He That Believeth on Me

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 14:9 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

In a past Bible Byte, we looked at this verse, but now we go to the heart of the question. Philip and the rest of the Apostles wanted more proof that God was real, and Jesus in explaining the question more fully says “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” Jesus was God’s Ambassador, God’s Son acting on God’s behalf, so that Christ was the epitome of God’s love in practical living, for he was the incarnate Word (John 1:14a). Jesus had the power of attorney to act in his Father’s stead, and the works that Christ had done were literally done by the power of God in him.

John 14:10-11:
-10: Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
-11: Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

In verses 10 and 11 we have Jesus explaining to his disciples that believing was the very key to recognizing and experiencing God (the Father). He further explains that if his words were not enough for them to believe, then they would be able to believe because of the very sake of the works that Jesus Christ had done, for they were the very proof of God Himself.

John 14:12 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do {of which God Himself energized} shall he {you} do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

This verse is almost unbelievable, yet Jesus says that it is so, and when we believe it, it will be so. Many have speculated about what these “greater works” really are, some believe it is the receiving of the holy spirit, but others think that the “greater works” are speaking in tongues, and others think being born again are the “greater works.” However, “greater works” is all of this and more, much more! It is receiving with God’s divine grace everything that Christ made available by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. Today, we can be receiving and living the more abundant life, and it is so much greater because it is currently ours.

The “greater works” is the life that Jesus made available and gave to us in grace. It is spiritual freedom to personally as well as passionately walk with God as our Father, and with Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is your believing to receive the greatness of all the good works the Church Epistles (Romans through II Thessalonians), reveals to you in divine grace.  When you receive the Word of God and believe it, you will absolutely begin walking in the fullness of all Christ made available to you, and you will be living in and enjoying those greater works!

The Christian Showcase

“When we walk in love, we become partakers of God’s divine nature; as well, we will effortlessly demonstrate God’s love for others, and our very lives will showcase the qualities of true discipleship that Jesus encouraged by his examples of walking in love.

God’s love softens the most hardhearted hearts and warms the soul.

Love lifts up the downtrodden and comforts the bereaved.

Love encourages those who have lost hope.

Love gives men and women the joy of inspiring men and women to become more Christ-like disciples.” ~LMJ~

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!

How to Walk with God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus, when speaking to his disciples in the Gospel of Matthew encouraged them (as well as us) to think heavenly thoughts, for when believers have heavenly thoughts, they will begin realizing how much they walk with our God.

Matthew 6:19 – Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

“Moth and rust” means doubts and worries, and the “thieves” represent fears. In the culture that Jesus lived in they were always consciously aware of what they would think about and what they would allow into their minds. “Treasures” mean thoughts. Jesus was laying the foundation for not only how to walk with God, but also how to recognize God Who walks with us.

Matthew 6:20 – But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Jesus was instructing his disciples to think the Word of God, to hold in their minds the words of life that are (according to Jesus) heavenly treasures. These heavenly treasures will assuredly cast out doubts, worries, and fears, and replace them with confidence and believing trust in our God.

Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

When we are thinking about God and His wonderful Word, our hearts will be right-on with God’s thoughts, which are His treasures. Nobody walks around continuously thinking about God and His Word (for we are not perfect); however, we can at least have precious moments of serenity throughout the day that can help us to remember God and His many promises to us.

Philippians expresses further dynamic truths that can help us discover God in our hearts. His Word shows us many wonderful things that are all around us which are godly and are thought-worthy and spiritually inspirational.

Philippians 4:8-9:
-8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
-9:  Those things {listed above}, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me {in the life of the Apostle Paul}, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

When Christians place heavenly thoughts in their minds, they will have the assurance that the God of peace shall absolutely be with them; this is how to walk with God. So enjoy this day knowing (thinking) that as you indeed walk with God, you will be walking with “the God of peace.”

