Then Do We with Patience Wait (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Romans 8:24-25:
-24: For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
-25: But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

If the dead are truly alive and swinging from the chandeliers of heaven, then as we have previously discussed, we should start cutting out Bible verses to suit our own beliefs despite what God’s eternal Word imparts to us. If the dead are alive and returning to earth from time to time to contact their loved ones and others, then spiritualism is a biblical concept. However, it is not! Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “. . . for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goeth {see Psalm 146:4}.” If the dead are already living and people have seen them, then Romans above says that “hope is not hope” and thus we are not saved. Nevertheless, when our hope is in the future return and our gathering together, then not only do we “patiently wait” but we will be believing in the truth, and hoping in a godly manner which will reap rewards.

I Corinthians 15:54 – So when this corruptible {those who are decaying in the grave} shall {a future moment} have put on incorruption {have been raised}, and this mortal {the living} shall have put on immortality {receive heavenly bodies, “. . . fashioned like unto his (Jesus’) glorious body, . . . “}, then {and not until then} shall be brought to pass the saying that is written {in Isaiah 25:8}, Death is swallowed up in victory.

The hope of humanity is in the return of Christ, and our gathering together up to him! This will occur when Christ returns and not until Christ returns. However, for now our God has given us the assurance of our heavenly standing in glory with Christ at God’s own right hand which is recorded throughout His Word, especially in the seven Church Epistles, Romans through Thessalonians. If immediate resurrection was truly a biblical concept, then Christ should have been immediately resurrected; however, he was in the grave for three days and nights, then he was the first to be eternally resurrected (Revelation 1:18). Christ Jesus is our hope, and the Scriptures say we must Scriptures wait for him!

I Corinthians 13:10 – But when that which is perfect is come {who is Christ Jesus}, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When Christ returns, then so will perfection be granted to the children of God, and we will know as well as we are known. God has given us His magnificent and abundant love and His divine charity in order to enjoy our lives with Him and with one another. His love energizes our believing in order that we may receive His many hundreds of recorded promises. Our believing can bring the hope of Christ’s return into a lively assurance of his imminent return at any moment of any day. When the hope of Christ’s return finally comes, then we will be like him for we will see him as he is.

Faith, hope, charity are spiritual qualities of this life and are God’s divine gifts to you. I pray with my whole heart that you may not only receive them, but that you can begin walking with these qualities in your life and inner heart.

The Fellowship of Tranquility!

All {the people} that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out– John 6:37. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father- John 6:65. It is the Father Himself Who inspires and calls men and women to come to Jesus, for through Jesus we learn of the Father’s walk with us in this life. Jesus is the necessary element in order to enjoy fellowship with the Father, for it is Jesus who reveals the Father’s loving grace. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord– I Corinthians 1:9, and through this calling we may know with certainty that, truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ- I John 1:3. We have Jesus’ personal assurance that coming to him is truly the will of the Father, and thankfully, we will not be cast out for coming to Jesus and desiring the joy and the tranquility that comes to us in the sweetness of our heavenly fellowship with the Father and His Son.” ~LMJ~

Nehemiah – Revealing Our Heavenly Pardon

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Nehemiah parallels the Book of Ezra. Ezra focuses great attention to the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, while Nehemiah focuses mainly on the rebuilding of the city walls and gates in Jerusalem. Nehemiah reveals Jesus Christ as the Savior of God’s people, and that he would become the believer’s heavenly pardon from all their sins, faults, and shortcomings.

Nehemiah tells us of the bread from heaven that sustained the lives of the children of Israel and the water that came out of a rock when they were en route to the promised land. As the bread and water preserved their physical life, there is a correlation between Christ who is the true bread and water from heaven who preserves our spiritual life and who is the salvation of our souls (compare Nehemiah 9:15-21; with the Gospel of John 4:14 and 6:58; I Corinthians 10:4).

Nehemiah 9:17b –. . . but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.

When is God “ready to pardon?” When we have the petition of pardon! Jesus Christ is our petition and our pardon, who continually reveals to our conscious minds complete forgiveness!

I John 5:13-15:
-13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
-14: And this is the {God-given} confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us;
-15: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Since we believe on Jesus Christ, we receive confidence from God that He indeed has pardoned us with complete forgiveness. When we begin believing, this is when we absolutely know “that we have the petitions that we desire of him.”

