The Gifts and Calling of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When Jesus was physically here walking upon the earth, everything he did was perfect and complete. His life totally exemplified the prophecies written about him as he redeemed us from our sins. Today we know that his mission was successful, and we now belong to God through the accomplished work of Jesus Christ our Savior. We are saved by believing in and confessing the Savior from sin (Romans 10:9-10), for Jesus Christ is our Savior from not only the sin of the world, but also the sin nature implanted in man since the fall of man in Genesis.

Acts 3:18-19:
-18:  But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
-19:  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out {washed away totally leaving no stain whatsoever}, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

Jesus Christ had fulfilled every legal requirement needed to bring salvation to humanity, giving us total access into God’s family. Now that we are saved, we can spiritually take our rightful place at God’s right hand with Christ. To repent or repentance (contrary to some beliefs) can only be done once because when we repent we are saved for eternity. Repentance is when we confess the Savior from sin. We cannot lose our eternal sonship right of being God’s children because He will never take back our eternal life – this is why our salvation is referred to as “being born again” in I Peter 1:23. “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:29), means that our God will never repent from calling you, nor will He ever regret giving you His gift of eternal life, or all His blessings, or your free and total access to His throne and His heart.

After our salvation, do we still fall prey to temptations and are we swayed by the sin nature? Yes, all Christians will be tempted, and blow it even after salvation, and it is at this point believers feel that they have lost their salvation, that their relationship with God has been severed, and condemnation thus begins reigning supreme in the conscious mind. So what do we do at this point to regain our good standing with God? From the time of our salvation, onward, until Christ returns, we simply confess our mistakes or shortcomings to God in prayer to receive forgiveness.

I John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The word, confess means to agree in our minds that yes, we indeed have blown it. God allows us to honestly admit that we made a mistake. This is the way God designed our forgiveness. God knows that we will from time to time blow it, so He has given to us an easy way back into fellowship with Him. When we become honest within our hearts and simply say something like this: “Yes, I blew it. I am truly sorry. I will try my best to walk with You today. I am honestly thankful that You have cleansed me from any and all unrighteousness and I thank you for this in the name of Jesus Christ.” Then our heavenly Father instantly and faithfully forgives and cleanses us from our shortcomings and again shows us that we have His righteousness to walk with Him in His divine love. The reason that our God can completely forgive us is because of what the Savior from sin has accomplished for us.

God Is Faithful

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 1:9:   God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

It was God Who called us to have fellowship with Jesus Christ. Have you ever considered having fellowship with the Savior, with the Lord Jesus who walked on this earth nearly two thousand years ago? Jesus has not gone missing, he was raised from the dead and now waits for you and me to answer God’s call, and when we do a spiritual fellowship begins because God is faithful to His call!

God called you to Himself for the purpose of fellowship. Notice in the first three words of the verse above that our God initiates the endearing point that He is faithful and will never let us down as we learn to believe in Him by simply believing His written Word to us as the Word contains His heartfelt message to us.

II Peter 1:10 records, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” When we accept our heavenly calling and faithfully walk in the knowledge of God’s faithful calling, then we will never fail in our life’s endeavors to have and enjoy a reciprocal relationship of fellowship with both God (Who called us) and His Son Jesus Christ our Lord (who gave his life for us).

Colossians 3:15:   And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body {the body of Christ, “Now ye are the body of Christ”― I Corinthians 12:27}; and be ye thankful.

I Thessalonians 2:12:  That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

Imagine this for a moment ― God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, actually called you into one body, and He asks that you walk worthy of His kingdom and glory that you have been called to inherit! Why did He call? He called to invite you into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and through him we have fellowship with one another wherein we can enjoy and express the fullness of heavenly joy.

I John 1:3–4:
-3: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
-4: And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Can you actually imagine having fellowship with both the Father and with Jesus Christ? Well, in truth Jesus Christ is your personal Savior, he gave his life for you, individually, and he is always with you (Colossians 1:27), and since he is with you now, now is the time to acknowledge him wholeheartedly. God called you to this fellowship with the Savior of the world, and as you begin to discover your personal fellowship with him, the Scripture promises your joy may be full! In fact, you will be so JOYFUL that thankful praise will radiate from every pore of your being because you know that God is faithful and that He has called you to enjoy a spiritual fellowship with Himself, with Jesus Christ, and with fellow believers.

I Corinthians 10:13:    There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer {allow} you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Fellowship is our escape, fellowship is our freedom from bondage, fellowship is receiving our ability that our faithful God provides, and we only need to bear our calling to be truly walking within this calling of heavenly fellowship with heaven’s holiest. When we are in fellowship with God, He would move heaven and earth to keep our fellowship in perfect working order because He is faithful! I Thessalonians 5:24 tells us, ”Faithful is he that calleth you.”

