Forever is…

I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil {a great treasure} Psalms 119:162. The Word itself in the Bible is called a great treasure, a treasure that is not only priceless but lives and abides forever. By believing the everlasting Word, we will be enjoying rewards for eternity, and eternity will last longer than we can imagine forever is!” ~LMJ~

The Knowledge of Christ (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Once there was a man who hated Christians. He persecuted them at every opportunity, put them in into prison, and gave his vote to have them executed by stoning them to death. He carried written permission from the leaders of his day to go anywhere, into any home, and forcefully drag out men and women and take them to jail. From the depths of his heart he loved God, and walked faithfully and blameless before others who believed in his religion and he somehow did this with a clear conscience. He was a very religious man who prayed and worshiped the same God we pray and worship. He believed in his heart that the Christian movement came from the pits of hell. I have no doubt that I would not allow him into my home or around my friends because his very presence could mean death. He thought in his heart that he was a great believer and that he was doing the right things before his God as he personally anticipated the coming of the Redeemer. This man lived in the first century as a Pharisee, he had the best schooling that money could buy. He also had the right credentials as he sat under the greatest teacher of the Old Testament Scriptures (“Gamaliel” Acts 5:34; Acts 22:3), and he was one of Gamaliel’s favorite pupils. This man was Saul, also known in the Scriptures as Paul (the difference in the two names is that Saul comes from the Hebrew, while Paul is the Greek).

Acts 22:4 – And I {Paul} persecuted this way {“this way” represented the followers of Jesus Christ who was, is, and shall always be “the way, the truth, and the life” John 14:6} unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

I Timothy 1:12-13:
-12:  And I {Paul} thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
-13:  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious {an insulter}: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

“Ignorantly in unbelief” means that Paul did not have the right information to believe correctly, even with all his religions training in the Scriptures which foretell and announce the coming of Christ, the promised Messiah. Paul completely missed the truths in the Scriptures that reveal Jesus Christ to be the promised Messiah, the Redeemer, and the Savior of humanity. One day when Paul was on the road to Damascus he, for the first time in his life, met Jesus Christ, and as we know, he had an immediate change of mind and heart, because Paul for the first time in his life saw (mentally perceived) the true spiritual realities of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to Paul in Acts 9:5 “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest!” Can you imagine?

Personally – if I were Paul – this meeting would have given me a heart attack! Yet, Paul recognized the error of his ways, changed his mind, and he became one of the greatest believers this world has ever known, he received perhaps more revelation and inspiration than any man or woman has received in all of history. The great Apostle Paul from that day forward dedicated his life to teaching and showing others the depths of God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. Paul helped believers receive an understanding of the healing Word by preaching Jesus Christ, who in turn reveals the righteousness of God to our inner hearts, as His Word continues blessing our lives with spiritual truth.

Philippians 3:8-9:
-8:  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered {allowed} the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ {there is nothing as precious as learning about Christ},
-9:  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

God Is Faithful

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 1:9:   God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

It was God Who called us to have fellowship with Jesus Christ. Have you ever considered having fellowship with the Savior, with the Lord Jesus who walked on this earth nearly two thousand years ago? Jesus has not gone missing, he was raised from the dead and now waits for you and me to answer God’s call, and when we do a spiritual fellowship begins because God is faithful to His call!

God called you to Himself for the purpose of fellowship. Notice in the first three words of the verse above that our God initiates the endearing point that He is faithful and will never let us down as we learn to believe in Him by simply believing His written Word to us as the Word contains His heartfelt message to us.

II Peter 1:10 records, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” When we accept our heavenly calling and faithfully walk in the knowledge of God’s faithful calling, then we will never fail in our life’s endeavors to have and enjoy a reciprocal relationship of fellowship with both God (Who called us) and His Son Jesus Christ our Lord (who gave his life for us).

Colossians 3:15:   And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body {the body of Christ, “Now ye are the body of Christ”― I Corinthians 12:27}; and be ye thankful.

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

Imagine this for a moment ― God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, actually called you into one body, and He asks that you walk worthy of His kingdom and glory that you have been called to inherit! Why did He call? He called to invite you into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and through him we have fellowship with one another wherein we can enjoy and express the fullness of heavenly joy.

