God Is Faithful

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 1:9:   God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

It was God Who called us to have fellowship with Jesus Christ. Have you ever considered having fellowship with the Savior, with the Lord Jesus who walked on this earth nearly two thousand years ago? Jesus has not gone missing, he was raised from the dead and now waits for you and me to answer God’s call, and when we do a spiritual fellowship begins because God is faithful to His call!

God called you to Himself for the purpose of fellowship. Notice in the first three words of the verse above that our God initiates the endearing point that He is faithful and will never let us down as we learn to believe in Him by simply believing His written Word to us as the Word contains His heartfelt message to us.

II Peter 1:10 records, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” When we accept our heavenly calling and faithfully walk in the knowledge of God’s faithful calling, then we will never fail in our life’s endeavors to have and enjoy a reciprocal relationship of fellowship with both God (Who called us) and His Son Jesus Christ our Lord (who gave his life for us).

Colossians 3:15:   And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body {the body of Christ, “Now ye are the body of Christ”― I Corinthians 12:27}; and be ye thankful.

I Thessalonians 2:12:  That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

Imagine this for a moment ― God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, actually called you into one body, and He asks that you walk worthy of His kingdom and glory that you have been called to inherit! Why did He call? He called to invite you into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and through him we have fellowship with one another wherein we can enjoy and express the fullness of heavenly joy.

I John 1:3–4:
-3: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
-4: And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Can you actually imagine having fellowship with both the Father and with Jesus Christ? Well, in truth Jesus Christ is your personal Savior, he gave his life for you, individually, and he is always with you (Colossians 1:27), and since he is with you now, now is the time to acknowledge him wholeheartedly. God called you to this fellowship with the Savior of the world, and as you begin to discover your personal fellowship with him, the Scripture promises your joy may be full! In fact, you will be so JOYFUL that thankful praise will radiate from every pore of your being because you know that God is faithful and that He has called you to enjoy a spiritual fellowship with Himself, with Jesus Christ, and with fellow believers.

I Corinthians 10:13:    There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer {allow} you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Fellowship is our escape, fellowship is our freedom from bondage, fellowship is receiving our ability that our faithful God provides, and we only need to bear our calling to be truly walking within this calling of heavenly fellowship with heaven’s holiest. When we are in fellowship with God, He would move heaven and earth to keep our fellowship in perfect working order because He is faithful! I Thessalonians 5:24 tells us, ”Faithful is he that calleth you.”

What is the thing that keeps people away from God and His fellowship? Sin and the nature of sin in fallen man is the only thing that bars people from God. What if sin could be removed from the repentant man or woman who desires to come over to God’s side? Forgiveness of sin is the only answer, and God promises to be faithful about forgiveness, in fact He is so faithful that He actually cleanses those He forgives.

I John 1:9:   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Fellowship literally means a full sharing; it is having a partnership, enjoying an equal portion. However, do you know the question that stumps many people? Why did God call me? Well, He called you because He knew that you would believe His Word. We read in II Timothy 2:13 that, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” You see, our God is “a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19).

In our initial stages of believing God’s Word, He wants you to know that He is always faithful. Romans 11:29 reads, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance,” meaning that God will never regret or take back His calling or His gifts, including our salvation, which is our gift (Ephesians 2:8) because God is faithful to give.

His calling was not a fluke, an accident, or a mistake. God loved you and called you from the beginning of time.

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

God called, choosing us before the foundation of the world, and as we hear, recognize, and answer His calling by our believing, we will begin to notice that we do not incur His wrath, but rather, we can always stand before Him in fellowship, being holy and without blame, and immersed in His unending love for us.

II Thessalonians 2:13–14:
-13: But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through {by way of} sanctification of the Spirit and {your} belief of the truth:
-14: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Not only were we called before the foundation of the world, which is to be chosen from the beginning to have fellowship with God Himself, with Jesus Christ, and with one another, but also we were called to obtain the actual glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This glory is heavy-duty stuff, while all the while it simultaneously lightens the pressures of life, and it is all ours when we answer the faithful call of our God Who is our heavenly Father, by believing and accepting this glory of our Lord into our hearts as a true testimony of our calling.

God is faithful, and He called you into a fellowship with Jesus Christ!

The more we learn of Jesus Christ, the more defined our relationship with him can grow and blossom. You may have a full and personal sharing in all of Christ’s glory, in all that he accomplished for you, in all that he made available for you by his life, death, and resurrection.

God’s faithful Scriptures reveal the truths of His calling to you – check it out – it is a true treasure hunt and adventure, and when you find the treasures – they are yours to keep for all eternity because – God Is Faithful!

