Your Voice – Heard in Heaven!

“Some people believe that they have no voice in heaven, that they will not be heard no matter how sincere they are or how great their need is; even all too many professing Christians imagine this in the deep recesses of their minds and in the most disparaging ways. Thus, when they do muster up a prayer, they think that God or their concept of a heavenly being will not listen to them anyway, let alone answer a prayer request for their innermost needs. Yet the truth is, our heavenly Father indeed listens and supplies (Philippians 4:19). How can we know this to be true? Through knowing Jesus in the Word, then by way of our risen Savior and our prayer in his name grants us access to our heavenly Father; as we read in Ephesians 2:18, for Jesus continues revealing the Father’s will (Colossians 2:3). And if we know that he hear us {through prayer offered in Christ’s name}, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him– I John 5:15. Thus, we may confidently offer the name of Jesus Christ up to our Father Who answers prayer and with assurance receive even more than the full result of our believing prayer: Now unto him {God} that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us– Ephesians 3:20.” ~LMJ~

Daniel – Revealing Our Power and Wisdom of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Daniel, we can see the power and wisdom of God that delivered Daniel. Christ is typified in the angel who protected Daniel, and who gave him understanding to outwit his adversaries who tried to snuff out his life.

Daniel lived in captivity in Babylon, and God gave him wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to be able to stand before the kings of Babylon and give righteous counsel and judgments.

In Daniel’s life we see the wisdom of Christ “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Daniel received wondrous revelations regarding the future because he anticipated his Savior’s coming, and Daniel’s own resurrection.

Daniel wrote of things that even today have yet to be fulfilled or clearly understood.

Daniel 12:8-9:
-8: And I heard {of things to come upon this earth}, but I understood not {the complete details}: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
-9: And he {an angel} said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

What is interesting here is that Daniel did not understand all the details about the future that he was shown, so he asked. Daniel was wise beyond his years because he went to the source of the revelation and asked, rather than guessing.

The angel explained that the revelations were not yet to be revealed, and thus Daniel could not fully understand it all, but at least he had glimpses of the future, which inspired him greatly.

When God seals something, it stays sealed until He has the seal opened. Yet today there are thousands of books written that attempt to explain the revelations of Daniel as though they had received special revelation regarding “the time of the end.”

All of these so-called revelations that attempt to reveal what Daniel heard and saw are mainly fear-motivated to scare people into accepting Jesus Christ. However, when the truth is spoken in love and in the light of God’s true Word, the believers will be inspired to accept Jesus Christ and freed to daily enjoy their escape from the end times as we read, we are to “wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come {emphasis supplied}” I Thessalonians 1:10).

Even the revelations in the Book of Revelation have yet to happen and are still sealed, and the future events recorded therein will not even begin to happen until after the gathering together when Christ returns and takes us (the Church of God) up to heaven.

We, the believers, will not be living on this earth when the revelations of Daniel, John, and others become unsealed and begin to happen.

Today we live in grace rather than in the “day of vengeance,” or the “day of the LORD”; believe me when I say we absolutely would know the difference between the two, because grace and wrath cannot coexist.

It is the height of man’s folly to try to relate future events into the present, claiming that we are living in those days of wrath.  The Bible says that we have been delivered “from the wrath to come” (I Thessalonians 1:10). So those who claim that we are actually living in those future days of wrath are apparently much wiser than God, the Creator of the heavens and earth Who has yet to open those seals.

God’s Word gives us assurance that we have been saved from any and all future wrath (Romans 5:9).  Well, praise God that we know the truth of His healing Word. And to further relieve us from the fears of the current day, Galatians 1:4 records, “Who {Jesus Christ} gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.”

Today in God’s grace, we have past, present, and even future deliverance because God already has “delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us” (II Corinthians 1:10).

Daniel’s friends were delivered from the fiery furnace, showing his friends, as well as us, that believers would also be delivered from going into the pits of hell and revealing to us the power of God.

In the same manner, Daniel was also delivered from the lion’s den and knew through the wisdom of God that he would also be delivered from the Devil who is “as a roaring lion” (I Peter 5:8).

