Ephesians – Revealing Our Heavenly Standing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians contains the greatest revelation ever given to the Church of God. Ephesians reveals wonderful truths of what God has done for us, based entirely on His love, rather than upon what we may earn, and shows us how to understand and spiritually walk within our heavenly standing.

In Ephesians we learn about the oneness of the body of believers, and that Christ is the spiritual head of this body and that each believer is an intricate and important member. Ephesians reveals the great mystery that was never known or revealed to anyone until the grace administration began, which was fifty days after Jesus was resurrected.

The new Church of God and the Christian rise and expansion of God’s Church continues to this very day.

Ephesians 2:5-6:
-5: Even when we were dead in sins {before our salvation}, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
-6: And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

To be “quickened” is the exact opposite of being “dead in sins” because we have been given eternal life, and this gives us daily enjoyment to live our lives with our Savior and with God. Our salvation is given to us by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).

We could never earn salvation; it was graciously given to us as a gift from our God based solely upon the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. We have also been “raised up together” meaning no one was left out, for everybody who becomes saved belongs to God, and we “together” with Christ have been raised to a new life.

Then verse 6 says “made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”; this is our heavenly standing given to us by God. This is the “spiritual” point of view of God, and the “spiritual” point of view that believers today can enjoy.

Of course we literally live here on earth, but from a biblical viewpoint the Word of God says that we are already risen up to the heavenly standing to be in Christ Jesus.

This is why we believers can walk above worldly situations and become more than conquerors in daily life. God has set us on high, giving us spiritual and heavenly inspirations.

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

Right now, today, we are fellow-citizens with the saints.  A saint is a believer, you and I are saints, and you and I are fellow-citizens, not of an earthly kingdom, but much rather we are fellow-citizens “of the household of God.”

Being members of God’s household is what we have been spiritually risen up to, for we are risen up and ushered into our assigned front row seating by Jesus Christ himself so that we may enjoy the spiritual truth that we are intricate members of God’s eternal heavenly family.

Ephesians 6:14 – Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Not only were we quickened and raised up together and seated, but we may also “stand.”  The word stand has connotations that mean we have realized the enormous privilege God has given to us so that we can stand shoulder to shoulder with one another and with our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is our heavenly calling, which is the vocation wherein we were called by God.

Ephesians 4:1 – I THEREFORE, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation {calling} wherewith ye were called,

Again, we were quickened, risen, seated, and given our heavenly standing into God’s household, so that we may then “walk worthy!”

The true value of God’s written Word comes to light in life when we begin believing on the accomplished work of Jesus Christ who has made Our Heavenly Standing a reality.

May you continue enjoying your standing as sons and daughters of God’s holy household, and may we continue walking immersed in the wonderful grace of God that has brought to us eternal salvation!

God’s Family – the Season of Grace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Whenever anyone confesses and believes Romans 10:9 and 10, they automatically become members of God’s family. When we become saved we are in His family for eternity, and God is our heavenly Father forever. Salvation into God’s family is one of the easiest things in all of God’s Word, yet for so many people, even believing Christian people, the truths of salvation are all too often not understood and thus many find it difficult to accept God’s eternal invitation that has been recorded in Romans for nearly two thousand years.

Before I began understanding God’s wonderful, healing Word, I thought that salvation was reserved for a special few, very good, religious people, and that the rest of us needed some kind of confirmation from someone holy to become saved. Oh was I wrong! We can miss God everywhere until we literally come face to face with Romans 10:9-10, and then we can find God anywhere after we come to accept this Scripture:

Romans 10:9-10:
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s very own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your very own} salvation.

This is the only section of Scripture in the entire Bible that specifically explains how to receive salvation, how to acquire it (believing from the heart), what to confess (said aloud or to yourself — that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead), and what will be received (the righteousness of God, and our complete salvation). If and when men and women fulfill these Scriptures, then they are going to heaven, and that is the simple truth. When we believe and confess in the resurrection, God gives to us eternal life, and this life, as stated in I John 5:11, is in the Son of God whom God places within our very souls; as Colossians 1:27 reads: You have “Christ in you.” You will never need to have any man confirm this for you because you yourself confirm your own salvation by your own confession! Well, bless God!

