Joshua – Revealing Our Captain of Salvation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the book of Joshua an angel appeared to Joshua and when he saw the angel he was unsure about why the angel appeared, Joshua asked him “Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?” I am confident that if I saw what Joshua saw I would also wonder what was up, the angel replied:

Joshua 5:14a – And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.

The captain of the host of the LORD meant that this angel was Michael the Archangel who fights for God’s people (Daniel 12:1), and thus he had his sword in his hand. The angel’s eloquent salutation must have set Joshua’s heart to rest and provided comfort amidst being surrounded on all sides by enemies and being disheartened at the decease of Moses, his teacher (Joshua 1:2). God had provided His angel, Michael, as He did for Moses and the children of Israel (Exodus 23:22-23, and Isaiah 63:9), which was ample encouragement for Joshua to continue leading Israel over the River Jordan and into the Promised Land.

Hebrews 2:10 – For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain {Jesus} of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

“Many sons” means every born again believer, whether we are male or female, Jesus through his sufferings for us has brought us to his very own glory. Jesus Christ is the captain of our salvation that we have received. In the book of Joshua we can see the many victories that the believers had, and find “the captain of the Lord of hosts” blazing a trail of deliverance before them, in the same manner we can also find our very own captain of salvation, who blazed the trail that leads us to the total victory of an endless life.

Hebrews 1:14 – Are they {angels} not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

All of the angels are sent from Him to minister, protect, and watch over those “who shall” be heirs of salvation, they are guardian angels. Before our salvation we had guardian angels (and those who have yet to be saved), protecting our very existence until we accept our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we become saved, God gives us holy spirit, placing Christ within our very hearts and Jesus becomes our captain, eternal guardian, and the anchor of our souls.

Hebrews 6:19-20a:
-19: Which hope {in Christ} we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil {of heaven itself};
-20a: Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, . . .

Once we become saved, we have Jesus Christ fighting for us, receiving his wisdom and spiritual revelation of the true meaning of having God and Christ within our lives.

Hebrews 13:2 – Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

This verse does not imply that we should be looking for angels around every corner. Rather, it means that when we entertain strangers, and they have not yet been saved, but are to be heirs of salvation, they themselves absolutely have a guardian angel, watching over their souls. When we help them into their own salvation and show them, the captain of our salvation – Jesus Christ – simultaneously we would be entertaining their guardian angels, with the healing Word of God. Before our salvation we also had a guardian angel, usually we were unaware of their presence, because we did not know the Word of God, or the captain of our salvation. Sure, people wonder if angels are somewhere around, but it is not until we become saved that we learn that we had at least one watching over our lives, as the captain of our salvation now does today and forever.

The Crown of Rejoicing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The crown of rejoicing is by far the greatest crown in the sense that we may partake of the joy in the here and now. The crown of rejoicing that we can receive when Christ returns is given to us for winning lost souls to the Lord Jesus Christ. Whenever someone whom we have witnessed to becomes saved, the joy that we will experience can at times become so overwhelming that we almost feel that we need to ask God to cool it down some because our hearts can bubble over with inner spiritual joy.

It is so exciting and thrilling to our hearts whenever someone actually believes the words that come from out of our hearts and mouths regarding the wonderful healing Word and will of God.

This wonderful action of speaking up causes us to become so thankful that we ourselves have received our own personal salvation, and we experience the same thrills that the people we witness to experience when they finally believe themselves in the Word that works effectually in anyone who believes.

I Thessalonians 2:13 – For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye receive it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that {do one thing and one thing only:} believe.

When we simply accept the Scriptures as the actual Word of God, and we believe them, then the Word begins working effectually within our lives. When we share this wonderful Word of God that we believe to someone else and they believe, then the Word will work equally as well for them.

This, my friend, is what brings so much joy into our lives, not to mention the crown of rejoicing that will be given to us when Christ returns. There are no requirements as to how many people we can share God’s Word with, even if we simply introduced one person to Christ in our life we will receive the crown of rejoicing.

