A Merry Heart (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Often we hear it said that it is best to not talk about religion, however, I do not agree with that statement, for when God lives in our hearts and we talk about the truth that is in our hearts and in our thinking, then “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34). The outpouring of our inner joy composes a merry heart that becomes personally inspiring from within, and harmonizes our lives to God’s very nature (II Peter 1:4). When we Christians allow “the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” into our minds and hearts, we cannot help but share the treasures of God’s lovingkindness towards us, and of His “grace and peace,” which has been “multiplied” in our lives, as this tenders a merry heart in believers.

II Peter 1:2:
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.

This knowledge compels us to thoroughly enjoy a merry heart as we speak of the graces of God. Another wonderful verse of Scripture is, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). When God comes into our lives and we begin thinking His Word, we literally become what His Word says we are, “Keep {or guard} thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). The issues of life are those thoughts that define you as a person: for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (and you and me).

Nevertheless, if we cannot talk about the inner joy we have experienced in God’s Word, then we might unintentionally begin to suppress what we have received and felt in our hearts from knowing our Savior’s love for us. “He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15). The continual feast is the enjoyment of life to its fullest, walking hand in hand with God, with our Savior, and with fellow believers, so, on with the festivities!

Proverbs 27:19:
As in water face answereth to face {gives a reflection}, so the heart of man {reflects what is in the heart} to man.

Paul said of Jesus “he cannot deny himself” (II Timothy 2:13); Jesus never denied who he was to anyone or what he believed, rather he lived with confidence in who he was, and he is our example (Philippians 2:5). We have the God-given privilege to believe and to conduct ourselves as those who have allowed Jesus Christ and God along with their joy into our hearts.

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

We are ambassadors for Christ, regardless of whether or not we ever share God’s Word with anyone. It is true that at certain times it may be inappropriate to share God’s Word, for instance, when we are being paid to work; however, there are times when it is appropriate to talk about God’s wonderful Word with our families, friends, and acquaintances. Besides, everyone else is speaking up to tell us what they think and believe, while what we Christians think and believe is in regard to the salvation of our souls and our being reconciled to God and that we are in Christ’s stead ─ these are certainly things worthy to speak up about while we fulfill our calling.

King David in Psalms 16:9 wrote: “my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth” as he spoke of his coming Savior. Knowing and speaking of Christ causes our hearts to greatly rejoice, and a glad heart comes to us by speaking about the accomplishments of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Witnessing to others that Jesus died for our sins (and theirs also), that he was resurrected and seated at the right hand of God, that he is returning for us at some future moment to take us home, surely causes one to experience and enjoy a merry heart.

Today, so many believers feel hesitant to even acknowledge that they are Christians when an appropriate time to speak the Word presents itself. Often believers feel guilty by association because they see other Christians behaving incorrectly or hear unbelievers make fun of religion or of God’s people and so many Christians do not speak up. We are not in God’s secret service wherein we hide the joy of our hearts from the world around us until we arrive in church on Sunday morning, but we are in God’s family, with God-given permission to speak and conduct our lives as the ambassadors of Christ. This is our heavenly commission!

When Christians suppress godly issues of the heart, Christianity becomes more of a subculture rather than mainstream. God’s wholesome Word shines in our hearts and this we can speak about with God-given authority (Philippians 2:16).

Life’s spiritual principles and gifts are evidenced by receiving and giving, but if a Christian believer begins to suppress the free course of God’s Word, the receiving end of his or her life can become limited ─ stifled even. Nothing on this earth can quench a believer’s merry heart more than inaction to the truths he has learned and believed from within the Scriptures to be true. Jesus Christ has made us free (Galatians 5:1), and has given us many reasons to enjoy a merry heart, including eternal life (I John 5:10-11).

Proverbs 15:13:
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance {makes one glow with excitement}: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Proverbs 17:22:
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

To genuinely experience God and our Savior’s presence, let us seek to enjoy the benefits of having and maintaining a merry heart. Presently in grace, we have and enjoy a union with our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, giving us every reason to experience the heavenly panacea that comes into our inner souls from the Physician of the human heart ─ Jesus Christ.

