Faith, Hope, and Charity (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Through this study, we will be looking at the words ― faith, hope, and charity to learn how they work together. Our goal is to acquire a further understanding of their meaning in the Scriptures, for they are the footing on which the more abundant life rests. In this first study, we will briefly look at all three words.

I Corinthians 13:13: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but {and} the greatest of these is charity.

Once I was told by an individual, “charity was the best gift a person could receive from God, and everything else was insignificant in comparison” and he got this idea from the verse above. However, the Bible does not say that charity is the best gift; rather the Bible says the greatest of these is charity. Jesus said, “my Father is greater than I” in John 14:28, and this is the same Greek word that is translated greatest, though no one would say Jesus is insignificant in God’s eyes! Also, the Bible does not teach “faith and hope are not really as good.”

Let us use the earth, the sun, and the moon for a parallel example; the earth supplies the substance that sustains our lives, but still without the moon and the sun, the earth would be about as barren of a planet as you could find. In truth, we need all three to sustain ourselves and flourish in our physical lives; it is the same truth with faith, hope, and charity, we need all three to sustain ourselves and flourish in our spiritual lives.

The reason why charity is called the greatest is because it is a God-given master key for unlocking our faith, and faith opens, reveals, and insures our inner souls of “the hope of His calling” (Ephesians 1:18), which is to be with Christ for all eternity. So with charity, our faith and hope are energized.

Faith is the Greek word pistis, and means believing or believing faith and without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), so faith is significantly important.

Hope is the Greek word elpis, and it means future hope (Romans 8:24–25); it is usually in the context of the hope or anticipation that men and women have for the return of Christ (still a future event), and I Timothy 1:1 says that Christ is our hope. Only the believer has access to the hope of Christ’s return in order to patiently wait with joy to be eternally with our Savior in heaven. Hope encourages the Christian believer to continue standing for God even through any present adversity because the future has rewards for our believing and loving in this current time of grace, so hope is also significantly important.

Charity is the Greek word agapē and means the love of God. The word greatest in I Corinthians 13:13 above would be much better understood if it were translated as the first, or the elder, or the commencement, or the foundation, as this is the proper and greater meaning of the word, because God loved us from before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). God’s love for us has always existed while faith and hope both have a beginning in our lives, faith comes to the individual by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17), and man had no spiritual faith until he knew Christ (Galatians (3:22–29). And as well, our hope began growing in our hearts from the moment of our salvation when we became the children of God, a hope that we at one time were without (Ephesians 2:2; I Thessalonians 4:13). Thus, as (and when) faith and hope begin living in the heart of our understanding, then charity will magnify itself greater and greater in our lives as a viable part of the spiritual serenity we can enjoy walking with God.

Charity – being the love of God is a part of God Himself, and this part – His love – He has given to all believers (Romans 5:5; 8:36–39), while our hope and believing faith is something we learn to aspire to utilize in our daily living. We learn to believe in the promises of God through our believing faith, and we learn to hope more and more through knowing what the Word says regarding our Savior returning for us.

I Corinthians 13:12:  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; means that today we do not know it all, even with all the abundance that God’s Word reveals to us. This phrase is in reference to our believing faith, “for we walk by faith {believing faith}, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). The next words, but then face to face is in reference to when we meet Christ face to face, because our hope is in his imminent return. Now I know in part; is again in reference to our believing faith, to believe in what we do know from God’s healing Word. But then shall I know even as I am known is again in reference to our hope, when we will receive all that we have hoped in and anticipated, because then we will have been perfected (Philippians 3:20–21), and we will be enjoying our lives with God and with Jesus Christ through eternity.

Love – God’s love – motivates our endeavors, faith – believing faith – appropriates the promises of God, and hope – Christian hope – anticipates the return of Christ. These three form a complete whole and enhance Christian character in an individual’s life. “And now abideth {or ― remains here for you} faith, hope, charity.”

Philippians 3:20–21 (The Amplified Bible):**
-20: But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior,
-21: Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Known of God (Part Two)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

God created the heavens and the earth, and He formed, made, and created man to live upon the earth. God, being the Creator, designed the mind of man to hold His Word and for men and women to walk with God in His Word is His greatest goal. The Bible says that God knows our frame (Psalms 103:14). He understands everything that there is to know about us, and thankfully, He still loves us even though some people will deny His existence. God also formed our bodies and made us the way we are.

Matthew 10:29:
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

Nothing falls without God knowing about it. His concern for us is beyond all human comprehension. Yet the greatest thing God ever made was man.

