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!

Removed All the Way to Being Close

“There was a time that I believed that I was so far removed from God that hell was to be my ultimate destiny, for I believed I was a sinner and had no rights to heavenly blessings, and I believed this with all my heart, and obviously I feared the end of my life. But with the believing faith of my Savior, who is my hero and everything to me, I can boldly say with believing conviction, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me– Galatians 2:20. What made the transformation in my thinking and in my inner heart? The faith of Jesus Christ; his faith now flows through my heart and assures me that God loves me completely! I now know effortlessly that I am justified and sanctified and that I have peace with God through the faith of the Son of God.” ~LMJ~

The Right to Our Justification

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Bible Byte titled The Right to Our Reconciliation we studied that Jesus died for our sins so that we may be reconciled back to our heavenly Father. Nevertheless, when we Christians focus all our emphasis on Jesus dying for our sins, we can miss so much of the spiritual truths, for Christ Jesus was also raised up. The spiritual life that we now have with our God is specifically based on the truth that Christ was indeed raised up, completing the work of salvation for humanity. It is in the completed work of Christ in which we now have our complete justification of life, eternal life, and this is the underlying theme of the Church Epistles.

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

He was raised for our justification. Justification is a legal right that God now gives to His children because Jesus gave, offering himself for our sins and carrying our sins to the cross. He was the propitiation – the completed payment for our sins as he died for our sins. Then three days later, he was raised so that God could give us justification in obtaining our eternal life. Justification means just as if we have never sinned for our sins have been purged. We are permanently justified to accept the life that God can now offer us because of the completed work of Christ.

Hebrews 1:3 – Who {Jesus Christ} being the brightness of his {God’s} glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he {Jesus Christ} had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Jesus Christ was God’s ambassador to the world, “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The word purged means the complete purification of sins (our sins), thus when Christ was raised up to the right hand of God, our compete justification was freely offered to us as a spiritual and legal right to stand pure before our heavenly Father.

Everything that Jesus Christ did while here had purpose and reason; nothing was done by happenstance. His mission was to redeem man completely so that he could present us to God completely free to walk in God’s grace. We have obtained heavenly ordained rights for we are permanently sanctified, redeemed, righteous, reconciled, and justified to accept our deliverance, and our Savior from sin.

I Timothy 2:5-6:
-5:  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
-6:  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Jesus Christ was the complete ransom for all the people in the world, and it certainly is due time that his finished work is attested to simply by our daily living it. We can humbly accept in thankfulness all that he has done, and fearlessly walk with God, having our complete justification of life to a greater dimension than was ever known or realized before our receiving God’s healing Word.

The Right to Our Sanctification

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When God’s healing Word says that we are complete in Him in Colossians 2:11, we can accept it as truth, and knowing the truth about how completed we truly are is a wonderful study in the Scriptures. Sanctification is a right that every Christian believer has. We are sanctified in Christ in his accomplishments for us. We probably could not count how often we have heard the phrase “for our sins.” For instance, Jesus gave himself for our sins and he bore our sins and he was the propitiation for our sins and he died for our sins and he purged us of our sins. These phrases have been run together so often that the true spiritual significance of each one has never been thoroughly understood. They are all different and each phrase carries a specific action that Jesus fulfilled on our behalf so that God could present to us our spiritual rights, and the right to our sanctification is one of them.

Galatians 1:4 – Who {Jesus Christ} gave himself for our sins, that {purpose} he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to {i.e., by the standard of} the will of God and our Father:

Jesus literally gave himself for our sins with a purpose in mind, and that purpose was to deliver us from this present (and still currently) evil world. Why? That was the will of God. When Jesus was in the garden on the Mount of Olives he prayed that if there was any other way than to give his life for humanity, then he wanted to take another route. However, there was no other way and so he confessed “nevertheless not my will, but thine {God’s will}, be done” (Luke 22:42). This is when Jesus made up his mind to give, offering his sinless body for our sins.

Hebrews 10:10 – By the which will {God’s will} we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

I Thessalonians 4:3a – For this is the will of God, even your sanctification . . .

We are sanctified because Jesus offered himself, his body for our sins. Sanctification means that we are permanently set apart for heaven because our sanctification is a spiritual and legal right as the children of God. Sanctified also means that God has delivered and separated us from this evil world so that we could live in the true graces of God’s will. When Jesus offered and thus gave himself for our sins he was literally making available to humanity the God-given spiritual right to live sanctified and separated from the evils in this world. We, as the children of God, can claim this right of sanctification in Christ’s name, and because this was and still is the will of God we have the God-given right to our sanctification in Christ. All we need to do is accept that Jesus indeed gave himself for our sins so that we may receive the literal and complete sanctification of God.

Acts 10:43 – To him {Jesus Christ} give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission {a complete washing away} of sins.

Through the name of Jesus Christ that we have believed in, we have received the remission of our sins. God’s will is for His children to live their lives as free from our sins as is humanly possible. Jesus blazed a trail for us to God’s heart and sanctification by God when he gave himself for our sins. God simultaneously gave us the magnificent right to realize our own sanctification that in other words means that we have been set apart for heaven! So then, it is true what they say — you are sanctified holy! Selah (pause and calmly think of that)!

God Is Not Forgetful (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Having just returned from the grocery store and realizing that I forgot an item that the kids needed, I am sure that another trip to the store is forthcoming. However, and thankfully our God is not forgetful, He will always remember His promises to us.

Hebrews 6:10 – For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

A “saint” is a fellow believer and one who is saved, made holy, and sanctified by God. Our God will always remember the work we do and in an earlier study we saw that the work we do is to believe His Word. Now here in Hebrews 6:10 God mentions our “labor of love” and this love has a direction “toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints.” To minister is to help one another, and whenever believers help other believers and they can do so out of love, then this brings glory to the name of our God. God Himself will never forget your labor of love or the glory your giving has given to His name. God most definitely will reward us throughout all eternity for anything and everything that we believers do for one another out of love.

Mark 9:41 – For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Can you imagine giving only a cup of water to another human being will bring you a reward in heaven? Do you know what? God will not forget when you give in love, and He will reward you now and throughout eternity. These are promises from God and from Jesus Christ! And do you know what else? The water we give in the name of Christ will taste better (for it will be “blessed”) when given in love because God will indeed bless it.

When we look for opportunities to simply bless others for the sake of love, and not simply just looking for the reward, the blissful rewards will be even more abundant. God is not forgetful; He remembers your labor of love (I Thessalonians 1:3). So when the opportunity arises to help someone out in one way or another, please do so out of your personal love and devotion to God. And remember that your labor of love will not be wasted (even if someone else does not thank you), because our God will reward you richly.