Say What?

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother {another Christian}, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen– I John 4:20? It is impossible to say with genuine conviction that I love God if one hates. This word hates means to slight or dislike; however, the emphasis here is not on the negative (the slighting and disliking), but rather the emphasis is to focus on the love of God. As God’s love cannot be seen, neither can God be seen, but what can be seen are those whom God has called, those who are children of God, and whom God Himself loves. And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also– I John 4:21.” ~LMJ~

Knowing Our Election of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It is one thing to hear that God called us into His family; however, it is an entirely different thing to know and believe in our hearts that we are members of God’s family. The Epistles of Thessalonians were written to believers who absolutely knew their heavenly standing in God’s household, and were believing daily with hopeful anticipation for the return of their Savior. God’s healing Word teaches believers how to have a well-balanced spiritual life while we are awaiting and anticipating the return, teaching that we have freedom in God’s grace and spiritual understanding.

I and II Thessalonians while revealing truths regarding Christ’s return also shows the believing Christian how to fine-tune their lives as they continue walking in grace with spiritual revelations of divine light.

When people become saved, they can sometimes slide into a lifestyle of rigorous condemnation for every mistake they make, and also they can begin condemning others (at least in their minds). Other believers who learn about their freedom in Christ can sometimes conduct themselves as people living in total lawlessness, knowing (thinking) that no matter what they do, God will forgive them.

In truth, God forgives both of these attitudes, and yet there is a true balance in life between the two, and no matter how good our intentions are, we will from time to time fluctuate between the two. I and II Thessalonians are terrific Epistles that enlighten the believers on how to walk with God being rooted, grounded, and established within the parameters of faith, hope, and charity.

I Thessalonians 1:4 – Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

A major key to begin walking with God is knowing that we are brethren and that we are beloved to God, to Jesus Christ, and to one another. “Your election of God” means that God has chosen you, and the word election can also be translated as a chosen vessel (of God). God has chosen us to have Christ within our earthly vessels (our bodies). The believers that Paul was writing to knew deep within their hearts that they themselves were the chosen of God, and that they were vessels elected and chosen by God into His family, and that all believers were their brothers and sisters in Christ, being members of the spiritual community of God’s household.

I Thessalonians 1:5-8:
-5:  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
-6:  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}:
-7:  So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
-8:  For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

When they received the Gospel, it meant more to them than words with empty meanings because they also received power, and this power helped them overcome all “affliction” or mental pressure and gave them their continuous conviction to walk in the balanced life that God’s Word reveals. The words, “Holy Ghost” mean their holy spirit, a God-given gift, and this gift of holy spirit gave them joy. As the belief of their own convictions in Christ became known to others, they set examples as a living Church who knew their election of God.

The more we learn about our calling and election of God, the greater we can walk with Him in understanding.

Removed All the Way to Being Close

“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– Galatians 2:20. 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.” ~LMJ~

Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Colossians 2:3 – In whom {in God} are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,

God’s hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge are revealed and given to us, His children according to our believing. These treasures have never been hidden from us but hidden securely in God and reserved for us, with the view that we may not only receive but also enjoy crystal clear revelations of the riches of having Christ in us, which is the greatest treasure of all time.

Colossians 2:4-6:
-4:  And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
-5:  For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
-6:  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

“Beguile” means to be deceived, and “enticing words” mean to be persuaded falsely with a perverse discourse of false reasoning. The Apostle Paul had a concern that other people would attempt to persuade them out of God’s Word. Paul wanted the believers to stand with conviction in the knowledge they received from God and to enjoy the spiritual treasures of godly enlightenment that God gave to them to personally learn the truths about the Christ within. Their “order” was their orderliness in continuing in the truth, which makes the believers’ lives free. Their steadfastness in their faith was their continued believing in Christ who was their complete Savior.

Notice that verse 6 says “Christ Jesus,” not Jesus Christ; the reason for this is that Christ Jesus in the Bible always refers to the resurrected Christ. Jesus Christ died for our sins, but he was raised as Christ Jesus who arose for our eternal life; it is our believing in the resurrection of Christ that truly gives us genuine spiritual power. In the Scriptures when we read the names Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus, this truth always carries through in the Epistles. This is why Colossians 1:27 says we have Christ in us, because we have the power of the resurrected Christ within. Paul was joying and beholding the believer’s steadfastness in the wonderful knowledge they were receiving, and in their personal believing they continued recognizing the Christ within, and their complete unity becomes more and more realized by walking in him.

Colossians 2:7 – Rooted and built up in him {Christ Jesus}, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

To be rooted and built up in Christ is to be established in the faith, the faith refers to God’s calling us into His family; this is the household of God. God’s healing Word continues to encourage us about how to grow in His family, and to be genuinely thankful, not only for the knowledge that God continues revealing, but to be thankful that He called us into such a wonderful and eternal heavenly household.  We are the family of God and He is continually proud of His eternal family. The more we learn about Jesus Christ, his sacrifice, death, and his resurrection, and the subsequent new life that God gives to us in Christ, the more we will be able to walk with God. We are endeared and endowed with the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge, prepared for us before the foundation of the world for our glory, and is given so that we may know how to walk in Christ, and walk hand in hand with God our heavenly Father.

A New Commandment

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 13:34 – A new commandment I {Jesus} give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Here in the Gospel of John, Jesus had just given his disciples and Apostles a new commandment. This commandment was so new that they really did not fully comprehend it until after Christ Jesus was resurrected and ascended up into heaven and they began living within their new commandment. The new commandment was to live in love. This love was greater than any love known to man before Christ had shown them. Jesus then explains the benefits of living this new commandment of love:

John 13:35 – By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

When and where we apply this new commandment, Jesus had said that all men would know whose disciple we would be. Love is one of the greatest things that God in Christ has ever given to humanity. Walking in love not only will identify us as Christ’s disciples, but living today in love is the way that Jesus taught us how to walk with him.

I John 4:20 – If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother {another Christian}, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

It is impossible to say with genuine conviction that “I love God” if one hates. This word “hates” means to slight or dislike; however, the emphasis here is not on the negative (the slighting and disliking), but rather the emphasis is to focus on the love of God. As God’s love cannot be seen, neither can God be seen, but what can be seen are those whom God has called, those who are children of God.

I John 4:21 – And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Have you ever wondered: “How do I know if I really love God?” Well this is the test and the proof to that question. When we love believers as Jesus taught, then there is no question as to whether or not we love God, for when we love one another, we are Christ’s disciples and we indeed do love our God. God will always bless the believers who walk in the new commandment and love one another as Jesus Christ himself did.  Have a lovely day – God Bless!