Blessed Are They That Believe

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 20:29 – Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Thomas is sometimes called “doubting Thomas” because he always wanted to see things before believing in them. Jesus was telling him that because he was so doubtful, his believing would be limited. As we know Jesus Christ ascended up into heaven (Acts 1:9-10), and he is no longer physically here, and when we believe in him we are “blessed,” for the written Scriptures do take the place of Christ (here on earth), and the requirement for understanding and seeing (perceiving) Christ is our believing.

John 20:30 – And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book {nor in any book}:

Jesus’ life was so exciting that it was next to impossible to record all that he had done for humanity. Nevertheless, we do have the four Gospels and the New Testament Epistles to glean all that we can about the life of Jesus Christ, and according to the Scriptures this is all that is required to obtain salvation and eternal life (II Corinthians 4:18).

John 21:25 – And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Jesus certainly had a busy ministry while he was here, and not everything that he had done is written for us, but instead of focusing on what we do not have, we may focus on what we do have. When we believe the revealed Scriptures, Jesus said we would be blessed. Having this (one) wonderful little Bible of ours is an extreme blessing because God could have given to us libraries full the world round to study and figure things out about life and God. But He made things simple by showing us all we need to believe in His Word, and the more abundant life is the end result (John 10:10b).

John 20:31 – But these are written {the Scriptures}, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have {eternal} life through his name.

“Blessed are they that believe,” for in believing the sky is the limit! You are God’s best, His loved ones, His precious children, and you are the reason Christ came in the first place. He has redeemed you, and made available to you a new life that has a beginning (when you were saved) and now has no end, and this is why you are eternally blessed of God forever and ever!

The Power in Believing (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

“There is power in believing” and “there is power in positive thinking” are common phrases nowadays. There are books that could easily fill a library written on the subject of positive believing and thinking. The power of believing comes to life from within the mind of man’s positive and assertive actions. When anyone, saint and sinner alike, believes, he or she will receive the result of their believing because believing is a spiritual Law that, when tapped into, will work equally for all. Yet, what distinguishes a Christian believer is that he or she has the Word of God and His promises to believe in, and our heavenly Father is the Creator of the power in the Law of believing.

Matthew 8:13:
And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour {immediately}.

This Centurion came to Jesus asking for his help and he was hoping that Jesus would heal his personal servant who became very sick and he was “grievously tormented” (Matthew 8:6). However, Jesus explains that all the Centurion himself had to do was believe because when someone believes, they receive. When Jesus said, Go thy way he was referring to the fact that the power in believing was already in the Centurion, all he needed was some direction, which was as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. We can see by the above verse that the servant was healed as soon as Jesus explained the Law of believing to the Centurion, which means that he believed and tapped into the power in believing.

A great lesson here is that the Centurion came to Jesus for guidance, the same kind of guidance that we can receive when we come to the Word to find the help we may need to increase our own believing, because the Word of God takes the place of the physical Christ and his guidance (John 20:29; I Peter 1:8).

Wherever the principles of positive believing are utilized, great things begin to happen for anyone who applies them. However, the believing Christian has an edge when he begins to learn the Word of God and begins to believe in the promises contained within, for he can tap into the power of believing of which God Himself is the source of the power.

Matthew 21:22:
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask {of God} in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Anyone can tap into believing and ascertain that there is some kind of power behind their believing but will never come to know the source of the power without coming to know God. Jesus said in essence that it will rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45), meaning everyone has the same opportunity in this life to believe positively or to doubt and smother what believing can produce, for God’s spiritual Law of believing is equally available to everyone, because “God so loved the world” (John 3:16). But when God becomes your heavenly Father, you also have the blessed privilege to believe in God’s own power to answer your personal prayers that you offer to Him, because you will have direct access into the living room of the Lawgiver, which is a privilege only given to believers (Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:19)!

You have been given the power of God and His true guidance in His Word to believe and receive all things, whatsoever ye shall ask.

When you ask God in prayer, you have access into the “exceeding greatness” of His divine power (Ephesians 1:19), which will work as you believe, and you will begin receiving and enjoying the results of the Power in Believing.

Mark 11:24:
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Ephesians 1:19:
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.

Jonah – Revealing Our Sign of Christ’s Resurrection

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jonah was such an amazing man and prophet of God. In the Book of Jonah, we find his life typifies the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I know some of the stories of Jonah living in the whale’s belly for three days and nights, warming himself by a fire and enjoying fish-sticks or something, like in Pinocchio. However, Jonah died and was dead for three days and three nights and then resurrected and put back on the shore. In Jonah’s prayer he said “yet hast thou {God} brought up my life from corruption” (Jonah 2:6), “corruption” means the grave in which the body begins turning back to dust, for Jonah was resurrected from the corruption that death produces. In Acts 2:31 we can read about Christ’s resurrection and salvation from corruption.

Jesus said in Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas {Jonah} was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” As Jonah was dead and lifeless “so” was Jesus Christ dead and lifeless.

Jonah 2:9 – But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed {to be a faithful prophet}. Salvation is of the LORD. {As Jonah’s salvation was of the Lord, his resurrection was also of the Lord.}

God asked Jonah to go to Nineveh and prophesy unto the Ninevites, for their wickedness was incredible. What is interesting is that Nineveh was the capital city of Assyria (and they were unbelievers); they were oppressing the northern kingdom of Israel.

Jonah had prophesied already to Israel to turn from their evil ways, and to be restored in the blessings of God (II Kings 14:25-27). Nevertheless, Jonah thought in himself that if Nineveh continued in their own wickedness instead of repenting, then they would eventually consume themselves in their own wickedness and thus they would be unable to inflict any more harm on Israel. So when God said go to Nineveh, Jonah went in the opposite direction to Tarshish.

Jonah boarded a ship and they went into a storm with a mighty tempest. Jonah actually said to the crew that if they would “take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you:” (Jonah 1:12).

Jonah would rather drown in the sea than to prophesy in Nineveh. He hoped that committing his life to the sea would save Israel. Yet only one could save Israel, that would be Jesus Christ. Jonah gave his life in what he believed would save his people. We cannot fault Jonah for having a heart to save his people.

Jonah simply needed a sign from heaven to assure his heart that what he would do was indeed the will of God.  This is exactly what God did for him in raising him up, and then Jonah went to Nineveh and prophesied following God’s instructions, though he truly still hoped that Nineveh would not repent from their wicked ways and simply be destroyed by their own wickedness, but they did repent.

The righteous judgments of God are always true and just and in Nineveh we can discover God’s graciousness even upon the unbeliever. Luke 11:30 records Jesus’ words “for as Jonas {Jonah} was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.” As Jonah was a “living” sign and example to the Ninevites who changed their evil ways, so Jesus Christ also becomes a sign to Israel of resurrection and eternal life by his own resurrection (Matthew 12:38-41).

Today when we accept and believe in the resurrection (Romans 10:9-10), then we receive in our very hearts Jesus Christ, and the power of his resurrection (Philippians 3:10a; Romans 8:11).

The Bible teaches us that signs will follow them that believe (Mark 16:17-18). God is not in the business of performing tricks, like the man who kept praying at night on his bed saying “God if you are real, then please turn on my light for then I would believe.” Jesus said to Thomas “because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29), because today believing precedes signs, while before the resurrection of Jesus Christ, signs preceded believing.

The greatest sign that we have today is knowing, believing, and receiving spiritual wholeness, which is our Sign of Christ’s Resurrection, because today in grace we have the resurrected Christ within our very hearts.

Today we have the promises recorded in God’s healing Word as a written sign so we may continue believing on our resurrected Savior, and his spiritual power within us, so that we may walk with God in the power of Christ Jesus’ resurrection.

The Vine and the Branches

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Today in God’s grace, we Christians who endeavor to receive the five crowns*, which will be given out when Christ returns, are bearing fruit in Christ. We have been grafted together with Christ in God’s grace to produce spiritual fruit. We have been given the nature of Christ, his love, and his peace.

Jesus said: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will {want}, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). We have been given wonderful power to simply ask our God for the desires of our hearts, and those desires can be fulfilled to the point that we recognize from whence they came, and that we can thoroughly enjoy them today.

Romans 8:16:
The Spirit itself {God} beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Matthew 3:17), and the Bible further states that we are the children of God, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” (I John 3:2). Could we be in better company? God is Spirit. We are encouraged to walk in the spirit, for when and where we do, we will walk into the fullness of God and begin enjoying the “fellowship of the Spirit” (Philippians 2:1), bearing “fruit unto holiness” (Romans 6:22), blossoming with the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23), and “that we should bring forth {this} fruit unto God” (Romans 7:4). Hebrews 13:15 encourages, “By him {By Jesus Christ} therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Our heavenly Father immensely enjoys this spiritual fruit we bear (John 15:1-5) and offer to Him as we continue walking with Him in the spirit. In other words, ― we can share with Him a fruitful, spiritual banquet consisting of the spiritual qualities of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance!

John 15:1-5:
-1: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman {or the farmer}.
-2: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
-3: Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
-4: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
-5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He {you and I} that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. {But with him “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13.}

God is the husbandman in the sense that He is the one Who cultivates and nurtures the vine and the branches that produce the fruit. And being God, He provides the sunshine as well (and the Son to shine within us). Why does a farmer work the ground and care for the crop? To partake of the abundance that his work will produce, and as we see in the above verses, we will bear the spiritual fruit that the husbandman, our heavenly Father will inevitably enjoy with us. Now the circle has been completed because our Father is the farmer or husandman Who has supplied Christ ─ the true vine, who supplies us ─ every branch, in order that we may now produce fruit unto our Father the husbandman.

This is why today we are the fruit bearing-part of Christ, for we are the branches, and Christ is the vine that connects us directly to the God of creation, infusing and uplifting us with Christ’s strength (Philippians 4:13), planted in the fertile ground of God’s healing Word. “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ” (II Corinthians 2:15), and God being the cultivator of the garden of His delights, that is specifically – you and I (I Corinthians 3:9), He also enjoys the fruit and fragrance that we produce (John 15:1-5).

Anyone who will endeavor to nurture their Christian life is working towards receiving the five crowns* and will be daily producing the spiritual fruit revealed to us in Galatians 5:22-23.

John 15:8-9:
-8: Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
-9: As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

What an enjoyment it is for us to know with understanding that God loves us, and that Jesus Christ also loves us. This is the environment in which believers spiritually grow, and therein we can bear much fruit. This is why we are the fruit-bearing part of Christ, and the greatest fruit of all is that we can lovingly work toward the receiving of five spiritual crowns* for our future rewards.

The crown incorruptible is received by having self-control over our lives, being Word conditioned rather than world conditioned. If we by our free wills control our finances, appetites, and sensual desires; and wear comfortable shoes, sleep in a bed that is comfortable, and feel comfortable in our clothes, then our self-control can be balanced in this life.

The crown of glory is received for being respectful to our fellowman, especially towards other believers whether they are in a leadership position or not.

The crown of life is received by our believing in the truth that God does not tempt us, and this can be thoroughly understood by studying God’s approval of us in the Scriptures.

The crown of righteousness is received by our loving the return of Christ for us, for by loving the truth that he is coming back for us is a godly perspective.

The crown of rejoicing is received by our bringing a lost soul back to Christ, by sharing and witnessing about Christ’s loving example of giving his life for us ─ others need to know they are now holy and acceptable before our heavenly Father, and their acceptance is based on the completed work of Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

Even though today we cannot literally see the five glorious crowns that can be awarded to us, the crowns are confirmed in God’s healing Word. Today as we continue believing on the confirmed realities from the Scriptures we are indeed blessed, for we are believers bearing spiritual fruit.

Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection {your thinking and your believing} on things above, not on things on the earth.

II Corinthians 4:18 – While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

*See our Bible Bytes, titled:

Many Crowns, The Crown Incorruptible, The Crown of Glory, The Crown of Life, The Crown of Righteousness, and The Crown of Rejoicing.

From Human Faith to Spiritual Faith

“The main difference between man’s faith and the faith of Jesus is that human faith can only rise up to believe in that which is seen, like the phrase says, seeing is believing. As Jesus said to Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed– John 20:29. In stark contrast to seeing before we believe; the faith of Jesus Christ is given so men and women can rise all the way up to believe in that which is not physically seen, yet is spiritually real ― such as salvation, love, peace, grace, joy, and the faith of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2).” ~LMJ~