Children of Abraham

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 3:6-7:
-6:  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
-7:  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith {believing faith}, the same are the children of Abraham.

Abraham was a great man of God, and he believed in the words that God spoke to him. What it was that made Abraham such a special person is that he believed God, and as a result of his believing, God accounted to him righteousness. Abraham’s believing allowed God to present him with God’s own righteousness. Abraham’s righteousness was not contingent upon any law, but upon believing. Believing God’s Word today gives us the spiritual right to be called “the children of Abraham.”

Galatians 3:9 – So then they which be of faith {believing faith} are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Before the Law was ever given, Abraham walked with God in believing, and now after the Law has been abolished (Ephesians 2:15), by Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we still walk with God in peace and in His righteousness. Galatians is written to bring the Christian back to the Word of God without being encumbered with Laws. Today because of our believing God’s Word: we are most definitely blessed! Abraham was called “faithful”; he was faithful by believing what God said. The Epistle of Romans being the foundational epistle to the Christian Church details how Abraham believed and how the Word instructs us to believe as well.

Romans 4:20-24:
-20:  He {Abraham} staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {believing faith}, giving glory to God; {When we believe the Word we will also give glory to God.}
-21:  And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.
-22:  And therefore it {Abraham’s believing} was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23:  Now it was not written {in Genesis 15:6} for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24:  But for us also, to whom it {God’s righteousness} shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

In the Old Testament, Abraham had to believe that his Savior would come, and his believing allowed God to impute (put into his personal account) righteousness. Today we believe that our Savior did come, that he was raised from the dead, and that he will again return for us. There is no amount of works or laws that could possibly prevent or speed up his return, this is why believing is the best that we can do, for believing is all that is required before our God. After our salvation, we are righteous regardless of whether or not we believe, but as we continue believing on Christ, then we will begin to realize the abundance of having the righteousness of God because we are the children of Abraham by our believing.

Right Believing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Walking with God in right believing sounds like a pretty easy road to follow; however, from time to time in life we may make mistakes because no one is perfect, and at other times we may succumb to temptations. Sometimes we may think (or at least wonder) “will God ever want me back after this?” The answer is: OH yes – a thousand times a thousand He will take us back into His loving arms and spiritually cleanse us from our sins so that we may again walk with God in right believing. God’s loving embrace uplifts us into His own unending grace that is upon our very lives, for our names are written in the pages of the living memory (of the book of life) of God Himself. The heart of God’s eternal embrace is described and detail in many ways in the Epistle of Galatians and we will be looking at some of these details.

Galatians is an Epistle of correction, correcting the wrong practices of believers who have fallen from the doctrinal side of Romans, chapters 1 through 8. Galatians brings the believer back again into right believing of the foundational principles contained in the Epistle of Romans and shows the believers that their walks with the heavenly Father are never based on works (or even fears) of any kind. Galatians presents to the believers convincing arguments to help correct many deep-seated wrong practices, helping bring them back into the spiritual wholeness they once enjoyed.

Galatians 1:3-4:
-3:  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
-4:  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Grace and peace are spiritual qualities of life made available to us by the will of God so that we may enjoy our spiritual lives. Christ gave himself for our sins to this end: that we may receive our salvation and be delivered from the evils that have saturated this world.

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek {Gentiles}.

The word salvation is in reference to our spiritual wholeness, a wholeness that fills up the empty void in the hearts and souls of men and women. Once we believe in the Gospel of Christ, we receive the actual power of God to enjoy our spiritual wholeness. God’s grace and peace satisfies our searching hearts and immerses us in the favorable graces of God; these are spiritual qualities of life that are God-given. Let us enjoy this day in our believing, knowing that Christ has delivered us from “this present evil world, according to the will of God,” for this is right believing.

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.”

We Are Righteous

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Before the coming of Christ, righteousness was something earned by works of the Law and by observing and doing the commandments recorded throughout the Old Testament.

Deuteronomy 6:25:
And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.

Righteousness in Old Testament times gave men and women the ability to approach the Temple of God without fear, and to have an overall acknowledgment of peace and serenity with God. Back then, the people’s righteousness was received only by personal sacrifices IF they observed to do all the commandments of God. At best this was temporal for they were forever receiving and losing their righteousness because of the nature of sin itself. Nevertheless, in obeying those laws and commandments they could never receive the permanent inner righteousness that God wanted for them until His Redeemer came and died for the sins of the world.

The Old Testament with most of its directives was written to the children of Israel who were living in the anticipation of the coming Redeemer. Nevertheless, when Christ came, he began to teach men and women that there was something even greater than the temporal righteousness they were receiving. There was a divine righteousness coming that would be an indwelling spiritual right, freely given to every believer, based purely on their believing in their Savior rather than on the works of the Law. Jesus explains:

Matthew 5:6:
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Men and women without works of any kind would be filled with God’s own righteousness, quenching the spiritual thirst for spirituality and the true righteousness before God that man has been searching for – for centuries, because of Jesus Christ’s own sacrifice for the sins of the world. Today we simply need to believe on the Savior, who was and still is the end of the Law, to receive this new and exciting fulfilling righteousness.

Romans 10:4:
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 3:25-26 and Philippians 3:9)

When comparing Deuteronomy 6:25 (above) with Romans 10:4 we can easily discover that the former was earned by works and the latter is received by simply believing in Christ; the first was temporal while the latter is now eternal – the difference is like night and day. The doctrinal Epistle of Romans (given to the believers of today) reveals to men and women the glorious righteousness of God, given by believing in Jesus Christ. Our righteousness gives us the ability to always approach God and walk with Him in perfect peace and serenity without any fear of sin consciousness because as God walks with us today – we are righteous!

