Knowing the Praise of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 4:5:
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of {from} God.

This verse reveals one of the most amazing truths that I have ever known. When Christ returns for us “then shall every man have praise of God.” The word “of” is the Greek proposition apo meaning from. I once used to be afraid of the end, when judgments and condemnations were supposed to take place because I thought that the pit of hell was my destination. However, when I read this verse some years ago I was totally blown away. For in that great and glorious day when Christ returns, we Christians will have actual praise from God! Some Christians today (not understanding the Scriptures) are still fearful of the wrath of God and His judgments. However, and thankfully according to the Bible, we have been delivered from the wrath to come.

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.

Praise God! We can become so thankful for Christ, and all that he has done for us, and for the wonderful hope of our future to be able to stand with Christ Jesus at the right hand of the Lord our God receiving His actual praise. He is our righteous Father, and He is Spirit, and He is Light, and He is Love. We can walk with the Lord our God in a loving relationship that indeed dispels all our fears, as we continue walking in the spirit, in the light, and in the love of His own glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14:
-13: In whom {Christ} ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
-14: Which {holy spirit of promise} is the earnest of our inheritance {it is a token and guarantee of so much more to come} until the redemption of the purchased possession {that’s you}, unto the praise of his glory.

Not only will we receive the praise of God, but also the praise of God’s own glory is upon our very lives today! The reason why is because we believed the Gospel of our salvation (period)! In our families, we have many rights and privileges handed down to us by our fathers; it is the same with our heavenly Father. He has graciously allowed us to walk in the praise of His own glory for us.

Philippians 1:11:
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness {another privilege}, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Righteousness means to be able to stand before our heavenly Father without fear or condemnation, and when we live fearlessly in righteousness, we will be delivering up to God glory and praise. Understanding God and His Word is certainly a wonderful thing. I pray that you have a magnificent day living and enjoying all the fruits of your righteousness that the completed work of your Savior, Jesus Christ made available to you.

God Is Light

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 I John 1:5:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

What a divine message this is to declare to the children of God, that “God is light,” and in Him there is no darkness at all! Growing up I thought that God brought harm to His children when they made mistakes. Nevertheless, if this were true, then there certainly would be darkness in Him; however, and thankfully our “God is light,” and He is the essence of life, energy, and creation.

Ephesians 5:8:
For ye were sometimes {in} darkness {before salvation}, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

In our last study, we saw that “God is Spirit,” and we were encouraged in the Scriptures to walk in the spirit, and now we see that “God is light” and we are encouraged to walk as children of light. When we walk in the light of God’s Word, we indeed walk in God Who is light!

I Thessalonians 5:5a:
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: . . .

Indeed, we are “the children of light, and the children of the day.” “Children of the day” is a description of us today, for every day we are now and always will be God’s precious children. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” declares the message in I John 3:2, because it is so. Even though sometimes you might think – “I’m more like a child of the night,” remember that there is nothing that you could do so wrong that you were no longer your earthly mother and father’s son or daughter – the same is true of us as God’s precious family.

James 1:17-18:
-17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above {from God}, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. {Because God emanates light from every direction leaving no shadow, thus, “in Him is no darkness at all.”}
-18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures {creation}.

Isn’t the Word of God so inspiring? We were “begat” (or begotten), meaning that we are born into God’s light, and into His very own household (Ephesians 2:19), and we verify this throughout “the word of truth.” The more we discover the “Father of lights,” the more light is introduced into our lives allowing us to see the treasure we are and illuminating the treasures we truly have in Christ.

When walking in the light one can discover the warmth of the Father’s eternal embrace, for as God is light, so are you in this world!

That Ye May Know God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospel of John chapter 17, we have a prayer of Jesus Christ to God that contains so much love and heart. We see how Jesus prayed for God, for others, and for himself. Normally our prayers are not recorded for anyone else to read, and only few of Jesus’ prayers are recorded in the Scriptures. His prayers are set in the Word like diamonds of truth for us to learn and understand the ways of prayer.

John 17:3:
And this is life eternal, that they {believers} might know thee {God} the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

In this wonderful prayer, Jesus explains to us a glimpse of what “life eternal” can mean to the believer: that we may know God, and that we may know Jesus Christ himself. So as we receive our salvation (Romans 10:9-10), then our knowledge of God will continue to grow, and we can begin to understand that our God is “the only true God.” There are many gods or idols that people worship, however, there is only one true God, and as we receive our eternal life we also become acquainted with Him, and the same is true concerning Jesus Christ whom God has sent.

