For in Him We Live!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Bible says that the heaven of heavens cannot contain God (II Chronicles 2:6), because the vastness of God is eternal and everlasting. For the Christian believer who comes to discover God’s calling, and begins walking within this calling, he or she will also begin to recognize that our God is indeed the true center of the universe, and He becomes more and more for us the true center of our spiritual lives. As we make room for God in the center of our Christian families, then the family can begin growing spiritually with the nurture that comes from the Father of Lights.

Hebrews 11:3 – Through {our believing} faith we understand that the worlds {ages} were framed {prepared} by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made {did not come into being} of things which do appear.

In Genesis 1:1 it says “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” This is when God began laying the foundation for the different ages of time, such as the paradise age, the age of Law, the age of grace, etcetera. Man without God cannot understand or truly believe the spiritual realities of divine creation, nor comprehend that it is God Who made the very life (breath life) we have and enjoy (Genesis 2:7, Psalm 100:3); however, the Christian through his own believing faith can begin to understand spiritual matters.

I Corinthians 2:14 – But the natural man {this is someone who has yet to discover God} receiveth not the things of the Spirit of {from} God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they {things of the Spirit that are from God} are spiritually discerned {by believing}.

So when a natural man says something like I simply cannot believe in creation, or in your God, I already know he cannot, because this is exactly what the Word of God teaches.

I Corinthians 2:9-10:
-9: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
-10: But God hath revealed them {the things which God has prepared for believers who do one thing and one thing only and that is to “love Him” Romans 8:26-28} unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep {and wonderful} things of God.

If the natural man cannot perceive spiritual matters on his own, then who can know God or “Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25) Jesus answers this question for us in Matthew 19:26 “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” The key here is to be “with God” for with Him salvation is found, and anyone can reach out beyond themselves and simply look for God and find Him, and request and invoke His aid and assistance (Romans 10:8-14).

Acts 17:27-28a:
-27: That they {people} should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
-28a: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; . . .

In the Epistle of Romans 1:20 it says “For the invisible things of him {God} from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.” As we look around at the life in the world and the perfection of how everything works, what we can see by our senses is the creation and living amphitheater of God wherein we live and move and have our being, “seeing he {God} giveth to all life, and breath” {Acts 17:25}. God’s calling to us today is a calling into His family to be His children, His sons and His daughters. The healing Word of God expresses how to walk worthy and appreciative within our heavenly calling into God’s family and household. The more we continue walking in God’s family, we will begin enjoying His divine presence (and presents!) and graces upon our lives, the more we can spiritually acknowledge God Who infuses us with His strength and wisdom as He continues to nurture our own lives and families with His healing Word.

Ecclesiastes – Revealing Our Duty

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Ecclesiastes is really written to men and women who think with their hearts, who have had the deepest desire to understand and walk with God. David’s tenth son, Solomon, the second child born to Bath-sheba wrote Ecclesiastes.  He was the richest man in the Bible.  Solomon was also someone whom God greatly loved.

In I Chronicles chapter 1, God asked Solomon what he wanted, and God would give it to him. Solomon only asked for wisdom and knowledge, and because he didn’t ask for riches God gave to him both riches in extraordinary amounts of abundance, and wisdom with the knowledge to apply the wisdom of God.

There were many times that Solomon disobeyed God’s Word and did what he felt like doing, yet towards the end of his days he again began searching and finding his God because he found his Savior Christ in the Scriptures.

In Ecclesiastes, as Solomon looks back upon his life and reflects on all that he knew, all that he did, and all that he had, he finally came to the conclusion that without Christ and God in his life ─ life itself was just not exciting.

In Ecclesiastes he writes of the heart of the matter, finding reason and purpose to life itself, and today we will see the conclusion of all that Solomon’s wisdom had discovered:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

“Fear God” is a term that some people use to imply that without being genuinely fearful of God, His wrath and vengeance, then they say that God cannot and will not bless the believer’s life. Yet this is totally untrue, God always loves us.  The word “fear” means to have respect, to give reverence with honor to God. Never does God want His children to be afraid of Him for any reason whatsoever!

When we look to Jesus Christ as the way to the Father, he can teach us how to genuinely love God without fear. He said in John 14:31, “But that the world may know that I love the Father.” Jesus wanted us to know by his example that he also loved, and he knows how to not only love, but also he knows how to teach us how to love and respect our heavenly Father.

Then verse 13 says, “and keep his commandments.” Again as we look to Jesus we see that in Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus combines all the Laws and commandments into two and the two are to love God and our neighbor as ourselves, and without knowing Christ we would become totally burnt out trying to keep all of God’s commandments. However, when we walk in love toward God and our fellow man, then we can only be pleasing to God.

Thirdly the verse says “for this is the whole duty of man,” this is not some of the duty, not the best part of our duty, but our only duty is to love and respect God, and walk in love.

There was a time in Solomon’s life that he refused God’s instruction, and misinterpreted the Word of God, and as a result of that he lost his duty to God.  Solomon spent years contemplating the essence of life without God, yet when he again began looking to Christ, he found his way and finally recognized his duty and began enjoying life again.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He {God} hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world {the ages} in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning {of the ages} to the end {of the ages}.

God gave man the heart to quest and realize that there is a spiritual force and power behind life (Romans 1:20), yet that force (Who is God) is just out of man’s reach until he comes to know his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. John 1:17 teaches us that “the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he {the Son} hath declared him.

Jesus Christ’s mission has always been to make known God (to know Him Who was in the beginning of the ages) and he assures us that (in the end of the ages), our final resting place will be eternally with our heavenly Father.

Romans 11:33-36 teaches us that man of his own abilities cannot discover God’s judgments, nor His true ways, nor can he fully know God’s thoughts or be His counsellor. But when Jesus Christ comes into our hearts and lives, we can put on in our minds the thoughts of Christ who in turn reveals the Father. I Corinthians 2:16 reads, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? {The answer is no one can.} But we have the mind of Christ.”

When we put on the mind of Christ by putting on God’s Word, then we will receive the “mind of Christ,” and his mind gives understanding to us so that we may discover our true duty before God.

To honor, respect, and love Him and to love our fellow man. This is the only heartfelt conclusion to life that we have in Jesus Christ and this is what will satisfy the believer’s inner quest for true spirituality.