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.

Repent? – N-e-v-e-r!

“We cannot lose our eternal sonship right of being God’s children because He will never take back our eternal life – this is why our salvation is referred to as being born again in I Peter 1:23. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance– Romans 11:29, meaning that our God will n-e-v-e-r repent calling you, nor will He ever regret giving you His gift of eternal life, or all His blessings, or your free and total access to His throne and His heart.” ~LMJ~

Anticipating the Hope of Christ’s Return

“Anticipating the hope of Christ’s return brings to the heart and soul of believers great understanding as it continues to enlighten our knowledge of ‘the grace of God in truth.’ This wonderful hope can become the first thing that we think about when rising from bed (Psalms 63:6), and hope can give us comfort even at night. The hope of Christ’s return rejuvenates our love and our believing faith. The hope is inspiring and exciting, and when we recall our hope throughout the day, it reveals to us the hope of our Savior’s speedy return! (The return is most definitely closer today than yesterday: Romans 13:11) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you- I Peter 1:3-4. When the hope of his return becomes a reality within the heart, it will bring to our souls spiritual fruit, fruit that we can currently receive that will enlighten the human heart with wonderful godly qualities of reassurance and inspiration that we are blessed of God with His pure, lively hope, and that we will be blessed of Him forever more. God has given you a lively hope that no worldly circumstance can ever change or take away from you (Romans 11:29), because you are already God’s child and heaven-bound.” ~LMJ~

The Gifts and Calling of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When Jesus was physically here walking upon the earth, everything he did was perfect and complete. His life totally exemplified the prophecies written about him as he redeemed us from our sins. Today we know that his mission was successful, and we now belong to God through the accomplished work of Jesus Christ our Savior. We are saved by believing in and confessing the Savior from sin (Romans 10:9-10), for Jesus Christ is our Savior from not only the sin of the world, but also the sin nature implanted in man since the fall of man in Genesis.

Acts 3:18-19:
-18:  But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
-19:  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out {washed away totally leaving no stain whatsoever}, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

Jesus Christ had fulfilled every legal requirement needed to bring salvation to humanity, giving us total access into God’s family. Now that we are saved, we can spiritually take our rightful place at God’s right hand with Christ. To repent or repentance (contrary to some beliefs) can only be done once because when we repent we are saved for eternity. Repentance is when we confess the Savior from sin. We cannot lose our eternal sonship right of being God’s children because He will never take back our eternal life – this is why our salvation is referred to as “being born again” in I Peter 1:23. “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:29), means that our God will never repent from calling you, nor will He ever regret giving you His gift of eternal life, or all His blessings, or your free and total access to His throne and His heart.

After our salvation, do we still fall prey to temptations and are we swayed by the sin nature? Yes, all Christians will be tempted, and blow it even after salvation, and it is at this point believers feel that they have lost their salvation, that their relationship with God has been severed, and condemnation thus begins reigning supreme in the conscious mind. So what do we do at this point to regain our good standing with God? From the time of our salvation, onward, until Christ returns, we simply confess our mistakes or shortcomings to God in prayer to receive forgiveness.

I John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The word, confess means to agree in our minds that yes, we indeed have blown it. God allows us to honestly admit that we made a mistake. This is the way God designed our forgiveness. God knows that we will from time to time blow it, so He has given to us an easy way back into fellowship with Him. When we become honest within our hearts and simply say something like this: “Yes, I blew it. I am truly sorry. I will try my best to walk with You today. I am honestly thankful that You have cleansed me from any and all unrighteousness and I thank you for this in the name of Jesus Christ.” Then our heavenly Father instantly and faithfully forgives and cleanses us from our shortcomings and again shows us that we have His righteousness to walk with Him in His divine love. The reason that our God can completely forgive us is because of what the Savior from sin has accomplished for us.

Our Lively Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Timothy 1:1 – PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

An Apostle is one who brings new spiritual light to his generation. In the Epistle of Timothy, Paul first revealed who our hope is, Jesus Christ! Christ returning for the children of God, for you and me, can become our innermost hope. There are great fears about his coming that are truly unfounded because according to the Bible the return of Christ brings great rewards, and they will be given out, rather than any Christian ever receiving wrath, condemnation, hell-fire, etcetera.

Colossians 1:4-6:
-4: Since we heard of your faith {believing} in Christ Jesus, and the love {of God} which ye have to all the saints,
-5: For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
-6: Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

Anticipating the hope of Christ’s return brings to the heart and soul of believers great understanding as it continues to enlighten our knowledge of “the grace of God in truth.” This wonderful hope can become the first thing that we think about when rising from bed (Psalms 63:6), and hope can give us comfort even at night. The hope of Christ’s return rejuvenates our love and our believing faith. The hope is inspiring and exciting, and when we recall our hope throughout the day, it reveals to us the hope of our Savior’s speedy return! (The return is most definitely closer today than yesterday: Romans 13:11) When the hope of his return becomes a reality within the heart, it will bring to our souls spiritual fruit, fruit that we can currently receive that will enlighten the human heart with wonderful godly qualities of reassurance and inspiration that we are blessed of God with His pure hope, and that we will be blessed of Him forever more.

I Peter 1:3-4:
-3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
-4: To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Along with an abundance of mercy we have been given a “lively hope.” This “lively hope” can assure our searching hearts of an incorruptible inheritance reserved and prepared for our reception of it at our arrival into heaven’s gates.  The hope: Christ’s return presents a wonderful future, worthy of our anticipation. Like Abraham who against hope believed in hope, we too can walk in his shoes bringing the hope directly before our very eyes, and constantly into our believing minds.

God has given you a “lively hope” that no worldly circumstance can ever change or take away from you (Romans 11:29), because you are already God’s child and heaven-bound.