Malachi – Revealing Our Lord and Delight

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Malachi, Jesus Christ is revealed as the “Sun of righteousness” arising “with healing,” and the “messenger of the covenant” between God and Israel, and the refiner of the sons of Levi who were the priests.

Jesus Christ is also revealed as the Lord whom we seek, and in whom we can trust, and in whom we can delight because of his accomplishments for us that God’s healing Word reveals.

Malachi 3:1 – BEHOLD, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me {God}: and the Lord {Jesus Christ}, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

The “messenger” whom God would send before the coming of Christ the Lord would be John the Baptist who would prepare the way for God’s people to “hopefully” accept His true deliverance with the coming of His Son Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was related to Jesus Christ; they were cousins (See Luke 1:36). John’s baptism helped relieve God’s people from condemnation and sin consciousness – this is how he prepared the way for the Messiah’s coming so that people would have great expectation in receiving Christ as their Lord and Savior in whom they could delight.

“The messenger of the covenant” was Jesus Christ, yet when he came they crucified him, and so they never received the new covenant. Let us read exactly what the new covenant would bring from the Book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 8:10-11:
-10: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
-11: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

This covenant that was to take place with the coming of Christ has yet to happen, because Israel rejected Jesus Christ. Today many Christian people believe that the new covenant is happening because Christ did come, however, the new covenant was with the house of Israel, not with the Church of God.

Another way that we can know for certainly that the new covenant has yet happened is because of verse 11. Do all your neighbors know the Lord? Do all of our brothers and sisters know the Lord? Do all the people know the Lord from the least to the greatest? The answer is an emphatic, NO!

The new covenant will commence when Christ returns to the earth, and not until he does. Then and only then will the new covenant begin.

Today in grace we are encouraged to preach and teach the Word of God, while in the new covenant no one will need to teach because Christ the master teacher will be present and all shall know him. But today in God’s grace it is our joy and privilege to learn the Scriptures ourselves by which we will come to know the good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2).

Luke 2:10-11:
-10: And the angel said unto them {shepherds}, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
-11: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

The entire Old Testament reveals Jesus Christ in great detail, outlining many wonderful things he would do for humanity, as we have seen in our study on Jesus Christ the Golden Thread. All the unbelief in the world could not prevent his first coming, and all of God’s will including the new covenant will eventually happen, but on God’s timetable.

Today because Christ came, we have free access to him who reveals our heavenly Father to our souls. Then finally after all the prophecies of his coming, he was born into this world.

The angel of God announced the birth of Our Lord and Savior who would bring “great joy” not just to the house of Israel, but to anyone who will simply look to Jesus Christ for he is Our Lord in whom we can daily Delight.

Receiving in Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Giving can certainly give us an incredibly good feeling. However, when it comes to receiving from God or others, the human mind sometimes seems to refute these blessings either because of sin consciousness or because of a feeling of unworthiness. Yet God wants to bless our lives and He wants to give us the desires of our heart. God has already made us worthy to receive His blessings.

Romans 12:1:
I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Our God with His divine mercies is calling, beseeching us to present ourselves to Him having been already made holy and acceptable to Him, and this is reasonable for us to believe for, because it is the truth and the will of God. God wants all the blessings that He can possibly bestow upon us to be graciously accepted by us. It is truly up to the individual how much he will actually receive from God by believing His Word and then receiving all His spiritual blessings.

Acts 26:18:
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto {the power of} God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me {Jesus Christ’s own believing faith by which He sanctified us}.

This was the ministry of the Apostle Paul, to open our eyes so that we may see; to help people turn from the darkness of this world to the light of God’s healing Word. God called him to deliver God’s children from the power of Satan to the power of God, with this purpose – that they may receive from God genuine forgiveness, and that they may receive the rightful inheritance as the children of God.

This ministry of Paul’s parallels the same ministry that Jesus Christ had (see Luke 4:16-21) when he was physically here blessing people’s lives and giving them the spiritual joys that can only come from the Creator of life.

Receiving God’s gifts can become a natural response as we learn to receive with the love of God in our hearts that we totally deserve to receive and enjoy.

