Our Heavenly Calling

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The first three chapters of Ephesians shed much light on what God has given to His Church, and to the individual believer. The last three chapters’ guide God’s Church on how to apply in practical living what God has so freely given to us. In Ephesians 3:19, God’s Word says that we have the love of Christ, and with the love of Christ we can know that we have been “filled with all the fullness of God.” How can believers truly fathom what it means to be filled with all of the fullness of God?  How can we grasp that (collectively) we are the actual habitation of God Himself?  How can we believe that we are quickened together with Christ and can we really understand that we were raised up together with Christ and how can we know that we are seated together with Christ?  How is the Church of God fitly framed together and how are believers built together into the household of God? The last three chapters of Ephesians reveal to us the “how” to know, apply, and enjoy all the spiritual knowledge in what God’s Word says we have.

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

Paul referred to himself as “the prisoner of the Lord” because the love of Christ had captured his heart and Paul with his entire being belonged to Christ. The very first instruction on the practical side of Ephesians is to hear with our hearts God’s calling, to recognize His beseeching, and to desire His imploring of us to walk within the heavenly calling that God called us to walk worthy in:

Ephesians 4:2-3:
-2:  With all lowliness {humbleness} and meekness {to God’s Word} with longsuffering {patience toward others}, forbearing {uplifting} one another in love
-3:  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit” is a continuous effort to live with the love of God, especially towards our fellow believers who have also been called into God’s Church.  To walk worthy of our heavenly calling, the Church must endeavor to have a spiritual unity in the bond of peace with one another. “The bond of peace” that believers can experience is literally coming to an understanding of who Jesus Christ is, for he is our peace (Ephesians 2:14), and he is what we all have in common with each other. When we begin walking worthy of God’s calling, then we will begin enjoying and also applying His divinely given spiritual love. God’s love builds up the believer as well as promotes the true spiritual unity that we all have together in and with Christ.

Ephesians 4:15-16 (Amplified*):
-15:  Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, loving truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed one).
-16:  For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts {you and I}), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied {by God}, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

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

No More Separation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus fulfilled the Law for Israel and thus he redeemed Israel from that Law, then, while upon the cross, two extremely significant things happened for Israel and for the Gentiles (i.e., the rest of the world). One – the “middle wall of partition” was broken down, and two – the “veil of the Temple” was also torn in two. What does this mean to us today living nearly two thousand years later? The Temple in Jerusalem was the place where Israel was to meet God as a nation three times each year (see: Deuteronomy 16:16). The “middle wall” or “wall of separation” was a wall built in the Temple that separated the believing children of Israel from the Gentiles, setting a distinction or barrier between the Gentiles and Israel. Israel was permitted to go inside this “middle wall” and worship God, while the Samaritans, the Gentiles, and any of Israel who were considered unclean had to stay outside.

Ephesians 2:14, 16:
– 14: For he {Jesus} is our peace, who hath made both {Israel and Gentile} one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
-16: And that he {Jesus} might reconcile both {Judean and Gentile} unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby;

On the other hand, the “veil of the Temple” also was a “wall of separation,” or rather it literally was a “curtain of separation,” separating the Priests out from Israel, setting even another distinction within the ranks of Israel. The Levitical Priests were allowed inside this inner Temple veil to an area called the Holy place, and only the high priest was allowed to go into the “Holy of Holies” (innermost sanctuary) once a year on The Day of Atonement. (The Day of Atonement was the tenth day of the seventh month named Tishri from the Old Testament Hebrew calendar which corresponds approximately to our month of September.)

The Priests went past the veil, into the Holy place, to make offerings and perform services and rigorous duties before God.

Once a year on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest went all the way into the Holy of Holies to make reconciliation for the sins of the people, Israel.

On the day Jesus was being crucified he became the atoning sacrifice for the entire world, as divine intervention was tearing down both the “middle wall of partition” as well as the “veil” that separated the priests.

Luke 23:45 – And the sun was darkened {between noon and 3:00 PM; Matthew 27:45}, and the veil of the temple was rent {torn} in the midst {see: Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38},

The “veil” being “torn in two” and the “middle wall of partition” being destroyed or “broken down” put everybody on the same level, leaving no distinctions or barriers or classes between the Priests, Israel, Samaritans, or Gentiles (Galatians 3:27-28).

The accomplished work of Jesus on the cross totally opened the avenue to the heart of God and Jesus became man’s true “mediator between God and men,” leaving no separation or classifications between any man and God.

