The Day of Days

“The multitude of believers that this world has been blessed to have, the souls who have passed away in hope, are too numerous for us to count, but they will easily outnumber any living generation fortunate enough to be alive at the time of Christ’s return. For the living, the return of Christ will be a spectacular day because only the living believers will see and feel what the past ages could only have hoped in and dreamed of with anticipation, because only the living will know and experience the changing realities of that glorious day of all our expectations coming to pass, the day of days of hope’s fulfillment, when Christ shall change our earthly bodies to be fashioned like unto his glorious body- Philippians 3:21!” ~LMJ~

We Look for the Savior

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest expectation that the believer has is the return of his or her Savior who is Jesus Christ. When he returns, we will be gathered up with him to enjoy our eternity with him at God’s own right hand.

Philippians 3:20 – For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Our conversation” means our citizenship because our homeland is in heaven! With our heavenly standing in God’s family we may earnestly look with great hope for our Savior who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice that the verse does not say to pray for him to come because his return will happen on God’s timetable rather than on man’s timetable. The word “look” means to wait with patience and expectation.  I know that many Christian people fear this great and glorious day, but that is only because they have a wrongful fear of the greatness of Christ’s return for us. Some people are indeed fearful of the future wrath; however, God’s children do not, will not, and cannot pass through the impending wrath that is surely to come. In Philippians 3:20 our Lord Jesus Christ is called “our Saviour” because we have been saved, not for the wrath of God, but for heaven itself and to be eternally immersed in the love of God! The word “Saviour” in reference to Jesus Christ means that he himself accomplished our salvation and our complete spiritual wholeness. We will be in heaven before wrath and tribulation ever begin (I Thessalonians 4:13–5:5).

Philippians 3:21 – Who {Jesus Christ} shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {all believers} unto himself.

The words “vile body” means a body that has been humiliated. The human body was originally perfect in every detail, having eternal life within its very nature before the fall of man in Genesis. It was the Adversary (the Serpent) who defiled and humiliated the human body of man from its original perfect creation, and with the return of Christ our bodies will be “fashioned like unto his {Christ Jesus’} glorious body.” When Christ Jesus awoke from the dead after his crucifixion he had a new and glorious body, which would never be humiliated again, that will never die again, and that will last him for eternity. This is the kind of body promised to believers!

Jesus was a perfect man, he had no sin in his body, neither was his body humiliated until he allowed himself to become sin for us and be brutally tortured and crucified. He indeed received humiliation and he experientially knows the hold the sin nature still has in man because he himself experienced this so that he could identify completely with humanity. Although our human body is still humiliated, we have been given great hope in the return of our Savior, and then we will receive heavenly life-regenerating bodies equally as powerful as what Jesus now has. He literally walked (or passed) through walls, appearing and disappearing in the midst of his disciples at will; he passed through the heavens and back in the blink of an eye, and was only recognizable to his disciples when he wanted to be recognized. This glorious body will be given to us, and is why the Scriptures say that we can look with great expectation for that great and glorious day of his return, and our gathering together up to him.

Awake in His Likeness

As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness– Psalms 17:15. This is a future promise of God revealed to us by King David, a promise that many past believers had hope in; it is the promise to wake up with thy likeness, the likeness of the Savior ― this same future promise is promised to all believers who will ascend up in their Savior’s likeness; Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body– Philippians 3:21.” ~LMJ~

When I Awake

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 17:15:
As for me {David}, I will behold thy face {his Savior’s face} in righteousness: I shall be satisfied {big time!}, when I awake, with thy likeness.

David died years ago (I Chronicles 29:26-28), yet he spoke of waking up to behold his Savior’s face. How can this be except for resurrection? The words when I awake breathes David’s essential beliefs in his personal resurrection, and with thy likeness is the likeness of his Redeemer, Christ the Lord. King David and all believers who will awake will have the integral likeness of Christ, and will embody the fullness of life everlasting for eternity.

The Christian believer will be in what the Scriptures define as the “gathering together” and we will be taken up through the clouds above. This is the beginning of entering into our heavenly inheritance that will be enjoyed throughout an eternal lifetime in the heavenlies. We are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17), and when Christ returns, “we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (I John 3:2).

We will have his likeness, for our bodies will “be fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21), having perfect synergism in his likeness. Being joint-heirs with Christ is sharing fully, whereas Israel’s inheritance in the Promised Land will be divided amongst them. However, the Christian believers’ everlasting inheritance in heaven will be given to all of us to equally enjoy.

Acts 2:22-27:
-22: Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
-23: Him {Jesus}, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
-24: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
-25: For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
-26: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
-27: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One {Jesus Christ} to see corruption.

King David always kept the hope of his Savior alive in his heart hundreds of years before the first coming of Christ. David continuously held in reserve Jesus Christ before my face, meaning he at all times looked towards Jesus and his day of deliverance. The end result for looking unto Jesus was that Jesus was his guaranteed hope (as well as ours), for eternal life – as David confessed – “Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell.” Knowing Jesus Christ personally through knowing the Scriptures assured David of his eternal life which daily allowed his heart to rejoice and as he spoke of Jesus, his tongue was glad which also gave others the hope of Christ’s return.

Psalms 28:7-8:
-7: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
-8: The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

The anointed of God is Jesus Christ, and God is the saving strength of Jesus Christ (See Acts 2:22-24 above). Jesus is our interceder (between God and man), and Jesus Christ reveals to the heart that searches for God, the magnificence of God Himself.

Knowing Christ causes our hearts to greatly rejoice, and a glad tongue comes to us by speaking about the accomplishments of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Witnessing to others that Jesus died for our sins, that he was resurrected and seated at the right hand of God, that he is returning for us at some future moment to take us home surely causes the tongue to be glad.

Acts 2:28:
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance {presence}.

Coming to personally know Jesus Christ gives to the believer understanding about the ways of life, such as how to genuinely walk with God. Jesus Christ was always pleasing to God (Matthew 3:17). As we ourselves look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), he will also teach us how to be pleasing to God, for Jesus is always present within our hearts, showing believers the ways of life, which actuates our entitlement of being full of joy. “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me” (Psalms 49:15).

Hope of resurrection is written throughout the Scriptures, and the followers of the ways of life may ascribe to abiding in this eternal truth, “that when they awake in resurrection, they awake in the likeness of God’s Son.”

A Fashion for the Ages

Who {Jesus Christ} shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {all believers} unto himself- Philippians 3:21. The words vile body means a body that has been humiliated. The human body was originally perfect in every detail, having eternal life within its very nature before the fall of man in Genesis. It was the Adversary (the Serpent) who defiled and humiliated the human body of man from its original perfect creation, and with the return of Christ our bodies will be fashioned like unto his {Christ Jesus’} glorious body. When Christ Jesus awoke from the dead after his crucifixion he had a new and glorious body which would never be humiliated again, that will never die again, and that will last him for eternity. This is the kind of body promised to believers!” ~LMJ~