We Look for the Savior

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest expectation that the believer has is the return of his or her Savior who is Jesus Christ. When he returns, we will be gathered up with him to enjoy our eternity with him at God’s own right hand.

Philippians 3:20 – For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Our conversation” means our citizenship because our homeland is in heaven! With our heavenly standing in God’s family we may earnestly look with great hope for our Savior who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice that the verse does not say to pray for him to come because his return will happen on God’s timetable rather than on man’s timetable. The word “look” means to wait with patience and expectation.  I know that many Christian people fear this great and glorious day, but that is only because they have a wrongful fear of the greatness of Christ’s return for us. Some people are indeed fearful of the future wrath; however, God’s children do not, will not, and cannot pass through the impending wrath that is surely to come. In Philippians 3:20 our Lord Jesus Christ is called “our Saviour” because we have been saved, not for the wrath of God, but for heaven itself and to be eternally immersed in the love of God! The word “Saviour” in reference to Jesus Christ means that he himself accomplished our salvation and our complete spiritual wholeness. We will be in heaven before wrath and tribulation ever begin (I Thessalonians 4:13–5:5).

Philippians 3:21 – Who {Jesus Christ} shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {all believers} unto himself.

The words “vile body” means a body that has been humiliated. The human body was originally perfect in every detail, having eternal life within its very nature before the fall of man in Genesis. It was the Adversary (the Serpent) who defiled and humiliated the human body of man from its original perfect creation, and with the return of Christ our bodies will be “fashioned like unto his {Christ Jesus’} glorious body.” When Christ Jesus awoke from the dead after his crucifixion he had a new and glorious body, which would never be humiliated again, that will never die again, and that will last him for eternity. This is the kind of body promised to believers!

Jesus was a perfect man, he had no sin in his body, neither was his body humiliated until he allowed himself to become sin for us and be brutally tortured and crucified. He indeed received humiliation and he experientially knows the hold the sin nature still has in man because he himself experienced this so that he could identify completely with humanity. Although our human body is still humiliated, we have been given great hope in the return of our Savior, and then we will receive heavenly life-regenerating bodies equally as powerful as what Jesus now has. He literally walked (or passed) through walls, appearing and disappearing in the midst of his disciples at will; he passed through the heavens and back in the blink of an eye, and was only recognizable to his disciples when he wanted to be recognized. This glorious body will be given to us, and is why the Scriptures say that we can look with great expectation for that great and glorious day of his return, and our gathering together up to him.

The Greater Love (Part One)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 15:12 – This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

This commandment of Jesus was first given back in the Gospel of John chapter 13:34-35, when he called it “the new commandment.” This new commandment is to love in a specific way, “as I have loved you.” Coming to know Jesus from the Scriptures is how we learn how he loved, for his love was and still is the love of God, and it is available today to love as Jesus loved.

John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Jesus in explaining who has the love of God says “greater love hath no man.” The word “man” is the Greek word for “one,” for “no one” other than Jesus at this time in the Gospel of John had this greater love to apply and enjoy. This is why he said “But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you” (John 5:42). Then, Jesus says that it would take this greater love in order for him to lay down his life for his friends. Have you ever considered yourself as a friend of Jesus? Well he considers himself your friend! This greater love that Jesus was referring to is what is now available from God because of the sacrifice of Jesus laying down his life for us.

John 13:37-38:
-37: Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
-38: Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

Peter was willing, he considered the task of dying for Jesus, yet Jesus knew that even with all the good intentions of Peter to want to help, if it meant dying, Peter would never be able to carry it through. Human (man’s own) love never really allows one to make that ultimate sacrifice for others. In war, of course it is a different story, for it is kill or be killed. However, Jesus obviously knew that Peter would not be able to lay down his life and would even deny him. No one had the spiritual love to carry out God’s will for the redemption of humanity other than Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). Today, because of the ultimate sacrifice, crucifixion, and torture that Jesus endured we now have every right into all the love of God that Jesus displayed. I would like to close out this Bible byte by quoting from the Epistle of Romans.

Romans 5:6-8:
-6:  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
-7:  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
-8:  But God {who was in Christ, II Corinthians 5:19} commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Judges – Revealing Our Wonderful Secret

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the book of Judges an angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah and his wife and prophesied that they were going to have a son, a Nazarite who would look to God his whole life. The son was Samson who was a very strong man, especially in his believing. Eventually he was given over to the Philistines by his own people. In Samson we can see the correlation between him and the Savior who was rejected by Israel. Manoah asked the angel what his name was so that when the child was born they may honor the angel.

Judges 13:18 – And the angel of the LORD said unto him {Manoah}, Why asketh thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

The word “secret” in the Hebrew Text is the word meaning a wonderful secret. This word is also used in Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful.” This is a reference about Jesus Christ, and in Judges when the angel said of his name “it is secret” he was saying that his name represented something that would be a wonderful secret (even the angel did not fully comprehend its meaning). However, the Savior would reveal the dynamics and realities of this wonderful secret to humanity in the ages to come.

In the Old Testament the believers had the hope of his coming, although they did not fully understand everything about his coming. God continued revealing more and more through His angels to His Prophets, and His Prophets would receive revelation and write down His Word for posterity. The angel in Judges 13 ascended back to heaven after having revealed the name of the hope of all humanity: the “wonderful secret.”

I Corinthians 2:7-8:
-7: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world {even began} unto our glory:
-8: Which none of the princes {the rulers of darkness} of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The mystery, the hidden and secret wisdom of God was ordained before the world began for our glory, yet it was a secret that was not revealed until Christ was raised from the dead. If God’s “wonderful secret” was ever known to the powers of darkness, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory, Jesus Christ. Without the crucifixion and sacrifice of Jesus for us, we would have remained eternally unredeemed, forever unsaved, and destined to eternal damnation, and without God and without hope in this world. But because of the death of Jesus Christ we have received the spiritual life of Christ within our very hearts, and our entrance into the salvation of eternity, being forever redeemed.

With Christ within we can daily enjoy God’s “wonderful secret,” that is now manifested in our own lives. I would like to close with the God-inspired words of Paul:

Colossians 1:25-28 (Amplified*):
-25: In it {the Church of God} I became a minister in accordance with the divine stewardship which was entrusted to me for you [as its object and for your benefit], to make the Word of God fully known [among you] ─
-26: The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints),
-27: To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.
-28: Him {the Christ in you} we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

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

The Love of Christ Is (Ephesians 3:18)

“The love of Christ is the love of God in full bloom that Christ utilized in his daily life while he was here blessing people (John 13:34-35, 15:13). This love of Christ does not end at the crucifixion, but currently lives in our hearts just as Christ does. With the love of Christ, we can spiritually perceive the fullness of love, its width, length, depth, and height.

Breadth (width) indicates his love extending worldwide — to all.

Length illustrates his love extending throughout all the ages — without end.

Height shows his love extending up into the heavenlies — beyond the reach of negatives.

Depth communicates his love extending into our very hearts — profound spiritual wisdom regarding how to apply the love of Christ.” ~LMJ~