God Is Faithful

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 1:9:   God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

It was God Who called us to have fellowship with Jesus Christ. Have you ever considered having fellowship with the Savior, with the Lord Jesus who walked on this earth nearly two thousand years ago? Jesus has not gone missing, he was raised from the dead and now waits for you and me to answer God’s call, and when we do a spiritual fellowship begins because God is faithful to His call!

God called you to Himself for the purpose of fellowship. Notice in the first three words of the verse above that our God initiates the endearing point that He is faithful and will never let us down as we learn to believe in Him by simply believing His written Word to us as the Word contains His heartfelt message to us.

II Peter 1:10 records, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” When we accept our heavenly calling and faithfully walk in the knowledge of God’s faithful calling, then we will never fail in our life’s endeavors to have and enjoy a reciprocal relationship of fellowship with both God (Who called us) and His Son Jesus Christ our Lord (who gave his life for us).

Colossians 3:15:   And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body {the body of Christ, “Now ye are the body of Christ”― I Corinthians 12:27}; and be ye thankful.

I Thessalonians 2:12:  That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

Imagine this for a moment ― God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, actually called you into one body, and He asks that you walk worthy of His kingdom and glory that you have been called to inherit! Why did He call? He called to invite you into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and through him we have fellowship with one another wherein we can enjoy and express the fullness of heavenly joy.

I John 1:3–4:
-3: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
-4: And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Can you actually imagine having fellowship with both the Father and with Jesus Christ? Well, in truth Jesus Christ is your personal Savior, he gave his life for you, individually, and he is always with you (Colossians 1:27), and since he is with you now, now is the time to acknowledge him wholeheartedly. God called you to this fellowship with the Savior of the world, and as you begin to discover your personal fellowship with him, the Scripture promises your joy may be full! In fact, you will be so JOYFUL that thankful praise will radiate from every pore of your being because you know that God is faithful and that He has called you to enjoy a spiritual fellowship with Himself, with Jesus Christ, and with fellow believers.

I Corinthians 10:13:    There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer {allow} you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Fellowship is our escape, fellowship is our freedom from bondage, fellowship is receiving our ability that our faithful God provides, and we only need to bear our calling to be truly walking within this calling of heavenly fellowship with heaven’s holiest. When we are in fellowship with God, He would move heaven and earth to keep our fellowship in perfect working order because He is faithful! I Thessalonians 5:24 tells us, ”Faithful is he that calleth you.”

What is the thing that keeps people away from God and His fellowship? Sin and the nature of sin in fallen man is the only thing that bars people from God. What if sin could be removed from the repentant man or woman who desires to come over to God’s side? Forgiveness of sin is the only answer, and God promises to be faithful about forgiveness, in fact He is so faithful that He actually cleanses those He forgives.

I John 1:9:   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Fellowship literally means a full sharing; it is having a partnership, enjoying an equal portion. However, do you know the question that stumps many people? Why did God call me? Well, He called you because He knew that you would believe His Word. We read in II Timothy 2:13 that, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” You see, our God is “a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19).

In our initial stages of believing God’s Word, He wants you to know that He is always faithful. Romans 11:29 reads, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance,” meaning that God will never regret or take back His calling or His gifts, including our salvation, which is our gift (Ephesians 2:8) because God is faithful to give.

His calling was not a fluke, an accident, or a mistake. God loved you and called you from the beginning of time.

Ephesians 1:4:  According as he {God} hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

God called, choosing us before the foundation of the world, and as we hear, recognize, and answer His calling by our believing, we will begin to notice that we do not incur His wrath, but rather, we can always stand before Him in fellowship, being holy and without blame, and immersed in His unending love for us.

II Thessalonians 2:13–14:
-13: But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through {by way of} sanctification of the Spirit and {your} belief of the truth:
-14: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Not only were we called before the foundation of the world, which is to be chosen from the beginning to have fellowship with God Himself, with Jesus Christ, and with one another, but also we were called to obtain the actual glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This glory is heavy-duty stuff, while all the while it simultaneously lightens the pressures of life, and it is all ours when we answer the faithful call of our God Who is our heavenly Father, by believing and accepting this glory of our Lord into our hearts as a true testimony of our calling.

God is faithful, and He called you into a fellowship with Jesus Christ!

The more we learn of Jesus Christ, the more defined our relationship with him can grow and blossom. You may have a full and personal sharing in all of Christ’s glory, in all that he accomplished for you, in all that he made available for you by his life, death, and resurrection.

God’s faithful Scriptures reveal the truths of His calling to you – check it out – it is a true treasure hunt and adventure, and when you find the treasures – they are yours to keep for all eternity because – God Is Faithful!

