Knowing Our Election of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It is one thing to hear that God called us into His family; however, it is an entirely different thing to know and believe in our hearts that we are members of God’s family. The Epistles of Thessalonians were written to believers who absolutely knew their heavenly standing in God’s household, and were believing daily with hopeful anticipation for the return of their Savior. God’s healing Word teaches believers how to have a well-balanced spiritual life while we are awaiting and anticipating the return, teaching that we have freedom in God’s grace and spiritual understanding.

I and II Thessalonians while revealing truths regarding Christ’s return also shows the believing Christian how to fine-tune their lives as they continue walking in grace with spiritual revelations of divine light.

When people become saved, they can sometimes slide into a lifestyle of rigorous condemnation for every mistake they make, and also they can begin condemning others (at least in their minds). Other believers who learn about their freedom in Christ can sometimes conduct themselves as people living in total lawlessness, knowing (thinking) that no matter what they do, God will forgive them.

In truth, God forgives both of these attitudes, and yet there is a true balance in life between the two, and no matter how good our intentions are, we will from time to time fluctuate between the two. I and II Thessalonians are terrific Epistles that enlighten the believers on how to walk with God being rooted, grounded, and established within the parameters of faith, hope, and charity.

I Thessalonians 1:4 – Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

A major key to begin walking with God is knowing that we are brethren and that we are beloved to God, to Jesus Christ, and to one another. “Your election of God” means that God has chosen you, and the word election can also be translated as a chosen vessel (of God). God has chosen us to have Christ within our earthly vessels (our bodies). The believers that Paul was writing to knew deep within their hearts that they themselves were the chosen of God, and that they were vessels elected and chosen by God into His family, and that all believers were their brothers and sisters in Christ, being members of the spiritual community of God’s household.

I Thessalonians 1:5-8:
-5:  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
-6:  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}:
-7:  So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
-8:  For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

When they received the Gospel, it meant more to them than words with empty meanings because they also received power, and this power helped them overcome all “affliction” or mental pressure and gave them their continuous conviction to walk in the balanced life that God’s Word reveals. The words, “Holy Ghost” mean their holy spirit, a God-given gift, and this gift of holy spirit gave them joy. As the belief of their own convictions in Christ became known to others, they set examples as a living Church who knew their election of God.

The more we learn about our calling and election of God, the greater we can walk with Him in understanding.

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.