The Service of Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistles of Romans, I and II Corinthians, and Galatians complete a cycle of understanding and are the spiritual foundation to continue on into the Epistle of Ephesians in complete righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. The Epistle of Galatians shows that we are saved by grace, and that we can be inspired in service of love to enjoy the completed work of Christ on our behalf. We have been made completely free from our sins and raised back up to the graces of God wherein we may walk before our heavenly Father in the completeness of the service of love that He through Christ gives to us and made available.

Galatians 5:13-14:
-13:  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh {to be lazy or stingy with God’s love}, but by love serve one another.
-14:  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

For all of the Law (Old Testament Law) is completely fulfilled in one word, and that one word is love! God’s divinely given love has completely fulfilled all of the requirements that the Law had ever commanded.  Let us consider the last phrase of verse 14, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” We are loved completely by our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ without any strings attached because they are love in its fullness, and now we are also loved in their fullness. The true spiritual essence to the phrase, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” is “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself is loved by God in Christ in you.” How God loves us is how we can love one another, and we learn about the tremendous love God has for us in the Scriptures. Is not this an incredible insight into the love of God and His service of love that He has commissioned and freely given to us?

The love of God is the true spiritual backbone of the Christian family, the spiritual foundation for true believing unity, and the true spiritual uplifting for the believer’s lifeline back up to the tremendous blessings contained in God’s loving Word. If we were to love others contingent solely upon how much love that we have for ourselves, then I assure you that someone would be getting the shorter end of the stick because some people love themselves more, and some much less than others. However, God has given us a constant standard, for He has made it available for each of us to love equally proportionately to the same love with which He loves us, and thank God for giving us this wonderful reality and understanding about the genuine spiritual service of love.

Romans 5:5 – And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit} which is given unto us.

The hope is the return of Christ and our anticipation of that glorious day. As we come to an understanding of the hope, we will know with inner believing conviction that there is no shame to ever be given us, but rather glory immersed in the favorable graces of our God. The thing that can make the hope so alive in our hearts is that we have the love of God. When we live within the framework of love (and the magnificent seven Church Epistles detailing how the love of God functions), then we can equally share God’s love with one another.

Colossians – Revealing Our Completeness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Epistle of Colossians, we can discover the completeness that God has given to us through all that Jesus Christ accomplished.

We have been made spiritually complete so that we walk with God as we enjoy His presence in our lives. Colossians helps correct wrong practices that people sometimes fall into and shows the way back to right believing in the spiritual power that God has given to every believer in Christ.

Colossians 1:27-28:
-27: To whom {believers} God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
-28: Whom {Jesus Christ} we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Noting what Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:4 is interesting: “Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.” The mystery in a nutshell is that the Jews and Gentiles who believe today become equal members in the body of Christ. Paul wrote that by reading we may understand this mystery of the one body.

Whereas in Colossians 1:27 we have the next spiritual step, for it continues on and connects us to the spiritual side of life because God Himself reveals the riches of the mystery, “which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

What it really is to have Christ in you is not my job to explain, nor is it anyone else’s, because only God can reveal to the heart of our understanding what it is to actually have Christ in us, what it means to our lives, and what the riches of the glory of the mystery is, and it is all based upon God making it known to us.

Paul then goes on to say that he preaches Jesus Christ. Why? Because as the preached Word of God reveals Jesus Christ, Christ then reveals his heavenly Father to us, and as the Father becomes known, He then reveals to our lives the greatness of the mystery and the riches of the mystery, showing us individually that we absolutely have completeness because we have received Christ within.

The word “warning” in verse 28 above does not have anything to do with impending danger of any kind, but rather it means to admonish, exhort, and to prepare one to receive something quite wonderful. Paul in his teaching ministry as an Apostle prepared believers with the teaching of the mystery of the one body of Christ so that each member would be able to become more intimately acquainted with their heavenly Father Who would then reveal the riches of having Christ within.

Paul’s masterful teaching presented God’s heart so that God could begin revealing that in Christ Jesus we have a heavenly standing in God’s household. Then God Himself could further reveal the dynamic realities of walking daily with the spirit of Christ within.

Colossians 2:10 reads “ye are complete in him.” We are spiritually completely, completely, complete in Jesus Christ, and it is God Who will show to the heart of our understanding this spiritual reality.

The preached Word always reveals Jesus Christ who is the living and incarnate Word, and the living Word always reveals God Who is the source of the Word. As we come to experience the learning process that it is our heavenly Father Who reveals to our understanding the “riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you,” then we will know without any doubt that we have been taught of God (I Corinthians 2:7-14).

