The One Great Subject in the Scriptures (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ is the one great subject of the Scriptures, no matter where we read in the Bible ― from the Old Testament, the Gospels, or the New Testament. The Scriptures both foretell and foretold about the Savior of the world (in past, present, or future realities). As we find Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, he alone reveals the Father and discloses unspoken truth that resonates in the hearts of searching men and women, young and old. Jesus literally breaths life, spiritual life, into the Scriptures as the realities of eternal life begins surging into our understanding.

I cannot, nor can anyone else, prove God to be real because God is Spirit, and Spirit is beyond or outside the realm of the five senses, yet Christ indeed reveals God to the heart of our understanding as (and only when) we discover Jesus within the written Word of God. Whether the written Word is spoken, preached, or read, the absolute mission of Christ in the Word is to make known His Father, for the Written Word of God takes the place of the visible Christ. This is why the believers in the Book of Acts always went about preaching in the name of Jesus Christ, and of his resurrection (for a few examples, see Acts 2:32, 4:33, 13:23, 33, 17:18), for preaching without preaching Christ, is not preaching at all, but is lecturing in one form or another.

When Jesus Christ becomes known to us, he then can begin revealing God to the heart of those who crave for righteous judgment, eternal life, and spiritual understanding. “For he {the Apostle Paul} mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, showing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ” (Acts 18:28), and what Paul used to convince them was the Old Testament Scriptures.

John 6:63b:
. . . the words that I {Jesus} speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The actual voice of Jesus Christ still speaks to our hearts ― truths that may not be uttered; only thought, only spiritually realized and ascertained, and can only be received by believing faith.

I Corinthians 2:9, 13:
-9: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
-13: Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual {things}.

Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). Jesus was referring here to the Old Testament Scriptures since when he spoke these words, the Gospels and the New Testament were not yet written. The words ye think ye have eternal life were not written to suggest any kind of doubt; on the contrary, think means that the Scriptures reveal Christ to our minds, deep down in our thinking processes. When we think about and contemplate on the Scriptures, we begin receiving true understanding, and believing in God’s Word functions and is accomplished as we bring our biblical thoughts up to the level of recognizing that Christ is revealed to us in the Scriptures.

II Corinthians 10:5:
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every {biblical} thought to the obedience of Christ;

Bringing every thought to the obedience of Christ literally means that we can bring every biblical concept and detail back to Christ because he is the subject of the Word. Verse 5 is a request, exhorting us to keep Christ at the forefront of our lives. The more we discover Christ in the Scriptures the closer our walks with God will become and the further our understanding of God Himself will continue growing in our inner hearts.

The Old Testament Scriptures reveal Jesus Christ; in truth, every writer of the Old Testament wrote divine revelations concerning Jesus Christ.

In the following verses of Scripture, Jesus is speaking to a group of people who refused to believe the words he spoke:

John 5:46-47:
-46: For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
-47: But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

As Jesus Christ was and still is the underlying subject of the Old Testament, he is also the subject of the Gospels and the New Testament, revealing to the spiritual heart of believers the true essence of God. The Apostle Peter summed it up quite well by saying to Jesus “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68-69). Who would not want to know if God is really alive? It is through Christ, the Son of the living God that we find the words of eternal life.

Acts 3:21-22:
-21: Whom the heaven must receive {Jesus Christ ascended up to heaven} until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets {How many? All!} since the world began.
-22: For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me {Moses}; him {Jesus Christ} shall ye hear {in your heart} in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

Today, Jesus Christ is still living, still fulfilling his mission of revealing the living God to believers who look to Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He can and will continue revealing his Father to us as we continue looking to him in the Scriptures, for Christ Jesus stands at the threshold of eternity asking for us to allow him into our life and us into his, as he is still the power and wisdom of God (I Corinthians 1:24).

One may read the Bible a lifetime without ever knowing or discovering the one great subject in the Scriptures because without spiritual understanding and knowledge — the Bible may as well be all Greek or only spoken in Latin. The greatest experience in this life is as the Apostle wrote: To come to a personal “knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).

