The Loving Heart of God’s Word

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

There is so much truth, understanding, and heart-sharing within the Epistles of Thessalonians that it is difficult in a daily Bible byte to look at them all in detail. However, we do pray that Thessalonians may touch your heart and guide you deeper into the abundance of God’s healing Word.

II Thessalonians 3:1-3:
-1:  FINALLY, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
-2:  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
-3:  But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

Finally – in closing II Thessalonians, Paul requests prayer for those who speak and make known the Word, that the Word of the Lord may have a free course, and that others may glorify the Word as we are glorifying it in our hearts.

Paul desired the believers’ prayer for deliverance from unreasonable and wicked men, men whose purpose was to hinder the Word of the Lord. There are people out there who seem to have no reason for living other than to hassle the believer and hinder the free movement of God’s living Word. However, and thankfully, we can be delivered because “the Lord is faithful” and He will establish and strengthen us and keep (preserving) us from evil.  In the phrase “for all men have not faith,” is a twofold meaning:

First, is the faith of Jesus Christ, which is only available to believers (see: Galatians 3:22-26).

Secondly, the word faith represents being or having faithfulness to God’s Word and obviously not all people are, but we become ever more faithful to His Word as our confidence and trust continues to grow in the loving heart of God’s Word.

II Thessalonians 3:4 – And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

Here is an interesting concept: Paul and his company of believers had great confidence that the Lord literally touched the believers in Thessalonica, their lives had been blessed by God, and they were experiencing genuine confidence in having access to the Word of life!

The word “command” is not the word in the Greek Text for commandments, but rather it means to announce something wonderful, and that something wonderful is the Word of God that is activated proportionally to our belief of it, because the Word will do and accomplish ALL that the Word of God promises it will do.

II Thessalonians 3:5 – And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

Our own hearts can become directed, not pushed, and not shoved or controlled but directed by inspiration into living in the dynamics of having the love of God in our hearts to inspire us to love one another. With the love of God, we can patiently anticipate the coming of our Lord who is our eternal Savior, and when he returns we shall stand at his side on the right hand of God in their glory.

May God continue blessing your hearts into the loving heart of God’s Word with the true spiritual abundance of blessings that God continues pouring into your life.

Knowing Our Election of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It is one thing to hear that God called us into His family; however, it is an entirely different thing to know and believe in our hearts that we are members of God’s family. The Epistles of Thessalonians were written to believers who absolutely knew their heavenly standing in God’s household, and were believing daily with hopeful anticipation for the return of their Savior. God’s healing Word teaches believers how to have a well-balanced spiritual life while we are awaiting and anticipating the return, teaching that we have freedom in God’s grace and spiritual understanding.

I and II Thessalonians while revealing truths regarding Christ’s return also shows the believing Christian how to fine-tune their lives as they continue walking in grace with spiritual revelations of divine light.

When people become saved, they can sometimes slide into a lifestyle of rigorous condemnation for every mistake they make, and also they can begin condemning others (at least in their minds). Other believers who learn about their freedom in Christ can sometimes conduct themselves as people living in total lawlessness, knowing (thinking) that no matter what they do, God will forgive them.

In truth, God forgives both of these attitudes, and yet there is a true balance in life between the two, and no matter how good our intentions are, we will from time to time fluctuate between the two. I and II Thessalonians are terrific Epistles that enlighten the believers on how to walk with God being rooted, grounded, and established within the parameters of faith, hope, and charity.

I Thessalonians 1:4 – Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

A major key to begin walking with God is knowing that we are brethren and that we are beloved to God, to Jesus Christ, and to one another. “Your election of God” means that God has chosen you, and the word election can also be translated as a chosen vessel (of God). God has chosen us to have Christ within our earthly vessels (our bodies). The believers that Paul was writing to knew deep within their hearts that they themselves were the chosen of God, and that they were vessels elected and chosen by God into His family, and that all believers were their brothers and sisters in Christ, being members of the spiritual community of God’s household.

I Thessalonians 1:5-8:
-5:  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
-6:  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}:
-7:  So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
-8:  For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

When they received the Gospel, it meant more to them than words with empty meanings because they also received power, and this power helped them overcome all “affliction” or mental pressure and gave them their continuous conviction to walk in the balanced life that God’s Word reveals. The words, “Holy Ghost” mean their holy spirit, a God-given gift, and this gift of holy spirit gave them joy. As the belief of their own convictions in Christ became known to others, they set examples as a living Church who knew their election of God.

The more we learn about our calling and election of God, the greater we can walk with Him in understanding.