We can invite God’s healing Word into our homes and fellowship with Him around the accomplishments of Jesus Christ for us, as we bask in the love of God. We may then reach out to other people who come across our paths with the words of life that have been so graciously given to us. In Isaiah 55:11, we read “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” You see, when we speak of God’s Word, of His love, of His grace, and of our salvation, He will prosper and watch over those words that we have placed into our hearts to speak so that we may be assured of speaking words that will reach out with prosperous blessings to others who then also receive a merry heart.

True, some may shoot the breeze just to kill time, but we Christians can share the Word of life from our merry hearts and actually lead someone into eternal life, because when we speak the words of God, we are never alone, for Christ the Lord works within us to confirm the Word we speak.

Mark 16:20:
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

Just in knowing that Christ the Lord works with us gives us every reason to radiate a merry heart, especially when we realize that he confirms the Word we speak. Now, what are the signs that follow? This can be something different for every believer; it is a personal blessing for talking in Christ’s stead, and God will become your “sufficiency” in this life as II Corinthians 9:8 promises, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, {so that you} may abound to every good work.”

Acts 14:3:
Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

Philippians 2:16 reads, “Holding forth the word of life” for it is God’s Words that give us purpose, reason, and vitality (and also offers these benefits to those to whom we speak), and provides us with all the spiritual treasures needed to enjoy our lives with a merry heart.

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.” ~Celia Thaxter~

“If we have the opportunity to be generous with our hearts, ourselves, we have no idea of the depth and breadth of love’s reach.” ~Margaret Cho~

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.” ~Helen Keller~

“A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.” ~Washington Irving~

“God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.” ~Izaak Walton~

A Merry Heart (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Often we hear the phrase “you cannot talk about religion and politics.” However, I do not believe this is a true statement, for when God lives in our hearts, then “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34). It does not really matter what people say we should not talk about when the truth is in our hearts, and in our thinking. And as we allow God into our lives we cannot help but share the treasures of His lovingkindness towards us, and of His graces of which we are partaking. Another wonderful verse of Scripture is “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).

When God comes into our lives and we began thinking His Word, we literally become what His Word says we are. Nevertheless, if we cannot talk about the inner joy we have in God, then we could unintentionally begin to suppress the inner joy we have in our Savior, and with God’s healing Word.  Paul said of Jesus “he cannot deny himself” (II Timothy 2:13), Jesus never denied who he was to anyone or what he believed, rather he lived with confidence in who he was, and he is our example. We have the God-given privilege to believe and to conduct ourselves as those who have allowed Him into our lives and hearts.

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

We are ambassadors for Christ, regardless of whether or not we ever share God’s Word with anyone. It is true, that at certain times it may not be appropriate to share God’s Word, like when we are being paid to work, however, there are plenty of times when it is appropriate to share God’s Word with our families, friends, and acquaintances.

Today so many believers feel hesitant to even acknowledge that they are Christians for so many reasons, one being that some feel guilty by association when they hear of another Christian behaving incorrectly and unjustly project this attitude of guilt upon themselves. If we heard about a bad doctor, do we stop going, or do all the doctors stop receiving patients? No! Neither should believers. We are not in God’s secret service, but in His family, with God-given permission to speak and conduct our lives as the ambassadors of Christ. This is our heavenly commission.  When Christians suppress godly issues of the heart, Christianity becomes more of a subculture rather than mainstream.  Life’s greater principles are evidenced by receiving and giving, but if a Christian believer begins to suppress the free course of God’s Word, the receiving end of his life can become limited. God through Jesus Christ has made us free, and has given us many reasons to enjoy a merry heart.

