The Vine and the Branches

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Today in God’s grace, we Christians who endeavor to receive the five crowns*, which will be given out when Christ returns, are bearing fruit in Christ. We have been grafted together with Christ in God’s grace to produce spiritual fruit. We have been given the nature of Christ, his love, and his peace.

Jesus said: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will {want}, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). We have been given wonderful power to simply ask our God for the desires of our hearts, and those desires can be fulfilled to the point that we recognize from whence they came, and that we can thoroughly enjoy them today.

Romans 8:16:
The Spirit itself {God} beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Matthew 3:17), and the Bible further states that we are the children of God, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” (I John 3:2). Could we be in better company? God is Spirit. We are encouraged to walk in the spirit, for when and where we do, we will walk into the fullness of God and begin enjoying the “fellowship of the Spirit” (Philippians 2:1), bearing “fruit unto holiness” (Romans 6:22), blossoming with the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23), and “that we should bring forth {this} fruit unto God” (Romans 7:4). Hebrews 13:15 encourages, “By him {By Jesus Christ} therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Our heavenly Father immensely enjoys this spiritual fruit we bear (John 15:1-5) and offer to Him as we continue walking with Him in the spirit. In other words, ― we can share with Him a fruitful, spiritual banquet consisting of the spiritual qualities of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance!

John 15:1-5:
-1: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman {or the farmer}.
-2: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
-3: Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
-4: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
-5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He {you and I} that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. {But with him “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13.}

God is the husbandman in the sense that He is the one Who cultivates and nurtures the vine and the branches that produce the fruit. And being God, He provides the sunshine as well (and the Son to shine within us). Why does a farmer work the ground and care for the crop? To partake of the abundance that his work will produce, and as we see in the above verses, we will bear the spiritual fruit that the husbandman, our heavenly Father will inevitably enjoy with us. Now the circle has been completed because our Father is the farmer or husandman Who has supplied Christ ─ the true vine, who supplies us ─ every branch, in order that we may now produce fruit unto our Father the husbandman.

This is why today we are the fruit bearing-part of Christ, for we are the branches, and Christ is the vine that connects us directly to the God of creation, infusing and uplifting us with Christ’s strength (Philippians 4:13), planted in the fertile ground of God’s healing Word. “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ” (II Corinthians 2:15), and God being the cultivator of the garden of His delights, that is specifically – you and I (I Corinthians 3:9), He also enjoys the fruit and fragrance that we produce (John 15:1-5).

Anyone who will endeavor to nurture their Christian life is working towards receiving the five crowns* and will be daily producing the spiritual fruit revealed to us in Galatians 5:22-23.

John 15:8-9:
-8: Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
-9: As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

What an enjoyment it is for us to know with understanding that God loves us, and that Jesus Christ also loves us. This is the environment in which believers spiritually grow, and therein we can bear much fruit. This is why we are the fruit-bearing part of Christ, and the greatest fruit of all is that we can lovingly work toward the receiving of five spiritual crowns* for our future rewards.

The crown incorruptible is received by having self-control over our lives, being Word conditioned rather than world conditioned. If we by our free wills control our finances, appetites, and sensual desires; and wear comfortable shoes, sleep in a bed that is comfortable, and feel comfortable in our clothes, then our self-control can be balanced in this life.

The crown of glory is received for being respectful to our fellowman, especially towards other believers whether they are in a leadership position or not.

The crown of life is received by our believing in the truth that God does not tempt us, and this can be thoroughly understood by studying God’s approval of us in the Scriptures.

The crown of righteousness is received by our loving the return of Christ for us, for by loving the truth that he is coming back for us is a godly perspective.

The crown of rejoicing is received by our bringing a lost soul back to Christ, by sharing and witnessing about Christ’s loving example of giving his life for us ─ others need to know they are now holy and acceptable before our heavenly Father, and their acceptance is based on the completed work of Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

Even though today we cannot literally see the five glorious crowns that can be awarded to us, the crowns are confirmed in God’s healing Word. Today as we continue believing on the confirmed realities from the Scriptures we are indeed blessed, for we are believers bearing spiritual fruit.

Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection {your thinking and your believing} on things above, not on things on the earth.

II Corinthians 4:18 – While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

*See our Bible Bytes, titled:

Many Crowns, The Crown Incorruptible, The Crown of Glory, The Crown of Life, The Crown of Righteousness, and The Crown of Rejoicing.

Walking With Our Lord Jesus Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Matthew 14:28-32:
-28:  And Peter answered him {Jesus} and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
-29:  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
-30:  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
-31:  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
-32:  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

For the Apostle Peter, walking on the water with Jesus took a tremendous amount of courage and believing. In order for Peter to do this, he had to trust that this was available to do, and when Jesus said come, he came, but as Peter “came to his senses” he began to sink. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus – he fell into trouble. When Peter began looking around at the circumstances of life (that are always around), two things began to happen; one was that he saw the storm and simultaneously he forgot the promise (the Word) that Jesus gave him.

Secondly, the storm induced fear into his life.  Doubt, worry, and fear will defeat the promises that God’s healing Word reveals to us through Christ as we walk with him.

Two things that also need to be mentioned here is that Peter did not completely sink, he only began to sink.

Secondly, his Savior reached out to help him. The same lifeline is promised and given to us when we look to our Savior, to Jesus Christ, as we walk with him. In Hebrews 7:25 we read: “Wherefore he {Jesus Christ} is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

John 8:12:
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

The lesson here is that when and where we follow Jesus through the revealed Word of God, then we will be walking with him just as Peter had done that day on the sea. True – we will fall from time to time as we look at the circumstances around us, yet as Jesus reached out for Peter, Jesus can also pull us up and out of any worldly negative circumstances.

The Bible says that if we do not faint we will reap (Galatians 6:9). In other words, as we continue looking to our Savior, even when the circumstances around us seem bigger than our abilities, Jesus will come to our rescue. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life to the Father (John 14:6), because Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5).

In Hebrews 13:8 we read: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.” The mission of Jesus Christ has never changed; he will literally run to our aid when we are living through life’s challenges since we can accept him into our lives and look to his strength.

Philippians 4:13:
I {you} can do all things {promised in God’s Word} through Christ which strengtheneth me {through Christ who infuses us with his strength}.

Not only do we have the God-given right and permission to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), and triumph over life’s negative happenstance, but as we continue walking with Jesus Christ through an understanding of the Scriptures and by way of his daily inspiration, God will continue giving us daily victories “through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Geneses (Plural), Chapter Eight, subchapter One, Continuing From the Beginning

Written By Larry M. Jaynes:

The excerpt below is taken from Chapter Eight of our e-Booklet series on Geneses. We are still a few months out before the whole chapter will be available in an easy-to-download FREE e-Booklet. Here we have several pages from the first subchapter. This excerpt is about Jesus Christ, the second Adam; the more we can learn about the miraculous life of Jesus, the more we will understand details about the life Adam enjoyed on Paradise, and how perfect he really was before falling from grace. Understanding more details about the life of Jesus shows the believer glimpses of what man originally had before the fall, reveals his or her current possibilities when they believe on him, as he said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father {and he has and so we can ― do}” (John 14:12). As well, we will further appreciate in expectation and hope just how rewarding and powerful our eternal futures are to be with him when he shall change our bodies to be “fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21).

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“. . . Jesus with his first visitation on earth displayed Adam’s qualities and powers for humanity because Jesus was the second Adam. Following are some of the things that Jesus was able to do, and through his abilities we can further learn about the abilities Adam enjoyed. Recall in Chapter Six, subchapter ix. In His Image that Jesus was WITH the wild beasts in companionship and comfort, just as Adam enjoyed them in the garden.

Jesus was able to talk to the wind; in fact, he commanded the prince of the power of the air, and the wind immediately obeyed him. Jesus spoke to the sea, and the powers of the sea obeyed him. Jesus stopped a devilish earthquake from killing his disciples and stopped its destructive rumbling aftershocks by commanding the land and all the powers and foundations it enforces/contains.