I Corinthians 1:24 says, “Christ {is} the power of God, and the wisdom of God,” because in God’s grace we have received the wisdom and power of God through receiving Christ in our hearts who assures us that we have now and forever eternal deliverance from fear, from the Adversary, and from ALL the wrath to come.

Daniel and the Old Testament believers would enjoy their future deliverance after their resurrection (Daniel 12:2-3).

Thankfully, today we can begin enjoying our deliverance in the here and now because: “Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should {now} walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). The “newness of life” that we can enjoy is revealed to us through “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

A Reserve for Us, for Now – and for Later!

For now (a short commentary supplied): In whom {in God} are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge– Colossians 2:3. God’s hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge are revealed and given to us, His children. These treasures have never been hidden from us but hidden securely in God and reserved for us to be received by our believing.
For later (no commentary needed): Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you- I Peter 1:3-4.” ~LMJ~

I AM THAT I AM

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

For so many, God is simply an intangible Being with various titles, concepts, and ideas that hold vague meanings and implications. People sometimes refer to God as the man upstairs or the great I AM or the spirit in the sky, while others speculate, I know that there is something (or someone) out there (or up there) because I can see the order and perfection of life all around, but whatever power it is or wherever that power may originate, I just cannot grasp its real source. Some of us may have thought of God in suchlike terms before knowing Jesus Christ, “the Prince of life” (Acts 3:15), who introduced our searching hearts to His Majesty’s loving embrace and eternal purpose.

One could see all the works of man and easily believe that there is no God, but how can he look up into the starry heavens or view the perfection of life all around and still believe there is no God? The more we understand God via knowing Jesus Christ, the greater our spiritual lives grow as our union with the heavenly Father and with nature itself begins harmonizing with tranquility. All of the Prophets in the Old Testament preached about Christ and through knowing him, God becomes more magnified and detailed.

Exodus 3:14:
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

The most basic understanding of these words I AM THAT I AM means that God cannot deny His own existence. Simply put ― God is Who He is. The Apostle Paul said of himself in I Corinthians 15:10 “by the grace of God I am what I am.” Paul could not deny who he was, and that he was who he was only by the grace of God; it is the same with us, we are who we are only by the grace of God, for He is our Maker. Even Popeye understood who he was, “I yam what I yam and that’s all what I yam, I’m Popeye the sailor man,” (“toot, toot!”). It is no mystery understanding who God is; it is a mystery why so many people do not know who God is when Jesus Christ our Savior reveals Him to our inner hearts.

Man is truly something to behold from God’s perspective; Hebrews 2:6-9 records that the Son of God as well as Man were made just “a little lower than the angels.” The Hebrew word for angels in Hebrews 2 is Elohim and is the word for God, corresponding to the Greek word Theos, not angels. This is a huge mistranslation, which has greatly lowered expectations. Angels is the Hebrew word malak corresponding to the Greek word aggelos.

Man was made a little lower than the Creator of the universe, which is actually quite high up on the pedestal of God’s creation, higher than the angels who were created to be servants and ministers of God (Psalms 104:4, Hebrews 1:14). In contrast we, the children of God, are His sons and daughters (I John 2:1-2), and masterpieces of His creative “workmanship” (Ephesians 2:10), and the saved man becomes the crowning achievement of God. He “crowned us with glory and honour” (Psalms 8:4-5), creating nothing less than Christ in us, thus, we truly are what we are by the grace of God, and it is something to behold.

In Exodus chapter 3, God, by referring to Himself as I AM THAT I AM was showing Moses the true essence of Himself, and as Moses saw for himself the immensity of God, Moses began believing that he could rise up to his God‑given calling to deliver Israel.

God was preparing Moses to do some extraordinary exploits by way of delivering the children of Israel from the bondage of cruel slavery where they were imprisoned in the land of idol worship and servitude. Moses was also going to teach Israel about the spiritual realities of the Golden Thread, of him who was prophesied; the Christ, the awaited Messiah and Savior, and their rock of strength and hope (Deuteronomy 32:30-31).