With God All Things Are Possible (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Mark 9:23–24:
-23: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
-24: And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

This is the conclusion of an account about a father who brought his son to Jesus’ disciples for healing, but his disciples were unable to help. The reason for this was not because the disciples had any lack of believing, but rather the responsibility rested with the father of the child who had a lack of believing faith. That man had someone to blame when Jesus’ disciples failed, but Jesus was able to see the bigger picture, and knew that the man himself had to have believing faith, thus Jesus said to him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Then, after some instruction in believing clearly outlined in verse 23, the man straightway started believing, and asked for help not for his son but for himself because he began to realize that in order for his son to be delivered, he himself, as the caregiver of that child, needed to believe for his son.

When people are not taught about believing from the Scriptures or have never considered that “with God all things are possible,” the natural response of disappointment for not receiving the desires of their heart is to blame others around them, or to accuse the Bible as being the fault for their own lack of believing faith. This is the case with the father above; his son was not helped when the disciples tried to offer assistance, and then this father attempted to cast all of his skepticism onto Jesus when he said, “if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us” (Mark 9:22). However, Jesus, who is the Word (John 1:14) immediately recognized the problem and handed the father’s own “if” directly back to that father, emphatically stating, If {IF!} thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. When this father recognized that he could believe for his child, then a miraculous event occurred in his life, and he received the blessings that followed, and his son was completely healed. With believing faith in the promises of God, anyone can rise up from the sea of doubts to be successful.

Like the father in this biblical example, we who go to the Scriptures can discover the answers to help bolster our own believing faith, for when we are looking to the Word of God for help and assistance, we will be “Looking unto Jesus {who is} the author and finisher of our {believing} faith” (Hebrews 12:2). We find that in the Word of God, Jesus has given us his name to use in prayer, and as we do, we will be invoking his powerful name to help transform our ifs, wishes, hope so’s, and dreams into positive, assertive, and powerful believing faith ― and thus, into reality. With our believing faith, we can believe that “with God all things are possible,” and this belief will bring glory to God, and deliverance with blessings into our lives.

 John 14:13–14:
-13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name {Jesus Christ}, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-14: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Notice in verse 14, the first word is If. Jesus also returns to us the same if the father was given in the example above. If we ask God for help in Jesus Christ’s name in our prayer, there is divine power in our request because Jesus says, “I will do it.” Jesus most certainly will help because today if we pray in the name of Jesus Christ to receive answers to our prayers, then the result of our prayers must follow, as Paul taught, “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus {by using his name in prayer}” (Philippians 4:19). Well, if it worked nearly two-thousand years age when Jesus walked, then it should still work today. If we believe in his powerful name, then miraculous things can begin to work because we still have the same God that existed back then (Psalms 90:2), Jesus is still alive (Revelation 1:8, 18), and people, believers like you and I, are still here to believe in the same gracious Word (see I Thessalonians 2:13 below). Jesus said in John 15:7, “If {IF} ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” This is how to turn all of our ifs into absolutes or in Jesus’ words, it shall be done unto you!

Hebrews 4:2 explains, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith {believing faith} in them that heard it.” Just using the name of Jesus Christ in prayer is not the only component to successful praying, but to also admix our believing faith with the prayer ― these are the necessary ingredients for receiving the desires of our hearts.

Even though the father of the child in the account above had Jesus Christ before his very eyes to explain believing, we today have been given the Word of God to believe in, and the faith of Jesus Christ to help augment our own personal believing faith. We also have been given the blessed privilege to use his powerful name to help receive answers to our prayers. We may activate our believing faith in Jesus’ name when we have a need in our life, and he promised that will I do. This is when prayer works effectively as Jesus taught, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).

I Thessalonians 2:13:  For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

When we hear the Word of God, believing that we are receiving His Word, the Word itself begins working within us effectually (energetically), because we have a fulfilling faith. When our believing God’s Word is energized, our believing will increase so that we may receive the promises contained in the Word.

Matthew 19:24–26:
-24: And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
-25: When His disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
-26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

These verses are sometimes used to try to prove that if you are rich, then heaven is not the place you will end up unless you give all your money away, but this could not be further from the truth. Jesus was referring to a rich man who put all his trust in his money, while the Word of God instructs us to put our trust in Him, “And the LORD shall help them and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him” (Psalms 37:40). There is nothing wrong with having money or being rich. In fact, it is God Who gives believers the “power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18). Wealth is often incalculable, such as having companionship, love, a family, close friends, food, and a warm place to lay our heads at night ― these are all intangibles that cannot be calculated, yet they all are invaluable varieties of wealth.

