Peter

“I believe that Peter was a great man of God who was called, chosen, and walked with Jesus. Peter was a man among men, the disciple’s disciple, the leader’s leader, and the apostle’s apostle who lead the new Christian church into an entire age of grace after Jesus’ ascension, which age we still enjoy. Peter was the only man that is recorded in His-story besides Jesus to have had ‘permission’ to walk on water (Matthew 14:26), and he was so spiritually powerful that if his shadow passed over sick people they would jump up healed (Acts 5:15).” ~LMJ~

Our Lively Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Timothy 1:1 – PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

An Apostle is one who brings new spiritual light to his generation. In the Epistle of Timothy, Paul first revealed who our hope is, Jesus Christ! Christ returning for the children of God, for you and me, can become our innermost hope. There are great fears about his coming that are truly unfounded because according to the Bible the return of Christ brings great rewards, and they will be given out, rather than any Christian ever receiving wrath, condemnation, hell-fire, etcetera.

Colossians 1:4-6:
-4: Since we heard of your faith {believing} in Christ Jesus, and the love {of God} which ye have to all the saints,
-5: For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
-6: Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

Anticipating the hope of Christ’s return brings to the heart and soul of believers great understanding as it continues to enlighten our knowledge of “the grace of God in truth.” This wonderful hope can become the first thing that we think about when rising from bed (Psalms 63:6), and hope can give us comfort even at night. The hope of Christ’s return rejuvenates our love and our believing faith. The hope is inspiring and exciting, and when we recall our hope throughout the day, it reveals to us the hope of our Savior’s speedy return! (The return is most definitely closer today than yesterday: Romans 13:11) When the hope of his return becomes a reality within the heart, it will bring to our souls spiritual fruit, fruit that we can currently receive that will enlighten the human heart with wonderful godly qualities of reassurance and inspiration that we are blessed of God with His pure hope, and that we will be blessed of Him forever more.

I Peter 1:3-4:
-3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
-4: To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Along with an abundance of mercy we have been given a “lively hope.” This “lively hope” can assure our searching hearts of an incorruptible inheritance reserved and prepared for our reception of it at our arrival into heaven’s gates.  The hope: Christ’s return presents a wonderful future, worthy of our anticipation. Like Abraham who against hope believed in hope, we too can walk in his shoes bringing the hope directly before our very eyes, and constantly into our believing minds.

God has given you a “lively hope” that no worldly circumstance can ever change or take away from you (Romans 11:29), because you are already God’s child and heaven-bound.

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.