Proverbs 15:13 – A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance {makes one glow with excitement}: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Proverbs 17:22 – A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

To genuinely experience God and our Savior’s presence, let us seek to enjoy the benefits of having a merry heart, having a union with our heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ. We can invite God’s healing Word into our homes and fellowship with Him around the accomplishments of Jesus Christ for us, as we with our families bask in the love of God. We may then reach out to other people who come across our paths with the words of life that are graciously given to us from the written word of our Father of Lights.

Philippians 2:16 records, “Holding forth the word of life” for it is the Word of life that gives us purpose, reason, and vitality, and the Word of life gives us all the spiritual treasures to enjoy our lives with a merry heart.

Geneses (Plural), Chapter Eight, subchapter One, Continuing From the Beginning

Written By Larry M. Jaynes:

The excerpt below is taken from Chapter Eight of our e-Booklet series on Geneses. We are still a few months out before the whole chapter will be available in an easy-to-download FREE e-Booklet. Here we have several pages from the first subchapter. This excerpt is about Jesus Christ, the second Adam; the more we can learn about the miraculous life of Jesus, the more we will understand details about the life Adam enjoyed on Paradise, and how perfect he really was before falling from grace. Understanding more details about the life of Jesus shows the believer glimpses of what man originally had before the fall, reveals his or her current possibilities when they believe on him, as he said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father {and he has and so we can ― do}” (John 14:12). As well, we will further appreciate in expectation and hope just how rewarding and powerful our eternal futures are to be with him when he shall change our bodies to be “fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21).

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“. . . Jesus with his first visitation on earth displayed Adam’s qualities and powers for humanity because Jesus was the second Adam. Following are some of the things that Jesus was able to do, and through his abilities we can further learn about the abilities Adam enjoyed. Recall in Chapter Six, subchapter ix. In His Image that Jesus was WITH the wild beasts in companionship and comfort, just as Adam enjoyed them in the garden.

Jesus was able to talk to the wind; in fact, he commanded the prince of the power of the air, and the wind immediately obeyed him. Jesus spoke to the sea, and the powers of the sea obeyed him. Jesus stopped a devilish earthquake from killing his disciples and stopped its destructive rumbling aftershocks by commanding the land and all the powers and foundations it enforces/contains.

Jesus spoke to trees and bushes and they followed his advice, just as Adam enjoyed in the garden. Jesus knew without going into the water where the fish were without having any sonar that we can recognize by our five senses understanding, just as Adam enjoyed with understanding about the ways of whales while he was living in the garden. Jesus showed his fishermen disciples precisely where to toss their nets to catch an abundance of fish. Jesus knew precisely when and where to fish for one particular fish that swallowed a piece of lost coinage that his disciples retrieved to pay their taxes.

Jesus knew precisely what people he never met were thinking, he even knew what people did and thought about in the past, both positive and negative, in charity or in immorality. He knew what people were about to say to him. He knew everything that was in man and what was on their minds as well as what they were hiding (from him) in their hearts, and why they said what they would say to him. Jesus asked and answered questions when he was only twelve years old to the highest authorities of his religion with astounding insight and knowledge, and he still had eighteen years of super grad school of learning to complete (“as my Father hath taught me, I speak”― John 8:28) before he was ready to commence his ministry and finish his Father’s business.

John 12:49:
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

What Jesus knew in the unspoken language of knowing and sensing people’s inner feelings and frustrations was often much more telling than what is actually recorded in our red letter editions of the Bible (read the Gospels with this in mind, and he can begin to teach you untold truths from his heart directly to yours. Jesus is the key to outreach beyond the senses of the natural mind because once born again, “we have the mind of Christ”― I Corinthians 2:16). One good example is found when reading the unspoken communications between Jesus, Simon, the dinner guests, and the woman and notice whose eyes Jesus gazed upon when talking to Simon, and what was said based on hidden information that Simon, the other guests, and the woman held in their hearts in Luke 7:37-50 (this passage brings tears to my eyes because I see how Jesus touches my heart while touching those in the narrative with doctrine or reproof or correction for instruction in righteousness).

