The Crown of Rejoicing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The crown of rejoicing is by far the greatest crown in the sense that we may partake of the joy in the here and now. The crown of rejoicing that we can receive when Christ returns is given to us for winning lost souls to the Lord Jesus Christ. Whenever someone whom we have witnessed to becomes saved, the joy that we will experience can at times become so overwhelming that we almost feel that we need to ask God to cool it down some because our hearts can bubble over with inner spiritual joy.

It is so exciting and thrilling to our hearts whenever someone actually believes the words that come from out of our hearts and mouths regarding the wonderful healing Word and will of God.

This wonderful action of speaking up causes us to become so thankful that we ourselves have received our own personal salvation, and we experience the same thrills that the people we witness to experience when they finally believe themselves in the Word that works effectually in anyone who believes.

I Thessalonians 2:13 – For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye receive it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that {do one thing and one thing only:} believe.

When we simply accept the Scriptures as the actual Word of God, and we believe them, then the Word begins working effectually within our lives. When we share this wonderful Word of God that we believe to someone else and they believe, then the Word will work equally as well for them.

This, my friend, is what brings so much joy into our lives, not to mention the crown of rejoicing that will be given to us when Christ returns. There are no requirements as to how many people we can share God’s Word with, even if we simply introduced one person to Christ in our life we will receive the crown of rejoicing.

I Thessalonians 2:19-20:
-19: For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? {The people Paul witnessed to who believed him will also be brought into “the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming.”}
-20: For ye are our glory and joy.

Over the years God has been presented to people in a most negative way. Some people threaten the unsaved with the supposed wrath of God, preaching hellfire and condemnation to bring others to the point of accepting Christ. This is totally wrong and shameful to share God’s Word in this manner because God is love!

I Peter 4:10-11:
-10: As every man {believer} hath received the gift {of salvation}, even so minister the same {gift} one to another, as good stewards of the manifold {abundantly diverse and ever growing} grace of God,
-11: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God {utterances and declarations of God’s manifold grace}; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.

When we present God in the favorable light of His healing Word, then we are truly striving according to the rule book of life. No good thing will God withhold from us who share of His salvation and grace, and in return we can know in our hearts that the people we bring to the Lord will cause our hearts to rejoice with “glory and joy!”

Philippians 3:20-21; 4:1:
-20: For our conversation {our citizenship is the Text} is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ;
-21: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious {and resurrected} body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {he is able to bring all those who believe} unto himself.
-1: Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

When Christ returns for us we will enjoy the privilege of being the sons and daughters of God who live in the heavenlies with Christ. We shall receive glorious new bodies and we will enjoy our heavenly citizenship with those whom we have rescued from this world.

When that glorious day comes we can receive the crown of rejoicing for being faithful witnesses and stewards of the manifold grace of God.

To be continued in Many Crowns

God’s Kingdom and Glory

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Scriptures say that we have been called unto God’s kingdom and unto His glory, yet sometimes these words (kingdom and glory) can appear so huge or distant that they can seem unbelievable, and so we may have a difficult time allowing these truths to filter down into our conscious minds and understanding. However, and thankfully, God’s wonderful Word so lovingly expresses divine truths so that that we may genuinely and honestly comprehend in the depths of our hearts what God says He has freely given to us in His grace, we really do have in His grace.

I Thessalonians 2:11 – As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

This verse is talking about how a father would instruct his child in learning, not in a reproof type of way, but rather in a way that first exhorts and builds up one’s confidence, with a fatherly comfort that makes one feel good and safe. The word “charged” means to testify and bear witness; this is done by one’s personal example in living life. The Apostle Paul was saying that just as a father helps his own children, Paul as their father in the Word did his best to help his spiritual children walk with God equally proportionate to how Paul himself walked with God.

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

The reason Paul exhorted and comforted by setting an example was so that the believers could learn how to walk worthy of God as Paul had learned since God had also called them (as well as us) into his very own Kingdom and glory. The more we walk worthy of our calling (by believing), the more God’s true Kingdom will make sense to us.  Through our believing, God can reveal His Eternal Kingdom to our understanding. The more we walk worthy of God’s calling, the more we can recognize the glory of God that He has placed in our hearts. This walk with God is not a rigorous, structured walk, but rather it is a journey through life with God’s love on our side.

I Thessalonians 2:13 – For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of thus, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Paul’s example was one of thankfulness to God. This is a wonderful example for us as well, to be humbly thankful for the privilege of being called into God’s Kingdom and glory. Paul was also thankful that believers had received God’s Word. Receiving God’s Word was never considered as something thought up by the intellectual minds of the Apostles, rather, the Word came from the actual heart of God. Although the Apostles and disciples (believers) spoke the Word of God, it was God’s divine Word that was given to men and women of heart, and when they believed the Word it worked effectually! When we believe the Word of God (which is called truth), the Word begins to work effectually, producing the positive result that the Word itself promises.

In context: these positive results were that the believers began to experience for themselves the reality of being called into God’s Kingdom, for they were also enjoying the glory that accompanies this wonderful calling.

In God’s Kingdom and glory where we have been called, we may also exhort and comfort one another with the Word, which works effectually in all of us.

He Sent His Word (The Expanded Version of He Sent His Word and Healed Them)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospels, there are many references to Jesus healing people. What empowered his ability to heal was his believing faith that released the power of God. When we receive God’s healing Word and discover Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then unequivocally the vim of our believing faith will also aspire us up to the standards that God’s Word sets forth, as spiritual healing becomes ever more realized, administered, and enjoyed.

The Word of God has always been given to heal and mend the hearts and souls of believers. The Word of God is the greatest thing that has ever been given, yet sometimes the Word has been one of the most scorned, neglected, and rejected gifts that God, in love, has ever presented to humanity.

Psalm 107:20:
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

I am reminded of the Centurion in the Gospel of Matthew 8:8 who said to Jesus, “speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed,” and his servant was indeed healed. If the Word of God was that powerful when the Psalms were written and still as powerful when Jesus was here, it only stands to reason that the Word of God sent to us through Christ is still as powerful as it ever was. Not only is the Word of God currently profitable for healing, but it also can “deliver us from all of our destructions.”

When we believe God’s Word, then the Word itself will begin producing positive results of deliverance. Whenever men and women decide to put their trust in God’s Word with a believing heart of expectation, he or she will begin receiving His blessings!

I Thessalonians 2:13:
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that {do one thing, and one thing only,} believe.

When we receive the Word of God, believing that we are receiving the thoughts of His heart opened to us, then the Word itself begins working within us effectually i.e., energetically.

Psalm 107:21:
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

This is a great verse of Scripture; let us compare it with the context of verse 20 (above). For God’s wonderful works to the children of men is their own deliverance from destructions, and Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness is man being thankful because “God sent His Word and healed them.” God has sent His Word, and His Word does indeed heal, as swiftly as His Word delivers us from destructions, for His Word is Jesus Christ!

Man on his own is sometimes a master of self-destruction by impeding his own hopes and dreams because he is not perfect. However, God’s healing Word is perfect, and when we follow the instructions within God’s Word with a believing heart, then true spiritual deliverance must follow.

Proverbs 3:5–8:
-5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
-6: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
-7: Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear {respect} the LORD, and depart from evil.
-8: It shall be health {healing} to thy navel {meaning that healing can begin at the center of our lives}, and marrow {moisture} to thy bones.

The word marrow means moisture that nurtures the human structure of life. The word fear in verse 7 means to have respect, awe, and reverence for our heavenly Father, and acquiring this kind of respectful honor for God takes walking with Christ who is the Master Teacher and Physician of the spiritual heart and who heals the repentant sinner (Luke 5:31–32). We are often taught that we need to fear God, and that He will only care for those of us who are genuinely afraid of His power and judgments; however, this is simply a fallacy. God loves us and His desire for us is to respect and honor Him, as He has total admiration, honor, and respect for us in that He so loved the world that He gave (John 3:16)!

Psalms 91:15:
He {the believer} shall call upon me {our God}, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

In the Gospel of John 1:14 it reads, “And the Word was made flesh.” This refers to the birth and life of Jesus Christ, for he lived and spoke the Word of God. Jesus spoke God’s healing Word and as people believed on him, healing abounded. When God becomes clearly understood from the Scriptures, then His healing Word becomes a reality in our lives.

God sent His Word and healed them in the same manner that God sent Jesus Christ and healed them because Christ and God’s Word are inseparable. God sent His Son who said, “I have given them thy word” (John 17:14). Jesus gave of himself, giving his all in all even unto death. He is completely inseparable from the healing Word of God, in as much as the healing Word of God is inseparable from the true story of Jesus’ life.

In the Gospel of Matthew, as Jesus spoke the Word of God, healing became prevalent before his eyes, “For he taught them as one having authority” (Matthew 7:29), and his authority came from the healing Word of God.

Matthew 4:23–24:
-23: And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching {the Word} in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
-24: And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy {paralyzed}; and he healed them.

Today the Word of God still reveals Jesus Christ who reveals God, and when we truly find God and His honor bestowed upon our lives, the more abundant life (John 10:10) becomes known and enjoyed. As the healing Word of God begins to permeate and uplift our believing and searching souls, we can say (and receive) with believing conviction: He sent his word and healed them, for our healing comes through Christ who is the healing Word and will of God.

Suppose – If Our Ifs Were Possible, Ah, Then Our Possibilities Could Be Endless

“If we believe in his powerful name, then miraculous things can begin to work because we still have the same God that existed back then (Psalms 90:2), Jesus is still alive (Revelation 1:8, 18), and people, believers like you and I, are still here to believe in the same gracious Word (see I Thessalonians 2:13). Jesus said in John 15:7, If {IF} ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. This is how to turn all of our ifs into absolutes or in Jesus’ words, it shall be done unto you!” ~LMJ~

The Case for Proving God

“No one on earth can absolutely prove God real to anyone else because God is Spirit, but anyone can see and read His Word, and believe what he or she has read, and then the Word of God itself will effectually worketh also in you that believe- I Thessalonians 2:13. This is how God reveals Himself to the individual; this is how the believer receives an understanding of His truths, His power, and the glory of His Lord.” ~LMJ~