The Word of Faith (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In our continued studies on faith, hope, and charity, we will take a closer look at the word “faith.” Faith, always has connections with the word believing because in the Bible the words “faith” and “believing” are the same Greek word pistis. Man’s own ability to believe has always been within him; however, the faith of Jesus Christ is something new that we can receive. It is the believing of Jesus Christ that comes to men and women at the moment of their salvation. With salvation, the believing Christian is endowed with the faith of Christ, giving them access into Christ’s own believing for them. How do we obtain the faith of Christ?

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The faith of Christ comes to us “by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” This verse carries a double meaning. First, hearing is repeated doubly to emphasize how the faith of Christ comes to us, and that is by hearing, and hearing to the point of our believing, and believing one thing and one thing only, and that is “the Word of God!” The second meaning here is that the more of the Word of God we hear the greater our own believing can become to believe the Word of God.

I Thessalonians 2:13 – For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that {do one thing, and one only,} believe.

When we hear the Word of God, believing that we are receiving His Word, the Word itself begins working within us effectually (energetically). When our believing God’s Word is energized, our believing will increase so that we may receive the promises contained in the Word.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing produces believing, and also the faith of Jesus Christ comes into our hearts by hearing the Word. In Romans 10:8 we read “But what saith it {the Scriptures}? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.” The Word of God when preached (as well as when heard, when read, and when understood), will enter your mouth, and your heart. Because the Word of God is that close to you — you can spiritually taste its divine presence (and presents), as it settles deep within your heart, giving you tangible impressions of God in meaningful revelations of divine truths, so that your believing the Word continuously becomes an exciting daily adventure. You will not only increase your own believing, but you can tap into all the believing faith that comes with having Christ within your heart (Colossians 1:27).

Today, I invite you to think about “the Word of faith” that God has placed within your mouth and heart, for the Word of faith delivers to you the salvation of God (Romans 10:8-10). When you begin believing the Word within the depths of your soul, you will come to experience the realities of the Word of God effectually working in your heart, life, and surroundings, as the Word continues blessing you, your families, and all that you have, and in all that you do.

A More Excellent Way (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 12:31 – But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

“But covet earnestly the best gifts.” This is the “way” that some people try to find the “so called” best gifts in the Bible. Yet, the Apostle Paul is literally saying, sure you can try your hardest to get the best spiritual gifts, “yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” Paul was writing to an entire Church of believers in Corinth, saying that there was another way to conduct their lives, a better way to live than the way they were currently living, “a more excellent way.” This way is the way of love. It is to live in a more excellent way than any other way because it is God’s way. The very next verse begins explaining some of the spiritual qualities of charity.  The love of God (charity) is the “more excellent way” because it will bring the most needful and “best gifts” right to you.

I Corinthians chapter 13 unfolds to the believers some of the greatness of God’s love applied, what it will accomplish when acted upon, and also what charity will not do. For instance, “{charity} doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (verse 5). Chapter 13 of I Corinthians is a wonderful chapter for believers to read and reread over and again.

I Corinthians 13:6 – {charity} Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

“Iniquity” means wrongdoing, or unrighteousness. In other words, let us say we see someone who just wronged us fall down and we think “That is just what he deserves!” This kind of rejoicing in or being happy with someone’s misfortune is where charity cannot and will not function because that kind of thinking does not emanate out of the love of God.

“Rejoice” is spiritual joy repeated over and again! We will have and enjoy this continuous rejoicing when and where we have charity in our lives. When we look into the Scriptures, recognizing them as divine truth from God, it will cause our hearts to rejoice. When the truth begins to hold us up, then the love of God in our hearts will also begin to bubble over into rejoicing abundantly.

I Corinthians 13:8a – Charity never faileth: . . .

How often will we fail when we have God’s love in our endeavors in life? Never! How do Christians avoid being failures? “Charity never faileth.” When and where we have charity in our hearts, we will succeed. If charity could fail just once, then it would be worthless for it could let us down at a most important moment. However, and thankfully, “charity never faileth.”

Our loving Father has given to His children a more excellent way to live, a more excellent way to follow, and a more excellent way to love. All that any believer can do is either walk into the abundance of God’s more excellent way, or not. However, when you as a believer only try to walk with God in His love, you will assuredly be rejoicing in the truth, for you will tap into a new spiritual love that will never fail you.

Overflowing with Abundance

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Thessalonians 4:9 – But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

The words “brotherly love” is the Greek word philadelphia, and refers to human love, as parents have for their children and children for their parents – it is the love of people. The Apostle Paul says that concerning philadelphia “ye need not that I write unto you:” because brotherly love is an innate quality of life, we instinctively love people with this kind of love all the time.

The second word for “love” in the above verse is the Greek agapao. This is the verb form of the noun, agapee, the love of God. Agapao is God’s love that He gives, it is charity in action. It is spiritual love, godly love.  God Himself is the teacher, for He teaches His own children how to love with His love, by His unconditional love for His children. Agapao is a spiritual quality of life that is only available to the children of God! “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). His good pleasure is always for us to walk in the fullness of His love, and He will help us into applying the love of God in our daily lives.

The more we see how much God loves us from His Word, the greater His love will grow in our hearts.  Then we can with understanding experience His love.  This is how God teaches us to love one another in crystal clear revelations and inspirations that will always build up, exhort, and encourage us even more into the ways of God’s divine love.

When we act on what the Scriptures reveal regarding the love of God, we are never alone because with God, love is not a one way street. He will be with us continuously inspiring us with His love so that we are always assured that we will never run out of the supply of the love of God. When you give God’s love away to others, regardless of whether or not they love you in return, God will still keep you overflowing in love, for God’s love is an endless supply.

I Thessalonians 4:10 – And indeed ye do it {do love with the love that God gives and teaches} toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;

The words “increase more and more” means to be overflowing with abundance. As we discover God’s love and begin applying it in our lives we will come to know the overflowing and abundant love of God upon our very lives because the love of God is indeed a vital part of the spiritual quality of life that we can continuously bask in and cherish.

God’s love, charity, is something that God through His Word can continue to inspire the believer with. The more love is applied, the more it will flow into the heart of your understanding, and the more God, as love’s divine Teacher, will be able to manifest Himself to your heart with His own love.

Faith, Hope, and Charity (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will be taking a look at faith, hope, and charity to learn how they work together. Our goal is to acquire a further understanding of their meaning in the Scriptures, for they are the footing on which the more abundant life rests. In this byte we will briefly look at all three and concentrate on each one in particular in other Bible bytes.

I Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Once, I was told by an individual that “charity was the best gift a person could receive from God,” and he got this idea from the verse above. However, the Bible doesn’t say that charity is the best gift, rather the Bible says charity is “the greatest.” Also, the Bible does not state “faith and hope are not really as good.” The reason that charity is the greatest is because it is a God-given master key for unlocking our own faith, and faith opens up to us and reveals “the hope of His calling” (Ephesians 1:18). So with charity, our faith and hope are energized.

“Faith” is the Greek word pistis, and means believing, believing faith. “Hope” is the Greek word elpis, and it means future hope, it is usually in the context of the hope men and women have for the return of Christ (still a future event). “Charity” is the Greek word agapee and means the love of God.

I Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly;” means that today we do not know it all, even with all the abundance that God’s Word reveals to us. This phrase is in reference to our believing faith, “for we walk by faith {believing}, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). The next words, “but then face to face” means when we meet Christ “face to face,” because of our hope in his imminent return. “Now I know in part;” is again in reference to our believing faith, to believe what we do know. “But then shall I know even as I am known” is again in reference to our hope, when we will receive all that we have hoped in because then we will have been perfected and will be enjoying our lives with God and with Jesus Christ in eternity.

Charity, the love of God we have will activate our faith, our believing faith to love as God’s Word encourages. Charity energizes our believing faith, and our believing faith will appropriate the revealed promises of God. Our believing faith energizes our anticipation in the hope of Christ’s return for us, and our hope is a necessary ingredient for living charitably. This is why all three are so wonderful and worthy of our taking the time to understanding them more clearly, and I am sure they will give you great inspiration, as well as great expectations.

The vehicle to help facilitate our believing and inspire our hope is charity, yet all three of these are important to living our lives in true godliness. “And now abideth {remains here for you} faith, hope, charity.”

To Know the Love of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When Jesus Christ walked upon this earth, one of the things that attracted people to himself and his ministry was the love he displayed for the individual. The Bible says that we today, nearly two thousand years later, can still know the love of Christ and have his same love in our lives.

Ephesians 3:17-19:
-17:  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith {believing faith}; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
-18:  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth {width}, and length, and depth, and height;
-19:  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

These verses contain more than we can study in a single Bible byte, however, today our focus is on the love of Christ. Verse 17 states that with Christ in our hearts we can be rooted and grounded in love; Christ’s love in us can become an exciting and dynamic foundation for living the Christian lifestyle.

Then, in verse 18, the Word of God shows us the four dimensions of the love of Christ. The love of Christ is the love of God in full bloom that Christ utilized in his daily life while he was here blessing people. This love of Christ does not end at the crucifixion, but currently lives in our hearts just as Christ does. With the love of Christ, we can spiritually perceive the fullness of love, its width, length, depth, and height. “Breadth (width)” indicates his love extending worldwide — to all. “Length” illustrates his love extending throughout all the ages — without end. “Height” shows his love extending up into the heavenlies — beyond the reach of negatives. “Depth” communicates his love extending into our very hearts — profound spiritual wisdom regarding how to apply the love of Christ.

In verse 19 the love of Christ “passeth knowledge,” or, beyond mere human knowledge about love. Love (the love of Christ) does not hurt, stink, or let people down like some of the songs and literature of the day claim, for the love of Christ is first and foremost spiritual and is on a higher plane than five senses love. Christ’s love is greater than most realize because it brings the Christian believer into “all the fullness of God!”

I Corinthians 8:1b:   Knowledge puffeth up, but charity {spiritual love} edifieth.

Human love and man’s basic understanding about love only puffs up the head and pulls on feelings in good and bad ways. But spiritual love is not a “head thing,” rather it is a “heart thing” delivering to the believer spiritual realities, and when applied it will always edify, build up, and encourage with unlimited blessings. The four dimensional love of Christ can always grow greater and greater in our lives.

Christ’s love can become for you endless and boundless and measureless and fathomless as it continues growing in your heart, and it leads you by the hand into all the fullness of God!