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.

Freedom’s Key

“Throughout God’s healing Word we have been given tremendous insights about our delighting in faith, hope, and charity, as these spiritual truths are very liberating and inspirational. Jesus said in John 8:31-32 If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. You see ― the key to the freedom Jesus was referring to is in the continuing in his word, for through his word freedom is recognized, received, and then freely maintained in one’s life.” ~LMJ~

The Hope That Purifies

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 3:1 – BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

To “behold” is to admire, to recognize, and to fathom the actual love bestowed upon us by our heavenly Father. We are “called the sons God”; this is an all-inclusive noun for all the children of God, male and female, young and old. God being our Father has given to us His own characteristics, namely (from the above verse) His love, the like of which the world has never known because the world has never known the Father. Nevertheless, we may actually know God as our very own Father in His love.

I John 3:2 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and {in the future} it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

We do not become sons (and daughters) of God at some point in the future because we are already the sons of God! However, in the future what it will really mean to be His sons is beyond our comprehension. God has made us heirs of heaven’s throne with every right and privilege that genuine sons and daughters deserve. The details have yet to be revealed regarding the significance of all that we truly have.

However, this we can know: when Christ returns for us we will be just like him. For then we will see him as he currently is. When Christ was raised from the dead he had a new body of unimaginable splendor. He could travel the lengths of the universe in the blink of an eye, appear and disappear at will, and be recognized only when he wanted to be recognized. This is how he is! This is how we will see him when he returns.  This is how we will be, when he returns. What glorious hope we have!

I John 3:3 – And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he {Jesus Christ} is pure.

To become what God’s Word promises is our hope, and as we put our trusting hope in this truth, we become purified (today) as much as Christ is pure. The hope of Jesus Christ’s return purifies the heart and soul of believers today because the hope itself is a pure, godly endeavor to hope for and believe in.

Hope in Christ’s return for you is a godly desire, and this hope will continue to purify you equally and proportionately to the purity of Christ himself.

Please have a wonderful day knowing that you are already heaven-bound, called by His Excellency, the Creator of the heavens and earth to be His very own children enjoying His love that is currently within your heart. As you continue believing in the hope, the hope of Christ’s return, you will continuously purify your heart and mind to the pure healing will of God’s Word. God bless you!