From God to You

Then shall every man have praise of {from} God– I Corinthians 4:5. This verse reveals one of the most amazing truths that I have ever known. When Christ returns for us then shall every man have praise of God. The word of is the Greek proposition apo meaning from. I once used to be afraid of the end, when judgments and condemnations were supposed to take place because I thought that the pit of hell was my destination. However, when I read this verse some years ago I was totally blown away. For in that great and glorious day when Christ returns, we Christians will have actual praise from God!” ~LMJ~

John – Revealing Our Example – the Son of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospel of John, Jesus Christ is revealed as the beautiful and glorious Son of God, for he is the “branch” i.e., the offspring of the Lord our God.

John’s Gospel shows to us how Jesus Christ revealed his Father to a greater extent than was ever known to humanity since the days of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We see how Jesus prayed and gave glory to God as an example of how we today can walk in his steps with the same degree of fellowship that the Son of God had with his Father.

In John we can really see the far-reaching extent of the love Jesus had for man and God. We find Jesus weeping over the death of Lazarus, and how he walked with great compassion to his fellow man, not only to those of Israel, but to the Samaritans and to the Gentiles as well, for Jesus was (and still is) to the world – the gift of God (John 3:16).

Isaiah 4:2 – In that day shall the branch of the LORD {the Son of Jehovah} be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel {those who believe from the nation of Israel}.

John 20:31 – But these are written {the Gospel of John}, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

In all of the Gospels we can find Jesus Christ as the King, the Servant, the Man, and the Son of God, yet each Gospel highlights a different aspect of the life of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

In John’s Gospel we can follow the teachings of Christ as he represents the true voice of God and redeems men and women back to his Father so that we may become sons and daughters of God.

John 7:16 – Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his {God’s} that sent me.

John 8:28 – Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man {as we lift him up onto the pedestal of our hearts and embrace him in our minds}, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

John 8:46-47a:
-46: Which of you convinceth {convicts} me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
-47a: He that is of God heareth God’s words {for they are His}: . . .

John 12:49-50:
-49: For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
-50: And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

John 14:10 – Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works {God backed up every word Jesus spoke with infallible proofs, then and now}.

John 14:24 – He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

John 17:8 – For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

Jesus Christ revealed the Father not only when he was physically here walking on earth, but does so throughout the entire healing Word of God, and even today he continues for he lives in our hearts (Romans 8:10-17).

Jesus Christ is Our Example – the Son of God, for he continues revealing to us how to walk with God as His very own sons and daughters. I John 3:2 states “Beloved, now {not someday but right “now”} are we the sons {“sons” is an all-inclusive noun} of God.”

Jesus Is the Way into the Loving Arms of Our Heavenly Father (And a Hug!)

“Jesus took the time to explain to just one man the way to God’s heart, the way to His secret place, and this is it: Jesus saith unto him {Thomas}, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me- John 14:6. Today this way is still open and readily available to you and me; it is through Christ who said, I am the way, for he is the hope of life everlasting and our entrance into the loving arms of our heavenly Father. As Jesus told Thomas that he was the way, he still is the way for us, individually, as we are all personally invited into the glorious household of God- Ephesians 2:19.” ~LMJ~

His Glorious Body – Our Future Hope

“Jesus’ body on the cross shed blood profusely; his body contained the perfect redeeming blood (Hebrews 2:14, I Peter 1:18–19), as Judas said I have betrayed the innocent blood– Matthew 27:4, but something amazing happened when he was raised from the sepulcher. His followers thought that if he was ever to be raised, then he would become a spirit (as in ghostly looking) because when they first saw him, they supposed that they had seen a spirit– Luke 24:37. Things have not changed much as most people nowadays suppose that anyone raised from the dead is a ghostly spirit. Now notice what Jesus was missing as well as what he still had when he presented himself to his disciples proving that he was not simply a spirit, Behold my hands and my feet {where the spikes passed through}, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have– Luke 24:39. Yes, he was a spiritual being, but one without any blood and still having flesh and bones and in this form he was raised in the likeness and image of God. Jesus was in the express image of his {God’s} person– Hebrews 1:3, just as we will be with our new bodies. Even now in grace we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones– Ephesians 5:30, but we have no part in his blood, for he has none, his blood was shed for our eternal redemption (Ephesians 1:7, 2:13, and I Peter 1:18-19). There is a natural body, and there is {or there will be} a spiritual body {with flesh and bones}- I Corinthians 15:44, perfect – eternal – heavenly – Christ-like in every detail ― fashioned like unto his glorious body– Philippians 3:21, awakened perfectly in his likeness! As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness– Psalms 17:15.” ~LMJ~

The Saints in Light

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Colossians helps the believers to remember the fullness that is already given to us in Christ, and is revealed in the first three chapters of Ephesians. Colossians corrects doctrinal error in such a delightful way that the Epistle is as a healing light, guiding the believers with enlightening truths of our spiritual inheritance. Colossians is an Epistle of correction that leads believers back into the heart of God’s love, and shows us how to walk in God’s unending and abundant grace.

Colossians 1:11 – Strengthened with all might, according to his {God’s} glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Christian believers are “strengthened with all might”; this is the might of God’s glorious power. God has most definitely given to His children power, spiritual power and although at times we may not feel all that powerful, or think that this could possibly be true, it is true!  “Patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” are God-given qualities of life that prove to our minds that we have the spiritual power of God. God’s strengthening, glorious power is known to believers through “patience,” for this patience allows God to manifest His power to us. We have been given “longsuffering,” which is spiritual endurance to have continued inner trust to know that when we need something, even if it appears beyond our own abilities to receive, we will not give up in our believing with prayer, but rather we can have continued trust that God will answer our prayers. In all this there is “joyfulness” because we will see the strength and power behind prayer, and our believing in God’s healing Word will continue to grow.

Colossians 1:12 – Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet {worthy} to be partakers of the inheritance of {all} the saints in light:

Christians who stay steadfast on God’s Word will recognize the faithfulness of God in what His Word promises, for they shall receive. The Father has indeed made us worthy to partake in our heavenly inheritance. “The saints in light” are believers who have experienced the Father’s power and are continuing in the light of His Word, enjoying the fruits of their believing, and growing in the strength of God’s inner power, and are loving their inheritance in the light of God’s Word.

Colossians 1:13-14:
-13:  Who {God} hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
-14:  In whom {God’s dear Son} we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

We have been delivered from the power of darkness, and the more we walk in light with other saints, the more of a reality this becomes. As we believe in the power of God we will, from a spiritual prospective, acknowledge the diminishing of the power of darkness around our lives. “Translated” means to be given citizenship into God’s heavenly kingdom, accomplished by the redeeming work of God’s dear Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have been given complete redemption, and the forgiveness of our sins. Enjoy your day knowing from the Scriptures that you share in the inheritance of all the saints in light.