Touchdown (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 3:16 is a verse of Scripture that we often see behind the goalpost at football games and other sporting events. I wanted to title this Bible byte “Touchdown” because John 3:16 is quite possibly the greatest event that has ever happened to (or for) the world.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world {i.e., the people in the world}, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Our goal is heaven and our final destiny is to be with God, enjoying our everlasting life! God has given eternal life to humanity who believe in the completed work of His son, Jesus Christ who died for our sins and made eternity a reality for us.

John 3:17 – For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him {through the accomplishments and completed work of Jesus Christ} might be saved.

God, in love, gave His son because His son, by his own free will, was not only willing to give his life for you and for me, but he indeed did give his life for you and for me. It was Jesus himself who spoke the verses above because he knew that it would take the love of God in himself to accomplish the task before him.

I John 4:10-12:
-10:  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation {the full payment} for our sins.
-11:  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
-12:  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Jesus willingly gave himself for our sins. We currently also have the same love of God that Jesus Christ originally had when he gave himself for us. With this love applied in our lives, given to us by God (Romans 5:5), we can be assured of knowing and realizing that God Himself dwells in us. As we walk in the abundance of God’s love, we will literally show others the same love with which “God so loved the world.”

Heirs of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 4:6-7:
-6:  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
-7:  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if {since you are} a son, then an heir of God through {by the work of} Christ.

Today we are the sons of God.  “Son” is all-inclusive for every child of God whether they are male or female (Galatians 3:26-28) and we are all the children of God because we have the spirit of Christ with our very hearts. “Crying, Abba, Father” literally means saying daddy in the same way a child first speaks out to his parents saying momma or dada. Receiving the spirit of Christ has made us the children of God, and thus the biblical expression of “being born again of incorruptible seed” (I Peter 1:23).

Therefore, we are not servants of God, but emphatically, we truly are the sons of God! God has made us heirs of heavens throne and all that is therein; the majesty, the power, and the glory of heaven itself is to be ours because of the work of Christ. He gave his life for this, that we may genuinely know and experience the greatness of our heavenly calling, and of our eternal heavenly inheritance (Ephesians 1:18-19).

When the children of Israel (the Old Testament servants of God) were delivered from the bondage of Egypt, they definitely had the release of a major burden of cruel slavery, yet they became servants to the Law, and the Law itself became for them an emotional internal bondage of rigorous mandates, actions, and commandments. However, today in God’s divine grace we are no longer servants, but sons and daughters, and heirs of His Majesty’s wealth because we accepted Christ, rather than on account of any works, laws, or commandments we may do (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Romans 8:14-17a:
-14:  For as many as are lead by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
-15:  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption {a sonship spirit that brings to the heart and soul of the children of God true inner spiritual freedom}, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
-16:  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
-17a:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; . . .

A joint-heir shares fully, we will not divide up Christ’s inheritance among all of the children of God but rather we will all partake completely in everything that belongs to Christ!  If you can get a moment this evening, look up at OUR heavenly amphitheater that passes through the night’s sky and grasp for one moment the true spiritual reality that we are heirs to all of it, and allow the Spirit of God to show you it is yours, and He will bless you thoroughly.

The One Great Subject in the Scriptures (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

People sometimes read the Bible a lifetime without ever knowing or discovering the one great subject in the Scriptures. Without the subject, the Bible may as well be all Greek or only spoken in Latin because without the subject the content is utterly void of true spiritual understanding. Jesus Christ is the subject of the Bible, no matter where we read in the Scriptures – either from the Old Testament or from the New Testament Scripture – they both foretell or foretold about the Savior of the world (in past, present, and future realities). As we find Jesus Christ in the Scriptures – he alone, and only he reveals the Father to us. Jesus Christ reveals unspoken truths to the heart of searching men and women, young and old. I cannot, nor can anyone else prove God to be real because God is Spirit, and Spirit is beyond or outside the realm of the five senses, yet Christ indeed reveals God to the heart of one’s own understanding as (and only when) we discover Christ within the written Word.  Whether the written Word is spoken, preached, or read, the absolute mission of Christ is to make known His Father. This is why the believers in the Scriptures preached Jesus Christ! When Jesus Christ became known, he then can begin revealing God to the heart of people who crave for righteous judgment, for eternal life, and for spiritual understanding.

