Easy to Know, to Live, and to Enjoy

“Sometimes Christianity can become confusing when external tagalongs fasten themselves to the believer’s walk. There are many things that appear to be a part of the Church of God yet only hinder the believer from walking in the light of God’s Word. For instance: Have you ever been told the Bible says that you have to do this, or you need to do this? However, the Epistles never say thou shalt, or thou shalt not, regarding laws or commandments, rather the Epistles give the believers almost unimaginable freedom by offering to give us whatever we need to enjoy our eternal lives with God in Christ which has already begun in our lives. Anything and everything that the Epistles reveal to the believers is offered by God’s grace, and it is literally God’s love that activates our believing to receive from God. God never made the Christian lifestyle to be burdensome but rather easy to know, to live, and to enjoy.” ~LMJ~

A Structure of John 15:10:

Titled: Keeping the Commandments and Abiding in Love (note the words in A. keep & commandments, and the words in B. abide & love)

(An Alternation Structure)

A.| verse 10a, If ye keep my commandments. (PROPOSITION – why do what I say, says Jesus)

    B.| verse 10b, Ye shall abide in my love. (IF – you follow my instructions, then a reward – my abiding love)

A.| verse 10c, Even as I keep my Father’s commandments. (EXAMPLE – because I do, I am your example)

    B.| verse 10d, And abide in my love. (RESULT – you will abide – in my love)

As illustrated in the E-book series, Geneses (chapter eight), written by ~LMJ~

The Church of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

God’s Church is made up of individual believers. The Scriptures in the Old Testament times referred to two basic classifications of people, the children of Israel and unbelievers. In the New Testament there is a third classification called the Church of God. Believers make up this new Church – those from Israel who believe on Jesus Christ as their Savior, and unbelievers (also called Gentiles) who would also believe on Jesus Christ as their Savior. In Ephesians chapter 2, God’s Word explains much about the new Church of God who are together with Christ.

Ephesians 2:12 – That at that time {before Christ} ye {the Gentiles} were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

In the Old Testament and throughout the Gospels the Gentiles were completely separated from the promises of God having no hope whatsoever. God’s calling was strictly to only Israel until Christ gave his life for all humanity (see Matthew 10:5 and Romans 15:8).

Ephesians 2:13 – But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off {Gentiles} are made nigh {made united, close-family} by the blood of Christ.

Now in God’s grace the Gentiles are also called into God’s new Church and into God’s family. The Gentiles who would believe do not join into Israel but rather the Gentiles and those from the tribe of Israel who believe are joined together, which is the way God intended from the beginning.

Ephesians 2:14-15:
-14:  For he {Jesus Christ} is our peace, who hath made both one {the believers from the Gentiles and from Israel are now one in Christ}, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
-15:  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself {in Christ} of twain {two} one new man, so making peace {between Gentiles and Israel, and between God and us}.

The middle wall was a wall within the temple in Jerusalem that separated Israel from the Gentiles. Israel was permitted to go past the wall of separation, further into the temple area than the Gentiles, and in doing so they would be closer to God Who would bless them. However, they did not allow the Gentiles in. Here in Ephesians the spiritual perspective of God’s Word places believers from both groups together in one, for we collectively now make up the true temple of God. Israel was commanded to present themselves at the temple, and so they would become closer to God, but today in grace there is no separation between believers (Christian believers) who accept the sacrifice of Christ for us. Even the Law of commandments have been abolished by Christ. God’s Word now offers to humanity a new and peaceful entrance to the actual throne of God’s grace for He certainly dwells within our hearts. Today we live under a new law, the law of love! The new Church includes those from either group who will simply believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior.  Today all Christian believers are spiritual members of the Church of God irrespective of where we congregate, for God’s Church is one according to Ephesians.

Heirs of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 4:6-7:
-6:  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
-7:  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if {since you are} a son, then an heir of God through {by the work of} Christ.

Today we are the sons of God.  “Son” is all-inclusive for every child of God whether they are male or female (Galatians 3:26-28) and we are all the children of God because we have the spirit of Christ with our very hearts. “Crying, Abba, Father” literally means saying daddy in the same way a child first speaks out to his parents saying momma or dada. Receiving the spirit of Christ has made us the children of God, and thus the biblical expression of “being born again of incorruptible seed” (I Peter 1:23).