Jesus knew precisely what people needed to know, even people he never met before, from questions of healing to sustenance to reproof or to further one’s instruction in righteousness, and when we know what he knew by reading the Gospels, we can realize why he gave some people less understanding of matters in question and why he gave others much more guidance and insight into spiritual truths (i.e., he wasn’t going to tell a fool what only a wise believer needed to know, and he never cast his pearls of wisdom for naught; ”Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise {to value as insignificant} the wisdom of thy words”― Proverbs 23:9; and See Matthew 7:6).

When Jesus Christ walked, over half of his teachings were less than a single verse of Scripture because he understood the learning process of the human mind in great detail as he gave so much vision with the fewest possible words, and he delivered these words with pure insight. Yet within those short utterances (text messages), a world of truth and understanding is found because he is the Text Messenger for Heaven’s Holiest.

Jesus even spoke to devil spirits and cast them out of people’s lives. Jesus told devil spirits where to go and/or when to shut up, and the Devil/Satan he confronted and rebuked several times. Jesus could see all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, as Adam once could. Jesus could do anything that he set his mind to do; he met people he knew but changed himself into different likenesses (or forms) at his will, he passed through walls, and entered into rooms that were locked from the inside to bring peace, blessing, and comfort to people.

Jesus miraculously escaped several stoning incidents, passing right through the crowds of rock-slinging citizens, escaping once when his hometown friends and neighbors tried to throw him off a cliff, but he passed straight through the middle of them ― unmolested and unseen. Jesus was completely untouchable, that is until he gave himself for the world, but only when it was his time, the correct time to give his life, in love for “the sin of the world” (John 1:29, 10:17-18, and Galatians 1:3-4), for you and for me (Romans 5:6-11).

Jesus, when he wanted to be recognized, he was and at other times he was not recognized even by people he personally knew. Jesus escaped out of the grasp of soldiers, and out of many dangers and threats against him, and he enjoyed a certain amount of anonymity when it was more expedient for him to minister to individuals in the crowd, and he enjoyed notoriety by the masses at times and places of his choosing. Jesus pushed an entire army backwards without doing anything other than speaking truth to power.

Jesus walked on water several times, before as well as after his resurrection. Jesus instantaneously transported himself through the heavens and back. Jesus was in touch with the entire cosmos as he is the bright and morning star, and he had twelve legions of angels at his beck and call just as Adam had and understood the names and meanings of stars and constellations and enjoyed watching the night stories revealed in the heavenly amphitheater.

Jesus had the use of his five senses to the nth degree, using 100% of his mind all of the time. Jesus could smell, hear, taste, see, and touch to a greater extent than all of his contemporaries combined. Jesus could eat or not at his own choice, and he could enjoy nourishment that his disciples “knew not of” (John 4:32) and neither do we, but we do know for certain that Jesus knew of the “hidden manna” (Revelation 2:17).

Jesus was able to see into people’s hearts who he never met but still understood what they thought about in their minds or had done in the past and sometimes let them know his counsel with spot-on judgment calls (John 1:45-51, 4:17-19). Jesus was also able to see what people would be doing in the future and where they were going (Mark 14:12-16). Jesus had insights with super panoramic vision in high definition 3D; he could see whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, whosoever he wanted, and wherever he wanted to see. For Jesus, physically being there was often optional! Jesus once told a women, that he never knew, her entire life story, and in her own words, she said of him that he was “a man, which told me all things that ever I did” (John 4:29). This is only a portion of the abilities that Adam had but lost on Paradise for all humanity and that the second Adam demonstrated in his life as an example to the Redeemed who desire to presently walk “in his stead” (II Corinthians 5:20). In Chapter Six, subchapter ix In His Image we read: “. . . When we can believe in our hearts that we shall make a better world (that will never add up to a day in Paradise), then we can comprehend the reality of our inner desires for deception that soothes the senses. The deception comes from within, from that fallen nature, from that “sin which doth so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1). . .”