The Furtherance of the Gospel

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Philippians 1:12 – But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

Here in Philippians the Apostle Paul wanted his brethren, the believers, to understand that the things that had happened to him, his being incarcerated and bound with chains, had actually helped the furthering of the Gospel. We may think that because Paul, the leader of the Christian movement was imprisoned, that many people would refute whatever his teachings were. However, the opposite happened. The Gospel, the good news became even more saturated in the societies where they were preaching Christ.

Philippians 1:13-14:
-13:  So that my bonds in {for} Christ are manifest {made clear} in all the palace, and in all other places;
-14:  And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing {growing, working} confident by my bonds {to witness the Gospel}, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Paul’s “bonds in {for} Christ” had very little to do with his imprisonment, but rather related to the truth that Paul was bound in love for his Savior. “The palace” refers to the palace guards who watch over Paul. The truth that Paul taught, believed, and lived began blessing the guards who were in charge of watching over him. The Gospel also became manifested and clearly understood in many other places, although Paul was out of the way, because “wherein I {Paul} suffer trouble, as an evildoer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound” (II Timothy 2:9). The Word of God can make people free regardless of any circumstance. Other believers were also beginning to preach Christ without any fear as Paul had taught them.

However:

Philippians 1:15-17:
-15:  Some indeed preach Christ even of envy {of Paul’s following} and strife; and some also of good will:
-16:  The one {ones who preach in envy and strife} preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
-17:  But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

This kind of sounds like today, for some are preaching Christ insincerely for money, and there are others who preach out of good will, who preach for the love of God and His healing Word.

Philippians 1:18 – What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

Because God’s Word cannot be bound, one person or even one group of people cannot solely own it. That Christ is preached around the world is worthy of our rejoicing – it does not matter so much who is preaching it or exactly how they preach it – because God can then work in our hearts once the seeds of truth of His Word are planted (I Corinthians 3:5-9). When Christ is preached, then God’s Word can take root in our hearts and bring men and women, young and old into the salvation of God producing the furtherance of the Gospel.

The One Great Subject in the Scriptures (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

People sometimes read the Bible a lifetime without ever knowing or discovering the one great subject in the Scriptures. Without the subject, the Bible may as well be all Greek or only spoken in Latin because without the subject the content is utterly void of true spiritual understanding. Jesus Christ is the subject of the Bible, no matter where we read in the Scriptures – either from the Old Testament or from the New Testament Scripture – they both foretell or foretold about the Savior of the world (in past, present, and future realities). As we find Jesus Christ in the Scriptures – he alone, and only he reveals the Father to us. Jesus Christ reveals unspoken truths to the heart of searching men and women, young and old. I cannot, nor can anyone else prove God to be real because God is Spirit, and Spirit is beyond or outside the realm of the five senses, yet Christ indeed reveals God to the heart of one’s own understanding as (and only when) we discover Christ within the written Word.  Whether the written Word is spoken, preached, or read, the absolute mission of Christ is to make known His Father. This is why the believers in the Scriptures preached Jesus Christ! When Jesus Christ became known, he then can begin revealing God to the heart of people who crave for righteous judgment, for eternal life, and for spiritual understanding.

John 6:63a – . . . the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The actual voice of Jesus Christ still speaks to our hearts words that cannot be uttered, only thought, only spiritually realized, and only given to the believer. Jesus said “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). Here, Jesus was referring to the Old Testament, for when he spoke these words, the New Testament was not yet written. The words “ye think ye have eternal life” were not written to suggest doubt, but rather that the Scriptures reveal Christ to our minds, to our thinking processes – and from our thinking the Scriptures – true believing functions. The Old Testament scriptures reveal Jesus Christ; in truth every writer of the Old Testament wrote divine revelations concerning Jesus Christ. Below in John chapter 5, Jesus is speaking to a group of people who refused to believe the words he spoke:

John 5:46-47:
-46:  For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
-47:  But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Acts 3:21-22:
-21:  Whom the heaven must receive {Jesus Christ, who is in heaven} until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
-22:  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me {Moses}; him {Jesus Christ} shall ye hear {in your heart} in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

As Jesus Christ was and still is the underlying subject of the Old Testament, he is also the true subject of the New Testament, revealing to the spiritual heart of believers the true essence of God. The Apostle Peter summed it up quite well by saying to Jesus “. . . Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68b-69). Today, Jesus Christ is still alive, still fulfilling his mission of revealing God to believers who look to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ can and will continue revealing his Father to us as we continue looking to him in the Scriptures. Jesus Christ stands at the threshold of eternity, knocking and asking for us to allow him into our life and us into his (Revelation 3:20), for he is still the power and wisdom of God (I Corinthians 1:24).