We Look for the Savior

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest expectation that the believer has is the return of his or her Savior who is Jesus Christ. When he returns, we will be gathered up with him to enjoy our eternity with him at God’s own right hand.

Philippians 3:20 – For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Our conversation” means our citizenship because our homeland is in heaven! With our heavenly standing in God’s family we may earnestly look with great hope for our Savior who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice that the verse does not say to pray for him to come because his return will happen on God’s timetable rather than on man’s timetable. The word “look” means to wait with patience and expectation.  I know that many Christian people fear this great and glorious day, but that is only because they have a wrongful fear of the greatness of Christ’s return for us. Some people are indeed fearful of the future wrath; however, God’s children do not, will not, and cannot pass through the impending wrath that is surely to come. In Philippians 3:20 our Lord Jesus Christ is called “our Saviour” because we have been saved, not for the wrath of God, but for heaven itself and to be eternally immersed in the love of God! The word “Saviour” in reference to Jesus Christ means that he himself accomplished our salvation and our complete spiritual wholeness. We will be in heaven before wrath and tribulation ever begin (I Thessalonians 4:13–5:5).

Philippians 3:21 – Who {Jesus Christ} shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {all believers} unto himself.

The words “vile body” means a body that has been humiliated. The human body was originally perfect in every detail, having eternal life within its very nature before the fall of man in Genesis. It was the Adversary (the Serpent) who defiled and humiliated the human body of man from its original perfect creation, and with the return of Christ our bodies will be “fashioned like unto his {Christ Jesus’} glorious body.” When Christ Jesus awoke from the dead after his crucifixion he had a new and glorious body, which would never be humiliated again, that will never die again, and that will last him for eternity. This is the kind of body promised to believers!

Jesus was a perfect man, he had no sin in his body, neither was his body humiliated until he allowed himself to become sin for us and be brutally tortured and crucified. He indeed received humiliation and he experientially knows the hold the sin nature still has in man because he himself experienced this so that he could identify completely with humanity. Although our human body is still humiliated, we have been given great hope in the return of our Savior, and then we will receive heavenly life-regenerating bodies equally as powerful as what Jesus now has. He literally walked (or passed) through walls, appearing and disappearing in the midst of his disciples at will; he passed through the heavens and back in the blink of an eye, and was only recognizable to his disciples when he wanted to be recognized. This glorious body will be given to us, and is why the Scriptures say that we can look with great expectation for that great and glorious day of his return, and our gathering together up to him.

Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Colossians 2:3 – In whom {in God} are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,

God’s hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge are revealed and given to us, His children according to our believing. These treasures have never been hidden from us but hidden securely in God and reserved for us, with the view that we may not only receive but also enjoy crystal clear revelations of the riches of having Christ in us, which is the greatest treasure of all time.

Colossians 2:4-6:
-4:  And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
-5:  For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
-6:  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

“Beguile” means to be deceived, and “enticing words” mean to be persuaded falsely with a perverse discourse of false reasoning. The Apostle Paul had a concern that other people would attempt to persuade them out of God’s Word. Paul wanted the believers to stand with conviction in the knowledge they received from God and to enjoy the spiritual treasures of godly enlightenment that God gave to them to personally learn the truths about the Christ within. Their “order” was their orderliness in continuing in the truth, which makes the believers’ lives free. Their steadfastness in their faith was their continued believing in Christ who was their complete Savior.

Notice that verse 6 says “Christ Jesus,” not Jesus Christ; the reason for this is that Christ Jesus in the Bible always refers to the resurrected Christ. Jesus Christ died for our sins, but he was raised as Christ Jesus who arose for our eternal life; it is our believing in the resurrection of Christ that truly gives us genuine spiritual power. In the Scriptures when we read the names Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus, this truth always carries through in the Epistles. This is why Colossians 1:27 says we have Christ in us, because we have the power of the resurrected Christ within. Paul was joying and beholding the believer’s steadfastness in the wonderful knowledge they were receiving, and in their personal believing they continued recognizing the Christ within, and their complete unity becomes more and more realized by walking in him.

Colossians 2:7 – Rooted and built up in him {Christ Jesus}, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

To be rooted and built up in Christ is to be established in the faith, the faith refers to God’s calling us into His family; this is the household of God. God’s healing Word continues to encourage us about how to grow in His family, and to be genuinely thankful, not only for the knowledge that God continues revealing, but to be thankful that He called us into such a wonderful and eternal heavenly household.  We are the family of God and He is continually proud of His eternal family. The more we learn about Jesus Christ, his sacrifice, death, and his resurrection, and the subsequent new life that God gives to us in Christ, the more we will be able to walk with God. We are endeared and endowed with the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge, prepared for us before the foundation of the world for our glory, and is given so that we may know how to walk in Christ, and walk hand in hand with God our heavenly Father.

The Prize

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Philippians 3:11-12:
-11: If by any means I might obtain unto the resurrection of the dead.
-12: Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

In verse 11 the Apostle Paul wanted, if possible, to be alive when Christ returns. The word “obtain” literally means to be here on earth (alive), the word “unto” means to reach the destination fully, and the “resurrection” in the Greek text means a rising out from among (the dead). Paul wanted to be alive at the “out resurrection” of the dead. The Christians who have passed away would be those who are raised out and up from among all the dead, but Paul hoped to be alive when Christ returned.

At the return is when Paul, you, and I will be perfected with our new bodies. The hope that Paul followed in his believing was to anticipate, every day, the actual return of Christ. Paul wanted to actually be here physically to see his body change from earthly to heavenly. This is the prize that God will give to the living believers. It is certain that there are many more Christians (through the centuries) that have fallen asleep in Jesus, and in the scope of this bigger picture, the living will be few in comparison with all who will be raised at Christ’s return. The living will have the blessing to experience the actual changing of our old earthly bodies into new heavenly bodies and to have this in our memories for eternity.  We may look forward to this wonderful prize.

Philippians 3:13-14:
-13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended {the prize yet}: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind {the past}, and reaching forth unto those things which are before {the return},
-14: I press toward the mark {finish line} for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

What a magnificent lesson we have here. First, Paul teaches that the “one thing” has two aspects: (1) forgetting the past, and (2) reaching forward. The reason for this is that only as we let the past fall by the wayside will we have room for the hope of the future, the hope in Christ’s return, to receive the prize. This is the believer’s “high calling.” We all have been called into God’s grace, but the high point of His calling will be the return of Christ!

With the anticipation of our future hope, the past can be put to rest. Looking forward to the return of Christ, anticipating the joy and excitement of this marvelous prize, to obtain “the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” is the believer’s greatest hope because it will deliver over to you one of the greatest prizes that can be received. It is receiving an eternal treasure even before you arrive into heaven (for you will be transformed as your feet leave this earth), and in heaven is where and when you will receive all the rest of your rewards for believing God’s Word today.

Please – No Condemnation – OK? (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Unfortunately, as well as ironically, many Christians after they become saved want to condemn themselves for either a sin committed 20 years ago, or the one they committed this morning before breakfast. In Romans chapter 7 we have an interesting verse of Scripture:

Romans 7:19 – For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Wow, does this verses sound familiar to you? This is the state of a man or woman on their own merits – they try, they fail, and they try and fail to be good again and again. The average Christian panics and tries to find and then practice works of repentance to cover up for their sins in order to feel good enough to walk with God again. Nevertheless, he or she keeps on Romans 7:19-ing, and so a cycle begins, a cycle that appears will never end, and so they continue to condemn themselves, and sometimes entire lifetimes can be consumed in this endless dilemma. All this “junk” comes about by not realizing that God not only forgives but that He also totally forgets; it is only we that choose to remember the forgiven and forgotten past.

So what can be done? Thank God for the Epistle and doctrine of Romans, for Romans covers this in great detail giving believers an out, a refreshing way to break this tedious and endless cycle of life-draining condemnation.

Romans 8:1aTHERE is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, . . .

This verse does not say “there is therefore now condemnation,” but, “NO CONDEMNATION” and this is the will of God. Condemnation also can mean judgment, for there is therefore now NO judgment, and thus no fear of (or for) judgment to anticipate either now or in our future from our loving heavenly Father. Believing this places us “in Christ Jesus” and permits him genuinely to be our Savior from condemnation and judgment. Knowing this and this alone can help set our lives free.

By no means was God wasting His time having Romans 8:1 written to us, because it cost Him everything to free our lives from condemnation.  We are currently heaven‑bound and there is no amount of sin that can prevent our entrance into the eternal graces of our Creator.  This is the truth of the Scriptures, and “thus saith the Lord!” So, Please — No Condemnation – OK!