Let Your Light so Shine (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

One of the very first places that we can inspire and bless people is in our homes, and to recognize the spiritual light that is in one other in our own families. As an example: In my house I am the dad, however my two children also know me as their brother, because God is our Father. This understanding alone has opened wonderful moments in our family’s relationship. Sometimes our conversation becomes so open and exciting that it causes me to be thrilled with complete thankfulness that we have allowed God into our lives.

My wife, my helper and companion is also my sister in God’s household, and this understanding has made it possible for us to become and stay the best of friends. Still, I would also like to point out that not every moment is like living in paradise, we are only human and we certainly have our share of ups and downs. We do not float around on clouds reading and thinking about the Scriptures at every moment because there is this thing that keeps popping up called life. Nevertheless, I still would not change anything, because overall we as a family have worked very hard to build our relationship with God and with each other.

One of the greatest gifts that God has ever given to men and women who believe is spiritual light. With this light, the eyes of our spiritual understanding begin opening to the life that Jesus called the more abundant life, for it is eternal life (I John 5:10-12). Jesus Christ made this life available to us by sacrificing his own life. As we personally come to know and experience Jesus Christ who dwells in our hearts (Colossians 1:27), and who resides within every fiber of our beings (Colossians 3:4), the greater the experience of “the more abundant life” becomes. John 10:10 says “I am come that they {believers} might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The word “might” in the Greek Text is the word for “may” and the meaning is that we have Jesus’ permission to enjoy the more abundant life. This is the very reason and purpose why Jesus Christ came in the first place, so that we may experience the abundant life, which is not just an abundant life, but – life – MORE ABUNDANTLY!

John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

“The light of life” is the necessary spiritual light needed to enjoy life more abundantly. How do we get the words of Jesus off the pages of the Bible, and begin applying them in practical living? In Ephesians 2:10 we read, “For we are his {God’s} workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” The word “should” is an interesting word because God is not demanding that we practice works of any kind, rather this is a loving request from our heavenly Father. God designed the “good works” from the beginning. He, being the Creator of life, has given to us the blueprint for living life in the way He designed it, and the blueprint is His Word. His Word contains all things that pertain to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3-4). When and where we try to apply Scripture we will experience the true goodness that God placed in His healing Word. Following Jesus for instance is one of those good works; in fact, it is a wonderful work because in doing so we will recognize that we have access into “the light of life.” The guidance of Scripture is always requesting that we follow Jesus Christ, for he is the way, the truth, and the life to the Father (John 14:6, Hebrews 12:1-2).

Ephesians 5:14 – Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light (see, Isaiah 60:1).

When we became saved, we are spiritually awakened to a new life with Christ: this is the meaning of “arise from the dead.” In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Jesus did not say to pray for more light, or to struggle through life trying to keep it burning. Rather he said “let” and the reason for this is that we already have light and we are encouraged to allow this light to shine by enjoying the “good works” which shows us that we have the “light of life.” (The Amplified Bible translates “good works” to say: [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].)

The Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Alpha and Omega is Jesus Christ.  He is the first and the last. This saying was well-known to the people in the biblelands. Its meaning is that when a foreign nation was about to attack a certain region they commissioned a messenger to run throughout the different villages and say I am the alpha and the omega, your first and your last warning that the enemy is coming, then he would run to the next village.

This is similar to Paul Revere’s ride; the messenger was the only one who would come; there would be no other messengers to follow. Then the people could either prepare for the imminent danger that was coming or reject their only chance for survival. This is the reference to Jesus Christ who brought the one and only salvation for all men and women, he is the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, our messenger who in prophecy travels through the Scriptures from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.

We can track God’s messenger, Jesus Christ through the Word of God, for he is the golden thread that runs through the millennia of time in Scripture revealing himself as man’s complete Savior.

Acts 4:12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name {Jesus Christ} under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

When Jesus had told John in the Book of Revelation that he was the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:11,17; 2:8; 21:6; 22:13), Jesus was saying that he was the only hope of the ages, the only entrance into the everlasting graces of the Creator. Jesus Christ is the one great subject in the Word of God, for he is the promised prophesied seed of the woman. He is the Master’s master key to unlock the divine revelation of the Word of God. The entire Bible is about him directly or indirectly.

Everything in the Scriptures is subject to him and centers in and around him, and without him we cannot fully understand or appreciate the Scriptures in their fullness.

With the Alpha and Omega revealed in the Word of God, we can see that through Christ the beginning of man with his Genesis (his beginning) is fully completed in man’s end, as is revealed in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation is the complement and completion to the Book of Genesis; without the Book of Genesis the Book of Revelation would be incomplete and vice versa.

In Genesis we have man’s banishment from Paradise and the tree of life; in Revelation we have man welcomed back into Paradise and the tree of life.

In Genesis we have the curse of the ground pronounced, while in Revelation we have no more curse at all.

In Genesis we have the entrance of man’s sorrows, suffering, and death, while in Revelation we have no more death, sorrow, nor crying.

In Genesis we have night; in Revelation we have no more night.

In Genesis we have the sea; in Revelation we have no more seas.

In Genesis we have the sun and moon, while in Revelation we do not need the sun and moon because we will be living in the light of God.

In Genesis we have Satan’s rebellion; in Revelation we have Satan’s final rebellion and destruction.

In Genesis we have a river for the earth’s blessings; in Revelation we have a river for the new earth’s blessings.

In Genesis we have the entrance of sin and man’s fall from grace; in Revelation we have the end of sin and man’s complete restoration into God’s grace.