“It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard {what God teaches}, and hath learned {to the point of believing} of the Father, cometh unto me” (John 6:45). “Cometh unto me” represents coming to know with godly insights the spiritual riches of having “Christ in you.”

Colossians 2:6-7:
-6: As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
-7: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught {by the preached Word, by knowing Christ, and by hearing God’s still small voice}, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

As we become more rooted and spiritually built up in Christ, we will become established in the faith, and this will effortlessly cause our lives to abound with thanksgiving to God Who is the source and giver of the riches of Christ within.

God gives us Our Completeness, allowing us to have fellowship with Jesus Christ and inspiring our fellowship with one another, so we may abound daily in thankfulness.

The Word of Faith (The Longer Version)

 Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will take a closer look at the word “faith” from a biblical perspective. The words “faith” and “believing” are the same Greek word pistis and always mean believing or believing faith. We are born with the innate ability to believe, however, there is another kind of believing faith that the Bible reveals called, “the faith of Jesus Christ” and this faith is something new and introduced to believers when they become saved. With salvation, the believing Christian receives Christ in them (Colossians 1:27), and thus we become endowed with the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself which is purely perfect.

Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus {who is} the author and finisher of our {believing} faith,” and since he is the author and finisher of our faith, we can look to him in the Scriptures for our example of how to grow our believing faith to maturity. Another way we could look at this is that without Jesus, we will have a lack of Christian faith. So then, how do we learn more about this faith of Christ that we now have? We go straight to the Word of God!

Romans 10:17:   So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The faith of Christ comes to us by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. This verse carries a double meaning. First, the word hearing is repeated doubly to emphasize how the faith of Christ comes to us, and that is by hearing, and hearing to the point of our believing – and believing one thing and one thing only – and that is the word of God! The second meaning of the word hearing here is that the more of the Word of God we hear, the greater our own believing can rise to believe in the promises that are laid out for us in God’s faithful Word to receive and to enjoy. There are promises such as, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalms 37:4), and “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12), and “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

Since Jesus ascended unto his Father after his resurrection (Acts 1:9–11), just as he said he would in John 14:12 above, the “greater works” that Jesus promised can become something we can now accomplish. One of the major works Jesus did was to completely believe what God’s Word said about him. Jesus’ believing faith was perfectly complete; he had believed to do more than anyone on earth had ever done, and then (because of the resurrection) God gave men and women who will believe on and accept his resurrection, the actual faith of Jesus Christ. His believing faith is similar to our believing faith, but Jesus never doubted the Word of God, which caused his faith to be immensely precious and extremely powerful. We find in Mark 9:24 that a man came to Jesus Christ in need, imploring with tears in his eyes ― “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Well, today Jesus still helps our unbelief mature to faith equaling his own, for he is “the author and finisher of our {believing} faith.”

The Epistle of Galatians 3:23–26 sheds some interesting light on Jesus’ faith:

Galatians 3:23:  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Before faith came means that there was a time when there was no faith. Many people believe that faith, all faith, has always been around, but the faith that Galatians is referring to in verse 23 is the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself. Before faith came, refers to before Jesus was on earth, and therefore his believing faith was not available. Thus, the Scripture says, we were kept under the law until Christ and his faith came; for the Law was designed to protect the believers up until Jesus would come and give men and women his faith, the faith that would be from “the author and finisher of our {believing} faith.” But what confuses people sometimes about the word faith, is that it is used for our believing faith (pistis), and this word is also used for Jesus’ believing faith (pistis). In both usages throughout the Bible, faith is the same Greek word pistis. Only when we observe the context where pistis is used will the difference be apparent of which faith the Text refers.

For an example of the confusion of one word with more than one meaning, I could say, “I am at the bank,” and it could mean I am near a river, or it could mean I am depositing money at the bank, or I could be in a bank of snow for that matter. We need to view the broader context to know where I am and we can use the same logical deduction with the word faith, pistis. Only as we see the context in which the word faith is set will we understand whether the Scripture implies Jesus’ faith, or ours. At the conclusion of this study, you will be able to recognize many more of the passages where the word faith is used, and more verses will open up for you and become much clearer.

