Please – No Condemnation – OK? (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It is unfortunate and ironic that after some Christians become saved they begin to condemn themselves for either a sin committed 20 years ago or the one they committed this morning before breakfast. This propensity towards self-condemnation is within our nature, hence the difficult time accepting continual forgiveness in Christ. In I John 1:9 we read, “If we confess our sins, he {our loving Heavenly Father} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Forgiveness is as close to us as simply asking our Heavenly Father for it and then accepting that we are cleansed from all unrighteousness.

In Romans chapter 7, we have an interesting verse of Scripture that sheds light on this subject:

Romans 7:19:
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Wow, does this verse sound familiar to you at all? Often the state of affairs of many Christian men and women who desire to do good for the Lord is unsuccessful ― they try, they fail, and they try and fail to be good again and again. The average Christian panics and tries to find and then practice works of repentance to cover up for their sins and shortcomings in order to feel good enough to walk again with God. Nevertheless, he or she keeps on Romans 7:19-ing, and so a cycle begins that appears will never end with continual condemnation. Sometimes entire lifetimes can be consumed in this endless dilemma that all too often then becomes a way of life.

All this confusion and mental anguish over condemnation and sin comes about by not realizing that God not only forgives but that He also totally forgets; it is only we that choose to remember what God has forgiven, forgotten, and cleansed.

John 3:18a:
He that believeth on him {on Jesus Christ} is not condemned. . .

And, if we are not condemned, then, the truth is ― we are not condemned. By the way, this is why we have a Savior!

Jesus took our sins, our condemnations, our shortcomings, and our faults to his cross and buried them there at Calvary (John 1:20 and I Peter 2:24), yet man feels so inadequate at times, that he tries to dig them up and cloak himself with his old nature (see Romans 6:4 and Colossians 1:20–22). But by doing so, he denies to himself his new life and nature in Christ, which is given to shine forth from his inner heart (see Romans 8:1–18, II Corinthians 5:17, and Colossians 1:27; 3:1–2).

John 3:18a (The Amplified Bible):*
He who believes in Him {Jesus Christ} [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him {the believer} there is no rejection, no condemnation ― he incurs no damnation].” Well, praise the Lord!

Too many Christians do not believe what Jesus came to do for them (or have never seen this section of Scripture above) and imagine that God is angry or, at the very least, upset with them, and fear John 3:18b is written to them, though it is specifically addressed to unbelievers:

John 3:18b (The Amplified Bible):*
. . . But he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him {Christ}) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]

Many Christians become indoctrinated with relentless teachings of hellfire, brimstone, and condemnation and begin accepting the second half of John 3:18 as their lot in life, all the while refuting the freedom from condemnation received through Christ’s redeeming work. This relief from condemnation should reign supreme in the foundation of our soul, as we believe on the completed work of Jesus Christ.

Psalms 32:1:
BLESSED is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Psalms 103:12:
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Well since God has forgiven us and cast our sins far away, then this should be our outlook as well. So what can be done that will help us remember that we are in the graces of our loving Heavenly Father? Thank God, for the Epistle and doctrine of Romans, for Romans covers this inner conflict of utter, self-inflicted condemnation in detail, giving believers an out, a refreshing way to break this tedious and often endless cycle of life-draining condemnation.

Romans 8:1a:
THERE is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. . .

This verse does not say, “There is therefore now condemnation,” but, “NO CONDEMNATION” and this is the will of God. Condemnation also means judgment, for there is therefore now NO judgment, and thus no fear of judgment to anticipate either now or in our future from our loving heavenly Father (see Romans 5:9, and I Thessalonians 1:9–10, 5:9). Believing this places us with them which are in Christ Jesus and permits Christ Jesus to genuinely be our Savior from condemnation and judgment. Knowing this and this alone can help make our lives free. By no means was God wasting His time having Romans 8:1 written to us because it cost Him everything, including enduring the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, to free our lives from condemnation and to redeem our lives back into the loving and forgiving arms of our Heavenly Father. Rather than thinking on condemnation, on the sin nature, and on our inadequacies, let us ponder on a wonderful section of Scripture that is spiritually awe-inspiring from the Amplified Bible:

Philippians 4:6–9 (The Amplified Bible):*
-6: Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
-7: And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
-8: For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think and weigh and take account of these things [fix your mind on them].
-9: Practice what you have learned {from the above} and received and heard and seen in me {for the above is what the Apostle Paul thought on in his mind}, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.

