Peter

“I believe that Peter was a great man of God who was called, chosen, and walked with Jesus. Peter was a man among men, the disciple’s disciple, the leader’s leader, and the apostle’s apostle who lead the new Christian church into an entire age of grace after Jesus’ ascension, which age we still enjoy. Peter was the only man that is recorded in His-story besides Jesus to have had ‘permission’ to walk on water (Matthew 14:26), and he was so spiritually powerful that if his shadow passed over sick people they would jump up healed (Acts 5:15).” ~LMJ~

God Voted ─ You Won the Seat!

Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God– I Thessalonians 1:4. A major key to begin walking with God is knowing that we are brethren and that we are beloved of 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), and your seat is in heaven, you see, God made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus– Ephesians 2:6, your seat pays in eternal dividends!” ~LMJ~

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.

Exempt You Are ─ Indeed You Are!

For God hath not appointed {called or chosen} us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ– I Thessalonians 5:9. It is truly amazing to me how many born again believers fear the wrath to come because they think that they are going to go through the tribulations that are sure to come. However, and thankfully, bless our God and our Savior because we will be totally exempt from all the wrath to come! Jesus Christ gave his life to deliver the children of God, not only from the wrath to come, but also from the fear of the tribulations and judgments of eternal damnation and the pains of Armageddon. God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, has chosen us to obtain complete salvation and complete wholeness by the accomplished work of our risen Lord and Savior.” ~LMJ~