The Service of Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistles of Romans, I and II Corinthians, and Galatians complete a cycle of understanding and are the spiritual foundation to continue on into the Epistle of Ephesians in complete righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. The Epistle of Galatians shows that we are saved by grace, and that we can be inspired in service of love to enjoy the completed work of Christ on our behalf. We have been made completely free from our sins and raised back up to the graces of God wherein we may walk before our heavenly Father in the completeness of the service of love that He through Christ gives to us and made available.

Galatians 5:13-14:
-13:  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh {to be lazy or stingy with God’s love}, but by love serve one another.
-14:  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

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.  Let us consider the last phrase of verse 14, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” 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 to 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. Is not this an incredible insight into the love of God and His service of love that He has commissioned and freely given to us?

The love of God is the true spiritual backbone of the Christian family, the spiritual foundation for true believing unity, and the true spiritual uplifting for the believer’s lifeline back up to the tremendous blessings contained in God’s loving Word. If we were to love others contingent solely upon how much love that we have for ourselves, then I assure you that someone would be getting the shorter end of the stick because some people love themselves more, and some much less than others. However, God has given us a constant standard, for He has made it available for each of us to love equally proportionately to the same love with which He loves us, and thank God for giving us this wonderful reality and understanding about the genuine spiritual service of love.

Romans 5:5 – And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit} which is given unto us.

The hope is the return of Christ and our anticipation of that glorious day. As we come to an understanding of the hope, we will know with inner believing conviction that there is no shame to ever be given us, but rather glory immersed in the favorable graces of our God. The thing that can make the hope so alive in our hearts is that we have the love of God. When we live within the framework of love (and the magnificent seven Church Epistles detailing how the love of God functions), then we can equally share God’s love with one another.

A Lovely Walk

“Walking with the love of God in our hearts today will relieve of us any and all fears about our glorious future to be with God and our Savior. God has made us accepted as His beloved in Christ (Ephesians 1:6), and as members of His family (Ephesians 2:19), and when we reach out with His love, then we will know this with an absolute certainty, and we will enjoy His spiritual love enthusiastically.” ~LMJ~

The Abundance of God’s Grace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ came to redeem Israel from the Law and all of humanity from the curse of the Law, and to present to us the abundance of God’s grace which is His divine favor, and this favor emanates out from the actual throne of the Creator and into our lives. Yet today the Law with the unbearable burden (Acts 15:7-11) is still carried around by so many thousands of professing Christians who have never understood the beauty and gracefulness of Jesus Christ’s complete mission on our behalf. Listen, since we were not born two thousand years ago and part of the children of Israel, then the Law was not even written to us anyway, and most definitely those Laws and commandments cannot even apply to us today who live and enjoy the abundance of God’s grace (period)!

Quite often laws are disguised as fear and rituals that make us feel inadequate and unworthy to accept God’s grace and blessings. When we feel this way, something is most definitely amiss because God loves us just as we are. All we can really do in grace is accept God’s love and learn to enjoy our lives with the Father in the abundance that His Word reveals.

Galatians 2:21 – I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

When anyone continues practicing and trying to obey the Law, God’s divine grace will become totally nullified in their life. The word “frustrate” means to reject, and this is what people actually do to the grace of God when trying to practice laws that we “think” will make us acceptable to God. Galatians further states that “then Christ is dead in vain.” The reason the Bible says “is dead” rather than “has died” is because the accomplishments of Christ are as good as dead to the individual who is trying to earn their already God-given righteousness accompanied with His abundance of grace. As Galatians corrects doctrinal error from the Epistle of Romans, Romans displays that Christ did not die in vain and that we already have righteousness and grace, and when we believe God’s Word the results will become a reality.

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.

By the faith of Christ, we have complete access into all of God’s grace and therein we are encouraged to stand, with a further view that we can rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. This hope of the glory of God is the return of Christ in which we can genuinely rejoice and anticipate with a yearning desire. As we stand in the abundance of the grace of God we can live without the fear of future retribution because we have the hope for Christ’s return to receive us up into the heavenlies to be with God for eternity.

Have a great day in the abundance of God’s grace as you continue looking forward to that great and glorious day, the hope of Christ’s return for you!

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.”