Shoot the Breeze and Kill Time or Speak the Word of Life and Gain Eternity

“True, some may shoot the breeze just to kill time, but we Christians can share the Word of life from our merry hearts and actually lead someone into eternal life, because when we speak the words of God, we are never alone, for Christ the Lord works within us to confirm the Word we speak. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following– Mark 16:20. Just in knowing that Christ the Lord works with us gives us every reason to radiate a merry heart, especially when we realize that he confirms the Word we speak. Now, what are the signs that follow? This can be something different for every believer; it is a personal blessing for talking in Christ’s stead, and God will become your sufficiency in this life as II Corinthians 9:8 promises, God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, {so that you} may abound to every good work.” ~LMJ~

The Witness of God Is Greater

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 5:9:
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

“The witness of men” represents the evidence or proof that we exist. For instance, we have our birth certificates, our driver’s license, and even pictures witnessing to the fact that we are here. Yet God’s Word claims that His witness is even greater than ours. The witness that God is, was proven and truly testified by His Son Jesus Christ who continuously revealed God to the world (John 17).

I John 5:10:
He that beliveth on the Son of God hath the witness {not in our wallets, but} in himself: he that believeth not God {the witness that the Word of God claims we have within us} hath made him {God} a liar; because he beliveth not the record that God gave of his Son.

By the decision of the human mind to believe, God places within the very hearts of men and women His own witness, for God gives “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

I John 5:11:
And this is the record {“the record that God gave of his Son” verse 10 above}, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Having the son of God is having eternal life, and this is the greater witness, it is having the witness of God within our very heart and soul.

I John 5:12:
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

So the question arises, do we have the Son? The answer is one that each person individually must make on his or her own. If we believe and confess in Romans 10:9-10, then we are saved and have the Son of God in our hearts, and thus we will indeed have the true witness of God.

I John 5:13:
These things {above} have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know {not question or doubt} that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

God gives us the gift of eternal life and this life is in His Son, and His Son is in us. This is the witness of God that is greater than the witness of man. Have a wonderful day knowing in your own hearts that you have the greatness of God’s divine witness within that allows peace of mind by the assurance of also having the Son and eternal life.

Zechariah – Revealing Our Total Forgiveness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Zechariah, Jesus Christ is revealed as the servant and branch of God (Zechariah 3:8). The word “branch” literally means that Jesus would be the offspring of God.

We will see when we study the Gospels that in Jesus Christ’s ministry in all four Gospels he is revealed as the branch, with emphasis in Matthew of his being a King, and in Mark he is seen as a Servant, and in Luke he is highlighted as a Man, while in John he is manifested as the true Son of the Father.

The life of Jesus truly shows us the way to God’s divine blessings, and he – as our perfect example – teaches God’s children how to serve one another in and with the love of God, and reveals to our understanding the reality of having total forgiveness.

Zechariah 9:12 – Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

God is encouraging us to turn to the stronghold that we have in Christ our Savior. The “prisoner of hope” means that we are committed in our expectation for Christ’s return.  His return is the greatest hope that any believer can have. To be a prisoner from a spiritual point of view means to become totally committed, sold on the idea that Christ is coming back for us and this hope quickens our lives from the inside out, for hope causes us to have joy even through difficult times.

Psalms 119:49-50:
-49: Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
-50: This {hope} is my comfort in my affliction {of daily life}: for thy word hath quickened me {God’s Word that quickens our hope in Jesus Christ’s return}.

The phrase “I will render double unto thee” does not infer in any way, shape, or form that we will receive double for our sins like I once heard taught. Rather this refers to a biblical custom. When someone is in debt and he cannot pay in a timely fashion, the elders of the city would post on the gate a ledger stating how much the debtor owed and to whom he owed it.

To say the least, this is embarrassing to the debtor, bringing him and his family shame. All his friends and acquaintances could read it and think “shame on him” for it was exposed for all to see. Yet if someone came along and paid the bill, then they would fold the ledger in half and again nail it to the gate and all anyone could see was a folded bill now blank.

What God is saying in Zechariah 9:12 is that the believer’s sins and shortcomings would be covered, leaving nothing that would shame the individual. However, in the New Testament Epistles we learn that because Christ was our complete substitute for sin, we have received our forgiveness in an even greater completeness.

Colossians 2:14 – Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

What Jesus Christ did for us was so much more than the elders of a city could ever do, because he blotted out our sins completely, deleting everything that was against us and anything that is contrary to our obtaining eternal life is now completely gone. Jesus Christ took it out of the way and nailed it to his cross.

When Christ Jesus was resurrected, we received not a doubling but a complete and total forgiveness.

Today, because of Jesus Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven we currently have received Our Total Forgiveness, and it is posted and revealed for anyone, especially believers, to see and recognize in the Epistles.

Searching the Scriptures for the Inherent Testimony

“Jesus said, Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me– John 5:39. Jesus was referring here to the Old Testament Scriptures since when he spoke these words, the Gospels and the New Testament were not yet written. The words ye think ye have eternal life were not written to suggest any kind of doubt; on the contrary, think means that the Scriptures reveal Christ to our minds, deep down in our thinking processes. When we think about and contemplate on the Scriptures, we begin receiving true understanding, and believing in God’s Word functions and is accomplished as we bring our biblical thoughts up to the level of recognizing that Christ is revealed to us in the Scriptures.” ~LMJ~

A Prayer

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ– I Corinthians 15:57. This wonderful verse of Scripture is an actual prayer, with a beginning in thankfulness, the middle with the acknowledgment of what God has given to us – the victory, and this victory is our eternal life. Then the prayer ends by thanking God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, just as Jesus instructed us to do in our personal prayer life (John 14:13-14).” ~LMJ~