The Veil Shall Be Taken Away

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When we begin to believe and comprehend the Word written to us in the New Testament Scriptures, God begins to reveal vast amounts of spiritual wisdom. Then, the eyes of our own understanding will begin to be enlightened (Ephesians 1:18), as we become spiritually lit up from the inside, out. One major reason that people say that they cannot understand the Epistles is simply because they approach the Word in the same way that they would perhaps study a history book or a good novel, totally missing out on the reality that it is God Who enlightens our lives with spiritual revelations of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Today we literally learn the spiritual truths within the Scriptures proportionally to our believing in God.  We cannot fool, or trick Him into giving us spiritual understanding without our hearts being genuinely drawn towards Him.

James 4:8a – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you . . .

In II Corinthians 3:14b we read that “. . . for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; . . .” The Old Testament was not written to the spiritual heart, but to the five senses mind. The Old Testament was written to give knowledge and direction mostly to the children of Israel, with commandments and laws. Oh yes, we can learn so very many things from the Old Testament Scriptures (Romans 15:4), but today the Church of God has been called into God’s grace and liberty instead of the Law and works that are described in detail throughout the Old Testament. When we try to get our daily guidance from the Old Testament there will remain a veil obstructing the spiritual view of freedom that comes with Christ in the New Testament “. . . which vail is done away in Christ . . .” (II Corinthians 3:14). Definitely the Old Testament contains hundreds and thousands of biblical principles from which we may learn, but our daily guidance comes from knowing the Epistles and the inspiration of (and from) the spirit within our hearts.

II Corinthians 3:15-16:
-15:  But even unto this day, when Moses is read {from the Old Testament Scriptures}, the vail is {still} upon their heart.
-16:  Nevertheless when it {the heart} shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

When the heart turns to the Lord the veil shall be taken away, and life with God begins to take on a much greater reality, enhancing our very lives with freedom that only God can provide. This certainly does not take anything away from the Old Testament but does put the Old Testament into the godly perspective, order, and design in which it was meant to be understood by the believers of today who are turning their hearts to the Lord God.

II Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

As we continue turning toward the Lord (in our words and deeds) we will discover His genuine deliverance in the Scriptures of the New Testament. Then, our hearts will continue to be blessed by Him Who created all things and Who opens our eyes that we may see – God bless you!

The Prize

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Philippians 3:11-12:
-11: If by any means I might obtain unto the resurrection of the dead.
-12: Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

In verse 11 the Apostle Paul wanted, if possible, to be alive when Christ returns. The word “obtain” literally means to be here on earth (alive), the word “unto” means to reach the destination fully, and the “resurrection” in the Greek text means a rising out from among (the dead). Paul wanted to be alive at the “out resurrection” of the dead. The Christians who have passed away would be those who are raised out and up from among all the dead, but Paul hoped to be alive when Christ returned.

At the return is when Paul, you, and I will be perfected with our new bodies. The hope that Paul followed in his believing was to anticipate, every day, the actual return of Christ. Paul wanted to actually be here physically to see his body change from earthly to heavenly. This is the prize that God will give to the living believers. It is certain that there are many more Christians (through the centuries) that have fallen asleep in Jesus, and in the scope of this bigger picture, the living will be few in comparison with all who will be raised at Christ’s return. The living will have the blessing to experience the actual changing of our old earthly bodies into new heavenly bodies and to have this in our memories for eternity.  We may look forward to this wonderful prize.

Philippians 3:13-14:
-13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended {the prize yet}: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind {the past}, and reaching forth unto those things which are before {the return},
-14: I press toward the mark {finish line} for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

What a magnificent lesson we have here. First, Paul teaches that the “one thing” has two aspects: (1) forgetting the past, and (2) reaching forward. The reason for this is that only as we let the past fall by the wayside will we have room for the hope of the future, the hope in Christ’s return, to receive the prize. This is the believer’s “high calling.” We all have been called into God’s grace, but the high point of His calling will be the return of Christ!

With the anticipation of our future hope, the past can be put to rest. Looking forward to the return of Christ, anticipating the joy and excitement of this marvelous prize, to obtain “the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” is the believer’s greatest hope because it will deliver over to you one of the greatest prizes that can be received. It is receiving an eternal treasure even before you arrive into heaven (for you will be transformed as your feet leave this earth), and in heaven is where and when you will receive all the rest of your rewards for believing God’s Word today.

To Believe in Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Romans 4:18 – Who {Abraham} against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

“Against hope” literally means that Abraham came directly to his hope. The word “against” is the Greek proposition para denoting motion to a place, and this place was in Abraham’s mind, where he believed in hope. The word “against” does not imply being opposed to something, but to arrive at something or someplace. Abraham’s hope was in “the first coming of Christ,” and what was in the forefront of his mind was his believing in a promise of God for a son. His son would be in the direct line of the Redeemer, but today our hope is the promise of God’s Word to us that Christ the Redeemer will absolutely return for us to take us home to heaven. In this hope we can be “fully persuaded,” as Abraham was in the promise of God to him back in Old Testament times.

