You are Accepted in the Beloved

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians is the greatest revelation ever given to the Church of God, and believers collectively make up the Church of God – we are all members within the spiritual body of Christ. Ephesians shows us the greatest present ever presented to mankind and contains the doctrine (the right believing) of what God has currently given to us. Ephesians shows us how to conduct our lives within the framework of having received the love of God. The first three chapters of Ephesians lays out in great detail what God has given to us, showing us how we are permanently accepted in the beloved, and that we are endowed with the riches of God’s lovingkindness. The last three chapters are the prACTical side of the doctrine showing us how to utilize and walk within the magnificent graces of God that is upon our lives.

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:

“Heavenly places” means all heavenly things, God has blessed us with all heavenly things and it is the Epistles that show us these heavenly things. Romans shows the believer that he was raised with Christ to a new life with God. Ephesians, being the second Epistle of doctrine, picks up where Romans ended and shows the believers that they are blessed in and with heavenly things because we are spiritually seated up where Christ is at God’s own right hand, for we are “in Christ.”

Ephesians 1:4 – According as he {God} hath chosen us {to be} in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in {His} love:

God Himself chose us before the foundation of the world with a purpose, and that purpose is that we “should be holy and without blame before him in love,” and this we are. The word “should” is in relation to the attitude of our hearts, the attitude that God desires that we should see ourselves as God does, holy and without blame, seated before Him in His unending love. When we begin to see ourselves in this elevated and esteemed state in which God has placed us, then life truly begins to take on a whole new meaning, knowing that we truly are blessed with all spiritual blessings immersed in the wonderful love of God.

Ephesians 1:5 – Having predestinated us unto the adoption of {God’s} children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Predestination relates to our calling, our being chosen before the world began to become God’s children, and this happened because of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Becoming God’s own children is the good pleasure of His will, which is freely offered to us in grace.

Ephesians 1:6 – To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein {God’s grace} he hath {past tense} made us accepted in the beloved.

God made us totally “accepted in the beloved”; the beloved is Jesus Christ, for we are now eternally in Christ. The words “made us accepted” means highly favored. These are the same words in the Greek Text that the Angel used for Mary in Luke 1:28, for she conceived the Son of God. We also have received the seed of Christ, (not for 9 months, but forever), thus we are highly favored of God. This is the greatest present that God ever gave to humanity, and is our joy and privilege to know that we have received the greatest gift ever given, and it is ours for eternity.

God Hears Us

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 5:14 – And this is the confidence that we {can} have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Notice that John states “if we ask any thing according to his will.” Knowing the will of God becomes significantly important when wanting to request and receive anything promised to us in God’s Word. Once we become acquainted with God’s Word, the Word itself will begin building our confidence and believing faith so that when we do ask God for something we will know that God hears us. Then we can not only expect what we ask from God, but we will also receive from Him as well.

I John 5:15 – And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

“Whatsoever we ask” is quite incredible, because when we ask for anything in God’s Word, we will have the actual petitions that God desires to hear. The more we realize that God hears us, the greater our believing becomes, and the more we will receive from Him.

Psalm 36:5-10:
-5:  Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and they faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
-6:  Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
-7:  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
-8:  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
-9:  For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
-10:  O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

As our confidence in God’s Word grows in the heart of our hearts, then the blessings in His Word (like those in the Psalm above) can become for us realities.

In time, we can find ourselves not simply looking at the Bible as mere words on a page, but rather, we can find ourselves immersed in them because we will know that God hears us, and with that renewed confidence we will begin enjoying all the blessings of God (Ephesians 1:3-4).

Have a great day building confidence in God’s precious Word to you, knowing that God indeed hears you.

Having Speaks

“Often we hear the phrase ‘do not discuss religion or politics.’ However, I do not believe this is a true statement, for when God lives in our hearts, then out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh– Matthew 12:34. It does not really matter what people say we should not talk about when the truth is in our hearts and in our thinking. As we allow God into our lives, we cannot help but share the treasures of His lovingkindness towards us, and of His graces of which we are partaking. Another wonderful verse of Scripture is for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he- Proverbs 23:7. It is true that at certain times it may not be appropriate to share God’s Word, like when we are being paid to work; however, there are plenty of times when it is appropriate to share God’s Word with our families, friends, and acquaintances. When God comes into our lives and we began thinking His Word, we literally become what His Word says we are. Nevertheless, if we cannot talk about the inner joy we have in God, then we could unintentionally begin to suppress the inner joy we have in our Savior and with God’s healing Word.  Paul said of Jesus he cannot deny himself– II Timothy 2:13, Jesus never denied who he was to anyone or what he believed, rather he lived with confidence in who he was, and he is our example. We have the God-given privilege to believe and to conduct ourselves as those who have allowed Him into our lives and hearts, and in this we have every right to ask and answer.” ~LMJ~

Psalms – Revealing Our Song in the Night

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Psalms is filled with references and revelations about Jesus Christ, detailing his coming, his conflict with the Adversary, his resurrection, and his coming with salvation. For King David, Christ was his strength and lively hope, which gave him a spiritual song in the night.

Discovering Christ in the Scriptures also gives us today, thousands of years after David, a spiritual song in the night that emanates from the heart of God and is heard in our spiritual ears and comforts our inner souls.

The song replaces fears, encourages our endeavors to walk with God, exhorts our hearts in love, and comforts our lives with the peace of God in Christ in us.

Psalms 42:8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with {within} me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

In the daytime God gives His children lovingkindness, and in the night His song can be in our hearts. David recalls that with his new song, which blessed him throughout his nights, he could pray to the God of his life.

In the seventy-seventh Psalm, the singer and Prophet Asaph wrote:

Psalms 77:6 – I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Asaph in Psalms 77 was troubled, but then, he remembers his God-given song in night and he became blessed within his own heart.

God gives His children a song of hope, a song of deliverance, a song of spiritual inspiration and within this song we will discover that Jesus Christ is our eternal song, our symphony who harmonizes our lives with the heart of God.

In Psalms 53:4-5 we find that those who have not called upon God have “great fear, where no fear was,” because fear grows in and throughout the night for the fearful. It is God who delivers us from any and all fear, whether the fear is real or imaginary. Thankfully Psalms 34:4 states “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

To have fear is to have restraints upon our believing and receiving from God. Fear can imprison even worse than any physical prison, yet our God can deliver us from all fear as we continue looking to His healing Word and discover His love and our loving Savior Jesus Christ who gives to us a spiritual song of love that indeed will cast out all our fears and replace them with a song in the night.

I John 4:18a – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear {itself} hath torment. . .

In Mark 14:26 we read “And when they {Jesus and his disciples} had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.” The timing of this hymn was one of the darkest and most fearful times in all of human history because Jesus was on his way to redeem humanity by giving his very life over to cruel tormentors and murderers on our behalf. But he and his disciples had a song in the night, which gave them strength ─ that same song is our song for it is having Jesus Christ in our hearts at all times throughout our days and nights. He is our song in the night, and God’s Word encourages us to be “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).

The hymn that Jesus sang in Luke is not recorded for us, yet there can be no doubt that our song in the night is written upon our hearts. When we recall our deliverance by the generous work of our Savior we will indeed know the composer, and enjoy the spiritual songs that we sing with grace in our hearts to the Lord, it is as wonderful as the hymn Jesus sang with his disciples. It is a song of thankfulness and praise with joy to know that Jesus Christ, the inspiration of “Our Song in the Night” is in our hearts.