The Right to Our Reconciliation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Reconciliation means to reunite two parties, and from God’s Word we find our reconciliation to be a right that Jesus Christ had made available. This brings us into a right relationship with God Who originally formed, made, and created men to walk with Him in peace of mind and heart.

I Corinthians 15:3 – For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

How did Christ die for our sins? He first offered himself for our sins, then he bore our sins through a humiliating torture, culminating with him being nailed to a tree. Jesus’ sinless life became for us the complete and total payment for our sins, and when the payment was fully met – he died for our sins. When he died – our sins died with him, and the significance of Christ dying upon the cross was to present humanity again with a way back to God. We were totally separated from having the true love and nature of God ever since man’s fall in Genesis, but since Christ made sanctification, redemption, and righteousness available to us, these are now eternally our legal sonship rights – and we have access to the love and nature of God – having been reconciled.

I Corinthians 1:30 – But of him {God} are ye in Christ Jesus, who of {for} God is made unto us wisdom {to understand our God-given rights}, and righteousness {because Jesus was the propitiation for our sins}, and sanctification {because Jesus bore our sins}, and redemption {because Jesus gave himself for our sins}:

Since Jesus Christ has done all this in the above verse for us, we now permanently have heavenly rights to the complete and eternal reconciliation between God and man.

Romans 5:10-11:
-10:  For if, when we were enemies {before our salvation, this is the nature of man when he is separated from God}, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being {now} reconciled, we shall be saved by his {Jesus’} life.
-11:  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement {the reconciliation}.

The experience of true joy in our God was and still is through the accomplishments of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus made available to us the joys of having unity and being at peace with our God because we have the spiritual right to our very own reconciliation, for Jesus gave – paying the ultimate price on that cross – giving his life for sin, for all, for eternity!

Colossians 1:20-22:
-20:  And, having made peace {between you and God} through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
-21:  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
-22:  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his {God’s} sight:

Then Do We with Patience Wait (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Romans 8:24-25:
-24: For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
-25: But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

If the dead are truly alive and swinging from the chandeliers of heaven, then as we have previously discussed, we should start cutting out Bible verses to suit our own beliefs despite what God’s eternal Word imparts to us. If the dead are alive and returning to earth from time to time to contact their loved ones and others, then spiritualism is a biblical concept. However, it is not! Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “. . . for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goeth {see Psalm 146:4}.” If the dead are already living and people have seen them, then Romans above says that “hope is not hope” and thus we are not saved. Nevertheless, when our hope is in the future return and our gathering together, then not only do we “patiently wait” but we will be believing in the truth, and hoping in a godly manner which will reap rewards.

I Corinthians 15:54 – So when this corruptible {those who are decaying in the grave} shall {a future moment} have put on incorruption {have been raised}, and this mortal {the living} shall have put on immortality {receive heavenly bodies, “. . . fashioned like unto his (Jesus’) glorious body, . . . “}, then {and not until then} shall be brought to pass the saying that is written {in Isaiah 25:8}, Death is swallowed up in victory.

The hope of humanity is in the return of Christ, and our gathering together up to him! This will occur when Christ returns and not until Christ returns. However, for now our God has given us the assurance of our heavenly standing in glory with Christ at God’s own right hand which is recorded throughout His Word, especially in the seven Church Epistles, Romans through Thessalonians. If immediate resurrection was truly a biblical concept, then Christ should have been immediately resurrected; however, he was in the grave for three days and nights, then he was the first to be eternally resurrected (Revelation 1:18). Christ Jesus is our hope, and the Scriptures say we must Scriptures wait for him!

I Corinthians 13:10 – But when that which is perfect is come {who is Christ Jesus}, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When Christ returns, then so will perfection be granted to the children of God, and we will know as well as we are known. God has given us His magnificent and abundant love and His divine charity in order to enjoy our lives with Him and with one another. His love energizes our believing in order that we may receive His many hundreds of recorded promises. Our believing can bring the hope of Christ’s return into a lively assurance of his imminent return at any moment of any day. When the hope of Christ’s return finally comes, then we will be like him for we will see him as he is.

Faith, hope, charity are spiritual qualities of this life and are God’s divine gifts to you. I pray with my whole heart that you may not only receive them, but that you can begin walking with these qualities in your life and inner heart.

Behold, I Show You a Mystery

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 15:51 – Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

I can understand why Paul said that this is a mystery, as even today, nearly two thousand years later, this subject is still misunderstood, although it has been recorded here in Corinthians for centuries. “We shall not all sleep” means that not every “Christian” will die before Christ returns, some of us will be living at the return of Christ, and this is indeed our lively hope. Yet when Christ does return, we all (believers in Christ) shall be changed, and receive new spiritual bodies.

I Corinthians 15:52-53:
-52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead {sleeping} shall be raised incorruptible, and we {who are alive} shall be changed.
-53: For this corruptible {those who are asleep} must put on incorruption, and this mortal {the living} must put on immortality.

I know that the common belief today is that all those who have died are actually up there having the time of their lives living in Paradise, Heaven, and some who are less fortunate are in purgatory or hell. However, the Scriptures do not entertain these ideas! If the dead are living and these unbiblical notions were really true, then we should get out a pair of scissors and start cutting out verses from our Bibles starting with those above. If everyone who has died is really living, then what is the purpose of the resurrections, and our gathering together (I Thessalonians 4:13ff)?

Romans 5:5 – And hope {the hope of Christ’s return to gather the dead and the living} maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit} which is given to us.

Having the hope of Christ’s return and our gathering together unto him “maketh not ashamed” meaning just the opposite of shame, giving us something indeed to be proud of. On the other hand, without hope of our gathering together the Christian does indeed have shame. Paul said in I Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” The context here is that if we hope in Christ and our gathering together and he does not return, then we should be the most wretched people on the planet. However, Christ indeed is returning, so we will be gathered up and blessed for all eternity. For the present time God has given to us His own love to sustain our lives as we continue in His Word, believing in our hope.