Blessed Are They That Believe

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 20:29 – Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Thomas is sometimes called “doubting Thomas” because he always wanted to see things before believing in them. Jesus was telling him that because he was so doubtful, his believing would be limited. As we know Jesus Christ ascended up into heaven (Acts 1:9-10), and he is no longer physically here, and when we believe in him we are “blessed,” for the written Scriptures do take the place of Christ (here on earth), and the requirement for understanding and seeing (perceiving) Christ is our believing.

John 20:30 – And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book {nor in any book}:

Jesus’ life was so exciting that it was next to impossible to record all that he had done for humanity. Nevertheless, we do have the four Gospels and the New Testament Epistles to glean all that we can about the life of Jesus Christ, and according to the Scriptures this is all that is required to obtain salvation and eternal life (II Corinthians 4:18).

John 21:25 – And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Jesus certainly had a busy ministry while he was here, and not everything that he had done is written for us, but instead of focusing on what we do not have, we may focus on what we do have. When we believe the revealed Scriptures, Jesus said we would be blessed. Having this (one) wonderful little Bible of ours is an extreme blessing because God could have given to us libraries full the world round to study and figure things out about life and God. But He made things simple by showing us all we need to believe in His Word, and the more abundant life is the end result (John 10:10b).

John 20:31 – But these are written {the Scriptures}, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have {eternal} life through his name.

“Blessed are they that believe,” for in believing the sky is the limit! You are God’s best, His loved ones, His precious children, and you are the reason Christ came in the first place. He has redeemed you, and made available to you a new life that has a beginning (when you were saved) and now has no end, and this is why you are eternally blessed of God forever and ever!

Crowns Galore with Grandeur and Gala All Around!

There are many treasures that become the believers’ simply because they belong to God, such as eternal life (I John 5:10-13), and being heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). There are also treasured crowns that we can receive in heaven for our believing actions that we take on God’s healing Word today. The Bible explicitly states that there are at least five spiritual crowns which each believer may receive by following the instructions and guidelines written in the literature of eternity!

The crown incorruptible is received by having self-control over our lives, being Word‑conditioned rather than world-conditioned.

The crown of glory is received for being respectful to our fellowman, especially towards other believers whether they are in a leadership position or not.

The crown of life is received by our believing in the truth that God does not tempt us, and this can be thoroughly understood by studying God’s approval of us in the Scriptures.

The crown of righteousness is received by our loving the return of Christ for us, for by loving the truth that he is coming back for us is a godly perspective.

The crown of rejoicing is received by our bringing a lost soul back to Christ, by sharing and witnessing about Christ’s loving example of giving his life ─ for us.” ~LMJ~

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.