In verse 6 above we read, continue to make your wants known to God and only someone who does not harbor condemnation in his heart will have the boldness and confidence to ask God with a believing mind in expectation of truly receiving.

I John 3:21:
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

I John 5:14–15:
-14: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.
-15: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Once our petitions are offered to God freely without condemnation then we will begin receiving whatsoever we ask! We are currently heaven-bound and have been freed from condemnation to enjoy the eternal graces of our Creator. These things we can relish in the heart of our hearts and don in our minds because this is the truth of the Scriptures and “thus saith the Lord!”

So, Please – No Condemnation – OK!

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Revelation – Revealing Our Revelation of Jesus Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Revelation is by far the most misunderstood and misinterpreted Book in the entire Bible. At the beginning of the book it reads on its heading “THE REVELATION of St. John the Divine,” yet, in the Greek Text it plainly states at the top of the book only the words “The Revelation,” with no mention of John. Then in the very first verse we read, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” So the question is, whose revelation are we reading, John’s or Jesus’? The answer is clear: The entire book is The Revelation of Jesus Christ; he is the subject (as he is in every book of the Bible).

Without knowing whose revelation we are reading, how could we even begin to understand its significance? Some well-intended scribe took the liberty and added “of St. John the Divine”; obviously he forgot the words in Proverbs 30:6 “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” or the words of Jesus in Revelation:

Revelation 22:18 – For I {Jesus} testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ is mainly a future revelation of the end times which are not here yet – contrary to the thousands of books that have been written over the centuries claiming we are living in those horrific times.

It was John who wrote the words in Revelation, but the words that he wrote and the things he saw were given to him by Jesus Christ.

What is literal in Revelation some people interpret as figurative, and what is figurative in Revelation some people interpret as literal, and almost everything written ABOUT the book is confusing.

The Book of Revelation has yet to commence; whatever is happening on earth today is nothing in comparison to what is going to happen as is revealed in Revelation.

Today we believers live in the age of God’s grace, and the Church Epistles are written to us, for our inspiration and guidance. However, the Book of Revelation is written for Israel’s future guidance and instruction, and is addressed to seven specific churches or rather assemblies (see Revelation chapters 2 and 3). And when we read the book we should be BLESSED (that is if we are reading through correctly), “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy” (Revelation 1:3), trust me, just knowing that no born again Christian is going to have to live on the earth during those day of wrath is an awesome blessing to our hearts and lives (see the verses below, Romans 5:9, I Thessalonians 1:10, and I Thessalonians 5:9-11)!

The Revelation of Jesus Christ explains some details regarding Satan’s reign that will commence after our gathering together up to Christ, and some of the events that will occur simultaneously in heaven and on earth (not just on the earth).

Revelation reveals Satan’s end, and the blessings of the new heavens and earth, with the new Jerusalem coming down from heaven.

The events recorded in Revelation are mostly a mystery today, but in the future they will be current events that will bring real understanding to the believers of those future times.

Honestly, we do not have a clue, for instance, what the “seven seals” really involve or who the people of the “seven Churches” are, or for what hidden purposes they will represent when they are revealed.

We do not know the true spiritual significance of the seven seals (until a seal is opened, we cannot fully understand what the significance is, as we studied in Daniel), any more than we can relate the Book of Revelation to current world events, or to three French hens, or two turtle doves, or a partridge in a pear tree.

We also cannot imagine what it really means when Christ is referred to as having eyes as a flame of fire, or feet like brass as if they burn in a furnace, or having a two-edged sword coming out of his mouth (other than noting that a two-edged sword represents God’s Word: Hebrews 4:12), or locusts that have faces like men, etcetera. We do know that these things are to some degree figurative statements, nevertheless the true interpretation and application belong to Israel in their future. However, this we do know, that Christ is our Lord and Savior today, and because we believed in him we have escaped all the future wrath to come.

The whys and the wherefores of Revelation man today can hardly comprehend, so those who attempt to relate the current day’s events to the record of Revelation are doing an injustice to the Words of life, not to mention the fact that they scare God’s children half to death with their attempts to prove they somehow have a corner on the truth and know more than God and the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Why do people want to be so morbid when today we live in the age of grace and in the times of the celebration of the resurrection? As we maintain humble hearts before our God, we can graciously receive an abundance of revelation as we acknowledge our true deliverance from all of the wrath to come: in this we may happily receive Our Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:9 – Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him {Jesus Christ}.

