The Gift of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

We receive gifts at certain times of the year, on our birthdays, Christmas, and even at special occasions. Yet of all the gifts we have ever received, nothing will be as everlasting as the gift of God. The gift of God is our salvation. A gift is never worked for, earned, or even necessarily deserved. Gifts are simply given to bless and make us happy. Many of the gifts that we have received as early as last year are already gone, used up, or spent, but the gift of God is eternal. God’s gift is given to men and women by His divine grace, unmerited and unearned, yet eternally present and we can gratefully accept it and daily appreciate it.

Ephesians 2:8:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

“Through faith” is the faith of Jesus Christ himself rather than through your own faith, for the Bible says that it is “not of yourselves.” We were saved through the faith of Jesus Christ, for it was his own personal believing action to give his life for you and me; this made our salvation possible (this is his personal gift to us). Now we can genuinely and honestly receive the actual gift of God, our salvation, without any works on our part. Another reason why Ephesians 2:8 says “and that not of yourselves” is because we did nothing whatsoever to earn it, nor can we do anything to lose it, for it is something that God through Christ made available to us and freely gave us. God’s grace, His divine favor of love is manifested to us through His gift of salvation.

Ephesians 2:9:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

No one is more saved in God’s eyes; we believed unto God’s own righteousness (Romans 10:9-10) which gives us complete salvation along with total access into His grace and family (Romans 5:2 and Ephesians 2:19). However, if we could become saved by our own merits, then someone else could be more saved than we could, and that action would take works. If works (like some today still believe and futilely practice) was the only way to get into heaven, then God’s grace would be totally worthless and most of us would never make it. However, because we do not base the gift of God on works, but as the Scriptures reveal, salvation is by God’s grace, we can simply believe to receive it. All we need to do today is bask in God’s wonderful grace for eternity (however, it is perfectly OK to boast in the works of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ). Becoming humbly thankful for the gift of God is a wonderful way to start your day.

 

Faith Is Not That . . . Faith Is This

“Heavenly faith is not a cloud or a fog, it is an unobstructed window into the spiritual world and can only be received by believing God and receiving FROM Him the faith of Jesus Christ – Galatians 3:22-29. Faith cannot be feigned with feelings or experienced without Christ in one’s life; faith is genuinely experienced WITH Jesus Christ, its Author and Finisher– Hebrews 12:2. Faith is not a leap, it is a bridge. Faith is not blind, it is twenty-twenty vision. Faith is not a reach into the dark, it is a connection to the light. Faith experiences him who is the way, the truth, and the life, and who reveals Him Who is our heavenly Father– John 14:6-7. Faith is not a weakness; it is the strength that helps the believer to stand against the wiles of the devil.” ~LMJ~

Faith-Based Truth vs Fate-Based Fantasy

“Natural fate: believes in ever-changing facts of man to be true.
Spiritual faith: believes in unchanging truths of God to be real.

Natural fate: believes Jesus failed and is dead.
Spiritual faith: believes Jesus succeeded and is alive.

Natural fate: believes in the progress of man.
Spiritual faith: believes in the degradation of fallen man.

Natural fate: believes in evolution.
Spiritual faith: believes in regeneration, and resurrection.

Natural fate: believes there is life in the universe.
Spiritual faith: believes there is life in heaven.

Natural fate: believes in little green men.
Spiritual faith: believes in heavenly Beings.

Natural fate: believes he must wait for first-contact from space.
Spiritual faith: believes that Jesus was and is heaven’s last-contact on earth.

Natural fate: believes the human race came from apes.
Spiritual faith: believes the human race came from God.

Natural fate: believes he can fix this earth.
Spiritual faith: believes in the promised new earth.

Natural fate: believes the word of man.
Spiritual faith: believes the Word of God.

Natural fate: believes faith is blind.
Spiritual faith: believes fate is!” ~LMJ~

Faith

(An Introversion Structure)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 5:4: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Are we overcomers through our faith or have we fallen to the wrong interpretations of faith, of real spiritual faith? Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we are “saved through faith,” thus; we cannot even begin our spiritual lives with God ― without faith. II Corinthians 1:24 tells us “for by faith ye stand,” thus; we cannot even begin standing with God ― without faith. II Corinthians 5:7 tells us, “For we walk by faith,” thus; we cannot even begin walking with God ― without faith. Romans 1:17 tells us, “The just shall live by faith,” thus; we cannot even begin living with God ― without faith.

Faith: An Introversion Structure of the above paragraph

A.| Saved (our new life) by faith. Received.

    B.| Stand (within our new life) by faith. With God.
    b.| Walk (within our new life) by faith. With God.

a.| Live (our new life) by faith. Enjoyed.

Faith is our access to God’s ultimate will for us individually, God justifies us by faith (Romans 5:1), purifies our hearts by faith (Acts 15:9), sanctifies us by faith (Acts 26:18), gives us access into grace by faith (Romans 5:2), and God gives us His righteousness by faith (Philippians 3:9).

Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.