God Is Light!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

God tells us what is good, “Good is the word of the LORD” (Isaiah 39:8).

God tells us what is light, “God is light” (I John 1:5), and “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple {the humble}” (Psalms 119:130).

God tells us what is truth, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

God tells us what is sweet, “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalms 119:103) ― all else is something else.

God questions in Ezekiel 18:25, “Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal? The word equal is a word used for that which is balanced perfectly right and justly, as God’s way which is equal resets the equilibrium back into the repentant heart of fallen man so that he may be right with God and righteous with Him Who is always right and righteous with you.

John 1:1-5:
1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2: The same was in the beginning with God.
3: All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4: In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5: And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

I John 1:5:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Rejoice and Be Glad in Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The hope for the Christian believer is the return of Christ to take us home to heaven. Even though some Christian people fear the day of Christ’s return, this event will most definitely be a day of rejoicing and gladness. Jesus Christ is returning to reward the believer, not to condemn him or her.

John 3:17:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The word world represents the people of the whole world, and God sent Jesus Christ into this world NOT to condemn us, but rather that through him we can be saved. This is the truth of Scripture and the will of God “Who will have all men to be saved” (I Timothy 2:4). The absolute will of God is that all of us accept our salvation, and even though many will refuse God’s abundant, generous offer – it is still God’s will. I Timothy 2:4 continues: “and {God’s will is for the saved} to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” God does not say His will is for us to have “a knowledge of some truth” or “some knowledge of the truth,” but He wants us to be saved and He also wants us to come unto THE knowledge of THE truth – that being, His Word to the enjoyment of our knowing the salvation of our souls.

Jesus prayed in John 17:17 “thy {God’s} word is truth,” and truth is what makes one free. To be genuinely free from the condemnation about Christ’s return is a magnanimous burden-lifter which will indeed free one’s life from fear.

Psalms 16:8–9:
-8: I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
-9: Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

This is the declaration of King David, he had absolutely no fear of his future because first of all he understood and came unto the knowledge of the truth. With this knowledge he was able to keep the Lord before him, in the forefront of his thinking and believing actions, thus he had no reason to be moved from his inner convictions. Therefore, His heart was glad, and his glory (his heart, his inner self) rejoiced. His glory was in knowing the Savior of the world, which gave him hope of the coming of Jesus Christ, with great expectations of the next life.

Isaiah 25:9:
And it shall be said in that day {the day of the return, the day the believer anticipates and hopes in daily}, Lo, this is our God: we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Zephaniah 3:14:
Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

The context of Zephaniah 3 is about the believers’ hope to be established in God’s chosen place at Zion – in Jerusalem. Zephaniah is talking to believers. Does he instruct them to “be glad and rejoice” with fear and reluctantly? No – he does not. He says “with all the heart!” The reason that we may be glad and rejoice with all of our heart is because we know the glorious truth of the hope of the return of Christ. Where is the sorrow in his return? There is none in the hope of his return; thus and therefore, we may Rejoice and be Glad in our Hope!

Rejoicing and gladness are gifts of God to His children, and the more we anticipate our gathering together to be with our Savior and our heavenly Father the more we may daily, in the here and now, partake of the gifts of God.

Philippians 4:4:
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

The Magnified Word

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 138:2b:
. . . for thou {God} hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

The Psalmist says that God magnified His Word above His entire name. What is in a name? Well, when it is the name of God Who created the universe, then a lot is in that name. The power, the glory, and the eminence of God Himself is what is in His name. Yet the Word of God is magnified even above God’s good name. For His Word is perfect, greater than perhaps we have ever realized, for it has stood the test of time and it still stands for something. God never magnified the stars or planets, He never magnified any of his created Angels, but He did indeed magnify His precious Word.

John 17:17:
Sanctify them {believers} through thy {God’s} truth: thy word is truth.

We are sanctified through the truth, for the magnified Word of God is truth! To be sanctified is to be set aside, to be cleansed by and for the Creator, and to be His chosen children with access to God through His truth, which is His Word. When the Word of God begins holding us up, when His Word has a place in our hearts, and when His Word becomes our guiding light, then we will begin to realize our unique standing in the household of God sanctified in Him to hold His magnificently magnified Word. The Psalmist further said:

Psalms 119:11:
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

We can hide God’s Word in the hearts of our conscious minds and His Word will help us from falling away from Him. God’s Word is the greatest thing ever given to humanity, and all we have to do is accept it at face value to begin experiencing true confidence and sanctification in His Word. God never said we were perfect, He only asks that we try, and when we do try, God through the Word will do more than we could ask or even think.

Ephesians 3:20:
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.

It certainly is wonderful to be learning about the greatness of the magnified Word of God, and it will become even greater the more we begin holding God’s Word high and esteemed as the Psalmist did. Consider that God already knows everything about us and He still loves us! He gave His Word, which is actually His heart laid bare to us so that we can truly know Him, and so that our relationship could be a two-way knowing and loving relationship. These are the keys to true spiritual life with God, and this life is more than abundant, so please enjoy your day knowing that you have complete access to all of God’s perfect truth — the magnified Word.

Jesus Said, I Am . . . The Truth. . .

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus said in the Gospel of John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth . . . no man cometh unto the Father, but by {through} me.” Jesus is not only the way to the Father but he also is the truth. Today we will be looking at the word “truth” in the Bible to gain a greater understanding of what the truth really is, and what it means to the individual believer.

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work {God’s creativity} is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

First, it certainly is a blessing to know who “the Rock” really is. God is from everlasting to everlasting and He is always here for His people. One of the ways that God manifested His truth to His people was in giving His Son to the world (John 3:16), so that people could see the love of God in manifestation. Jesus said “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9), because God was in Christ reconciling the world (I Corinthians 5:19). The word “judgment” relates to the ways of God, for He is the eternal judge in matters of the human heart, showing man what is spiritually “just and right.”

“Judgment” means to bring matters to the rule of right, to administer justice, to recompense justice to the wronged (some of which will be dealt with in the last day). Anyone who becomes saved receives from the right hand of God His divine acquittal and a right to their spiritual inheritance that God in Christ gives. This is why God is the “God of truth” for He is truly “just and right” in all His ways, which are always perfect.

Psalm 100:5 – For the LORD is good; his mercy {as the righteous judge} is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

The word “good” in the Hebrew Text is the word for great and is correctly translated in Psalms 95:3 “for the LORD is a great God.” God’s loving mercy is to us everlasting, just as His truth is everlasting even to our generation thousands of years after the great God began revealing Himself to humanity through His Prophets. His final legacy was of course to send Jesus Christ who is the truth and way that reveals the Father of lights.

This is why Jesus could say “If ye continue in my word, then ye are my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Jesus made God’s Word his own (as we can), and he spoke God’s Word (as we can), and he lived it (as we can), this is why he is called in the Scriptures “the truth.” What is truth? God is, His Word is, and Jesus Christ is.

Proverbs 12:17a He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: . . .

Psalm 119:30 – I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid {set} before me.

When we speak the truth, the healing Word of God will show and radiate righteousness to others. It is a joy and a privilege to be given such wonderful knowledge and understanding, healing and comfort, to really know that we have chosen the way of truth, and to understand and receive the righteous judgments of our God.  And to receive Christ within is a heavenly privilege and it is our God-given rightful honor to “set” these wonderful blessings before our own lives and to others.

John 17:17 – Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.

“Sanctify” means that we are set apart for heaven, through or by means of having the truth within our hearts, because we have Christ within. “Thy word is truth,” for God cannot be separated from His Word, which is truth, any more than we can be separated from our words. Jesus Christ cannot be separated from the truth of God’s Word, because he was, is, and will always be the way and the truth, for he continues showing us how to approach the Father and enjoy His presence.