For in Him We Live!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Bible says that the heaven of heavens cannot contain God (II Chronicles 2:6), because the vastness of God is eternal and everlasting. For the Christian believer who comes to discover God’s calling, and begins walking within this calling, he or she will also begin to recognize that our God is indeed the true center of the universe, and He becomes more and more for us the true center of our spiritual lives. As we make room for God in the center of our Christian families, then the family can begin growing spiritually with the nurture that comes from the Father of Lights.

Hebrews 11:3 – Through {our believing} faith we understand that the worlds {ages} were framed {prepared} by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made {did not come into being} of things which do appear.

In Genesis 1:1 it says “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” This is when God began laying the foundation for the different ages of time, such as the paradise age, the age of Law, the age of grace, etcetera. Man without God cannot understand or truly believe the spiritual realities of divine creation, nor comprehend that it is God Who made the very life (breath life) we have and enjoy (Genesis 2:7, Psalm 100:3); however, the Christian through his own believing faith can begin to understand spiritual matters.

I Corinthians 2:14 – But the natural man {this is someone who has yet to discover God} receiveth not the things of the Spirit of {from} God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they {things of the Spirit that are from God} are spiritually discerned {by believing}.

So when a natural man says something like I simply cannot believe in creation, or in your God, I already know he cannot, because this is exactly what the Word of God teaches.

I Corinthians 2:9-10:
-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.
-10: But God hath revealed them {the things which God has prepared for believers who do one thing and one thing only and that is to “love Him” Romans 8:26-28} unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep {and wonderful} things of God.

If the natural man cannot perceive spiritual matters on his own, then who can know God or “Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25) Jesus answers this question for us in Matthew 19:26 “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” The key here is to be “with God” for with Him salvation is found, and anyone can reach out beyond themselves and simply look for God and find Him, and request and invoke His aid and assistance (Romans 10:8-14).

Acts 17:27-28a:
-27: That they {people} should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
-28a: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; . . .

In the Epistle of Romans 1:20 it says “For the invisible things of him {God} from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.” As we look around at the life in the world and the perfection of how everything works, what we can see by our senses is the creation and living amphitheater of God wherein we live and move and have our being, “seeing he {God} giveth to all life, and breath” {Acts 17:25}. God’s calling to us today is a calling into His family to be His children, His sons and His daughters. The healing Word of God expresses how to walk worthy and appreciative within our heavenly calling into God’s family and household. The more we continue walking in God’s family, we will begin enjoying His divine presence (and presents!) and graces upon our lives, the more we can spiritually acknowledge God Who infuses us with His strength and wisdom as He continues to nurture our own lives and families with His healing Word.

The Glad Tidings of Peace

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace {which is to preach Jesus Christ}, and bring glad tidings of good things– Romans 10:15! Whenever Christ is preached, wherever he is made known, his peace will follow and saturate our souls and bring to our hearts glad tidings of good things. How often have we heard and perhaps feared the hell-fire, brimstone, and condemnation that some preach? Too often I suspect! However, when God’s healing Word is truly introduced to the believer, then glad tidings of good things from God’s Word about Christ the Prince of peace become known. God gives to us, His children, the wonderful knowledge that we have the Prince of peace within, and from the moment we allow Jesus Christ into our hearts, good things can come our way. God’s Word encourages us to believe positively and claim His promises in the name of Jesus Christ. The Prince of peace has a mission, which is to show us that we have everlasting peace with God and that He loves us completely.” ~LMJ~

The Prince of Peace (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ is the Prince of peace, and the greatest peace that men and women can receive is peace between God and man. Jesus Christ is called in Ephesians 2:14 “our peace,” this is much more than a simple peace treaty because Christ is in us (Colossians 1:27). Peace between God and us is something that we only need to accept and enjoy. God is the author of peace (I Thessalonians 5:23), and Jesus Christ is the one who presented humanity with this heavenly peace.

II Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself {Jesus Christ} give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

In the Old Testament Jesus Christ was prophesied as the Prince of peace, and he was the hope of all humanity to redeem men and women, and to also present us with everlasting peace.

Isaiah 9:6-7:
-6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder {the rule and authority to make peace}: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
-7: Of the increase of his government {his authority} and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

This is a prophecy regarding Jesus Christ, who has been given some tremendous titles including “The Prince of Peace.” Yet at the time Isaiah wrote that this was a future hope for this child to be born, it was a blessing to daily anticipate the coming of the Prince of peace. In the Gospel of Luke, we have the fulfillment of this prophecy as told to the shepherds by the angel.

Luke 2:11 – For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Jesus Christ – the Prince of peace was prophesied throughout the Scriptures, the hope of mankind rested solely upon his prophesied birth, and the complete fulfillment of all that was foretold of him. Jesus Christ would bring salvation to anyone, anywhere that would simply accept him as his or her Lord and Savior. When the healing Word of God becomes known, Jesus Christ the Prince of peace becomes clearly understood; he then begins introducing to the hearts and lives of believers his divine peace, which emanates from the throne of God’s grace. Then the written, spoken, and preached Word of God floods the human heart with understanding of the true Gospel of peace.

Romans 10:15 – And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace {which is to preach Jesus Christ}, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Whenever Christ is preached, wherever he is made known, his peace will follow and saturate our souls and bring to our hearts “glad tidings of good things.” How often have we heard and perhaps feared the hell-fire, brimstone, and condemnation that some preach? Too often I suspect! However, when God’s healing Word is truly introduced to the believer, then “glad tidings of good things” from God’s Word about Christ the Prince of peace becomes known. God gives to us, His children, the wonderful knowledge that we have the Prince of peace within, and from the moment we allow Jesus Christ into our hearts good things can come our way. God’s Word encourages us to believe positively and claim His promises in the name of Jesus Christ. The Prince of peace has a mission, which is to show us that we have everlasting peace with God and that He loves us completely.

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.