God’s Grace and Goodness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Romans is an Epistle of doctrine, a setting forth of things to believe in and trust. Romans chapters 1 through 8 expose the sin nature of man, and its motions (or sins) in man, and how Christ delivered us from that horrible nature. One impression you may have when reading the first 8 chapters of Romans is similar to having a feeling of yuck, followed by an over-abundance of joy (read the first 8 chapters of Romans and you will see what I mean).

Romans chapters 9 through 11 are the business end of the Epistle, showing us how God dealt with the Jews (Israel) and Gentiles (unbelievers) in times past, and present. Wrapping it all up, Romans chapters 12 through 16 is the prACTical side (of doctrine), showing what to do with the knowledge of the doctrine contained in the first 8 chapters of Romans; this combines the entire Epistle of Romans into a complete whole, revealing the threefold goodness of God.

Romans 1:5 – By whom {Jesus Christ} we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations {all people}, for his name:

The words grace and apostleship represent all seven of the Epistles given to God’s Church (us), we also know this as “apostolic grace,” and the apostolic grace (all the Epistles) combined promote the “how to” enjoy God’s grace upon our lives. The Epistles energize and give genuine life to the Christian faith and the Christian lifestyle, based not on our works, but on the believing faith of Jesus Chris, who is our substitute for sin and all its consequences. As we believe the Word of God, His divine grace will follow without restraint, confusion, or compulsion.

Romans 5:1-2:
-1:  THEREFORE being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
-2:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The Epistles, commencing with Romans, reveal to men and women the goodness of God (Romans 2:4). For it is the goodness of God (rather than His wrath) that leads us to true repentance, and then on to the throne of God and into eternity, to “rejoice in hope of the glory of God”! When we begin relying on the grace of God we will further discover God’s goodness on our lives. God has given to us peace with Him and He gave us total and personal access to stand upon His grace.  This is an exciting daily journey in our walks before the Father as He continues to reveal His loving heart of goodness to us throughout the Epistles.

God’s Wish

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

III John 2:
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

III John 2 is God’s wish; His wish above anything else is that we may prosper and be in health. The word “wish” literally means prayer. Noting that God actually prays for our well-being is interesting because usually we think of prayer as a one-way street, from man to God. However, III John 2 sheds light that God actually prays for us, and His prayer is His own believing. God not only prays but He also shows us in His Word many wonderful details on how to raise our believing so that He may fulfil His prayer.

Deuteronomy 8:18a:
But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth. . .

Not only does God give us power to get wealth but He also gives us “power” to enjoy wealth when we receive it. Often people with wealth are so busy acquiring and stockpiling it that they never seem to enjoy it; however, God’s will for us is to enjoy our lives with all that He gives.

Ecclesiastes 5:19:
Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

This gift does not necessarily mean that God will cause you to be rich beyond your wildest dreams, but that He wants you to have enough to enjoy the more abundant life (John 10:10a). In III John 2 the word “prosper” means to have a prosperous journey (Romans 1:10). In this journey that we are on in this life (on our way to heaven), God is willing and able to supply our every need (Romans 4:21; Philippians 4:19). In Psalms 103:3 we read, “. . . who {God} healeth all thy diseases”; we have the God-given right to believe in and claim our health “in the name of Jesus Christ” (Matthew 8:17; John 14:13-14), and there is nothing more valuable or enriching in this life than mental, physical, and spiritual health. Jesus Christ actually gave his own life to help raise our believing for health.

I Peter 2:24:
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

In III John 2 the words “even as thy soul prospereth” represents your actual life (your soul), and soul means, “breath life,” that which makes you – you. The soul is the inner consciousness where one reasons and processes information. “Prospereth,” means the journey you are on, and when God’s Word begins to have place in your thinking and reasoning, then you will become ever more in tune to God’s prayer.

The Word of God effectually works (I Thessalonians 2:13) as you continue believing with God from your heart to receive His bountiful goodness and blessings upon your life.