“Oh Lord, What Shall We Do?” (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

After someone becomes saved and is a Christian, the first thing he or she usually does is start looking for something to practice because of one’s instinctive belief that they must do something spiritually or godly to become worthy of their salvation. Thus, the question arises, Oh Lord, what shall we do? I know that someone may think, “Oh, here it comes, this is when he will start asking for money, penance, works (tons of works), and tell you that you need to purchase something to open up the floodgates of God’s blessings.” No . . .! Sorry, I cannot and will not oblige anyone in that way.

No — and I will tell you why — these escapades have been practiced for centuries and have senselessly hurt innumerable Christians and potential Christian people, for those works will undermine and counter true godliness and grace. We may in good conscience refrain from these past notions of practicing the works of the Law to receive our justification (Galatians 3:11, and Ephesians 2:8-9), and proceed forward to what the Word of God does pass on to believers through Christ in grace.

Galatians 2:16:
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

II Timothy 1:9:
Who {God in Christ} hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

Grace was given to us before the world began; we cannot change this eternal truth, but we can certainly accept it without works for we are saved by the work of our Savior, Jesus Christ. God’s ultimate plan of man’s redemption and our receiving His grace was always in His thinking, even before the world began, and when and as we accept this divine grace into our hearts we will be able to experience its fullness; this is why Ephesians 1:3 says that God has “chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.” Jesus’ work on our behalf was completed in order to display the “mercy” of God that allows us to freely accept our grace-filled salvation without works.

Titus 3:4-7:
-4: But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared {note the exclusion of wrath, anger, and vengeance, but rather the inclusion of God’s kindness and love!}.
-5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration {i.e., a new birth in Christ, I Peter 1:23}, and renewing of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit};
-6: Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
-7: That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Well, these verses take all the guesswork and the work out of our being saved because we are justified by his grace and we become heirs of the hope of eternal life that is promised and given to all believers through the kindness and love of our God. Please notice that all this was given without our works or money, and we received by our believing what God promised all the way back “from the beginning,” as II Thessalonians 2:13 discloses the truth that, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”

Psalms 49:6-7:
-6: They that trust in their wealth, and boast in themselves the multitude of their riches;
-7: None of them can by any means redeem his brother {so much for the “plenary indulgences”}, nor give to God a ransom for him {himself – because Jesus already paid the ultimate price as our complete ransom, I Corinthians 6:20, and I Timothy 2:6}:

Acts 8:20:
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God {salvation} may be purchased with money.

I Peter 1:18-19:
-18: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, {such} as silver and gold, from your vain conversations received by tradition from your fathers;
-19: But with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot:
The Epistle of Colossians and the Book of Isaiah in the Amplified Bible contains some remarkable eye-opening statements in regard to some well-established, but unbiblical mandates:

Colossians 2:21-23 (The Amplified Bible):**
-21: Do not handle [this], Do not taste [that], Do not even touch [them],
-22: Referring to things all of which perish with being used. To do this is to follow human precepts and doctrines.
-23: Such [practices] have indeed the outward appearance [that popularly passes] for wisdom, in promoting self-imposed rigor of devotion and delight in self-humiliation and severity of discipline of the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh (the lower nature). [Instead, they do not honor God but serve only to indulge the flesh.]

Isaiah 29:13 (The Amplified Bible):*
And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and fear {respect} and their reverence for Me are {only} a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning].

After you have believed and confessed in your heart as Romans 10:9 and 10 prescribes, then the first thing that God asks you for is to receive rather than to pay out in some way. Honestly, our heavenly Father desires that you begin enjoying His many blessings, His grace, His mercy, His healing Word, and for His children to grow at their own pace with the intended profit, which His Prophets wrote into the Word of life. God’s Word reveals to believer’s divine promises and these are given to us with His lovingkindness for our believing, and being thankful for these is the appropriate response and conclusion for receiving salvation and the blessings that follow.

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:

Colossians 3:15-17:
-15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
-16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
-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.

Being thankful and giving thanks are foundations that help the individual believer to accept, stand on, and appreciate the graces of God. In order to really begin understanding and enjoying what we have been given may take some time, so please have some patience with yourself, and allow the word of Christ to dwell in you richly as God delicately and incrementally begins pouring His true blessings into your life, heart, and soul. Yet the nature of man is to refute grace, and attempt to earn a good standing with God, a standing He has already given. Truly, a miraculous miracle has taken place in your life because you have already passed from judgment to grace, from a child of the world to a child of God.

These are some of the things that God wants you to know and thoroughly understand, and believe me this takes time and plenty of patience on our parts.

So where do we learn about those things that God would have us know, and how can we learn to appreciate them once we know of them? We learn from Jesus Christ who is the principle subject throughout God’s Word, and as we begin to accept “the manifold graces of God” in our lives, appreciation will grow from within without compulsion. This is the simplest, and best (biblical) answer I know to the question. Oh Lord, what shall we do?

I Peter 4:10:
As every man hath received the gift {of salvation}, even so minister {help and give assistance} the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

God’s Word contains the knowledge of Christ (John 1:45), healing (Psalms 107:20), spiritual understanding (John 6:63), and direction (II Timothy 3:16-17). It is knowing these that we begin growing with spiritual understanding, as we begin enjoying our walks with our heavenly Father, immersed in His love for us individually.

Romans 8:38-39:
-38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
-39: Nor height, nor death, nor any other creature {in other words, there is not anything that}, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Oh Lord, what shall we do? Today as we live our lives and go about our daily business, wheresoever we are, let us begin enjoying the truth that nothing — absolutely nothing, whatsoever shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, and Christ is in us.

Colossians 1:27:
To whom 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:

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permissoin.

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