Acts – Revealing Our Spiritual Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Acts, we have the story from the beginning of the Christian movement with its rise and expansion culminating with the power of holy spirit and spiritual love given for the believers to be genuine witnesses:

Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost {holy spirit, the gift of God} is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts opens up with the final gathering of Christ Jesus with his Apostles whom he had chosen. In Acts the believers would receive the spiritual power of holy spirit, and this inspired as well as empowered the new Church of God to begin walking with God in Christ in them.

The believers began experiencing God’s divine love in a much more dynamic way than was ever experienced by the individual believer before that time, for man would now have the love of God laden within their hearts through their receiving of the gift of holy spirit.

The Book of Acts shows a transition between the Gospel age and the new age of God’s grace, and with His grace upon their lives (as well as ours) the believers began enjoying God’s love in them and to one another, and they shared this with the world.

Romans 5:5 – And hope {of the return of Jesus Christ} maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit, the gift of God} which is given to us. {“Ghost” is an inaccurate translation of the Greek word, hagion. Our God is not a ghost, nor does He give His children ghosts, rather He gives holy spirit, and with this gift of holy spirit we have the love of God.}

The love of God that the believers were experiencing and enjoying literally propelled the first century Church into greatness, they were enjoying spiritual freedoms that had never before been given to men and women before the age of God’s grace.

Colossians 1:27 – To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Colossians reveals that we have Christ within; he is the epitome of love and he is our inspiration for living in love.

Even today the love of Jesus Christ within inspires Christians to walk in love, just as he had done in the first century Church as they loved not in word only, but in-deed and in truth (I John 3:18).

In the Book of Acts, the believers did exploits as they walked in love towards one another and presented to the people in the world the love of God.

Even though we cannot literally read the word love in the book of Acts, the powerful love of God in Christ was the motivating factor in their lives. Their love changed the course of human history and is underscored throughout Acts and is demonstrated in the lives of believers as they reached out passionately with love.

We cannot literally read for instance that Stephen in Acts chapter 7 stood up and with “forgiving love” opened up his heart and mouth to speak. Nor can we read about Philip’s “love of deliverance” in Acts chapter 8 when he went to Samaria and changed that city. Nor can we read in Acts 16 about Paul’s and Silas’ “saving love” when they were in jail at Philippi. Nor can we read about Peter on the roof with his “loving entreat” of the Gentiles to bring spiritual wholeness into the household of Cornelius and his friends with the Gospel. Nor can we read about the Apostles display of “magnifying love” on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Nor can we read in Acts 16 about Timotheus’ “obedient love” that was well reported by the brethren of Lystra and Iconium. Nor can we read in Acts 21 about Agabus’ “binding love” to rescue Paul. Why? The words “love of God” are not recorded in the Book of Acts, yet love is there, more real than if LOVE was written across the pages in big bold letters because love is the master key they utilized in order to live love as Jesus had instructed them in John 13:34-35.

Acts 19:20 – So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

The Word of God became living and real in the hearts of believers for they were motivated by love, becoming genuine witnesses of the resurrected Christ. Thus the Word of God grew mightily in their lives and prevailed in their culture.

Love was the motivating power and source behind almost every action that the believers undertook in the Book of Acts.

Today as we walk with God believing in the knowledge contained in the Church Epistles, then the same powerful love will still bless and motivate our actions. As God’s love grows within our hearts, love will inspire believers to reach out and offer to others the same spiritual love that has been so graciously given to us in Christ.

Luke who was inspired by God to write the Book of Acts omitted the word love, and instead he was inspired by love to write clearly on the effects that love produces, as is seen throughout Acts.

The inspiration of Jesus Christ and his love that is placed within our very hearts continues revealing Our Spiritual Love because his love still inspires us today to continue walking with him in God’s grace as the believers in Acts had done.

The Love That Travels Through Time

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

** An excerpt:

“. . . In our discussion of time travel we learned the principles of how Jesus lived his life to become such a wonderful miracle worker that inspired and moved him and his disciples so, and that his loving examples can still reach us today to inspire us to enjoy those keys regarding how we can live our lives just as miraculously in today’s world as he did because his love has been passed on down through the ages to reach our hearts.

John 13:34-35:
-34: A new commandment I give unto you {says Jesus}, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
-35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

God has made it available for each of us to love equally and proportionately to the same love that Jesus Christ loves us with, and thank God for giving us this wonderful understanding about the genuine spiritual service of love that is so uplifting to all those this spiritual love touches. I John 3:18 encourages, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth,” With this new spiritual love of Christ we have been enabled to love the unlovable with the same intensity that we can love the most deserving and lovable souls.

The love of God that He has placed in our earthen vessels is a divine treasure chest and is stocked complete with pure heavenly love. God’s love applied reaches all the way into the heart of man, beyond the appearance or facade that people portray on the outside, “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

The love of God which is Christ’s love is the true spiritual strength of the Christian family, and the spiritual foundation for true believing unity within the church, and the true spiritual uplifting in the individual believer’s heart, and is the believer’s lifeline into the tremendous blessings contained in God’s revealed Word.

Jesus said, A new commandment I give unto you; Jesus gave (I have loved you), so we could know his utmost love for us.

Jesus gave (I have loved you), so we could receive his love.

Jesus gave (I have loved you), so we could then experience his love by loving one another as Jesus loves you!

Jesus demonstrated this new commandment by loving people, including you and me.

When we accept his love and love one another with his love, we will effortlessly begin walking in its true splendor, and we will recognize that there is no law and no commandment that we would break before our heavenly Father which shows the true exquisiteness of his love.

Take for instance the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” When love – Jesus’ love is applied – then it becomes totally impossible to break this or any other commandment. When we utilize Jesus’ love, we then will be fulfilling all of the laws and commandments without compulsion. We must humbly allow the abundance of Jesus’ love for us – into our hearts – for then we will have his love that is necessary to appreciate and enjoy his true love.

John 15:9:
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

When Jesus Christ walked upon this earth – one of the things that attracted people to him and his ministry was – his love that he gave to people individually.

Mark 12:29-30:
-29: And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
-30: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

I Timothy 1:5a:
Now the end of the commandment is charity {love}. . .

When comparing Mark 12:29-30 with I Timothy 1:5, we find the first commandment is love and then the end of the commandment is love. What we have here is a wondrous concept that reveals that the commandments begin and end with love. Thus, Romans 13:10 disclosed that, “Love is the fulfilling of the law.” Love is one of the greatest things that God in His love has ever given to us.

The Bible teaches us that today, nearly two thousand years later we still may benefit with this love Jesus gave in the new commandment.

Ephesians 3:17-19:
-17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith {believing faith}; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
-18: May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth {or width}, and length, and depth, and height;
-19: And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Verse 17 states that with Christ in our hearts we can be rooted and grounded in love. Christ’s love in us can become an exciting and dynamic foundation for living the Christian, Christ-like lifestyle.

Then, in verse 18, the Word of God shows us the four dimensions of the love of Christ. The love of Christ is the love of God in full bloom that Christ utilized in his daily life while he was here blessing people and is freely given to believers today in this age of grace.

Time passes at the same rate for everyone on earth; some time is wasted and some time is spent wisely, but love, agapē love that was first given to man in the first century by Jesus is the same love of Christ that we have today, and it is time that we accept this heavenly love and become true examples of Christian lovers of God, of others, and of self. The love of Christ is never lost because as we love, love always returns from whence it originated because love is eternal and is an essential part of God, “for God is love” (I John 4:8). This love is the same love Jesus enjoyed in his time on earth and is still present for his love transcends through time and is continuously present to those who use their personal time to love, affording the Christian lover unlimited resources to live miraculously in our time. I John 4:16: reads, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.”

The love of Christ did not end at the crucifixion and does not cease with the conclusion of the Gospels nor did it end with his ascension up to heaven, but currently grows in our hearts as love is eternal, for it is a part of God’s spiritual nature (I John 4:8, and II Peter 1:4).

With the love of Christ we can spiritually perceive the fullness of love, its breath {or width}, length, depth, and height.

The width of the love of Christ outpours ― boundlessly.

The length of the love of Christ extends throughout time ― endlessly.

The height of the love of Christ overflows ― measurelessly.

The depth of the love of Christ founds spiritual wisdom ― fathomlessly.

We have received the love of Christ in order that we may walk with great dignity before our heavenly Father, cuddled in the knowledge that in Christ’s love we have all the fullness of God.

In verse 19, we see that the love of Christ passeth knowledge for his love is beyond, exceeding, and surpassing what human knowledge is able to comprehend by the senses. Love (the love of Christ) does not hurt, stink, or let people down as some of the songs and literature of the day exclaim, for the love of Christ is pure, first and foremost spiritual, and is on a higher plane than five senses love. Christ’s love is the greatest because it brings the Christian believer into all the fullness of God!

To conclude, I repeat the last sentence of the study above: Walking with the love of God in Christ to the best of our ability is doing exactly what Jesus would do because he is all love, and thus when we are walking in love we will be taught ― How to Live Miraculously. . .”

