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.

God’s Wonderful Word

“God’s wonderful Word is such a healing comfort to His children as we come to Him with a heart to want to discover His healing, comforting will for our lives (II Corinthians 1:3-4). His Scriptures are truly written directly to the heart rather than the head, and when the heart of man opens to the wisdom and guidance of God’s Word, His Word begins to grow within the hearts of searching (and receiving) men and women, young and old, as true spiritual revival awakens from within. God’s words are set like precious treasures, waiting for us to discover and accept them into our hearts and receive the blessings contained therein that have been prepared for us before the world began (Ephesians 1:3-4).” ~LMJ~

Children of Abraham

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 3:6-7:
-6:  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
-7:  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith {believing faith}, the same are the children of Abraham.

Abraham was a great man of God, and he believed in the words that God spoke to him. What it was that made Abraham such a special person is that he believed God, and as a result of his believing, God accounted to him righteousness. Abraham’s believing allowed God to present him with God’s own righteousness. Abraham’s righteousness was not contingent upon any law, but upon believing. Believing God’s Word today gives us the spiritual right to be called “the children of Abraham.”

Galatians 3:9 – So then they which be of faith {believing faith} are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Before the Law was ever given, Abraham walked with God in believing, and now after the Law has been abolished (Ephesians 2:15), by Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we still walk with God in peace and in His righteousness. Galatians is written to bring the Christian back to the Word of God without being encumbered with Laws. Today because of our believing God’s Word: we are most definitely blessed! Abraham was called “faithful”; he was faithful by believing what God said. The Epistle of Romans being the foundational epistle to the Christian Church details how Abraham believed and how the Word instructs us to believe as well.

Romans 4:20-24:
-20:  He {Abraham} staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {believing faith}, giving glory to God; {When we believe the Word we will also give glory to God.}
-21:  And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.
-22:  And therefore it {Abraham’s believing} was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23:  Now it was not written {in Genesis 15:6} for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24:  But for us also, to whom it {God’s righteousness} shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

In the Old Testament, Abraham had to believe that his Savior would come, and his believing allowed God to impute (put into his personal account) righteousness. Today we believe that our Savior did come, that he was raised from the dead, and that he will again return for us. There is no amount of works or laws that could possibly prevent or speed up his return, this is why believing is the best that we can do, for believing is all that is required before our God. After our salvation, we are righteous regardless of whether or not we believe, but as we continue believing on Christ, then we will begin to realize the abundance of having the righteousness of God because we are the children of Abraham by our believing.

Born Again

“When we were born, we became the progeny of our mother and father; we can never change that fact. (The miracle of our birth is not that man created anything, but rather the God-given abilities that the Creator gave humanity were employed.) Oh, I know some parents would like to disown their children and vice versa; however, by virtue of birth we are the children of our parents. It is the same with God ― once we are saved (born again) we are children of our heavenly Father.” ~LMJ~

The Case for Humanity’s Habitat and Their Creator

“WE are the actual habitation of God- Ephesians 2:22! For in him we live, and move, and have our being- Acts 17:28. When the heart turns to Him ― then He is discovered within, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart– II Corinthians 3:3. His most sacred abode is in His beloved children, as we read in Ephesians, chapter 2:19-22.” ~LMJ~