Patience of Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Epistle of I Thessalonians Paul wrote great encouragement to the believers:

I Thessalonians 1:3 – Remembering without ceasing your work of faith {believing faith}, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Notice the three words faith, love, and hope – these three words are often connected together in the Scriptures. First mentioned is their work of believing which appropriates the promises of God. Secondly is their labor of love, and this labor of love qualifies or distinguishes them as true believers. Thirdly is their patience of hope. Patience? Yes, patience because Christ has yet to return, even though at any moment he most definitely could, and our patience in anticipation is always activated when we hope in patience. Great rewards will be given out for having “patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Notice that when we do have patience in our hope of Christ’s return that we are before God, “in the sight of God.” God will remember our patience of hope, our labor of love, our work of believing faith, and reward us richly for them!

II Timothy 4:7-8:
-7: I {the Apostle Paul} have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: {Paul knew that his life was coming to a close, and he is explaining that he had done his best in this life.}
-8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day {the day that he had been patiently waiting and hoping for, the return of Christ}: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

“A crown of righteousness” is promised to those who will love the appearing of Jesus Christ. What a marvelous hope we truly have! What this crown will give to us, and the full meaning of it can only be speculated about, but what we do know from the Scriptures is that crowns represent authority, and majesty, and power. Believers will receive the crown of righteousness for loving his appearing, and this takes “patience of hope.”

Paul kept the faith; he always believed to the best of his ability, and he loved his hope, the hope that his Savior would speedily return for him, and he loved to savor his own anticipation. Again we see faith, hope, and charity (love) working together in unison as a completed unit.

Patience in the hope of Christ’s return will also build within the believing heart of the Christian great expectation every day that today could be the day. Hope makes life exciting, hope makes waking up each day exciting, and hope makes living through every day exciting.

I sincerely thank God for you in prayer that our God will continue strengthening your life in the magnificent “patience of hope” that can grow within your heart, and in the sight of your God Who is also your Heavenly Father.

God Is No Respecter of Persons

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Acts 10:34:  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Before Peter actually spoke the words in the verse above, he thought that God was only the God of the people of Israel. God literally had to prove to Peter that his thinking was wrong, and finally Peter himself began to understand that God was not a respecter of people. Peter began to realize what God was trying to teach him all along (Acts 10:9-16), and this is why Peter confessed, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.”

Today God is still the same — He has not changed, as we read in Malachi 3:6, “For I am the LORD, I change not.” Since God never changes, then He must still be no respecter of persons, no, not even at this moment in time. God never looks at the appearance of anyone, and He does not favor one group of people above another. God always looks at the heart, and He always blesses people who will simply believe in Him. Social standing in society may use boundaries or group classifications, but our God never does. The LORD our God said to Samuel, “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).

Romans 2:11:  For there is no respect of persons with God.

God never looks at your bank account or your clothes or your shoes or the car you drive before deciding whether or not you are worthy of His kingdom and glory, and He never looks at your friends or the clubs and organizations you belong to before deciding whether or not you are worthy to enter into His glory.

I Peter 1:17:  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here {on earth} in fear {in respect for God}:

God looks at every man’s work. The work always represents our believing of the Scriptures, not the jobs we currently have or whether or not we are a good worker, although being a good worker is always a good way to pass the day. God is always concerned about our believing, for this He can and will honor, and this is the only criterion that God ever notices. Do we believe the Scriptures or do we not? This is God’s concern, because when and where we believe, we will receive from Him, and it is His pleasure to reward us according to our believing.

Colossians 1:10:   That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.

I Thessalonians 1:3:   Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

When we increase in the knowledge of God, we increase in the WORK of believing-faith, labor of love, and patience of hope which will inspire us to remember and consider that we are ever in the sight of God. We can learn of God’s respect that He holds for His children, and that you, my friend, are a child of God, and this Scripture enforces the comforting knowledge that He is truly our Father!

So today recall from time to time while you are spending your day down here that God the Almighty looks up to you as His child, and He endows you with His own honor and respect (Psalms 91:14-16). This same respect you may also learn to have for your fellow man; this is a God-like character that can set the believing Christian apart, and perhaps inspire a lost soul into returning back home to his Creator and the respect of God.

Hebrews 6:10:   For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

 

God Is Not Forgetful (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Having just returned from the grocery store and realizing that I forgot an item that the kids needed, I am sure that another trip to the store is forthcoming. However, and thankfully our God is not forgetful, He will always remember His promises to us.

Hebrews 6:10 – For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

A “saint” is a fellow believer and one who is saved, made holy, and sanctified by God. Our God will always remember the work we do and in an earlier study we saw that the work we do is to believe His Word. Now here in Hebrews 6:10 God mentions our “labor of love” and this love has a direction “toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints.” To minister is to help one another, and whenever believers help other believers and they can do so out of love, then this brings glory to the name of our God. God Himself will never forget your labor of love or the glory your giving has given to His name. God most definitely will reward us throughout all eternity for anything and everything that we believers do for one another out of love.

Mark 9:41 – For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Can you imagine giving only a cup of water to another human being will bring you a reward in heaven? Do you know what? God will not forget when you give in love, and He will reward you now and throughout eternity. These are promises from God and from Jesus Christ! And do you know what else? The water we give in the name of Christ will taste better (for it will be “blessed”) when given in love because God will indeed bless it.

When we look for opportunities to simply bless others for the sake of love, and not simply just looking for the reward, the blissful rewards will be even more abundant. God is not forgetful; He remembers your labor of love (I Thessalonians 1:3). So when the opportunity arises to help someone out in one way or another, please do so out of your personal love and devotion to God. And remember that your labor of love will not be wasted (even if someone else does not thank you), because our God will reward you richly.