Hosea – Revealing Our Ransom

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Hosea, the children of Israel were in dire straits because of their rejection of God’s Word given to them by God’s prophets. Yet even in the midst of such gross misbehavior from God’s chosen people, He assures them of their future hope and victory that will be theirs in the end times.

In Hosea, Jesus Christ was symbolized as the “rain” (Hosea 6:3), and the “dew” (Hosea 14:5), representing that Christ is the true essence of spiritual life coming from above (the rain) and receiving their resurrection (the dew) into life eternal.

Jesus Christ would become their Redeemer and the price of ransom which would insure their future resurrection. In Hosea 4:6 we read, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:” They had a lack of knowledge, not because there was no knowledge, wisdom, or understanding available from God, but rather they had lack of knowledge because they rejected God’s Word spoken to them by His prophets.

Hosea 10:12-13:
-12: Sow to yourselves righteousness, reap in mercy: break up your fallow ground {of the mind}: for it is time to seek the LORD: till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
-13: Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.

“The multitude of thy mighty men” was those who sought knowledge without accepting and receiving God’s knowledge, and they with their own knowledge walked in their ways and lead Israel straight into the ground. This is so human of people to look to themselves and their own abilities and understanding rather than trusting in God; trusting in the wisdom of the day rather than the wisdom of eternity. God is asking them again (over and over again) to seek the Lord, and accept God to rain His righteousness upon them, and try to the best of their abilities to walk with Him.

God’s healing Word not only gives His children great hope and expectations but explains to them why and how eternal salvation will be granted to them.

Hosea 13:14a – I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: . . .

This verse is a prophecy relating to Jesus Christ who for God would ransom God’s people from the power of the grave. Jesus Christ would also redeem them from eternal death because he would become the only ransom that would allow God to resurrect them. Jesus Christ would also be the complete and total future destruction of the grave. He said in John 11:25 “I am the resurrection, and the life,” because he “gave himself a ransom for all” (I Timothy 2:6), and so he is Our Ransom and thus we were bought (and purchased) with the price of the life of Jesus Christ.

As Israel had hope in the coming of Christ to ransom humanity, today the believers can believe that Jesus Christ has already paid the ransom giving us daily hope of our heavenly future.

Matthew 20:28 – Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

I Peter 1:18-21:
-18: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; {Even though some think that they can buy their way into heaven, it is totally impossible because Jesus Christ has already paid the complete and total price of redemption with his very own life’s blood.}
-19: But {we were redeemed} with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
-20: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you {the “last times” means the past times of the Gospel period},
-21: Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith {your believing faith} and hope might be in God.

The Just Shall Live by Faith

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Both the Old and the New Testaments tell us that, “the just shall live by his {own} faith” (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17). But have you ever considered, what does the just shall live by faith involve? Even the most agnostic unbeliever lives enjoying the fruits life has to offer him while he whoops it up as though he has been handed a great treasure,  while perhaps having no faith whatsoever. Even sinners of the highest magnitude live and more than likely they are living without any godly faith. In the Old Testament the word live meant to live again in resurrection, thus, it was their promise of having life eternal, as in Amos 5:6 “Seek the LORD, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}.”

In the Old Testament times, eternal life via resurrection was promised if the people would seek the LORD. Faith is the word for believing-faith and being equipped with the believing-faith of the Scriptures is how one discovers Christ, and the knowledge of Christ reveals God, and this is the cycle of how one seeks the LORD our God. Seeking God through having an understanding of Christ causes one to become just before Him, and the seeker will be rewarded ― richly through eternity, for he or she will be living again in resurrection, this is the meaning of the just shall live by faith.

The Old Testament believers brought their faith (believing) to the table of life, as God served them the just rewards from the bread of life, for therein they found the knowledge of Christ, and were henceforth justified to live again in resurrection.

Let us view a few examples from the Old Testament about resurrection:

Isaiah 55:3:
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live {live again in resurrection}; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you {which could not be an everlasting covenant if live meant anything else besides to live again in resurrection}, even the sure mercies of David {who rested in the hope and assurances of his resurrection,― Acts 2:25-28}.