The Word of Faith (The Longer Version)

 Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will take a closer look at the word “faith” from a biblical perspective. The words “faith” and “believing” are the same Greek word pistis and always mean believing or believing faith. We are born with the innate ability to believe, however, there is another kind of believing faith that the Bible reveals called, “the faith of Jesus Christ” and this faith is something new and introduced to believers when they become saved. With salvation, the believing Christian receives Christ in them (Colossians 1:27), and thus we become endowed with the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself which is purely perfect.

Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus {who is} the author and finisher of our {believing} faith,” and since he is the author and finisher of our faith, we can look to him in the Scriptures for our example of how to grow our believing faith to maturity. Another way we could look at this is that without Jesus, we will have a lack of Christian faith. So then, how do we learn more about this faith of Christ that we now have? We go straight to the Word of God!

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

The faith of Christ comes to us by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. This verse carries a double meaning. First, the word hearing is repeated doubly to emphasize how the faith of Christ comes to us, and that is by hearing, and hearing to the point of our believing – and believing one thing and one thing only – and that is the word of God! The second meaning of the word hearing here is that the more of the Word of God we hear, the greater our own believing can rise to believe in the promises that are laid out for us in God’s faithful Word to receive and to enjoy. There are promises such as, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalms 37:4), and “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12), and “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

Since Jesus ascended unto his Father after his resurrection (Acts 1:9–11), just as he said he would in John 14:12 above, the “greater works” that Jesus promised can become something we can now accomplish. One of the major works Jesus did was to completely believe what God’s Word said about him. Jesus’ believing faith was perfectly complete; he had believed to do more than anyone on earth had ever done, and then (because of the resurrection) God gave men and women who will believe on and accept his resurrection, the actual faith of Jesus Christ. His believing faith is similar to our believing faith, but Jesus never doubted the Word of God, which caused his faith to be immensely precious and extremely powerful. We find in Mark 9:24 that a man came to Jesus Christ in need, imploring with tears in his eyes ― “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Well, today Jesus still helps our unbelief mature to faith equaling his own, for he is “the author and finisher of our {believing} faith.”

The Epistle of Galatians 3:23–26 sheds some interesting light on Jesus’ faith:

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, all faith, has always been around, but the faith that Galatians is referring to in verse 23 is the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself. Before faith came, refers to before Jesus was on earth, and therefore his believing faith was not available. Thus, the Scripture says, we were kept under the law until Christ and his faith came; for the Law was designed to protect the believers up until Jesus would come and give men and women his faith, the faith that would be from “the author and finisher of our {believing} faith.” But what confuses people sometimes about the word faith, is that it is used for our believing faith (pistis), and this word is also used for Jesus’ believing faith (pistis). In both usages throughout the Bible, faith is the same Greek word pistis. Only when we observe the context where pistis is used will the difference be apparent of which faith the Text refers.

For an example of the confusion of one word with more than one meaning, I could say, “I am at the bank,” and it could mean I am near a river, or it could mean I am depositing money at the bank, or I could be in a bank of snow for that matter. We need to view the broader context to know where I am and we can use the same logical deduction with the word faith, pistis. Only as we see the context in which the word faith is set will we understand whether the Scripture implies Jesus’ faith, or ours. At the conclusion of this study, you will be able to recognize many more of the passages where the word faith is used, and more verses will open up for you and become much clearer.

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

The Scripture says we are justified by faith but by whose faith were we justified? When we see the context of this verse, we find we are justified by Christ’s faith! As Romans 4:25 declares, “Who {Jesus Christ} was delivered {unto death} for our offences {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification.” We are justified because of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, not because of our faith, thus, Ephesians 2:8–9 reveals, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Our justification into salvation is a gift from God through faith, and since salvation is not based on our works, then our salvation is given and received because of the faith of Jesus Christ who had done all the work so that we could receive by grace. The Epistle of Romans celebrates this blessed truth of our gift of God which is our salvation, “but the gift of God is eternal life through {by the work and faith of} Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

 Galatians 2:16:   Knowing that a man {or woman} is not justified by the works of the law, but {a man or woman is justified} by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

See how not only the immediate context fits together with Christ’s faith, but all the related passages work towards a wonderful enlightenment that we are justified because of his 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; his own faith now sets us free from the Law, giving each of us an equal justification, affording us a perfect standing before God, as we simply believe in the completeness of Jesus’ faith. This is the perfection of the faith of him who is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

Romans 5:1:  Therefore being justified by faith {i.e., Jesus’ faith}, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Acts 26:18:  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God {this is literally the mission of the Pauline Epistles}, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me {Christ Jesus}.