Jesus could tell when people in crowds touched his clothing from behind, and he could learn things that other people thought were impossible, including instantly knowing the precise grammar of the ancient languages (he was not a whisperer; he was a Man among men (II Timothy 2:5) in touch with his entire environment as Adam was), and he, as early as age twelve could comprehend the minute written works of Scribes who took a lifetime to begin mastering their trade.

Jesus also transported his apostles and a ship into a desert place, and another time he immediately crossed the Sea of Tiberias with a sailing vessel underfoot (See Appendix Four, Living Miraculously). Jesus turned water into wine, and fed thousands (several times) in miraculous ways.

Jesus spoke and answered questions in various languages because he had the “pure language” as Adam had, and so shall we, when he returns. Today, some academic circles are in panic mode trying to preserve all the languages of earth before some go extinct, which babble of voices commenced at Babel, when in truth they all will be replaced by one language that will be universally understood, the original one that Adam enjoyed, and mankind will have no communication gap between nature or man or spiritual beings.

Jesus healed people and even raised them from the dead, sometimes being great distances away from them, and that without the laying of hands on them; in fact, no one died in his presence, and if he saw a dead person he raised them to complete health. So please do not think that healing cannot come from heaven when we pray. Jesus healed the sick of every disease they had; he gave sight to the blind, he cured people of madness, he restored speech to the dumb, he mended the maimed, and he forgave sins. Jesus lovingly hugged lepers to health, and you and me he came to redeem, love, make whole, restore, reconcile, mend, and give spiritual and eternal life.

These are some of the powers and abilities Adam lost on Paradise and Jesus gave his life as his brother’s keeper to save Adam’s lost children and redeem them back to God, and to regain these powers for anyone who will accept him as their Savior. Jesus gave us even more than we could possibly need, and often we fail to believe for and accept and enjoy these privileges, but we can believe to receive and enjoy these blessings when do not allow the sin nature get in our way (John 14:12, Romans 6:10-18, Ephesians 1:17-23, Philippians 4:13, and Hebrews 12.1). Jesus is the possibilities of us, he is the fleeting shadow of the original creation of us, and he is the hope of all that we will be ― in eternity!

Today we still only know in part about all that Jesus did (John 21:25, I Corinthians 13:10), but soon, when we are changed (if alive when he returns) or raised (if sleeping in hope when he returns) ― then we will all be gathered up on high, perfectly knowing every part, and eternally enjoy it all as our birthright in God’s household (Ephesians 2:19, I Thessalonians 4:13-18), being born again (through Christ,― Galatians 3:16-29, I Peter 1:23, and I John 3:9) into heaven’s royal family (Ephesians 2:22)!

In Acts 17:29 we read that “we are the offspring of God,” and the word offspring means race or posterity because God started the whole human race, but this does not negate the truth that we are born in the lineage of Adam; he was the original prototype. We are, for a lack of a better phrase “knockoffs,” not quite as perfect as the original. Now we are so cocooned within the fall of Adam that it is actually a miracle that mankind is cognizant of anything happening around him in comparison to the physical and spiritual joys which our first parents relished as a norm of the picture-perfect environment of their lives in the original creation.

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These paragraphs will be further detailed in Part Two when we go into the depths of Adam being formed, made, and created and given all the powers of the kingdoms of this world along with all the glory and wealth of them all. But then, in the fall of man all was forfeited for the knowledge of good and of evil; all of Adam’s spiritual powers exchanged hands and a new Possessor took complete control as mankind was defeated and depleted of inner peace and exuberant powers and communication skills with all of nature that allowed him to be in perfect harmony with the entire creation and with perfect fellowship with God his Father. . .”

The Fullness Within

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Colossians 2:9-10:
-9:  For in him {Christ} dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
-10:  And ye are complete in him, which {who} is the head of all principality and power.

“Godhead” is old English for God Who is the head, or the head God with no one above or greater than God. The fullness of God dwells in Christ and Christ dwells in us. We have the fullness of God within. When the Bible says we are complete, then we are completely complete because we have received the fullness of God Himself Who is the supreme head over all spiritual powers.

