The Walk of Love (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Sometimes Christianity can become confusing when external tagalongs fasten themselves to the believer’s walk. There are many things that appear to be a part of the Church of God yet only hinder the believer from walking in the light of God’s Word. For instance: Have you ever been told “the Bible says that you have to do this, or you need to do this?” However, the Epistles never say “thou shalt, or thou shalt not,” regarding laws or commandments, rather the Epistles give the believers almost unimaginable freedom by offering to give us whatever we need to enjoy our eternal lives with God in Christ which has already begun in our lives.

Galatians 5:1:
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Philippians 4:19:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Anything and everything that the Epistles reveal to the believers is offered by God’s grace, and it is literally God’s love that activates our believing to receive from God. God never made the Christian lifestyle to be burdensome but rather easy to know, to live, and to enjoy. In God’s family, He is the provider for our needs, and gives us His love so that we may walk with Him being well pleasing before Him in His unending love.

Ephesians 1:4:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.

It is man’s personal baggage, his condemnation, his own inability to be perfect which slows and hinders his personal walk and fellowship with God. But when the believer can recognize the truth that God looks at the heart and blesses our lives for believing in our Savior Jesus Christ, and that God loves us just as we are — then we can begin walking and growing in the spiritual nurturing that emanates out of God’s love for us.

I Thessalonians 3:11:
Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

The word direct means to guide and show the way. Paul was teaching that it was God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ who guides, directs, and shows the believers the godly way in which to walk before God in His family.

I Thessalonians 3:12;
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

Our Lord Jesus Christ, being in us, can inspire the desire within our hearts to walk and conduct our lives within the love of God. The purpose is so we may increase and abound in love toward each other (toward every believer) and for all other people. It is true that most people have the inability to love others outside their sphere of influence, either believers from other Churches or unbelievers in their communities.

This is a great lesson in learning that God’s love transcends all human barriers, for God’s love is spiritual and is for everyone, “for God so love the world” (John 3:16). God has given to us His love and this love can only be spiritually ascertained when manifested by loving believers.

This is not a “thou shalt” walk in love commandment, but rather this is something Christ inspires within our own hearts.

As we look to God and Christ the Lord, we will find their strength in us that increases and abounds in love so that we can apply this spiritual love in never-ending abundance. When we do apply the love of God in Christ in us we will realize how terrific love truly is, for the rewards will always return back to those who apply spiritual love.

I Thessalonians 3:13:
To the end he {Jesus Christ} may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

Jesus Christ is always at work within our hearts to help us recognize and acknowledge our God-given rights of being unblameable in holiness before God our Father. This is how we are viewed (in the sight of God) at this very moment as we stand purely in God’s love, and our heavenly Father will see us this way until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ when he gathers us up to take us home in the eternity of God’s love.

Easy to Know, to Live, and to Enjoy

“Sometimes Christianity can become confusing when external tagalongs fasten themselves to the believer’s walk. There are many things that appear to be a part of the Church of God yet only hinder the believer from walking in the light of God’s Word. For instance: Have you ever been told the Bible says that you have to do this, or you need to do this? However, the Epistles never say thou shalt, or thou shalt not, regarding laws or commandments, rather the Epistles give the believers almost unimaginable freedom by offering to give us whatever we need to enjoy our eternal lives with God in Christ which has already begun in our lives. Anything and everything that the Epistles reveal to the believers is offered by God’s grace, and it is literally God’s love that activates our believing to receive from God. God never made the Christian lifestyle to be burdensome but rather easy to know, to live, and to enjoy.” ~LMJ~

Freedom’s Key

“Throughout God’s healing Word we have been given tremendous insights about our delighting in faith, hope, and charity, as these spiritual truths are very liberating and inspirational. Jesus said in John 8:31-32 If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. You see ― the key to the freedom Jesus was referring to is in the continuing in his word, for through his word freedom is recognized, received, and then freely maintained in one’s life.” ~LMJ~

The Faith of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 3:23 – But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

“Before faith came” means that there was a time when there was no faith. Many people believe that faith has always been around, but the faith that Galatians is referring to in this verse 23 is a spiritual faith, it is the spiritual believing faith of Christ himself. Before Christ came, his believing faith was simply not available. Thus “we were kept under the law” until Christ came.