Some have only a vague idea of Jesus Christ and suppose that he was between a man and a spirit and walked on this Earth about two thousand years ago as a genteel miracle worker. Nowadays it is suspected that he has gone missing, for many lack tangible understanding of his actual whereabouts. The angel said “Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him” (Mark 16:6). Jesus gave his life for all the people on this Earth and he is personally excited and blessed when people actually look for him and find him to be resurrected, alive, and honestly, according to the Scriptures, he is doing quite well.

Hebrews 7:25:
Wherefore he {Jesus Christ} is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by {through} him, seeing {perceiving} he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Jesus Christ came into this world so that men and women could live a life he titled: “life ― more abundantly” (John 10:10); this is why he came in the first place. Now today he is our resurrected Lord and Savior, and one of his missions in his own life is to make intercession between God and man. In truth he ever liveth for this purpose! “Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). What gives Jesus Christ joy and purpose is to make intercession (rather than condemnation) as he continuously presents us in a favorable light before our heavenly Father! So if you ever wondered what Jesus Christ does every moment of every day the world round, perhaps now you might understand just how busy he really is, being our personal advocate (I John 2:1), and our continuous mediator (I Timothy 2:5-6).

In the Book of Revelation, we have one of my favorite verses of Scripture in the whole of the Word of God that Jesus spoke after his resurrection.

Revelation 3:20:
Behold, I stand at the door {of our hearts}, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

One thing that makes this verse so exciting to me is that in the biblelands, in the culture that Jesus was raised in, whenever they would have a close, personal friend over for dinner, the host always served and waited on his welcome guest. The host would never sit down at the table. This demonstrated to his friend (or friends), the utmost honor and respect he held for the welcomed guest. When Martha served Jesus and some of his followers in Bethany, she was displaying her humble love and respect (John 12:1ff). In the Book of Revelation 3:20, we have a dinner invitation that is even more personal than a close friend because Jesus says that he actually eats with you and you with him ― breaking the traditional protocols to sup with you!

Jesus has always been standing at the door of our hearts ―― knocking. The knocking is another biblical custom meaning that one would actually stand outside the gate of the house and yell out the name of the person they wanted to call on, as the messengers of Cornelius had done when calling out for Peter in Acts 10:17-18. This is why the verse says if any man hear my voice.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus further discusses his calling by saying that there were to be other people besides those of the first century who would hear his voice.

John 10:16:
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

We today, who are in God’s family, are those to whom Jesus was referring. Reading the words of Christ is easy but it is an entirely different experience to actually hear his sweet voice that speaks directly to our heart and soul with inspiration that always strengthens our believing with a heavenly calmness. Our Savior’s voice encourages, exhorts, and edifies men and women who answer his call to walk with him who walks with the Creator.

When you answer the call of Jesus today, you will be allowing him into your life and heart. When you hear his wonderful voice, you may recall hearing his heartfelt calling as well as recalling some in-depth echoes of past memories that in truth have been beseeching you all along, perhaps even since your first memories of childhood. It certainly will bless his life to bless your life for allowing him into your heart as you answer him, “I am here Lord,” and begin dining together on the bread of life (God’s Word), and enjoy your close personal relationship with him who gave his utmost for you.

The Right to Our Justification

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Bible Byte titled The Right to Our Reconciliation we studied that Jesus died for our sins so that we may be reconciled back to our heavenly Father. Nevertheless, when we Christians focus all our emphasis on Jesus dying for our sins, we can miss so much of the spiritual truths, for Christ Jesus was also raised up. The spiritual life that we now have with our God is specifically based on the truth that Christ was indeed raised up, completing the work of salvation for humanity. It is in the completed work of Christ in which we now have our complete justification of life, eternal life, and this is the underlying theme of the Church Epistles.

Romans 4:25 – Who {Jesus Christ} was delivered {unto death} for our offences {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification.