Do you remember the story of the ten lepers who wanted Jesus to have mercy on them and heal them of their leprosy? Well Jesus indeed healed them, but only one returned to give him thanks; let us look at this in Luke.

Luke 17:17-19:
-17: And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
-18: There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
-19: And he {Jesus} said unto him {the one who returned}, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Ten were healed, ten received blessings from God through Jesus Christ, yet only one was truly thankful for the mercies of God – the same mercies that God beseeches us to accept. The other nine followed the nature of most people to refute the graces of God. But that man who returned to give glory to God, Jesus further said that his faith (which was his believing action in accepting the gift of healing to the point that he returned to give thanks), is what gave him (not the other nine) wholeness.

To thankfully accept the gifts of God in love gives us true spiritual wholeness, and wholeness gives to the children of God real and defined purpose and direction in life.

God Is Not Forgetful (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Having just returned from the grocery store and realizing that I forgot an item that my wife 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.

The word saint in the Bible means a fellow believer and one who is saved, made holy, and sanctified by God. Our God will always remember the work His saints do in His name, which is to believe and then act on His Word. In Hebrews 6:10, God’s Word mentions our labor of love and please notice that this love has a direction toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints. When we serve another from the mindset that we are actually working for God, then the rewards will be pleasing to both God and the believer as Ephesians 6:8 promises, “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.”

To minister is to help one another, and whenever we believers help another and we 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? God will not forget when you give in love, and He will reward you now and throughout eternity. These are promises from both 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.

Ye belong to Christ, is a wonderful concept as I Corinthians 6:20 witnesses, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” The price paid for our eternal redemption was given for us through the offering of the life of Jesus Christ, and therefore we are God’s, as we now belong to Christ, and we are to him, his reward! Jesus “received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7); we are his firstfruits to God, and therefore, because of our Savior’s offering of himself, and his receiving us up to the glory of God — our God will never forget us — ever.

You see, Jesus is the golden thread who delivers us up to our heavenly Father. Jesus reveals to us the abundant life and blessings we can receive from our faithful Creator Who will never forget what Jesus did to redeem us back to God. Ephesians 5:20 teaches us to reciprocate these blessings we have received and that is by, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Simply learning to be thankful in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is a wonderful key that helps open up the true treasures of life that God in Christ provides, such as giving to us the ability to experience heavenly joy, peace, love, and light.

Colossians 3:17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

When we look for occasions to simply bless others for the sake of love, our Savior’s love for us, and we learn to be truly thankful for opportunities to be kind, good, and loving, and not just simply looking for and expecting the reward, the blissful rewards will be even more abundant. God is not forgetful; He remembers your labor of love. The Apostle Paul gave thanks to God in his prayers in the name of the Lord Jesus at every opportunity as he remembered the labor of love that the believers served to one another.

Paul wrote that the loving labors of believers were always “in the sight of God,” because He watches over and remembers our endeavors to be a blessing to our fellow man, and returns blessings to the giver more abundantly.

We cannot out-give God, He encourages His children to bless and love others (this is how we give to Him), and He will not just remember, but He will send delightful rewards.

I Thessalonians 1:2-3:
-2: We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
-3: Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Our God is so awesomely wonderful in what He chooses to remember or not remember. He will remember our helping fellow saints, our labor of love, and how we bless and reach out in love to others in our communities where we live (Galatians 6:10), but He promises, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). So if God will not remember our faults and shortcomings, why in the world do we so often dwell on them? Why do we allow sin consciousness to beat us down so often?

The true antidote to sin consciousness is to be a blessing to those whom we can inspire in Christ’s name, for this God remembers and He will not forget. So Praise the Lord!

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 to your Savior who paid the price of your redemption. Please remember that your labor of love will not be wasted (even if someone else does not thank you), for our God will reward you richly because God Is Not Forgetful.

Psalms 37:3-6:
-3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
-4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
-5: Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desire of your heart} to pass.
-6: And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment {justification} as the noonday.

“Sometimes we hold on to our possessions because we fear we might run out — life seems scarce. But when we believe that giving is the way to live, we will produce more in the future — life seems abundant.” ~John C. Maxwell~

“The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.” ~Walt Whitman~

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” ~Maya Angelou~

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~Lao-Tzu~