The Crown of Rejoicing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The crown of rejoicing is by far the greatest crown in the sense that we may partake of the joy in the here and now. The crown of rejoicing that we can receive when Christ returns is given to us for winning lost souls to the Lord Jesus Christ. Whenever someone whom we have witnessed to becomes saved, the joy that we will experience can at times become so overwhelming that we almost feel that we need to ask God to cool it down some because our hearts can bubble over with inner spiritual joy.

It is so exciting and thrilling to our hearts whenever someone actually believes the words that come from out of our hearts and mouths regarding the wonderful healing Word and will of God.

This wonderful action of speaking up causes us to become so thankful that we ourselves have received our own personal salvation, and we experience the same thrills that the people we witness to experience when they finally believe themselves in the Word that works effectually in anyone who believes.

I Thessalonians 2:13 – For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye receive it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that {do one thing and one thing only:} believe.

When we simply accept the Scriptures as the actual Word of God, and we believe them, then the Word begins working effectually within our lives. When we share this wonderful Word of God that we believe to someone else and they believe, then the Word will work equally as well for them.

This, my friend, is what brings so much joy into our lives, not to mention the crown of rejoicing that will be given to us when Christ returns. There are no requirements as to how many people we can share God’s Word with, even if we simply introduced one person to Christ in our life we will receive the crown of rejoicing.

I Thessalonians 2:19-20:
-19: For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? {The people Paul witnessed to who believed him will also be brought into “the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming.”}
-20: For ye are our glory and joy.

Over the years God has been presented to people in a most negative way. Some people threaten the unsaved with the supposed wrath of God, preaching hellfire and condemnation to bring others to the point of accepting Christ. This is totally wrong and shameful to share God’s Word in this manner because God is love!

I Peter 4:10-11:
-10: As every man {believer} hath received the gift {of salvation}, even so minister the same {gift} one to another, as good stewards of the manifold {abundantly diverse and ever growing} grace of God,
-11: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God {utterances and declarations of God’s manifold grace}; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.

When we present God in the favorable light of His healing Word, then we are truly striving according to the rule book of life. No good thing will God withhold from us who share of His salvation and grace, and in return we can know in our hearts that the people we bring to the Lord will cause our hearts to rejoice with “glory and joy!”

Philippians 3:20-21; 4:1:
-20: For our conversation {our citizenship is the Text} is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ;
-21: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious {and resurrected} body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {he is able to bring all those who believe} unto himself.
-1: Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

When Christ returns for us we will enjoy the privilege of being the sons and daughters of God who live in the heavenlies with Christ. We shall receive glorious new bodies and we will enjoy our heavenly citizenship with those whom we have rescued from this world.

When that glorious day comes we can receive the crown of rejoicing for being faithful witnesses and stewards of the manifold grace of God.

To be continued in Many Crowns

The Loving Heart of God’s Word

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

There is so much truth, understanding, and heart-sharing within the Epistles of Thessalonians that it is difficult in a daily Bible byte to look at them all in detail. However, we do pray that Thessalonians may touch your heart and guide you deeper into the abundance of God’s healing Word.

II Thessalonians 3:1-3:
-1:  FINALLY, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
-2:  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
-3:  But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

Finally – in closing II Thessalonians, Paul requests prayer for those who speak and make known the Word, that the Word of the Lord may have a free course, and that others may glorify the Word as we are glorifying it in our hearts.

Paul desired the believers’ prayer for deliverance from unreasonable and wicked men, men whose purpose was to hinder the Word of the Lord. There are people out there who seem to have no reason for living other than to hassle the believer and hinder the free movement of God’s living Word. However, and thankfully, we can be delivered because “the Lord is faithful” and He will establish and strengthen us and keep (preserving) us from evil.  In the phrase “for all men have not faith,” is a twofold meaning:

First, is the faith of Jesus Christ, which is only available to believers (see: Galatians 3:22-26).

Secondly, the word faith represents being or having faithfulness to God’s Word and obviously not all people are, but we become ever more faithful to His Word as our confidence and trust continues to grow in the loving heart of God’s Word.

II Thessalonians 3:4 – And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

Here is an interesting concept: Paul and his company of believers had great confidence that the Lord literally touched the believers in Thessalonica, their lives had been blessed by God, and they were experiencing genuine confidence in having access to the Word of life!

The word “command” is not the word in the Greek Text for commandments, but rather it means to announce something wonderful, and that something wonderful is the Word of God that is activated proportionally to our belief of it, because the Word will do and accomplish ALL that the Word of God promises it will do.

II Thessalonians 3:5 – And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

Our own hearts can become directed, not pushed, and not shoved or controlled but directed by inspiration into living in the dynamics of having the love of God in our hearts to inspire us to love one another. With the love of God, we can patiently anticipate the coming of our Lord who is our eternal Savior, and when he returns we shall stand at his side on the right hand of God in their glory.

May God continue blessing your hearts into the loving heart of God’s Word with the true spiritual abundance of blessings that God continues pouring into your life.