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.

Revelation – Revealing Our Revelation of Jesus Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Revelation is by far the most misunderstood and misinterpreted Book in the entire Bible. At the beginning of the book it reads on its heading “THE REVELATION of St. John the Divine,” yet, in the Greek Text it plainly states at the top of the book only the words “The Revelation,” with no mention of John. Then in the very first verse we read, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” So the question is, whose revelation are we reading, John’s or Jesus’? The answer is clear: The entire book is The Revelation of Jesus Christ; he is the subject (as he is in every book of the Bible).

Without knowing whose revelation we are reading, how could we even begin to understand its significance? Some well-intended scribe took the liberty and added “of St. John the Divine”; obviously he forgot the words in Proverbs 30:6 “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” or the words of Jesus in Revelation:

Revelation 22:18 – For I {Jesus} testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ is mainly a future revelation of the end times which are not here yet – contrary to the thousands of books that have been written over the centuries claiming we are living in those horrific times.

It was John who wrote the words in Revelation, but the words that he wrote and the things he saw were given to him by Jesus Christ.

What is literal in Revelation some people interpret as figurative, and what is figurative in Revelation some people interpret as literal, and almost everything written ABOUT the book is confusing.

The Book of Revelation has yet to commence; whatever is happening on earth today is nothing in comparison to what is going to happen as is revealed in Revelation.

Today we believers live in the age of God’s grace, and the Church Epistles are written to us, for our inspiration and guidance. However, the Book of Revelation is written for Israel’s future guidance and instruction, and is addressed to seven specific churches or rather assemblies (see Revelation chapters 2 and 3). And when we read the book we should be BLESSED (that is if we are reading through correctly), “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy” (Revelation 1:3), trust me, just knowing that no born again Christian is going to have to live on the earth during those day of wrath is an awesome blessing to our hearts and lives (see the verses below, Romans 5:9, I Thessalonians 1:10, and I Thessalonians 5:9-11)!

The Revelation of Jesus Christ explains some details regarding Satan’s reign that will commence after our gathering together up to Christ, and some of the events that will occur simultaneously in heaven and on earth (not just on the earth).

Revelation reveals Satan’s end, and the blessings of the new heavens and earth, with the new Jerusalem coming down from heaven.

The events recorded in Revelation are mostly a mystery today, but in the future they will be current events that will bring real understanding to the believers of those future times.

Honestly, we do not have a clue, for instance, what the “seven seals” really involve or who the people of the “seven Churches” are, or for what hidden purposes they will represent when they are revealed.

We do not know the true spiritual significance of the seven seals (until a seal is opened, we cannot fully understand what the significance is, as we studied in Daniel), any more than we can relate the Book of Revelation to current world events, or to three French hens, or two turtle doves, or a partridge in a pear tree.

We also cannot imagine what it really means when Christ is referred to as having eyes as a flame of fire, or feet like brass as if they burn in a furnace, or having a two-edged sword coming out of his mouth (other than noting that a two-edged sword represents God’s Word: Hebrews 4:12), or locusts that have faces like men, etcetera. We do know that these things are to some degree figurative statements, nevertheless the true interpretation and application belong to Israel in their future. However, this we do know, that Christ is our Lord and Savior today, and because we believed in him we have escaped all the future wrath to come.

The whys and the wherefores of Revelation man today can hardly comprehend, so those who attempt to relate the current day’s events to the record of Revelation are doing an injustice to the Words of life, not to mention the fact that they scare God’s children half to death with their attempts to prove they somehow have a corner on the truth and know more than God and the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Why do people want to be so morbid when today we live in the age of grace and in the times of the celebration of the resurrection? As we maintain humble hearts before our God, we can graciously receive an abundance of revelation as we acknowledge our true deliverance from all of the wrath to come: in this we may happily receive Our Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:9 – Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him {Jesus Christ}.

I Thessalonians 1:10 – And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

I Thessalonians 5:9-11:
-9: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
-10: Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
-11: Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Ask yourself these questions: What comfort and edification would we really have to give each other if in fact we are still going to pass through the future wrath and Armageddon?  There would be no edification and certainly no comfort!

Jesus is our Savior! But what did he save us from, if we still have to pass through the judgments?  We would be saved from absolutely nothing!

The future events that are recorded in the Book of Revelation are some of the things we are saved from, and this is the truth of the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to us today.

One of the greatest blessings that we can receive from the Book of Revelation is thankfulness that we have been delivered, and knowing in our hearts that we will not pass through any of the wrath to come is comforting to our souls and overall well-being; Praise God!


