Your Voice – Heard in Heaven!

“Some people believe that they have no voice in heaven, that they will not be heard no matter how sincere they are or how great their need is; even all too many professing Christians imagine this in the deep recesses of their minds and in the most disparaging ways. Thus, when they do muster up a prayer, they think that God or their concept of a heavenly being will not listen to them anyway, let alone answer a prayer request for their innermost needs. Yet the truth is, our heavenly Father indeed listens and supplies (Philippians 4:19). How can we know this to be true? Through knowing Jesus in the Word, then by way of our risen Savior and our prayer in his name grants us access to our heavenly Father; as we read in Ephesians 2:18, for Jesus continues revealing the Father’s will (Colossians 2:3). And if we know that he hear us {through prayer offered in Christ’s name}, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him– I John 5:15. Thus, we may confidently offer the name of Jesus Christ up to our Father Who answers prayer and with assurance receive even more than the full result of our believing prayer: Now unto him {God} that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us– Ephesians 3:20.” ~LMJ~

In the Sight of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ is our Savior, and he is the spiritual head of the body of believers. Without the blessed work of Jesus Christ, we would forever be dead in trespasses and in sins, we would have no hope of eternal life, and we would be destined to a life without God, and Christ. However, Jesus Christ has made the above scenario invalid and untrue because we have been made spiritually alive, freed from all trespasses and sins, enjoying the hope of our eternal life, and living with the promises of God, for we now live with God in Christ in our hearts.

Colossians 1:18 – And he {Jesus Christ} is the head of the body, {which is} the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Jesus Christ is the spiritual head of the body, which is the Church of God and each believer is an intricate member within this Church. Jesus Christ is also the first member of the Church, and the first to be eternally resurrected from the dead.  In all things and matters concerning the Church, Jesus Christ has the preeminence and is the leader above any man, and he is indeed the inspiration of our spiritual lives with God.

Colossians 1:19-20:
-19:  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
-20:  And {Jesus Christ}, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in {on} earth {believers}, or things in heaven {God in Christ}.

All the fullness of God is in Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is in you, so in you rests the fullness of God, and this is most pleasing to Him. Jesus bridged the gap between God and man, for he was the missing link between God and man, and Jesus himself made peace between God and man by the blood of his cross to reconcile all of us back to God. Jesus gave his sinless life for sinful man, his perfection for our imperfection to reconcile us into God’s Church, which is the body of Christ. The “reconcile all things” is the believers complete reconciliation before the sight of God.

Colossians 1:21-22:
-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 sight:

Jesus Christ through his death has reconciled and reunited men and women to God, and we are before Him completely presentable, being made holy and unblameable and unreproveable in the sight of God Almighty. When God looks at us, He does not see failures, losers, enemies, but beloved children, who are continuously before Him as those who are indeed holy, as those who have no blame, or guilt, and who are unreproveable in His sight. For we live our lives in the love of God, completely respected, and as the endeared to the Father of lights. Jesus Christ gave his life to this end, and now we have obtained man’s deepest innermost desire to walk with the Creator of heaven and earth, the giver of eternal life Who is now our heavenly Father.

We Look for the Savior

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest expectation that the believer has is the return of his or her Savior who is Jesus Christ. When he returns, we will be gathered up with him to enjoy our eternity with him at God’s own right hand.

Philippians 3:20 – For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Our conversation” means our citizenship because our homeland is in heaven! With our heavenly standing in God’s family we may earnestly look with great hope for our Savior who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice that the verse does not say to pray for him to come because his return will happen on God’s timetable rather than on man’s timetable. The word “look” means to wait with patience and expectation.  I know that many Christian people fear this great and glorious day, but that is only because they have a wrongful fear of the greatness of Christ’s return for us. Some people are indeed fearful of the future wrath; however, God’s children do not, will not, and cannot pass through the impending wrath that is surely to come. In Philippians 3:20 our Lord Jesus Christ is called “our Saviour” because we have been saved, not for the wrath of God, but for heaven itself and to be eternally immersed in the love of God! The word “Saviour” in reference to Jesus Christ means that he himself accomplished our salvation and our complete spiritual wholeness. We will be in heaven before wrath and tribulation ever begin (I Thessalonians 4:13–5:5).

Philippians 3:21 – Who {Jesus Christ} shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {all believers} unto himself.

The words “vile body” means a body that has been humiliated. The human body was originally perfect in every detail, having eternal life within its very nature before the fall of man in Genesis. It was the Adversary (the Serpent) who defiled and humiliated the human body of man from its original perfect creation, and with the return of Christ our bodies will be “fashioned like unto his {Christ Jesus’} glorious body.” When Christ Jesus awoke from the dead after his crucifixion he had a new and glorious body, which would never be humiliated again, that will never die again, and that will last him for eternity. This is the kind of body promised to believers!

Jesus was a perfect man, he had no sin in his body, neither was his body humiliated until he allowed himself to become sin for us and be brutally tortured and crucified. He indeed received humiliation and he experientially knows the hold the sin nature still has in man because he himself experienced this so that he could identify completely with humanity. Although our human body is still humiliated, we have been given great hope in the return of our Savior, and then we will receive heavenly life-regenerating bodies equally as powerful as what Jesus now has. He literally walked (or passed) through walls, appearing and disappearing in the midst of his disciples at will; he passed through the heavens and back in the blink of an eye, and was only recognizable to his disciples when he wanted to be recognized. This glorious body will be given to us, and is why the Scriptures say that we can look with great expectation for that great and glorious day of his return, and our gathering together up to him.