Treasures of the Heart

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

As we have been reviewing, I and II Corinthians are clearly a treasure chest of knowledge and wisdom of God’s loving heart. It is ironic to me that the Epistles of Corinthians have received such a bad rap through the years to the point that these two Epistles are the most rejected and scorned of all the Epistles in the Word of God. Corinthians contain so much wondrous truth, and believe me when I say that we (including anyone who has researched the Scriptures) have just begun to scratch the surface in our quest for the treasures of God’s wonderful Word. I sincerely pray that the Bible bytes regarding Corinthians have helped your understanding God to a much greater degree.

You may notice when you are reading from the Epistles that many of the verses appear to be somewhat difficult to understand, and you may also wonder why this is; after all, the King James Version is not really too far off from our modern day English. It is not because something is wrong with your comprehension and understanding; rather it is because God reveals His Word in precious increments (or like a Bible Byte), only to the meek and tenderhearted. In a lifetime one could not fully grasp all of God’s Word; however, God opens a genuine understanding from His pure heart day by day as we continue looking into the Scriptures willing to receive heavenly nurturing.

II Corinthians 4:7 – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We have received a heavenly treasure deep within our souls, in mortal earthen vessels, a treasure that reveals the words of God to our minds and understanding proportionately to our acknowledgment that God has given us the power to receive from Him, and He alone reveals His precious treasures (I Corinthians 3:6; Colossians 1:27). In II Corinthians 4:7, God wants us to understand that the ability and power to receive from Him is at His own discretion rather than ours, but which He freely gives according to our believing. As we continue receiving an understanding of the Word of God, the treasures therein will become manifested out into our lives simply by our believing as His Word instructs.

II Corinthians 4:6 – For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The light that God commanded to shine out of darkness is spiritual light shining out of our hearts and is the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. The “face of Jesus Christ” means the countenance, the radiance, and the power of Christ that is laden within our earthen vessels is released just in the same way it was when Christ himself physically walked on this earth (John 14:12).

The treasures of the heart that God has given to us are phenomenal and as we continue walking with God, the true spiritual life of His Word will continue growing in the tender and fertile ground of our earthen vessels. So today as we continue living with this heavenly treasure in our lives, let us continue to allow God’s Word to water and stimulate the implanted and treasured healing Word in our hearts with the eternal blessings of the divine graces of our heavenly Father.

The Body of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Since the day of Pentecost in the Book of Acts 2:1-4, the Christian Church of believers has belonged to God in what the Epistles call “the body of Christ.” The body of Christ has many individual members (including you and me). This body is spiritually one in Christ. The new body of Christ to which we belong grows in the knowledge of God’s Word, and lives in the sanctity of Christ who is the head of the spiritual Church. Before the day of Pentecost, the believers belonged to what was called “the bride of Christ.” One of the greatest misunderstandings in the whole of Christendom today is not recognizing this huge difference.

I Corinthians 12:12:
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

We will further discover as we go into the Epistle of Ephesians that God has set Christ to be the head of the Christian Church, and this Church is his body, and his body has many members (Ephesians 1:22-23). Christians are spiritually linked to one another in the body of Christ, and God’s will is for His children to begin understanding this dynamic truth. For knowing this gives the Christian Church as a whole, greater strength than perhaps we have ever considered or even imagined. Consider how great the power of God can be as we together believe in unison.

I Corinthians 12:14, 27:
-14: For the body is not one member, but many.
-27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

We are not simply faces in the crowd, or a no account nobody, but rather we are individual members in the body of Christ, members in particular called by God into His family to stand with one another right in the communities where we live. Thankfully the body of Christ does indeed have many individual members in almost every corner of the world.

God’s loving heart and desire is that we delight in the simplicity of the Christian lifestyle, for this brings honor to God, dignity to Christ, and joy into our lives, as we recognize our own spiritual membership into the body of Christ.

