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~

The Inspiration of the Almighty Giveth Them Understanding

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable– II Timothy 3:16, it is His inspiration and profit that I desire for you, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding– Job 32:8, and it is His understanding that I pray you receive. LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear– Psalms 10:17, as Jesus said, blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them– Matthew 13:16-17. Before Jesus came, the prophets and righteous people could only hope to see and hear what we now can enjoy because our salvation is a done deal, and all we have to do is believe in his completed work on our behalf rather than trying to add to his completed work by our own works of any kind (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5).” ~LMJ~