Jesus spoke to trees and bushes and they followed his advice, just as Adam enjoyed in the garden. Jesus knew without going into the water where the fish were without having any sonar that we can recognize by our five senses understanding, just as Adam enjoyed with understanding about the ways of whales while he was living in the garden. Jesus showed his fishermen disciples precisely where to toss their nets to catch an abundance of fish. Jesus knew precisely when and where to fish for one particular fish that swallowed a piece of lost coinage that his disciples retrieved to pay their taxes.

Jesus knew precisely what people he never met were thinking, he even knew what people did and thought about in the past, both positive and negative, in charity or in immorality. He knew what people were about to say to him. He knew everything that was in man and what was on their minds as well as what they were hiding (from him) in their hearts, and why they said what they would say to him. Jesus asked and answered questions when he was only twelve years old to the highest authorities of his religion with astounding insight and knowledge, and he still had eighteen years of super grad school of learning to complete (“as my Father hath taught me, I speak”― John 8:28) before he was ready to commence his ministry and finish his Father’s business.

John 12:49:
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

What Jesus knew in the unspoken language of knowing and sensing people’s inner feelings and frustrations was often much more telling than what is actually recorded in our red letter editions of the Bible (read the Gospels with this in mind, and he can begin to teach you untold truths from his heart directly to yours. Jesus is the key to outreach beyond the senses of the natural mind because once born again, “we have the mind of Christ”― I Corinthians 2:16). One good example is found when reading the unspoken communications between Jesus, Simon, the dinner guests, and the woman and notice whose eyes Jesus gazed upon when talking to Simon, and what was said based on hidden information that Simon, the other guests, and the woman held in their hearts in Luke 7:37-50 (this passage brings tears to my eyes because I see how Jesus touches my heart while touching those in the narrative with doctrine or reproof or correction for instruction in righteousness).

Jesus knew precisely what people needed to know, even people he never met before, from questions of healing to sustenance to reproof or to further one’s instruction in righteousness, and when we know what he knew by reading the Gospels, we can realize why he gave some people less understanding of matters in question and why he gave others much more guidance and insight into spiritual truths (i.e., he wasn’t going to tell a fool what only a wise believer needed to know, and he never cast his pearls of wisdom for naught; ”Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise {to value as insignificant} the wisdom of thy words”― Proverbs 23:9; and See Matthew 7:6).

When Jesus Christ walked, over half of his teachings were less than a single verse of Scripture because he understood the learning process of the human mind in great detail as he gave so much vision with the fewest possible words, and he delivered these words with pure insight. Yet within those short utterances (text messages), a world of truth and understanding is found because he is the Text Messenger for Heaven’s Holiest.

Jesus even spoke to devil spirits and cast them out of people’s lives. Jesus told devil spirits where to go and/or when to shut up, and the Devil/Satan he confronted and rebuked several times. Jesus could see all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, as Adam once could. Jesus could do anything that he set his mind to do; he met people he knew but changed himself into different likenesses (or forms) at his will, he passed through walls, and entered into rooms that were locked from the inside to bring peace, blessing, and comfort to people.

Jesus miraculously escaped several stoning incidents, passing right through the crowds of rock-slinging citizens, escaping once when his hometown friends and neighbors tried to throw him off a cliff, but he passed straight through the middle of them ― unmolested and unseen. Jesus was completely untouchable, that is until he gave himself for the world, but only when it was his time, the correct time to give his life, in love for “the sin of the world” (John 1:29, 10:17-18, and Galatians 1:3-4), for you and for me (Romans 5:6-11).

Jesus, when he wanted to be recognized, he was and at other times he was not recognized even by people he personally knew. Jesus escaped out of the grasp of soldiers, and out of many dangers and threats against him, and he enjoyed a certain amount of anonymity when it was more expedient for him to minister to individuals in the crowd, and he enjoyed notoriety by the masses at times and places of his choosing. Jesus pushed an entire army backwards without doing anything other than speaking truth to power.

Jesus walked on water several times, before as well as after his resurrection. Jesus instantaneously transported himself through the heavens and back. Jesus was in touch with the entire cosmos as he is the bright and morning star, and he had twelve legions of angels at his beck and call just as Adam had and understood the names and meanings of stars and constellations and enjoyed watching the night stories revealed in the heavenly amphitheater.

Jesus had the use of his five senses to the nth degree, using 100% of his mind all of the time. Jesus could smell, hear, taste, see, and touch to a greater extent than all of his contemporaries combined. Jesus could eat or not at his own choice, and he could enjoy nourishment that his disciples “knew not of” (John 4:32) and neither do we, but we do know for certain that Jesus knew of the “hidden manna” (Revelation 2:17).

Jesus was able to see into people’s hearts who he never met but still understood what they thought about in their minds or had done in the past and sometimes let them know his counsel with spot-on judgment calls (John 1:45-51, 4:17-19). Jesus was also able to see what people would be doing in the future and where they were going (Mark 14:12-16). Jesus had insights with super panoramic vision in high definition 3D; he could see whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, whosoever he wanted, and wherever he wanted to see. For Jesus, physically being there was often optional! Jesus once told a women, that he never knew, her entire life story, and in her own words, she said of him that he was “a man, which told me all things that ever I did” (John 4:29). This is only a portion of the abilities that Adam had but lost on Paradise for all humanity and that the second Adam demonstrated in his life as an example to the Redeemed who desire to presently walk “in his stead” (II Corinthians 5:20). In Chapter Six, subchapter ix In His Image we read: “. . . When we can believe in our hearts that we shall make a better world (that will never add up to a day in Paradise), then we can comprehend the reality of our inner desires for deception that soothes the senses. The deception comes from within, from that fallen nature, from that “sin which doth so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1). . .”

Jesus could tell when people in crowds touched his clothing from behind, and he could learn things that other people thought were impossible, including instantly knowing the precise grammar of the ancient languages (he was not a whisperer; he was a Man among men (II Timothy 2:5) in touch with his entire environment as Adam was), and he, as early as age twelve could comprehend the minute written works of Scribes who took a lifetime to begin mastering their trade.

Jesus also transported his apostles and a ship into a desert place, and another time he immediately crossed the Sea of Tiberias with a sailing vessel underfoot (See Appendix Four, Living Miraculously). Jesus turned water into wine, and fed thousands (several times) in miraculous ways.

Jesus spoke and answered questions in various languages because he had the “pure language” as Adam had, and so shall we, when he returns. Today, some academic circles are in panic mode trying to preserve all the languages of earth before some go extinct, which babble of voices commenced at Babel, when in truth they all will be replaced by one language that will be universally understood, the original one that Adam enjoyed, and mankind will have no communication gap between nature or man or spiritual beings.

Jesus healed people and even raised them from the dead, sometimes being great distances away from them, and that without the laying of hands on them; in fact, no one died in his presence, and if he saw a dead person he raised them to complete health. So please do not think that healing cannot come from heaven when we pray. Jesus healed the sick of every disease they had; he gave sight to the blind, he cured people of madness, he restored speech to the dumb, he mended the maimed, and he forgave sins. Jesus lovingly hugged lepers to health, and you and me he came to redeem, love, make whole, restore, reconcile, mend, and give spiritual and eternal life.

These are some of the powers and abilities Adam lost on Paradise and Jesus gave his life as his brother’s keeper to save Adam’s lost children and redeem them back to God, and to regain these powers for anyone who will accept him as their Savior. Jesus gave us even more than we could possibly need, and often we fail to believe for and accept and enjoy these privileges, but we can believe to receive and enjoy these blessings when do not allow the sin nature get in our way (John 14:12, Romans 6:10-18, Ephesians 1:17-23, Philippians 4:13, and Hebrews 12.1). Jesus is the possibilities of us, he is the fleeting shadow of the original creation of us, and he is the hope of all that we will be ― in eternity!

