Our Heavenly Calling

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The first three chapters of Ephesians shed much light on what God has given to His Church, and to the individual believer. The last three chapters’ guide God’s Church on how to apply in practical living what God has so freely given to us. In Ephesians 3:19, God’s Word says that we have the love of Christ, and with the love of Christ we can know that we have been “filled with all the fullness of God.” How can believers truly fathom what it means to be filled with all of the fullness of God?  How can we grasp that (collectively) we are the actual habitation of God Himself?  How can we believe that we are quickened together with Christ and can we really understand that we were raised up together with Christ and how can we know that we are seated together with Christ?  How is the Church of God fitly framed together and how are believers built together into the household of God? The last three chapters of Ephesians reveal to us the “how” to know, apply, and enjoy all the spiritual knowledge in what God’s Word says we have.

Ephesians 4:1 – I THEREFORE, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation {calling} wherewith ye are called,

Paul referred to himself as “the prisoner of the Lord” because the love of Christ had captured his heart and Paul with his entire being belonged to Christ. The very first instruction on the practical side of Ephesians is to hear with our hearts God’s calling, to recognize His beseeching, and to desire His imploring of us to walk within the heavenly calling that God called us to walk worthy in:

Ephesians 4:2-3:
-2:  With all lowliness {humbleness} and meekness {to God’s Word} with longsuffering {patience toward others}, forbearing {uplifting} one another in love
-3:  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit” is a continuous effort to live with the love of God, especially towards our fellow believers who have also been called into God’s Church.  To walk worthy of our heavenly calling, the Church must endeavor to have a spiritual unity in the bond of peace with one another. “The bond of peace” that believers can experience is literally coming to an understanding of who Jesus Christ is, for he is our peace (Ephesians 2:14), and he is what we all have in common with each other. When we begin walking worthy of God’s calling, then we will begin enjoying and also applying His divinely given spiritual love. God’s love builds up the believer as well as promotes the true spiritual unity that we all have together in and with Christ.

Ephesians 4:15-16 (Amplified*):
-15:  Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, loving truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed one).
-16:  For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts {you and I}), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied {by God}, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Haggai – Revealing Our Desire

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Haggai, Jesus Christ is the desire of all nations, who brings glory into the house of God by his very presence. In Haggai’s day, Christ, the coming Messiah, was their hope in whom they anticipated coming to rebuild the temple.

For the Christian believer, Jesus Christ is our desire who has come and now abides within our hearts showing us the glory and praise of God.

Haggai 2:7 – And I {God} will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

The word “shake” in the Hebrew Text often represents a vigorous shaking of heaven and earth because of the power of God, but it also represents a shaking that would bring about something new and exciting. Here in Haggai “shake” represents the newness of life we have in Christ, who can fulfil the desire of our searching hearts. It is an innate quality of life to look for God because without Him, men and women will always know something is missing and that “something” is their spirituality with God in Christ in their lives.

However, when we accept Christ into our lives as our Lord and Savior, then we will receive spiritual wholeness and know that we have received it from God and His healing Word (Matthew 5:6, John 4:14).

 Luke 10:22-24:
-22: All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
-23: And he {Jesus} turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
-24: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seem them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Today, not only can we discover Jesus Christ within the Old Testament Scriptures, we can discover him spiritually alive within our own souls, and he reveals the heavenly Father to anyone who genuinely quests for spirituality.

Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets and kings searched diligently throughout the Scriptures and found mere shadows of what we today have in God through Christ, because Jesus Christ did come, he did deliver, and he now does reveal to searching believers their divine inheritance in God’s family.

Ephesians 1:11-14:
-11: 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:
-12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
-13: In whom {Christ} ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth {that even the prophets and kings of old never heard}, the gospel of your salvation {Romans 10:9-10}: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise {our gift from God of holy spirit},
-14: Which {promised holy spirit} is the earnest {an “earnest” is a token of so much more to come when Christ returns} of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession {you and I are the purchased possession}, unto the praise of his glory.

Today we have the praise of God Himself because we have searched for and discovered Jesus Christ and he has shown us how to walk with God.

Walking with God in His love is revealed to us in ever increasing splendor because Jesus Christ reveals spiritual knowledge to us, fulfilling Our Desire to know Him Who created all things, and Who loves us so much.