“Oh Lord, What Shall We Do?” (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

After someone becomes saved and is a Christian, the first thing he or she usually does is start looking for something to practice because of one’s instinctive belief that they must do something spiritually or godly to become worthy of their salvation. Thus, the question arises, Oh Lord, what shall we do? I know that someone may think, “Oh, here it comes, this is when he will start asking for money, penance, works (tons of works), and tell you that you need to purchase something to open up the floodgates of God’s blessings.” No . . .! Sorry, I cannot and will not oblige anyone in that way.

No — and I will tell you why — these escapades have been practiced for centuries and have senselessly hurt innumerable Christians and potential Christian people, for those works will undermine and counter true godliness and grace. We may in good conscience refrain from these past notions of practicing the works of the Law to receive our justification (Galatians 3:11, and Ephesians 2:8-9), and proceed forward to what the Word of God does pass on to believers through Christ in grace.

Galatians 2:16:
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

II Timothy 1:9:
Who {God in Christ} hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

Grace was given to us before the world began; we cannot change this eternal truth, but we can certainly accept it without works for we are saved by the work of our Savior, Jesus Christ. God’s ultimate plan of man’s redemption and our receiving His grace was always in His thinking, even before the world began, and when and as we accept this divine grace into our hearts we will be able to experience its fullness; this is why Ephesians 1:3 says that God has “chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.” Jesus’ work on our behalf was completed in order to display the “mercy” of God that allows us to freely accept our grace-filled salvation without works.

Titus 3:4-7:
-4: But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared {note the exclusion of wrath, anger, and vengeance, but rather the inclusion of God’s kindness and love!}.
-5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration {i.e., a new birth in Christ, I Peter 1:23}, and renewing of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit};
-6: Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
-7: That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Well, these verses take all the guesswork and the work out of our being saved because we are justified by his grace and we become heirs of the hope of eternal life that is promised and given to all believers through the kindness and love of our God. Please notice that all this was given without our works or money, and we received by our believing what God promised all the way back “from the beginning,” as II Thessalonians 2:13 discloses the truth that, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”

Psalms 49:6-7:
-6: They that trust in their wealth, and boast in themselves the multitude of their riches;
-7: None of them can by any means redeem his brother {so much for the “plenary indulgences”}, nor give to God a ransom for him {himself – because Jesus already paid the ultimate price as our complete ransom, I Corinthians 6:20, and I Timothy 2:6}:

Acts 8:20:
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God {salvation} may be purchased with money.

I Peter 1:18-19:
-18: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, {such} as silver and gold, from your vain conversations received by tradition from your fathers;
-19: But with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot:
The Epistle of Colossians and the Book of Isaiah in the Amplified Bible contains some remarkable eye-opening statements in regard to some well-established, but unbiblical mandates:

Colossians 2:21-23 (The Amplified Bible):**
-21: Do not handle [this], Do not taste [that], Do not even touch [them],
-22: Referring to things all of which perish with being used. To do this is to follow human precepts and doctrines.
-23: Such [practices] have indeed the outward appearance [that popularly passes] for wisdom, in promoting self-imposed rigor of devotion and delight in self-humiliation and severity of discipline of the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh (the lower nature). [Instead, they do not honor God but serve only to indulge the flesh.]

Isaiah 29:13 (The Amplified Bible):*
And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and fear {respect} and their reverence for Me are {only} a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning].

After you have believed and confessed in your heart as Romans 10:9 and 10 prescribes, then the first thing that God asks you for is to receive rather than to pay out in some way. Honestly, our heavenly Father desires that you begin enjoying His many blessings, His grace, His mercy, His healing Word, and for His children to grow at their own pace with the intended profit, which His Prophets wrote into the Word of life. God’s Word reveals to believer’s divine promises and these are given to us with His lovingkindness for our believing, and being thankful for these is the appropriate response and conclusion for receiving salvation and the blessings that follow.

Ephesians 1:3:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Colossians 3:15-17:
-15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
-16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
-17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Being thankful and giving thanks are foundations that help the individual believer to accept, stand on, and appreciate the graces of God. In order to really begin understanding and enjoying what we have been given may take some time, so please have some patience with yourself, and allow the word of Christ to dwell in you richly as God delicately and incrementally begins pouring His true blessings into your life, heart, and soul. Yet the nature of man is to refute grace, and attempt to earn a good standing with God, a standing He has already given. Truly, a miraculous miracle has taken place in your life because you have already passed from judgment to grace, from a child of the world to a child of God.

These are some of the things that God wants you to know and thoroughly understand, and believe me this takes time and plenty of patience on our parts.

So where do we learn about those things that God would have us know, and how can we learn to appreciate them once we know of them? We learn from Jesus Christ who is the principle subject throughout God’s Word, and as we begin to accept “the manifold graces of God” in our lives, appreciation will grow from within without compulsion. This is the simplest, and best (biblical) answer I know to the question. Oh Lord, what shall we do?

I Peter 4:10:
As every man hath received the gift {of salvation}, even so minister {help and give assistance} the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

God’s Word contains the knowledge of Christ (John 1:45), healing (Psalms 107:20), spiritual understanding (John 6:63), and direction (II Timothy 3:16-17). It is knowing these that we begin growing with spiritual understanding, as we begin enjoying our walks with our heavenly Father, immersed in His love for us individually.