Do You Hear Those Heavenly Melodies? (Sing Along if You Do)

“The Book of Hebrews gives us a marvelous presentation relating to our heavenly relationship with Jesus with his unique perspectives of us, For both he {Jesus} that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified {you and me} are all of one {ONE, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus– Galatians 3:28}: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee- Hebrews 2:11-12. Have you heard, have you realized, Jesus sings praise to you? Wow, it is true – You are Jesus’ song! Not only does Christ Jesus sing praise to us, in heaven, God Himself sings with joy in harmonious melodies of love for us as He displays that all of life really was formed, made, and created for man. Zephaniah 3:17 reads, The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love {His everlasting love for you, see below, the verse from Jeremiah 31}, he {GOD} will joy over thee with singing. Have you heard, have you realized, God sings of joy over you? Wow, it is true – You are God’s song! What response can we offer other than to recognize them, to learn of them, and to respect that our standing is the pinnacle of love’s design, and perhaps sing back with thankfulness (Ephesians 6:5, Colossians 3:15), Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing– Psalms 100:2. God’s opinion, and of Christ Jesus who sits at the right hand of the throne of heaven (Hebrews 1:3) is certainly greater than the fallen man can fathom, that is until He inspires the sanctified (I Thessalonians 5:23) with a new heart– Ezekiel 36:26. Then the windows of heaven open up to us as we begin experiencing loving sounds with a new heart that is tuned into the sounds and melodies of heavenly words that draw us ever closer to their delight in and love for us. The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee {to Myself}- Jeremiah 31:3, No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him– John 6:44, this is your personal heavenly embrace felt in a new song and offered from the  thankful heart.” ~LMJ~

The Prince of Peace (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace, and the greatest peace that men and women can receive is the peace of the Prince who ensures tranquility between God and man. Jesus is the missing link between God and man, so with the Prince of Peace, man has the complete ensemble of harmony and peace with the Creator of life. The Son of God is called in Ephesians 2:14 “our peace,” for Jesus Christ is much more than a simple peace treaty, because Christ is life (I John 5:12), and he is in us (Colossians 1:27), and he is “our {spiritual} life” (Colossians 3:4). Peace between God and man is something that we may serenely adorn ourselves with and enjoy every day. God is the Author of Peace (I Thessalonians 5:23), and Jesus Christ is the liaison who presents humanity with God’s heavenly, peaceful acquiescence.

II Thessalonians 3:16:
Now the Lord of peace himself {Jesus Christ} give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

In the Old Testament the Redeemer was prophesied as “The Prince of Peace,” and he was the hope of all humanity to redeem men and women back to God, and to also present us with everlasting peace.

Isaiah 9:6-7:
-6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder {the rule and authority to make peace}: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
-7: Of the increase of his government {his authority} and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

This is a prophecy regarding Jesus Christ who has been given some tremendous ordained titles including The Prince of Peace. Yet at the time Isaiah wrote this, this was a future hope with the prophecy of the child to be born, he and his peace was a blessed hope to daily anticipate throughout the Old Testament times. In the Gospel of Luke, we have the fulfillment of this prophecy from Isaiah that a child is born, as told to the shepherds by the angel.

Luke 2:11:
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Christ the Lord – the Prince of Peace – was prophesied throughout the Scriptures. The hope of mankind rested solely upon his prophesied birth, and the complete fulfillment of all that was written and foretold of him began to be a literal reality, beginning at his conception (Luke 1:26-38) and birth (Matthew 1:18-25), which finally came to pass. Jesus Christ would bring salvation and peace to anyone, anywhere who would simply accept him as his or her Lord and Savior.

Jesus Christ is called the Prince of Peace in the Scriptures, and as we discover him therein we will find that he is also the embodiment (as well as the reality) of the “gospel of peace” (Romans 10:15 below). As Christ and his peace truly become known in the heart of our understanding, we will simultaneously realize that God’s peace is also filling our inner souls.

Our heavenly Father is the epitome of genuine and everlasting Love and Peace (II Corinthians 13:11), which Christ delivers to believers. Thus, the more we learn from God’s Word, the further we will learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and he indeed will reveal to us the peaceful spiritual essence of God our Creator, our heavenly Father, and our sufficiency in Christ.

When the Prince becomes clearly known from the Scriptures, he then begins introducing to the hearts and lives of believers his luminous peace, peace that emanates from the Throne of God’s grace. Then the written, spoken, and preached Word of God begins immersing our believing heart in the light of the Gospel of Peace.

