The Church of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

God’s Church is made up of individual believers. The Scriptures in the Old Testament times referred to two basic classifications of people, the children of Israel and unbelievers. In the New Testament there is a third classification called the Church of God. Believers make up this new Church – those from Israel who believe on Jesus Christ as their Savior, and unbelievers (also called Gentiles) who would also believe on Jesus Christ as their Savior. In Ephesians chapter 2, God’s Word explains much about the new Church of God who are together with Christ.

Ephesians 2:12 – That at that time {before Christ} ye {the Gentiles} were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

In the Old Testament and throughout the Gospels the Gentiles were completely separated from the promises of God having no hope whatsoever. God’s calling was strictly to only Israel until Christ gave his life for all humanity (see Matthew 10:5 and Romans 15:8).

Ephesians 2:13 – But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off {Gentiles} are made nigh {made united, close-family} by the blood of Christ.

Now in God’s grace the Gentiles are also called into God’s new Church and into God’s family. The Gentiles who would believe do not join into Israel but rather the Gentiles and those from the tribe of Israel who believe are joined together, which is the way God intended from the beginning.

Ephesians 2:14-15:
-14:  For he {Jesus Christ} is our peace, who hath made both one {the believers from the Gentiles and from Israel are now one in Christ}, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
-15:  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself {in Christ} of twain {two} one new man, so making peace {between Gentiles and Israel, and between God and us}.

The middle wall was a wall within the temple in Jerusalem that separated Israel from the Gentiles. Israel was permitted to go past the wall of separation, further into the temple area than the Gentiles, and in doing so they would be closer to God Who would bless them. However, they did not allow the Gentiles in. Here in Ephesians the spiritual perspective of God’s Word places believers from both groups together in one, for we collectively now make up the true temple of God. Israel was commanded to present themselves at the temple, and so they would become closer to God, but today in grace there is no separation between believers (Christian believers) who accept the sacrifice of Christ for us. Even the Law of commandments have been abolished by Christ. God’s Word now offers to humanity a new and peaceful entrance to the actual throne of God’s grace for He certainly dwells within our hearts. Today we live under a new law, the law of love! The new Church includes those from either group who will simply believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior.  Today all Christian believers are spiritual members of the Church of God irrespective of where we congregate, for God’s Church is one according to Ephesians.

Predestination (Our Blessing and Our Choice Along with Our Destiny and Future Inheritance – It Is a Done Deal – Yay!)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Paul wrote that it was God who “separated me from my mother’s womb {recall He “lighteth every man that cometh into the world”― John 1:9, and David wrote, “thou art my God from my mother’s belly”― Psalms 22:10}, and {God} called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me” (Galatians 1:15-16), just as He separated YOU, and called YOU, and revealed his Son in YOU! Talk about Planned Parenthood, He preordained it, and has seen that it would happen, and further He predestinated your future to be super glorious with “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (I Peter 1:4). He is the giver of all life, God “holdeth our soul in life” (Psalms 66:9) because we are in the hollow of His hand. “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:10)!

And by the way, being preordained and/or predestinated has nothing to do with having no choice in the matter and that everything that we will think, say, and do have already been determined as though we have no choice in the matter. That is nonsensical because God has given us free will and choice (it is an unalienable right)! Predestination has everything to do with where we will end up and what we will receive when we arrive and is already reserved in heaven for us, but not based on anything we can think, say, or do; rather, our destiny and future inheritance has everything to do with what Christ has already done for our redemption. “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Ephesians 1:11).

Romans 8:30:
Moreover whom {you and I} he did predestinate, them {you and I} he also called: and whom {you and I} he called, them {you and I} he also justified: and whom {you and I} he justified, them {you and I} he also glorified.

He Is Called Faithful and True (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In Revelation 19:11 Jesus Christ is called Faithful and True,” because he was always true to the healing Word of God, and he was always faithful to his heavenly Father. In Revelation 19:20 he is “called The Word of God,” because he is the epitome of everything that God’s healing Word represents. As Jesus Christ is faithful and true representing the Word of God, he always made God known to anyone who would listen to him.

John 17:25-26:
-25:  O righteous Father {Jesus is praying}, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these {his disciples and Apostles} have known that thou hast sent me {for God sent the Word (Psalms 107:20)}.
-26:  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will {continue even to this very day to} declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

God sent Jesus Christ who is “called Faithful and True” to make known the true characteristics of God Himself. Jesus Christ continues even today declaring in our hearts and souls everything that the name of God means personally to us; Paul called this “the revelation of Jesus Christ” in Galatians 1:10.  The revelation of Jesus Christ can and will declare in our own hearts the love that God in Christ has for us.

Psalms 119:138 – Thy {God’s} testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

The testimonies of God are righteous – so is Jesus Christ as righteous as God, and as the testimonies of God are “very faithful” – so is Jesus Christ as faithful as God. This is why Jesus Christ cannot be separated from the Scriptures. He is the subject of the Word, and he was God’s plan of redemption on the level of humanity. God is Spirit, Love, and Light, but Jesus Christ was flesh and bone, blood and soul, sweat and tears, and was truly able to feel the full gamut of the living emotional experience that men and women live every day of their lives.

Jesus lived God’s healing Word as an example for us to follow, he was (and still is) “called Faithful and True,” Jesus continues showing us the way by blazing a trail that leads to the actual right hand of God. Jesus brought man back to the Creator of life and light through his life, his death, and his resurrection and ascension, for he was the forerunner to the right hand of God.

Without Jesus Christ we could not fully understand how righteous God really is, we could not believe how faithful God really is, and we could not fully believe to receive the promises promised to us in God’s very faithful Word.

Titus 2:13-14:
-13:  Looking for that blessed hope {Christ’s return for us}, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
-14:  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

“A peculiar people” does not mean that Christians are strange people like some think, rather peculiar means that we are a people united together by our heavenly calling. We are those who do enjoy the good life and the promises that God has prepared for us. When we look to Jesus who is “called Faithful and True,” he will reveal to our hearts God’s “exceeding great and precious promises: {so} that by these {promises} ye might be partakers of the divine nature” (II Peter 1:4). Partaking of “the divine nature” is having and knowing that God in Christ lives within your life.