John – Revealing Our Fellowship

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John was an Apostle who walked with Jesus Christ when he was physically here, and John had seen his Lord ascended up to heaven. In his Epistles he expresses divine truths that relate to the believers’ fellowship with God and with Jesus. He delivers practical principles that expound on the love of God, he shows that God is Light, Life, Truth, Righteous, and that we can have fellowship with Him through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I John 1:3-4:
-3: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
-4: And {in addition to having fellowship} these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

What John had seen was the Word of life, for he had physically seen Jesus Christ who is the incarnate Word of God (John 1:14).

John is teaching that he is declaring Jesus Christ to believers with a purpose, and the purpose is that we may have fellowship with fellow-believers, and fellowship with our Father, and fellowship with His Son.

The word “fellowship” means to share fully (in his life, and he is alive), so believers can partake and fully share in the joys of knowing the resurrected Savior who will return for us. I Corinthians 1:9 reads, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” Our God has faithfully called us into a sharing of the life of Jesus, having his power (Philippians 3:10a) and life (Colossians 3:4a) to enjoy and fellowship around.

I John 1:5 – This then is the message {the word “message” is the word for promise} which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

It is a promise from God that He is light, and has no darkness within Him whatsoever!

This of course is contrary to what so very many people think; they believe that God kills, that He is evil, that He does not even care about people or what goes on down here, yet these ideas are untrue, for God is light.

That darkness comes from another source, from the Adversary, whom we hardly ever mention in our Bible Bytes because our glory and praise always focuses upon our loving Father, and in the accomplishments of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We believe that excluding the Adversary whenever possible will show to us God’s “safe passages” that will help lead us into godliness, fellowship, and life with him who was raised from the dead.  This is where our focus is always placed. We dispel darkness by focusing on the light, rather than focusing on darkness, negatives, and works of the Adversary who is the Devil.

I John 1:6-8:
-6: If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not {and cannot do} the truth:
-7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we {absolutely} have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
-8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us {enough to lift us up in grace to enjoy our fellowship with each other, God, and Jesus}.

However:

I John 1:9-10:
-9: If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness {and true spiritual fellowship and unity with God will flow}.
-10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make him {God} a liar, and his word is not in us.

If we simply confess, meaning to say to God something like “I am sorry” and recognize in our minds that we are not perfect, then God forgives and cleanses.

Verse 9 does not say confess to any man, nor does it say to say it aloud, rather we are to talk to our heavenly Father and admit that yes we had blown it in some way, that we have gone off course in some way, and when we do this, this blesses the Father’s heart to no end because we are upfront and honest with Him. Then our God goes to work for us and forgives with this purpose: that we may have continued fellowship with one another, and with God, and with our Lord.

Let us learn to be continuously thankful for Our Fellowship that we can have with our forgiving heavenly Father, being humbly thankful for the completed work of our Savior Jesus Christ who made it possible for God to do a perfect work within our hearts, through the cleansing blood of him who gave his all in all so that we may enjoy serenity and fellowship with God’s graces upon our lives.

Shout for Joy!

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart– Psalms 32:11. When we are glad in the LORD for His love upon our lives, then genuine rejoicing in the LORD will manifest itself, whelping up into thankfulness that we know God. Even David lived his life as one forgiven and who was enabled to shout for joy. We may rejoice because God has made us righteous, as completely righteous as God is (II Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9), because of His Son, Jesus Christ. So shout for joy! We who continue to come to our God in prayer with thankfulness and with believing that He does indeed answers us, will (without a doubt) also absolutely recognize that God sees us as His upright in heart. The life that Christians can enjoy in knowing God’s healing will reveal to us life more abundantly. God sees you in Christ, as His upright in heart.” ~LMJ~

He Is Called Faithful and True (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In Revelation 19:11 Jesus Christ is called Faithful and True,” because he was always true to the healing Word of God, and he was always faithful to his heavenly Father. In Revelation 19:20 he is “called The Word of God,” because he is the epitome of everything that God’s healing Word represents. As Jesus Christ is faithful and true representing the Word of God, he always made God known to anyone who would listen to him.

John 17:25-26:
-25:  O righteous Father {Jesus is praying}, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these {his disciples and Apostles} have known that thou hast sent me {for God sent the Word (Psalms 107:20)}.
-26:  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will {continue even to this very day to} declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

God sent Jesus Christ who is “called Faithful and True” to make known the true characteristics of God Himself. Jesus Christ continues even today declaring in our hearts and souls everything that the name of God means personally to us; Paul called this “the revelation of Jesus Christ” in Galatians 1:10.  The revelation of Jesus Christ can and will declare in our own hearts the love that God in Christ has for us.

