Let Your Light so Shine (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

One of the very first places that we can inspire and bless people is in our homes, and to recognize the spiritual light that is in one other in our own families. As an example: In my house I am the dad, however my two children also know me as their brother, because God is our Father. This understanding alone has opened wonderful moments in our family’s relationship. Sometimes our conversation becomes so open and exciting that it causes me to be thrilled with complete thankfulness that we have allowed God into our lives.

My wife, my helper and companion is also my sister in God’s household, and this understanding has made it possible for us to become and stay the best of friends. Still, I would also like to point out that not every moment is like living in paradise, we are only human and we certainly have our share of ups and downs. We do not float around on clouds reading and thinking about the Scriptures at every moment because there is this thing that keeps popping up called life. Nevertheless, I still would not change anything, because overall we as a family have worked very hard to build our relationship with God and with each other.

One of the greatest gifts that God has ever given to men and women who believe is spiritual light. With this light, the eyes of our spiritual understanding begin opening to the life that Jesus called the more abundant life, for it is eternal life (I John 5:10-12). Jesus Christ made this life available to us by sacrificing his own life. As we personally come to know and experience Jesus Christ who dwells in our hearts (Colossians 1:27), and who resides within every fiber of our beings (Colossians 3:4), the greater the experience of “the more abundant life” becomes. John 10:10 says “I am come that they {believers} might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The word “might” in the Greek Text is the word for “may” and the meaning is that we have Jesus’ permission to enjoy the more abundant life. This is the very reason and purpose why Jesus Christ came in the first place, so that we may experience the abundant life, which is not just an abundant life, but – life – MORE ABUNDANTLY!

John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

“The light of life” is the necessary spiritual light needed to enjoy life more abundantly. How do we get the words of Jesus off the pages of the Bible, and begin applying them in practical living? In Ephesians 2:10 we read, “For we are his {God’s} workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” The word “should” is an interesting word because God is not demanding that we practice works of any kind, rather this is a loving request from our heavenly Father. God designed the “good works” from the beginning. He, being the Creator of life, has given to us the blueprint for living life in the way He designed it, and the blueprint is His Word. His Word contains all things that pertain to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3-4). When and where we try to apply Scripture we will experience the true goodness that God placed in His healing Word. Following Jesus for instance is one of those good works; in fact, it is a wonderful work because in doing so we will recognize that we have access into “the light of life.” The guidance of Scripture is always requesting that we follow Jesus Christ, for he is the way, the truth, and the life to the Father (John 14:6, Hebrews 12:1-2).

Ephesians 5:14 – Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light (see, Isaiah 60:1).

When we became saved, we are spiritually awakened to a new life with Christ: this is the meaning of “arise from the dead.” In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Jesus did not say to pray for more light, or to struggle through life trying to keep it burning. Rather he said “let” and the reason for this is that we already have light and we are encouraged to allow this light to shine by enjoying the “good works” which shows us that we have the “light of life.” (The Amplified Bible translates “good works” to say: [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].)

The Hope of Humanity Is

The hope of humanity is in the return of Christ to appear with him in glory, always has been and always will be our hope until Christ returns for our gathering together up to meet him above in the clouds! However, for now our God has given us the assurance of our heavenly standing in glory with Christ at God’s own right hand (I Peter 1:7), which is recorded throughout His Word. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory– Colossians 3:4.” ~LMJ~

Jesus Overcame the World ─ For Us!

“In Colossians 3:4 we read that, When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Note that we will not appear in shame, or to be judged, but we will appear with him in glory. We Christians have a Savior and he assures us of our salvation and relieves us of the unfounded misconceptions of judgments, condemnations, and tribulations ― for he overcame the world ― for us.” ~LMJ~

Our Identity in Christ (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ completely identified with sinful man by giving his precious life and blood for humanity upon the cross.  The resurrected Christ Jesus now gives believers a new identity in him through his resurrection. He is our big brother, our only Savior, and our special interceder. The more we learn about Christ Jesus from the Scriptures, the more we will truly find ourselves to be in him for eternity.

Colossians 3:1 – IF ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

The word “IF” means since, and since we are truly spiritually risen with Christ to the right hand of God, we are also instructed to seek those things that are above. Well what is above? Christ is for starters, he is physically in heaven and spiritually within our hearts while we are physically on earth but we are spiritually risen with Christ into the heavenlies to the elevated position of being in Christ in heaven at God’s own right hand. God’s wisdom comes from above (James 3:17), from where we are encouraged to seek our own spiritual identity that we currently have in Christ.

Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

The word “affection” is the word for our thinking, it is the word used for thoughts in the reasoning process that men and women have, especially regarding spiritual matters. We as believes are encouraged to look to the Scriptures and think about what they say we have from God. Some Christians never even consider what the Scriptures reveal to us regarding spiritual matters. Some think only about things on the earth, and they completely miss out on pure heavenly glimpses that God reveals with spiritual realities that are not only all around, but come from God from above.

Colossians 3:3 – For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Well, being dead does not sound all that terrific! Yet what this means from the Greek text is that spiritually we have died to sin, and now we are spiritually risen to completely live life in the glory of God. What does it mean to say our lives have been hid?  It means that we are spiritually with God, where His divinely given treasures are freely given to us. God’s healing Word comes to life proportionally to our believing in it, and the true treasures of God live in the heart, from where all believing emanates.

Colossians 3:4 – When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

When shall Christ appear? When he returns for us! The life of Christ is our true spiritual life because everything that he is, is already spiritually within us, giving each believer the absolute identity of Christ himself. The more that we learn about Christ Jesus, then, the more we will learn about ourselves and our God-given identity. We: the children of God will absolutely appear with Christ in glory. This may sound almost too good to be true, yet it is true because God’s Word says it is so, for the Word of God lives and abides forever (I Peter 1:23)! Not only is Christ our life and our true identity, but we shall reign with him in all of his magnificent glory.

We Have the Mind of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 2:16 – For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him {Isaiah 40:13-14}? But we have the mind of Christ.

Who knows the mind of the Lord (i.e., the mind of God Himself), and who has instructed Him? Well the definitive answer is that no one has ever been His teacher or completely understood everything about Him. The word mind is the Greek word nous and means the entire mind, the whole mind of God’s mental perception is known only to God (Romans 11:33-34). Then the Scriptures say, “but {in contrast to the above} we have the mind {nous} of Christ.” This means that we can understand the mind of Christ completely and intimately, for we have the God-given right to have the thoughts of Christ in our minds, and the reason that we have this ability is that we have Christ within, and Christ’s mission has always been to reveal and explain God (John 17:25-26; Hebrews 13:8).

Romans 13:14a – But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ . . .

To put on the Lord Jesus Christ is to put the thoughts of God’s Word into our minds.  The Word of God reveals Christ (John 5:39) and Christ reveals God. Christians by virtue of receiving the gift of holy spirit have Christ within, and as we go to the Scriptures and begin understanding the words within our hearts we begin systematically putting on the mind of Christ, and enjoying the glory of the Lord.

II Corinthians 1:21-22:
-21: Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
-22: Who hath also sealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

God sealed us with holy spirit, sealing us for Him for eternity, establishing every believer by a spiritual anointing to have and to know the mind of Christ who is living within our very hearts. “Christ {is} the power of God, and the wisdom of God” (I Corinthians 1:24). So as we put on Christ in our minds via the teachings of the Scriptures we will begin to realize that “Christ who is our {real source of our spiritual} life” (Colossians 3:4), is the way to manifest the power of God. We are encouraged to put on the mind of Christ, not simply the mind that Jesus had when he walked on earth, but even more emphatically the mind that Christ currently has being eternally alive from the dead. We now have the approval of God’s healing will to know the spiritual mind of Christ and as we learn the Scriptures we will begin reflecting “the glory of the Lord.”

II Timothy 2:15 – Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Many people believe that the more we study, the more we become approved before God, but this is wrongly dividing the Word because God has already approved us. This verse is saying that when we study the Scriptures we will begin realizing just how much approval we have before God in Christ, and this is rightly dividing the Word of truth. God does not shame us in the Scriptures, rather He encourages and builds us up because we have the God-given approval to have the mind of Christ – daily. In the Scriptures (especially in the Epistles) we learn about the mind of Christ who is spiritually dwelling within. With God’s love in our hearts we have a real premise to enjoy the renewed mind wherein God’s divine grace allows us to know His divine approval of us. When enjoying our access to the thoughts of Christ, we will begin knowing the mind of Christ and individually displaying the glory of the Lord, and this is the epitome of understanding God’s appraisal of us.