The Habitation of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Ephesians 2:18 – For through him {Jesus Christ} we both {believers from Israel and the Gentiles} have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

The word Spirit is in reference to the gift that God has given each believer and the spirit gives us personal access to the Father. Many people think that they have no real access to our heavenly Father; however, we most certainly do.

Ephesians 2:19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

We are not estranged to God, nor are we foreign to Him, for He knows us intimately.  God has already made us one with spiritual unity before Him because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which gives us genuine citizenship from above – from heaven – from Him Who gave. God has also made us fellow-citizens with every other saint (every believer without exception), and we are also fellow-citizens of the actual household of the Creator.

Ephesians 2:20 – And {we, the fellow-citizens} are built upon the foundation of the {laid by the} apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone:

The Apostles and Prophets are those whom God in His grace has commissioned to lay the foundation by their teaching the truth within the Church Epistles. The Epistles teach us about the true spiritual foundation of Christ, and that the entire Church of God is built upon this.

Ephesians 2:21 – In whom {in Christ} all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

It is we, the believers, who spiritually grow within the temple, and we are “framed together” to make up the true spiritual temple that is growing in the Lord. You may wonder: How in the world can people make up a temple, and how is it that we are framed together? The next verse continues:

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom {the Lord} ye also are builded {up} together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

We are not only spiritually “framed together” in the temple of God, but we are also being spiritually “builded (up) together” to be the habitation of God. We know where we physically dwell, the place that we call our home, while spiritually speaking we are the place where God spiritually dwells, the place He calls His home, for we are indeed intimate members of His household. Not only do we have continued access to God, not only are we conducting our lives on the foundation of Christ, not only are we growing spiritually within the true temple of God, but we are also the place where the Creator of life has His habitation. We have access to God by the spirit that He gave us, and Ephesians 2:22 shows that God Himself inhabits the believers through or by means of the Spirit, and Spirit is the very essence of God.

The New Man Within

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When we believe in the inherent truth of God’s healing Word, the Word itself will begin making known to our minds the spiritual realities of having Christ within. The Christ from within our hearts will then make known to our minds the Creator, our Father – God. When we begin to understand God as our Father – He makes known to us the spiritual completeness of the new man (since we have the mind of Christ) that was created in us. Additionally, God begins revealing to us the spiritual reality of the one body of Christ, of which body Christ is the head, and we are all members in that one body, and this body of Christ grows in the love of God.

Ephesians 4:15-16:
-15:  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ {for Christ is the head of the body – Ephesians 1:22-23}.
-16:  From whom {Christ} the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part {that is us}, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

As we learn the Scriptures and begin seeing and believing what the Word teaches, we will begin supplying (or giving) to the body of Christ and further be edifying (building up) the body in love. Changing our minds to harmonize with the Scriptures is how we bring the Word of God into reality. It is how the Christian Church of believers today bring the living Word out of the dark ages. God’s Word can give men and women a true spiritual revival that grows within the heart and supplies the mind with impressions of tangible truths of and in God’s Word. This is what gives men and women a true godly renaissance, and fuels a rediscovery of eternal light and love.

Ephesians 4:22-24:
-22:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation {lifestyle, behavior} the old man {biblically means ourselves before salvation}, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts {which is latent within everybody}.
-22:  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
-24:  And that ye put on the new man {i.e., the Christ in you}, which after God is {was} created in righteousness and true holiness.

One of the most wonderful things about the Church Epistles is that the Word of God never demands that we change our minds with nothing to replace old thoughts. Rather His Word always shows us how to replace old thoughts and emotions with new thoughts and emotions by putting on the mind of Christ. The “thou shalt nots” and “thou shalts” that are often propounded today only scare people away from the truth because God’s Word is always teaching us to have, rather than have not. In Ephesians above, the Word is specifically dealing with the renewed mind, telling us what we have in Christ, which is “the new man which is after God,” and is created in us and revealed to us throughout the Epistles.

Colossians 3:10 – And {you and I} have put on the new man, which is {being} renewed in knowledge after the image of him {God} that created him {“him” is our created spirit}:

God created within us the means to walk in a newness of life, a life that is being renewed in the knowledge of God. To walk in the new man is not a command but a request from a loving Father to His beloved children. It is an invitation to have a meaningful relationship with Him Who created life, for His Word shows us how to enjoy life by bringing the Christ within us – out to the forefront of our lives.

God Is Our God (The Hope of Job)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Job, we will find the healing will of God, as well as the destructive and devastating will of Satan. In Christendom, some interpolate that God was the one who inflicted Job and his family with great devastation, pain, suffering, and even the death of his children. However, this claim is irreverent and opposite to the true love of God. God is the God of all hope and deliverance, for it was Satan who encroached on Job’s life and devastated his entire being and his family and his farm.