Galatians 3:24:  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto {or until} Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

The Scripture says we are justified by faith but by whose faith were we justified? When we see the context of this verse, we find we are justified by Christ’s faith! As Romans 4:25 declares, “Who {Jesus Christ} was delivered {unto death} for our offences {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification.” We are justified because of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, not because of our faith, thus, Ephesians 2:8–9 reveals, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Our justification into salvation is a gift from God through faith, and since salvation is not based on our works, then our salvation is given and received because of the faith of Jesus Christ who had done all the work so that we could receive by grace. The Epistle of Romans celebrates this blessed truth of our gift of God which is our salvation, “but the gift of God is eternal life through {by the work and faith of} Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

 Galatians 2:16:   Knowing that a man {or woman} is not justified by the works of the law, but {a man or woman is justified} by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

See how not only the immediate context fits together with Christ’s faith, but all the related passages work towards a wonderful enlightenment that we are justified because of his faith! With the believing faith of Jesus Christ, we have received our justification, being made completely justified from the dictates that the Law demands. It took the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself to give his life on our behalf to redeem us; his own faith now sets us free from the Law, giving each of us an equal justification, affording us a perfect standing before God, as we simply believe in the completeness of Jesus’ faith. This is the perfection of the faith of him who is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

Romans 5:1:  Therefore being justified by faith {i.e., Jesus’ faith}, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Acts 26:18:  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God {this is literally the mission of the Pauline Epistles}, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me {Christ Jesus}.

Today in grace, we are not only justified by Christ’s faith, but we have peace with God, and we are also sanctified, and we have “the righteousness of God which is by {the} faith of Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:22). We also have access into God’s grace by the faith of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:2:  By whom {Jesus Christ} also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Any faith that we read about in the Old Testament and in the Gospels is man’s own believing faith or that perfect faith of Jesus Christ. However, in the New Testament, faith could be man’s own faith, Jesus’ own faith, or believers utilizing the faith of Jesus Christ as in these verses, Acts 3:16; 6:5, 8; 15:9; Romans 1:16; I Corinthians 2:5; II Corinthians 4:13; Ephesians 1:19; 6:16; and I Thessalonians 2:13. Today, in grace, “the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). We are able to live in a Christ-like lifestyle because we have received the faith of Jesus Christ, which is, the faith of the Son of God.

Recall that Galatians 3:23–24 above talked about before faith came, but now the Epistle continues with “after that faith is come:”

Galatians 3:25–26:
-25: But after that faith is come {again, Jesus’ own faith}, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
-26: For ye are all the children of God by faith in {of or by} Christ Jesus.

Now that the faith of Jesus Christ has come, we are no longer under the rules and regulations of the schoolmaster, i.e., the Law. Believing faith was always around since the beginning of time, but a new and enhanced, spiritual faith came with Christ, and with Christ came spiritual freedom to experience a much greater life than what the written Law offered in the Old Testament times (see Ephesians 2:15; Hebrews 7:16–19).

Galatians 5:1:  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage {i.e., the schoolmaster — the law}.

The main difference between man’s faith and the faith of Jesus is that human faith can only rise up to believe in that which is seen, like the phrase says, “seeing is believing.” As Jesus said to Thomas, “because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). In stark contrast to seeing before we believe; the faith of Jesus Christ is given so men and women can rise all the way up to believe in that which is not physically seen, yet is spiritually real ― such as salvation, love, peace, grace, joy, and the faith of Jesus Christ.

 II Corinthians 4:18 and 5:7:
-18: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
-7: For we walk by faith {Christ’s believing faith}, not by sight:

In truth, man needs Jesus’ faith to fulfill his own faith, as we read in Hebrews 12:2 “Jesus {is} the author and finisher of our faith,” and this is how Christians can become fully satisfied, feeling complete within their hearts (Colossians 2:10). The faith of Jesus Christ is only available to the Christian believer, as II Thessalonians 3:2 emphatically states, “for all men have not faith.” This cannot be one’s personal believing faith, for anyone can believe, but not all men have the faith of Christ to apply towards believing God’s Word and to enjoy and believe for help in times of great need. This is also why spiritual truths in the Bible make perfect sense to the believer, whereas the same truths make absolutely no sense to the unbeliever (I Corinthians 1:18–31, 2:14).

Living by the faith of the Son of God works like this: If someone was to tell you that you are going to hell or if you once thought so yourself, now being equipped with your upgrade of the faith of Jesus Christ, you can say and believe in your innermost being that is not true. Instead, you can say to yourself ― I am heaven bound, and you can think and say this with believing conviction because it is true according to the Bible. If someone was to say you are unrighteousness or if you ever assumed this of yourself, now with faith, you can know in your heart that you are as righteous as God Himself is because it is true according to the Bible. If someone was to say to you that you are destined to failure or if you believed in your heart that success was not for you ― with faith, you can rise above that negative perception of yourself because faith has made you more than a conqueror through all situations. Faith believes the Word of yourself, faith delivers to you the promises of God; faith is the power of Christ manifested in your life! This is why I Corinthians 2:5 boldly proclaims, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” We Christians have “the same spirit of faith” (II Corinthians 4:13) to believe that we are “filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). Talk about ease of believing ― Jesus is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), and all we have to do is follow Jesus’ instructions to “come unto him.”