He was raised for our justification. Justification is a legal right that God now gives to His children because Jesus gave, offering himself for our sins and carrying our sins to the cross. He was the propitiation – the completed payment for our sins as he died for our sins. Then three days later, he was raised so that God could give us justification in obtaining our eternal life. Justification means just as if we have never sinned for our sins have been purged. We are permanently justified to accept the life that God can now offer us because of the completed work of Christ.

Hebrews 1:3 – Who {Jesus Christ} being the brightness of his {God’s} glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he {Jesus Christ} had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Jesus Christ was God’s ambassador to the world, “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The word purged means the complete purification of sins (our sins), thus when Christ was raised up to the right hand of God, our compete justification was freely offered to us as a spiritual and legal right to stand pure before our heavenly Father.

Everything that Jesus Christ did while here had purpose and reason; nothing was done by happenstance. His mission was to redeem man completely so that he could present us to God completely free to walk in God’s grace. We have obtained heavenly ordained rights for we are permanently sanctified, redeemed, righteous, reconciled, and justified to accept our deliverance, and our Savior from sin.

I Timothy 2:5-6:
-5:  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
-6:  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Jesus Christ was the complete ransom for all the people in the world, and it certainly is due time that his finished work is attested to simply by our daily living it. We can humbly accept in thankfulness all that he has done, and fearlessly walk with God, having our complete justification of life to a greater dimension than was ever known or realized before our receiving God’s healing Word.

Luke – Revealing Our Example – The Perfect Man

The Gospel of Luke reveals Jesus Christ as the perfect man. Luke contains the genealogy of Jesus through Mary back down to the first man – Adam. Jesus is prophesying as the branch or offspring of God who will build God’s future temple.

In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus Christ is highlighted as a man, a friend of publicans and sinners, the outcasts of society. He is shown as a man who experiences the full gamut of emotions, having compassion, love, and all human feelings because he was a man of flesh and blood (I John 4:1-2, and II John 1:7). Luke is the only Gospel with the parable of the Good Samaritan.

In Luke, Jesus as the ideal man offers prayer to his Father on six separate occasions, and seven times he gives glory to God – these are all characteristics of how men and women can walk with God themselves.

Jesus always demonstrated humility and left us examples throughout Luke that he indeed was a man who loved God and man with all his heart.

Zechariah 6:12 – And speak unto him {Josiah}, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

“Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH” is a prophecy about Jesus Christ who in his humanity and compassion gave his life for his fellow man. “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). This was the shameful death of the perfect man who became sin for us so that we might live forever with his Father.

In Luke 9, Jesus explains to his disciples his rejection, suffering, and resurrection as a man, then in Luke 24 we will see how Jesus showed his disciples that he indeed was the man whom God resurrected as our complete Savior (I Timothy 2:5-6).

Luke 9:22 – {Jesus} Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

Luke 24:36-43:
-36: And as they thus spake {the Apostles and disciples}, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
-37: But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
-38: And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
-39: Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have {this is after Christ was resurrected}.
-40: And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
-41: And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat {food}?
-42: And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
-43: And he took it, and did eat before them. {Do you know what this really means? When we receive our new bodies, then fish and honeycomb will taste good together?!}

“The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Here Jesus is catering to the human desires of man – food – to show and prove to his disciples that he indeed was not a spirit (like some today suppose), but rather he was still a man, but a man with a new resurrected body (Acts 2:22-24)!

We can EAT FOOD if we want to when we receive our new bodies because our new bodies will be fashioned exactly like the resurrected body of Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:21), with flesh and bones (not flesh and blood) because our veins will be flowing with holy spirit, forever rejuvenating life.

“For since by man {Adam} came death, by man {Jesus Christ} came also the resurrection of the dead” (I Corinthians 15:21). Man usually places Jesus on an untouchable or unapproachable pedestal out of our reach. However, when we realize his humanity and discover for ourselves that he is Our Example – The Perfect Man – then Jesus becomes more approachable in our inner heart’s quest to truly know and understand him who is the way, the truth, and the life to our heavenly Father.