The Crown of Rejoicing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The crown of rejoicing is by far the greatest crown in the sense that we may partake of the joy in the here and now. The crown of rejoicing that we can receive when Christ returns is given to us for winning lost souls to the Lord Jesus Christ. Whenever someone whom we have witnessed to becomes saved, the joy that we will experience can at times become so overwhelming that we almost feel that we need to ask God to cool it down some because our hearts can bubble over with inner spiritual joy.

It is so exciting and thrilling to our hearts whenever someone actually believes the words that come from out of our hearts and mouths regarding the wonderful healing Word and will of God.

This wonderful action of speaking up causes us to become so thankful that we ourselves have received our own personal salvation, and we experience the same thrills that the people we witness to experience when they finally believe themselves in the Word that works effectually in anyone who believes.

I Thessalonians 2:13 – For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye receive it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that {do one thing and one thing only:} believe.

When we simply accept the Scriptures as the actual Word of God, and we believe them, then the Word begins working effectually within our lives. When we share this wonderful Word of God that we believe to someone else and they believe, then the Word will work equally as well for them.

This, my friend, is what brings so much joy into our lives, not to mention the crown of rejoicing that will be given to us when Christ returns. There are no requirements as to how many people we can share God’s Word with, even if we simply introduced one person to Christ in our life we will receive the crown of rejoicing.

I Thessalonians 2:19-20:
-19: For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? {The people Paul witnessed to who believed him will also be brought into “the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming.”}
-20: For ye are our glory and joy.

Over the years God has been presented to people in a most negative way. Some people threaten the unsaved with the supposed wrath of God, preaching hellfire and condemnation to bring others to the point of accepting Christ. This is totally wrong and shameful to share God’s Word in this manner because God is love!

I Peter 4:10-11:
-10: As every man {believer} hath received the gift {of salvation}, even so minister the same {gift} one to another, as good stewards of the manifold {abundantly diverse and ever growing} grace of God,
-11: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God {utterances and declarations of God’s manifold grace}; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.

When we present God in the favorable light of His healing Word, then we are truly striving according to the rule book of life. No good thing will God withhold from us who share of His salvation and grace, and in return we can know in our hearts that the people we bring to the Lord will cause our hearts to rejoice with “glory and joy!”

Philippians 3:20-21; 4:1:
-20: For our conversation {our citizenship is the Text} is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ;
-21: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious {and resurrected} body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {he is able to bring all those who believe} unto himself.
-1: Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

When Christ returns for us we will enjoy the privilege of being the sons and daughters of God who live in the heavenlies with Christ. We shall receive glorious new bodies and we will enjoy our heavenly citizenship with those whom we have rescued from this world.

When that glorious day comes we can receive the crown of rejoicing for being faithful witnesses and stewards of the manifold grace of God.

To be continued in Many Crowns

A Fearless Hope

“Christ returning for the children of God, for you and me, can become our innermost hope (Romans 5:5). There are great fears about his coming that are truly unfounded because according to the Bible the return of Christ brings great rewards, and they will be given out, rather than any Christian ever receiving wrath, condemnation, hell-fire, etcetera (Galatians 1:4, Philippians 3:20, I Thessalonians 5:9-10).” ~LMJ~

The Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Alpha and Omega is Jesus Christ.  He is the first and the last. This saying was well-known to the people in the biblelands. Its meaning is that when a foreign nation was about to attack a certain region they commissioned a messenger to run throughout the different villages and say I am the alpha and the omega, your first and your last warning that the enemy is coming, then he would run to the next village.

This is similar to Paul Revere’s ride; the messenger was the only one who would come; there would be no other messengers to follow. Then the people could either prepare for the imminent danger that was coming or reject their only chance for survival. This is the reference to Jesus Christ who brought the one and only salvation for all men and women, he is the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, our messenger who in prophecy travels through the Scriptures from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.

We can track God’s messenger, Jesus Christ through the Word of God, for he is the golden thread that runs through the millennia of time in Scripture revealing himself as man’s complete Savior.

Acts 4:12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name {Jesus Christ} under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

When Jesus had told John in the Book of Revelation that he was the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:11,17; 2:8; 21:6; 22:13), Jesus was saying that he was the only hope of the ages, the only entrance into the everlasting graces of the Creator. Jesus Christ is the one great subject in the Word of God, for he is the promised prophesied seed of the woman. He is the Master’s master key to unlock the divine revelation of the Word of God. The entire Bible is about him directly or indirectly.

Everything in the Scriptures is subject to him and centers in and around him, and without him we cannot fully understand or appreciate the Scriptures in their fullness.

With the Alpha and Omega revealed in the Word of God, we can see that through Christ the beginning of man with his Genesis (his beginning) is fully completed in man’s end, as is revealed in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation is the complement and completion to the Book of Genesis; without the Book of Genesis the Book of Revelation would be incomplete and vice versa.

In Genesis we have man’s banishment from Paradise and the tree of life; in Revelation we have man welcomed back into Paradise and the tree of life.

In Genesis we have the curse of the ground pronounced, while in Revelation we have no more curse at all.

In Genesis we have the entrance of man’s sorrows, suffering, and death, while in Revelation we have no more death, sorrow, nor crying.

In Genesis we have night; in Revelation we have no more night.

In Genesis we have the sea; in Revelation we have no more seas.

In Genesis we have the sun and moon, while in Revelation we do not need the sun and moon because we will be living in the light of God.

In Genesis we have Satan’s rebellion; in Revelation we have Satan’s final rebellion and destruction.

In Genesis we have a river for the earth’s blessings; in Revelation we have a river for the new earth’s blessings.

In Genesis we have the entrance of sin and man’s fall from grace; in Revelation we have the end of sin and man’s complete restoration into God’s grace.

In Genesis we have man driven from Eden; in Revelation we have man restored.

In Genesis we have man’s dominion completely diminished, and Satan’s dominion begins; in Revelation we have Satan’s dominion ended, and man’s dominion completely restored.

In Genesis we have the doom of the Serpent pronounced; in Revelation we have the doom of the Serpent executed.

Thus we have the beginning and the end, with all that was introduced in Genesis completely fulfilled in an endless life revealed to us by the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

So really, the Book of Revelation for the believer in grace is not a doomsday book but rather reveals an incredible amount of good news.  We have the book of the beginning, and we have the book of the end; both complement and augment each other to reveal Christ as our Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.

What a terrific messenger of salvation we have, and what a honorable privilege we have to know him intimately as our personal Lord and Savior, and oh, how thankful we can be to have been given such wonderful understanding from the Word of God that reveals to our hearts truth, love, and light.

Revelation 22:20-21:
-20: He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
-21: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.