Known of God (Part One)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It is interesting to look back over our lives and try to remember the first thoughts that we may have had about God. Was God real, or simply a myth? Was He so far removed from humanity that He really is only a mirage? But when we turn this around, we see from God’s point of view, that He has always loved and known us. He has been waiting since the beginning of time for man to seek Him out.

Galatians 4:9a:
But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God. . .

“After that ye have known God,” refers to after our salvation we become acquainted with our God, yet God has always been acquainted with us. Recall John 3:16 “for God so loved the world.” This is still true today; He still loves the people in the world. God loved you in His foreknowledge and knew you would be born.

Romans 8:28:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.

How many things according to God’s Word work together for good? All things will work together for good! These good things God desires and gives to them who love Him. It is a misunderstanding of biblical light to assume that some of us were not called according to God’s purpose. Every person who God has ever called was called according to His purpose. The reason that things do not always work out for good is that we are in control of our believing and future (on earth), not God, for we have free will. The more we know of God’s Word, and the more we believe in spiritual principles, the greater our spiritual life becomes. God calls us and desires good things to come our way, and they will come our way when we believe they will work together for good to them that love God.

Ephesians 2:10:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

A master artisan’s work is always his pride and joy. We are God’s workmanship – we are His pride and joy. God knew us from before the world began and He has foreordained that we should walk into His good works – this is when all things work together for good. Notice that in the verse above it says, “That we should walk in them.” This is not a command, but rather it is a request. When we, out of our own personal love for God, begin walking in His good works, then we will begin to realize how awesomely they truly are ordained for our own good.

God created man. He has always known exactly how men and women work and play the best, so when God says that all things work together for good to them that love Him; it will be so. This is how God’s children begin to realize that they are known of God.

See: Known of God (Part Two)

The Fullness of God (The First Principle)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will be looking at some of the spiritual principles from God’s healing Word regarding giving and receiving from God’s point of view. Let us venture to look at the Scriptures with a hearts’ desire to receive all that God would have us enjoy. In Ephesians 3:19 we read: “that ye might {or may} be filled with all the fullness of God.” This verse will be our standard and guide as we plant and then water the seeds of abundance, with a further view of reaping the harvest of all the fullness of God.

The first principle that I wanted to share with you is that we must believe that God was telling the truth when He said that we may be filled with all His fullness, and that we can ask, seek, and knock and the result will be that the actual spiritual door to God’s abundance will open to us.

We cannot wonder, daydream, or simply hope that maybe God’s Word is telling us the truth regarding His fullness, but rather we must know that God’s Word means what it says and that God does not make promises that He cannot fulfil. So, do we believe God’s Word? Believing God’s Word is planting the seeds of abundance, which in turn opens up the floodgates to His abundant healing Word along with our absolutely enjoying His fullness.

Matthew 7:7-8:
-7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

The Apostle Paul considered himself in the New Testament as the believers’ father in the Word of God (I Thessalonians 2:11), in the sense that he raised the believers up to the standard of the Epistles. In II Corinthians 12:14 Paul says, “I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.” Paul was not after “yours,” meaning that he was not after their finances or the things they owned, but rather he was concerned about their spiritual wellbeing as his spiritual children. This is the highest calling of leadership today, to desire “above all things that thou {God’s children} mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (III John 2).

Giving is a partnership between the giver and his or her heavenly Father, not between Paul, God, and the believers, nor is giving between you and me and God, but rather connects an individual to his or her God and His fullness to enhance their personal relationship.

The Christian believer is not instructed in the Scriptures to give until it hurts. Giving is not a form of penance, nor can the act of giving relieve a person from sin and condemnation because God does that freely (Romans 8:1, I John 1:9).

Giving according to the Scriptures is always meant to be a profitable blessing and adventure to the giver first. Giving with the correct heart of understanding the Scriptures will indeed invoke God’s true spiritual blessings and power upon our lives.

Philippians 4:17:
Not because I {the Apostle Paul} desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

The subject here in Philippians 4:13-20 is about giving and receiving, and Paul is expressing the true spiritual perspective in the absolute will of God for godly giving, and that is that fruit may abound back into your accounts. The primary biblical truth about giving is that fruit may return and abound in your life.

In Philippians 4:17, Paul wanted the believers to understand thoroughly that the blessings for giving will always return to the giver. The word fruit represents the result, the product of their labor of love that inspired giving. Paul said, not because I desire a gift, because he taught the Scriptures and gave the healing Word of God to people freely. However, he did his best to show people how to have fruit abounding back into their accounts.

I Corinthians 9:18:
What is my reward then {for preaching the Gospel}? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

Paul’s reward came from God because he gave the Gospel; that was his ministry and he made the Word of God available to people freely. People themselves are solely responsible for deciding whether they want to give, not only in monetary ways but also in whatever capacity they feel comfortable. Paul’s responsibility was simply to give the Gospel freely to others and God would continue to care for him, and the same is true with anyone who believes God’s Word. The more understanding we receive from the Scriptures, the greater our receiving from God becomes.

