God’s Love Is Perfected in Us

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 4:11:
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

“If” is not a question or a doubt, because the word “if” in the Greek text is the word since, “since God so loved us,” for God has loved us since the world began (Ephesians 1:4). “We ought” implies another extension of the true love of God because He is not demanding a reciprocal love back to Him or demanding us to love others; He is simply stating that we ought to love. The love that most of us have known demands equal love in return because this is how human love sometimes manifests itself; however, God’s love is always currently present, because God loves us and we have continuous access to His love (24/7).

I John 4:12:
No man hath seen God {with his eyeballs} at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

God does dwell within the heart and fiber of the human soul who is a Christian, and when we do love others, we will begin to realize we do have God’s love dwelling within. Not only will we realize that God lives in our hearts, but His love becomes perfected, it comes into full bloom and perfection in our hearts.

I John 4:17:
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

God is love, for this is “as he is,” and when our God-given love is made perfect via loving one another (verse 12 above), we will become as God is – love. The “day of judgment” is today, not at the end, but right now. The context in which the “day of judgment” is set is love. Do we love today? Has our love been made perfect? Do we know that we are “as he is,” or are we estranged from the Father and His love? No Christian ever has to feel separated from God (Romans 8:37-39) because God always loves us, and He desires for us to experience the wonderfulness of enjoying the perfection of His love in us by our loving (period).

Growing up I was afraid of God like so many others. God in His magnificent foresight must have known that I would not be alone carrying around this unfounded burden of fear, so to bless His children, God simply had the next two verses written to dispel these fears from our lives.

John 4:18-19:
-18:  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
-19:   We love him, because he first loved us.

Enjoy God’s love, thank Him for the strength it gives, and for the load that love can carry, as well as lighten, because you are always the “beloved of God.”

You Could Go Back in Time and Hear This Call!

Interesting to note that in the Old Testament King David WAS a man after own God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14, Psalms 89:20, and Acts 13:22), but today, in the New Testament, in this age of grace, God IS a Spirit after OUR OWN HEART (John 4:23-24)! He has been trying to reach you and me from the beginning, and in truth, He called us from before the world began (Ephesians 1:4, II Thessalonians 2:13), and perhaps we have answered and become children after God’s own heart.” ~LMJ~

God Is Faithful

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 1:9:   God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

It was God Who called us to have fellowship with Jesus Christ. Have you ever considered having fellowship with the Savior, with the Lord Jesus who walked on this earth nearly two thousand years ago? Jesus has not gone missing, he was raised from the dead and now waits for you and me to answer God’s call, and when we do a spiritual fellowship begins because God is faithful to His call!

God called you to Himself for the purpose of fellowship. Notice in the first three words of the verse above that our God initiates the endearing point that He is faithful and will never let us down as we learn to believe in Him by simply believing His written Word to us as the Word contains His heartfelt message to us.

II Peter 1:10 records, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” When we accept our heavenly calling and faithfully walk in the knowledge of God’s faithful calling, then we will never fail in our life’s endeavors to have and enjoy a reciprocal relationship of fellowship with both God (Who called us) and His Son Jesus Christ our Lord (who gave his life for us).

Colossians 3:15:   And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body {the body of Christ, “Now ye are the body of Christ”― I Corinthians 12:27}; and be ye thankful.

I Thessalonians 2:12:  That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

Imagine this for a moment ― God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, actually called you into one body, and He asks that you walk worthy of His kingdom and glory that you have been called to inherit! Why did He call? He called to invite you into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and through him we have fellowship with one another wherein we can enjoy and express the fullness of heavenly joy.

I John 1:3–4:
-3: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
-4: And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Can you actually imagine having fellowship with both the Father and with Jesus Christ? Well, in truth Jesus Christ is your personal Savior, he gave his life for you, individually, and he is always with you (Colossians 1:27), and since he is with you now, now is the time to acknowledge him wholeheartedly. God called you to this fellowship with the Savior of the world, and as you begin to discover your personal fellowship with him, the Scripture promises your joy may be full! In fact, you will be so JOYFUL that thankful praise will radiate from every pore of your being because you know that God is faithful and that He has called you to enjoy a spiritual fellowship with Himself, with Jesus Christ, and with fellow believers.

I Corinthians 10:13:    There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer {allow} you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Fellowship is our escape, fellowship is our freedom from bondage, fellowship is receiving our ability that our faithful God provides, and we only need to bear our calling to be truly walking within this calling of heavenly fellowship with heaven’s holiest. When we are in fellowship with God, He would move heaven and earth to keep our fellowship in perfect working order because He is faithful! I Thessalonians 5:24 tells us, ”Faithful is he that calleth you.”

What is the thing that keeps people away from God and His fellowship? Sin and the nature of sin in fallen man is the only thing that bars people from God. What if sin could be removed from the repentant man or woman who desires to come over to God’s side? Forgiveness of sin is the only answer, and God promises to be faithful about forgiveness, in fact He is so faithful that He actually cleanses those He forgives.

I John 1:9:   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Fellowship literally means a full sharing; it is having a partnership, enjoying an equal portion. However, do you know the question that stumps many people? Why did God call me? Well, He called you because He knew that you would believe His Word. We read in II Timothy 2:13 that, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” You see, our God is “a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19).

In our initial stages of believing God’s Word, He wants you to know that He is always faithful. Romans 11:29 reads, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance,” meaning that God will never regret or take back His calling or His gifts, including our salvation, which is our gift (Ephesians 2:8) because God is faithful to give.

His calling was not a fluke, an accident, or a mistake. God loved you and called you from the beginning of time.