I John 1:3–4:
-3: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
-4: And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Can you actually imagine having fellowship with both the Father and with Jesus Christ? Well, in truth Jesus Christ is your personal Savior, he gave his life for you, individually, and he is always with you (Colossians 1:27), and since he is with you now, now is the time to acknowledge him wholeheartedly. God called you to this fellowship with the Savior of the world, and as you begin to discover your personal fellowship with him, the Scripture promises your joy may be full! In fact, you will be so JOYFUL that thankful praise will radiate from every pore of your being because you know that God is faithful and that He has called you to enjoy a spiritual fellowship with Himself, with Jesus Christ, and with fellow believers.

I Corinthians 10:13:    There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer {allow} you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Fellowship is our escape, fellowship is our freedom from bondage, fellowship is receiving our ability that our faithful God provides, and we only need to bear our calling to be truly walking within this calling of heavenly fellowship with heaven’s holiest. When we are in fellowship with God, He would move heaven and earth to keep our fellowship in perfect working order because He is faithful! I Thessalonians 5:24 tells us, ”Faithful is he that calleth you.”

What is the thing that keeps people away from God and His fellowship? Sin and the nature of sin in fallen man is the only thing that bars people from God. What if sin could be removed from the repentant man or woman who desires to come over to God’s side? Forgiveness of sin is the only answer, and God promises to be faithful about forgiveness, in fact He is so faithful that He actually cleanses those He forgives.

I John 1:9:   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Fellowship literally means a full sharing; it is having a partnership, enjoying an equal portion. However, do you know the question that stumps many people? Why did God call me? Well, He called you because He knew that you would believe His Word. We read in II Timothy 2:13 that, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” You see, our God is “a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19).

In our initial stages of believing God’s Word, He wants you to know that He is always faithful. Romans 11:29 reads, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance,” meaning that God will never regret or take back His calling or His gifts, including our salvation, which is our gift (Ephesians 2:8) because God is faithful to give.

His calling was not a fluke, an accident, or a mistake. God loved you and called you from the beginning of time.

Ephesians 1:4:  According as he {God} hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

God called, choosing us before the foundation of the world, and as we hear, recognize, and answer His calling by our believing, we will begin to notice that we do not incur His wrath, but rather, we can always stand before Him in fellowship, being holy and without blame, and immersed in His unending love for us.

II Thessalonians 2:13–14:
-13: But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through {by way of} sanctification of the Spirit and {your} belief of the truth:
-14: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Not only were we called before the foundation of the world, which is to be chosen from the beginning to have fellowship with God Himself, with Jesus Christ, and with one another, but also we were called to obtain the actual glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This glory is heavy-duty stuff, while all the while it simultaneously lightens the pressures of life, and it is all ours when we answer the faithful call of our God Who is our heavenly Father, by believing and accepting this glory of our Lord into our hearts as a true testimony of our calling.

God is faithful, and He called you into a fellowship with Jesus Christ!

The more we learn of Jesus Christ, the more defined our relationship with him can grow and blossom. You may have a full and personal sharing in all of Christ’s glory, in all that he accomplished for you, in all that he made available for you by his life, death, and resurrection.

God’s faithful Scriptures reveal the truths of His calling to you – check it out – it is a true treasure hunt and adventure, and when you find the treasures – they are yours to keep for all eternity because – God Is Faithful!

Reading the Constitution for Understanding

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It is true that if you have never read the Constitution that an initial reading of the document may appear a little awkward at first blush and the understanding may not blossom into a plethora of practical or applicable knowledge. However, if you read it through several times you will become so amazed with all its wonderful details and nuances that it releases in your mind; it can be life-changing as equally as it is uplifting to our patriotic conscience.

At first appearance, the Constitution almost reads as if it is only a shell of a document, seeming relatively meager in any specific details. Yet it is filled with so many amazing particulars that it almost leaves one awestruck to realize of all its finer, precise points.

The more you read through it for understanding, the larger it becomes and the more important it is seen by you as a gift to you from the framers; it is very much like planting a seed and watching it grow ― the more you read, the more you are watering and cultivating its growth, and the more you see of the document ― the more light you are giving to it and the more bounty it begins returning back to you. The Constitution is not a seasonal plant that withers but a great, ever-growing, evergreen tree of fruitful knowledge. Every time you read the Constitution it will take on greater meaning that will inspire you in more ways than I can begin to explain.

One thing that I have noticed when reading the document is that within it there is at least two ways or sides that the Constitution provides answers on almost every concern, and in many ways, it is like my computer. As an example, I can refresh the screen by pressing the refresh tab at the top of the screen, but also by pressing the F5 key. In computers, there are usually two or more ways to do almost anything, including printing, highlighting text or graphics, to bold, to italic, or to underline, copy, and on and on it goes.