The Golden Thread (The Series Conclusion from Genesis to Revelation)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In concluding our study of The Golden Thread in our Bible Byte series, I pray that you have recognized Christ the Lord from the Scriptures to a much greater degree, as he in turn reveals the heavenly Father to the heart and soul of our understanding so that we may joyfully walk with our God in the light of His healing Word.

We have studied a little about Christ from every book in the Bible, and still we could have gone through the Scriptures a dozen times or so looking at different characteristics of Christ. (For us this is not the end of this study, but a beginning in our daily lives to walk with our Savior.)

The more we learn God’s Word, the more we will recognize Christ throughout; still, even though we do not know it all (I Corinthians 13:12), we are always students of the Scriptures, and the children of God. We can always learn more about Christ, so long as we are humble and meek to our God’s wonderful Word and His heart-felt inspirations.

When we look to Jesus Christ and see him from the Scriptures as the golden thread who holds the Word together in complete perfection, the greater the thread becomes a woven tapestry that knits our hearts together into the love of God which He has so graciously given to us.

Studying the Scriptures in daily Bytes is a wonderful way to become rooted and grounded in God’s Word, as His Word becomes an unshakeable foundation on which we may build our spiritual lives, being in Christ our Savior, and with our God – Who is the Rock of all ages.

Isaiah 26:4, 7-8: (The Amplified Bible*):
-4: So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
-7: The way of the [consistently] righteous (those living in moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relationship of their lives) is level and straight: You, O Lord, Who are upright, direct aright and make level the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous.
-8: Yes, in the path of Your judgments {Your righteous judgments}, O Lord, we wait [expectantly] for You; our heartfelt desire is for Your name and for the remembrance of You.

Our trust can always be in our God, for He is our rock, and His way is always level and straight (and perfect: Psalms 18:30-32). His righteous judgments are revealed to the just, the believer who has been given the righteousness of God by the life of our Savior Jesus Christ, and they together fill our heartfelt desires to really walk with them in the light of the truth.

In each study in The Golden Thread we had two words at the top of every byte: “Revealing Our” because as we are in Christ we can find our own identity in him, for he reveals to us our true godly spiritual life and in and with Christ our Lord we continue walking in God’s grace.

“. . . Learning about Jesus’ identification with us and our new identification with (and in) Christ and the enormousness of freedom we today have in Christ from sin and sin’s motions in our mortal bodies is a thrilling study in the Scriptures. As we recognize that our Savior was indeed humiliated just as all men are; we will learn that he not only has, but even more emphatically, he still currently is genuinely able to identify with us. In his resurrection he was made totally free from sin and humiliation. Christ Jesus experientially knows the hold sin still has on humanity. Man’s total escape from his inborn sin nature comes from knowing his Savior and the victory God in Christ now provides for us, and in the end (which will really be our new beginning) there will be complete victory over all sin, its humiliating nature, and all death. . .” From the Book: “A Refuge from the Storm” by ~LMJ~.

Isaiah 25:8 (The Amplified Bible *):
He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people {the humiliation of His children} He will take away from off the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.

Colossians 3:4 (The Amplified Bible **):
When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

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

**The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.


Posted titles in this series that you may enjoy reading:

