God’s Grace and Goodness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Romans is an Epistle of doctrine, a setting forth of things to believe in and trust. Romans chapters 1 through 8 expose the sin nature of man, and its motions (or sins) in man, and how Christ delivered us from that horrible nature. One impression you may have when reading the first 8 chapters of Romans is similar to having a feeling of yuck, followed by an over-abundance of joy (read the first 8 chapters of Romans and you will see what I mean).

Romans chapters 9 through 11 are the business end of the Epistle, showing us how God dealt with the Jews (Israel) and Gentiles (unbelievers) in times past, and present. Wrapping it all up, Romans chapters 12 through 16 is the prACTical side (of doctrine), showing what to do with the knowledge of the doctrine contained in the first 8 chapters of Romans; this combines the entire Epistle of Romans into a complete whole, revealing the threefold goodness of God.

Romans 1:5 – By whom {Jesus Christ} we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations {all people}, for his name:

The words grace and apostleship represent all seven of the Epistles given to God’s Church (us), we also know this as “apostolic grace,” and the apostolic grace (all the Epistles) combined promote the “how to” enjoy God’s grace upon our lives. The Epistles energize and give genuine life to the Christian faith and the Christian lifestyle, based not on our works, but on the believing faith of Jesus Chris, who is our substitute for sin and all its consequences. As we believe the Word of God, His divine grace will follow without restraint, confusion, or compulsion.

Romans 5:1-2:
-1:  THEREFORE being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
-2:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The Epistles, commencing with Romans, reveal to men and women the goodness of God (Romans 2:4). For it is the goodness of God (rather than His wrath) that leads us to true repentance, and then on to the throne of God and into eternity, to “rejoice in hope of the glory of God”! When we begin relying on the grace of God we will further discover God’s goodness on our lives. God has given to us peace with Him and He gave us total and personal access to stand upon His grace.  This is an exciting daily journey in our walks before the Father as He continues to reveal His loving heart of goodness to us throughout the Epistles.

Amos – Revealing Our Salvation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Amos reveals Jesus Christ as the Raiser of David’s tabernacle that was rejected by Israel in Zion. David’s tabernacle is where the Ark of the Covenant was, and the covenant represented the presence of God. Jesus Christ’s very life was the complete embodiment of everything that David’s tabernacle symbolized.

The raising of the tabernacle represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and through the resurrection of Christ, salvation is granted to those who would believe (Amos 9:11, Acts 15:15-17).

Amos 5:14 – Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

“As ye have spoken” represents the fact that they were saying that God was with them, yet they had rejected Him, and so God was not literally with them as they were saying. Amos was exhorting them to again “seek good, and not evil” and the reason for seeking good was so they “may live.”

The word “live” represents life eternal, not merely physical life (that, they already had), but eternal life (salvation) was promised to them if they would seek good. To “seek good” is to seek God, and when God is sought out and recognized, it is because He is made known through Jesus Christ, and without Christ, God is simply an enigma. This is why people refer to God as “the man upstairs,” or “the spirit in the sky,” rather than truly recognizing Him as our heavenly Father Who indeed blesses those who truly seek Him through Jesus Christ, for he is the way, the truth, and the life to the Father (John 14:5-7).

I John 5:11-12:
-11: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
-12: He that hath the Son hath life {eternal life}; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

The question then arises: “Do we have the Son of God?” The Son of God is Jesus Christ, and salvation is acquired through his name and no other (Acts 4:10-12).

When we receive our salvation, it is because we have received the Son of God, believing in the record that God’s Word says of Jesus that he indeed did come, that he indeed did die for us, and that he indeed did become resurrected by God to become our Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10).

In the verse, “Knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance” (Romans 2:4), the word “repentance” means our salvation, for salvation is ours through the goodness of God, and Jesus Christ is the epitome of the goodness of God, “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).

Romans 1:16-17:
-16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek {the Gentile}.
-17: For therein {our salvation} is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Amos encouraged them to “seek good” {rather than reject good), that they may live with the assurance of having eternal life.

Today in God’s grace, we who seek the goodness of God through our acceptance of Jesus Christ receive salvation, and with Christ we may partake and enjoy his spiritual life (Colossians 3:4). “I {Jesus} am come that they {believers} might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

The reason that we can enjoy the more abundant life is because we have received Our Salvation, for we have found him who is the goodness of God.