The Fountainhead of True Understanding

“In the Old Testament the Hebrew word for science is madda; its meaning is the discovery of the source of true knowledge and understanding. Madda is translated as science in Daniel 1:4 for the wise men of Babylon, and Daniel and his three God-fearing friends were the wisest of them all because they knew that source ― God and His Word! The Psalmist explains, Thou {God} through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they {commandments} are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: {Why?} for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients because I keep thy precepts–  Psalms 119:98-100. Could this be written any plainer? God’s Word is the source and fountainhead of true understanding, reason, and purpose of life itself.” ~LMJ~

The Just Shall Live by Faith

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Both the Old and the New Testaments tell us that, “the just shall live by his {own} faith” (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17). But have you ever considered, what does the just shall live by faith involve? Even the most agnostic unbeliever lives enjoying the fruits life has to offer him while he whoops it up as though he has been handed a great treasure,  while perhaps having no faith whatsoever. Even sinners of the highest magnitude live and more than likely they are living without any godly faith. In the Old Testament the word live meant to live again in resurrection, thus, it was their promise of having life eternal, as in Amos 5:6 “Seek the LORD, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}.”

In the Old Testament times, eternal life via resurrection was promised if the people would seek the LORD. Faith is the word for believing-faith and being equipped with the believing-faith of the Scriptures is how one discovers Christ, and the knowledge of Christ reveals God, and this is the cycle of how one seeks the LORD our God. Seeking God through having an understanding of Christ causes one to become just before Him, and the seeker will be rewarded ― richly through eternity, for he or she will be living again in resurrection, this is the meaning of the just shall live by faith.

The Old Testament believers brought their faith (believing) to the table of life, as God served them the just rewards from the bread of life, for therein they found the knowledge of Christ, and were henceforth justified to live again in resurrection.

Let us view a few examples from the Old Testament about resurrection:

Isaiah 55:3:
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live {live again in resurrection}; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you {which could not be an everlasting covenant if live meant anything else besides to live again in resurrection}, even the sure mercies of David {who rested in the hope and assurances of his resurrection,― Acts 2:25-28}.

Amos 5:4:
For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}:

Isaiah 26:19:
Thy dead men shall live {live again in resurrection}, together with my {Isaiah’s} dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew {rising} is as the dew of herbs {for healing}, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

Hosea 13:14a:
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. . .

Daniel 12:2:
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life {believers}, and some to shame and everlasting contempt {the wicked}.

Isaiah 38:16:
O LORD, By these things men live {live again in resurrection}, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live {live again in resurrection}.

Ezekiel 37:3, 5-6, 9, 14:
-3: And he {God} said unto me {Ezekiel}, Son of man, can these bones live {live again in resurrection}? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
-5: Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}:
-6: And I will lay sinews upon you {skin, nerves, tendons, organs, muscles, etcetera, See Job 10:11}, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
-9: Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live {live again in resurrection}.
-14: And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}, and I shall place you in your own land {the Promised Land}: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

The Old Testament is literally filled with references relating to resurrection and eternal life. The Bible is so wonderfully detailed with truths regarding the believers’ attainable destiny of eternal life.

John 6:27:
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

God sealed His Son who gives everlasting life. We, too, through Christ are sealed with everlasting life, and thankfully, once we have received our salvation, it can never be lost or taken away for any reason, contrary to how I was lead to believe and fear. Romans 10:9-10 show us how to receive our eternal salvation, while the rest of the Bible basically shows us how to enjoy our salvation in Christ.

II Corinthians: 1:22:
Who {God} hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit {the gift of holy spirit} in our hearts.

When God seals a man or a woman, they are sealed for life, which endureth unto everlasting life, and it is God Who securely seals men and women. What God has sealed up, stays sealed, as when He sealed Jesus (John 6:27 above), He also sealed us so we may enjoy the truth that we have the Son and eternal life within.

John 10:28-29:
-28: And I {Jesus} give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
-29: My Father, which gave them me, is {even} greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

A man once told my friend (a Christian), that he was going to hell because he did not attend his church ― my retort to that is “Scripture and verse, please.” That man thought he was bigger than our heavenly Father and foolishly believed that my friend could be plucked out of the hands of Jesus and God. We shall never perish, for our eternal life is assured by Christ who is the topic of the Scriptures, and he guarantees that we are safely held in the hand of our heavenly Father. Oh, and my friend knows where he is going ― to Heaven!

Romans 10:9-10:
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your own} salvation.

God placed the earnest of the spirit in our hearts, where we made our confession unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). An earnest is like a token, or a guarantee of even more to come (much more). The earnest of the spirit is a deposit given to men and women by God as His seal, and what He has given is sealed and cannot ever be taken away (Romans 11:29). God only gives good things (like the spirit) to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:11, Luke 11:13).