Romans 4:20-21:
-20: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {his believing faith}, giving glory to God;
-21: And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.

Our hope is the return of Christ, and this hope takes believing to bring it to life before our spiritual eyes. As Abraham’s believing grew he was able to have his son, Isaac, but this was not the end of the story of Abraham. He believed in the Word of God and that believing brought him face to face with the actual hope of someday walking with his Redeemer. This hope of his gave him reason, purpose, and excitement in life itself to continue living for God and being his best toward his fellow man. This example is written for believers today who are living in God’s grace.

Romans 4:22-25:
-22: And therefore {because Abraham believed in hope} it was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23: Now it was not written for his {Abraham’s} sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24: But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if {since} we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
-25: Who was delivered for our offenses {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification. {“Just as if I’d never sinned,” is one way to remember our justification.}

Without the hope of Christ’s return our, believing trust in what God has promised in His Word can become limited, but by placing the hope of his return in our hearts, our believing in the promises of God can grow daily. Living in the love of God will activate our believing, and with our believing we can anticipate the hope of Christ coming (at any moment) to take us home!

We will be looking at this living hope that gives the believer ever-increasing desire and strength to walk with God. With the hope alive in your heart you can believe with hope and confidence that Christ your Redeemer shall return and your name will be on his lips.

God’s eternal blessings are for you, and your place at His side has already been completely prepared for you!

Philippians – Revealing Our Joy

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Philippians helps to strengthen our walks in God’s grace, and one key element that enlightens and blesses believers is that the Epistle reveals we have tremendous spiritual joy laden within our souls.

Joy is given to us in a complete spiritual intensity and causes our souls to be thankful that we know God, His healing Word, and our wonderful Savior. The Epistles were written by direct revelation from God.

God’s Revelation always reveals Jesus Christ, as Paul wrote in Galatians 1:12 “For I neither received it {the Gospel} of man, neither was I taught it, but by revelation of {regarding} Jesus Christ.” Paul was “moved” (inspired) by God (II Peter 1:21) and received tremendous revelations regarding the joy we have in Jesus Christ. Philippians helps to encourage and strengthen us along our daily journeys by showing us how to recognize the joys that we have in Christ.

We can have joy knowing that we have God to turn to in our prayers, and that He has His ears spiritually tuned to us, with a willingness to answer prayer.

Philippians 1:3-6:
-3: I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
-4: Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy:
-5: For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day {of a believer’s salvation} until now;
-6: Being confident of this very thing, that he {God} which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Prayer with our God will produce joy with ever-increasing abundance because when we pray to our God, we are connecting our souls and inner heart’s desire to the spiritual side of life.

In our prayer lives when we actually talk to Him Who created all things, He in turn gives us precious moments of fellowship with Him and inspires us from within with heavenly joy. We can never underestimate the power of prayer because when we make our requests known to God (for ourselves and for others who have need), believing that He hears and listens to us, He will strengthen our souls with ever-increasing joy by giving us the desires we request of Him (I John 5:14-15).

Joy is one of the nine “fruits of the spirit” that we have received from God (Galatians 5:22-23).  Since joy is a spiritual fruit, we can assuredly partake of joy’s savory delight that causes the human heart to bubble over with excitement. All of the fruits that God makes have seed in themselves, and the seeds of joy that we sow will always produce positive blessing.

Philippians 2:16-18:
-16: Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run {with the Word of life} in vain, neither labored {holding forth the Word of life} in vain.
-17: Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith {your believing faith}, I joy, and rejoice with you all. {If all that Paul ever did was to inspire others to believe the Word of life, and they hold it forth, this would give him great joy now and forever, because this blesses God.}
-18: For the same cause {that believers inspired Paul to continue holding forth the Word of life} also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

Jesus said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). As Joy is a fruit of the spirit, we can experience its satisfying spiritual fullness in the sweetness of life.

John wrote: “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full” (I John 1:4).

God’s Word never says that our joy would be half full, or that some would receive more than others and some less, but much rather God’s healing Word Reveals Our Joy is full, and that we can continue rejoicing with heavenly enjoyment living our lives in the completed redeeming work of the Lord – Jesus Christ. Have a joyful day!

Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord away: and again I say, Rejoice.

Thankfully

“Thankfully salvation is not based on our works, but as the Scriptures reveal, salvation is by God’s grace because Christ has already done the work and paid the full price in order that we may sincerely believe to receive. We receive our salvation on account of a friend, on our friend, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). This is the friend we read about in Proverbs 18:24, there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother, and he indeed laid down his life for each and every one of us. I do believe that if you or I were the only person to believe, then this close friend would still have laid down his life so that you or I my walk with our Savior!” ~LMJ~