John 6:63a – . . . the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The actual voice of Jesus Christ still speaks to our hearts words that cannot be uttered, only thought, only spiritually realized, and only given to the believer. Jesus said “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). Here, Jesus was referring to the Old Testament, for when he spoke these words, the New Testament was not yet written. The words “ye think ye have eternal life” were not written to suggest doubt, but rather that the Scriptures reveal Christ to our minds, to our thinking processes – and from our thinking the Scriptures – true believing functions. The Old Testament scriptures reveal Jesus Christ; in truth every writer of the Old Testament wrote divine revelations concerning Jesus Christ. Below in John chapter 5, Jesus is speaking to a group of people who refused to believe the words he spoke:

John 5:46-47:
-46:  For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
-47:  But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Acts 3:21-22:
-21:  Whom the heaven must receive {Jesus Christ, who is in heaven} until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
-22:  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me {Moses}; him {Jesus Christ} shall ye hear {in your heart} in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

As Jesus Christ was and still is the underlying subject of the Old Testament, he is also the true subject of the New Testament, revealing to the spiritual heart of believers the true essence of God. The Apostle Peter summed it up quite well by saying to Jesus “. . . Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68b-69). Today, Jesus Christ is still alive, still fulfilling his mission of revealing God to believers who look to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ can and will continue revealing his Father to us as we continue looking to him in the Scriptures. Jesus Christ stands at the threshold of eternity, knocking and asking for us to allow him into our life and us into his (Revelation 3:20), for he is still the power and wisdom of God (I Corinthians 1:24).

In Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

II Corinthians 4:15-16:
-15:  For all things are for your sakes {promised to us in the Church Epistles}, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound {to give over the top in thankfulness} to {for} the glory of God.
-16:  For which cause {for the abundant grace contained in the Epistles, which causes us to be bountifully thankful in our giving glory back to our God} we faint not {we will never get tired of thanking God for His abundant grace}; but though our outward man perish {although we continue getting older}, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

The greatness of being a believer is that no matter our current age, we can always put on in our minds the truths recorded is His healing Word, and we may continuously be renewed in the spirit of our minds with truth. In the Epistles the children of God who walk before Him are never called “has-beens” or considered “over the hill,” for the inward man (the Christ within) can always grow as we are encouraged to believe God’s Word and reap the positive rewards promised.

Galatians 4:19 – My little children {from God’s point of view we are always His precious children}, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.

Having Christ formed in you represents the time span that it would take from the point of our salvation until we begin truly realizing our own spiritual light (the new man), and its source, and the learning and knowing of the Christ within (created and placed there by God), and our absolute realization and complete belief of it. When the Word of God really begins lifting our life up and out of the old nature and we begin relying on God’s Word as the words of life and our daily spiritual food, then Christ will be completely formed within our conscious mind. At that point in time when Christ is formed in us, we can spiritually begin growing and shining with effervescence in God’s spiritual light. Then we will also be “in Christ” and true spiritual understanding becomes new in the mind and alive in the heart as divine inspirations begin directing our paths.

Galatians 6:15 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature {new creation}.

This new creation is the spirit that God created in us, it is our “new nature in Christ,” and this new nature places the Christian believers on a spiritual journey with God that continues until the return of Christ when we receive our new spiritual bodies that will be totally renewed in spiritual perfection. The word availeth literally means that we can become strong in our spiritual life, the new creation strengthens plus enhances our walks with the heavenly Father, for the new creation shows us the true strength that Christ within continues giving to us (Philippians 4:13).

II Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature {creation}: old things {in the mind, the old nature} are passed away; behold, all things are become {becoming} new {in our understanding}.

Having Christ within us is our ticket to heaven. In contrast, being “in Christ” is when we are walking with the healing Word of God in our daily lives. As we continue putting on the mind of Christ, the true impressions of Christ will rise to the surface of reason and understanding, and this will present to us unmistakable revelations and inspirations that we truly are in Christ.