Job 1:1, 8, and 2:3:
-1: THERE was a man in the land of UZ, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared {respected} God, and eschewed evil.
-8: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
-3: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

Amazingly, many people after reading these verses displaying in a three-fold manner God’s complete confidence in Job, so much so that He said there is none like him in the earth, and yet people still find deficiency in Job. They read through his tragedies and start nitpicking at his perfect walk with God, as they begin finding fault with every single thing he said and did, as well as slandering his children. In so doing this disservice to God’s Holy Word and His Beloved Job, they somehow must think that they are smarter than God, forming opinions in direct opposition to God’s Word.

Job’s hope in the coming Redeemer turned his life around and bolstered his strength to believe for healing, blessings, and for God’s refuge with His spiritual hedge of protection. Job’s hope presented him with godly inspirations and foresight as he anticipated the return of his Savior, which helped him to believe for even better tomorrows by way of having an understanding of the coming of his own resurrection.

Job 19:25:
For I know that my redeemer liveth {in the heart of my understanding}, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

The hope of Job gave him lively anticipation of the coming of Jesus Christ, his Redeemer. At the time of this verse, Job was recovering from a devastating storm from Satan. As Job passed through this horrible devastation, he was able again to look beyond the circumstances to envisage his Redeemer’s day of total deliverance.

Job left us a great example to also anticipate our release, always; for our God is a God of deliverance and our Savior is an invincible Savior of hope for our souls.

Job 19:26:
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

Job is referring to his resurrection, and although he realized that his body would someday return back into dust, he also knew and believed in his heart that in the resurrection he would see his God face to face. Job believed that in the latter days, he would surmount to stand upon the Earth hand in hand with his Savior, and that he would also see his God, as Job stood clothed in a new resurrected body that will be impervious to destruction forever and ever.

Job 19:27:
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Not another means not as a stranger or an unsaved person, who will be having a rude awakening someday, but as someone who patiently waited in hope to joyfully see his God, someone who truly knew Him intimately, and someone who hoped for his Redeemer to come and redeem. Job knew that even after his death and corruption back into dust, he would have a complete standing with God and with his Redeemer with an incorruptible body.

Life on this Earth is short in the scope of eternity; for the life of man in the Bible is called a vapour, and/or a blade of grass that is here today and gone with the wind in a moment of time (I Peter 1:24, James 4:19). As Job, we have only our life to walk with God, and have only a short space of time to open our hearts to experience our Redeemer, yet we have the assured hope of eternity to enjoy the rewards for our believing actions that we take today.

James 5:11:
Behold, we count them happy {blessed} which endure {through life’s trials and temptations}. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful {compassionately generous}, and of tender mercy.

Job lived through a horrendous situation, yet he stayed focused on the hope he had to stand again, alive with his Redeemer ― and he believed that he was most definitely going to see God with his own eyes, and be endowed with a new resurrected body. Job was blessed, not because he endured through the onslaught of evil, but because he overcame adversity. At the end of his troubles he became extremely blessed because God doubled his abundance and rewarded him richly (Job 42:10–17). Yet there is more to come than the blessings he received after his tragedies because in his resurrection he will see his God, walk hand in hand with his children and Redeemer, enjoy his rewards throughout eternity, and be among the people of his time who believed to eternally inherit the Earth. Today, we have the hope to be with our Redeemer and to see our God in His heavenly home, to behold the “the God of {all} hope” (Romans 15:13) “face to face” (I Corinthians 13:12).

Psalms 48:14:
For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

Let us take a closer look at the last phrase: he will be our guide even unto death. This phrase can sometimes be misconstrued to imply that God guides His children unto death. Then, as one is armed with this conclusion, he feels constrained to acknowledge and pronounce that, “Death must-needs be a part of life, and thus death must be the only way of man.”

However, this is not the correct understanding because our God is the God and Creator of life!

The words even unto death mean even over or even through death, because death is never a blessing from God; in truth death is called an enemy (See below I Corinthians 15:26), not a long lost friend welcoming man home like is heard in some funeral services. God will guide us through to our heavenly home of eternity! This is why the middle section of this verse says, God is our God for ever and ever, because even after death there is a resurrection, we will be in the gathering together, and eternal life is to be received and eternally enjoyed for ever and ever.

If Christ does not return before our last breath, then we will be gathered up together when Jesus returns to raise us up to eternally be with God (I Thessalonians 4:14–18). However, Christ may return at any moment, and so our hope is to never die, but either way we will be guided into eternity, sustained by the loving hands of our Creator, and in this, there is comfort because God is always our God!

God values His relationship with His children whom He has chosen even before the world began (Ephesians 1:4). Our unending relationship with God our Creator will continue and guide us through the eternity of eternities, and we will forever appreciate God in all His fullness and His abundance.

The last chapter of a Christian man or woman’s life does not end at the grave, but at the time of the gathering together their life will continue through all of eternity, triumphant over death, and thus the Psalmist boldly proclaims, God is our God forever and ever!

Job anticipated his rising up from the grave and overcoming death, for God was his delight, and again will be his delight, and he will also walk with him who is his future hope, his Redeemer and Arbitrator.

Job 14:13–17:
-13: O that thou {God} wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past {the wrath that is revealed in the Books of Daniel and Revelation}, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me {after the wrath, at the Resurrection of the Just}!
-14: If a man die, shall he live again? {YES!} All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come {of receiving his new body}.
-15: Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee {from out of the grave}; thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands {of resurrecting}.
-16: For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin? {To forgive and cleanse.}
-17: My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity {into the bag}.

Let us allow God’s comforting Word to speak directly to our hearts regarding death’s final end as well as the believer’s end. (The believer’s end will in actuality be a new beginning.)

The end of death and hell:

I Corinthians 15:26:
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Revelation 20:14:
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
{So there is something beyond death and hellthe lake of fire.}

The believers’ end:

Romans 6:22:
Ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

John 6:40:
That every one which seeth the Son {perceives him either in person or in the Scriptures}, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day:

The above verses are straightforward, and they mean what they say. The hope of Job is also humanity’s hope, and with this hope, we have and enjoy comfort of knowing we have a destiny to look towards for our everlasting future.

God Is a Rewarder

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Bible, the word “faith” is a word that means believing faith. When we hear the common phrase “have a little more faith,” what is actually implied from a biblical standpoint is that we believe in what the Scriptures declare, and then our faith, which is our believing faith, will begin to blossom from within. Romans 10:17 proclaims that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So if one has a lack of faith and is in need of “a little more faith,” then faith can be greatly enhanced by hearing the Word of God. Faith, pure believing faith, comes to the individual with everlasting benefits when he or she believes in what they will hear (or read) from the Bible.

Hebrews 11:6:   But without faith {believing faith,} it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The Book of Hebrews says that without believing faith it is impossible to please God. I sincerely wished that someone had shown this verse to me as a child because I could have saved countless hours trying to figure out how to be pleasing to the Creator. I never knew all that was required of me is to believe. By the simple decision of the mind to believe, I could have been pleasing to God all along. However, and thankfully, now I know how to be actively pleasing to God and how be rewarded for my believing.

With the simple first step of our belief that God exists, He begins rewarding us. This decision to believe in an unseen God is for some people a very difficult decision to make, and this is why we need God’s Word — because faith comes by hearing His Word. When we do believe that God is God and we seek Him out within His Word, He will abundantly reward that effort. Acts 17:27 says, “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.” One reward is that we will find God to be a loving and forgiving Father and this is a present-tense reward that we can begin enjoying right now.

In Hebrews 12:2 we read that, “Jesus {is} the author and finisher of our faith,” which means that as we allow Jesus into our hearts, he will help us with our faith. So as we learn the Word of God, we will find details about our Savior and our own personal believing faith will be enhanced.

Matthew 6:33:   But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {the things mentioned leading up to verse 33, clothing, food, and these things we need to live, and the righteousness of God Himself, and His kingdom} shall be added unto you.

At one time in my life I could not have fathomed receiving the kingdom of God, let alone everything else He gives (Romans 8:17). Then I discovered the author and finisher of my faith, Jesus Christ, and with him, my believing-faith began to grow effortlessly. The reason that we are encouraged to seek the kingdom of God — first, is because God “called you unto his kingdom and glory” (I Thessalonians 2:12). These are promises to and for those who diligently seek God first, as promised. All we need to do is believe, believe, and believe! Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” and that power in us is our believing faith, which energizes us exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. As our own believing-faith grows, we will be enabled to believe in things that at one time in our lives we perhaps thought were impossible, yet with God, all things do become possible (Luke 18:27), as we with our believing-faith begin not only asking and seeking, but also receiving and enjoying, because God is a rewarder.

Matthew 7:7-8:
-7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

The Christian lifestyle is certainly wonderful as we continue learning about the bountifulness of God and our believing faith unlocks the vast supplies of His heavenly storehouse. In Psalms 50:10 God says that He owns “cattle upon a thousand hills.” This is a small portion of God’s abundance and your inheritance. The implication of Psalms 50:10 is that God can afford to reward those who diligently seek Him.

Today, enjoy the search, experience the joy, and rejoice as you receive the riches of your heavenly Father through your believing-faith to receive, because God is a rewarder.

Genesis 15:1:  After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Ruth 2:12:   The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

“Think success, visualize success, and you will set in motion the power force of the realized wish. When the mental picture or attitude is strongly held, it actually seems to control conditions and circumstances.” ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale~