Our Lively Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Timothy 1:1 – PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

An Apostle is one who brings new spiritual light to his generation. In the Epistle of Timothy, Paul first revealed who our hope is, Jesus Christ! Christ returning for the children of God, for you and me, can become our innermost hope. There are great fears about his coming that are truly unfounded because according to the Bible the return of Christ brings great rewards, and they will be given out, rather than any Christian ever receiving wrath, condemnation, hell-fire, etcetera.

Colossians 1:4-6:
-4: Since we heard of your faith {believing} in Christ Jesus, and the love {of God} which ye have to all the saints,
-5: For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
-6: Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

Anticipating the hope of Christ’s return brings to the heart and soul of believers great understanding as it continues to enlighten our knowledge of “the grace of God in truth.” This wonderful hope can become the first thing that we think about when rising from bed (Psalms 63:6), and hope can give us comfort even at night. The hope of Christ’s return rejuvenates our love and our believing faith. The hope is inspiring and exciting, and when we recall our hope throughout the day, it reveals to us the hope of our Savior’s speedy return! (The return is most definitely closer today than yesterday: Romans 13:11) When the hope of his return becomes a reality within the heart, it will bring to our souls spiritual fruit, fruit that we can currently receive that will enlighten the human heart with wonderful godly qualities of reassurance and inspiration that we are blessed of God with His pure hope, and that we will be blessed of Him forever more.

I Peter 1:3-4:
-3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
-4: To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Along with an abundance of mercy we have been given a “lively hope.” This “lively hope” can assure our searching hearts of an incorruptible inheritance reserved and prepared for our reception of it at our arrival into heaven’s gates.  The hope: Christ’s return presents a wonderful future, worthy of our anticipation. Like Abraham who against hope believed in hope, we too can walk in his shoes bringing the hope directly before our very eyes, and constantly into our believing minds.

God has given you a “lively hope” that no worldly circumstance can ever change or take away from you (Romans 11:29), because you are already God’s child and heaven-bound.

The Saints in Light

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Colossians helps the believers to remember the fullness that is already given to us in Christ, and is revealed in the first three chapters of Ephesians. Colossians corrects doctrinal error in such a delightful way that the Epistle is as a healing light, guiding the believers with enlightening truths of our spiritual inheritance. Colossians is an Epistle of correction that leads believers back into the heart of God’s love, and shows us how to walk in God’s unending and abundant grace.

Colossians 1:11 – Strengthened with all might, according to his {God’s} glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Christian believers are “strengthened with all might”; this is the might of God’s glorious power. God has most definitely given to His children power, spiritual power and although at times we may not feel all that powerful, or think that this could possibly be true, it is true!  “Patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” are God-given qualities of life that prove to our minds that we have the spiritual power of God. God’s strengthening, glorious power is known to believers through “patience,” for this patience allows God to manifest His power to us. We have been given “longsuffering,” which is spiritual endurance to have continued inner trust to know that when we need something, even if it appears beyond our own abilities to receive, we will not give up in our believing with prayer, but rather we can have continued trust that God will answer our prayers. In all this there is “joyfulness” because we will see the strength and power behind prayer, and our believing in God’s healing Word will continue to grow.

Colossians 1:12 – Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet {worthy} to be partakers of the inheritance of {all} the saints in light:

Christians who stay steadfast on God’s Word will recognize the faithfulness of God in what His Word promises, for they shall receive. The Father has indeed made us worthy to partake in our heavenly inheritance. “The saints in light” are believers who have experienced the Father’s power and are continuing in the light of His Word, enjoying the fruits of their believing, and growing in the strength of God’s inner power, and are loving their inheritance in the light of God’s Word.

Colossians 1:13-14:
-13:  Who {God} hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
-14:  In whom {God’s dear Son} we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

We have been delivered from the power of darkness, and the more we walk in light with other saints, the more of a reality this becomes. As we believe in the power of God we will, from a spiritual prospective, acknowledge the diminishing of the power of darkness around our lives. “Translated” means to be given citizenship into God’s heavenly kingdom, accomplished by the redeeming work of God’s dear Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have been given complete redemption, and the forgiveness of our sins. Enjoy your day knowing from the Scriptures that you share in the inheritance of all the saints in light.

The Walk of Love (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Sometimes Christianity can become confusing when external tagalongs fasten themselves to the believer’s walk. There are many things that appear to be a part of the Church of God yet only hinder the believer from walking in the light of God’s Word. For instance: Have you ever been told “the Bible says that you have to do this, or you need to do this?” However, the Epistles never say “thou shalt, or thou shalt not,” regarding laws or commandments, rather the Epistles give the believers almost unimaginable freedom by offering to give us whatever we need to enjoy our eternal lives with God in Christ which has already begun in our lives.

Anything and everything that the Epistles reveal to the believers is offered by God’s grace, and it is literally God’s love that activates our believing to receive from God. God never made the Christian lifestyle to be burdensome but rather easy to know, to live, and to enjoy. In God’s family, He is the provider for our needs and gives us His love so that we may walk with Him being well pleasing before Him in love. It is man’s personal baggage, his condemnations, his own inability to be perfect which slows and hinders his personal walk and fellowship with God. But when the believer can recognize the truth that God looks at the heart and blesses our lives for believing in our Savior Jesus Christ, and that God loves us just as we are, then we can begin walking and growing in the spiritual nurturing that emanates out of God’s love for us.

I Thessalonians 3:11 – Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

The word “direct” means to guide, to show the way.  Paul was teaching that it was God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ who guided, directed and showed the believers the godly way in which to walk before God in His family.

I Thessalonians 3:12 – And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

Our Lord Jesus Christ, being in us, can inspire the desire within our hearts to walk and conduct our lives within the love of God. The purpose is so we may increase and abound in love toward each other (toward every believer) and for all other people. It is true that most people have the inability to love others outside their sphere of influence, either believers from other Churches or unbelievers in their communities. This is a great lesson in learning that God’s love transcends all human barriers for God’s love is spiritual and is for everyone, “for God so love the world” (John 3:16). God has given to us His love and this love can only be spiritually ascertained when manifested by believing believers. This is not a “thou shalt” walk in love, but rather this is something Christ inspires within our own hearts. As we look to him, we will find his strength in us that increases and abounds in love so that we can apply his spiritual love in never-ending abundance. When we do apply the love of God we will realize how terrific it truly is, for the rewards will always return back to those who apply God’s love.

I Thessalonians 3:13 – To the end he {Jesus Christ} may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

Jesus Christ is always at work within our hearts to help us recognize and acknowledge our God-given rights of being unblameable in holiness before God our Father. This is how we are at this very moment as we stand pure in God’s sight, and our heavenly Father will see us this way until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.