Not only does God give us power to get wealth but He also gives us power to enjoy any and all the wealth we receive. Often people with money are so busy acquiring, stockpiling, investing, and protecting it that they never seem to have any time left to enjoy it; however, God’s will for us is to enjoy our lives with all that He gives.

Ecclesiastes 5:19:  Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

Wow, to be happy, joyful, and wealthy is a gift of God, yet this is almost an unheard of concept in today’s world, especially for Christians. This gift does not necessarily mean that God will cause you to be rich beyond your wildest dreams, but He certainly wants you to have enough stuff to enjoy the more abundant life. We read earlier, my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, and this is still true right now in the continuous present tense. There is nothing wrong with having money or being rich, as God’s will is for His children to have all of their need supplied ― abundantly.

Jesus uses the eye of the needle story to refer to people who put their trust in their own wealth rather than trusting in God to be their sufficiency in this life (II Corinthians 9:8), as Jesus further expresses in Mark 10:24: “how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” This verse should have been used during the Inquisitions when some people were lead to believe that they could buy a seat in heaven via plenary indulgences, or a get-out-of-purgatory-free card, or a help their deceased relatives with an escape-hell pass. But earthly riches will not get anyone into the kingdom of God, and though some will trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God, Jesus says it will not work. And as Peter also said to Simon the sorcerer, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God {the gift of God is salvation (Ephesians 2:8) received by God’s grace} may be purchased with money” (Acts 8:20). We cannot buy what God freely gives, but we can believe to receive what God’s Word promises He will give.

The greatest things in life are free. A man may sell his soul, but he cannot buy eternal life, overflowing joy, inner peace, or true love, and he cannot pay to have his spiritual needs supplied, or purchase the fullness of God, and true happiness. These are all gifts of God! We can stand in total awe of these gifts, and thoroughly enjoy them, for they far surpass any monetary value.

Jesus said it is, easer for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, but he did not say this was impossible as has been suggested by some. Now how can a camel pass through the eye of a needle? The eye of the needle story sounds totally impossible or impassable. Nevertheless, it is not, as Jesus just said with God all things are possible!

We are going to look at the concepts in this story of the eye of the needle to glean some tremendous truths. When we get to the bottom of this passage, we will make our way to the pinnacle of some underlying truths that will help us soar with the eagles, rather than trudging along with the camels.

Isaiah 40:31:  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The eye of the needle does not refer to a sewing needle with a teeny oval hole at one end. Jesus was hypothetically referring to them that trust in riches, and thus they have placed all their trust in the hopes that the wealth they possess could open all doors, doors that would otherwise be closed to those who have little, while the Word of God instructs us to put our trust in God through Christ Who opens doors – if and when we believe and utilize the powerful name we have been given – the name of Jesus Christ. Revelation 3:7 says, “he {Jesus Christ} that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.” So as we walk with Jesus in our hearts, we are walking with him who has the passkey.

You see, in the Biblelands there was always a smaller door within the larger, two-story “gates of the city,” and this smaller door could open at night, and this smaller, inner door was named the eye of the needle. When a weary traveler approached a city at night, the gates were always closed but he still could enter through the narrow doorway. However, his camel had to unload its burden before entering because a camel would barely fit through the smaller door. Camels were usually piled up high and wide and there would be no way to enter the city without unloading. Sometimes the eye of the needle was referred to as a “bottleneck” or “needle’s eye,” because of its shape and this door is what Jesus was referring to in his teaching of the eye of the needle. One could walk their camels into the city and carry in the camel’s burden; however, some people were just too darn stubborn to unload their burden.

A walled city symbolized God’s presence and His protection. Just as a camel needed to be unloaded of its burden, Jesus was implying that trusting in God is how people, even rich people, release their own burdens in this life and this trust allows God to watch over them (Proverbs 3:5–6). In the walled city, there would be safety for themselves, their camels, and all of their supplies. Yet some would rather “trust” in their own abilities and resources and as in the eye of the needle story, they would rather stay outside all night and keep all their stuff out there with them. Thus, they would be taking their chances against the bandits of the night. This is why Jesus says, with man on his own, things may seem impossible (and sometimes even frightening), but where there is trust and believing faith ― then there is confidence and safety, for with God all things are possible.