I John 4:7-12:
-7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
-8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
-9: In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
-10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
-11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
-12: No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

John 17:24-26:
-24: {Jesus prays} Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world {emphasis supplied}.
-25: O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
-26: And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Ephesians 1:3-4:
-3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
-4: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love {IN LOVE, emphasis supplied}:

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

** This  excerpt from our free e-Booklet titled: How to Live Miraculously! You can have your copy by going to our Free e-Bookstore, under the heading of Assorted Bible Studies.

Know That We Are of the Truth

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 I John 3:18:
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Look at the love and concern that God has for His children, saying “My little children.” What an encouragement it is for us to recall that no matter what our age we are children of God. God is encouraging us to love, but not to simply give lip service. Rather, God wants us to love “in deed and in truth” or truly love by our deeds.

Ephesians 4:15a: 
But speaking the truth in love. . .

In the center margin of the King James Version, it says the word speaking is “being sincere.” We are to be sincere with the love of God, sometimes speaking it out to others, but always in deed (in our actions) and in truth (by the guidelines contained in the Scriptures).

I John 3:19:
And hereby {loving in deed and in truth, verse 18 above} we know {not question, and without doubt} that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him {God}.

When we indeed begin learning to live in a Christ-like lifestyle and start living with the love of Christ in our hearts, our own lives will become assured “that we are of the truth.” We can then further become confident that when we pray and ask God for blessings upon our lives and for our daily needs (Philippians 4:19), for our loved ones and friends, that our prayers will be answered.

I John 3:20–22:
-20: For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
-21: Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
-22: And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Whenever and wherever we have condemnation in our hearts, God becomes (in our minds) unapproachable. However, when our hearts condemn us not, then we indeed have great confidence and expectations to not only ask God, but know that we will also receive from Him as well. His commandments usually scare people from asking because many of us have been so schooled in the Old Testament Laws that were very burdensome. However, the commandments that God is referring to here are the commandments to live a life of love (period), not the burdensome commandments of the Old Testament. (By the way the Old Testament Laws were written to the children of Israel who were living before Christ came, Luke 16:16; Acts 15:7-11; Ephesians 2:15.)

The choice to live in love is one of a deep personal and spiritual nature that each person weighs in his or her heart. As Christian principles delicately come to the surface of reason and understanding, we are more assured of having the foundation of God’s Word and Christ’s love to rely on, and the decision to know and experience the truth of God becomes an exciting adventure in life.

My Little Children

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth– I John 3:18. Look at the love and concern that God has for His children, saying My little children. What an encouragement it is for us to recall that no matter what our age we are children of God. God is encouraging us to love, but not to simply give lip service. Rather, God wants us to love in deed and in truth or truly love by our deeds.” ~LMJ~

Taught of God!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Thessalonians 4:9:
But as touching brotherly love {philadelphia} ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

The one Greek word philadelphia can be translated into brotherly love or brotherly kindness or love of the brethren. The Apostle Paul is stating that he had no need to explain how to love our brothers and sisters or our dear friends, for we have known instinctively how to since childhood because the philadelphia kind of love is an innate quality of life.

The word love in the second phrase ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another is the Greek verb agapao meaning active spiritual love, and this kind of love from God reveals a new, intense quality of love that God Himself teaches to His beloved children. This word for God’s spiritual love is often translated in the King James Version as the word charity, as in I Corinthians chapter 13. When we utilize God’s love, we literally will become pupils of God, being taught by Him the true joys and virtues of how to love others His way.

God’s love is not given to keep to ourselves, or only to be shared with the people we like such as our families and friends (that is philadelphia love), but God’s love is for the benefit of all people. Hebrews 13:1 records, “Let brotherly love continue,” and II Peter 1:7 encourages us to add “charity” which is God’s love along with our “brotherly kindness {philadelphia}.”

God’s pure love teaches believers to reach out and love others, like the unlovable, which includes ― you, as God continues to replenish His love in us so we are never left empty. God’s love NEVER imagines, “we should only love those in our group,” or “only love people who are nice to us,” or “only love people who have taken the right Bible classes,” or “love only those who will love us in return,” no, because God’s love is for everyone and we are His students. “For if ye love them which love you {i.e., “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours,” is this kind of love}, what thank{s} have ye? for sinners also love those that love them” (Luke 6:32); in other words, God’s love the He teaches will extend out much further than just philadelphia love. Jesus said, “And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me” (John 6:45). So indeed we learn that those who are taught of God to love others do indeed come to Jesus, and with him we come to know and experience him as our continued guide into true spirituality that God’s love reveals.

Believers who will reach out with God’s love will be taught of God to love one another. I cannot think of anything better in this whole world than to be a pupil of God who is receiving His instructions on one of the greatest attributes of God Himself ─ His Love.

