A More Excellent Way (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 12:31: But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

But covet earnestly the best gifts is the way that some people try to find the “so called” best gifts in the Bible. Yet, the Apostle Paul is literally saying the opposite; sure you can try your hardest (and covet earnestly) to get the best spiritual gifts, yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Paul was writing to an entire church of believers in Corinth, saying that there was another way to conduct their lives, a better way to live than the way they were currently living, a more excellent way. This way is the way of love, to conduct our lives with charity as the following verses in chapter 13 then explain. It is to live in a more excellent way than any other way because living with the love of God in our hearts is the best way to enjoy life and experience happiness.

The basis for Paul explaining to the believers that there is a more excellent way goes back to verse 27–31 of I Corinthians chapter 12, which shows some of the gifts that the believers in the church were coveting, thus prompting Paul’s discourse.

I Corinthians 12:27–30:
-27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
-28: And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
-29: Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
-30: Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

This section of Scripture first states that we are the body of Christ and then that we are members in particular in that body. Each believer is unique within the body and each has a special place that is tailor-made for him or her with room to grow. As Proverbs 18:16 says, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” It is this more excellent way of God’s love that allows room to grow and enjoy life as God intended for His children.

Then within this body, there are some ministries given by God in Christ Jesus, such as Apostles and Prophets and Teachers. Also, some believers in the body work miracles very well, such as ministering healing to others. As well, there are others in the body who are very diverse in the use of additional spiritual gifts and manifestations that have been supplied by God’s grace to help us walk with Him and with each other.

The verses above are not a shopping list from which we can pick and choose the ones we personally want to have; rather, God set some, i.e., God gives to His children what is needed at the appropriate time and in the proper measure to supply whatever would fit the spiritual need within the body of Christ. Paul is saying that when and where believers simply conduct their lives in love, they will then have tapped into the more excellent way as God supplies to His church (the body of Christ) the best and most needed gifts, which will be received effortlessly and enjoyed by all.

I Corinthians chapter 13 begins explaining some of the spiritual qualities of charity. The love of God (charity) is the more excellent way because it will bring the most needed and “best gifts” right to you at the appropriate time and in the right measure. The chapter unfolds to the believers the more excellent way with explanations of some of the greatness of God’s love applied, what it will accomplish when acted upon, and also what charity will not do. For instance “{charity} doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (verse 5). Chapter 13 of I Corinthians is a wonderful chapter for believers to read and reread over and again.

I Corinthians 13:6: {Charity} Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Iniquity means wrongdoing, or unrighteousness. In other words, let us say we see someone who wronged us in some way in the past now going through a hard time and we think, “That is just what he deserves!” This kind of rejoicing in or finding satisfaction with someone’s misfortune is where charity cannot and will not function because that kind of thinking does not emanate out of the love of God. This is because charity thinketh no evil.

“Rejoice” is spiritual joy repeated over and again! We will have and enjoy this continuous rejoicing when and where we have charity in our lives. When we look into the Scriptures, recognizing them as divine truth from God, it will cause our hearts to rejoice. When the truth begins to hold us up, then the love of God in our hearts will also begin to bubble over into rejoicing ― abundantly. I Corinthians 13:8 reads, “Charity never faileth” when active in one’s life. Now, how often will we fail when we have God’s love in our endeavors in life? Never!

How do Christians avoid being failures? Charity never faileth. When and where we have charity in our hearts, we will succeed. If charity could fail just once, then it would be worthless for it could let us down at a most important moment. However, and thankfully, charity never faileth.

Our loving, heavenly Father has given to His children a more excellent way to live, a more excellent way to follow, and a more excellent way to love. All that any believer can do is either walk into the abundance of God’s more excellent way and learn to be loving, or not. However, when you as a believer only try to walk with God in His love, you will assuredly fulfil your God-given talents and gifts as you continue rejoicing in the truth, for you will have tapped into a new spiritual love that will never fail you, for it is God’s more excellent way.

I Peter 4: 8–11 (The Amplified Bible):**
-8: Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].
-9: Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).
-10: As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].
-11: Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

He Believed in His God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Daniel 6:16:
Then the king {Darius} commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

The king did not want to have Daniel killed in the lions’ den; however, he was tricked into passing a law that would assure Daniel’s death and as saddened as Darius was he had to follow his own law. Even Darius believed that somehow God would deliver Daniel. Let us see how this (true) story develops.

Daniel 6:19-23:
-19: Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
-20: And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
-21: Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
-22: My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
-23: Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

As terrible as this was for Daniel to spend an entire night in a lions’ den, God could protect him because of one thing and one thing only, and that was because “he believed in his God.” One may think that maybe the lions were full and were not really that hungry; however, as the story continues we learn that the lions were not only hungry and vicious, but that they were man-eaters (Daniel 6:24).