Today we still only know in part about all that Jesus did (John 21:25, I Corinthians 13:10), but soon, when we are changed (if alive when he returns) or raised (if sleeping in hope when he returns) ― then we will all be gathered up on high, perfectly knowing every part, and eternally enjoy it all as our birthright in God’s household (Ephesians 2:19, I Thessalonians 4:13-18), being born again (through Christ,― Galatians 3:16-29, I Peter 1:23, and I John 3:9) into heaven’s royal family (Ephesians 2:22)!

In Acts 17:29 we read that “we are the offspring of God,” and the word offspring means race or posterity because God started the whole human race, but this does not negate the truth that we are born in the lineage of Adam; he was the original prototype. We are, for a lack of a better phrase “knockoffs,” not quite as perfect as the original. Now we are so cocooned within the fall of Adam that it is actually a miracle that mankind is cognizant of anything happening around him in comparison to the physical and spiritual joys which our first parents relished as a norm of the picture-perfect environment of their lives in the original creation.

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These paragraphs will be further detailed in Part Two when we go into the depths of Adam being formed, made, and created and given all the powers of the kingdoms of this world along with all the glory and wealth of them all. But then, in the fall of man all was forfeited for the knowledge of good and of evil; all of Adam’s spiritual powers exchanged hands and a new Possessor took complete control as mankind was defeated and depleted of inner peace and exuberant powers and communication skills with all of nature that allowed him to be in perfect harmony with the entire creation and with perfect fellowship with God his Father. . .”

Believing is a Verb

“Recall, Philippians 4:13 encourages that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. If we are really going to believe this verse ― it will take some action on our parts because believing is a verb that signifies action. When we believe on what the Word encourages in our renewed mind, then all kinds of things that used to defeat us, things that seemed too big and appeared unobtainable suddenly seem to become reachable because Jesus said all things are possible to him that believeth- Mark 9:23.” ~LMJ~

In Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

II Corinthians 4:15-16:
-15:  For all things are for your sakes {promised to us in the Church Epistles}, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound {to give over the top in thankfulness} to {for} the glory of God.
-16:  For which cause {for the abundant grace contained in the Epistles, which causes us to be bountifully thankful in our giving glory back to our God} we faint not {we will never get tired of thanking God for His abundant grace}; but though our outward man perish {although we continue getting older}, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

The greatness of being a believer is that no matter our current age, we can always put on in our minds the truths recorded is His healing Word, and we may continuously be renewed in the spirit of our minds with truth. In the Epistles the children of God who walk before Him are never called “has-beens” or considered “over the hill,” for the inward man (the Christ within) can always grow as we are encouraged to believe God’s Word and reap the positive rewards promised.

Galatians 4:19 – My little children {from God’s point of view we are always His precious children}, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.

Having Christ formed in you represents the time span that it would take from the point of our salvation until we begin truly realizing our own spiritual light (the new man), and its source, and the learning and knowing of the Christ within (created and placed there by God), and our absolute realization and complete belief of it. When the Word of God really begins lifting our life up and out of the old nature and we begin relying on God’s Word as the words of life and our daily spiritual food, then Christ will be completely formed within our conscious mind. At that point in time when Christ is formed in us, we can spiritually begin growing and shining with effervescence in God’s spiritual light. Then we will also be “in Christ” and true spiritual understanding becomes new in the mind and alive in the heart as divine inspirations begin directing our paths.

Galatians 6:15 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature {new creation}.

This new creation is the spirit that God created in us, it is our “new nature in Christ,” and this new nature places the Christian believers on a spiritual journey with God that continues until the return of Christ when we receive our new spiritual bodies that will be totally renewed in spiritual perfection. The word availeth literally means that we can become strong in our spiritual life, the new creation strengthens plus enhances our walks with the heavenly Father, for the new creation shows us the true strength that Christ within continues giving to us (Philippians 4:13).

II Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature {creation}: old things {in the mind, the old nature} are passed away; behold, all things are become {becoming} new {in our understanding}.

Having Christ within us is our ticket to heaven. In contrast, being “in Christ” is when we are walking with the healing Word of God in our daily lives. As we continue putting on the mind of Christ, the true impressions of Christ will rise to the surface of reason and understanding, and this will present to us unmistakable revelations and inspirations that we truly are in Christ.