Ephesians 1:12-14:
-12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
-13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
-14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession {that is you and I}, unto the praise of his glory.

We have the sure guaranteed token of the spirit as a foretaste to have for now; and the sheer enjoyment of learning about the “earnest of the spirit” from the Bible, and our subsequent new life with God that accompanies our salvation is a daily adventure. We can currently enjoy our spiritual life with God until our total Redemption into the heavenlies. Then men and women will receive the full endowment of the earnest to   become completely clothed with our new indestructible, eternal bodies (I Corinthians 15:54). We will receive these new bodies at the gathering together (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Today in grace, God has sealed us with Christ, as Heaven’s holiest, and we have the earnest of the spirit within our hearts, and the future assurance of so much more to come from our heavenly Father.

II Corinthians 5:5:
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing {our salvation, Heaven, and our new bodies given to us at the return of Christ} is God who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit {the holy spirit}.

So today, please enjoy your eternity, for God sealed you, and guaranteed you the complete fulfillment of His promise because you have the earnest of the spirit within your very being, and thankfully the Son of God dwells in you as well (Colossians 1:27). Christ justified you by his completed works, so that you can bask in the knowledge that you are just, and you shall live because of your believing faith, forever and ever.

I John 5:12-13:
-12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
-13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

The Hope of Walking with Our Redeemer

Romans 4:20-25:
-20: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {his believing faith}, giving glory to God;
-21: And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.
-22: And therefore {because Abraham believed in hope} it was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23: Now it was not written for his {Abraham’s} sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24: But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if {since} we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
-25: Who was delivered for our offenses {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification. {Just as if I’d never sinned, is one way to remember our justification.}

“Our hope is the return of Christ, and this hope takes believing to bring it to life before our spiritual eyes. As Abraham’s believing grew he was able to have his son, Isaac, but this was not the end of the story of Abraham. He believed in the Word of God and that believing brought him face to face with the actual hope of someday walking with his Redeemer. This hope of his gave him reason, purpose, and excitement in life itself to continue living for God and being his best toward his fellow man. This example is written for believers today who are living in God’s grace – Romans 4:20-25, above. With the hope alive in your heart you can believe with hope and confidence that Christ your Redeemer shall return and your name will be on his lips.” ~LMJ~

God’s Kingdom and Glory

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Scriptures say that we have been called unto God’s kingdom and unto His glory, yet sometimes these words (kingdom and glory) can appear so huge or distant that they can seem unbelievable, and so we may have a difficult time allowing these truths to filter down into our conscious minds and understanding. However, and thankfully, God’s wonderful Word so lovingly expresses divine truths so that that we may genuinely and honestly comprehend in the depths of our hearts what God says He has freely given to us in His grace, we really do have in His grace.

I Thessalonians 2:11 – As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

This verse is talking about how a father would instruct his child in learning, not in a reproof type of way, but rather in a way that first exhorts and builds up one’s confidence, with a fatherly comfort that makes one feel good and safe. The word “charged” means to testify and bear witness; this is done by one’s personal example in living life. The Apostle Paul was saying that just as a father helps his own children, Paul as their father in the Word did his best to help his spiritual children walk with God equally proportionate to how Paul himself walked with God.

I Thessalonians 2:12 – That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

The reason Paul exhorted and comforted by setting an example was so that the believers could learn how to walk worthy of God as Paul had learned since God had also called them (as well as us) into his very own Kingdom and glory. The more we walk worthy of our calling (by believing), the more God’s true Kingdom will make sense to us.  Through our believing, God can reveal His Eternal Kingdom to our understanding. The more we walk worthy of God’s calling, the more we can recognize the glory of God that He has placed in our hearts. This walk with God is not a rigorous, structured walk, but rather it is a journey through life with God’s love on our side.

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 thus, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Paul’s example was one of thankfulness to God. This is a wonderful example for us as well, to be humbly thankful for the privilege of being called into God’s Kingdom and glory. Paul was also thankful that believers had received God’s Word. Receiving God’s Word was never considered as something thought up by the intellectual minds of the Apostles, rather, the Word came from the actual heart of God. Although the Apostles and disciples (believers) spoke the Word of God, it was God’s divine Word that was given to men and women of heart, and when they believed the Word it worked effectually! When we believe the Word of God (which is called truth), the Word begins to work effectually, producing the positive result that the Word itself promises.

In context: these positive results were that the believers began to experience for themselves the reality of being called into God’s Kingdom, for they were also enjoying the glory that accompanies this wonderful calling.

In God’s Kingdom and glory where we have been called, we may also exhort and comfort one another with the Word, which works effectually in all of us.