I Thessalonians 1:10 – And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

I Thessalonians 5:9-11:
-9: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
-10: Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
-11: Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Ask yourself these questions: What comfort and edification would we really have to give each other if in fact we are still going to pass through the future wrath and Armageddon?  There would be no edification and certainly no comfort!

Jesus is our Savior! But what did he save us from, if we still have to pass through the judgments?  We would be saved from absolutely nothing!

The future events that are recorded in the Book of Revelation are some of the things we are saved from, and this is the truth of the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to us today.

One of the greatest blessings that we can receive from the Book of Revelation is thankfulness that we have been delivered, and knowing in our hearts that we will not pass through any of the wrath to come is comforting to our souls and overall well-being; Praise God!


The Golden Thread (The Series Conclusion from Genesis to Revelation)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In concluding our study of The Golden Thread in our Bible Byte series, I pray that you have recognized Christ the Lord from the Scriptures to a much greater degree, as he in turn reveals the heavenly Father to the heart and soul of our understanding so that we may joyfully walk with our God in the light of His healing Word.

We have studied a little about Christ from every book in the Bible, and still we could have gone through the Scriptures a dozen times or so looking at different characteristics of Christ. (For us this is not the end of this study, but a beginning in our daily lives to walk with our Savior.)

The more we learn God’s Word, the more we will recognize Christ throughout; still, even though we do not know it all (I Corinthians 13:12), we are always students of the Scriptures, and the children of God. We can always learn more about Christ, so long as we are humble and meek to our God’s wonderful Word and His heart-felt inspirations.

When we look to Jesus Christ and see him from the Scriptures as the golden thread who holds the Word together in complete perfection, the greater the thread becomes a woven tapestry that knits our hearts together into the love of God which He has so graciously given to us.

Studying the Scriptures in daily Bytes is a wonderful way to become rooted and grounded in God’s Word, as His Word becomes an unshakeable foundation on which we may build our spiritual lives, being in Christ our Savior, and with our God – Who is the Rock of all ages.

Isaiah 26:4, 7-8: (The Amplified Bible*):
-4: So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
-7: The way of the [consistently] righteous (those living in moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relationship of their lives) is level and straight: You, O Lord, Who are upright, direct aright and make level the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous.
-8: Yes, in the path of Your judgments {Your righteous judgments}, O Lord, we wait [expectantly] for You; our heartfelt desire is for Your name and for the remembrance of You.

Our trust can always be in our God, for He is our rock, and His way is always level and straight (and perfect: Psalms 18:30-32). His righteous judgments are revealed to the just, the believer who has been given the righteousness of God by the life of our Savior Jesus Christ, and they together fill our heartfelt desires to really walk with them in the light of the truth.

In each study in The Golden Thread we had two words at the top of every byte: “Revealing Our” because as we are in Christ we can find our own identity in him, for he reveals to us our true godly spiritual life and in and with Christ our Lord we continue walking in God’s grace.

“. . . Learning about Jesus’ identification with us and our new identification with (and in) Christ and the enormousness of freedom we today have in Christ from sin and sin’s motions in our mortal bodies is a thrilling study in the Scriptures. As we recognize that our Savior was indeed humiliated just as all men are; we will learn that he not only has, but even more emphatically, he still currently is genuinely able to identify with us. In his resurrection he was made totally free from sin and humiliation. Christ Jesus experientially knows the hold sin still has on humanity. Man’s total escape from his inborn sin nature comes from knowing his Savior and the victory God in Christ now provides for us, and in the end (which will really be our new beginning) there will be complete victory over all sin, its humiliating nature, and all death. . .” From the Book: “A Refuge from the Storm” by ~LMJ~.

Isaiah 25:8 (The Amplified Bible *):
He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people {the humiliation of His children} He will take away from off the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.

Colossians 3:4 (The Amplified Bible **):
When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation. Used by permission.