Nahum 1:7:   The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

To answer the question in Matthew 19:25 (above) that the disciples asked Jesus: “Who then can be saved” – the answer is – those who trust in God’s Word are those who can be saved, for they are known of God! I Timothy 6:7 says, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” Let me pose this question to you ― since we can carry nothing out, then how can we have something on the other side when we enter the kingdom of God and eternal bliss? Certainly not as the Pharaohs of Egypt practiced by loading up all their stuff into tombs / pyramids (supposed time machines), because all that stuff has been plundered on this side of heaven and most of the loot was ransacked and spent by grave robbers or placed in museums. The answer is actually quiet astounding. We simply send them ahead of time. But how? By believing and trusting in the Word of God today. You see, it is “the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (I Peter 1:23), and as we believe the everlasting Word, the Word itself will richly sustain and reward us in eternity, as James 2:5 details. So as we can see, the Word of God is much more valuable than we sometimes even grasp.

 James 2:5:   Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor {humble} of this world rich in faith {believing faith}, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

We who are “humble” before God and love Him will become rich in believing faith, and this wealth of believing faith is something God prizes and rewards, to the end that we may receive great abundance now and throughout eternity because we are heirs of the kingdom. God chose us (II Thessalonians 2:13), and we may humbly accept these graces of God upon our lives, believing that we indeed are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). Having the Scriptures in our hearts will help aid our walks with God in the present tense, plus it is a great way to plan for our eternal future, setting aside a little nest egg for later.

Matthew 6:20:   But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal:

When we believe the Word, we are tapping into spiritual power, and by placing the words that Jesus called spirit and life (John 6:63) into our minds and hearts, they will return eternal dividends, for the Word will last us even into the next life and reward us throughout eternity. We have been called, “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (I Peter 1:4), and our inheritance will be there when we arrive, for it is reserved in heaven. We certainly can store up treasures now that will be there on the other side, waiting for our arrival by our believing God’s Word today, and this is not only when, but also why, with God all things are possible.

 Psalms 119:162:  I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil {a great treasure}.

The Word itself in the Bible is called a “great treasure,” a treasure that is not only priceless but lives and abides forever. By believing the everlasting Word, we will be enjoying rewards for eternity, and eternity will last longer than we can imagine forever is, and as the Psalmist confessed, “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Personally, I would not mind being that doorkeeper who has stockpiles of rewards that I could use for my days off! And as II Peter 3:8 states, a “day is with the Lord as a thousand years!” Talk about taking a day off, it will last for a very long time, or just imagine the time you will have to be with someone you love when taking a lengthy vacation ― wow, it will actually be fun to return back to the door again and say, oh, I don’t know, but something like “Gooood Morning Jesus.”

 Psalms 84:9–12:
-9: Behold, O God our shield, and {we will} look upon the face of thine anointed {Jesus Christ’s face in heaven}.
-10: For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
-11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly {in other words, with God all things are possible}.
-12: O LORD of hosts, blessed is {blessed ― will be} the man {and woman} that trusteth in thee.

In the examples above, we have looked at a man who had a great need to have his son healed, and he was taught the law of believing that delivered great results to him and his son. Then we looked at those who may be able to supply many of their needs with their own wealth, and yet even they need to humble themselves to receive the eternal blessings of God in their lives. It is always a question of whether or not we have trust in God, believe His Word, and apply the name of Jesus Christ in our prayers to deliver the greatest results into our lives, thereby paving a future of blessings.

Jesus said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” This is a part of “the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3), who taught us that, “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14). You see, in reality, Jesus is the eye of the needle, for Jesus is the door, Jesus is the way, which leadeth unto life, and through Jesus, believers will find it, and they shall be saved! This is why the Scriptures teach us that when man by his own merits trusts in his own abilities to supply his every need, things might seem impossible, temporal, or fleeting away. However, where there is trust and believing faith in God, in His Word, and in the name of Jesus Christ, then with God all things are possible.

Mark 9:23:  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Luke 18:27:  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.