have received the seed of Christ, (not for 9 months, but forever), thus we are highly favored of God. This is the greatest present that God ever gave to humanity, and it is our joy and privilege to know that we have received the greatest gift ever given, and that it is ours for eternity.” ~LMJ~