The Constitution is very similar as it provides several sides to any argument up for debate, and answers questions from two or more different perspectives. The whole Constitution seems to reveal itself this same way, and this is just totally amazing to me.

Consider challenging yourself to read the Constitution and the first Ten Amendments every week for a while, and from time to time also read it through to include all Twenty-seven Amendments to enjoy its intrinsic blessings. I would imagine that when you look back a few months later that you will easily recognize two amazing things, well, much more than that, but two that I will bring up. First, you will notice how many people who talk as though they have an understanding of the Constitution that can be heard on the cable channels or elected officials or people you know; however, you will be able to see right through the facade if they do not really know what they are talking about regarding the Constitution. It is kind of exciting to see how much your own understanding grows in the Constitution in amazing ways and perspectives. Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) wrote, “Dimidium facti, qui coepit habet: sapere aude!” (“He who has begun is half done: dare to know!”)

Secondly, you will come to know and realize much more of the power and liberty you have been given in the Constitution. Unfortunately, you will also recognize just how much power and liberty the powers that be are trying to extract from you, but at least you will know how to think, act, and believe for the best with legal information and Constitutional parameters that you really have on your side and in your heart to stand as a beacon of its light to yourself and others.

I will not be suggesting any other books to read that may help guide you further into understanding the Constitution because it is not my place to do so; all I will do is direct you to the document. You see, by starting at the source itself and then spreading out from there is the best and the most refreshing way to follow the flow from its fountainhead. If you start with books and study guides, you may end up entrapped in someone else’s concepts bent to a certain way or political angle, but the Constitution is the best and most principled teacher of itself. Utilizing its principled boundaries, you will become inspired and equipped to follow that inspiration for what you personally would enjoy, but please begin by having a basic understanding of the Constitution “in mind” first; this will help you discern and separate truth from error.

I have found that older books from the 1800s are so precise and agenda-free in their presentation on the Constitution, especially books that were made for schools and colleges because they contain lesson plans with simplicity. You might find these books at book fairs, libraries, used book stores, and in grandma’s attic!

The first time I read the Constitution was in my mid-twenties, but the first time I was taught about the Constitution was, well, never. I must have missed that day in school. They called our studies, American History, and I remember perusing all around the time of the Revolutionary War through studying all the relevant people of that era, and we studied the temperaments and concerns of the times; this and gym were my favorite subjects. However, we had no actual word by word study of the Constitution itself, unless we missed it because of an unscheduled snow-day; however, if that is true, then that must have happened every single year with perfect timing.

In the Constitution, we can read eight ways to Sunday regarding the concepts of separation between the Legislative, the Judicial, and the Executive branches.

The Constitution was a document for uniting the country, but built on the distrust of government itself, and thus it was laced with checks and balances so that the governmental machine could not overtake each other’s mechanisms in the three branches or the general freedoms and liberties of the population. Therein lies the crux and crucible of the Constitution of the United States, and its true bearers are all its citizens.

Today, we as a society have almost been completely hoodwinked into thinking that we cannot understand our Constitution and our rights, our privileges, and our responsibilities contained therein. Abraham Lincoln completely understood and comprehended the Constitution as well as the Declaration of Independence, and we can liken his education or schooling level to that of any average citizen of today. Indeed, Abraham Lincoln was a genius, but he understood the Constitution at an early age, and in truth, both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution greatly contributed to his renowned intelligence, as he once said, “I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments in the Declaration of Independence.”

Sometimes to understand some of the conclusions that now come out of the Supreme Court’s decisions and legal redirect that accompanies them from the legal experts, you just may need eight or so Constitutional dictionaries and a few law degrees just to get a diminutive indication of the gibberish they often try to elucidate through elusive concepts that transmit abstract particles of disjointed intangibles laced with impracticalities of matters over mind. What? Well, yes, that’s what I’m saying, it leaves one almost dumbfounded to wade through all the mountains of wordy precedents, and what may be worse is that some people act as if they understand and also believe that all the people (to whom the Constitution was given) are just too far down to grasp its relief or benefits. This is why it is important for citizens to read and understand its inherent lessons and not allow the intellect of others to overtake and lessen the Constitution’s simple principles and boundaries.

Therefore, the greatest prize to be sought and benefit to be received is to read for comprehensive understanding of America’s greatest documents, especially our Constitution.

I wish you all the best in the journey ahead.

God speed,

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