Colossians 2:11-13:
-11:  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.
-12:  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
-13:  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he {God} quickened together with him {Christ}, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Verse 11 states our circumcision is not made by hands, meaning not by our works, but rather we received a spiritual circumcision that cut us off from the sin nature and separates us from the sins that saturate the world by our receiving “the circumcision of Christ.” This means that as Christ is not subject to the sins of the world, neither are we, for we are in his stead (II Corinthians 5:20). We were baptized into the death of Jesus Christ by virtue of our believing on him, and we were then risen with Christ through or by way of the actual believing faith of the operation or energy of God Who raised Christ Jesus from the dead. This is why believers in the Christian Church today have been quickened, made alive together with Christ, having all of our pasrt sins and trespasses completely forgiven. This is God’s perspective of us, this is how God sees His children, and this is why we have the completeness of God within our hearts.

Colossians 2:14 – Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was {always} contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.

Anything and everything that was ever against the believer (such as fear, guilt, condemnation, and a sinful nature) has been nailed to the cross. We have not received a full pardon, but rather a complete cleansing, it is as though nothing was ever wrong — we can feel as though we always had God in our lives. The completeness of life and freedom that comes to us by having Christ within was prepared for us even before the world began, and is freely given to us on the day we first believed.

Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he {Jesus Christ} made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection has completely spoiled all the negatives of the principalities and powers within the kingdom of darkness. This is why today when we believe in the power that the Epistles reveal to us, then the forces of darkness cannot encompass us or defeat us. Christ spoiled them and triumphed over them for us, and now we can tread above worldly negatives by following in the steps of Christ who has given us our full completeness.

The Faith of the Gospel

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians shows us that we have been raised (spiritually) to an elevated position, seated with Christ at the right hand of God. This is why God can give to us, His beloved children, spiritual wisdom and understanding in the true knowledge of Him. Philippians continues on with this wonderful knowledge that continues opening our eyes that we may truly see.

Philippians 1:27 – Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

The word “conversation” is the word in the Greek Text for citizenship, for according to God’s Word our citizenship is already in heaven. The Scripture is imploring us to conduct our lives as heavenly citizens worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Paul says that whether he is present or absent that he wanted to hear that their Christian lives were being conducted as those who were standing fast in one spirit, and standing together in the knowledge of their citizenship. Paul wanted the believers to be of the same mind working together for the faith of the Gospel. The faith of the Gospel is our believing that God Almighty has indeed called us into the Gospel, and into His family, and that we can believe this together as members of the household of God.

Philippians 1:28-29:
-28:  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of {or from} God.
-29:  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.

God’s healing Word encourages us not to be terrified, not to have fear about our adversaries, our opponents. In this life there are people who think we are off our rockers simply because we believe in that which is unseen (John 20:29). Our own personal adversaries sometimes scrutinize the way we walk before God, they even try to throw hurdles (by words or deeds) in our way to trip us up simply out of spite. This reminds me of the Psalm “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah” (Psalms 57:6). This is to them the “evident token of perdition” for they reap what they themselves sow. However, for us who do believe and continue standing, we will be receiving proof of our own salvation, and spiritual wholeness, and that is from God.

We are citizens of heaven itself, and we are ambassadors here on earth for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20). God has given to us diplomatic immunity from the course of this world. This is given to us “in the behalf of Christ” because he was our substitute for sin and all its consequences. Then verse 29 concludes with “but also to suffer for his sake.” This phrase has been used incorrectly and totally out of context, because the word “suffer” does not imply that we should allow our adversaries to cause us to suffer in any way. Rather the word means to endure with ever increasing experience, for not only are we going to heaven, but when we endure we will become stronger, setting even greater examples for one another who believe that God does deliver His children. When we have complete faith in the Gospel, knowing that God does deliver His children (I Corinthians 10:13; II Corinthians 1:10), and knowing that He has already given us a standing with Him, then our faith – our believing faith in the Gospel – will continue to strengthen and inspire us with godly blessings.