The Habitation of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Ephesians 2:18 – For through him {Jesus Christ} we both {believers from Israel and the Gentiles} have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

The word Spirit is in reference to the gift that God has given each believer and the spirit gives us personal access to the Father. Many people think that they have no real access to our heavenly Father; however, we most certainly do.

Ephesians 2:19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

We are not estranged to God, nor are we foreign to Him, for He knows us intimately.  God has already made us one with spiritual unity before Him because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which gives us genuine citizenship from above – from heaven – from Him Who gave. God has also made us fellow-citizens with every other saint (every believer without exception), and we are also fellow-citizens of the actual household of the Creator.

Ephesians 2:20 – And {we, the fellow-citizens} are built upon the foundation of the {laid by the} apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone:

The Apostles and Prophets are those whom God in His grace has commissioned to lay the foundation by their teaching the truth within the Church Epistles. The Epistles teach us about the true spiritual foundation of Christ, and that the entire Church of God is built upon this.

Ephesians 2:21 – In whom {in Christ} all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

It is we, the believers, who spiritually grow within the temple, and we are “framed together” to make up the true spiritual temple that is growing in the Lord. You may wonder: How in the world can people make up a temple, and how is it that we are framed together? The next verse continues:

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom {the Lord} ye also are builded {up} together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

We are not only spiritually “framed together” in the temple of God, but we are also being spiritually “builded (up) together” to be the habitation of God. We know where we physically dwell, the place that we call our home, while spiritually speaking we are the place where God spiritually dwells, the place He calls His home, for we are indeed intimate members of His household. Not only do we have continued access to God, not only are we conducting our lives on the foundation of Christ, not only are we growing spiritually within the true temple of God, but we are also the place where the Creator of life has His habitation. We have access to God by the spirit that He gave us, and Ephesians 2:22 shows that God Himself inhabits the believers through or by means of the Spirit, and Spirit is the very essence of God.

Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Colossians 2:3 – In whom {in God} are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,

God’s hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge are revealed and given to us, His children according to our believing. These treasures have never been hidden from us but hidden securely in God and reserved for us, with the view that we may not only receive but also enjoy crystal clear revelations of the riches of having Christ in us, which is the greatest treasure of all time.

Colossians 2:4-6:
-4:  And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
-5:  For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
-6:  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

“Beguile” means to be deceived, and “enticing words” mean to be persuaded falsely with a perverse discourse of false reasoning. The Apostle Paul had a concern that other people would attempt to persuade them out of God’s Word. Paul wanted the believers to stand with conviction in the knowledge they received from God and to enjoy the spiritual treasures of godly enlightenment that God gave to them to personally learn the truths about the Christ within. Their “order” was their orderliness in continuing in the truth, which makes the believers’ lives free. Their steadfastness in their faith was their continued believing in Christ who was their complete Savior.

Notice that verse 6 says “Christ Jesus,” not Jesus Christ; the reason for this is that Christ Jesus in the Bible always refers to the resurrected Christ. Jesus Christ died for our sins, but he was raised as Christ Jesus who arose for our eternal life; it is our believing in the resurrection of Christ that truly gives us genuine spiritual power. In the Scriptures when we read the names Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus, this truth always carries through in the Epistles. This is why Colossians 1:27 says we have Christ in us, because we have the power of the resurrected Christ within. Paul was joying and beholding the believer’s steadfastness in the wonderful knowledge they were receiving, and in their personal believing they continued recognizing the Christ within, and their complete unity becomes more and more realized by walking in him.

Colossians 2:7 – Rooted and built up in him {Christ Jesus}, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

To be rooted and built up in Christ is to be established in the faith, the faith refers to God’s calling us into His family; this is the household of God. God’s healing Word continues to encourage us about how to grow in His family, and to be genuinely thankful, not only for the knowledge that God continues revealing, but to be thankful that He called us into such a wonderful and eternal heavenly household.  We are the family of God and He is continually proud of His eternal family. The more we learn about Jesus Christ, his sacrifice, death, and his resurrection, and the subsequent new life that God gives to us in Christ, the more we will be able to walk with God. We are endeared and endowed with the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge, prepared for us before the foundation of the world for our glory, and is given so that we may know how to walk in Christ, and walk hand in hand with God our heavenly Father.

The Glory of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Our Christian walk with the Father is always a heartfelt spiritual journey into the ways of God and the more abundant life is the result. As a believer we were never called to stand alone, as was done often by individual believers throughout Old Testament times. We, in grace however are called into God’s household and His family, being individual members in the Church of God where each of us is important to God, Christ, and one another.

Romans 15:7:
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Glory literally means a manifestation of power, and here in Romans the glory of God represents God having revealed Himself to us through the accomplishments of Christ (initially for us, and now eternally in us), and that we now have God’s permission and personal access to His manifested power. This is available to each believer because of Christ’s resurrection and ascension into heaven, who is now standing at the right hand of God making intercession for us (Romans 8:34).

In the future there is going to be a “gathering together” of the believers (I Thessalonians 4:14-18), when Christ comes back in the clouds above and gathers us up into the heavenlies to be with God. (This is going to be without a doubt, the greatest day of our lives!) Spiritually today we are already risen (by the power and glory of God) to a new life in Christ (Romans 6:9-13).

Now Romans 15:7 says “wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God” because having fellowship with another believer is the next best thing this side of the actual “gathering together” into the heavenlies. Being with another likeminded believer (or believers), having the common bond of the Scriptures, is to experience (at least in part) the greatness of the glory of God as a genuine foretaste of how glorious our “gathering together” will be.

Hebrews 10:25 encourage the assembling of believers together. Obviously this is not a command to gather at every spare moment of every day; however, when we do fellowship with another believer, being likeminded on the Word, we will become spiritually linked with others who are going to live throughout eternity with us in the glory of God.  We are to treat other believers with the same honor and respect that God in Christ has honored us with, according to the guiding instructions recorded in the Epistles.

The practical side of Romans builds true Christian character, strengthens our devotion to God, and shows us how to look after the spiritual well-being of fellow believers. As Christ has received us to the glory of God, we today can receive one another in fellowship and camaraderie (fulfilling Romans 15:7).

This is how we more fully experience precious moments in the glory of God with one another.

Safely Anchored

“We are now members in the household of God (Ephesians 2:19) being His sons (I John 3:1-2), and with our new identity in Christ, we each have a special interceder working on our behalf in heaven (Romans 8:34). The more we learn about Christ Jesus from the Scriptures, the more we will truly find ourselves to be in him, safely anchored (Hebrews 6:19) now ― and for all eternity.” ~LMJ~

You Are God’s Perfect Addition – Oh Yes You Are!

“{The believers were} Praising God, and having favour with all the people {How many? All the people!}, And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved– Acts 2:47. Who adds to the Church of God? God! God brings people to Himself; He draws us to Him through Christ who is the mediator between God and men (I Timothy 2:5). God is the searcher of all hearts (I Chronicles 28:9, Psalms 139:1, and Romans 8:27), and God never makes mistakes; His calling us to Himself is by His grace, and this alone should humble our hearts just to know that we were called into His household (Ephesians 2:19-22).” ~LMJ~