The Hope That Purifies

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 3:1 – BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

To “behold” is to admire, to recognize, and to fathom the actual love bestowed upon us by our heavenly Father. We are “called the sons God”; this is an all-inclusive noun for all the children of God, male and female, young and old. God being our Father has given to us His own characteristics, namely (from the above verse) His love, the like of which the world has never known because the world has never known the Father. Nevertheless, we may actually know God as our very own Father in His love.

I John 3:2 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and {in the future} it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

We do not become sons (and daughters) of God at some point in the future because we are already the sons of God! However, in the future what it will really mean to be His sons is beyond our comprehension. God has made us heirs of heaven’s throne with every right and privilege that genuine sons and daughters deserve. The details have yet to be revealed regarding the significance of all that we truly have.

However, this we can know: when Christ returns for us we will be just like him. For then we will see him as he currently is. When Christ was raised from the dead he had a new body of unimaginable splendor. He could travel the lengths of the universe in the blink of an eye, appear and disappear at will, and be recognized only when he wanted to be recognized. This is how he is! This is how we will see him when he returns.  This is how we will be, when he returns. What glorious hope we have!

I John 3:3 – And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he {Jesus Christ} is pure.

To become what God’s Word promises is our hope, and as we put our trusting hope in this truth, we become purified (today) as much as Christ is pure. The hope of Jesus Christ’s return purifies the heart and soul of believers today because the hope itself is a pure, godly endeavor to hope for and believe in.

Hope in Christ’s return for you is a godly desire, and this hope will continue to purify you equally and proportionately to the purity of Christ himself.

Please have a wonderful day knowing that you are already heaven-bound, called by His Excellency, the Creator of the heavens and earth to be His very own children enjoying His love that is currently within your heart. As you continue believing in the hope, the hope of Christ’s return, you will continuously purify your heart and mind to the pure healing will of God’s Word. God bless you!

My Little Children

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth– I John 3:18. Look at the love and concern that God has for His children, saying My little children. What an encouragement it is for us to recall that no matter what our age we are children of God. God is encouraging us to love, but not to simply give lip service. Rather, God wants us to love in deed and in truth or truly love by our deeds.” ~LMJ~

God Hears Us

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 5:14 – And this is the confidence that we {can} have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Notice that John states “if we ask any thing according to his will.” Knowing the will of God becomes significantly important when wanting to request and receive anything promised to us in God’s Word. Once we become acquainted with God’s Word, the Word itself will begin building our confidence and believing faith so that when we do ask God for something we will know that God hears us. Then we can not only expect what we ask from God, but we will also receive from Him as well.

I John 5:15 – And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

“Whatsoever we ask” is quite incredible, because when we ask for anything in God’s Word, we will have the actual petitions that God desires to hear. The more we realize that God hears us, the greater our believing becomes, and the more we will receive from Him.

Psalm 36:5-10:
-5:  Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and they faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
-6:  Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
-7:  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
-8:  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
-9:  For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
-10:  O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

As our confidence in God’s Word grows in the heart of our hearts, then the blessings in His Word (like those in the Psalm above) can become for us realities.

In time, we can find ourselves not simply looking at the Bible as mere words on a page, but rather, we can find ourselves immersed in them because we will know that God hears us, and with that renewed confidence we will begin enjoying all the blessings of God (Ephesians 1:3-4).

Have a great day building confidence in God’s precious Word to you, knowing that God indeed hears you.

Family Matters!

“God’s calling to us today is a calling into His family to be His children, His sons and His daughters. The healing Word of God expresses how to walk worthy and appreciative within our heavenly calling into God’s family and household. The more we continue walking in God’s family, we will begin enjoying His divine presence (and presents!) and graces upon our lives, the more we can spiritually acknowledge God Who infuses us with His strength and wisdom as He continues to nurture our own lives and families with His healing Word.” ~LMJ~

Joel – Revealing Our Heavenly Standing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Scriptures refer to the children of Israel who believe as the meek, and the meek will inherit the earth, “the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (Psalms 37:11). On the other hand, in the New Testament Epistles we learn that we inherit heaven itself and we will have free rights to visit and enjoy the earth.

The children of Israel hoped for and anticipated the kingdom of Christ to be restored and be given back to them. However, we, the children of God, are members of His Church (we are called to be members of the body of Christ), and have received in the present-tense our heavenly standing with God in Christ because God “hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6).

The Book of Joel reveals to Israel that their glorious future is centered in and around mount Zion, and they will dwell there in eternal safety (Zion is a Hebrew word, while Sion is the Greek equivalent). Zion was the place where God desired to place His name, and was the place of the children of Israel’s spiritual homeland, and is the place where their future hope will finally rest.

Joel 2:32 – And it shall come to pass {still a future time for Israel}, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant {those who believed} whom the LORD shall call.

Israel anticipated this day of deliverance that “shall come to pass”; however, when Jesus Christ came to deliver them they rejected him and crucified him. Oh, I know that the Roman soldiers did the dirty work, but they did it for Israel as all four Gospels plainly teach us.  Peter, addressing Israel in the temple said, “ye {Israel} have taken {Jesus Christ}, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain” (Acts 2:23)!

So the man who said “every Christian living today had a part in the death and crucifixion of Jesus” obviously did not read his Bible. “Then answered all the people {Israelites}, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children” (Matthew 25:25). You and I had nothing whatsoever to do with the crucifixion and humiliating, torturous death of Jesus; it is totally ludicrous to take the blame for Israel who insanely rejected their longed-for Savior and Redeemer and put him to death.  However, we have everything to gain by believing in his resurrection, because he now resides within our searching hearts.

Joel 3:17 – So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then {still future} shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers {unbelievers} pass through her any more.

This is obviously a future prophecy to and for Israel, and we know this because Zion in Jerusalem has three major factions fighting over it, as well as several minor groups all staking claims to that place. However, we in the Church of God have received a heavenly calling and standing.

II Corinthians 5:20 reads, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,” and an ambassador can only fulfil his mission in a foreign land. We are ambassadors here on earth today because heaven is our home, and in heaven is where we have Our Heavenly Standing!

We are physically here on earth as ambassadors for Christ, and we are spiritually seated at the right hand of God.  When Christ returns to earth, then, and not until then, will the prophecies of Zion be fulfilled for Israel, (including the future prophecies recorded in Daniel and Revelation).

However, today in grace our spiritual homeland is in heaven. Jesus said in Luke 13:35, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” He was teaching them that their temple was empty in Jerusalem because God was going to begin dwelling within the hearts of believers wherever they may be (John 4:19-24, Acts 7:48, 17:24;,I Corinthians 3:16), who today believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10).

Today, God’s blessings do not emanate out from the earthly temple at Jerusalem, but come out from the actual home of heaven’s throne and from God Himself. Hebrews 3:1 tells us in the Church of God that we are “partakers of the heavenly calling,” while Israel would be partakers of the earthly calling. And today, Israel’s calling is held off until our gathering together up to Christ; then and only then will the calling to Israel again commence.

Hebrews 12:22-24:
-22: But ye are come unto mount Sion {our spiritual homeland up in the heavenlies}, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
-23: {and we have come} To the general assembly and church of the firstborn {Jesus Christ}, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
-24: And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant {New Testament}, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel {who offered sacrifices for his sins, for Christ offered himself for our sins}.

Today in God’s grace we are members of His Church, which is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:17-23, I Corinthians 12:27). We currently are already members of God’s family, being partakers of the heavenly Sion (Zion), with heavenly citizenship from above.

Galatians 4:26 reads “but Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” Jerusalem is our mother because we are born from above, from God’s heavenly home, and we are citizens, as opposed to the earthly “Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children” (Galatians 4:25).

When the calling of Zion in Jerusalem is again restored we read that “no strangers would pass through her any more,” and today it certainly is filled with strangers, believers, and unbelievers; this is why Romans 9:6 records, “For they are not all Israel, which are of {in} Israel.”

Christ Jesus will establish his Kingdom and restore the children of Israel in Zion at Jerusalem on God’s timetable, and this is still a future event (Acts 1:6-7).

Today, while that future prophecy still awaits Israel, anyone who will believe, Jew or Gentile (Galatians 3:26-29, Colossians 3:11) may partake of Our Heavenly Standing with God in Christ (Ephesians 2:6, 18-22), as we together in the body of Christ enjoy the more abundant life.