**The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.


Posted titles in this series that you may enjoy reading:

Genesis – Revealing Our Promised Seed
Exodus – Revealing Our True Passover
Leviticus – Revealing Our Saviour’s Offering
Numbers – Revealing Our Morning Star
Deuteronomy – Revealing Our Prophet
Joshua – Revealing Our Captain of Salvation
Judges – Revealing Our Wonderful Secret
Ruth – Revealing Our Redeemer
Samuel – Revealing Our Deliverer
Kings – Revealing Our Still Small Voice
Chronicles – Revealing Our Eternal Answer
Ezra – Revealing Our Spiritual Revival
Nehemiah – Revealing Our Heavenly Pardon
Esther – Revealing Our Good Day
Job – Revealing Our Arbitrator
Psalms – Revealing Our Song in the Night
Proverbs – Revealing Our Path of Righteousness
Ecclesiastes – Revealing Our Duty
The Song of Solomon – Revealing Our Beloved
Isaiah – Revealing Our Refuge
Jeremiah – Revealing Our Righteousness
Lamentations – Revealing Our Hope
Ezekiel – Revealing Our Covenant of Peace
Daniel – Revealing Our Power and Wisdom of God
Hosea – Revealing Our Ransom
Joel – Revealing Our Heavenly Standing
Amos – Revealing Our Salvation
Obadiah – Revealing Our Deliverance
Jonah – Revealing Our Sign of Christ’s resurrection
Micah – Revealing Our Spiritual Strength
Nahum – Revealing Our Stronghold
Habakkuk – Revealing Our Joy in God
Zephaniah – Revealing Our Eternal Rest
Haggai – Revealing Our Desire
Zechariah – Revealing Our Total Forgiveness
Malachi – Revealing Our Lord and delight
Matthew – Revealing Our Shepherd King
Mark – Revealing Our Ideal Servant
Luke – Revealing Our Example – The Perfect Man
John – Revealing Our Example – the Son of God
Acts – Revealing Our Spiritual Love
Romans – Revealing Our Justification
Corinthians – Revealing Our Sufficiency
Galatians – Revealing Our Liberty
Ephesians – Revealing Our Heavenly Standing
Philippians – Revealing Our Joy
Colossians – Revealing Our Completeness
Thessalonians – Revealing Our Comfort In Hope
Timothy – Revealing Our Faithful Witness
Titus – Revealing Our Promise of Eternal Life
Philemon – Revealing Our Forgiveness
Hebrews – Revealing Our Heavenly Calling
James – Revealing Our Prayer of Faith
Peter – Revealing Our Stewardship of Grace
John – Revealing Our Fellowship
Jude – Revealing Our Common Salvation
Revelation – Revealing Our Revelation of Jesus Christ

The Kingdom of God Cometh Not with Observation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

(first posted on 03/07/2009)

Matthew 24:36:
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Jesus said in Luke 17:20 that, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation.” So when people say or predict that wrath and Armageddon and the end of the world will begin according to the Mayan calendar predictions, either they are smarter than Jesus is and know more than God knows, or they are simply in error! We will observe that this newest prediction will fade away into the history books after December 22, 2012, to accompany all of the other miscalculated specific dates. And as far as the blood moons that will be observed in 2014 and 2015 and all the hype that will follow will be worthless as far as proving anything of a Bible nature which cometh not with observation.

Mark 13:32:
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father {“The things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” I Corinthians 2:11}.

We cannot rule out that there will be evil and ungodly deeds perpetrated in the world from time to time, but the Christian has a continuous, present-tense refuge and a prayer link to heaven’s throne through Jesus’ powerful name. “If ye shall ask any thing in my name {Jesus Christ’s name}, I will do it” (John 14:14). We can daily trust in our God and walk with our risen Savior – Jesus Christ our Lord.

Proverbs 29:25:
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe {and since we trust in the LORD, we will be safe!}.

II Peter 2:9:
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations {of being afraid of the future, which is to be glorious}, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Colossians 3:4:
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Psalms 107:30:
Then are they glad because they be quiet {having and enjoying spiritual peace}; so he {our God} bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Romans 5:9:
Much more then, being now justified by his {Jesus’} blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him {and since the Bible, which is God’s Word, says we are to be saved from wrath, then let us believe we will be saved from wrath!}.

I Thessalonians 1:10:
And {we are} to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come {and since the Scripture, which is God’s Word, proclaims that we are delivered from the wrath to come, then let us believe we will be delivered from the wrath to come!}.

