The Elect of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Colossians contains such wonderful truths and it is awe-inspiring for believers to read and learn as they begin or continue in their spiritual walks with God in the knowledge of Christ Jesus our resurrected Savior.  God’s wonderful Word cannot be thoroughly understood in a cursory reading, rather when the believing heart looks to God’s Word for spiritual understanding and guidance, then God begins to reveal Himself in literally byte-sized portions.

When Jesus Christ was physically here, over half of his teachings were less than a single verse of Scripture because he understood the learning process of the human mind in great detail. Yet within those short verses, a world of truth and understanding can be found. For instance: remember when Jesus touched the man with leprosy (Luke 5:12-13)? On first glance we may suspect that Jesus had a magic finger; however, the word touched meant that Jesus embraced this man with a hug (lovingly)! Can you now picture Jesus walking up to this man whose body was literally falling apart and holding him in his arms as the leprosy completely subsided? WOW, this was much more than a touching moment not only for the leper but also for the masses who were watching this demonstration of the love of God that Jesus was displaying.

Jesus’ loving embrace completely set the leper free! This indeed is a wonderful study in God’s healing Word, yet it is only a fragment of Scripture, for with byte-sized morsels of the living bread of life God literally teaches His children.  From time to time in our own lives as we look into the Scriptures we also can spiritually feel the eternal embrace that comes from our heavenly Father, and our resurrected Savior Christ Jesus!

Colossians 3:8-10:
-8: But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
-9:  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
-10:  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

In the Epistles, whenever the Word is asking us to put off something the Word always gives us something else to replace it with. In Colossians God is asking us to put off some incredible ill feelings that spill out into words that will only hurt us eventually. The words, “old man” represents who we were before salvation, and the “new man” represents the Christ within, and God is encouraging us to put this new man on in our minds. The new man can be continually renewed in knowledge after the image of God, Who created the Christ within.

Colossians 3:11-13:
-11:  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
-12:  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
-13:  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Before God’s eyes (and spiritually speaking) we have no earthly credentials because we have Christ within, and we have a heavenly standing that God recognizes. No believer is above or below another in God’s family for we are on the same par because Christ is in all believers equally. We have been elected by God Almighty to partake in the life of Christ. Before we can really forgive others we may, as the elect of God, forgive ourselves (Matthew7:3-5), for then we can genuinely reach out with the love of God and embrace others in the place of our wonderful Savior.

No More Separation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus fulfilled the Law for Israel and thus he redeemed Israel from that Law, then, while upon the cross, two extremely significant things happened for Israel and for the Gentiles (i.e., the rest of the world). One – the “middle wall of partition” was broken down, and two – the “veil of the Temple” was also torn in two. What does this mean to us today living nearly two thousand years later? The Temple in Jerusalem was the place where Israel was to meet God as a nation three times each year (see: Deuteronomy 16:16). The “middle wall” or “wall of separation” was a wall built in the Temple that separated the believing children of Israel from the Gentiles, setting a distinction or barrier between the Gentiles and Israel. Israel was permitted to go inside this “middle wall” and worship God, while the Samaritans, the Gentiles, and any of Israel who were considered unclean had to stay outside.

Ephesians 2:14, 16:
– 14: For he {Jesus} is our peace, who hath made both {Israel and Gentile} one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
-16: And that he {Jesus} might reconcile both {Judean and Gentile} unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby;

On the other hand, the “veil of the Temple” also was a “wall of separation,” or rather it literally was a “curtain of separation,” separating the Priests out from Israel, setting even another distinction within the ranks of Israel. The Levitical Priests were allowed inside this inner Temple veil to an area called the Holy place, and only the high priest was allowed to go into the “Holy of Holies” (innermost sanctuary) once a year on The Day of Atonement. (The Day of Atonement was the tenth day of the seventh month named Tishri from the Old Testament Hebrew calendar which corresponds approximately to our month of September.)

The Priests went past the veil, into the Holy place, to make offerings and perform services and rigorous duties before God.

Once a year on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest went all the way into the Holy of Holies to make reconciliation for the sins of the people, Israel.

On the day Jesus was being crucified he became the atoning sacrifice for the entire world, as divine intervention was tearing down both the “middle wall of partition” as well as the “veil” that separated the priests.

Luke 23:45 – And the sun was darkened {between noon and 3:00 PM; Matthew 27:45}, and the veil of the temple was rent {torn} in the midst {see: Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38},

The “veil” being “torn in two” and the “middle wall of partition” being destroyed or “broken down” put everybody on the same level, leaving no distinctions or barriers or classes between the Priests, Israel, Samaritans, or Gentiles (Galatians 3:27-28).

The accomplished work of Jesus on the cross totally opened the avenue to the heart of God and Jesus became man’s true “mediator between God and men,” leaving no separation or classifications between any man and God.

This completed work of Christ was presented on the day of Pentecost to all men and women who will simply believe.

Today, every believer from the youngest and newest to those who have been standing with God for years have the same privileges in God’s family!

I Timothy 2:4-6:
-4: Who {God} will have all men {without distinction or nationality} to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. {Verses like this is not found in the OT as “all men” could not be saved before Christ.}
-5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus;
-6: Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time {and now is that “due time”}.

Colossians 3:11 – Where {in Christ} there is neither Greek {Gentile} nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian {the lowest of the lowest barbarian}, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all {Christ is our all in all (our every reason to enjoy life), and he is in all believers}.