I Thessalonians 2:19-20:
-19: For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? {The people Paul witnessed to who believed him will also be brought into “the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming.”}
-20: For ye are our glory and joy.

Over the years God has been presented to people in a most negative way. Some people threaten the unsaved with the supposed wrath of God, preaching hellfire and condemnation to bring others to the point of accepting Christ. This is totally wrong and shameful to share God’s Word in this manner because God is love!

I Peter 4:10-11:
-10: As every man {believer} hath received the gift {of salvation}, even so minister the same {gift} one to another, as good stewards of the manifold {abundantly diverse and ever growing} grace of God,
-11: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God {utterances and declarations of God’s manifold grace}; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.

When we present God in the favorable light of His healing Word, then we are truly striving according to the rule book of life. No good thing will God withhold from us who share of His salvation and grace, and in return we can know in our hearts that the people we bring to the Lord will cause our hearts to rejoice with “glory and joy!”

Philippians 3:20-21; 4:1:
-20: For our conversation {our citizenship is the Text} is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ;
-21: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious {and resurrected} body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {he is able to bring all those who believe} unto himself.
-1: Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

When Christ returns for us we will enjoy the privilege of being the sons and daughters of God who live in the heavenlies with Christ. We shall receive glorious new bodies and we will enjoy our heavenly citizenship with those whom we have rescued from this world.

When that glorious day comes we can receive the crown of rejoicing for being faithful witnesses and stewards of the manifold grace of God.

To be continued in Many Crowns

God Is Not Forgetful (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Having just returned from the grocery store and realizing that I forgot an item that my wife needed, I am sure that another trip to the store is forthcoming. However, and thankfully our God is not forgetful, He will always remember His promises to us.

Hebrews 6:10:   For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

The word saint in the Bible means a fellow believer and one who is saved, made holy, and sanctified by God. Our God will always remember the work His saints do in His name, which is to believe and then act on His Word. In Hebrews 6:10, God’s Word mentions our labor of love and please notice that this love has a direction toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints. When we serve another from the mindset that we are actually working for God, then the rewards will be pleasing to both God and the believer as Ephesians 6:8 promises, “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.”

To minister is to help one another, and whenever we believers help another and we do so out of love, then this brings glory to the name of our God. God Himself will never forget your labor of love or the glory your giving has given to His name. God most definitely will reward us throughout all eternity for anything and everything that we believers do for one another out of love.

Mark 9:41:  For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Can you imagine giving only a cup of water to another human being will bring you a reward? God will not forget when you give in love, and He will reward you now and throughout eternity. These are promises from both God and from Jesus Christ! And do you know what else? The water we give in the name of Christ will taste better (for it will be “blessed”) when given in love, because God will indeed bless it.

Ye belong to Christ, is a wonderful concept as I Corinthians 6:20 witnesses, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” The price paid for our eternal redemption was given for us through the offering of the life of Jesus Christ, and therefore we are God’s, as we now belong to Christ, and we are to him, his reward! Jesus “received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7); we are his firstfruits to God, and therefore, because of our Savior’s offering of himself, and his receiving us up to the glory of God — our God will never forget us — ever.

You see, Jesus is the golden thread who delivers us up to our heavenly Father. Jesus reveals to us the abundant life and blessings we can receive from our faithful Creator Who will never forget what Jesus did to redeem us back to God. Ephesians 5:20 teaches us to reciprocate these blessings we have received and that is by, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Simply learning to be thankful in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is a wonderful key that helps open up the true treasures of life that God in Christ provides, such as giving to us the ability to experience heavenly joy, peace, love, and light.

Colossians 3:17: 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.

When we look for occasions to simply bless others for the sake of love, our Savior’s love for us, and we learn to be truly thankful for opportunities to be kind, good, and loving, and not just simply looking for and expecting the reward, the blissful rewards will be even more abundant. God is not forgetful; He remembers your labor of love. The Apostle Paul gave thanks to God in his prayers in the name of the Lord Jesus at every opportunity as he remembered the labor of love that the believers served to one another.