The Grace of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 1:4:
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

The Apostle Paul, who wrote Corinthians was extremely thankful on behalf of the believers because he was able to reach out in thankfulness to acknowledge that the grace of God was given to them (and to us) by Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Grace means, God’s divine favor given to us with the abundance of His spiritual blessings, and these blessings are truly unmerited, undeserved, and unlimited. This grace is from God Himself and is given to men and women by (or on account of) Jesus Christ, by his own sacrifice on our behalf.

I Corinthians 1:5:
That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

The purpose for receiving the grace of God is to enrich our lives! We are dynamically enriched with spiritual blessings, which come to us by the favorable graces of God. Now that we have the grace of God, the quality of our spiritual lives can truly be enriched. Everything that we receive from God is spiritual; however, spiritual blessings will always come into our physical lives so that we may further enjoy them.  For instance – God gave us light, love, joy, and peace – these are spiritual qualities of life that become manifested in our lives as we walk in the knowledge that we truly have received these gifts from God.

The word “utterance” is the Greek word logos, and literally means the Word of God, and because we are enriched in and by the Word of God, we have access to everything His Word imparts unto us. When we begin to understand His Word, our “knowledge” increases and the grace of God becomes more and more enriching to our lives.

It is grace that helps us get back up on our feet when we fall so that we can again walk with God. When we study God’s Word, we will begin to realize some of the abundant grace that He has already presented to us. As we continue growing in the knowledge of God’s Word, we will become humbly thankful to God, as Paul was “… for the grace of God which was given {to} you by Jesus Christ.”

Then Do We with Patience Wait (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Romans 8:24-25:
-24: For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
-25: But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

If the dead are truly alive and swinging from the chandeliers of heaven, then as we have previously discussed, we should start cutting out Bible verses to suit our own beliefs despite what God’s eternal Word imparts to us. If the dead are alive and returning to earth from time to time to contact their loved ones and others, then spiritualism is a biblical concept. However, it is not! Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “. . . for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goeth {see Psalm 146:4}.” If the dead are already living and people have seen them, then Romans above says that “hope is not hope” and thus we are not saved. Nevertheless, when our hope is in the future return and our gathering together, then not only do we “patiently wait” but we will be believing in the truth, and hoping in a godly manner which will reap rewards.

I Corinthians 15:54 – So when this corruptible {those who are decaying in the grave} shall {a future moment} have put on incorruption {have been raised}, and this mortal {the living} shall have put on immortality {receive heavenly bodies, “. . . fashioned like unto his (Jesus’) glorious body, . . . “}, then {and not until then} shall be brought to pass the saying that is written {in Isaiah 25:8}, Death is swallowed up in victory.

The hope of humanity is in the return of Christ, and our gathering together up to him! This will occur when Christ returns and not until Christ returns. However, for now our God has given us the assurance of our heavenly standing in glory with Christ at God’s own right hand which is recorded throughout His Word, especially in the seven Church Epistles, Romans through Thessalonians. If immediate resurrection was truly a biblical concept, then Christ should have been immediately resurrected; however, he was in the grave for three days and nights, then he was the first to be eternally resurrected (Revelation 1:18). Christ Jesus is our hope, and the Scriptures say we must Scriptures wait for him!

I Corinthians 13:10 – But when that which is perfect is come {who is Christ Jesus}, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When Christ returns, then so will perfection be granted to the children of God, and we will know as well as we are known. God has given us His magnificent and abundant love and His divine charity in order to enjoy our lives with Him and with one another. His love energizes our believing in order that we may receive His many hundreds of recorded promises. Our believing can bring the hope of Christ’s return into a lively assurance of his imminent return at any moment of any day. When the hope of Christ’s return finally comes, then we will be like him for we will see him as he is.

Faith, hope, charity are spiritual qualities of this life and are God’s divine gifts to you. I pray with my whole heart that you may not only receive them, but that you can begin walking with these qualities in your life and inner heart.