“Oh Lord, What Shall We Do?” (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

After someone becomes saved and is a Christian, the first thing he or she usually does is start looking for something to practice because of one’s instinctive belief that they must do something spiritually or godly to become worthy of their salvation. Thus, the question arises, Oh Lord, what shall we do? I know that someone may think, “Oh, here it comes, this is when he will start asking for money, penance, works (tons of works), and tell you that you need to purchase something to open up the floodgates of God’s blessings.” No . . .! Sorry, I cannot and will not oblige anyone in that way.

No — and I will tell you why — these escapades have been practiced for centuries and have senselessly hurt innumerable Christians and potential Christian people, for those works will undermine and counter true godliness and grace. We may in good conscience refrain from these past notions of practicing the works of the Law to receive our justification (Galatians 3:11, and Ephesians 2:8-9), and proceed forward to what the Word of God does pass on to believers through Christ in grace.

Galatians 2:16:
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

II Timothy 1:9:
Who {God in Christ} hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

Grace was given to us before the world began; we cannot change this eternal truth, but we can certainly accept it without works for we are saved by the work of our Savior, Jesus Christ. God’s ultimate plan of man’s redemption and our receiving His grace was always in His thinking, even before the world began, and when and as we accept this divine grace into our hearts we will be able to experience its fullness; this is why Ephesians 1:3 says that God has “chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.” Jesus’ work on our behalf was completed in order to display the “mercy” of God that allows us to freely accept our grace-filled salvation without works.

Titus 3:4-7:
-4: But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared {note the exclusion of wrath, anger, and vengeance, but rather the inclusion of God’s kindness and love!}.
-5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration {i.e., a new birth in Christ, I Peter 1:23}, and renewing of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit};
-6: Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
-7: That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Well, these verses take all the guesswork and the work out of our being saved because we are justified by his grace and we become heirs of the hope of eternal life that is promised and given to all believers through the kindness and love of our God. Please notice that all this was given without our works or money, and we received by our believing what God promised all the way back “from the beginning,” as II Thessalonians 2:13 discloses the truth that, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”

Psalms 49:6-7:
-6: They that trust in their wealth, and boast in themselves the multitude of their riches;
-7: None of them can by any means redeem his brother {so much for the “plenary indulgences”}, nor give to God a ransom for him {himself – because Jesus already paid the ultimate price as our complete ransom, I Corinthians 6:20, and I Timothy 2:6}:

Acts 8:20:
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God {salvation} may be purchased with money.

I Peter 1:18-19:
-18: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, {such} as silver and gold, from your vain conversations received by tradition from your fathers;
-19: But with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot:
The Epistle of Colossians and the Book of Isaiah in the Amplified Bible contains some remarkable eye-opening statements in regard to some well-established, but unbiblical mandates:

Colossians 2:21-23 (The Amplified Bible):**
-21: Do not handle [this], Do not taste [that], Do not even touch [them],
-22: Referring to things all of which perish with being used. To do this is to follow human precepts and doctrines.
-23: Such [practices] have indeed the outward appearance [that popularly passes] for wisdom, in promoting self-imposed rigor of devotion and delight in self-humiliation and severity of discipline of the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh (the lower nature). [Instead, they do not honor God but serve only to indulge the flesh.]

Isaiah 29:13 (The Amplified Bible):*
And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and fear {respect} and their reverence for Me are {only} a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning].

After you have believed and confessed in your heart as Romans 10:9 and 10 prescribes, then the first thing that God asks you for is to receive rather than to pay out in some way. Honestly, our heavenly Father desires that you begin enjoying His many blessings, His grace, His mercy, His healing Word, and for His children to grow at their own pace with the intended profit, which His Prophets wrote into the Word of life. God’s Word reveals to believer’s divine promises and these are given to us with His lovingkindness for our believing, and being thankful for these is the appropriate response and conclusion for receiving salvation and the blessings that follow.

Ephesians 1:3:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Colossians 3:15-17:
-15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
-16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
-17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Being thankful and giving thanks are foundations that help the individual believer to accept, stand on, and appreciate the graces of God. In order to really begin understanding and enjoying what we have been given may take some time, so please have some patience with yourself, and allow the word of Christ to dwell in you richly as God delicately and incrementally begins pouring His true blessings into your life, heart, and soul. Yet the nature of man is to refute grace, and attempt to earn a good standing with God, a standing He has already given. Truly, a miraculous miracle has taken place in your life because you have already passed from judgment to grace, from a child of the world to a child of God.

These are some of the things that God wants you to know and thoroughly understand, and believe me this takes time and plenty of patience on our parts.

So where do we learn about those things that God would have us know, and how can we learn to appreciate them once we know of them? We learn from Jesus Christ who is the principle subject throughout God’s Word, and as we begin to accept “the manifold graces of God” in our lives, appreciation will grow from within without compulsion. This is the simplest, and best (biblical) answer I know to the question. Oh Lord, what shall we do?

I Peter 4:10:
As every man hath received the gift {of salvation}, even so minister {help and give assistance} the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

God’s Word contains the knowledge of Christ (John 1:45), healing (Psalms 107:20), spiritual understanding (John 6:63), and direction (II Timothy 3:16-17). It is knowing these that we begin growing with spiritual understanding, as we begin enjoying our walks with our heavenly Father, immersed in His love for us individually.

Romans 8:38-39:
-38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
-39: Nor height, nor death, nor any other creature {in other words, there is not anything that}, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Oh Lord, what shall we do? Today as we live our lives and go about our daily business, wheresoever we are, let us begin enjoying the truth that nothing — absolutely nothing, whatsoever shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, and Christ is in us.

Colossians 1:27:
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permissoin.

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Finders Keepers

Philip findeth Nathanael and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth– John 1:45. Philip knowing his Scriptures had the foundation on which to find and recognize him who was the subject of the Old Testament ―― Jesus of Nazareth. So the question of the ages for humanity is: Have we found him?” The eternal answer is: We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth.” ~LMJ~

Jesus Christ in the Scriptures: Finding Him

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Knowing the subject of the Bible will reveal one of the greatest secrets in the entire world today. Jesus Christ is that subject! Without Jesus Christ, there is no legitimate subject at all. Every jot and tittle revolves around him in some way, no matter where in the Bible we read. When we truly find Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, he reveals God as a loving, merciful, and forgiving Father.

An exciting adventure and wonderful part of the Christian life is finding Christ our Savior who in turn reveals God’s true will for men and women in the Scriptures. Without first finding our Savior in the Scriptures, the astute student will at best only find paltry stories and fables and even tangled, half-truthful historical documents like some of the biblical critics of late have challenged.

The Bible was never written to prove history, but rather it was written to reveal Jesus Christ, the liaison who was foretold as our Redeemer in the prophecies of Scripture. It was he who fulfilled the plan of mankind’s total Redemption and it is he who reveals to humanity the true characteristics of God Himself, for Jesus Christ is the mediator and missing link between God and man. Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; . . . they {the Scriptures} are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

The mission of Jesus Christ has always been, still is, and will always be to reveal and explain God, for “Jesus Christ {is} the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). When you discover Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, you will instinctively begin to know him as your Savior, for he reveals glimpses of himself and his Father to you through the window of heaven’s throne.

“Philip findeth Nathanael and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth” (John 1:45). Philip knowing his Scriptures had the foundation on which to find and recognize him who was the subject of the Old Testament ―― Jesus of Nazareth.

So the question of the ages for humanity is: “Have we found him?”

While the eternal answer is: We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth.

Therefore, the quest of men and women of searching hearts must begin in the Scriptures, for therein Jesus of Nazareth is discovered, and as he is, he will begin quenching our hearts’ thirst for true spiritual fulfillment.

Jesus presented to humanity:

John 4:14:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

What an awesome and everlasting benefit we can receive when we discover Jesus!

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. . .”