Ephesians 1:4:  According as he {God} hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

God called, choosing us before the foundation of the world, and as we hear, recognize, and answer His calling by our believing, we will begin to notice that we do not incur His wrath, but rather, we can always stand before Him in fellowship, being holy and without blame, and immersed in His unending love for us.

II Thessalonians 2:13–14:
-13: But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through {by way of} sanctification of the Spirit and {your} belief of the truth:
-14: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Not only were we called before the foundation of the world, which is to be chosen from the beginning to have fellowship with God Himself, with Jesus Christ, and with one another, but also we were called to obtain the actual glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This glory is heavy-duty stuff, while all the while it simultaneously lightens the pressures of life, and it is all ours when we answer the faithful call of our God Who is our heavenly Father, by believing and accepting this glory of our Lord into our hearts as a true testimony of our calling.

God is faithful, and He called you into a fellowship with Jesus Christ!

The more we learn of Jesus Christ, the more defined our relationship with him can grow and blossom. You may have a full and personal sharing in all of Christ’s glory, in all that he accomplished for you, in all that he made available for you by his life, death, and resurrection.

God’s faithful Scriptures reveal the truths of His calling to you – check it out – it is a true treasure hunt and adventure, and when you find the treasures – they are yours to keep for all eternity because – God Is Faithful!

Job – Revealing Our Arbitrator

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Job reveals Jesus Christ as our Daysman in Job 9:33, meaning that he is our Arbitrator and our Redeemer. Job reveals to us the bondage of Satan and the deliverance of God.

The Declaration of the Book of Job is that God is love and light, and it is He that delivers His children from all destruction as He did for Job. What saved Job from complete annihilation was his trusting in, looking to, and believing in the same God that we today trust in, look to, and pray to with a believing heart of expectation to receive His blessings.

Job’s greatest conflict throughout Satan’s attacks upon him was from his (so-called) friends who came to comfort him as they tried their best to get Job to blame God for all of his misery and misfortune. But Job stood firm in his beliefs and confessions as he continued trusting that his deliverance was coming, and it most certainly did.

Job 1:22 – In all this Job sinned not, nor charged {blamed or accused} God foolishly.

Our society usually blames God for almost everything, for evil, badness, and destruction, and on the other hand, society hardly ever acknowledges God for any of His goodness but rather pats himself on the back for his good luck. Blaming God for misery is the way of the natural man, and the nature of man sometimes is to find comfort in misery because we are wrongly taught that it is a test or a trial from above.

James 1:13 – Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.

As a vivid example, Job’s wife actually said to him, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die” (Job 2:9). Can you imagine? Go ahead Job: be like everyone else and curse God and die! This was the statement from Job’s grieving wife. But those of us who truly know God’s healing Word have seen, as Job did, that God only gives blessings to His children for we are coming to personally experience our God in His love (Ephesians 1:4).

After Job’s devastation, his friends came to him and totally badgered him almost to death, trying to get Job to blame his God, and admit that he had failed as a believer.

Job 12:2-3:
-2: {Job is speaking} No doubt but ye {my friends} are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. {This means they thought they were the only experts, and without them, all wisdom would vanish.}
-3: But I {Job} have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these {the things that you claim as truth}.

Job was saying that: I do not know God the way you are telling me He is, I do not believe that my God is vengeful, and I will not blame Him when things go wrong. Job’s friends were “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2), they believed that it was the wrath of God, which devastated Job, and they were there to make sure Job understood that!

Job on the other hand knew the truth about his God, and against perhaps all odds he realized that he was not inferior to his friends who eloquently spoke lies. How do we know that Job’s friends were wrong and not Job? Because in the end God asked Job to pray for his friends ─ rather than asking them to pray for Job (Job 42:8), and God’s Word says that Job was a righteous man who had the power in himself (to believe the Word) to save himself (Ezekiel 14:14).

Job knew and believed what was later revealed and written in James 1:13, as we highlighted above ,“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” Of course this is contrary to many beliefs, yet this is the truth of God’s Word.

In the Gospel of John 8:21-59 we can find Jesus Christ, whom Job looked to and hoped in, going through some very similar attacks and being accused, as Job had gone through many years before.

John 8:41b – . . . Then said they to him {Jesus}, We be not born of fornication {OUCH}. . .

They were literally calling Jesus illegitimate; for they thought Mary was pregnant with Jesus by another man other than Joseph. Yet Jesus continued teaching God’s healing Word to those who literally were implying that he was nothing more than a “bastard.”

Why did Jesus keep on teaching them? Because he was (and Still Is) the Arbitrator between God and man. He demonstrated that God is all love, and if he would do that for those cruel people, think how much more he can do for us who are learning to believe and trust in the God of deliverance.

What do we think of Jesus, was he illegitimate, or was he the Son of God? The answer is clear to us who look to him that: he is the Son of God, our Arbitrator, and our Lord and Savior.

Jesus is revealed in the Book of Job to be our Arbitrator as well as our complete deliverance from all evil and devastation as he was for Job who was in the end extremely blessed because he continued believing in God’s healing Word.

We Ought to Love

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another– I John 4:11. If is not a question or a doubt, because the word if in the Greek Text is the word since, since God so loved us, for God has loved us since the world began (Ephesians 1:4). We ought implies another extension of the true love of God because He is not demanding a reciprocal love back to Him or demanding us to love others; He is simply stating that we ought to love. The love that most of us have known demands equal love in return because this is how human love sometimes manifests itself; however, God’s love is always currently present, because God loves us and we have continuous access to His love (24/7), and we ought to love as He loves us.” ~LMJ~