The Prize of the High Calling

Philippians 3:13-14:
-13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended {the prize yet}: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind {the past}, and reaching forth unto those things which are before {the return},
-14: I press toward the mark {finish line} for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

“What a magnificent lesson we have here. First, Paul teaches that the one thing has two aspects: (1) forgetting the past, and (2) reaching forward. The reason for this is that only as we let the past fall by the wayside will we have room for the hope of the future, the hope in Christ’s return, to receive the prize. This is the believer’s high calling. We all have been called into God’s grace, but the high point of His calling will be the return of Christ! With the anticipation of our future hope, the past can be put to rest. Looking forward to the return of Christ, anticipating the joy and excitement of this marvelous prize, to obtain the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, is the believer’s greatest hope because it will deliver over to you one of the greatest prizes that can be received. It is receiving an eternal treasure even before you arrive into heaven (for you will be transformed as your feet leave this earth), and in heaven is where and when you will receive all the rest of your rewards for believing God’s Word today.” ~LMJ~

Patience of Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Epistle of I Thessalonians Paul wrote great encouragement to the believers:

I Thessalonians 1:3 – Remembering without ceasing your work of faith {believing faith}, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Notice the three words faith, love, and hope – these three words are often connected together in the Scriptures. First mentioned is their work of believing which appropriates the promises of God. Secondly is their labor of love, and this labor of love qualifies or distinguishes them as true believers. Thirdly is their patience of hope. Patience? Yes, patience because Christ has yet to return, even though at any moment he most definitely could, and our patience in anticipation is always activated when we hope in patience. Great rewards will be given out for having “patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Notice that when we do have patience in our hope of Christ’s return that we are before God, “in the sight of God.” God will remember our patience of hope, our labor of love, our work of believing faith, and reward us richly for them!

II Timothy 4:7-8:
-7: I {the Apostle Paul} have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: {Paul knew that his life was coming to a close, and he is explaining that he had done his best in this life.}
-8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day {the day that he had been patiently waiting and hoping for, the return of Christ}: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

“A crown of righteousness” is promised to those who will love the appearing of Jesus Christ. What a marvelous hope we truly have! What this crown will give to us, and the full meaning of it can only be speculated about, but what we do know from the Scriptures is that crowns represent authority, and majesty, and power. Believers will receive the crown of righteousness for loving his appearing, and this takes “patience of hope.”

Paul kept the faith; he always believed to the best of his ability, and he loved his hope, the hope that his Savior would speedily return for him, and he loved to savor his own anticipation. Again we see faith, hope, and charity (love) working together in unison as a completed unit.

Patience in the hope of Christ’s return will also build within the believing heart of the Christian great expectation every day that today could be the day. Hope makes life exciting, hope makes waking up each day exciting, and hope makes living through every day exciting.

I sincerely thank God for you in prayer that our God will continue strengthening your life in the magnificent “patience of hope” that can grow within your heart, and in the sight of your God Who is also your Heavenly Father.

Do You Hear Those Heavenly Melodies? (Sing Along if You Do)

“The Book of Hebrews gives us a marvelous presentation relating to our heavenly relationship with Jesus with his unique perspectives of us, For both he {Jesus} that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified {you and me} are all of one {ONE, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus– Galatians 3:28}: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee- Hebrews 2:11-12. Have you heard, have you realized, Jesus sings praise to you? Wow, it is true – You are Jesus’ song! Not only does Christ Jesus sing praise to us, in heaven, God Himself sings with joy in harmonious melodies of love for us as He displays that all of life really was formed, made, and created for man. Zephaniah 3:17 reads, The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love {His everlasting love for you, see below, the verse from Jeremiah 31}, he {GOD} will joy over thee with singing. Have you heard, have you realized, God sings of joy over you? Wow, it is true – You are God’s song! What response can we offer other than to recognize them, to learn of them, and to respect that our standing is the pinnacle of love’s design, and perhaps sing back with thankfulness (Ephesians 6:5, Colossians 3:15), Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing– Psalms 100:2. God’s opinion, and of Christ Jesus who sits at the right hand of the throne of heaven (Hebrews 1:3) is certainly greater than the fallen man can fathom, that is until He inspires the sanctified (I Thessalonians 5:23) with a new heart– Ezekiel 36:26. Then the windows of heaven open up to us as we begin experiencing loving sounds with a new heart that is tuned into the sounds and melodies of heavenly words that draw us ever closer to their delight in and love for us. The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee {to Myself}- Jeremiah 31:3, No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him– John 6:44, this is your personal heavenly embrace felt in a new song and offered from the  thankful heart.” ~LMJ~