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.

Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Colossians 2:3 – In whom {in God} are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,

God’s hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge are revealed and given to us, His children according to our believing. These treasures have never been hidden from us but hidden securely in God and reserved for us, with the view that we may not only receive but also enjoy crystal clear revelations of the riches of having Christ in us, which is the greatest treasure of all time.

Colossians 2:4-6:
-4:  And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
-5:  For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
-6:  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

“Beguile” means to be deceived, and “enticing words” mean to be persuaded falsely with a perverse discourse of false reasoning. The Apostle Paul had a concern that other people would attempt to persuade them out of God’s Word. Paul wanted the believers to stand with conviction in the knowledge they received from God and to enjoy the spiritual treasures of godly enlightenment that God gave to them to personally learn the truths about the Christ within. Their “order” was their orderliness in continuing in the truth, which makes the believers’ lives free. Their steadfastness in their faith was their continued believing in Christ who was their complete Savior.

Notice that verse 6 says “Christ Jesus,” not Jesus Christ; the reason for this is that Christ Jesus in the Bible always refers to the resurrected Christ. Jesus Christ died for our sins, but he was raised as Christ Jesus who arose for our eternal life; it is our believing in the resurrection of Christ that truly gives us genuine spiritual power. In the Scriptures when we read the names Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus, this truth always carries through in the Epistles. This is why Colossians 1:27 says we have Christ in us, because we have the power of the resurrected Christ within. Paul was joying and beholding the believer’s steadfastness in the wonderful knowledge they were receiving, and in their personal believing they continued recognizing the Christ within, and their complete unity becomes more and more realized by walking in him.

Colossians 2:7 – Rooted and built up in him {Christ Jesus}, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

To be rooted and built up in Christ is to be established in the faith, the faith refers to God’s calling us into His family; this is the household of God. God’s healing Word continues to encourage us about how to grow in His family, and to be genuinely thankful, not only for the knowledge that God continues revealing, but to be thankful that He called us into such a wonderful and eternal heavenly household.  We are the family of God and He is continually proud of His eternal family. The more we learn about Jesus Christ, his sacrifice, death, and his resurrection, and the subsequent new life that God gives to us in Christ, the more we will be able to walk with God. We are endeared and endowed with the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge, prepared for us before the foundation of the world for our glory, and is given so that we may know how to walk in Christ, and walk hand in hand with God our heavenly Father.

I Have Declared Your Name

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 John 17:1:
THESE WORDS spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come {for Jesus to redeem humanity with his life}; glorify thy Son, {in order} that thy Son also may glorify thee:

John chapter 17 is a prayer, and Jesus first asked his Father to glorify him, so that he would have the power to reciprocate glory back to his Father. Jesus went through a horrendous torture; thankfully, we today do not need to face what Jesus went through. But notice that he prayed first so that he would be able to glorify the Father. The Scriptures show that God indeed glorified Christ, and Christ still glorifies his Father. Any prayer that will glorify God blesses our heavenly Father’s heart, and He will always, in His glory, answer your prayers.

John 17:24:
Father, I will {wish} 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.

Jesus, in the closing moments of this prayer, prays that we can behold his glory that the Father gave to him. Then Jesus says, “for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” This love that God loved him with has been in the heart of God since before the foundation of the world. This love has passed the test of time and is what allowed Jesus to redeem humanity.

John 17:25:
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

It is sad but true that so many people do not know the righteous Father; however, we can be so humbly thankful that we do know Him, and that we do know the Savior whom God sent to us.

John 17:26:
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: {here is the purpose for Jesus declaring the name “righteous Father” to us} that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Jesus detailed to his Apostles and disciples (and it is recorded in the Scriptures for us), the Father’s wonderful name, “Righteousness.” Jesus had shown that God was the Creator, that He was the Lord in His personal relationship with us, and that God is our righteous Father. Jesus Christ did all this in his ministry with a purpose, to show us the Father’s love, and the love with which He has loved Jesus since the beginning of time is extended and given graciously to us.

Did Jesus’ prayer get answered? Oh yes it certainly did (Ephesians 1:3-4)! God’s love is now a part of your life, and is now inseparable from your heart (Romans 5:5). In Romans 5:8 we read, “But God commendeth {introduces} his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ has given so much for you (his very life), so that the Father could introduce His love into your heart and give you a spiritual relationship in divine righteousness with Him Who is your heavenly Father.

Touchdown (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 3:16 is a verse of Scripture sometimes seen held up by fans seated behind the goalpost at football games and other sporting events, though less often in recent times, as it appears that God is slowly being kicked out of our stadiums, too. Thankfully, there is no power on earth that can maneuver a trick play and cause penalties that could expel God and His Son from our heart’s foundation or separate us from their heavenly love for us (Romans 8:37-39). “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4). I titled this Bible study “Touchdown” because John 3:16 is the greatest and loveliest event that has ever happened in the world.

John 3:16:
For God so loved the world {i.e., the people in the world}, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Our goal is heaven; our final destiny is to be with God to enjoy our everlasting life in the end zone of heavenly pastures, where we will play and run on heavenly turf, as there are no losers on God’s team! God has given eternal life to us who believe in the completed work of His Son, Jesus Christ who while on the front line, down in the trenches, died for our sins, and made our reception of eternity a reality in the world’s stadium.