Today in grace, we are not only justified by Christ’s faith, but we have peace with God, and we are also sanctified, and we have “the righteousness of God which is by {the} faith of Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:22). We also have access into God’s grace by the faith of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:2:  By whom {Jesus Christ} also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Any faith that we read about in the Old Testament and in the Gospels is man’s own believing faith or that perfect faith of Jesus Christ. However, in the New Testament, faith could be man’s own faith, Jesus’ own faith, or believers utilizing the faith of Jesus Christ as in these verses, Acts 3:16; 6:5, 8; 15:9; Romans 1:16; I Corinthians 2:5; II Corinthians 4:13; Ephesians 1:19; 6:16; and I Thessalonians 2:13. Today, in grace, “the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). We are able to live in a Christ-like lifestyle because we have received the faith of Jesus Christ, which is, the faith of the Son of God.

Recall that Galatians 3:23–24 above talked about before faith came, but now the Epistle continues with “after that faith is come:”

Galatians 3:25–26:
-25: But after that faith is come {again, Jesus’ own faith}, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
-26: For ye are all the children of God by faith in {of or by} Christ Jesus.

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 and enhanced, spiritual faith came with Christ, and with Christ came spiritual freedom to experience a much greater life than what the written Law offered in the Old Testament times (see Ephesians 2:15; Hebrews 7:16–19).

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 {i.e., the schoolmaster — the law}.

The main difference between man’s faith and the faith of Jesus is that human faith can only rise up to believe in that which is seen, like the phrase says, “seeing is believing.” As Jesus said to Thomas, “because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). In stark contrast to seeing before we believe; the faith of Jesus Christ is given so men and women can rise all the way up to believe in that which is not physically seen, yet is spiritually real ― such as salvation, love, peace, grace, joy, and the faith of Jesus Christ.

 II Corinthians 4:18 and 5:7:
-18: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
-7: For we walk by faith {Christ’s believing faith}, not by sight:

In truth, man needs Jesus’ faith to fulfill his own faith, as we read in Hebrews 12:2 “Jesus {is} the author and finisher of our faith,” and this is how Christians can become fully satisfied, feeling complete within their hearts (Colossians 2:10). The faith of Jesus Christ is only available to the Christian believer, as II Thessalonians 3:2 emphatically states, “for all men have not faith.” This cannot be one’s personal believing faith, for anyone can believe, but not all men have the faith of Christ to apply towards believing God’s Word and to enjoy and believe for help in times of great need. This is also why spiritual truths in the Bible make perfect sense to the believer, whereas the same truths make absolutely no sense to the unbeliever (I Corinthians 1:18–31, 2:14).

Living by the faith of the Son of God works like this: If someone was to tell you that you are going to hell or if you once thought so yourself, now being equipped with your upgrade of the faith of Jesus Christ, you can say and believe in your innermost being that is not true. Instead, you can say to yourself ― I am heaven bound, and you can think and say this with believing conviction because it is true according to the Bible. If someone was to say you are unrighteousness or if you ever assumed this of yourself, now with faith, you can know in your heart that you are as righteous as God Himself is because it is true according to the Bible. If someone was to say to you that you are destined to failure or if you believed in your heart that success was not for you ― with faith, you can rise above that negative perception of yourself because faith has made you more than a conqueror through all situations. Faith believes the Word of yourself, faith delivers to you the promises of God; faith is the power of Christ manifested in your life! This is why I Corinthians 2:5 boldly proclaims, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” We Christians have “the same spirit of faith” (II Corinthians 4:13) to believe that we are “filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). Talk about ease of believing ― Jesus is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), and all we have to do is follow Jesus’ instructions to “come unto him.”

Matthew 11:28–30:
-28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
-30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light {nothing brings peace and rest into our souls like coming unto and accepting and enjoying the uplifting faith of Christ}.

There was a time that I believed that I was so far removed from God that hell was to be my ultimate destiny, for I believed I was a sinner and had no rights to heavenly blessings, and I believed this with all my heart, and obviously I feared the end of my life. But with the believing faith of my Savior, who is my hero and everything to me, I can boldly say with believing conviction, “I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” What made the transformation in my thinking and in my inner heart? The faith of Jesus Christ; his faith now flows through my heart and assures me that God loves me completely! I now know effortlessly that I am justified and sanctified and that I have peace with God through the faith of the Son of God. Christ’s faith gives the Christian believer the feeling of flying high because God has, “raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6), and “ye are risen with him {Christ} through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).

We only need to believe in the work that our Savior has done for humanity (and what he has accomplished for you personally), to experience completeness and fullness. For with Christ’s faith we collectively, “come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). Our Savior’s faith is now so pleasantly real that it causes one to simply accept the grace of God with humbleness. Rather than searching for “more faith in yourself,” you will find faith to be real – to be palatable – to be in you – and to be enjoyable.

Romans 10:8–10:
-8: But what saith it {the Scriptures}? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The word of faith when preached (as well as when heard, when read, when understood, and when believed), will be as close as in your mouth and in your heart. Because the Word of God is that close to you ― you can spiritually taste its divine presence (and presents), as it settles deep within your soul, giving you tangible impressions of God in meaningful revelations of divine truths, so that your believing the Word continuously becomes an exciting daily adventure. You will increase your own believing by tapping into all the believing faith that comes with having Christ within your heart (Colossians 1:27), and his faith accompanies your salvation with your belief and confession of Romans 10:9–10.

We have shown the simplicity of receiving and utilizing the faith of Jesus Christ is as it is succinctly stated in Romans 10:17: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Today, I invite you to think about the word of faith that God has placed within your mouth and heart, for the word of faith delivers to you the salvation of God (Romans 10:8–10). When you begin believing the Word of God within the depths of your soul, you will come to experience the realities of the Word effectually working in your heart and life and surroundings, as the word of faith Christ’s faith – continues blessing you and all that you have and all that you do.

I Thessalonians 2:13 (The Amplified Bible):**  And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Rich Toward God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

If we were to take a survey, asking, “What was the main purpose for the coming of Jesus Christ?” We would receive dozens of answers and most of the answers would be good, but none would be as great as the actual words which Jesus himself spoke, “I am come that they {believers} might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The more abundant life that Jesus came to give is available because he has already given himself completely so that we today might receive the more abundant life. However, today the more abundant life is barely known, scarcely believed, nor really enjoyed by the Christian.

The word for “life” in John 10:10 means life in all its fullness; Jesus came that we may experience the fullness of our God-given eternal life in every category of our lives in the present tense.

I John 5:13:
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

To “believe on the name of the Son of God,” is quoted above twice to doubly empathize our continued believing in everything Jesus’ name represents, including the abundant life that he came to give. When we become saved, we receive eternal life; this God desires that we know and thoroughly understand – that our eternal life is already in progress. We have eternal life now, not when we get to heaven, but now. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” (I John 3:2).

After receiving our salvation, the more abundant life may become manifested in our lives proportionately to our believing in the Scriptures that we have received.

Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63); thus the more humble we are to believe the Word of God, the more of the spiritual life we may enjoy. James 2:5 says: “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor {humble} of this world rich in faith {believing faith}, and heirs of the kingdom.” We who are humble before God will become rich in believing faith to the end that we may receive. God chose us; all we really can do is humbly accept the graces of God upon our lives, believing we indeed are heirs of God.

 Luke 12:20–21:
-20: But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee {the day of his judgment}: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? {The material things he worked for his whole life.}
-21: So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

In Luke above, we have the conclusion of a parable that Jesus used to expound on a concept he was teaching: “for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15). Rather the true abundance of a man or a woman’s life is measured by how rich we are toward God’s Word. God already has chosen us to be rich in believing faith, yet man within himself must decide whether or not he will be “rich toward God,” whether or not he will have a relationship with Him Who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:9). “Which thou hast provided” in verse 20 above shows us that this man in the parable was not rich in believing, but rather he was rich in his own sufficiency; he never really had any believing faith in God to care for him.

The parable above never happened, rather, Jesus used it as a teaching example to accentuate that the more abundant life rests proportionately in one’s own believing. When we believe the living Word, we effortlessly will become “rich toward God” and we will then be enjoying the more abundant life.

Hebrews 11:6:
But without faith {believing faith} it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he {God} is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

We cannot buy eternal life or the gifts that accompany salvation. Jesus said in Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” There is nothing on this earth that any man could possibly give in exchange for salvation because it took the actual life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to purchase redemption and salvation for humanity, and now it is freely ours by our believing on the completed work of Jesus. Accepting the work of Christ on our behalf is being rich toward God.

Mark 9:23:
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Luke 18:27:
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

An Incredible Insight into the Love of God

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself- Galatians 5:14. For all of the Law (Old Testament Law) is completely fulfilled in one word, and that one word is love! God’s divinely given love has completely fulfilled all of the requirements that the Law had ever commanded. We are loved completely by our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ without any strings attached because they are love in its fullness, and now we are also loved in their fullness. The true spiritual essence of the phrase, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself is Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself is loved by God in Christ in you. How God loves us is how we can love one another, and we learn about the tremendous love God has for us in the Scriptures. This is an incredible insight into the love of God!” ~LMJ~