This completed work of Christ was presented on the day of Pentecost to all men and women who will simply believe.

Today, every believer from the youngest and newest to those who have been standing with God for years have the same privileges in God’s family!

I Timothy 2:4-6:
-4: Who {God} will have all men {without distinction or nationality} to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. {Verses like this is not found in the OT as “all men” could not be saved before Christ.}
-5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus;
-6: Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time {and now is that “due time”}.

Colossians 3:11 – Where {in Christ} there is neither Greek {Gentile} nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian {the lowest of the lowest barbarian}, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all {Christ is our all in all (our every reason to enjoy life), and he is in all believers}.

Hebrews 10:18-20:
-18: Now where remission of these {past sins} is, there is no more offering for sin.
-19: Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest {the Holy of Holies, i.e., the right hand of God with Christ: see Ephesians 2:6,18: and Romans 5:1-2} by {way of} the blood of Jesus,
-20: By a new and living way, which he {Christ} hath consecrated for us, through the veil {of the Holy of Holies}, that is to say, his flesh {when he died on the cross for us};

Colossians 1:22 – In {and with} the body of his flesh through {Jesus’} death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his {God’s} sight;

We are now in the sight of God, and are spiritually seated with Christ, and we are also spiritually able to see eye to eye with the Creator through His Word (I Corinthians 2:9-10), and completely enjoy His fullness (Ephesians 3:19).

Christ has abolished the concepts and ideas of separation between God and man and we are now in God’s complete favor.  Amen, and again I say AMEN!

So Fulfilling – So Get Ya Some Fullness

“In Ephesians 3:19 we read: that ye might {or may} be filled with all the fullness of God. We cannot wonder, daydream, or simply hope that maybe God’s Word is telling us the truth regarding His fullness, but rather we must know that God’s Word means what it says and that God does not make promises that He cannot fulfil. So, do we believe God’s Word? Believing God’s Word is planting the seeds of abundance, which in turn opens up the floodgates to His abundant healing Word along with our absolutely enjoying His fullness.” ~LMJ~

Jesus’ Love ─ A Higher Plane

“The love of Christ passeth knowledge- Ephesians 3:19, or, is beyond mere human knowledge about love. Love (the love of Christ) does not hurt, stink, or let people down as some of the songs and literature of the day claim, for the love of Christ is first and foremost spiritual and is on a higher plane than five senses love. Christ’s love is greater than most realize because it brings the Christian believer into all the fullness of God- Ephesians 3:19!” ~LMJ~

Jesus Loves You!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 13:34:
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

The word new is an enlightening word, it not only means brand new but also new in the sense of exchanging and replacing that which came before, and what came before were hundreds and hundreds of Old Testament laws and commandments.

We (as well as they in Old Testament times) could not love as Jesus loved until he came and first demonstrated his love (in the first century); this is why when Jesus spoke the verse above ― this was new and different from what was written in the Old Testament. But now Jesus gave us a new commandment that would fulfill hundreds of Old Testament laws and commandments, and one only needs to exchange the old for the new to enjoy the newness that Jesus gave. Yes, to love God (Deuteronomy 6:5), and your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18) is written in the Old Testament, but Jesus gave us the epitome of primo love with which to reach out and it is exciting to love as he loves ― you!

Jesus said, A new commandment I give unto you.

Jesus gave ― so we could know his utmost love for us!

Jesus gave ― so we could receive and presently enjoy his love for us!

Jesus gave ― so we could then experience his love for us by loving one another as I have loved you!

Jesus demonstrated this new commandment by loving people, including you and me. When we practice loving others, our neighbors, as Jesus loves us, then a whole new dimension of love’s potential and reward opens up to us because when we are loving others with the love of Christ, we will come to know and experience “the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19) in our lives.

When we accept Jesus’ love and then love one another with his love, we will effortlessly begin walking in the true splendor of the love of our Savior, and we will recognize that there is no law and no commandment that we can break, which is the true exquisiteness of his love. Take for instance the phrase, “Thou shalt not kill,” when this new love – Jesus’ love, is received and applied in our lives – then it becomes totally impossible to break this (or any other) Old Testament law as Romans 13:10 reveals, “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

When we utilize Jesus’ love, we then will be fulfilling all of the laws and commandments without compulsion.

So today, I encourage you to allow the abundance of Jesus’ love for you – into your heart – for then you will have his love that is essential to appreciating and thoroughly enjoying Jesus’ love for you.

John 15:9 and 12:
-9: As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
-12: This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Romans 13:8:
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.