Spiritual Enlightenment

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The doctrinal Epistle of Romans teaches Christians how to have genuine believing (faith) in the Lord Jesus, showing us how to believe in all that Jesus Christ accomplished for us. Then, the second doctrinal Epistle of Ephesians reveals to believers how to walk with the love of Christ. Thessalonians then completes the cycle of doctrine revealing to the believing and loving Christians the truths concerning our dynamic hope. With the Epistle of Romans revealing the faith of Christ, and with Ephesians revealing the love of Christ, and with Thessalonians revealing the hope of Christ, we have completeness in understanding our faith, hope, and love (charity).  God’s love can be dynamically applied greater and greater as we begin to realize all the wonderful things that God has given to us in Christ.

Ephesians 1:17 – That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him {God}:

It is Paul’s prayer that God, the Father of glory, give us spiritual wisdom and revelation knowledge so that we may walk in the love of God. The next two verses in Ephesians shows us how to enjoy this tremendous God-given understanding of Him in a threefold way.

Ephesians 1:18-19:
-18:  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; {and this is the purpose for our enlightenment: (1)} that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, {2} and what is the riches of the glory of his {God’s} inheritance in the saints,
-19: {3} and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Ephesians is the greatest revelation ever given to the Church of God. God wants us to understand the completeness of the “hope of His calling.”  First, the hope of God’s calling is our hope of the coming of Christ to take us home to heaven, to forever be with God and our Lord and Savior for eternity. Secondly, God wants us to thoroughly understand what are the riches of His glory, which is His inheritance in the saints. Who is a saint? Saints are living believers according to the Bible. We are saints because we have Christ within, being endowed with the love of Christ. A saint is someone whom God has sanctified in and with Christ. This is the inheritance that the glory of God placed within our hearts. Thirdly, God wants us to understand the exceeding greatness of His power, and it is our believing which manifests this awesome power. Our heavenly Father shows us how faith (believing faith) works, giving us hope and divine love so that we may walk with our spiritual eyes totally lit up.

We have been given spiritual enlightenment, with wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God, so that we may truly know Him. This spiritual enlightenment can most definitely be experientially known in our hearts when believed. Ephesians so masterfully displays to us the greatness of our standing with Christ in us at God’s own right hand. Have a great and enlightening day, as you continue to enjoy the gifts of God!

The Service of Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistles of Romans, I and II Corinthians, and Galatians complete a cycle of understanding and are the spiritual foundation to continue on into the Epistle of Ephesians in complete righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. The Epistle of Galatians shows that we are saved by grace, and that we can be inspired in service of love to enjoy the completed work of Christ on our behalf. We have been made completely free from our sins and raised back up to the graces of God wherein we may walk before our heavenly Father in the completeness of the service of love that He through Christ gives to us and made available.

Galatians 5:13-14:
-13:  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh {to be lazy or stingy with God’s love}, but by love serve one another.
-14:  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

For all of the Law (Old Testament Law) is completely fulfilled in one word, and that one word is love! God’s divinely given love has completely fulfilled all of the requirements that the Law had ever commanded.  Let us consider the last phrase of verse 14, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” We are loved completely by our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ without any strings attached because they are love in its fullness, and now we are also loved in their fullness. The true spiritual essence to the phrase, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” is “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself is loved by God in Christ in you.” How God loves us is how we can love one another, and we learn about the tremendous love God has for us in the Scriptures. Is not this an incredible insight into the love of God and His service of love that He has commissioned and freely given to us?

The love of God is the true spiritual backbone of the Christian family, the spiritual foundation for true believing unity, and the true spiritual uplifting for the believer’s lifeline back up to the tremendous blessings contained in God’s loving Word. If we were to love others contingent solely upon how much love that we have for ourselves, then I assure you that someone would be getting the shorter end of the stick because some people love themselves more, and some much less than others. However, God has given us a constant standard, for He has made it available for each of us to love equally proportionately to the same love with which He loves us, and thank God for giving us this wonderful reality and understanding about the genuine spiritual service of love.

Romans 5:5 – And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit} which is given unto us.

The hope is the return of Christ and our anticipation of that glorious day. As we come to an understanding of the hope, we will know with inner believing conviction that there is no shame to ever be given us, but rather glory immersed in the favorable graces of our God. The thing that can make the hope so alive in our hearts is that we have the love of God. When we live within the framework of love (and the magnificent seven Church Epistles detailing how the love of God functions), then we can equally share God’s love with one another.

Children of Abraham

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 3:6-7:
-6:  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
-7:  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith {believing faith}, the same are the children of Abraham.

Abraham was a great man of God, and he believed in the words that God spoke to him. What it was that made Abraham such a special person is that he believed God, and as a result of his believing, God accounted to him righteousness. Abraham’s believing allowed God to present him with God’s own righteousness. Abraham’s righteousness was not contingent upon any law, but upon believing. Believing God’s Word today gives us the spiritual right to be called “the children of Abraham.”

Galatians 3:9 – So then they which be of faith {believing faith} are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Before the Law was ever given, Abraham walked with God in believing, and now after the Law has been abolished (Ephesians 2:15), by Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we still walk with God in peace and in His righteousness. Galatians is written to bring the Christian back to the Word of God without being encumbered with Laws. Today because of our believing God’s Word: we are most definitely blessed! Abraham was called “faithful”; he was faithful by believing what God said. The Epistle of Romans being the foundational epistle to the Christian Church details how Abraham believed and how the Word instructs us to believe as well.

Romans 4:20-24:
-20:  He {Abraham} staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {believing faith}, giving glory to God; {When we believe the Word we will also give glory to God.}
-21:  And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.
-22:  And therefore it {Abraham’s believing} was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23:  Now it was not written {in Genesis 15:6} for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24:  But for us also, to whom it {God’s righteousness} shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

In the Old Testament, Abraham had to believe that his Savior would come, and his believing allowed God to impute (put into his personal account) righteousness. Today we believe that our Savior did come, that he was raised from the dead, and that he will again return for us. There is no amount of works or laws that could possibly prevent or speed up his return, this is why believing is the best that we can do, for believing is all that is required before our God. After our salvation, we are righteous regardless of whether or not we believe, but as we continue believing on Christ, then we will begin to realize the abundance of having the righteousness of God because we are the children of Abraham by our believing.