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.

The Power in Believing (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

“There is power in believing” and “there is power in positive thinking” are common phrases nowadays. There are books that could easily fill a library written on the subject of positive believing and thinking. The power of believing comes to life from within the mind of man’s positive and assertive actions. When anyone, saint and sinner alike, believes, he or she will receive the result of their believing because believing is a spiritual Law that, when tapped into, will work equally for all. Yet, what distinguishes a Christian believer is that he or she has the Word of God and His promises to believe in, and our heavenly Father is the Creator of the power in the Law of believing.

Matthew 8:13:
And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour {immediately}.

This Centurion came to Jesus asking for his help and he was hoping that Jesus would heal his personal servant who became very sick and he was “grievously tormented” (Matthew 8:6). However, Jesus explains that all the Centurion himself had to do was believe because when someone believes, they receive. When Jesus said, Go thy way he was referring to the fact that the power in believing was already in the Centurion, all he needed was some direction, which was as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. We can see by the above verse that the servant was healed as soon as Jesus explained the Law of believing to the Centurion, which means that he believed and tapped into the power in believing.

A great lesson here is that the Centurion came to Jesus for guidance, the same kind of guidance that we can receive when we come to the Word to find the help we may need to increase our own believing, because the Word of God takes the place of the physical Christ and his guidance (John 20:29; I Peter 1:8).

Wherever the principles of positive believing are utilized, great things begin to happen for anyone who applies them. However, the believing Christian has an edge when he begins to learn the Word of God and begins to believe in the promises contained within, for he can tap into the power of believing of which God Himself is the source of the power.

Matthew 21:22:
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask {of God} in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Anyone can tap into believing and ascertain that there is some kind of power behind their believing but will never come to know the source of the power without coming to know God. Jesus said in essence that it will rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45), meaning everyone has the same opportunity in this life to believe positively or to doubt and smother what believing can produce, for God’s spiritual Law of believing is equally available to everyone, because “God so loved the world” (John 3:16). But when God becomes your heavenly Father, you also have the blessed privilege to believe in God’s own power to answer your personal prayers that you offer to Him, because you will have direct access into the living room of the Lawgiver, which is a privilege only given to believers (Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:19)!

You have been given the power of God and His true guidance in His Word to believe and receive all things, whatsoever ye shall ask.

When you ask God in prayer, you have access into the “exceeding greatness” of His divine power (Ephesians 1:19), which will work as you believe, and you will begin receiving and enjoying the results of the Power in Believing.

Mark 11:24:
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Ephesians 1:19:
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.

Romans – Revealing Our Justification

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Romans reveals that Jesus Christ has provided justification for every believer.

Justification means just if I’d never sinned, since we have been spiritually acquitted of all wrongdoing before our God.

Due to the original sin and man’s fall in Genesis, justification has been wanting deep within the soul of man; this prevented man from boldly walking with God. However, Jesus gave his life, the righteous for the unrighteous, to permanently justify man again.

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

The “offences” do not refer to sins that we might commit, but rather it refers to the sin nature that all men and women have. The sin nature was passed down to all of humanity by the fall of Adam in Genesis (Romans 5:12); this is the offences that verse 25 is referring to.

Romans 5:17-18:
-17: For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one {Adam}; much more they which receive abundance of grace {this is us} and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
-18: Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men {how many? “All”} to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

Adam’s offence brought sin, condemnation, and death. However, Jesus Christ brought life!

The result of the complete work of Christ is that we can have “justification of life,” i.e., eternal life. The word justification also means an action taken which establishes right. It is the establishment of men and women to be just and to receive their complete acquittal from any and all guilt.

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

With our own believing faith in the accomplishments of Jesus Christ, believing that he was raised for our justification, we can absolutely experience with rejoicing that we now have peace with God. God’s peace is given to anyone who will simply believe in Jesus Christ who in turn reveals our own access into the grace of God.

We may anticipate the hope of Jesus’ return from the glory of God’s heavenly home to gather us up to be with them in glory and in this we can “rejoice.”

Romans 8:1-2:
-1: THERE is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
-2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

When we allow Jesus Christ into our lives and hearts, then we can enjoy our lives down here without condemnation. Jesus Christ was our complete substitute, giving us freedom to enjoy a greater law than that of sin and death, for we are now endowed with the law of the spirit of life to walk with our heavenly Father, having obtained total access into His grace.

We are eternally acquitted from the sin nature through the resurrection of Christ, and we are given a life freed from all life-draining condemnation, to enjoy Our Complete Justification in Christ.

Giving in Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I wanted to share a little with you about giving with the heart of love, whether it is to your local Church (where your spiritual needs are being met), or if you are so inspired to give to a religious organization or a worthy cause. Giving for the Christian believer is first and foremost meant to build a special union between you (as an individual) and God (as your sufficiency), and is the beginning of a love-based relationship built on trust with the Creator.

God always looks at your heart (I Samuel 16:17), and He is thrilled when the heart of giving is inspired from an overall understanding of His healing Word and will.

Giving is a spiritual principle that enables the giver to receive. Many non-Christian people have used the universal principle of giving and receiving, and because the power in giving always works when applied — anyone can receive. However, only the Christian believer partners with the creator of the principle. Giving and receiving are part of the natural flow of life, and God as our Father can inspire us in love to further benefit our lives and the lives of those our gifts touch.

Today in God’s grace, each believer is encouraged to give out of having a spiritual mindset and inner heart’s desire to do so, but again I would like to remind you that giving is not a commandment but a free will offering. God will always love you regardless of whether or not you give, because God’s love to you is completely unconditional.

As giving is always between you and God, receiving is always between God and you, for He gives you free access to the throne of His grace to help you in time of need (Hebrews 4:16, Romans 5:1-2).

II Corinthians 8:12:
For if there be first a willing mind {in regards to giving} it is accepted {by God} according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

Over time, the following phrases heard – either spoken out loud or to ourselves, can strip us of the heart’s inner joys in giving with a willing mind, “you have to give” or “you must give” or “you need to give.” We were bought with a price; all debts are completely paid for by the life and blood of Jesus himself (I Corinthians 6:20; 7:23). We now eternally belong to God because of the completed work of our Savior that was initially for us, and now that we are saved the completed work of Christ is eternally in us (Colossians 1:27).

Romans 13:8:
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled {all} the law.

According to the Bible, we owe only one thing and that is love. God’s Word encourages us to love one another. We currently belong to God and have His love in our hearts (Romans 5:5).

Giving God’s love is the greatest way to return our thanks to God in thankfulness for our eternal life, and in thankfulness for all that our Savior did for us. Giving can become a tremendous blessing that enhances our spiritual quality of life, for giving gives to men and women a supernatural inlet and an outlet of tangible proofs that God is truly our sufficiency (II Corinthians 3:5).

Within the framework of love, God Himself can show us how to give of our time, and of our resources and talents, and give out of our abundance, and this indeed will give the greatest effect in places of need.

Giving from the heart of God’s love will always be a blessing, and because free will giving is within the spiritual boundaries of God’s love, the rewards will be freely returned in super abundance, and we will know that we are truly blessed of our Creator.

Direct Access

“Man on his own efforts can tap into believing and ascertain that there is some kind of power behind his believing, but he will never come to know the source of the power without coming to know God. Jesus said in essence that, it will rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45), meaning everyone has the same ‘chance’ in this life to believe, for God’s spiritual Law of believing is equally available to everyone. But when God becomes your Father, you also have the blessed privilege to believe in God’s own power, because you will have direct access into the living room of the Lawgiver: God (Romans 5:1-2, Ephesians 2:19)!” ~LMJ~