I AM hath sent me unto you is not all that God exclusively told Moses to say to the children of Israel to inspire them to follow him off into the desert without food and water. Simply saying I AM hath sent me unto you was not (is not, and never will be) a magical phrase that mysteriously empowered Israel (or anyone else for that matter) to get up and get going into the barren desert (that only happens in the movies).

I Corinthians 10:4:
And {the children of Israel} did all drink the same spiritual drink {given by Moses}: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them {or rather who came after them}: and that Rock was {is, and will always be} Christ.

Moses began revealing the Messiah to the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 18:15, Acts 3:22-23). Then, as the Israelites began to figuratively drink and savor the comforting words that flowed from the mouth of Moses, they began perceiving the subject of all true prophecy, the rock Christ who came after them, as is recorded for posterity in the Gospels.

The hope of the coming of Christ was what inspired them to get moving over to the Promised Land where their Redeemer would come to redeem them. Jesus Christ became known through the spoken Word of God by Moses. This is how Moses strengthened Israel to the point that they also began believing in He Who could not deny Himself, in He Who said to Moses: I AM.

Hebrews 11:6:
But without faith {believing faith} it is impossible to please him {God}: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The reward itself inspired Israel, as well as Moses, to boldly go through the sweltering desert to the other side, to where the promise awaited, to the place of hope, to home, and to their destiny. Within the heart of their hearts they had the knowledge of Christ (who is the Word, John 1:14) who not only followed after them in the fullness of time, but to the very place where he would redeem, in their Promised Land of milk and honey.

Hebrews 11:24-27 (The Amplified Bible):**
-24: [Aroused] by {believing} faith Moses, when he had grown to maturity and become great, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
-25: Because he preferred to share the oppression [suffer the hardships] and bear the shame of the people of God rather than to have the fleeting enjoyment of a sinful life.
-26: He considered the contempt and abuse and shame [borne for] the Christ (the Messiah Who was to come) to be greater wealth than all {ALL} the treasures of Egypt, for he looked forward and away to the reward {the eternal reward that God gives}.
-27: [Motivated] by {believing} faith he left Egypt behind him, being unawed and undismayed by the wrath of the king {Pharaoh}: for he never flinched but held staunchly to his purpose and endured steadfastly as one who gazed on Him Who is invisible.

The Greek word for faith is pistis, and means believing faith, of which Christ is man’s author and finisher, (Hebrews 12:2), and if one is in need of more faith, then faith will be found through knowing Jesus Christ in the Word of God, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). By Moses choosing to believe in Christ, he chose an apparent life of hardship with the bound slaves of Egypt. He walked away from Pharaoh’s household and the life of luxury and looked to the invisible God of his conscious mind Who comforts and rescues from fear and rewards believing-faith in Christ.

Moses’ standing as a leader in Egypt was perhaps similar to that of the Apostle Paul who regarded his social standing as a blameless Pharisee in the Law and being in the top echelon of his class (Philippians 3:4-10). Yet in comparison Paul counted it all as nothing but “dung, that I may win {or gain} Christ” (Philippians 3:8). Why? Paul and Moses, as well as you and I, have access to the “the riches of Christ” (Colossians 1:27), and the “treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3), leaving no comparison between being in Christ and life without him. Moses chose to place the rest of his life and future in Christ who was to him the prophesied spiritual rock who would follow, and with whose knowledge would strengthen him as well as Israel, as they were assured of a much better life. By believing-faith, Moses chose temporal hardships rather than to have the fleeting enjoyment of a sinful life in order to receive “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (II Corinthians 4:17), more than Egypt could ever offer.

Exodus 3:15a:
And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you. . .

Moses had much more to go on than simply to say I AM sent me unto you, but also to inform Israel that the same God their ancestors believed in and hoped on has sent me unto you. One blissful benefit that Moses received for choosing to believe was that he spent personal time with God the Creator. As Moses enjoyed his time with the God of his life and hope, he learned from His actual voice the realties of the coming Redeemer and Moses grew to know the love of his life would indeed be his Messiah.

Today we may also experience this kind of personal relationship with the Father and with Christ Jesus in the household of God; “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” (I John 3:2). “I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (II Corinthians 6:17-18).

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

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.