Paul wrote that the loving labors of believers were always “in the sight of God,” because He watches over and remembers our endeavors to be a blessing to our fellow man, and returns blessings to the giver more abundantly.

We cannot out-give God, He encourages His children to bless and love others (this is how we give to Him), and He will not just remember, but He will send delightful rewards.

I Thessalonians 1:2-3:
-2: We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
-3: Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Our God is so awesomely wonderful in what He chooses to remember or not remember. He will remember our helping fellow saints, our labor of love, and how we bless and reach out in love to others in our communities where we live (Galatians 6:10), but He promises, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). So if God will not remember our faults and shortcomings, why in the world do we so often dwell on them? Why do we allow sin consciousness to beat us down so often?

The true antidote to sin consciousness is to be a blessing to those whom we can inspire in Christ’s name, for this God remembers and He will not forget. So Praise the Lord!

So when the opportunity arises to help someone out in one way or another, please do so out of your personal love and devotion to God and to your Savior who paid the price of your redemption. Please remember that your labor of love will not be wasted (even if someone else does not thank you), for our God will reward you richly because God Is Not Forgetful.

Psalms 37:3-6:
-3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
-4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
-5: Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desire of your heart} to pass.
-6: And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment {justification} as the noonday.

“Sometimes we hold on to our possessions because we fear we might run out — life seems scarce. But when we believe that giving is the way to live, we will produce more in the future — life seems abundant.” ~John C. Maxwell~

“The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.” ~Walt Whitman~

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” ~Maya Angelou~

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~Lao-Tzu~

Saved By His Life

The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many- Mark 10:45. You see, the completed work of Jesus Christ accomplished our salvation for us, and because of him, his personal sacrifice, his own works, and his life’s blood offered for us, we are saved (Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 1:7, and I Peter 1:18-19). We were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life– Romans 5:10.” ~LMJ~

Christ in You

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Church Epistles reveal many wonderful truths to the believer, and the Apostle Paul was given the New Testament truths concerning the administration of God’s divine grace. God called Paul to be a minister of Jesus Christ, to reveal to God’s Church new light that was never made known before the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. Jesus had said in the Gospel of John 16:12; “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” Those things were finally given to Paul and he revealed them to us throughout the Church Epistles.

Colossians 1:25 – Whereof {in the revelation of God’s Church, which is the body of Christ, and in him we are members} I am made a minister, according to the dispensation {administration} of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

Paul was given the revelation that even Jesus Christ in the Gospel period could not reveal to the believers, but Paul in grace was given what we can now carry in the heart of our understanding, which information would “fulfil the word of God.”

Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

The mystery was given to Paul, and Paul shared the information regarding the mystery with fellow saints, fellow believers. The mystery literally is that believers, Christians, are members of the spiritual body of Christ. Ephesians chapter 3 reveals to us “whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:4). Paul’s job was to make the mystery clearly understood, and as believers began to understand it, then, and only then, would God reveal even greater truths directly to His children by inspiration and by direct revelation.

Colossians 1:27 – To whom {His saints} 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:

What is it to have “Christ in you?” Many people may think that they can explain this to you; however, my Bible, and every other Bible clearly says that God Himself makes known the full extent of the riches of the glory of the mystery, which is having Christ in you. Everything Christ is, is in you, his love, his power, and his standing at the right hand of God which is our riches in glory in Christ with God! Only God, and God alone, can inspire your heart with heavenly inspiration and divine revelations giving you perfect understanding to personally know the “Christ in you!”

The word “Christian” means Christ within; this is not a symbolic term, but rather it is a spiritual reality that we absolutely have Christ within. Paul in the Epistles fulfilled his ministry and his calling by making known the mystery of the oneness of God’s Church, the body of Christ of which we are all members. As we continue believing and understanding this magnificent revelation, God Himself, as the inspiration and Creator of life, goes to work revealing within our own hearts His riches within us, His Christ within us, His spiritual seed that continues growing within.

This is our eternal gift, and the hope of our future glory to be with God in heaven with Christ for eternity.

May our God continue revealing to you the true riches of His glory, the “Christ in you!”