Ephesians 2:5 states, “by grace are ye saved,” but it does not record that we are saved by works as I was taught and unfortunately lead to believe through my youth. No one can save themselves by works, nor are we saved by confessing our sins to anyone else, but rather we become saved by confessing our Savior from sin, the Lord Jesus. This is genuine repentance. There is no man on earth who has the privilege of confirming another soul to God, or denying salvation to anyone else, because God has given this distinct privilege to each and every person by his or her individual free-will choice.

Acts 13:46 – Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

Who in the above verse was responsible for judging themselves worthy or unworthy? Themselves. The Scriptures have not changed, for man still has the privilege to accept Christ, or to turn him down. We have the right ourselves to become members of God’s family and save ourselves (Acts 2:40-41), or to condemn ourselves (Titus 3:10-11); the choice is so obviously clear and it is so inconceivable to me that some will reject everlasting life. However, when we do accept our salvation, a joyous party literally commences among the angels of God in heaven because someone has believed unto salvation and spiritual wholeness, and they are set apart for heaven. From that moment, we can be “followers of God as {His} dear children” (Ephesians 5:1).

John 3:15-21:
-15: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
-16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
-17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
-18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
-19: And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
-20: For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
-21: But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Luke 15:10 Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. {“Repentance” is literally to confess and believe in Romans 10:9 and 10.}

I have no doubt that the angels of God are joyful when someone receives their salvation. However, Luke 15:10 in the Greek Text explicitly states that the joy is emanating out from God Himself Who is in the presence of His angels because He has received a new child into His everlasting family. God is so blessed when someone chooses Him by his or her free will, and now are eternally part of His family.

When we first become saved and introduced to the heart of God and His wonderful Word, we usually have hundreds, if not thousands of questions about God, life, and our future. One thing that I usually explain to those who are newly saved is to have patience with yourself, and with God, because He will begin answering your questions. Nevertheless, the answers may not come at the precise moment we want them, but as they do come to us, we will recognize that God’s timing is perfect. Just allow yourself to enjoy your new spiritual union between you and God’s divine love. Salvation is a heavenly experience that only happens once, though it never ends, for it lasts for eternity.

This spiritual love is an absolutely wonderful and intimate heartfelt connection between the individual and his or her heavenly Father (Romans 5:5). When we first become saved, we literally have passed from spiritual death to spiritual life, from being our own master to allowing Christ to become our Lord and Savior, as God in Christ begins introducing us into the household and spiritual family of God.

Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

Another honest question for some people is, how do we know which Church or what group of people is truly founded by God? For some people the answer is obviously clear, the one to which they belong! And this is actually true because all believers have received an unconditional and eternal salvation in the sense that God Himself always looks on the heart rather than at the denomination or the group to which we might belong. “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7). He is all love and according to His Word, anyone who is saved belongs to Him for eternity because God is no respecter of persons or groups — anyone, anywhere, under any circumstance can become saved and become a member of His household. We become members of the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:27), and we may fellowship with whomever we desire.

God is your Father and He is blessed when you are blessed, He is never upset simply because you go somewhere to learn more about Him Who does counsel and comfort in your deepest spiritual thoughts. God is not a despot causing bad things to happen, nor does He throw you a curve simply to test your faith (James 1:13), rather He loves you. God never thinks ill of you, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Whenever anyone or any group of people think that they are the only people in the Church of God, something is most definitely amiss (Luke 9:49-50; John 10:16). God does not look at the human race by way of brand names because “God so loved the world” (John 3:16), and He changes not (Malachi 3:6). We can simply be thankful that God called us rather than worrying about who is in or out. God can and does bless and has mercy on anyone He feels like blessing and giving mercy to (see Romans chapter 9), He even blesses unbelievers from time to time, especially if those blessings will eventually affect the believer in a positive way. We can be so thankful that He is eternally our heavenly Father Who will always honor our believing. I Peter 4:18 informs us that even the believing believer is “scarcely” saved (more on “scarcely” below) and we should be so humbly grateful for our salvation.

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time {before our salvation} ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel {the citizenship that Israel once enjoyed with God}, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

The English words “without God” are the one word atheos in the Greek Text and literally means “atheist.” Atheos is someone without God, while a Christian believer is someone “with God,” and with God, all things are possible. Our salvation, righteousness, and spiritual wholeness are gifts from our loving God, and “no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalms 84:11).