Matthew 10:30:
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

This verse is probably familiar to most people, and I have heard it said that God knows how many hairs we have. Yet this verse goes way beyond this, for God has numbered each and every one of them! He knows which hair was numbered as one, all the way through to the end. God’s care and concern over us is almost unbelievable when we compare how we care for and think of ourselves. A friend who had very little hair once said to me “God only made a few perfect heads, and He covered the rest of them with hair.” Well, anyway, this I do know: God has numbered the very hairs on our heads, and I’ll lay wages that God even knows where each hair we have lost has fallen!

Romans 11:33:
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

It is beyond the mind of man to thoroughly search out God; for instance, have you ever wondered where God came from? Well, Romans 11:33 says that it is “past {beyond} finding out.” In other words, forget about it, because we cannot understand it now; however, when Christ does return we will “know as well as we are known” (I Corinthians 13:12). Still, God has given to humanity more than enough to acknowledge the reality of Him (Psalms 19:1-6; Hebrews 11:3).

Romans 1:20a:
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made {the heavenly amphitheater above, the earth and all that is therein}, even his eternal power and Godhead. . .

“Godhead” is old English for head God. “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever . . .” (Deuteronomy 29:29a). Your heavenly Father has revealed many things, not only what you can physically see with your eyes out in the world, but even more emphatically: He has revealed many secret things to your heart throughout His Word, so that you may come to know Him Who knows you intimately.

See: Known of God (Part One)

Faith, Hope, and Charity (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will be taking a look at faith, hope, and charity to learn how they work together. Our goal is to acquire a further understanding of their meaning in the Scriptures, for they are the footing on which the more abundant life rests. In this byte we will briefly look at all three and concentrate on each one in particular in other Bible bytes.

I Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Once, I was told by an individual that “charity was the best gift a person could receive from God,” and he got this idea from the verse above. However, the Bible doesn’t say that charity is the best gift, rather the Bible says charity is “the greatest.” Also, the Bible does not state “faith and hope are not really as good.” The reason that charity is the greatest is because it is a God-given master key for unlocking our own faith, and faith opens up to us and reveals “the hope of His calling” (Ephesians 1:18). So with charity, our faith and hope are energized.

“Faith” is the Greek word pistis, and means believing, believing faith. “Hope” is the Greek word elpis, and it means future hope, it is usually in the context of the hope men and women have for the return of Christ (still a future event). “Charity” is the Greek word agapee and means the love of God.

I Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly;” means that today we do not know it all, even with all the abundance that God’s Word reveals to us. This phrase is in reference to our believing faith, “for we walk by faith {believing}, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). The next words, “but then face to face” means when we meet Christ “face to face,” because of our hope in his imminent return. “Now I know in part;” is again in reference to our believing faith, to believe what we do know. “But then shall I know even as I am known” is again in reference to our hope, when we will receive all that we have hoped in because then we will have been perfected and will be enjoying our lives with God and with Jesus Christ in eternity.

Charity, the love of God we have will activate our faith, our believing faith to love as God’s Word encourages. Charity energizes our believing faith, and our believing faith will appropriate the revealed promises of God. Our believing faith energizes our anticipation in the hope of Christ’s return for us, and our hope is a necessary ingredient for living charitably. This is why all three are so wonderful and worthy of our taking the time to understanding them more clearly, and I am sure they will give you great inspiration, as well as great expectations.

The vehicle to help facilitate our believing and inspire our hope is charity, yet all three of these are important to living our lives in true godliness. “And now abideth {remains here for you} faith, hope, charity.”

Revelation – Revealing Our Revelation of Jesus Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Revelation is by far the most misunderstood and misinterpreted Book in the entire Bible. At the beginning of the book it reads on its heading “THE REVELATION of St. John the Divine,” yet, in the Greek Text it plainly states at the top of the book only the words “The Revelation,” with no mention of John. Then in the very first verse we read, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” So the question is, whose revelation are we reading, John’s or Jesus’? The answer is clear: The entire book is The Revelation of Jesus Christ; he is the subject (as he is in every book of the Bible).

Without knowing whose revelation we are reading, how could we even begin to understand its significance? Some well-intended scribe took the liberty and added “of St. John the Divine”; obviously he forgot the words in Proverbs 30:6 “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” or the words of Jesus in Revelation:

Revelation 22:18 – For I {Jesus} testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ is mainly a future revelation of the end times which are not here yet – contrary to the thousands of books that have been written over the centuries claiming we are living in those horrific times.

It was John who wrote the words in Revelation, but the words that he wrote and the things he saw were given to him by Jesus Christ.

What is literal in Revelation some people interpret as figurative, and what is figurative in Revelation some people interpret as literal, and almost everything written ABOUT the book is confusing.

The Book of Revelation has yet to commence; whatever is happening on earth today is nothing in comparison to what is going to happen as is revealed in Revelation.

Today we believers live in the age of God’s grace, and the Church Epistles are written to us, for our inspiration and guidance. However, the Book of Revelation is written for Israel’s future guidance and instruction, and is addressed to seven specific churches or rather assemblies (see Revelation chapters 2 and 3). And when we read the book we should be BLESSED (that is if we are reading through correctly), “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy” (Revelation 1:3), trust me, just knowing that no born again Christian is going to have to live on the earth during those day of wrath is an awesome blessing to our hearts and lives (see the verses below, Romans 5:9, I Thessalonians 1:10, and I Thessalonians 5:9-11)!

The Revelation of Jesus Christ explains some details regarding Satan’s reign that will commence after our gathering together up to Christ, and some of the events that will occur simultaneously in heaven and on earth (not just on the earth).

Revelation reveals Satan’s end, and the blessings of the new heavens and earth, with the new Jerusalem coming down from heaven.

The events recorded in Revelation are mostly a mystery today, but in the future they will be current events that will bring real understanding to the believers of those future times.

Honestly, we do not have a clue, for instance, what the “seven seals” really involve or who the people of the “seven Churches” are, or for what hidden purposes they will represent when they are revealed.

We do not know the true spiritual significance of the seven seals (until a seal is opened, we cannot fully understand what the significance is, as we studied in Daniel), any more than we can relate the Book of Revelation to current world events, or to three French hens, or two turtle doves, or a partridge in a pear tree.

We also cannot imagine what it really means when Christ is referred to as having eyes as a flame of fire, or feet like brass as if they burn in a furnace, or having a two-edged sword coming out of his mouth (other than noting that a two-edged sword represents God’s Word: Hebrews 4:12), or locusts that have faces like men, etcetera. We do know that these things are to some degree figurative statements, nevertheless the true interpretation and application belong to Israel in their future. However, this we do know, that Christ is our Lord and Savior today, and because we believed in him we have escaped all the future wrath to come.

The whys and the wherefores of Revelation man today can hardly comprehend, so those who attempt to relate the current day’s events to the record of Revelation are doing an injustice to the Words of life, not to mention the fact that they scare God’s children half to death with their attempts to prove they somehow have a corner on the truth and know more than God and the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Why do people want to be so morbid when today we live in the age of grace and in the times of the celebration of the resurrection? As we maintain humble hearts before our God, we can graciously receive an abundance of revelation as we acknowledge our true deliverance from all of the wrath to come: in this we may happily receive Our Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:9 – Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him {Jesus Christ}.

I Thessalonians 1:10 – And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

I Thessalonians 5:9-11:
-9: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
-10: Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
-11: Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Ask yourself these questions: What comfort and edification would we really have to give each other if in fact we are still going to pass through the future wrath and Armageddon?  There would be no edification and certainly no comfort!

Jesus is our Savior! But what did he save us from, if we still have to pass through the judgments?  We would be saved from absolutely nothing!

The future events that are recorded in the Book of Revelation are some of the things we are saved from, and this is the truth of the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to us today.

One of the greatest blessings that we can receive from the Book of Revelation is thankfulness that we have been delivered, and knowing in our hearts that we will not pass through any of the wrath to come is comforting to our souls and overall well-being; Praise God!


The Golden Thread (The Series Conclusion from Genesis to Revelation)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In concluding our study of The Golden Thread in our Bible Byte series, I pray that you have recognized Christ the Lord from the Scriptures to a much greater degree, as he in turn reveals the heavenly Father to the heart and soul of our understanding so that we may joyfully walk with our God in the light of His healing Word.

We have studied a little about Christ from every book in the Bible, and still we could have gone through the Scriptures a dozen times or so looking at different characteristics of Christ. (For us this is not the end of this study, but a beginning in our daily lives to walk with our Savior.)

The more we learn God’s Word, the more we will recognize Christ throughout; still, even though we do not know it all (I Corinthians 13:12), we are always students of the Scriptures, and the children of God. We can always learn more about Christ, so long as we are humble and meek to our God’s wonderful Word and His heart-felt inspirations.

When we look to Jesus Christ and see him from the Scriptures as the golden thread who holds the Word together in complete perfection, the greater the thread becomes a woven tapestry that knits our hearts together into the love of God which He has so graciously given to us.

Studying the Scriptures in daily Bytes is a wonderful way to become rooted and grounded in God’s Word, as His Word becomes an unshakeable foundation on which we may build our spiritual lives, being in Christ our Savior, and with our God – Who is the Rock of all ages.

