A More Excellent Way (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 12:31 – But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

“But covet earnestly the best gifts.” This is the “way” that some people try to find the “so called” best gifts in the Bible. Yet, the Apostle Paul is literally saying, sure you can try your hardest to get the best spiritual gifts, “yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” Paul was writing to an entire Church of believers in Corinth, saying that there was another way to conduct their lives, a better way to live than the way they were currently living, “a more excellent way.” This way is the way of love. It is to live in a more excellent way than any other way because it is God’s way. The very next verse begins explaining some of the spiritual qualities of charity.  The love of God (charity) is the “more excellent way” because it will bring the most needful and “best gifts” right to you.

I Corinthians chapter 13 unfolds to the believers some of the greatness of God’s love applied, what it will accomplish when acted upon, and also what charity will not do. For instance, “{charity} doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (verse 5). Chapter 13 of I Corinthians is a wonderful chapter for believers to read and reread over and again.

I Corinthians 13:6 – {charity} Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

“Iniquity” means wrongdoing, or unrighteousness. In other words, let us say we see someone who just wronged us fall down and we think “That is just what he deserves!” This kind of rejoicing in or being happy with someone’s misfortune is where charity cannot and will not function because that kind of thinking does not emanate out of the love of God.

“Rejoice” is spiritual joy repeated over and again! We will have and enjoy this continuous rejoicing when and where we have charity in our lives. When we look into the Scriptures, recognizing them as divine truth from God, it will cause our hearts to rejoice. When the truth begins to hold us up, then the love of God in our hearts will also begin to bubble over into rejoicing abundantly.

I Corinthians 13:8a – Charity never faileth: . . .

How often will we fail when we have God’s love in our endeavors in life? Never! How do Christians avoid being failures? “Charity never faileth.” When and where we have charity in our hearts, we will succeed. If charity could fail just once, then it would be worthless for it could let us down at a most important moment. However, and thankfully, “charity never faileth.”

Our loving Father has given to His children a more excellent way to live, a more excellent way to follow, and a more excellent way to love. All that any believer can do is either walk into the abundance of God’s more excellent way, or not. However, when you as a believer only try to walk with God in His love, you will assuredly be rejoicing in the truth, for you will tap into a new spiritual love that will never fail you.

Hebrews – Revealing Our Heavenly Calling

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Hebrews presents convincing arguments to Christians who were formally from the nation of Israel, to show them that with God’s grace they could walk with the freedom of our heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1), rather than by the works of the Law, which they were used to practicing.

Hebrews reveals Jesus Christ as Israel’s true high priest for sin, and that Jesus fulfilled the inner heart’s desire of men and women to walk with God, because with Christ the walk of grace becomes significantly more abundant through the absence of the Law.

Hebrews contains more Old Testament quotations than any other book in the New Testament (which were taken directly out of the Septuagint version, which is a Greek Text, rather than from the Hebrew Text).

One way to look at Hebrews when reading is to see the first seven chapters as though one were standing outside (and on the grounds of Old Testament Law), and peeking in the windows of a glorious mansion and seeing all kinds of wonderful things (in God’s grace). Then from chapter eight onward it would be similar to being inside this mansion, but rather than sitting on the furniture and really appreciating what’s inside (rather than noticing all wonderful things that God has given to men and women in grace, revealed to the believer in the Church Epistles), one would stand at the window and focus on what was outside (the Law), only the Law seems to have vanished away.

Hebrews details many truths that can prove beyond any doubt that Jesus was indeed the Messiah and that he was the substitute in every detail so that Israel (as well as anyone in the world) could receive the blessings that emanate from God’s grace. This may help give you a wonderful mind picture when reading Hebrews.

In Hebrews we see Jesus Christ, who was perfect in all that he accomplished for every believer, as he completely fulfilled the Law and revealed our heavenly calling that is founded and built upon God’s divine grace and presented to us to enjoy.

Hebrews 13:5-9:
-5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have {in grace}: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. {the Amplified Bible reads: I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax my hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]}
-6: So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
-7: Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith {believing faith} follow, considering the end of their conversation {in the Word of God that they speak and more importantly the Word of God that they themselves follow and practice}.
-8: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.
-9: Be not carried away with divers {many} and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

“Meats” does not mean food, but rather strange doctrines that feed the mind, and which bring no profit whatsoever into one’s life.

The Christian believer is always better off to have their lives flooded with God’s grace, and grace literally means that we have received unearned, undeserved favor from God above. The reason that we can establish our hearts with grace is because we are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8), rather than any works that we might do or have done.

We are all partakers of our heavenly calling, given to us in grace and enjoyed by us the more we come to appreciate that our hearts can be established by God’s grace.

Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need {and that time is now, and with the comfort we have knowing that God will not leave us alone, we may absolutely enjoy Our Heavenly Calling into God’s very own household – Ephesians 2:18-22}.