That Ye May Know God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospel of John chapter 17, we have a prayer of Jesus Christ to God that contains so much love and heart. We see how Jesus prayed for God, for others, and for himself. Normally our prayers are not recorded for anyone else to read, and only few of Jesus’ prayers are recorded in the Scriptures. His prayers are set in the Word like diamonds of truth for us to learn and understand the ways of prayer.

John 17:3:
And this is life eternal, that they {believers} might know thee {God} the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

In this wonderful prayer, Jesus explains to us a glimpse of what “life eternal” can mean to the believer: that we may know God, and that we may know Jesus Christ himself. So as we receive our salvation (Romans 10:9-10), then our knowledge of God will continue to grow, and we can begin to understand that our God is “the only true God.” There are many gods or idols that people worship, however, there is only one true God, and as we receive our eternal life we also become acquainted with Him, and the same is true concerning Jesus Christ whom God has sent.

I Corinthians 8:5–6a:
-5: For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
-6a: But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we {are} in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ. . .

Oh, yes, there are many gods that can be worshiped and even cherished, but for the believer who looks to the true God and His Son Jesus Christ, their blessed privilege for doing so is an understanding of “life eternal,” not when we die, but now while we are here upon this earth we can understand our eternal gift.

I John 5:20:
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him {God} that is true, and we are in him {God} that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is {understanding} the true God, and eternal life.

It is interesting that the very next verse says, “Keep yourselves from idols,” because when we receive this understanding that the Son of God gives to us, we can discern the difference between idols (the many different gods) and the one true God, His Son, and our eternal life.

The longer you are a believing Christian; the more God shows you in the heart of your heart the “life eternal” that you have received. Well, praise God that He indeed sent His Son into the world so that you would have an understanding about the only true God. This brings to the inner consciousness of the soul joy unspeakable and spiritual understanding within your daily life and walk with the only true God.

Direct Access

“Man on his own efforts can tap into believing and ascertain that there is some kind of power behind his believing, but he will never come to know the source of the power without coming to know God. Jesus said in essence that, it will rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45), meaning everyone has the same ‘chance’ in this life to believe, for God’s spiritual Law of believing is equally available to everyone. But when God becomes your Father, you also have the blessed privilege to believe in God’s own power, because you will have direct access into the living room of the Lawgiver: God (Romans 5:1-2, Ephesians 2:19)!” ~LMJ~

The Day of Days

“The multitude of believers that this world has been blessed to have, the souls who have passed away in hope, are too numerous for us to count, but they will easily outnumber any living generation fortunate enough to be alive at the time of Christ’s return. For the living, the return of Christ will be a spectacular day because only the living believers will see and feel what the past ages could only have hoped in and dreamed of with anticipation, because only the living will know and experience the changing realities of that glorious day of all our expectations coming to pass, the day of days of hope’s fulfillment, when Christ shall change our earthly bodies to be fashioned like unto his glorious body- Philippians 3:21!” ~LMJ~

Glory and Praise to God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Paul wrote Philippians from prison; he was there simply because he made known God’s Word. We can be so blessed that today we are not cast into prison simply because of our beliefs. Paul was not put in prison just for a stay – they wanted him executed! As we know, he was eventually released to continue his mission of making Jesus Christ known to others so that others could also have the joys of walking with their Savior.

Philippians 1:8 – For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

God knew the heart of Paul, and when Paul said that God was his record, it is like our saying, “as God is my witness”; Paul’s desire was to preach and make known the Gospel to others even while in captivity. As God was Paul’s witness, God is also our witness today. “The bowels of Jesus Christ” represents their unity within the body of Christ. Paul was positive and hopeful that their standing with God was remaining strong even in his absence because they themselves were witnesses of Christ and Christ leads one to God.

Philippians 1:9 – And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge {of God and His healing Word} and in all judgment {in all discernment};

Paul prayed that their love may abound more and more, yet this was not simply a prayer to continue loving one another. Beyond that he prayed they would learn to love more and more the precious knowledge of God, for this knowledge can help the believers discern between good and evil, between light and darkness, and between that which is truth and what which may be in error. In Paul’s absence he was instructing the believers further into the ways of God so that they could stand together rooted and grounded in the Word.

Philippians 1:10-11:
-10:  That ye may approve {prove} things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
-11:  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

God gives us things that are truly excellent such as the promises of God, yet without the love of the knowledge of His Word, which is the knowledge of truth, believers cannot prove to themselves whether or not it was God Who blessed them, or if they simply were lucky enough to have a good day. The Bible reveals more than nine hundred promises. How many promises do we know, how many promises do we believe for, and how many do we receive? “Sincere and without offence” means that we can know and receive from God with a genuine heart of understanding and sincerity that it is indeed our God Who truly blesses us. We are “being filled with the fruits of righteousness,” by Jesus Christ. “Fruits” represent the product, the result of cultivating. The fruit of righteousness can be savored and enjoyed every day, for Christ is at work within our hearts and lives. As our love abounds in the knowledge of what God has given, and knowing that Christ is at work within, then we can spiritually offer up to our God spiritual fruits of our righteousness in glory and praise to Him, and this will indeed warm the heart of God.

Hebrews 13:15-16:
-15:  By him {Jesus Christ} therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips {spoken by those who are righteous} giving thanks to his name.
-16:  But to do good and to communicate {fellowship} forget not: for with such sacrifices {of glory and praise spoken to Him}, God is {very} well pleased.

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.