Children of Abraham

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 3:6-7:
-6:  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
-7:  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith {believing faith}, the same are the children of Abraham.

Abraham was a great man of God, and he believed in the words that God spoke to him. What it was that made Abraham such a special person is that he believed God, and as a result of his believing, God accounted to him righteousness. Abraham’s believing allowed God to present him with God’s own righteousness. Abraham’s righteousness was not contingent upon any law, but upon believing. Believing God’s Word today gives us the spiritual right to be called “the children of Abraham.”

Galatians 3:9 – So then they which be of faith {believing faith} are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Before the Law was ever given, Abraham walked with God in believing, and now after the Law has been abolished (Ephesians 2:15), by Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we still walk with God in peace and in His righteousness. Galatians is written to bring the Christian back to the Word of God without being encumbered with Laws. Today because of our believing God’s Word: we are most definitely blessed! Abraham was called “faithful”; he was faithful by believing what God said. The Epistle of Romans being the foundational epistle to the Christian Church details how Abraham believed and how the Word instructs us to believe as well.

Romans 4:20-24:
-20:  He {Abraham} staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {believing faith}, giving glory to God; {When we believe the Word we will also give glory to God.}
-21:  And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.
-22:  And therefore it {Abraham’s believing} was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23:  Now it was not written {in Genesis 15:6} for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24:  But for us also, to whom it {God’s righteousness} shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

In the Old Testament, Abraham had to believe that his Savior would come, and his believing allowed God to impute (put into his personal account) righteousness. Today we believe that our Savior did come, that he was raised from the dead, and that he will again return for us. There is no amount of works or laws that could possibly prevent or speed up his return, this is why believing is the best that we can do, for believing is all that is required before our God. After our salvation, we are righteous regardless of whether or not we believe, but as we continue believing on Christ, then we will begin to realize the abundance of having the righteousness of God because we are the children of Abraham by our believing.

Our Identity in Christ (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ completely identified with sinful man by giving his precious life and blood for humanity upon the cross.  The resurrected Christ Jesus now gives believers a new identity in him through his resurrection. He is our big brother, our only Savior, and our special interceder. The more we learn about Christ Jesus from the Scriptures, the more we will truly find ourselves to be in him for eternity.

Colossians 3:1 – IF ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

The word “IF” means since, and since we are truly spiritually risen with Christ to the right hand of God, we are also instructed to seek those things that are above. Well what is above? Christ is for starters, he is physically in heaven and spiritually within our hearts while we are physically on earth but we are spiritually risen with Christ into the heavenlies to the elevated position of being in Christ in heaven at God’s own right hand. God’s wisdom comes from above (James 3:17), from where we are encouraged to seek our own spiritual identity that we currently have in Christ.

Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

The word “affection” is the word for our thinking, it is the word used for thoughts in the reasoning process that men and women have, especially regarding spiritual matters. We as believes are encouraged to look to the Scriptures and think about what they say we have from God. Some Christians never even consider what the Scriptures reveal to us regarding spiritual matters. Some think only about things on the earth, and they completely miss out on pure heavenly glimpses that God reveals with spiritual realities that are not only all around, but come from God from above.

Colossians 3:3 – For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Well, being dead does not sound all that terrific! Yet what this means from the Greek text is that spiritually we have died to sin, and now we are spiritually risen to completely live life in the glory of God. What does it mean to say our lives have been hid?  It means that we are spiritually with God, where His divinely given treasures are freely given to us. God’s healing Word comes to life proportionally to our believing in it, and the true treasures of God live in the heart, from where all believing emanates.

Colossians 3:4 – When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

When shall Christ appear? When he returns for us! The life of Christ is our true spiritual life because everything that he is, is already spiritually within us, giving each believer the absolute identity of Christ himself. The more that we learn about Christ Jesus, then, the more we will learn about ourselves and our God-given identity. We: the children of God will absolutely appear with Christ in glory. This may sound almost too good to be true, yet it is true because God’s Word says it is so, for the Word of God lives and abides forever (I Peter 1:23)! Not only is Christ our life and our true identity, but we shall reign with him in all of his magnificent glory.

Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Colossians 2:3 – In whom {in God} are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,

God’s hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge are revealed and given to us, His children according to our believing. These treasures have never been hidden from us but hidden securely in God and reserved for us, with the view that we may not only receive but also enjoy crystal clear revelations of the riches of having Christ in us, which is the greatest treasure of all time.

Colossians 2:4-6:
-4:  And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
-5:  For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
-6:  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

“Beguile” means to be deceived, and “enticing words” mean to be persuaded falsely with a perverse discourse of false reasoning. The Apostle Paul had a concern that other people would attempt to persuade them out of God’s Word. Paul wanted the believers to stand with conviction in the knowledge they received from God and to enjoy the spiritual treasures of godly enlightenment that God gave to them to personally learn the truths about the Christ within. Their “order” was their orderliness in continuing in the truth, which makes the believers’ lives free. Their steadfastness in their faith was their continued believing in Christ who was their complete Savior.

Notice that verse 6 says “Christ Jesus,” not Jesus Christ; the reason for this is that Christ Jesus in the Bible always refers to the resurrected Christ. Jesus Christ died for our sins, but he was raised as Christ Jesus who arose for our eternal life; it is our believing in the resurrection of Christ that truly gives us genuine spiritual power. In the Scriptures when we read the names Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus, this truth always carries through in the Epistles. This is why Colossians 1:27 says we have Christ in us, because we have the power of the resurrected Christ within. Paul was joying and beholding the believer’s steadfastness in the wonderful knowledge they were receiving, and in their personal believing they continued recognizing the Christ within, and their complete unity becomes more and more realized by walking in him.

Colossians 2:7 – Rooted and built up in him {Christ Jesus}, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

To be rooted and built up in Christ is to be established in the faith, the faith refers to God’s calling us into His family; this is the household of God. God’s healing Word continues to encourage us about how to grow in His family, and to be genuinely thankful, not only for the knowledge that God continues revealing, but to be thankful that He called us into such a wonderful and eternal heavenly household.  We are the family of God and He is continually proud of His eternal family. The more we learn about Jesus Christ, his sacrifice, death, and his resurrection, and the subsequent new life that God gives to us in Christ, the more we will be able to walk with God. We are endeared and endowed with the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge, prepared for us before the foundation of the world for our glory, and is given so that we may know how to walk in Christ, and walk hand in hand with God our heavenly Father.

Being Likeminded

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Romans 15:5:
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

God’s Word in Romans 15:5 encourages Christians to be likeminded one toward another, yet at times this may appear to be one of the most difficult requests given by God. The reason this seems so difficult for people is because of misunderstanding God’s true intent in this verse of Scripture. It is so very true that Christians disagree on many secular things and they probably will continue to disagree. The word “according” means a standard, and that standard is “according to Christ Jesus.” What is “according to Christ Jesus” or what is the standard upon which Christ Jesus has stamped his approval? All the things that Christ has done for humanity, and these are revealed to us throughout the Church Epistles.

For example, let us recall some of the blessings we found in previous bytes regarding teaching from the Epistle of Romans: The love of God that is totally inseparable from us, the apostolic grace given to us along with the goodness of God, our minds freed from life-draining condemnation, our God-given righteousness, and the mercies (plural) of God upon our lives. These are some of the things that are according to Christ Jesus, and these are some of the things on which we are encouraged to be likeminded. Being likeminded on God’s Word about what Christ Jesus accomplished for us by his life, death, and resurrection will bring blessings not only to our lives, but will also encourage others into the ways of God’s divine will.

Romans 15:6:
That {purpose} ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The purpose for being likeminded on God’s Word is so that we may, as a body of believers, with one mind and mouth glorify God, for this is His due. This is the spiritual standard that Christ set for the Christian Church and is a major building block on the true foundation upon which all true Christianity rests.