I Corinthians 8:5–6a:
-5: For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
-6a: But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we {are} in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ. . .

Oh, yes, there are many gods that can be worshiped and even cherished, but for the believer who looks to the true God and His Son Jesus Christ, their blessed privilege for doing so is an understanding of “life eternal,” not when we die, but now while we are here upon this earth we can understand our eternal gift.

I John 5:20:
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him {God} that is true, and we are in him {God} that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is {understanding} the true God, and eternal life.

It is interesting that the very next verse says, “Keep yourselves from idols,” because when we receive this understanding that the Son of God gives to us, we can discern the difference between idols (the many different gods) and the one true God, His Son, and our eternal life.

The longer you are a believing Christian; the more God shows you in the heart of your heart the “life eternal” that you have received. Well, praise God that He indeed sent His Son into the world so that you would have an understanding about the only true God. This brings to the inner consciousness of the soul joy unspeakable and spiritual understanding within your daily life and walk with the only true God.

The Spirit Within

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Once we have received our salvation, it can never be lost or taken away for any reason, contrary to how some think and teach. Romans 10:9-10 shows us how to receive our eternal salvation, while the rest of the Bible basically shows us how to enjoy our salvation.

II Corinthians: 1:22:
Who {God} hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit {the free gift of holy spirit} in our hearts.

When God seals a man or a woman, they are sealed for life, for all of eternity, and it is God alone Who securely seals men and women. What God has sealed up, stays sealed. God placed “the earnest of the spirit in our hearts,” from where we made our confession unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). An earnest is like a token, or a guarantee of even more to come (much more). The earnest of the spirit is a deposit given to men and women by God, and what He has given cannot ever be taken away (Romans 11:29). God only gives good things (like the spirit) to those of us who ask Him (Matthew 7:11).

We have the sure guaranteed token of the spirit to enjoy now; and the sheer enjoyment of learning about the earnest of the spirit and the subsequent life with God that accompanies it is a daily adventure. We can currently enjoy our spiritual life with God until our total redemption into the heavenlies. Then men and women will receive the full endowment of the earnest to become completely clothed with their new indestructible eternal bodies (I Corinthians 15:54). We will receive these new bodies at the gathering together (I Thessalonians 4:13-18); however, today God has sealed us as heaven’s holiest. We have the earnest of the spirit in our hearts, and the future assurance of so much more to come from our heavenly Father.

II Corinthians 5:5:
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing {our salvation, heaven, and our new bodies given to us at the return of Christ} is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit {the holy spirit}.

So today, please enjoy your eternity, for God sealed you, and guaranteed you the complete fulfillment of His promise because you have the earnest of the spirit within your very hearts.

The Belief of Our Confession

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Almost everything a person receives in this life revolves around two important key elements, 1) confession, and 2) belief of that confession. The greatest thing in this life that a person can receive from God is salvation! Nothing in this world is above or greater than obtaining one’s own salvation because salvation is what carries a person into the next life, into eternity, and into eternal bliss.

Romans 10:9:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Two key aspects are revealed to us in verse 9, and that is the heart and the mouth. First, we must confess with our mouth, which means to say it, to admit it, and to proclaim the thing we want. Secondly, we must believe in our heart, which means in our innermost being we must believe the outer confession we made, and then it is truly ours. These are the two keys to receiving anything, including salvation. The next verse repeats this same process of receiving, only this time it is written backwards to show us why and how one receives from God.

Romans 10:10:
For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your own} salvation.

The result of following the instruction recorded in Romans 10:9-10, is that “. . . thou shalt be saved,” and thus we shall absolutely receive salvation. However, if and only if we will first confess and secondly, if we believe, then we shall assuredly receive our desired result – salvation, which also means that when we believe and confess, then we can receive complete “spiritual wholeness” from God.

I pray that you have believed and confessed in the greatest thing that God has ever given to humanity, for with your belief of confession you have received eternal life. With these same keys of believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth that gave you eternity, God will also provide for all of your life’s needs, desires, and concerns (Mark 11:23-24 and Philippians 4:19).

See: A Structure of Romans 10:9-10: