The Last Chapter Is a New Beginning

“God values His relationship with His children whom He has chosen even before the world began (Ephesians 1:4). Our unending relationship with God our Creator will continue and guide us through the eternity of eternities, and we will forever appreciate God in all His fullness and His abundance. The last chapter of a Christian man or woman’s life does not end at the grave, because at the time of the gathering together their life will continue through all of eternity, triumphant over death, and thus the Psalmist boldly proclaims, God is our God forever and ever- Psalms 48:14!” ~LMJ~

However, and Thank God, Our Shameless Hope Is Something to Be Excited About

“The hope of Christ’s return and our gathering together unto him maketh not ashamed- Romans 5:5, meaning just the opposite of shame, giving us something that we can indeed be so very proud of, as hope fills the desire in our hearts to want to tell anyone who will listen that Jesus is coming back. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:19, If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. The context of this verse is that if we hope in Christ and our gathering together to be with him for eternity, and if he were not to return, then we should be the most wretched people on the planet for hoping in vain. However, and thank God, our hope is that Christ indeed is returning and then we will be gathered up and blessed for all eternity. For the present time, God has given to us His own love and the permission to believe His promises to us which will help sustain our lives as we continue to believe and enjoy His healing Word that guarantees our pleasurable expectations of divine hope.” ~LMJ~

The Glory of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Our Christian walk with the Father is always a heartfelt spiritual journey into the ways of God and the more abundant life is the result. As a believer we were never called to stand alone, as was done often by individual believers throughout Old Testament times. We, in grace however are called into God’s household and His family, being individual members in the Church of God where each of us is important to God, Christ, and one another.

Romans 15:7:
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Glory literally means a manifestation of power, and here in Romans the glory of God represents God having revealed Himself to us through the accomplishments of Christ (initially for us, and now eternally in us), and that we now have God’s permission and personal access to His manifested power. This is available to each believer because of Christ’s resurrection and ascension into heaven, who is now standing at the right hand of God making intercession for us (Romans 8:34).

In the future there is going to be a “gathering together” of the believers (I Thessalonians 4:14-18), when Christ comes back in the clouds above and gathers us up into the heavenlies to be with God. (This is going to be without a doubt, the greatest day of our lives!) Spiritually today we are already risen (by the power and glory of God) to a new life in Christ (Romans 6:9-13).

Now Romans 15:7 says “wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God” because having fellowship with another believer is the next best thing this side of the actual “gathering together” into the heavenlies. Being with another likeminded believer (or believers), having the common bond of the Scriptures, is to experience (at least in part) the greatness of the glory of God as a genuine foretaste of how glorious our “gathering together” will be.

Hebrews 10:25 encourage the assembling of believers together. Obviously this is not a command to gather at every spare moment of every day; however, when we do fellowship with another believer, being likeminded on the Word, we will become spiritually linked with others who are going to live throughout eternity with us in the glory of God.  We are to treat other believers with the same honor and respect that God in Christ has honored us with, according to the guiding instructions recorded in the Epistles.

The practical side of Romans builds true Christian character, strengthens our devotion to God, and shows us how to look after the spiritual well-being of fellow believers. As Christ has received us to the glory of God, we today can receive one another in fellowship and camaraderie (fulfilling Romans 15:7).

This is how we more fully experience precious moments in the glory of God with one another.

Then Do We with Patience Wait (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Romans 8:24-25:
-24: For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
-25: But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

If the dead are truly alive and swinging from the chandeliers of heaven, then as we have previously discussed, we should start cutting out Bible verses to suit our own beliefs despite what God’s eternal Word imparts to us. If the dead are alive and returning to earth from time to time to contact their loved ones and others, then spiritualism is a biblical concept. However, it is not! Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “. . . for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goeth {see Psalm 146:4}.” If the dead are already living and people have seen them, then Romans above says that “hope is not hope” and thus we are not saved. Nevertheless, when our hope is in the future return and our gathering together, then not only do we “patiently wait” but we will be believing in the truth, and hoping in a godly manner which will reap rewards.

I Corinthians 15:54 – So when this corruptible {those who are decaying in the grave} shall {a future moment} have put on incorruption {have been raised}, and this mortal {the living} shall have put on immortality {receive heavenly bodies, “. . . fashioned like unto his (Jesus’) glorious body, . . . “}, then {and not until then} shall be brought to pass the saying that is written {in Isaiah 25:8}, Death is swallowed up in victory.

The hope of humanity is in the return of Christ, and our gathering together up to him! This will occur when Christ returns and not until Christ returns. However, for now our God has given us the assurance of our heavenly standing in glory with Christ at God’s own right hand which is recorded throughout His Word, especially in the seven Church Epistles, Romans through Thessalonians. If immediate resurrection was truly a biblical concept, then Christ should have been immediately resurrected; however, he was in the grave for three days and nights, then he was the first to be eternally resurrected (Revelation 1:18). Christ Jesus is our hope, and the Scriptures say we must Scriptures wait for him!

I Corinthians 13:10 – But when that which is perfect is come {who is Christ Jesus}, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When Christ returns, then so will perfection be granted to the children of God, and we will know as well as we are known. God has given us His magnificent and abundant love and His divine charity in order to enjoy our lives with Him and with one another. His love energizes our believing in order that we may receive His many hundreds of recorded promises. Our believing can bring the hope of Christ’s return into a lively assurance of his imminent return at any moment of any day. When the hope of Christ’s return finally comes, then we will be like him for we will see him as he is.

Faith, hope, charity are spiritual qualities of this life and are God’s divine gifts to you. I pray with my whole heart that you may not only receive them, but that you can begin walking with these qualities in your life and inner heart.

Our Comfort in Hope (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Thessalonians 4:14 – For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

The “asleep in Jesus,” refers to the believers who have passed away, believers who did have the hope of Christ returning for them. We also “believe that Jesus died and rose again.” God in this verse is comforting the living, letting us know that the sleeping believers’ hope of the return of Christ is still true, and still a future event, and God has not forgotten them because He will bring them with us into heaven at the “gathering together.”

I Thessalonians 4:15 – For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord {revelation}, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord {Christ Jesus} shall not prevent {precede} them which are asleep.

The Bible uses the word “asleep” for believers who have passed away, and it is an accurate translation because Christ indeed will raise them from the dead. They will feel as though they just woke up from a good night’s sleep, and they will have new bodies that live for eternity.

I Thessalonians 4:16 – For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first;

When Christ returns, the sleeping (dead) believers will rise first, this is the order in which the Bible reveals to us. When Christ returns during this “gathering together,” he himself only comes down as far as the clouds, and the believes who were once alive will be raised up and out from among all the rest of the dead to meet Christ in the clouds above. This is why the angel said to the Apostles in the Book of Acts 1:11 “this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” This is what the Apostles saw “while they beheld, he {Jesus} was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9). Thus the return will be similar because believers will be gathered up in like manner to the gathering in the clouds, and from thence it’s off to heaven.

I Thessalonians 4:17 – Then we {believers} which are alive and remain {here on earth} shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

This is the “gathering together.” This is your hope, to “ever be with the Lord” where everlasting reunions with families, loved ones, and friends will commence and never end. This is the hope that God in Christ has given you for your comfort, for your future goals, for at that time God will dry all your tears in the warmth and love of His divine presence. Your body will also be transformed at the “gathering together” from an earthly to a heavenly body, and from a mortal to an immortal body!

I Thessalonians 4:18 – Wherefore comfort one another with these words.