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].)

Titus – Revealing Our Promise of Eternal Life

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Titus was a great believer and companion of Paul’s, and Paul wrote to him in an Epistle to strengthen his devotion toward God and toward God’s children.

Titus is a revelation from God through the ministry of Paul and as a revelation the Epistle reveals Christ as all of God’s healing Word does.

We as believers today can gain tremendous understanding from this wonderful Epistle that is interwoven throughout with the promise that we have eternal life.

Titus 1:1-3a:
-1: PAUL, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect {chosen}, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after {according to} godliness;
-2: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
-3a: But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, . . .

The truth of God’s Word introduces to people “godliness” and godliness means a true and vital spiritual relationship with Him Who created all things. Having godliness in our lives increases our hope of eternal life, that our heavenly Father has promised even before the world began.

The “due times” are these days now, for this is the season of grace in which the promise of eternal life is available to anyone who will simply accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. God’s promise of eternal life is manifested today to people through the preaching {the proclaiming} of His Word.

Titus 2:11-14:
-11: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men {by preaching},
-12: Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
-13: Looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
-14: Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Contrary to how I was taught, that Christians were a particularly weird type of people, the words “peculiar people” means people who have been placed over and above because we believe in spiritual matters, which causes us to be a special group of people who trust in God’s Word and have spiritual abilities to bring God’s written Word into reality by being persistent in our believing faith.  This is being “zealous of good works.” Because we live “soberly” which is to have and live by whole thoughts that come to us from His Word, we thus live “righteously” and “godly”!

Titus 3:3-8:
-3: For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers {many} lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
-4: But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, {God is called our Saviour because He is the architect and Creator of the plan of redemption.}
-5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done {were we saved}, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration {a cleansing new birth that we have in Christ: I Peter 1:23}, and renewing of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit},
-6: Which {holy spirit} he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
-7: That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs {of heaven itself, with the riches of God and Christ: see Romans 8:17} according to the hope of eternal life {which God promised before the world began}.
-8: This is a faithful saying, and these things {above} I will that thou affirm constantly {that we believe what the Word of God gives to us in grace}, that they which have believed in God might be careful {anxious, excitedly blessed} to maintain good works {of walking in the steps of our Savior}. These things are good and profitable unto men {and women of God}.

Eternal life does not begin when this present life ends, but rather begins at the moment of our salvation, for we have already received God’s promise of salvation that He has been waiting to give since before the world began.

When we begin enjoying our lives immersed in God’s gracious Word, the more our abundant life with God in Christ becomes ever more pleasant and enjoyable in our day to day adventures with our God. In the present tense, God has given to us Our Promise of Eternal Life, which we can enjoy for eternity.