Amos 5:4:
For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}:

Isaiah 26:19:
Thy dead men shall live {live again in resurrection}, together with my {Isaiah’s} dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew {rising} is as the dew of herbs {for healing}, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

Hosea 13:14a:
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. . .

Daniel 12:2:
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life {believers}, and some to shame and everlasting contempt {the wicked}.

Isaiah 38:16:
O LORD, By these things men live {live again in resurrection}, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live {live again in resurrection}.

Ezekiel 37:3, 5-6, 9, 14:
-3: And he {God} said unto me {Ezekiel}, Son of man, can these bones live {live again in resurrection}? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
-5: Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}:
-6: And I will lay sinews upon you {skin, nerves, tendons, organs, muscles, etcetera, See Job 10:11}, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
-9: Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live {live again in resurrection}.
-14: And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}, and I shall place you in your own land {the Promised Land}: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

The Old Testament is literally filled with references relating to resurrection and eternal life. The Bible is so wonderfully detailed with truths regarding the believers’ attainable destiny of eternal life.

John 6:27:
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

God sealed His Son who gives everlasting life. We, too, through Christ are sealed with everlasting life, and thankfully, once we have received our salvation, it can never be lost or taken away for any reason, contrary to how I was lead to believe and fear. Romans 10:9-10 show us how to receive our eternal salvation, while the rest of the Bible basically shows us how to enjoy our salvation in Christ.

II Corinthians: 1:22:
Who {God} hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit {the gift of holy spirit} in our hearts.

When God seals a man or a woman, they are sealed for life, which endureth unto everlasting life, and it is God Who securely seals men and women. What God has sealed up, stays sealed, as when He sealed Jesus (John 6:27 above), He also sealed us so we may enjoy the truth that we have the Son and eternal life within.

John 10:28-29:
-28: And I {Jesus} give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
-29: My Father, which gave them me, is {even} greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

A man once told my friend (a Christian), that he was going to hell because he did not attend his church ― my retort to that is “Scripture and verse, please.” That man thought he was bigger than our heavenly Father and foolishly believed that my friend could be plucked out of the hands of Jesus and God. We shall never perish, for our eternal life is assured by Christ who is the topic of the Scriptures, and he guarantees that we are safely held in the hand of our heavenly Father. Oh, and my friend knows where he is going ― to Heaven!

Romans 10:9-10:
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your own} salvation.

God placed the earnest of the spirit in our hearts, where we made our confession unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). An earnest is like a token, or a guarantee of even more to come (much more). The earnest of the spirit is a deposit given to men and women by God as His seal, and what He has given is sealed and cannot ever be taken away (Romans 11:29). God only gives good things (like the spirit) to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:11, Luke 11:13).

Ephesians 1:12-14:
-12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
-13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
-14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession {that is you and I}, unto the praise of his glory.

We have the sure guaranteed token of the spirit as a foretaste to have for now; and the sheer enjoyment of learning about the “earnest of the spirit” from the Bible, and our subsequent new life with God that accompanies our salvation is a daily adventure. We can currently enjoy our spiritual life with God until our total Redemption into the heavenlies. Then men and women will receive the full endowment of the earnest to   become completely clothed with our new indestructible, eternal bodies (I Corinthians 15:54). We will receive these new bodies at the gathering together (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Today in grace, God has sealed us with Christ, as Heaven’s holiest, and we have the earnest of the spirit within our hearts, and the future assurance of so much more to come from our heavenly Father.

II Corinthians 5:5:
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing {our salvation, Heaven, and our new bodies given to us at the return of Christ} is God who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit {the holy spirit}.

So today, please enjoy your eternity, for God sealed you, and guaranteed you the complete fulfillment of His promise because you have the earnest of the spirit within your very being, and thankfully the Son of God dwells in you as well (Colossians 1:27). Christ justified you by his completed works, so that you can bask in the knowledge that you are just, and you shall live because of your believing faith, forever and ever.

I John 5:12-13:
-12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
-13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.