The New Testament’s emphasis relating to giving and receiving is always on the receiving first, having our needs supplied by God is foremost before we are ever encouraged to give anything, as Philippians 4:19 states: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We want to learn how to receive the abundance of God’s promises for our lives, our families, and for our surroundings, rather than simply learning to give out of fear or give reluctantly.

Jesus Christ gave one hundred percent for you and me; he gave his all in all. He never gave his life for ten percent of our money, but much rather he gave everything for us so that we could freely walk with God. We were not redeemed with tithes, but with all of the precious blood of the Redeemer (I Peter 1:18-19). We were redeemed with every fragment of Jesus’ being; he paid the ultimate price for humanity’s salvation so that we may “freely” walk with God and with our Savior and enjoy the more abundant life (John 10:10).

A professional athlete would not just give ten percent of their abilities or talents, they give one hundred percent. God does not require ten percent of what you own or earn, He wants all of you (Romans 12:1-2) in the sense that you already belong to Him because of the work of Christ, and this God desires that we know.

I Corinthians 6:19-20:
-19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost {or the holy
spirit} which is in you, which we have of God, and ye are not your own?
-20: For ye are bought with a price: therefore {give, give, and give until it hurts – no – but rather} glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

All we own is already God’s: “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof” (Psalms 24:1ff), and all Christian people are His children. The very best that we can return to God today is glory, praise, and honor, and commit our ways unto God with thankfulness that He indeed is our heavenly Father. When we get to the place in our own minds that we believe all we have is God’s in the first place (after all He did create everything), then through our believing, God will become our true sufficiency in life (at one hundred percent).

When people give ten percent of their incomes and an hour or so of their time to God each week, then they inevitably will end up ninety percent short, and receive only sporadically. However, as we acknowledge God as our true sufficiency of all that He has given for us to enjoy in our lives, we will experience the more abundant life.

First and foremost, what God has given to us is meant to sustain us! Then as we become genuinely thankful for whatever abundance we have, even more of God’s abundance will come our way. Having a heart of thankfulness and gratitude for knowing God, recognizing that we will live with Him throughout eternity can cause us to become cheerful givers who are inspired by God’s divine love (II Corinthians 9:7).

Galatians 6:9:
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season {at the appropriate time} we shall reap, if we faint not.

This verse is a spiritual principle and promise from God that we will reap and that we can receive from Him for standing faithful to God “in well doing.” For as believers “commit the keeping of their souls {their lives} to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19), we will discover that God our Creator is indeed our sufficiency, and our every reason to remain faithful to Him day by day.

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established,” even if our thoughts are, “I wonder if God is real, is He really my sufficiency, and does He really hear my prayers?” God can establish even these to you personally and prove to you that He will never leave or forsake you.

Psalms 37:4-5 states: “Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of your heart} to pass.” The more we commit ourselves into the care of God, the greater the blessings become manifested in our lives. In II Corinthians 8:5 it says of the believers that they: “first gave their own selves to the Lord,” this is when (and how) believers truly begin receiving abundance from our Creator.

Yes, it does take time for people to put their trust and believing in God Whom they have never seen, yet Jesus encourages, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). The more we receive and understand from God’s healing Word, the easier it becomes to allow God and His blessings into our lives. “Whom {Jesus} having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). When we learn to give God our first thoughts in the day, and thank Him in Christ’s name for the day that He has made for us, then we will be experiencing joy that is truly beyond words.

Proverbs 3:5-6:
-5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
-6: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The more we commit ourselves to God, the greater our trust in Him will grow effortlessly and without compulsion. As we begin acknowledging Him in all our ways, the clearer our daily paths in this life will become lit up in the light of God’s healing Word and guidance (Ephesians 1:18-19). By learning to put our trust in God with all our hearts, God then can begin directing our walks with Him on the path that will be most pleasing to Him and to us.

When we share our hopes and dreams with God and allow Him to work within our lives, He will most assuredly give to us the desires of our hearts, for God is able to do more than we could ever think of asking or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). As we give God our earnest prayers, our continued love, and our daily thanks — believing that He has received them — then God begins to work mightily in our lives. When we begin making room in the heart of our hearts for God, we will also discover that we were formed, made, and created to be the actual habitation of God (Ephesians 2:22).

Then, becoming a cheerful giver (to God first), will be a continuous blessing to us. This is why I believe that Christians can become the most generous and giving people on the planet. As we learn to trust in God and become good stewards of what He has given, He will inspire us to become “cheerful givers.” From a biblical point of view, it does not cost a Christian who gives to God, but rather pays in eternal dividends.

The more we begin believing that all we own are gifts from God, and that He has made us stewards of His gifts, then He can inspire us in love to be cheerful givers. We will know within our hearts that when we share of our God-given abundance, or of our God-given talents, or of our God-given time with others, we will literally be giving His blessings to others, blessings He gave us to share.

II Corinthians 9:7-8 (The Amplified Bible):**)
-7: Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].
-8: And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no {additional} aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

The greatest giving that Christians can possibly give is to dedicate their lives to God. This thankfully does not mean that we need to change our lifestyles because God loves us the way we are. He not only accepts us with our hopes and dreams but with all our shortcomings and frailties as human beings. God simply wants you to begin enjoying life and simply desires that you take Him with you.

Romans 12:1-2 says that we can “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” If we were to give God our prayers in the morning, and spend a few moments in His healing Word, thanking Him for the upcoming day, then God will be proving to us that He is with us throughout the day. This is how (and when) God begins showing us that His good, acceptable, and perfect will can indeed be enjoyed moment by moment, day by day.

Psalms 34:8:
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

One who has placed his trust in God is one whose life is blessed (by God) to the point that God’s gracious Word and His many promises becomes truly palatable spiritually, physically, and even mentally.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but {man shall live} by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). So, God’s wonderful Word can be feasted on and savored in the heart of our hearts. No wonder the Word is called “the bread of life” (John 6:48), and “wholesome words” (I Timothy 6:3). Jeremiah confessed: “thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). It seems he thoroughly enjoyed the Scriptures. When a believing soul puts his or her trust in God as their sufficiency in physical matters of life, God also fills to the full the true spiritual matters of the human heart such as having inner peace between man and his God.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” As we taste our heavenly gift of righteousness, of holy spirit, of the joys discovered from the Word of God, and the immensity of the powers of God (Hebrews 6:4-5), we cannot but be inspired to continue trusting in God’s gracious Word. Our thirst for the fullness of life with God in Christ can and will become a reality within our lives.

I Peter 2:2-3:
-2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
-3: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

There is genuine milk (i.e., whole milk rather than skim) within every ounce of God’s winsome and delectable Word! God is so wonderful and gracious to us in so many ways that are at times beyond our comprehension, yet we may assuredly know that we have received from God (II Corinthians 9:15; I Peter 1:8).

God’s desire for us is that we take Him at His Word, allowing Him and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, into our lives, and permit the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God into our hearts and lives in our day to day adventures.

Let us be men and women of God who have decided to give Him our inner hearts’ trust. Agree to continue allowing God Himself to show us how to be the kind of cheerful giver we personally desire to be, and give God His rightful place in our lives, giving Him all our love and our hopes and dreams as we continue savoring the taste of His divine graces upon our lives.

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible**):
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

What a comfort it is to realize that God is with us always, this indeed is savoring the taste of God’s grace upon our souls.

Isaiah 30:18 (The Amplified Bible*):
And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

The translators of the Amplified Bible have done a tremendous work on this verse of Scripture that demonstrates we are now in receipt of His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship, for with Him we may receive and experience the abundance of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:19 (The Amplified Bible**):
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

For more on this topic, see: God’s Blessings and The Seeds of Authentic Abundance (What Is Not in the Scriptures Is so Often Just as Important as What Is in the Scriptures!)

What He Actually Did for “Our Sins” (What Did I Get out of It? Five Sonship Rights for Living Large!)

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s- I Corinthians 6:20. Many Christians probably could not count how often they have heard the phrase ’Jesus died for our sins,’ as the price for our salvation. However, there is so much more to this than we know with a cursory reading of our Bibles. I can read about five specific things that Jesus did for our sins. 1) Jesus gave himself for our sins, 2) he bore our sins, 3) he was the propitiation (or the payment) for our sins, 4) he died for our sins, and 5) he purged us of our sins. In Christian literature, these biblical phrases have been run together for so many centuries that the uniqueness and the significance of each of them have never been thoroughly uncovered. Without knowing the difference between these five statements, they all, if truth were told, only reveal to us platitudes of vagueness, when what Jesus did for us is so astonishing. If we ferret out these phrases and individually examine the true spiritual significance of each one separately, then we will begin to clearly see the purpose behind the work of Jesus Christ to give men and women their God-given rights of 1) sanctification, 2) redemption, 3) righteousness, 4) reconciliation, and 5) justification.

You See:

Jesus Christ: gave himself for our sins (Galatians 1:4), so we then* would be sanctified (Hebrews 10:10).

Jesus Christ: on the cross bore our sins (I Peter 2:24, Colossians 2:14), so we then* would be redeemed (Galatians 3:13).

Jesus Christ: was the propitiation for our sins (I John 4:10), so we then* would be righteous (Romans 3:25–26, Romans 5:19).

Jesus Christ: died for our sins (I Corinthians 15:3), so we then* would be reconciled (Romans 5:10–11).

Christ Jesus: was raised up from among the dead, to purge us of our sins (I Corinthians 15:17), so we then* would be justified (Romans 4:25).

*Then at those moments in time – so we would be free from our sins from now till forever, so that we could live sinless in eternity with our Savior clothed with those five large heavenly rights, paid for with the perfect price, from Jesus’ perfect work, and for you and me the perfect prize was earned!” ~LMJ~

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.