Romans 8:38-39:
-38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
-39: Nor height, nor death, nor any other creature {in other words, there is not anything that}, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Oh Lord, what shall we do? Today as we live our lives and go about our daily business, wheresoever we are, let us begin enjoying the truth that nothing — absolutely nothing, whatsoever shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, and Christ is in us.

Colossians 1:27:
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permissoin.

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

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!

Jeremiah – Revealing Our Righteousness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Some of the Old Testament is difficult for people to understand, and one of the major reasons is because Jesus Christ is not understood as the true subject of the Word. Without him all that we find is perhaps historical documents, stories and fables, or confusion.

The New Testament contains the spiritual ingredients to the Old Testament’s eternal truths, revealing to the hearts of searching believers the purposes and reasons for why the Old Testament is written in the way it is. The Old Testament was mostly written to enlighten the children of Israel, to give them hope, guidance, and direction until the promised seed should come; however, the New Testament is literally addressed to believers who have accepted and believed in Jesus Christ.

The New Testament is almost completely concealed throughout the Old Testament, while the Old Testament is revealed throughout the New Testament. Both Old and New Testament’s complement each other as they together work hand in hand to bring to light the record of “His-story:”

. . . This is the record (the Bible) from the beginning to eternal bliss, from the beginning and creation of Lucifer to his total destruction in the lake of fire, and from the beginning of man and his struggle with Satan, sin, and death to his ultimate victory in an endless life . . . Taken from the Book “A Refuge from the Storm” (Studies in the Living Will of God, Volume One, by this author) p. 163.

 Jeremiah 23:5-6:
-5:  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
-6:  In these days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

The name of the king shall be called “The Lord Our Righteousness,” who is Jesus Christ, and in him we have our righteousness. In the fall of Adam, mankind lost all legal rights to the righteousness of God. Yet when the fullness of time came, Jesus Christ bought back our righteousness with his life giving us the righteousness of God.

To have God’s righteousness restored again within fills an emptiness and inner thirst deep in the soul of man. Righteousness allows us to feel comfortably at home with our heavenly Creator, dwelling safely with an inner joyful feeling of being in His love and knowing that we are deserving of it and knowing that we can live our lives completely freed from condemnation (Romans 8:1).

Romans 5:18-19:
-18: Therefore as by the offence of one {Adam} judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one {Jesus Christ} the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
-19:  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

In the fall of Adam, man became sinful and prone to judge himself unworthy of anything godly or spiritual, and so condemnation thrived deep in man’s heart and soul. But with the coming of Jesus Christ we currently have the spiritual release of all life-draining condemnation.

We all know the story of Adam and Eve covering themselves with fig leaves but this is much more than a story for it is a divine truth. What they did was try and cover up their transgression by hiding their iniquity (Job 31:33). They had lost their righteousness within with which they were once completely clothed. The fig leaves simply represented that they were trying to live as though they were still clothed in God’s righteousness (this is called “works of the flesh” in the Church Epistles).

Nonetheless Adam and Eve’s futile attempt was completely inadequate, as all works of the flesh are, because today we are saved not by works but by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).  On account of Adam and Eve’s inner heart-wrenching condemnation, they felt the urge to hide themselves from the voice of God’s loving call.

Today, thankfully and gratefully in Christ we again have complete eternal righteousness given to us by the work and complete accomplishments of Christ on our behalf, and we will never need to hide from our God’s wonderful voice.

We have Christ in us who has eternally clothed us with OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS for he is living in our hearts and we are eternally embraced in God’s loving arms.

On the Comfy Settee There Is Togetherness

“{God} made us sit {at rest} together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus– Ephesians 2:6. We have been seated together with Christ in heavenly places, giving us inner rest that comes to us without works (Ephesians 2:8-9), so come on up and enter in, take your shoes off, and when you sit down you will discover just how comfy it feels to be in Christ Jesus.” ~LMJ~

A Liberating Manuscript

“When I recall first becoming a Christian in my early twenties (although I was raised as a Christian, and went to church most Sundays, I never was in the biblical sense a Christian as I was not born again, and didn’t really know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior), one huge concern of mine was in respect to making any kind of commitment to God because ever since I was a child I heard and learned that Christians must suffer their way up to Heaven. I was told that I could not have any fun in life if I wanted to get to Heaven and in order for me to become an active member of that elite religiously bound group I would have to start towing the line by practicing strict mandates. I was told that mischievous behavior would sequester one to total damnation.

So hopelessly, I tried but failed, learning that this kind of life was actually an impossibility to practice successfully (Acts 15:10, Romans 10:3, Galatians 2:16, and Ephesians 2:8–9). It became apparent to me that I was going to hell and I had reasoned that I did not want any part of a life which meant suffering for the baby Jesus, and I rationalized that my getting saved apparently was an unachievable endeavor anyway. After all, I did not even know who Jesus was or where he was, all I ever heard (and feared) was that God’s Word was a thou shalt NOT have – type of restraining Bible, and boy, was I ever damned if I did have – fun. However, I have since gratefully learned that God’s Word is a thou shalt HAVE ― kind of liberating manuscript once we know His thoughts towards us through knowing Christ our generously wonderful Savior!” ~LMJ~