Romans 10:15:
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written {in Isaiah 52:7}, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace {which is to preach Jesus Christ}, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Whenever Christ is preached, wherever he is made known, his peace will follow, and saturate languished souls as the Word of God begins uplifting hearts with glad tidings of good things. How often have we heard and perhaps feared the hellfire, brimstone, and condemnation that are preached? Too often, I suspect. However, when God’s healing Word is truly introduced to the believer, then glad tidings of good things from God’s Word about Christ, the Prince of Peace also becomes known.

God gives to us, His children, the wonderful knowledge that we have the Prince of Peace within, and from the moment we allow him into our hearts, good things promised to us in the healing Word begin to come our way. God’s Word encourages us to believe positively and claim His promises in the name of Jesus Christ. The Prince of Peace has a mission, which is to show us that we absolutely do have everlasting peace with God and that He loves us unconditionally and completely.

John 14:27:
Peace I {Jesus Christ} leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Christ’s peace is a precious gift that we have. His peace can guard our hearts from being troubled, agitated, and his peace comforts our inner souls and relieves us from fear. As we know, there have been peace treaties written for thousands of years and history has taught us that they never last (this is as the world giveth), and most people have an extreme distrust in them. But the peace of Christ is written within our hearts. We are not instructed to pray for peace with God, but rather we are to let (allow) Christ’s peace to rest at home in our hearts. Christ has already established permanent peace between you and God (Ephesians 2:12-22).

Ephesians 2:14 reads, “For he {Jesus Christ} is our peace,” could the Word of God be more explicit? Jesus Christ is our peace because he is our inner souls’ comfort. The greater that we understand whom Jesus Christ is, the further we will be able to allow the actual peace of Christ to have place in our lives, then wherever we are and wherever our life’s path leads, Christ’s peace will be realized within us.

Colossians 3:15a:
And let {or allow} the peace of God {Christos} rule in your hearts . . .

The word God in Colossians 3:15 from the Greek Text is Christos, and is the word for Christ, rather than the Greek word for God, which is Theos. We definitely have peace with God, but if we leave God’s name in this verse as is mistranslated above, then spiritual truths become left out. The first truth being impeded is that Christ’s peace is also in our hearts, and it is only through him that we have true access to God’s peace and inner comfort. This is one of the major reasons so many believers lack inner peace ― they often bypass the Savior who is the subject in the Old Testament; however, it is always through Christ that men and women are enabled to know that they have peace.

The word rule means to umpire. We Christians are to allow Christ’s peace to be the umpire of our hearts, and in order for us to allow his peace to umpire we need to acknowledge him as being alive and at home (“safe” at home) in our entire beings. This is why the very next verse Colossians 3:16 encourages, “Let {or allow} the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.”

Romans 5:1:
THEREFORE being justified by faith {Christ’s faith, completing our believing faith}, we have peace with God through {or by means of} our Lord Jesus Christ:

We have peace with God because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Henceforth, God’s Word encourages let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. For starters, Christ said, Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. These, are some of the words of Christ that believers are to dwell on richly, and so rich is his peace that the standard and quality of our spiritual lives become upgraded and enhanced as we learn of Christ from the Scriptures. Peace of mind and peace of heart without fear is the living will of God for His children.

John 16:33:
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Keeping the words of Christ alive in the inner heart of our minds will help implement the written prophecies of the Prince of Peace into a peaceful reality with the assurance that our hearts will cease from fear and troublesome agitations. So right now, please allow the words about the peace of Jesus Christ to delight and comfort your heart, realizing that you have already obtained the peace of Christ who continues introducing you into the genuine peace and presence of God in and around your life.

Touchdown (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 3:16 is a verse of Scripture sometimes seen held up by fans seated behind the goalpost at football games and other sporting events, though less often in recent times, as it appears that God is slowly being kicked out of our stadiums, too. Thankfully, there is no power on earth that can maneuver a trick play and cause penalties that could expel God and His Son from our heart’s foundation or separate us from their heavenly love for us (Romans 8:37-39). “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4). I titled this Bible study “Touchdown” because John 3:16 is the greatest and loveliest event that has ever happened in the world.

John 3:16:
For God so loved the world {i.e., the people in the world}, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Our goal is heaven; our final destiny is to be with God to enjoy our everlasting life in the end zone of heavenly pastures, where we will play and run on heavenly turf, as there are no losers on God’s team! God has given eternal life to us who believe in the completed work of His Son, Jesus Christ who while on the front line, down in the trenches, died for our sins, and made our reception of eternity a reality in the world’s stadium.

John 3:17:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him {through the accomplishments and completed work of Jesus Christ} might be saved.

God in love gave His Son, and in turn, His Son by his own free will was not only willing, but indeed did give his life for you and for me. It was Jesus himself who knew that it would take the love of God within himself to accomplish the task before him to secure our salvation. When we confess and believe in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, we will score the everlasting life that God passed to us through His Son. This was not a Hail Mary pass, and not a blind, shot in the dark, but with perfect execution of the game plan of life, as God, “called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (I Peter 2:9).

Romans 10:9-10:
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s very own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your very own} salvation.

The resurrection of Jesus literally kicked off a new age wherein anyone on earth can come down from the stands as mere spectators to actually participate and enjoy the celebration of our reception of victorious salvation. When we believe in the resurrection and confess Jesus as our Lord, we become team members (on God’s team) who have received the greatest reception of all time — our salvation! Jesus Christ is the world’s hope; he is the thread who connects our hearts to our heavenly Father’s love and His offer of salvation which is a walk-on invitation for one and all to be on God’s team and score eternity.

Coming to know the prophesied (game) plan of our redemption, and learning how Jesus Christ, the Captain of our salvation, fulfilled the Scriptures for our redemption is an awesome daily adventure, as he strengthens our desires to be successful in the arena of life.

I John 4:10-12:
-10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation {the filled payment} for our sins.
-11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
-12: No man hath seen God at any time. {But} If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

From these verses, we see the depths of God’s love for us, that He always has loved us even before we ever gave Him a thought, before we were born or took our seat in the stadium of life, for God, “hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). In God’s eyes we were all first round draft picks, and scouted before the world began. We may enjoy the truth in the game plan of the ages, that God has not only — always loved us, but now He wants us to share His love by handing off His love to one another so that we may all share in the glory of His victorious love (John 17:20-26). II Thessalonians 2:13 reads “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation.” The timing of God’s unending love for us was from before the foundation of the world, and from the beginning, so He had a long wait for us to come around and accept the eternal truth that we are worthy to be so loved by His Excellency!

The absolute proof of God’s love for us was that He sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. This is the basis for encouraging us with the awesome privilege to return His love to Him in the true running game of life by handing off His love to one another. Today we are in the trenches, down on the front lines, facing the offences of darkness, hopelessness, and despair, and there we are encouraged to stand our ground and advance God’s love by fending off, blocking, and taking down the darkness with the light of love in our hearts. We may become athletes of the spirit, wherein we can “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16). We may huddle up with our heavenly Father in our prayer life and receive a game plan for each day and enjoy daily victories as God protects our blindside. We have been called to be defenders of the faith with the truth and love of God in our hearts.

Colossians 3:15:
And let the peace of God rule {umpire or referee} in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

God’s peace is our arbitrator, our heavenly Father is our eternal coach, His Word is our rulebook, and His son, Jesus Christ, is our Captain who sends in the plays to “love one another” (John 13:24-25), as grace and peace is “multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.”

II Peter 1:2-8:
-2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
-3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
-4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
-5: And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
-6: And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
-7: And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
-8: For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus willingly gave himself for us, he died for us, and he was raised for us, so that we could experience the love of God in us. We currently also have the same love of God that Jesus Christ had when he gave himself for our sins so that we would be eternally worthy to enjoy the love of God. The celebration of this reception of God’s love is not only enjoyed today, but we are invited upstairs to the eternal pro-bowl as the honored guest where we will also partake in the greatest after-party of all time in the heavenlies at the right hand of God where there will be pleasures and treasures for evermore. When we apply this God-given love in our lives, we can be assured of knowing and realizing that God Himself dwells in us, causing us to personally experience the greatest touchdown of all time.

Psalms 16:11:
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Matthew 22:37-40:
-37: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
-38: This is the first and great commandment.
-39: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
-40: On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

“Sometimes it seems like God is difficult to find and impossibly far away. We get so caught up in our small daily duties and irritations that they become the only things that we can focus on. What we forget is that God’s love and beauty are all around us, every day, if only we would take the time to look up and see them.” ~Matthias~

“For centuries now we’ve tried everything else; the power of wealth, of mighty armies and navies, and machinations (scheming) of diplomats. All have failed. Before it’s too late, and time is running out, let us turn from trust in the chain reactions of exploding atoms to faith of the chain reaction of God’s love. Love — love of God and fellow men. That is God’s formula for peace. Peace on earth to men of good will.” ~Richard Cardinal Cushing~

“John 3:16 contains the most preeminent love story ever told:

For God — the supreme Creator and our heavenly Father,
so loved the world — the loveliest act of a commitment ever made,
that He gave — the ultimate present,
His only begotten Son — the most perfect being,
that whosoever believeth in him — the greatest offering to one and all,
should not perish — the endless promise,
but have everlasting life — this is your eternal reward.” ~LMJ~