Psalms 139:1-10:
1: O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2: Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3: Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4: For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
5: Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6: Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7: Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8: If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9: If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10: Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

Isaiah 9:2:
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Hebrews 13:5-6:
5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6: So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Psalms 34:1-8:
1: I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2: My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3: O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4: I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5: They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6: This poor man cried {prayed}, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7: The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

The stars and moon exhibit God’s pictorials and tutorials of heavenly signs and seasons (Genesis chapter one) and was and is still the reason for the original heavenly pictures in all the constellations that have been preserved and passed down through antiquity. “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years” (Genesis 1:14).

The Hebrew word for signs is oth meaning things to come and especially showcases The Coming One, and man can either be enlightened by them, knowing their heavenly point of view and take comfort from them, or be dismayed by them from a degraded manmade point of view, “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for {or just because) the heathen are dismayed at them” (Jeremiah 10:2).

The Hebrew word for seasons is mowed and means upcoming epochs and therefore appointed times; these times are not referring to the seasons in a year (these concepts are disclosed with the words “days, and years” in Genesis 1:14), but are cycles of appointed times and events concealed (like we do not know when Christ will return, but the stars tell us details of what will happen when he does) or events revealed, and some have already come to pass, such as the birth and first coming of the Coming One, and indeed those events were foretold not only in the Scriptures, but they originally were written in the stars.

In fact, knowing of the stars’ true stories of the Coming One brought the Magi (i.e., the wise men), to Bethlehem, and they were not Bible readers, but stargazers and observers with accurate information and inspired, divine theses, and they came to a perfect conclusion as they saw him who was foreordained, foretold, and foreseen in the heavens above. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalms 19:1), and of which glory Christ is not only Principle and King, but the Coming One upon which all redemption was contingent. To determine for what and where the Magi were searching, Herod (the child-murderer, Matthew 2:16, not the so-called great architect that modern man touts) gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together and they searched, not in the heavens, but in the Scriptures to discover the place (Matthew 2:1-12), as the truths that were recorded in the heavens are also recorded in the revealed Word.

Today in grace we have the promised hope of Christ’s return to take us home with him to heaven, and out before the wrath that is to come! ”For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (I Thessalonians 4:16-18).

Daniel 12:9:
And he {the angel} said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Revelation 22:20-21:
20: He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Daniel – Revealing Our Power and Wisdom of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Daniel, we can see the power and wisdom of God that delivered Daniel. Christ is typified in the angel who protected Daniel, and who gave him understanding to outwit his adversaries who tried to snuff out his life.

Daniel lived in captivity in Babylon, and God gave him wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to be able to stand before the kings of Babylon and give righteous counsel and judgments.

In Daniel’s life we see the wisdom of Christ “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Daniel received wondrous revelations regarding the future because he anticipated his Savior’s coming, and Daniel’s own resurrection.

Daniel wrote of things that even today have yet to be fulfilled or clearly understood.

Daniel 12:8-9:
-8: And I heard {of things to come upon this earth}, but I understood not {the complete details}: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
-9: And he {an angel} said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

What is interesting here is that Daniel did not understand all the details about the future that he was shown, so he asked. Daniel was wise beyond his years because he went to the source of the revelation and asked, rather than guessing.

The angel explained that the revelations were not yet to be revealed, and thus Daniel could not fully understand it all, but at least he had glimpses of the future, which inspired him greatly.

When God seals something, it stays sealed until He has the seal opened. Yet today there are thousands of books written that attempt to explain the revelations of Daniel as though they had received special revelation regarding “the time of the end.”

All of these so-called revelations that attempt to reveal what Daniel heard and saw are mainly fear-motivated to scare people into accepting Jesus Christ. However, when the truth is spoken in love and in the light of God’s true Word, the believers will be inspired to accept Jesus Christ and freed to daily enjoy their escape from the end times as we read, we are to “wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come {emphasis supplied}” I Thessalonians 1:10).

Even the revelations in the Book of Revelation have yet to happen and are still sealed, and the future events recorded therein will not even begin to happen until after the gathering together when Christ returns and takes us (the Church of God) up to heaven.

We, the believers, will not be living on this earth when the revelations of Daniel, John, and others become unsealed and begin to happen.

Today we live in grace rather than in the “day of vengeance,” or the “day of the LORD”; believe me when I say we absolutely would know the difference between the two, because grace and wrath cannot coexist.

It is the height of man’s folly to try to relate future events into the present, claiming that we are living in those days of wrath.  The Bible says that we have been delivered “from the wrath to come” (I Thessalonians 1:10). So those who claim that we are actually living in those future days of wrath are apparently much wiser than God, the Creator of the heavens and earth Who has yet to open those seals.

