God Is Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 4:8:
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

God is love! The Greek word for love is agapee, and is the spiritual love of God that not only is a characteristic of Him, but also is something that God has given to His children. The phrase, “He that loveth not knoweth not God;” contains a double negative to boost the positive reality that believers not only can love with God’s love, but they will also come to know God Who is love.

Ephesians 5:1-2a:
-1: BE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
-2a: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us. . .

Not only is God love, but we are also encouraged to “walk in love.” How are we to walk in love? We love as Christ has loved us. Jesus Christ was the Son of God and he walked in love in his daily life toward his fellow man, and we are told in Ephesians to be followers of God as His dear children in the same way that Jesus Christ was. Now let us notice in Ephesians 5:1 the word “therefore,” because its usage has a specific purpose that will help us to become followers of God. In order to fully understand the word “therefore” we will need to go back two verses.

Ephesians 4:31-32:
-31: Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
-32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

By putting away ill thoughts and words and by being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving one another, this is how to follow God. God forgives us for the sake of Jesus Christ who had given his life for you and me. So in order for believers to “walk in love, as Christ also hath loved,” we will therefore want to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving as well. Then the walk of love becomes a reality.

I John 4:16:
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

In the Bible Byte “Understanding God”, we saw one of the names of God was “I AM” and now we have come all the way to understanding Him in His love, for we are currently dwelling in Him and He is dwelling in us. Believers can grasp the magnificence of all God has presented to us, and how much Christ has introduced the Father to us by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension, as he stands at the right hand of God continuously interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:34). The Word of God always points the believers in the right direction, showing how to believe what it says and showing how God in Christ is always at work to help believers into the ways of God’s love. “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for {the return of} Christ {for us}” (II Thessalonians 3:5).

BLESSED Is He

BLESSED is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered– Psalms 32:1. In this Psalm we notice the first word BLESSED; this word means to have happiness in our life’s journey as God blesses our ways because we have not only found the promised Christ, but through him we walk with God which is a reason to be both blessed and happy. Transgression in the Hebrew Text relates to the thoughts and intents of the heart that lead away from the instructions of Scripture, yet thankfully Scripture shows us how to journey on a direct path that leads us to His wondrous Word through knowing Jesus Christ. When we realize our faults have taken us away from God, as the sin nature does so easily beset us– Hebrews 12:1, and we then realize that we have an advocate in His son because the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin– I John 1:7, and we come back to God in prayer to receive our cleansing and forgiveness, God is always willing, ready, and able to forgive. If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness– I John 1:9. Then the Psalm goes on to say, whose sin is covered. In the Old Testament times sins were only covered, it is like tying a trash bag or putting refuse into an underground septic tank; we know there is something not so pleasant under there, but at least it is out of sight. Thankfully today in grace, God cleanses us from all unrighteousness, leaving the inside washed completely clean rather than simply covering them up, and thus, we really are blessed!” ~LMJ~

The Fullness Within

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Colossians 2:9-10:
-9:  For in him {Christ} dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
-10:  And ye are complete in him, which {who} is the head of all principality and power.

“Godhead” is old English for God Who is the head, or the head God with no one above or greater than God. The fullness of God dwells in Christ and Christ dwells in us. We have the fullness of God within. When the Bible says we are complete, then we are completely complete because we have received the fullness of God Himself Who is the supreme head over all spiritual powers.

Colossians 2:11-13:
-11:  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.
-12:  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
-13:  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he {God} quickened together with him {Christ}, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Verse 11 states our circumcision is not made by hands, meaning not by our works, but rather we received a spiritual circumcision that cut us off from the sin nature and separates us from the sins that saturate the world by our receiving “the circumcision of Christ.” This means that as Christ is not subject to the sins of the world, neither are we, for we are in his stead (II Corinthians 5:20). We were baptized into the death of Jesus Christ by virtue of our believing on him, and we were then risen with Christ through or by way of the actual believing faith of the operation or energy of God Who raised Christ Jesus from the dead. This is why believers in the Christian Church today have been quickened, made alive together with Christ, having all of our pasrt sins and trespasses completely forgiven. This is God’s perspective of us, this is how God sees His children, and this is why we have the completeness of God within our hearts.

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

Anything and everything that was ever against the believer (such as fear, guilt, condemnation, and a sinful nature) has been nailed to the cross. We have not received a full pardon, but rather a complete cleansing, it is as though nothing was ever wrong — we can feel as though we always had God in our lives. The completeness of life and freedom that comes to us by having Christ within was prepared for us even before the world began, and is freely given to us on the day we first believed.

Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he {Jesus Christ} made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection has completely spoiled all the negatives of the principalities and powers within the kingdom of darkness. This is why today when we believe in the power that the Epistles reveal to us, then the forces of darkness cannot encompass us or defeat us. Christ spoiled them and triumphed over them for us, and now we can tread above worldly negatives by following in the steps of Christ who has given us our full completeness.

Could it Possibly Get Any Better?

“Righteousness is a gift from God of acquittal from all wrongdoing. It is to cause one to become right in God’s eyes, to have the spiritual ability to stand before the Creator without any feelings of fear and guilt because God has forgiven us of our past sins and made us right and just before and with Him. In other words, we are holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight– Colossians 1:22. Could it possibly get any better?” ~LMJ~