In Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

II Corinthians 4:15-16:
-15:  For all things are for your sakes {promised to us in the Church Epistles}, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound {to give over the top in thankfulness} to {for} the glory of God.
-16:  For which cause {for the abundant grace contained in the Epistles, which causes us to be bountifully thankful in our giving glory back to our God} we faint not {we will never get tired of thanking God for His abundant grace}; but though our outward man perish {although we continue getting older}, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

The greatness of being a believer is that no matter our current age, we can always put on in our minds the truths recorded is His healing Word, and we may continuously be renewed in the spirit of our minds with truth. In the Epistles the children of God who walk before Him are never called “has-beens” or considered “over the hill,” for the inward man (the Christ within) can always grow as we are encouraged to believe God’s Word and reap the positive rewards promised.

Galatians 4:19 – My little children {from God’s point of view we are always His precious children}, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.

Having Christ formed in you represents the time span that it would take from the point of our salvation until we begin truly realizing our own spiritual light (the new man), and its source, and the learning and knowing of the Christ within (created and placed there by God), and our absolute realization and complete belief of it. When the Word of God really begins lifting our life up and out of the old nature and we begin relying on God’s Word as the words of life and our daily spiritual food, then Christ will be completely formed within our conscious mind. At that point in time when Christ is formed in us, we can spiritually begin growing and shining with effervescence in God’s spiritual light. Then we will also be “in Christ” and true spiritual understanding becomes new in the mind and alive in the heart as divine inspirations begin directing our paths.

Galatians 6:15 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature {new creation}.

This new creation is the spirit that God created in us, it is our “new nature in Christ,” and this new nature places the Christian believers on a spiritual journey with God that continues until the return of Christ when we receive our new spiritual bodies that will be totally renewed in spiritual perfection. The word availeth literally means that we can become strong in our spiritual life, the new creation strengthens plus enhances our walks with the heavenly Father, for the new creation shows us the true strength that Christ within continues giving to us (Philippians 4:13).

II Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature {creation}: old things {in the mind, the old nature} are passed away; behold, all things are become {becoming} new {in our understanding}.

Having Christ within us is our ticket to heaven. In contrast, being “in Christ” is when we are walking with the healing Word of God in our daily lives. As we continue putting on the mind of Christ, the true impressions of Christ will rise to the surface of reason and understanding, and this will present to us unmistakable revelations and inspirations that we truly are in Christ.

The Right to Our Reconciliation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Reconciliation means to reunite two parties, and from God’s Word we find our reconciliation to be a right that Jesus Christ had made available. This brings us into a right relationship with God Who originally formed, made, and created men to walk with Him in peace of mind and heart.

I Corinthians 15:3 – For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

How did Christ die for our sins? He first offered himself for our sins, then he bore our sins through a humiliating torture, culminating with him being nailed to a tree. Jesus’ sinless life became for us the complete and total payment for our sins, and when the payment was fully met – he died for our sins. When he died – our sins died with him, and the significance of Christ dying upon the cross was to present humanity again with a way back to God. We were totally separated from having the true love and nature of God ever since man’s fall in Genesis, but since Christ made sanctification, redemption, and righteousness available to us, these are now eternally our legal sonship rights – and we have access to the love and nature of God – having been reconciled.

I Corinthians 1:30 – But of him {God} are ye in Christ Jesus, who of {for} God is made unto us wisdom {to understand our God-given rights}, and righteousness {because Jesus was the propitiation for our sins}, and sanctification {because Jesus bore our sins}, and redemption {because Jesus gave himself for our sins}:

Since Jesus Christ has done all this in the above verse for us, we now permanently have heavenly rights to the complete and eternal reconciliation between God and man.

Romans 5:10-11:
-10:  For if, when we were enemies {before our salvation, this is the nature of man when he is separated from God}, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being {now} reconciled, we shall be saved by his {Jesus’} life.
-11:  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement {the reconciliation}.

The experience of true joy in our God was and still is through the accomplishments of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus made available to us the joys of having unity and being at peace with our God because we have the spiritual right to our very own reconciliation, for Jesus gave – paying the ultimate price on that cross – giving his life for sin, for all, for eternity!

Colossians 1:20-22:
-20:  And, having made peace {between you and God} through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
-21:  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
-22:  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his {God’s} sight:

On the Comfy Settee There Is Togetherness

“{God} made us sit {at rest} together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus– Ephesians 2:6. We have been seated together with Christ in heavenly places, giving us inner rest that comes to us without works (Ephesians 2:8-9), so come on up and enter in, take your shoes off, and when you sit down you will discover just how comfy it feels to be in Christ Jesus.” ~LMJ~

God Voted ─ You Won the Seat!

Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God– I Thessalonians 1:4. A major key to begin walking with God is knowing that we are brethren and that we are beloved of God, to Jesus Christ, and to one another. Your election of God means that God has chosen you, and the word election can also be translated as a chosen vessel (of God). God has chosen us to have Christ within our earthly vessels (our bodies), and your seat is in heaven, you see, God made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus– Ephesians 2:6, your seat pays in eternal dividends!” ~LMJ~

Together with Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Romans reveals that Jesus Christ was our complete substitute for sin, and that in Christ we were (spiritually) baptized with him, and that we were raised with him to “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Romans shows us that the sinner is totally forgiven from the sin nature, and that we will never again be separated from God, from Christ, and from their love. The first three chapters of Ephesians continue with the newness of life that Romans reveals, further accentuating that we are spiritually quickened, raised, and seated together with Christ at the right hand of God. Ephesians shows us that God has set us up on high with Christ Jesus. Yes, we are physically here upon this earth. However, Ephesians also reveals God’s true spiritual viewpoint of us, that we are already spiritually seated in the heavenlies with Christ. Ephesians guides us with heavenly insights on how to enjoy our new life together with Christ having all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 2:4-5:
-4:  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
-5: {This next verse shows the immensity of the great love that God has for us:} Even when we were dead in sins, {God} hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Although we originally came to God as sinners and were on a course that would eventually end without God and without hope in this world, yet with God’s mercy and great love He has “quickened us together with Christ.” “Quickened” here means to be made spiritually alive. We are spiritually alive, and saved, being now eternally made whole with Christ before God in His love. This is a wondrous gift given to us by the divine grace of God.

Ephesians 2:6a – And {God} hath raised us up together, . . .

We were first quickened with Christ, then Ephesians says that we have been raised up together, and that is to our rightful heavenly position in Christ as the children of God. Spiritually we are already quickened and raised up together to be with Christ. When we begin to see ourselves through the eyes (with spiritual understanding) of what and whom God’s Word says we are, then we will freely partake of the true spiritual life that we have and share together with Christ!

Ephesians 2:6b – and {God} made us sit {at rest} together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

As we believe God’s healing Word regarding our true heavenly standing, we will begin walking with tremendous understanding and power, for God will literally enable us to enjoy the spiritual truths in all that we are in Christ, and in all that we have together with Christ. We were first quickened (made spiritually alive) to live together with Christ. We next have been raised up together with Christ to a heavenly standing, equally proportionate to that of Christ Jesus’ own standing with God. We then have been seated together with Christ in the heavenlies, giving us inner rest that comes to us without works (Ephesians 2:8-9). God will continue to reveal to us our perfect union and serenity because we are finally and truly at home together with Christ, and spiritually we are already at the right hand of God Almighty.