Serenity Now – and Then

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also– Matthew 6:21. When we are thinking about God and His wonderful Word, our hearts will be right-on with God’s thoughts, which are His treasures. Nobody walks around continuously thinking about God and His Word (for we are not perfect); however, we can at least have precious moments of serenity throughout the day that can help us to remember God and His many promises to us.” ~LMJ~

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.

The Case for Humanity’s Habitat and Their Creator

“WE are the actual habitation of God- Ephesians 2:22! For in him we live, and move, and have our being- Acts 17:28. When the heart turns to Him ― then He is discovered within, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart– II Corinthians 3:3. His most sacred abode is in His beloved children, as we read in Ephesians, chapter 2:19-22.” ~LMJ~

The Right to Our Reconciliation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Reconciliation means to reunite two parties, and from God’s Word we find our reconciliation to be a right that Jesus Christ had made available. This brings us into a right relationship with God Who originally formed, made, and created men to walk with Him in peace of mind and heart.

I Corinthians 15:3 – For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

How did Christ die for our sins? He first offered himself for our sins, then he bore our sins through a humiliating torture, culminating with him being nailed to a tree. Jesus’ sinless life became for us the complete and total payment for our sins, and when the payment was fully met – he died for our sins. When he died – our sins died with him, and the significance of Christ dying upon the cross was to present humanity again with a way back to God. We were totally separated from having the true love and nature of God ever since man’s fall in Genesis, but since Christ made sanctification, redemption, and righteousness available to us, these are now eternally our legal sonship rights – and we have access to the love and nature of God – having been reconciled.

I Corinthians 1:30 – But of him {God} are ye in Christ Jesus, who of {for} God is made unto us wisdom {to understand our God-given rights}, and righteousness {because Jesus was the propitiation for our sins}, and sanctification {because Jesus bore our sins}, and redemption {because Jesus gave himself for our sins}:

Since Jesus Christ has done all this in the above verse for us, we now permanently have heavenly rights to the complete and eternal reconciliation between God and man.

Romans 5:10-11:
-10:  For if, when we were enemies {before our salvation, this is the nature of man when he is separated from God}, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being {now} reconciled, we shall be saved by his {Jesus’} life.
-11:  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement {the reconciliation}.

The experience of true joy in our God was and still is through the accomplishments of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus made available to us the joys of having unity and being at peace with our God because we have the spiritual right to our very own reconciliation, for Jesus gave – paying the ultimate price on that cross – giving his life for sin, for all, for eternity!

Colossians 1:20-22:
-20:  And, having made peace {between you and God} through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
-21:  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
-22:  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his {God’s} sight: