“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.

“Oh Lord, What Shall We Do?” (The Shorter 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 do, something to practice. Thus, the question arises, oh Lord, what shall we do? I know that some may think, “Oh, here it comes, this is when they will start asking for money, penance, and works (tons of works).”  Nope . . . ! Sorry, cannot oblige anyone in that way.

After you have believed and confessed in your heart, Romans 10:9-10, the first thing that God asks you for is to receive and enjoy His many blessings. It is God’s healing Word that shows you His divine presence (and presents) as you come to know the love that He has placed in your heart and life. In order to understand and enjoy all God has given may take a little time and patience on our parts as God slowly and delicately begins revealing His true characteristics to the heart of our hearts. Truly a miraculous miracle has taken place in your life because you have 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 patience.

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 God’s Word, and our appreciation will grow as we learn to accept the grace of God in our lives. This is the simplest, and best (biblical) answer I know. Still, where is His Word? The Holy Scriptures (the Bible) is His Word, and in His Word contains healing (Psalms 107:20), spiritual understanding (John 6:63), and direction (II Timothy 3:16-17).

Specific sections of the Bible are written and addressed to specific people, situations, and times (ages), and without this knowledge, tremendous confusion can arise. The first, the very first thing that is specifically addressed to the Christian of today is the Epistle of Romans. In the first eight chapters God lays out in detail how far man has fallen, and how high God through Christ has raised the believers from their fallen state. The first 8 chapters magnificently conclude with:

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 {and Christ is in you: Colossians1:27}.

Oh Lord, what shall we do? Today as we live our lives and go about our daily business, 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, and Christ is in us.

Order up a Goodly Portion of the Love of God with a Side of Science

“In the New Testament the biblical word for science is gnōsis (translated as science in I Timothy 6:20). Biblically, gnōsis means knowledge, the knowing or understanding of things that impart specific and real benefit for man that enlightens and frees one from ignorance, misunderstanding, and error. Gnōsis is used 29 times throughout the New Testament. Yet even the true knowledge of all the sciences is not the “end-all and be-all” regarding the study of life because it is only a part of God’s making, and that which surpasses all gnōsis is charity, i.e., ‘spiritual love.’ I Corinthians 8:1 records, Knowledge {gnōsis} puffeth up, but charity edifieth, i.e., knowledge (of science) can give someone a big puffed up head filled with prideful arrogance, but love builds up oneself and others. You see, spiritual love is a defining part of God Himself, and is something He gives to His children (I John 4:7-21). Science has no part in such things as phenomenon, signs, miracles, or wonders; these are the workings and manifestations of God. Science does not and cannot explain the characteristics or nature of God or Jesus, or spiritual laws or godly principles or agape love and forgiveness or satanic hate and evil. Science cannot analyze spiritual joy and peace and light and grace and eternity or godly compassions or how the heart can be inspired from above. These are left to other areas of God’s choosing that bypass the sciences and emanate from the throne of grace and are revealed in the truth of the words Jesus identified as spirit and life (John 6:63, 14:10), which uplift the heart to the spiritual and liberating faith-based realities of life. Only the Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart– Hebrews 4:12, that is much further down into man’s psyche than any scientific study can reach. Science only takes a part in explaining or defining or analyzing the physical aspects of life that are temporal (II Corinthians 4:18), but science has never been able to explain or define or ascertain the spiritual characteristics of life. One needs the full spectrum of spiritual knowledge and God’s light to understand any and all of the workings and creations of God. This does not mean BY ANY MEANS that we should toss aside all science, as science and spirituality work in the believer’s life perfectly! There is no reason to shun science when we can have them both, knowledge and spiritual love, and together they produce the love of knowledge and/or the knowledge of true love, and these lead to spiritual wisdom, and spiritual wisdom leads to complete understanding of God’s workings, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding– Proverbs 4:7!” ~LMJ~

The Simplest, and Best (Biblical) Answer I Know

“After you have believed and confessed in your heart, Romans 10:9-10, the first thing that God asks you for is to receive and enjoy His many blessings. It is God’s healing Word that shows you His divine presence (and presents) as you come to know the love that He has placed in your heart and life. In order to understand and enjoy all God has given may take a little time and patience on our parts as God slowly and delicately begins revealing His true characteristics to the heart of our hearts. Truly a miraculous miracle has taken place in your life because you have 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 patience. 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 God’s Word, and our appreciation will grow as we learn to accept the grace of God in our lives. This is the simplest, and best (biblical) answer I know. Still, where is His Word? The Holy Scriptures (the Bible) is His Word, and in His Word we find healing (Psalms 107:20), spiritual understanding (John 6:63), and direction (II Timothy 3:16-17), so dig in and get you some!” ~LMJ~

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.