Therefore, we are not servants of God, but emphatically, we truly are the sons of God! God has made us heirs of heavens throne and all that is therein; the majesty, the power, and the glory of heaven itself is to be ours because of the work of Christ. He gave his life for this, that we may genuinely know and experience the greatness of our heavenly calling, and of our eternal heavenly inheritance (Ephesians 1:18-19).

When the children of Israel (the Old Testament servants of God) were delivered from the bondage of Egypt, they definitely had the release of a major burden of cruel slavery, yet they became servants to the Law, and the Law itself became for them an emotional internal bondage of rigorous mandates, actions, and commandments. However, today in God’s divine grace we are no longer servants, but sons and daughters, and heirs of His Majesty’s wealth because we accepted Christ, rather than on account of any works, laws, or commandments we may do (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Romans 8:14-17a:
-14:  For as many as are lead by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
-15:  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption {a sonship spirit that brings to the heart and soul of the children of God true inner spiritual freedom}, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
-16:  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
-17a:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; . . .

A joint-heir shares fully, we will not divide up Christ’s inheritance among all of the children of God but rather we will all partake completely in everything that belongs to Christ!  If you can get a moment this evening, look up at OUR heavenly amphitheater that passes through the night’s sky and grasp for one moment the true spiritual reality that we are heirs to all of it, and allow the Spirit of God to show you it is yours, and He will bless you thoroughly.

The Walk of Love (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Sometimes Christianity can become confusing when external tagalongs fasten themselves to the believer’s walk. There are many things that appear to be a part of the Church of God yet only hinder the believer from walking in the light of God’s Word. For instance: Have you ever been told “the Bible says that you have to do this, or you need to do this?” However, the Epistles never say “thou shalt, or thou shalt not,” regarding laws or commandments, rather the Epistles give the believers almost unimaginable freedom by offering to give us whatever we need to enjoy our eternal lives with God in Christ which has already begun in our lives.

Anything and everything that the Epistles reveal to the believers is offered by God’s grace, and it is literally God’s love that activates our believing to receive from God. God never made the Christian lifestyle to be burdensome but rather easy to know, to live, and to enjoy. In God’s family, He is the provider for our needs and gives us His love so that we may walk with Him being well pleasing before Him in love. It is man’s personal baggage, his condemnations, his own inability to be perfect which slows and hinders his personal walk and fellowship with God. But when the believer can recognize the truth that God looks at the heart and blesses our lives for believing in our Savior Jesus Christ, and that God loves us just as we are, then we can begin walking and growing in the spiritual nurturing that emanates out of God’s love for us.

I Thessalonians 3:11 – Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

The word “direct” means to guide, to show the way.  Paul was teaching that it was God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ who guided, directed and showed the believers the godly way in which to walk before God in His family.

I Thessalonians 3:12 – And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

Our Lord Jesus Christ, being in us, can inspire the desire within our hearts to walk and conduct our lives within the love of God. The purpose is so we may increase and abound in love toward each other (toward every believer) and for all other people. It is true that most people have the inability to love others outside their sphere of influence, either believers from other Churches or unbelievers in their communities. This is a great lesson in learning that God’s love transcends all human barriers for God’s love is spiritual and is for everyone, “for God so love the world” (John 3:16). God has given to us His love and this love can only be spiritually ascertained when manifested by believing believers. This is not a “thou shalt” walk in love, but rather this is something Christ inspires within our own hearts. As we look to him, we will find his strength in us that increases and abounds in love so that we can apply his spiritual love in never-ending abundance. When we do apply the love of God we will realize how terrific it truly is, for the rewards will always return back to those who apply God’s love.

I Thessalonians 3:13 – To the end he {Jesus Christ} may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

Jesus Christ is always at work within our hearts to help us recognize and acknowledge our God-given rights of being unblameable in holiness before God our Father. This is how we are at this very moment as we stand pure in God’s sight, and our heavenly Father will see us this way until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.