Hebrews 10:18-20:
-18: Now where remission of these {past sins} is, there is no more offering for sin.
-19: Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest {the Holy of Holies, i.e., the right hand of God with Christ: see Ephesians 2:6,18: and Romans 5:1-2} by {way of} the blood of Jesus,
-20: By a new and living way, which he {Christ} hath consecrated for us, through the veil {of the Holy of Holies}, that is to say, his flesh {when he died on the cross for us};

Colossians 1:22 – In {and with} the body of his flesh through {Jesus’} death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his {God’s} sight;

We are now in the sight of God, and are spiritually seated with Christ, and we are also spiritually able to see eye to eye with the Creator through His Word (I Corinthians 2:9-10), and completely enjoy His fullness (Ephesians 3:19).

Christ has abolished the concepts and ideas of separation between God and man and we are now in God’s complete favor.  Amen, and again I say AMEN!

Right Believing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Walking with God in right believing sounds like a pretty easy road to follow; however, from time to time in life we may make mistakes because no one is perfect, and at other times we may succumb to temptations. Sometimes we may think (or at least wonder) “will God ever want me back after this?” The answer is: OH yes – a thousand times a thousand He will take us back into His loving arms and spiritually cleanse us from our sins so that we may again walk with God in right believing. God’s loving embrace uplifts us into His own unending grace that is upon our very lives, for our names are written in the pages of the living memory (of the book of life) of God Himself. The heart of God’s eternal embrace is described and detail in many ways in the Epistle of Galatians and we will be looking at some of these details.

Galatians is an Epistle of correction, correcting the wrong practices of believers who have fallen from the doctrinal side of Romans, chapters 1 through 8. Galatians brings the believer back again into right believing of the foundational principles contained in the Epistle of Romans and shows the believers that their walks with the heavenly Father are never based on works (or even fears) of any kind. Galatians presents to the believers convincing arguments to help correct many deep-seated wrong practices, helping bring them back into the spiritual wholeness they once enjoyed.

Galatians 1:3-4:
-3:  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
-4:  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Grace and peace are spiritual qualities of life made available to us by the will of God so that we may enjoy our spiritual lives. Christ gave himself for our sins to this end: that we may receive our salvation and be delivered from the evils that have saturated this world.

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek {Gentiles}.

The word salvation is in reference to our spiritual wholeness, a wholeness that fills up the empty void in the hearts and souls of men and women. Once we believe in the Gospel of Christ, we receive the actual power of God to enjoy our spiritual wholeness. God’s grace and peace satisfies our searching hearts and immerses us in the favorable graces of God; these are spiritual qualities of life that are God-given. Let us enjoy this day in our believing, knowing that Christ has delivered us from “this present evil world, according to the will of God,” for this is right believing.

The Knowledge of Christ (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Once there was a man who hated Christians. He persecuted them at every opportunity, put them in into prison, and gave his vote to have them executed by stoning them to death. He carried written permission from the leaders of his day to go anywhere, into any home, and forcefully drag out men and women and take them to jail. From the depths of his heart he loved God, and walked faithfully and blameless before others who believed in his religion and he somehow did this with a clear conscience. He was a very religious man who prayed and worshiped the same God we pray and worship. He believed in his heart that the Christian movement came from the pits of hell. I have no doubt that I would not allow him into my home or around my friends because his very presence could mean death. He thought in his heart that he was a great believer and that he was doing the right things before his God as he personally anticipated the coming of the Redeemer. This man lived in the first century as a Pharisee, he had the best schooling that money could buy. He also had the right credentials as he sat under the greatest teacher of the Old Testament Scriptures (“Gamaliel” Acts 5:34; Acts 22:3), and he was one of Gamaliel’s favorite pupils. This man was Saul, also known in the Scriptures as Paul (the difference in the two names is that Saul comes from the Hebrew, while Paul is the Greek).

Acts 22:4 – And I {Paul} persecuted this way {“this way” represented the followers of Jesus Christ who was, is, and shall always be “the way, the truth, and the life” John 14:6} unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

I Timothy 1:12-13:
-12:  And I {Paul} thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
-13:  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious {an insulter}: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

“Ignorantly in unbelief” means that Paul did not have the right information to believe correctly, even with all his religions training in the Scriptures which foretell and announce the coming of Christ, the promised Messiah. Paul completely missed the truths in the Scriptures that reveal Jesus Christ to be the promised Messiah, the Redeemer, and the Savior of humanity. One day when Paul was on the road to Damascus he, for the first time in his life, met Jesus Christ, and as we know, he had an immediate change of mind and heart, because Paul for the first time in his life saw (mentally perceived) the true spiritual realities of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to Paul in Acts 9:5 “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest!” Can you imagine?

Personally – if I were Paul – this meeting would have given me a heart attack! Yet, Paul recognized the error of his ways, changed his mind, and he became one of the greatest believers this world has ever known, he received perhaps more revelation and inspiration than any man or woman has received in all of history. The great Apostle Paul from that day forward dedicated his life to teaching and showing others the depths of God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. Paul helped believers receive an understanding of the healing Word by preaching Jesus Christ, who in turn reveals the righteousness of God to our inner hearts, as His Word continues blessing our lives with spiritual truth.

Philippians 3:8-9:
-8:  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered {allowed} the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ {there is nothing as precious as learning about Christ},
-9:  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: