Jude – Revealing Our Common Salvation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Jude, the Prophet gives the believers some encouraging inspirations to stand against some false teachings that have crept into the fellowship of believers. Jude refers to our salvation as the common salvation, because salvation in Christ was becoming well known, as it is also well known today.

Jude 1:1-3:
-1: JUDE, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
-2: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
-3: Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

When Jude explained the “common salvation” that so many people were experiencing he further exhorted the believers to “earnestly contend for the faith,” this faith is the faith of Jesus Christ that each believer receives (Galatians 3:22).

The word “contend” means to be in a spiritual contest, enjoying the actual faith of Jesus Christ, which is to have his believing faith on our side, because when we believe in his believing power for us, then things will begin to happen in and around our lives in a most positive way.

We believers have mercy, peace, and God’s love that is continuously being multiplied in our lives because we have been sanctified by God, and preserved for eternal life in Christ Jesus, and to this end were we called. Yet, Jude writes that there is a daily competition to walk upright in God’s calling us into the common salvation, so that we may enjoy His grace upon us.

There are some who even today will do their best to cause believers to walk out of bounds and as a result not receive God’s true blessings upon our lives.

Jude 1:4 – For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Lasciviousness” means to have a super abundance of ungodly lust. God’s grace covers for the sins that believers make, yet at times a heart can become hardened and start thinking that they can do anything regardless of how wrong they know it to be, and begin living a lifestyle of lasciviousness while thinking that God simply forgives their calloused, lustful behavior (Romans 6:1-4, II Peter 2:1).

The end result for this kind of abusive behavior with God’s divine grace denies the life that God called us into, and denies one’s ability to receive God’s spiritual blessings in grace.

God gave us grace because we need it, His grace is given for this purpose: That we may have spiritual freedom to walk with God.  Our loving God multiplied His grace and love upon our lives so that we may make honest attempts to enjoy His love, and when we do our God is most pleased with us.

Jude 1:21-22:
-21: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
-22: And of some have compassion, making a difference:

What a timeless and exhilarating exhortation from God’s healing Word to “keep yourselves in the love of God.” It is His love that covers a multitude of sins, as we continue looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ who gave his life for us, so that we may enjoy having eternal life.

In our daily adventures down here, we can continue enjoying Our Common Salvation, which can be mutually enjoyed by all of God’s children. We may become compassionate enough with our salvation to make a difference in life, especially to and for our own lives, and then so that we may reach out to help another.

Galatians – Revealing Our Liberty

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Epistle of Galatians Paul gives us tremendous understanding regarding our liberty that we have received in Christ. The liberty that we have is founded upon the foundation of God’s divine grace, and is a pleasurable lifestyle that we can enjoy without the rigorous commandments and laws that were mandatory during the Old Testament times, which have been done away since Jesus Christ. This is why Paul wrote “I do not frustrate {reject} the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21).

Paul also wrote “whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4). The grace that God has given to us is on a much higher plane than the law ever was, for the grace that God gives is spiritual rather than being based on or controlled by physical actions that people can undertake.

Galatians 2:4-5:
-4: And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily {secretly} to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
-5: To whom we gave place by subjection {submission}, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

These false brethren brought in unawares had only one goal in mind and that was to prevent believers from enjoying the liberty that they really have in God’s grace, given to us by the accomplishments of Jesus Christ. However, Paul did not, for even one second, allow their teachings to put them back into bondage.

It is almost unbelievable that when we believers begin to really enjoy God’s grace and “our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus,” that someone comes along and perhaps says “that is not the Christian way, you are not supposed to have any fun in life, you need to suffer your way up to heaven.”

This is basically what happened to Paul and his company, and from time to time this may happen even today.

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.

God always wants us to accept the freedom and liberty with which Christ Jesus has made us free. We are God’s very own children, and He absolutely wants us to enjoy our liberty and our lives with Him. God has been waiting since the beginning of time for us to walk into this liberating grace that Christ made available.

Men and women who become engulfed in wrong biblical teaching, who unwittingly refute God’s grace, seem to want to keep themselves and others in bondage of one form or another. This really is a struggle for some people to accept their spiritual liberty because they have been “hell-fired” and “brim-stoned” half to death so that it is difficult for them to allow the freedom of God’s wonderful healing Word to speak directly to their hearts.

The only real requirement for God’s children is that they try to the best of their ability to walk in love, and this takes living with the freedom for which Christ gave his own life.

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

Sometimes people can take God’s liberty a step too far, using liberty for an opportunity to serve their own ambitions that can at times be the opposite of God’s calling to walk in love. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with ambition and desiring to get ahead; in fact, God’s Word encourages us to be our best at whatever endeavors we pursue in this life. The folly only comes into play when ambition prides itself against God’s own will, which is always to have His children walk in love.

We can sometimes fall into rigorous bondage (apart from God’s grace), and can get tricked into condemnation, not enjoying our liberty in Christ. While on the other side of the spectrum, man can sometimes abuse his God-given liberty simply to serve himself and forget that he was given liberty to serve in love before his God and man. There is a balance in life to walking with God with real spiritual liberty and spirituality. Thankfully, God’s Word continues revealing to us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (II Peter 3:3).

Whenever and wherever we walk in love we will be most pleasing to our heavenly Father, and be happily enjoying true spiritual godliness. Let us daily enjoy learning to love Our Liberty while we experience the freedom that we have received in Christ Jesus.

Knowing the Praise of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 4:5:
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of {from} God.

This verse reveals one of the most amazing truths that I have ever known. When Christ returns for us “then shall every man have praise of God.” The word “of” is the Greek proposition apo meaning from. I once used to be afraid of the end, when judgments and condemnations were supposed to take place because I thought that the pit of hell was my destination. However, when I read this verse some years ago I was totally blown away. For in that great and glorious day when Christ returns, we Christians will have actual praise from God! Some Christians today (not understanding the Scriptures) are still fearful of the wrath of God and His judgments. However, and thankfully according to the Bible, we have been delivered from the wrath to come.

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.

Praise God! We can become so thankful for Christ, and all that he has done for us, and for the wonderful hope of our future to be able to stand with Christ Jesus at the right hand of the Lord our God receiving His actual praise. He is our righteous Father, and He is Spirit, and He is Light, and He is Love. We can walk with the Lord our God in a loving relationship that indeed dispels all our fears, as we continue walking in the spirit, in the light, and in the love of His own glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14:
-13: In whom {Christ} ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
-14: Which {holy spirit of promise} is the earnest of our inheritance {it is a token and guarantee of so much more to come} until the redemption of the purchased possession {that’s you}, unto the praise of his glory.

Not only will we receive the praise of God, but also the praise of God’s own glory is upon our very lives today! The reason why is because we believed the Gospel of our salvation (period)! In our families, we have many rights and privileges handed down to us by our fathers; it is the same with our heavenly Father. He has graciously allowed us to walk in the praise of His own glory for us.

Philippians 1:11:
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness {another privilege}, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Righteousness means to be able to stand before our heavenly Father without fear or condemnation, and when we live fearlessly in righteousness, we will be delivering up to God glory and praise. Understanding God and His Word is certainly a wonderful thing. I pray that you have a magnificent day living and enjoying all the fruits of your righteousness that the completed work of your Savior, Jesus Christ made available to you.

Know That We Are of the Truth

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 I John 3:18:
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Look at the love and concern that God has for His children, saying “My little children.” What an encouragement it is for us to recall that no matter what our age we are children of God. God is encouraging us to love, but not to simply give lip service. Rather, God wants us to love “in deed and in truth” or truly love by our deeds.

Ephesians 4:15a: 
But speaking the truth in love. . .

In the center margin of the King James Version, it says the word speaking is “being sincere.” We are to be sincere with the love of God, sometimes speaking it out to others, but always in deed (in our actions) and in truth (by the guidelines contained in the Scriptures).

I John 3:19:
And hereby {loving in deed and in truth, verse 18 above} we know {not question, and without doubt} that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him {God}.

When we indeed begin learning to live in a Christ-like lifestyle and start living with the love of Christ in our hearts, our own lives will become assured “that we are of the truth.” We can then further become confident that when we pray and ask God for blessings upon our lives and for our daily needs (Philippians 4:19), for our loved ones and friends, that our prayers will be answered.

I John 3:20–22:
-20: For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
-21: Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
-22: And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Whenever and wherever we have condemnation in our hearts, God becomes (in our minds) unapproachable. However, when our hearts condemn us not, then we indeed have great confidence and expectations to not only ask God, but know that we will also receive from Him as well. His commandments usually scare people from asking because many of us have been so schooled in the Old Testament Laws that were very burdensome. However, the commandments that God is referring to here are the commandments to live a life of love (period), not the burdensome commandments of the Old Testament. (By the way the Old Testament Laws were written to the children of Israel who were living before Christ came, Luke 16:16; Acts 15:7-11; Ephesians 2:15.)

The choice to live in love is one of a deep personal and spiritual nature that each person weighs in his or her heart. As Christian principles delicately come to the surface of reason and understanding, we are more assured of having the foundation of God’s Word and Christ’s love to rely on, and the decision to know and experience the truth of God becomes an exciting adventure in life.

God is Always on Our Side

“Even when we are feeling down or if we feel that we are no darn good and are living in self-condemnation and sin (even then ― even now), God encourages us as His children to go to Him without hesitation or fear. Our loving, heavenly Father will always embrace us in His love. If God be for us, who can be against us– Romans 8:31? God is always on our side (and no one is bigger than God is), and Christ gave himself so we could be on God’s side, for we are eternally on the winning team. It is God in Christ cheering us on to the finishing line, where and when true perfection will be awarded (I Corinthians 15:51-58), wherein we will receive, The prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus– Philippians 3:14.” ~LMJ~