Matthew 11:28–30:
-28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
-30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light {nothing brings peace and rest into our souls like coming unto and accepting and enjoying the uplifting faith of Christ}.

There was a time that I believed that I was so far removed from God that hell was to be my ultimate destiny, for I believed I was a sinner and had no rights to heavenly blessings, and I believed this with all my heart, and obviously I feared the end of my life. But with the believing faith of my Savior, who is my hero and everything to me, I can boldly say with believing conviction, “I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” What made the transformation in my thinking and in my inner heart? The faith of Jesus Christ; his faith now flows through my heart and assures me that God loves me completely! I now know effortlessly that I am justified and sanctified and that I have peace with God through the faith of the Son of God. Christ’s faith gives the Christian believer the feeling of flying high because God has, “raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6), and “ye are risen with him {Christ} through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).

We only need to believe in the work that our Savior has done for humanity (and what he has accomplished for you personally), to experience completeness and fullness. For with Christ’s faith we collectively, “come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). Our Savior’s faith is now so pleasantly real that it causes one to simply accept the grace of God with humbleness. Rather than searching for “more faith in yourself,” you will find faith to be real – to be palatable – to be in you – and to be enjoyable.

Romans 10:8–10:
-8: But what saith it {the Scriptures}? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.
-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 righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The word of faith when preached (as well as when heard, when read, when understood, and when believed), will be as close as in your mouth and in your heart. Because the Word of God is that close to you ― you can spiritually taste its divine presence (and presents), as it settles deep within your soul, giving you tangible impressions of God in meaningful revelations of divine truths, so that your believing the Word continuously becomes an exciting daily adventure. You will increase your own believing by tapping into all the believing faith that comes with having Christ within your heart (Colossians 1:27), and his faith accompanies your salvation with your belief and confession of Romans 10:9–10.

We have shown the simplicity of receiving and utilizing the faith of Jesus Christ is as it is succinctly stated in Romans 10:17: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Today, I invite you to think about the word of faith that God has placed within your mouth and heart, for the word of faith delivers to you the salvation of God (Romans 10:8–10). When you begin believing the Word of God within the depths of your soul, you will come to experience the realities of the Word effectually working in your heart and life and surroundings, as the word of faith Christ’s faith – continues blessing you and all that you have and all that you do.

I Thessalonians 2:13 (The Amplified Bible):**  And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

The Fullness Within

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Colossians 2:9-10:
-9:  For in him {Christ} dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
-10:  And ye are complete in him, which {who} is the head of all principality and power.

“Godhead” is old English for God Who is the head, or the head God with no one above or greater than God. The fullness of God dwells in Christ and Christ dwells in us. We have the fullness of God within. When the Bible says we are complete, then we are completely complete because we have received the fullness of God Himself Who is the supreme head over all spiritual powers.

Colossians 2:11-13:
-11:  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.
-12:  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
-13:  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he {God} quickened together with him {Christ}, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Verse 11 states our circumcision is not made by hands, meaning not by our works, but rather we received a spiritual circumcision that cut us off from the sin nature and separates us from the sins that saturate the world by our receiving “the circumcision of Christ.” This means that as Christ is not subject to the sins of the world, neither are we, for we are in his stead (II Corinthians 5:20). We were baptized into the death of Jesus Christ by virtue of our believing on him, and we were then risen with Christ through or by way of the actual believing faith of the operation or energy of God Who raised Christ Jesus from the dead. This is why believers in the Christian Church today have been quickened, made alive together with Christ, having all of our pasrt sins and trespasses completely forgiven. This is God’s perspective of us, this is how God sees His children, and this is why we have the completeness of God within our hearts.

Colossians 2:14 – Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was {always} contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.

Anything and everything that was ever against the believer (such as fear, guilt, condemnation, and a sinful nature) has been nailed to the cross. We have not received a full pardon, but rather a complete cleansing, it is as though nothing was ever wrong — we can feel as though we always had God in our lives. The completeness of life and freedom that comes to us by having Christ within was prepared for us even before the world began, and is freely given to us on the day we first believed.

Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he {Jesus Christ} made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection has completely spoiled all the negatives of the principalities and powers within the kingdom of darkness. This is why today when we believe in the power that the Epistles reveal to us, then the forces of darkness cannot encompass us or defeat us. Christ spoiled them and triumphed over them for us, and now we can tread above worldly negatives by following in the steps of Christ who has given us our full completeness.