What is the thing that keeps people away from God and His fellowship? Sin and the nature of sin in fallen man is the only thing that bars people from God. What if sin could be removed from the repentant man or woman who desires to come over to God’s side? Forgiveness of sin is the only answer, and God promises to be faithful about forgiveness, in fact He is so faithful that He actually cleanses those He forgives.

I John 1:9:   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Fellowship literally means a full sharing; it is having a partnership, enjoying an equal portion. However, do you know the question that stumps many people? Why did God call me? Well, He called you because He knew that you would believe His Word. We read in II Timothy 2:13 that, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” You see, our God is “a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19).

In our initial stages of believing God’s Word, He wants you to know that He is always faithful. Romans 11:29 reads, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance,” meaning that God will never regret or take back His calling or His gifts, including our salvation, which is our gift (Ephesians 2:8) because God is faithful to give.

His calling was not a fluke, an accident, or a mistake. God loved you and called you from the beginning of time.

Ephesians 1:4:  According as he {God} hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

God called, choosing us before the foundation of the world, and as we hear, recognize, and answer His calling by our believing, we will begin to notice that we do not incur His wrath, but rather, we can always stand before Him in fellowship, being holy and without blame, and immersed in His unending love for us.

II Thessalonians 2:13–14:
-13: But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through {by way of} sanctification of the Spirit and {your} belief of the truth:
-14: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Not only were we called before the foundation of the world, which is to be chosen from the beginning to have fellowship with God Himself, with Jesus Christ, and with one another, but also we were called to obtain the actual glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This glory is heavy-duty stuff, while all the while it simultaneously lightens the pressures of life, and it is all ours when we answer the faithful call of our God Who is our heavenly Father, by believing and accepting this glory of our Lord into our hearts as a true testimony of our calling.

God is faithful, and He called you into a fellowship with Jesus Christ!

The more we learn of Jesus Christ, the more defined our relationship with him can grow and blossom. You may have a full and personal sharing in all of Christ’s glory, in all that he accomplished for you, in all that he made available for you by his life, death, and resurrection.

God’s faithful Scriptures reveal the truths of His calling to you – check it out – it is a true treasure hunt and adventure, and when you find the treasures – they are yours to keep for all eternity because – God Is Faithful!

Our Ministry and Word of Reconciliation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

After our salvation, do we still fall prey to temptations and are we swayed by the sin nature? Yes, all Christians will be tempted and stumble even after salvation, and it is at this point that all too many believers feel that they have lost their salvation, that their relationship with God has been totally severed, and condemnation thus begins reigning in the conscious mind. So what do we do at this point to regain our good standing with God? From the time of our salvation, onward, until Christ returns, we simply confess our mistakes or shortcomings to God in prayer to receive forgiveness. This is a major component of our God-given ministry and word of reconciliation.

I John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We can say, it just cannot be that easy, but the Bible says it is because God is faithful! The word, confess means to agree in our minds that yes, we indeed have made a mistake. God allows us to honestly admit to Him personally that we have made an error. This is the way God designed our continued forgiveness. God knows that we will blow it from time to time, so He has given to us an easy way back into fellowship with Him. When we become honest within our hearts and simply say something like this: “Yes, I blew it. I am truly sorry. I will try my best to walk with You today. I am honestly thankful that You have cleansed me from any and all unrighteousness, and I thank you for this in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ.” Then our heavenly Father instantly and faithfully forgives and cleanses us from our shortcomings and again shows us that we have His righteousness to walk with Him in His divine love. The reason that our God can completely forgive us is because of what the Savior from sin has accomplished for us.

Through your continued forgiveness, you may honestly believe that you are never alone, you are not an island unto yourself, you have God in Christ in you, you are a fellow worker with God, your Savior, and with fellow believers. You will never be separated from the love of God or from the love of your Savior (Romans 8:35–39). You are a member in particular of a unified body (I Corinthians 12:27), a “whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:16). You are in Christ, and thus YOU are GOD’S BEST!

II Corinthians 5:17–18:
-17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature {creation}: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
-18: And all things {that have become new to us in Christ} are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

Jesus Christ has reconciled us to God by what he accomplished for us back in the times of the Gospel period. Now in this time of God’s divine grace that we live in and enjoy, the Epistles make known to us that God has given to us the actual ministry of reconciliation. Indeed, we may help inspire others into their own salvation, and thus show others the ministry of reconciliation they themselves can enjoy in Christ. However, this ministry is primarily given to the individual believer so we may continuously have our own reconciliation that is confirmed before our heavenly Father. When Jesus was physically here he reconciled people back to God, but today in grace we live in the completed work of Christ, enjoying our own reconciliation. This is a God-given right, and we can always walk within our reconciliation before our God.