God’s Word gives us assurance that we have been saved from any and all future wrath (Romans 5:9).  Well, praise God that we know the truth of His healing Word. And to further relieve us from the fears of the current day, Galatians 1:4 records, “Who {Jesus Christ} gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.”

Today in God’s grace, we have past, present, and even future deliverance because God already has “delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us” (II Corinthians 1:10).

Daniel’s friends were delivered from the fiery furnace, showing his friends, as well as us, that believers would also be delivered from going into the pits of hell and revealing to us the power of God.

In the same manner, Daniel was also delivered from the lion’s den and knew through the wisdom of God that he would also be delivered from the Devil who is “as a roaring lion” (I Peter 5:8).

I Corinthians 1:24 says, “Christ {is} the power of God, and the wisdom of God,” because in God’s grace we have received the wisdom and power of God through receiving Christ in our hearts who assures us that we have now and forever eternal deliverance from fear, from the Adversary, and from ALL the wrath to come.

Daniel and the Old Testament believers would enjoy their future deliverance after their resurrection (Daniel 12:2-3).

Thankfully, today we can begin enjoying our deliverance in the here and now because: “Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should {now} walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). The “newness of life” that we can enjoy is revealed to us through “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

The Crown of Life

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

James 1:12 – Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

This one verse of Scripture contains an enormous amount of truth, yet this verse also has caused a tremendous amount of confusion for so many people. “Temptation” is in the singular because when we are tempted, the temptation most always comes one at a time.

The word “endureth” is a unique word in the Scriptures because it means to be prepared to hold your ground, to hold out through pressure when it comes. Pressure surely will come to believers from time to time, yet when we hold on to our beliefs and convictions through a temptation without succumbing to it, then we may receive the promise of receiving the crown of life.

The greatest temptation in this life is to blame God every time things go wrong in our lives, and most people do!

The word “tried” is another interestingly unique word, for it means to be approved, rather than the way it is translated ─ tried. The question that needs to be answered is: When or how are believers approved? The answer is actually quite simple once we see the truth of how greatly we are approved before our God.

II Timothy 2:15 – Study to shew thyself approved {this is the same Greek word for “tried” in James 1:12} unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

“Study” takes effort, studying to correctly understand the Word of truth about how greatly we are approved before God is how we hold our own ground through a temptation.

We believers are already “approved” before our heavenly Father, God already loves us, and He always thinks the best of us. Yet man, in himself, is subject to condemnation and blaming God, and at times it is extremely difficult to raise our believing up to the point of accepting the graces of God upon our lives because society itself teaches us that God punishes us through temptations to test our faith, etcetera. Yet, this is totally untrue. When we study the Scriptures, especially the Church Epistles which are directly written to believers of today, and when we rightly divide the truth, we will begin to realize that we are approved before God, rather than being tempted by Him.

As a safeguard to prevent us from blaming God, James continues:

James 1:13 – Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.

How often are we tempted by God? NEVER! Our loving heavenly Father never, ever tempts us in any way, shape, form, or manner! If temptations were from God (which they are not), then we could never genuinely, from a spiritual point of view, love our Savor Jesus Christ completely because there would always be a fear element lurking in the shadows of our minds.

Jesus Christ gave his entire being to the point of humiliation and death on our behalf, and in our stead, so that we may present ourselves to God being made already holy and acceptable to God (Romans 12:1-2).

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I {God} know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

It is interesting to me that so many people think and believe that God is the force behind all the evil in this world, and the people who propagate this lie obviously know more than God because God specifically states that He knows emphatically what He thinks, and He thinks thoughts of peace and not evil thoughts towards us. “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezekiel 33:11); this is the real, truthful pleasure that the LORD has towards everyone, that they live to receive His eternal benefits.

This is rightly dividing the Word of truth, and the more we look (by studying), the greater we will come to understand the wonderful approval we already have before our heavenly Father.

I Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer {allow} you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Through our life’s trials and temptations, we can look to God for His strength and His refuge (Isaiah 25:4) and be assured of God’s continuous deliverance (II Corinthians 1:10).

God never called us to incur His wrath (Romans 5:9; I Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9-10), but rather He called us to “an expected end” and the greatest expectation that we can receive for not accusing God for all the temptations we go through in life, is the crown of life!

To be continued in The Crown of Righteousness