The Greater Love (Part Two)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 2:8 – Again a new commandment I write unto you {referring to the new commandment that Jesus gave in the Gospel of John 13:34}, which thing is true in him {Christ} and in you: because the darkness is passed, and the true light now shineth.

The new commandment that Jesus gave to us originally was only available to himself until he had redeemed humanity. However, since Christ has redeemed us, this new commandment gives us the ability to enjoy the spiritual love of God that once only Jesus knew, but now we can know it also. We can daily realize what Jesus had taught is true, for the love of God is in him and it is in us. “The true light that now shineth” means that we indeed can experience this “greater love.”

I John 2:10 – He that loveth his brother {a fellow Christian believer} abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

When we love as Christ loves we are abiding in the light. How often when we walk in the light will we even have an occasion to stumble? Never!

I John 3:16 – Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he {Jesus Christ} laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

This is a verse of Scripture that we best look over very carefully. First we can now perceive with understanding, God’s actual love, because we now have it. We currently have the love of God in our hearts because Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. Then comes the phrase “we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” and we may think “No way I am doing that!” In real life very few people can honestly up and die for someone else. They may say it, yes, but carry it through?

In the Gospel of John 15:13, Jesus said “greater love hath no man {no one} than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” No one other than Jesus had this greater love. John 15:13 was pointing to a future moment in the life of Jesus that would end his life in a horrible, torturous death. However, I John 3:16 is looking back in time to when “he laid down {past tense} his life for us.”

Today we have this greater love that Jesus utilized, but for us in God’s family we are never encouraged or directed to die for one another! Rather we are instructed and encouraged to live for one another in love, and live immersed in the light of God’s love. Man’s love at its strongest point could encourage one to say, “I would lay my life down for you.” However, God’s love in its greatest emphasis encourages us to live for one another, not die. Also notice that I John 3:16 does not say to die for each other. We are only encouraged to lay down our lives in service, and what we are to serve is the love of God!

Well, praise God for knowing His truth. There is no profit in dying, especially when your God desires that you enjoy the more abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus taught that only one would suffer and die. Yes, it took the love of God for Jesus to accomplish this for you (for all sinners, so anyone could be saved), but now God’s “greater love” is given to enhance your life each and every day.

Rescued by His Dear Son

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Colossians 1:13:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son {i.e., the Son of His love}:

We have been delivered from the power of darkness, from Satan’s realm of negatives, and we have been rescued by Jesus Christ, by his life, sacrifice, death, and resurrection. The word “dear” is the Greek word agapee and means love. Jesus Christ is called “the Son of God’s love” because he was and is all love. When Jesus delivered us, he did so out of his own personal love for us. Love was the motivating power behind Jesus Christ’s loving sacrifice, and without his love for us we would not be delivered today. We are now members of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19-22) because Jesus lovingly gave himself on our behalf.

Revelation 1:5:
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us {Jesus Christ}, and washed us from our sins in {with} his own blood, It was because of the love Jesus Christ had for us that our sins were washed clean in his own blood upon his cross.

Colossians 1:14:
In whom {Jesus Christ, the Son of God’s love} we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Redemption is a divinely given right that Christians have because of Jesus Christ. We are redeemed from sins and we are now heaven bound, and thankfully, all hell and the powers of darkness cannot prevent us from going.

Galatians 1:4a:
Who {Jesus Christ} gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world. . .

Believers certainly have a lot to be thankful for and because of the love that Jesus Christ had for humanity, we are currently delivered from this present evil world, and our sins have been totally cleansed. Jesus Christ is the epitome of God’s love, and if you are a Christian, then God’s love via His Son is residing in your heart (Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:10-11), and he continues showing you not only your deliverance but also his love.

Deuteronomy – Revealing Our Prophet

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Deuteronomy 18:15 – The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me {Moses}; unto him shall ye hearken;

Moses, the man of God, foretold of another man who would be a Prophet similar to Moses in many ways, one who would lead God’s people into the true Promised Land, and deliver them from the bondage of sin.

Moses gave the children of Israel manna, the prophesied Prophet would give the bread of life.

Moses inaugurated the Passover; the prophesied Prophet would be the true Passover.

Moses was their shepherd; the prophesied Prophet was the “good shepherd” leading God’s people into deliverance.

Moses ruled over the house of Israel showing them God’s protection surrounding them with a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day; the prophesied Prophet gave them the way, the truth, and the life into the eternal protection of God.

Moses made the tabernacle in the wilderness; the prophesied Prophet gave himself as the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched and not man, and exchanged his life for ours, the righteous one for the unrighteous ones.

Moses provided the Law; the prophesied Prophet fulfilled the Law and redeemed humanity from the law of sin and death.

Moses interceded between God and Israel; the prophesied Prophet interceded and spiritually brought humanity up to the threshold at the throne of heaven, to Him Who dwells there, and to Him Who freely blesses us with all spiritual blessings.

Deuteronomy 30:11-14:
-11: For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
-12: It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
-13: Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
-14: But the word {God’s Word} is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

God’s healing Word is so very close that Moses said that it is “in thy mouth, and in thy heart.” Yet, God seems so far off for so many people, some think He perhaps is in heaven; however, that no one can reach up to Him. But today in God’s grace as we discover the preached Word that is so very close to us, and as we believe on Jesus and confess in his resurrection, our inner quest for God becomes a reality because God’s Word is now in our hearts.

Our Prophet Jesus Christ meets us at a point that is further than halfway. Jesus brings the wonderful healing Word of God into our very hearts so that we may simply believe to receive the righteousness and graces of God.

Romans 10:6-9:
-6: But the righteousness which is of faith {believing faith} speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
-7: Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
-8: But what saith it {Deuteronomy 30 above)? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Here the prophesied Prophet, Jesus Christ has fulfilled the hope of all humanity by giving us his righteous faith so that we can believe unto salvation.

Thou Art My Hiding Place

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance- Psalms 32:7. God is our hiding place, because in (fellowship with) God there is refuge, there is sanctuary, and there is peace of mind. HE that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty- Psalms 91:1. It is our God Who preserves us from impending trouble; it is our heavenly Father Who watches over our lives and assures us of victory in Christ who reveals the wholeness of man, and it is our God Who enables us to pass through all the storms of life (Isaiah 25:4). Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance can be experienced in contrast to feeling as though we are drying up from the inside out without spiritual edification, nourishment, and inspiration. And instead of being flooded with negatives from every direction, God encompasses, encircles, and covers us, giving to our souls spiritual songs of His deliverance. This is when our souls sing for joy, and because of our deliverance, we can be overflowing with rejoicing, for from the depths of our inner souls we can become ever more thankful for our complete standing as God’s redeemed children. As we rejoice in our calling from God, we may spiritually and experientially realize our unique place with God being spiritually seated at His very own right hand in and with Christ in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:5-7). Recall how much love the Father has for us, that we should be called the sons {and daughters} of God- I John 3:1.” ~LMJ~

Blessed Forever and Ever

“Jesus said blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed- John 20:29, for in believing the sky is the limit! You are God’s best, His loved ones, His precious children, and you are the reason Christ came in the first place. He has redeemed you, and made available to you a new life that has a beginning (when you were saved) and now has no end, and this is why you are eternally blessed of God forever and ever!” ~LMJ~