Our petitions that we desire of God are to know with understanding that He has completely forgiven us, for God will always give us the desires of our hearts (Psalms 37:4), and we can know that our petition to the Father was presented to Him by the Son of God.

Ephesians 4:32 – And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

The word “forgiven” in both instances means to receive complete pardon. We have been pardoned for the sake of Jesus Christ, and in the same manner we are to be as gracious to one another.

Colossians 3:13 – Forbearing one another, and forgiving {pardoning} one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave {pardoned} you, so also do ye.

As we are able to forgive one another, we will become ever abler to believe in our hearts that our God has spiritually forgiven us and pardoned us with His gracious mercy and great kindness, for He has not forsaken us (Hebrews 13:5-6).

In Nehemiah the believers had great expectation in receiving their pardons as they continued to believe that their Messiah was indeed coming for them, and the work of rebuilding the gates and walls gave them assurance of God’s protection as they looked forward to the hope of Christ’s coming.

Currently we also have and enjoy our great expectation in the coming of Jesus (the Savior) Christ (the Messiah) for he gave his life for our acquittal of any wrongdoing.

Today we can build up the walls (of our minds) to believe in him, and continue preparing the gate (the door to our hearts, Revelation 3:20) that spiritually allows Jesus Christ to enter into our lives.

Looking for God?

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I recall one night when I was laying down on a grassy meadow that behind me was a forest of trees swaying in a summer’s night breeze and in front of me was a lake. The stars above were twinkling, and other than the wind there was a peaceful silence as I was grasping for the meaning of life. I was thinking and wondering why was I here, why was I breathing air, what is really the meaning of life (especially mine); was there a purpose or reason that I was even able to think these thoughts?!

I had no idea nor did any divine inspiration come to mind, and truly I was discouraged; I remember having similar thoughts for years without ever grasping any real understanding.

This may seem like a silly story but it is what put me on a course that eventually led me to my Savior and my God. When I was originally introduced to God in my early twenties I was literally shocked to see that His Word was actually His Word!

When anyone finds Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, simultaneously they will find God as their heavenly Father rather than as simply “the (unknown) man upstairs.” The quest for God and spirituality is a large part of the human experience that most people come to at one time or another. Some will seek Him in nature, others will look in other places, yet He only becomes personally induced to the searching heart as one comes directly face to face with His Word and truly finds Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth, and the lifeline to Him.

Acts 17:23 – {The Apostle Paul is addressing a crowd.} For as I passed by {on his way up to Mars Hill in Athens} and beheld your devotions {statues and other objects they worshiped}, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him {God} declare I unto you.

Then Paul begins to preach the Word of God to them. The reason that they had a statue addressed to the unknown God was just in case they accidentally missed one, because they tried to the best of their ability to worship everything under the sun. However, if they accidentally missed one, then they had an extra one to cover.

Today this may seem a little ridiculous, yet they were simply covering all the bases. Paul finding this one statue gave him an in to start helping them find the true God, it’s a great story to read sometime.

Let’s go to the conclusion of Paul’s teaching:

Acts 17:30-34a:
-30:  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:
-31:  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man {Jesus Christ} whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance {pistis} unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
-32:  And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
-33:  So Paul departed from among them.
-34a:  Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: . . .

The word “assurance” is the Greek word pistis and means the believing faith of Jesus Christ, for with his believing faith (Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, Hebrews 12:2), we are enabled to perceive the spiritual realities of God. Christ’s faith is given to every believer at the moment of salvation.

Ephesians 2:8 records, “For ye are saved through faith.” This is not our faith but the saving faith of our Savior Jesus Christ, and with his faith he literally becomes our spiritual eyes, helping us perceive God in the genuine light that His Word shines into our conscious lives. Rather than God being unknown to us, or just out of our grasp, or trying to find Him Who dwells in eternity, we can learn the true joys in obtaining the realities of Him through knowing Jesus Christ.

The Hope of Humanity Is

The hope of humanity is in the return of Christ to appear with him in glory, always has been and always will be our hope until Christ returns for our gathering together up to meet him above in the clouds! However, for now our God has given us the assurance of our heavenly standing in glory with Christ at God’s own right hand (I Peter 1:7), which is recorded throughout His Word. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory– Colossians 3:4.” ~LMJ~