Isaiah 26:4, 7-8: (The Amplified Bible*):
-4: So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
-7: The way of the [consistently] righteous (those living in moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relationship of their lives) is level and straight: You, O Lord, Who are upright, direct aright and make level the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous.
-8: Yes, in the path of Your judgments {Your righteous judgments}, O Lord, we wait [expectantly] for You; our heartfelt desire is for Your name and for the remembrance of You.

Our trust can always be in our God, for He is our rock, and His way is always level and straight (and perfect: Psalms 18:30-32). His righteous judgments are revealed to the just, the believer who has been given the righteousness of God by the life of our Savior Jesus Christ, and they together fill our heartfelt desires to really walk with them in the light of the truth.

In each study in The Golden Thread we had two words at the top of every byte: “Revealing Our” because as we are in Christ we can find our own identity in him, for he reveals to us our true godly spiritual life and in and with Christ our Lord we continue walking in God’s grace.

“. . . Learning about Jesus’ identification with us and our new identification with (and in) Christ and the enormousness of freedom we today have in Christ from sin and sin’s motions in our mortal bodies is a thrilling study in the Scriptures. As we recognize that our Savior was indeed humiliated just as all men are; we will learn that he not only has, but even more emphatically, he still currently is genuinely able to identify with us. In his resurrection he was made totally free from sin and humiliation. Christ Jesus experientially knows the hold sin still has on humanity. Man’s total escape from his inborn sin nature comes from knowing his Savior and the victory God in Christ now provides for us, and in the end (which will really be our new beginning) there will be complete victory over all sin, its humiliating nature, and all death. . .” From the Book: “A Refuge from the Storm” by ~LMJ~.

Isaiah 25:8 (The Amplified Bible *):
He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people {the humiliation of His children} He will take away from off the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.

Colossians 3:4 (The Amplified Bible **):
When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation. Used by permission.

**The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.


Posted titles in this series that you may enjoy reading:

Genesis – Revealing Our Promised Seed
Exodus – Revealing Our True Passover
Leviticus – Revealing Our Saviour’s Offering
Numbers – Revealing Our Morning Star
Deuteronomy – Revealing Our Prophet
Joshua – Revealing Our Captain of Salvation
Judges – Revealing Our Wonderful Secret
Ruth – Revealing Our Redeemer
Samuel – Revealing Our Deliverer
Kings – Revealing Our Still Small Voice
Chronicles – Revealing Our Eternal Answer
Ezra – Revealing Our Spiritual Revival
Nehemiah – Revealing Our Heavenly Pardon
Esther – Revealing Our Good Day
Job – Revealing Our Arbitrator
Psalms – Revealing Our Song in the Night
Proverbs – Revealing Our Path of Righteousness
Ecclesiastes – Revealing Our Duty
The Song of Solomon – Revealing Our Beloved
Isaiah – Revealing Our Refuge
Jeremiah – Revealing Our Righteousness
Lamentations – Revealing Our Hope
Ezekiel – Revealing Our Covenant of Peace
Daniel – Revealing Our Power and Wisdom of God
Hosea – Revealing Our Ransom
Joel – Revealing Our Heavenly Standing
Amos – Revealing Our Salvation
Obadiah – Revealing Our Deliverance
Jonah – Revealing Our Sign of Christ’s resurrection
Micah – Revealing Our Spiritual Strength
Nahum – Revealing Our Stronghold
Habakkuk – Revealing Our Joy in God
Zephaniah – Revealing Our Eternal Rest
Haggai – Revealing Our Desire
Zechariah – Revealing Our Total Forgiveness
Malachi – Revealing Our Lord and delight
Matthew – Revealing Our Shepherd King
Mark – Revealing Our Ideal Servant
Luke – Revealing Our Example – The Perfect Man
John – Revealing Our Example – the Son of God
Acts – Revealing Our Spiritual Love
Romans – Revealing Our Justification
Corinthians – Revealing Our Sufficiency
Galatians – Revealing Our Liberty
Ephesians – Revealing Our Heavenly Standing
Philippians – Revealing Our Joy
Colossians – Revealing Our Completeness
Thessalonians – Revealing Our Comfort In Hope
Timothy – Revealing Our Faithful Witness
Titus – Revealing Our Promise of Eternal Life
Philemon – Revealing Our Forgiveness
Hebrews – Revealing Our Heavenly Calling
James – Revealing Our Prayer of Faith
Peter – Revealing Our Stewardship of Grace
John – Revealing Our Fellowship
Jude – Revealing Our Common Salvation
Revelation – Revealing Our Revelation of Jesus Christ