Genesis – Revealing Our Promised Seed
Exodus – Revealing Our True Passover
Leviticus – Revealing Our Saviour’s Offering
Numbers – Revealing Our Morning Star
Deuteronomy – Revealing Our Prophet
Joshua – Revealing Our Captain of Salvation
Judges – Revealing Our Wonderful Secret
Ruth – Revealing Our Redeemer
Samuel – Revealing Our Deliverer
Kings – Revealing Our Still Small Voice
Chronicles – Revealing Our Eternal Answer
Ezra – Revealing Our Spiritual Revival
Nehemiah – Revealing Our Heavenly Pardon
Esther – Revealing Our Good Day
Job – Revealing Our Arbitrator
Psalms – Revealing Our Song in the Night
Proverbs – Revealing Our Path of Righteousness
Ecclesiastes – Revealing Our Duty
The Song of Solomon – Revealing Our Beloved
Isaiah – Revealing Our Refuge
Jeremiah – Revealing Our Righteousness
Lamentations – Revealing Our Hope
Ezekiel – Revealing Our Covenant of Peace
Daniel – Revealing Our Power and Wisdom of God
Hosea – Revealing Our Ransom
Joel – Revealing Our Heavenly Standing
Amos – Revealing Our Salvation
Obadiah – Revealing Our Deliverance
Jonah – Revealing Our Sign of Christ’s resurrection
Micah – Revealing Our Spiritual Strength
Nahum – Revealing Our Stronghold
Habakkuk – Revealing Our Joy in God
Zephaniah – Revealing Our Eternal Rest
Haggai – Revealing Our Desire
Zechariah – Revealing Our Total Forgiveness
Malachi – Revealing Our Lord and delight
Matthew – Revealing Our Shepherd King
Mark – Revealing Our Ideal Servant
Luke – Revealing Our Example – The Perfect Man
John – Revealing Our Example – the Son of God
Acts – Revealing Our Spiritual Love
Romans – Revealing Our Justification
Corinthians – Revealing Our Sufficiency
Galatians – Revealing Our Liberty
Ephesians – Revealing Our Heavenly Standing
Philippians – Revealing Our Joy
Colossians – Revealing Our Completeness
Thessalonians – Revealing Our Comfort In Hope
Timothy – Revealing Our Faithful Witness
Titus – Revealing Our Promise of Eternal Life
Philemon – Revealing Our Forgiveness
Hebrews – Revealing Our Heavenly Calling
James – Revealing Our Prayer of Faith
Peter – Revealing Our Stewardship of Grace
John – Revealing Our Fellowship
Jude – Revealing Our Common Salvation
Revelation – Revealing Our Revelation of Jesus Christ

John – Revealing Our Fellowship

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John was an Apostle who walked with Jesus Christ when he was physically here, and John had seen his Lord ascended up to heaven. In his Epistles he expresses divine truths that relate to the believers’ fellowship with God and with Jesus. He delivers practical principles that expound on the love of God, he shows that God is Light, Life, Truth, Righteous, and that we can have fellowship with Him through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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 {in addition to having fellowship} these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

What John had seen was the Word of life, for he had physically seen Jesus Christ who is the incarnate Word of God (John 1:14).

John is teaching that he is declaring Jesus Christ to believers with a purpose, and the purpose is that we may have fellowship with fellow-believers, and fellowship with our Father, and fellowship with His Son.

The word “fellowship” means to share fully (in his life, and he is alive), so believers can partake and fully share in the joys of knowing the resurrected Savior who will return for us. I Corinthians 1:9 reads, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” Our God has faithfully called us into a sharing of the life of Jesus, having his power (Philippians 3:10a) and life (Colossians 3:4a) to enjoy and fellowship around.

I John 1:5 – This then is the message {the word “message” is the word for promise} which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

It is a promise from God that He is light, and has no darkness within Him whatsoever!

This of course is contrary to what so very many people think; they believe that God kills, that He is evil, that He does not even care about people or what goes on down here, yet these ideas are untrue, for God is light.

That darkness comes from another source, from the Adversary, whom we hardly ever mention in our Bible Bytes because our glory and praise always focuses upon our loving Father, and in the accomplishments of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We believe that excluding the Adversary whenever possible will show to us God’s “safe passages” that will help lead us into godliness, fellowship, and life with him who was raised from the dead.  This is where our focus is always placed. We dispel darkness by focusing on the light, rather than focusing on darkness, negatives, and works of the Adversary who is the Devil.

I John 1:6-8:
-6: If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not {and cannot do} the truth:
-7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we {absolutely} have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
-8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us {enough to lift us up in grace to enjoy our fellowship with each other, God, and Jesus}.

However:

I John 1:9-10:
-9: If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness {and true spiritual fellowship and unity with God will flow}.
-10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make him {God} a liar, and his word is not in us.

If we simply confess, meaning to say to God something like “I am sorry” and recognize in our minds that we are not perfect, then God forgives and cleanses.

Verse 9 does not say confess to any man, nor does it say to say it aloud, rather we are to talk to our heavenly Father and admit that yes we had blown it in some way, that we have gone off course in some way, and when we do this, this blesses the Father’s heart to no end because we are upfront and honest with Him. Then our God goes to work for us and forgives with this purpose: that we may have continued fellowship with one another, and with God, and with our Lord.

Let us learn to be continuously thankful for Our Fellowship that we can have with our forgiving heavenly Father, being humbly thankful for the completed work of our Savior Jesus Christ who made it possible for God to do a perfect work within our hearts, through the cleansing blood of him who gave his all in all so that we may enjoy serenity and fellowship with God’s graces upon our lives.