Daniel 6:27:
He {God} delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

It was King Darius, who spoke these words above, and he was far from what we would call a believer; yet he was able to see the power of God work for his friend Daniel. Some people today think that miracles ceased with Jesus, but this is just not true, for God does signs, miracles, and wonders all around us (Mark 16:17-20). In the Book of Acts 27:25 Paul said “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God . . .” and Paul was delivered from the storm on the sea along with every person on that ship. God’s blessings normally not only touch the hearts of those who have believed to receive, but the blessings will quite often spill over, bless, and inspire others who happen to be around the believer.

Today, there is no reason why you cannot expect miraculous things to happen in your life because you can believe the Word of God!

Who Said So?

“I have observed over the years that way too often what people say is in the Bible is not recorded in any of the Bibles I have read. Then, when they promulgate that something is not biblical, I have found that it was written in the Bible, usually in more than one place. Similarly, when the Bible says it is perfectly fine to do something, they chime in and piously trumpet, Do not do that, unless you want to go to hell. Then even further, when they proclaim that the Bible says, Do not do something, the Bible actually gives one leave to go right ahead if it blesses you or your family.

Thankfully, when I finally came to the Word of God itself, I began realizing that walking with God was actually quite enjoyable. I further discovered that God’s will for His children was a thou shalt have rather than a thou shalt not have life; as Jesus said, I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly– John 10:10, and that Jesus Christ suffered so that I did not need to suffer, and to this biblical concept I could resolve to have a heartfelt commitment. I was completely released from so many unfounded half-truths that were shrouded in so-called religious doctrines.

Now I am so thankful just to know that God has blessed me (and you, too) with all spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). I have seen that God works the same miracles of deliverance inside the hearts and lives of others that have also discovered Jesus Christ, The Golden Thread, within the Scriptures.” ~LMJ~

The Greatest Right We Have

John 14:13-14:
-13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-14:  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I {Jesus Christ} will do it.

John 15:16b: – …that whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he may give it you.

“The greatest right we have is the privilege to use the name of Jesus Christ. We can use his name in prayer and be assured of a positive answer, and we can use his name in the giving of thanks for God’s abundance. Believing in the name of Jesus Christ brings great things to pass in our lives. Using the name of Jesus Christ produces signs of encouragement for and to the individual believer, works miracles of loving comfort to our inner souls, and energizes wonders that exhort us to the worthy endeavors and exploits promised us in God’s Word.” ~LMJ~

Our Rights in Jesus Christ’s Name

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest right we have is the privilege to use the name of Jesus Christ. We can use his name in prayer and be assured of a positive answer, and we can use his name in the giving of thanks for God’s abundance. Believing in the name of Jesus Christ brings great things to pass in our lives. Using the name of Jesus Christ produces “signs” of encouragement for and to the individual believer, works “miracles” of loving comfort to our inner souls, and energizes “wonders” that exhort us to the worthy endeavors and exploits promised us in God’s Word.

John 14:13-14:
-13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-14:  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I {Jesus Christ} will do it.

John 15:16b: – …that whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Using the name of Jesus Christ in our prayer life is not a form of magic like saying “abracadabra,” and then some kind of magical trick is performed, nor is it sleight of hand for an illusion. Using the name of Jesus Christ, when spoken on the lips of believing Christians, unveils the actual power of God Himself so that God in Christ in us becomes manifested in our daily living. Jesus Christ has made available to us certain inalienable rights that can never change or be taken away from us such as our sanctification, our redemption, our righteousness, our reconciliation, our justification, and our continued forgiveness. These are the believer’s birthrights when we become saved (born again), for we have received everything that Jesus Christ made available by the sacrifice of himself, and now we are presented purified to our heavenly Father by Christ Jesus. Not only were we given spiritual rights and freedoms to walk with God, but we may also walk in Christ enjoying his accomplishments for us. In Ephesians 1 there is a prayer written specifically for believers:

Ephesians 1:16-19:
-16:  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
-17:  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him {God}:
-18:  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened {and the reason for our spiritual “eyes being enlightened” with “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” –  is}; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling {to be with God for eternity}, and {that you may know} what the riches of his glory of his inheritance in the saints, {The inheritance is having the riches of “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”}
-19:  And {that you may know} what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, {It is God’s power, yet it is our own believing in our spiritual rights that release this magnanimous power.}

The exceeding greatness of God’s power is manifested proportionally to our believing in our God-given rights. The greatest right that we have is to use the name of Jesus Christ in our prayer life to unleash the exceeding greatness of God’s blessings and power upon our lives. In Jesus Christ’s name, we can continue walking in blessed fellowship with our Maker, and with our Savior, and with one another.