Galatians 3:24 – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto {until} Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

We are justified by whose faith? By Christ’s faith! With the believing faith of Jesus Christ we have received our justification, being made completely justified from the dictates that the Law demands. It took the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself to give his life on our behalf to redeem us from the Law and his own faith now makes us free, giving each of us justification and affording us a perfect standing before God.

Galatians 3:25 – But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Now that the faith of Jesus Christ has come, we are no longer under the rules and regulations of the schoolmaster, i.e., the Law. Believing faith was always around since the beginning of time, but a new, enhanced, spiritual faith came with Christ, and with Christ came spiritual freedom in an even greater law than the written Law of the Old Testament, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; . . .” (Hebrews 12:2a).

Romans 8:2 – For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

The human race has been under the law of sin and death since the fall of Adam; however, today, because of the believing faith of Jesus Christ we are now under a new law, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” This new law has given us freedom in Christ and has presented us with the actual faith of Christ himself in order that we may believe God’s Word regarding our current standing with Him as those who have been made free, and as those who have received the spiritual faith of Christ.

The Old Testament Law was given to protect God’s people from the greater law of sin and death, but now that the faith of Christ has come to men and women, they are no longer under the schoolmaster. We also have been made free from the law of sin and death by even a greater law, “the law of the spirit of life.” Our own believing can now rest assured in the faith of Christ (whose own believing faith never failed), and his faith has made us free indeed. With the faith of Christ, we may gratefully obtain genuine spiritual freedom out of the abundance of God’s goodness.

The Right to Our Redemption

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Peter 2:24a – Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree . . .

Previously we saw that Jesus gave himself for our sins, offering himself in place of man, and that because of his unselfish act we have received the complete right to God’s sanctification – we are set apart for heaven! Today we will further see that after Jesus gave himself for our sins, that he indeed received them, bearing them all the way to his cross (Colossians 2:14); this now gives us the absolute right to claim our whole and complete redemption.

Galatians 3:13 – Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Galatians shows us that our redemption came by Christ hanging on that tree, and I Peter shows us that when he was on that tree (the cross), he himself was bearing (carrying) our sins in his own body. The result of this completed work of Jesus Christ was to present humanity with the spiritual and eternal right from God to be legally and permanently redeemed. Redemption is now our right as the children of God because of the suffering that Jesus Christ went through when he gave himself, bearing our sins in his own body, giving of himself completely, the righteous for the unrighteous, the sinless for the sinful, so that the unredeemed may be totally redeemed. We are now redeemed and have the God-given right to claim our redemption. Redeemed in Galatians 3 above means to buy up (or back) from the power or possession of someone (the Devil, Acts 26:18), to purchase, and then to also release the purchased possession (us; Ephesians 1:14, 2:2) from bondage, so that we may live our lives immersed in God’s divinely given grace.

Galatians 5:1 – STAND fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Jesus Christ made available to us almost unimaginable freedom to walk with our heavenly Father to a much greater degree than ever before, because we are redeemed. Have you ever redeemed a coupon or a token for a prize? Well Jesus Christ carried our sins across the threshold of extreme pain and torture to redeem us completely back to God (we are the prizes he sought after and won) from the powerful grip of the Adversary. Jesus received unimaginable beatings and whippings before he even went to the cross in order for him to be our complete Savior and now we forever belong to God. Without the shedding of blood there is no redemption (Hebrews 9:22) and so our lives have been bought and paid for with the price of redemption: the life and blood of Jesus, the most perfect man to ever walk on this earth and grace it with his presence and life.  We now can stand before God or the Adversary without fear because we have the right of redemption.

Ephesians 2:18-19:
-18:  For through him {Jesus} we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
-19:  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints {God’s consecrated and redeemed children}, and of the household of God;

Jesus Christ has redeemed us by bearing our sins: so we do not need to bear them any longer! Now and forever we are no more estranged to God, for we are fellowcitizens of His household, and have complete access to the Father, as complete as any child would have to his own father.