In Genesis we have man driven from Eden; in Revelation we have man restored.

In Genesis we have man’s dominion completely diminished, and Satan’s dominion begins; in Revelation we have Satan’s dominion ended, and man’s dominion completely restored.

In Genesis we have the doom of the Serpent pronounced; in Revelation we have the doom of the Serpent executed.

Thus we have the beginning and the end, with all that was introduced in Genesis completely fulfilled in an endless life revealed to us by the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

So really, the Book of Revelation for the believer in grace is not a doomsday book but rather reveals an incredible amount of good news.  We have the book of the beginning, and we have the book of the end; both complement and augment each other to reveal Christ as our Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.

What a terrific messenger of salvation we have, and what a honorable privilege we have to know him intimately as our personal Lord and Savior, and oh, how thankful we can be to have been given such wonderful understanding from the Word of God that reveals to our hearts truth, love, and light.

Revelation 22:20-21:
-20: He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
-21: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

God Sent His Word

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospels there are many references of Jesus healing people, and what gave him the ability and the power to heal was the healing Word that he spoke, applied, and believed. When we receive God’s healing Word and discover Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior ─ our believing will rise to the standards that God’s Word sets forth, and genuine spiritual healing can become a reality.

Psalms 107:20 – He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

The healing Word and will of God is given to us with a purpose, a reason, and that is for healing, for mental healing, for physical healing, and for spiritual healing with a view to deliver us from destruction. Man on his own is a master of destruction in his own ways, because man is not perfect. However, God’s healing Word is perfect, and when we follow the instructions within God’s Word with a believing heart, then true spiritual deliverance can follow.

Proverbs 3:5-8:
-5:  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
-6:  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
-7:  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear {respect} the LORD, and depart from evil.
-8:  It shall be health {healing} to thy naval {meaning that healing can begin at the center of our lives}, and marrow {moisture} to thy bones.

The word “fear” in verse 7 means to have respect, awe, and reverence of our heavenly Father, which we learn from the Scriptures. The “world” usually teaches us that we need to fear God, and that He will only care for those who are genuinely afraid of His power and judgments. However, this is simply not true, God loves us and His desire is for us to respect Him, for He has total admiration and respect for us who believe in Him. The word “marrow” means moisture that nurtures the human structure of life.

In the Gospel of John 1:14 it says “And the Word was made flesh.” This is in reference to the birth and life of Jesus Christ, for he lived and spoke the Word of God: “I have given them thy word” (John 17:14). Jesus spoke God’s healing Word and as people believed on him, healing followed.

When God becomes clearly understood from the Scriptures, then His healing Word becomes a reality. Just as God sent His Word and healed them, so God sent Jesus Christ and he healed them, because Christ is inseparable from the wonderful Word of God. In the Gospel of Matthew, we will see that when Jesus spoke the Word of God, healing became a reality before Jesus’ eyes for he “taught them as one having authority” (Matthew 7:29), and his authority came from the healing Word of God.

Matthew 4:23-24:
-23: And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching {the Word} in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
-24:  And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had palsy; and he healed them.

Today the Word of God still reveals Jesus Christ, who reveals God, and when we truly find God in our lives, “the more abundant life” (John 10:10) becomes a daily reality. As God’s healing Word begins to permeate and uplift our believing and searching souls, we can say (and receive) with believing conviction: “He sent His Word and healed them.”

Haggai – Revealing Our Desire

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Haggai, Jesus Christ is the desire of all nations, who brings glory into the house of God by his very presence. In Haggai’s day, Christ, the coming Messiah, was their hope in whom they anticipated coming to rebuild the temple.

For the Christian believer, Jesus Christ is our desire who has come and now abides within our hearts showing us the glory and praise of God.

Haggai 2:7 – And I {God} will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

The word “shake” in the Hebrew Text often represents a vigorous shaking of heaven and earth because of the power of God, but it also represents a shaking that would bring about something new and exciting. Here in Haggai “shake” represents the newness of life we have in Christ, who can fulfil the desire of our searching hearts. It is an innate quality of life to look for God because without Him, men and women will always know something is missing and that “something” is their spirituality with God in Christ in their lives.

However, when we accept Christ into our lives as our Lord and Savior, then we will receive spiritual wholeness and know that we have received it from God and His healing Word (Matthew 5:6, John 4:14).

 Luke 10:22-24:
-22: All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
-23: And he {Jesus} turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
-24: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seem them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Today, not only can we discover Jesus Christ within the Old Testament Scriptures, we can discover him spiritually alive within our own souls, and he reveals the heavenly Father to anyone who genuinely quests for spirituality.

Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets and kings searched diligently throughout the Scriptures and found mere shadows of what we today have in God through Christ, because Jesus Christ did come, he did deliver, and he now does reveal to searching believers their divine inheritance in God’s family.

Ephesians 1:11-14:
-11: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
-12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
-13: In whom {Christ} ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth {that even the prophets and kings of old never heard}, the gospel of your salvation {Romans 10:9-10}: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise {our gift from God of holy spirit},
-14: Which {promised holy spirit} is the earnest {an “earnest” is a token of so much more to come when Christ returns} of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession {you and I are the purchased possession}, unto the praise of his glory.

Today we have the praise of God Himself because we have searched for and discovered Jesus Christ and he has shown us how to walk with God.

Walking with God in His love is revealed to us in ever increasing splendor because Jesus Christ reveals spiritual knowledge to us, fulfilling Our Desire to know Him Who created all things, and Who loves us so much.

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