Psalms 119:138 – Thy {God’s} testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

The testimonies of God are righteous – so is Jesus Christ as righteous as God, and as the testimonies of God are “very faithful” – so is Jesus Christ as faithful as God. This is why Jesus Christ cannot be separated from the Scriptures. He is the subject of the Word, and he was God’s plan of redemption on the level of humanity. God is Spirit, Love, and Light, but Jesus Christ was flesh and bone, blood and soul, sweat and tears, and was truly able to feel the full gamut of the living emotional experience that men and women live every day of their lives.

Jesus lived God’s healing Word as an example for us to follow, he was (and still is) “called Faithful and True,” Jesus continues showing us the way by blazing a trail that leads to the actual right hand of God. Jesus brought man back to the Creator of life and light through his life, his death, and his resurrection and ascension, for he was the forerunner to the right hand of God.

Without Jesus Christ we could not fully understand how righteous God really is, we could not believe how faithful God really is, and we could not fully believe to receive the promises promised to us in God’s very faithful Word.

Titus 2:13-14:
-13:  Looking for that blessed hope {Christ’s return for us}, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
-14:  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

“A peculiar people” does not mean that Christians are strange people like some think, rather peculiar means that we are a people united together by our heavenly calling. We are those who do enjoy the good life and the promises that God has prepared for us. When we look to Jesus who is “called Faithful and True,” he will reveal to our hearts God’s “exceeding great and precious promises: {so} that by these {promises} ye might be partakers of the divine nature” (II Peter 1:4). Partaking of “the divine nature” is having and knowing that God in Christ lives within your life.

A Structure of Romans 10:9-10:

Titled: Your Righteous Salvation

(An Introversion Structure)

A.| verse 9a, Confess with thy mouth. (the Lord Jesus)

    B.| verse 9b, Believe in thine heart. (that God hath raised him from the dead)
      C.| verse 9c, Thou shalt be saved. (this stands alone with nothing to be added or subtracted from this eternal truth)
    b.| verse 10a, For with the heart man believeth. (result – righteousness)

a.| verse 10b, With the mouth confession is made. (result – salvation)

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 righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Illustrated by ~LMJ~

*For more on Romans 10:9-10, see: The Belief of Our Confession

The Right to Our Justification

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Bible Byte titled The Right to Our Reconciliation we studied that Jesus died for our sins so that we may be reconciled back to our heavenly Father. Nevertheless, when we Christians focus all our emphasis on Jesus dying for our sins, we can miss so much of the spiritual truths, for Christ Jesus was also raised up. The spiritual life that we now have with our God is specifically based on the truth that Christ was indeed raised up, completing the work of salvation for humanity. It is in the completed work of Christ in which we now have our complete justification of life, eternal life, and this is the underlying theme of the Church Epistles.

Romans 4:25 – Who {Jesus Christ} was delivered {unto death} for our offences {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification.

He was raised for our justification. Justification is a legal right that God now gives to His children because Jesus gave, offering himself for our sins and carrying our sins to the cross. He was the propitiation – the completed payment for our sins as he died for our sins. Then three days later, he was raised so that God could give us justification in obtaining our eternal life. Justification means just as if we have never sinned for our sins have been purged. We are permanently justified to accept the life that God can now offer us because of the completed work of Christ.

Hebrews 1:3 – Who {Jesus Christ} being the brightness of his {God’s} glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he {Jesus Christ} had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Jesus Christ was God’s ambassador to the world, “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The word purged means the complete purification of sins (our sins), thus when Christ was raised up to the right hand of God, our compete justification was freely offered to us as a spiritual and legal right to stand pure before our heavenly Father.

Everything that Jesus Christ did while here had purpose and reason; nothing was done by happenstance. His mission was to redeem man completely so that he could present us to God completely free to walk in God’s grace. We have obtained heavenly ordained rights for we are permanently sanctified, redeemed, righteous, reconciled, and justified to accept our deliverance, and our Savior from sin.

I Timothy 2:5-6:
-5:  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
-6:  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Jesus Christ was the complete ransom for all the people in the world, and it certainly is due time that his finished work is attested to simply by our daily living it. We can humbly accept in thankfulness all that he has done, and fearlessly walk with God, having our complete justification of life to a greater dimension than was ever known or realized before our receiving God’s healing Word.