II Corinthians 5:19:  To wit {to know}, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them {not charging their sins back to them}; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

With the word of reconciliation does not come the permission to impute sins to others; we do not condemn anyone as per instructions from God’s Word ― rather we bless and love one another with the word of reconciliation. All too often in Christian circles, we become proficient at fault-finding and being critical of the sins of others, but God in Christ did not do this ― they did not impute or condemn us, rather they forgave and loved. The Bible says in Romans 2:1, he who “judgest doeth the same thing.” We have been given the word of reconciliation to love, to encourage, to bless, and to instruct people into the ways of God’s love and forgiveness. We should be so thankful that God accepted us and that we have received the grace of God and His forgiveness, and reciprocate these blessings. This is the fountainhead of Christianity, of love, of life enjoyed with our heavenly Father. In the Old Testament we read, “O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth” (Psalms 94:1), and the New Testament also says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19). Vengeance is never given to man to dispense ― ever, in the Bible. We repay “the kindness and love of God” to one another (see Titus 3:1–7), and Romans 13:8 says, “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” We owe God’s love to one another; this is what we may repay to our fellow man and in doing so we will have fulfilled the law.

I Corinthians 3:9 informs us that “we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry {garden}, ye are God’s building.” What an awesome privilege! God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden, and today He considers us His very own garden, and we are His building. We walk with God in a very unique way and with incredible privileges because we are labourers together with God. “We then, as workers together with him {God}, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain” (II Corinthians 6:1). To receive the grace of God in vain is to never acknowledge Him and all that we are to Him in grace as His beloved children.

Every time we confess our sin to God, every time God cleanses us from unrighteousness, we are using the ministry of reconciliation, and by being in fellowship with Him, we may help others into this wonderful, cleansing ministry. God has, “quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:5–6). This is God’s elevated view of you and me because we are His garden and His abode; we are members of “the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:21–22). Can you imagine that we are the actual habitation of God? Well, the Bible says so, so this must be true!

The word committed in II Corinthians 5:19 above, means to put into ― us, and what God puts into us is His Word, the Word that gives us the God-given right and permission to continually be reconciled to God. The Word of reconciliation would almost be totally worthless if it came without the ministry that allows us to use it. The word ministry means to have a service for benefit that can be fully applied. It also comes with the God-given permission to walk within our calling of God in this ministry.

Within the ministry of reconciliation that each of us has, we also have been given the Word, placed within our hearts, and this is what gives us the ability to be reconciled. You see, we have Christ in us (Colossians 1:27), and he is the Word (John 1:14), and thus we have the Word in us. Spiritually speaking, we are inseparable from God by being in Christ and by being heirs of heaven itself (Romans 8:16–17). The more we learn about the Christ within, the more of the Word of reconciliation we can aspire to for daily use as we become ever more gentler, Christ-like people, and certainly more happy in our daily travels.

II Corinthians 5:20: Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you {call you} by us {the Apostles}: we pray you in Christ’s stead {place}, be ye reconciled to God.

With the ministry and Word of reconciliation, we have been given an appointment, a God-given ambassadorship to live here on earth in Christ’s stead, enjoying the true reconciliation that Christ made available for us. We being ambassadors for Christ today represent his completed work not only for ourselves, but also for the people we know and talk with, and we may witness to them with all the authority God has commissioned and given us as Christ’s own ambassadors who “shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life” (Philippians 2:15–16).

We are citizens of heaven itself (Colossians 1:13, I Thessalonians 1:12), and we are ambassadors here on earth for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20), and we are commissioned to share the Gospel with others. God has given to us diplomatic immunity from the course and evils of this world (Ephesians 2:2–6), from the old man nature (Romans 6:6–12), from sin that can so easily beset and entangle us (Hebrews 12:1), so we may be free to serve Him and enjoy our lives immersed in the graces of God.

II Corinthians 5:21: For he {God} hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Jesus took our sins, becoming sin for us, so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ, who is now in us, with the Word and ministry of reconciliation. This is what allows each believer to maintain their fellowship with God; we have the ability to continually be renewed in the spirit of our minds by the Word that we have received, and that Word becomes manifested as we believe that we have been given the ministry and Word of reconciliation. Thus, we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

II Corinthians 5:17–21 (The Amplified Bible)**:
17: Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
18: But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].
19: It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).
20: So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.
21: For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].

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

Walking with God

“Walking with God in right believing sounds like a pretty easy road to follow; however, from time to time in life we may make mistakes because no one is perfect, and at other times we may succumb to temptations. Sometimes we may think (or at least wonder) will God ever want me back after this? The answer is: OH yes – a thousand times a thousand He will take us back into His loving arms and spiritually cleanse us from our sins (I John 1:9) so that we may again walk with God in right believing. God’s loving embrace uplifts us into His own unending grace that is upon our very lives, for our names are written in the pages of the living memory (of the book of life) of God Himself.” ~LMJ~