John 3:17:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him {through the accomplishments and completed work of Jesus Christ} might be saved.

God in love gave His Son, and in turn, His Son by his own free will was not only willing, but indeed did give his life for you and for me. It was Jesus himself who knew that it would take the love of God within himself to accomplish the task before him to secure our salvation. When we confess and believe in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, we will score the everlasting life that God passed to us through His Son. This was not a Hail Mary pass, and not a blind, shot in the dark, but with perfect execution of the game plan of life, as God, “called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (I Peter 2:9).

Romans 10:9-10:
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s very own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your very own} salvation.

The resurrection of Jesus literally kicked off a new age wherein anyone on earth can come down from the stands as mere spectators to actually participate and enjoy the celebration of our reception of victorious salvation. When we believe in the resurrection and confess Jesus as our Lord, we become team members (on God’s team) who have received the greatest reception of all time — our salvation! Jesus Christ is the world’s hope; he is the thread who connects our hearts to our heavenly Father’s love and His offer of salvation which is a walk-on invitation for one and all to be on God’s team and score eternity.

Coming to know the prophesied (game) plan of our redemption, and learning how Jesus Christ, the Captain of our salvation, fulfilled the Scriptures for our redemption is an awesome daily adventure, as he strengthens our desires to be successful in the arena of life.

I John 4:10-12:
-10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation {the filled payment} 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. {But} If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

From these verses, we see the depths of God’s love for us, that He always has loved us even before we ever gave Him a thought, before we were born or took our seat in the stadium of life, for God, “hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). In God’s eyes we were all first round draft picks, and scouted before the world began. We may enjoy the truth in the game plan of the ages, that God has not only — always loved us, but now He wants us to share His love by handing off His love to one another so that we may all share in the glory of His victorious love (John 17:20-26). II Thessalonians 2:13 reads “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation.” The timing of God’s unending love for us was from before the foundation of the world, and from the beginning, so He had a long wait for us to come around and accept the eternal truth that we are worthy to be so loved by His Excellency!

The absolute proof of God’s love for us was that He sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. This is the basis for encouraging us with the awesome privilege to return His love to Him in the true running game of life by handing off His love to one another. Today we are in the trenches, down on the front lines, facing the offences of darkness, hopelessness, and despair, and there we are encouraged to stand our ground and advance God’s love by fending off, blocking, and taking down the darkness with the light of love in our hearts. We may become athletes of the spirit, wherein we can “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16). We may huddle up with our heavenly Father in our prayer life and receive a game plan for each day and enjoy daily victories as God protects our blindside. We have been called to be defenders of the faith with the truth and love of God in our hearts.

Colossians 3:15:
And let the peace of God rule {umpire or referee} in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

God’s peace is our arbitrator, our heavenly Father is our eternal coach, His Word is our rulebook, and His son, Jesus Christ, is our Captain who sends in the plays to “love one another” (John 13:24-25), as grace and peace is “multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.”

II Peter 1:2-8:
-2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
-3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
-4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
-5: And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
-6: And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
-7: And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
-8: For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus willingly gave himself for us, he died for us, and he was raised for us, so that we could experience the love of God in us. We currently also have the same love of God that Jesus Christ had when he gave himself for our sins so that we would be eternally worthy to enjoy the love of God. The celebration of this reception of God’s love is not only enjoyed today, but we are invited upstairs to the eternal pro-bowl as the honored guest where we will also partake in the greatest after-party of all time in the heavenlies at the right hand of God where there will be pleasures and treasures for evermore. When we apply this God-given love in our lives, we can be assured of knowing and realizing that God Himself dwells in us, causing us to personally experience the greatest touchdown of all time.

Psalms 16:11:
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Matthew 22:37-40:
-37: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
-38: This is the first and great commandment.
-39: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
-40: On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

“Sometimes it seems like God is difficult to find and impossibly far away. We get so caught up in our small daily duties and irritations that they become the only things that we can focus on. What we forget is that God’s love and beauty are all around us, every day, if only we would take the time to look up and see them.” ~Matthias~

“For centuries now we’ve tried everything else; the power of wealth, of mighty armies and navies, and machinations (scheming) of diplomats. All have failed. Before it’s too late, and time is running out, let us turn from trust in the chain reactions of exploding atoms to faith of the chain reaction of God’s love. Love — love of God and fellow men. That is God’s formula for peace. Peace on earth to men of good will.” ~Richard Cardinal Cushing~

“John 3:16 contains the most preeminent love story ever told:

For God — the supreme Creator and our heavenly Father,
so loved the world — the loveliest act of a commitment ever made,
that He gave — the ultimate present,
His only begotten Son — the most perfect being,
that whosoever believeth in him — the greatest offering to one and all,
should not perish — the endless promise,
but have everlasting life — this is your eternal reward.” ~LMJ~

Your Calling Was No Fluke, Accident or Mistake – It Is True!

“His calling was not a fluke, an accident, or a mistake. God loved you and called you from the beginning of time – it is true! According as he {God} hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love– Ephesians 1:4. God called, choosing us before the foundation of the world, and as we hear, recognize, and answer His calling by our believing, we will begin to notice that we do not incur His wrath, but rather, we can always stand before Him in fellowship, being holy and without blame and immersed in His unending love for us.” ~LMJ~