I Thessalonians 5:17 encourages us to, “Pray without ceasing.” You see, prayer is a great connecting point that lovingly draws us into a very personal relationship with God our Teacher, which further helps us form a one-on-one connection that facilitates our love for Him to blossom into something very meaningful as we learn to reach out with His love. Christ is our golden thread that helps us make the connection with “the God of love” (II Corinthians 13:11), and it is Christ’s name that we use in prayer to open God’s treasure chest that was always reserved ― for us!

John 14:13-14:
-13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-14: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Prayer can be likened to raising our hand in class and asking God how we can love in specific situations, such as, “How can I love this person?” or “How can I possibly love in this particular situation?” and we may be assured of receiving an instructive answer. When we walk out on our believing-faith and we love someone with God’s love, we become “labourers together with God” (I Corinthians 3:9), and so we are never alone in the school of life. In other words, when we take His lessons with us, we will come to know in our hearts that we are with God as we continue reaching out with His inseparable and inspiring love.

We read, for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. What grade do you suppose that you would receive from your Teacher at this moment in time? Teachers often give homework to their students so the student will learn the prACTical applications of the assignment that would lead to knowledge and understanding and wisdom. How can we know if we are gaining a passing grade? Well I John 3:14 clearly gives us the answer, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.” Learning to walk in love day to day can be likened to doing a lifelong field study as we walk out on our believing in the assurances of I Corinthians 13:8, “Charity never faileth,” meaning that when we reach out with love we will always receive an A-plus, because love never fails!

I Thessalonians 4:10:
And indeed ye do it {love one another with God’s love} toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more.

In verse 10, we learn that God’s assignment is to keep your God-given love active, to increase more and more, and to further discover how far-reaching the charity you have received will be applicable in your own life. With your intent focused toward acting on what you are being taught, you will begin to master the love of God. God instructs in Colossians 3:14, “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” We have read that, “Charity never faileth,” which means that there is enormous profit and personal benefits to be gained in the use of God’s love and thus, Jude 1:21 encourages “Keep yourselves in the love of God,” and I John tenders some of the benefits for being respectful students with the outreach of God’s love.

I John 2:5, 4:7, 12, and 16:
-5: But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
-7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
-12: No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
-16: And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

I Thessalonians 4:11 then goes on to instruct, “And that ye study to be quiet.” Often we as students of the Word are either too talkative or living in a daydream and unable to realize the instruction that comes from our heavenly teacher: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10). When we learn to focus on His lessons throughout our days we will be good students who practically apply in our lives the instruction “let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (I John 3:18).  The context of this word study in I Thessalonians 4:11 is to follow through with all that you are learning about the love that God is teaching you, first by His example of loving you Himself (John 3:16), as you become a well-versed student in the prACTical applications of His love. The word quiet means to live and conduct your own life with tranquility on life’s path, being content, and the contentment comes to God’s children as they continue on their assignment of loving ― that ye increase more and more.

Colossians 2:7 shows that we may become, “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” As ye have been taught relates to your lovely assignment that commenced with the foundational truths that God loves you, that Jesus loves you and that as you reach out and love one another while becoming good students, you will find yourself abounding therein with thankfulness!

The Psalmist prayed (as we can), “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path” (Psalms 27:11), and the plain path is to live a lifestyle that is being continually built up on love ― so we may be in love with God. Paul taught us thatif any man love God, the same is known of him” (I Corinthians 8:3), meaning the same love is known of him or her because he or she will become known to God and Christ as lovers in the spiritual sense of the word.

I Peter 3:10:
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

The greater teaching that comes from God is that as we learn from Him to love others, we will be experiencing the compassionate love God has for us individually, in that He, in love, sent His only begotten Son for our salvation which is the greatest act of love ─ ever. A great reciprocal response for receiving this wonderful gift is for us to love in return as we are Taught of God!

In conclusion we allow His words to teach:

Psalms 119:96-100 (The Amplified Bible):*
-96: I have seen that everything [human] has its limits and end [no matter how extensive, noble, and excellent]; but Your commandment is exceedingly broad and extends without limits [into eternity].
-97: Oh, how love I Your law {The Word}! It is my meditation all the day.
-98: You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies, for [Your words] are ever before me.
-99: I have better understanding and deeper insight than all my teachers, because Your testimonies are my meditation.
-100: I understand more than the aged, because I keep Your precepts [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them {as an obedient student with the ultimate goal ― to enjoy love in the university of life’s outreach programs}].

John 3:16 (The Amplified Bible):**
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

I Corinthians 3:9 (The Amplified Bible):**
For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building {i.e., His classroom}.

I John 3:18-19 and 4:7 (The Amplified Bible):**
-18: Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity).
-19: By this {spiritual love of God} we shall come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we are of the Truth, and can reassure (quiet, conciliate, and pacify) our hearts in His presence.
-7: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].

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

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