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off {way out there} are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

You see, the completed work of Jesus Christ accomplished our salvation for us, and because of him, his personal sacrifice, his own works, and his life’s blood offered for us, we are saved – scarcely; “if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear” (I Peter 4:18)? The word scarcely means with much labor, pains, and with difficulty, which ended up being a horrendous, torturous death that Christ went through for us to give us citizenship into God’s household. The second part of the verse- where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear has nothing to do with you, the scarcely saved, and I know that they (the ungodly and the sinner) will be given every possible chance to believe, but because you have believed today – you have moved up to the scarcely saved, and you know where you will appear. So, please today enjoy the privilege of being among the scarcely saved, because tomorrow life will get even better with God! Because Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

It is such a blessing to realize that we truly are members of God’s family and that we are saved and heaven is our eternal destiny. May you continue to grow in the light of God’s gracious Word this day while being immersed in the warmth of Christ’s love, for today is your Season of Grace.

God Bless You!

John 3:1521 (The Amplified Bible):*
-15: In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!
16:  For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
17: For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
18: He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation–”he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]
19: The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.
20: For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved.
21: But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are–”wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him].

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

The Simplicity That Is in Christ- II Corinthians 11:3

“God’s loving heart and desire is that we delight in the simplicity of the Christian lifestyle, for this brings honor to God, dignity to Christ, and joy into our lives, as we recognize our own spiritual membership into the family and household of God. (Ephesians 2:19)” ~LMJ~

The Gift of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

We receive gifts at certain times of the year, on our birthdays, Christmas, and even at special occasions. Yet of all the gifts we have ever received, nothing will be as everlasting as the gift of God. The gift of God is our salvation. A gift is never worked for, earned, or even necessarily deserved. Gifts are simply given to bless and make us happy. Many of the gifts that we have received as early as last year are already gone, used up, or spent, but the gift of God is eternal. God’s gift is given to men and women by His divine grace, unmerited and unearned, yet eternally present and we can gratefully accept it and daily appreciate it.

Ephesians 2:8:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

“Through faith” is the faith of Jesus Christ himself rather than through your own faith, for the Bible says that it is “not of yourselves.” We were saved through the faith of Jesus Christ, for it was his own personal believing action to give his life for you and me; this made our salvation possible (this is his personal gift to us). Now we can genuinely and honestly receive the actual gift of God, our salvation, without any works on our part. Another reason why Ephesians 2:8 says “and that not of yourselves” is because we did nothing whatsoever to earn it, nor can we do anything to lose it, for it is something that God through Christ made available to us and freely gave us. God’s grace, His divine favor of love is manifested to us through His gift of salvation.

Ephesians 2:9:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

No one is more saved in God’s eyes; we believed unto God’s own righteousness (Romans 10:9-10) which gives us complete salvation along with total access into His grace and family (Romans 5:2 and Ephesians 2:19). However, if we could become saved by our own merits, then someone else could be more saved than we could, and that action would take works. If works (like some today still believe and futilely practice) was the only way to get into heaven, then God’s grace would be totally worthless and most of us would never make it. However, because we do not base the gift of God on works, but as the Scriptures reveal, salvation is by God’s grace, we can simply believe to receive it. All we need to do today is bask in God’s wonderful grace for eternity (however, it is perfectly OK to boast in the works of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ). Becoming humbly thankful for the gift of God is a wonderful way to start your day.

 

God’s Big “G” Network

“Of course, for the believer, he or she can phone home any time he or she wants to, either through prayer or by just talking with God! No call waiting or forwarding ― only direct, uninterrupted communications with God because the individual believer has an open-ended invitation in a heavenly Text message that their heavenly Father loves each of them so much, and He is always ready to receive, willing to listen, and able to answer their calls on His big ‘G’ network that travels at the speed of light and life. Use all the characters and voice messages you need because Jesus Christ signed you up on his unlimited plan and it is to be used in his very name (John 14:13-14, 15:16)! There is no such thing as a late fee and no need of rollovers as it is all free for the using and eternally upgraded. This is part of your heavenly family plan (Ephesians 2:19), and you are always connected with spiritual optics that deliver at the speed of prayer and it comes to you with your gifts of redemption and salvation, so why not use it ― it is yours to enjoy!” ~LMJ~