The Veil Shall Be Taken Away

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When we begin to believe and comprehend the Word written to us in the New Testament Scriptures, God begins to reveal vast amounts of spiritual wisdom. Then, the eyes of our own understanding will begin to be enlightened (Ephesians 1:18), as we become spiritually lit up from the inside, out. One major reason that people say that they cannot understand the Epistles is simply because they approach the Word in the same way that they would perhaps study a history book or a good novel, totally missing out on the reality that it is God Who enlightens our lives with spiritual revelations of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Today we literally learn the spiritual truths within the Scriptures proportionally to our believing in God.  We cannot fool, or trick Him into giving us spiritual understanding without our hearts being genuinely drawn towards Him.

James 4:8a – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you . . .

In II Corinthians 3:14b we read that “. . . for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; . . .” The Old Testament was not written to the spiritual heart, but to the five senses mind. The Old Testament was written to give knowledge and direction mostly to the children of Israel, with commandments and laws. Oh yes, we can learn so very many things from the Old Testament Scriptures (Romans 15:4), but today the Church of God has been called into God’s grace and liberty instead of the Law and works that are described in detail throughout the Old Testament. When we try to get our daily guidance from the Old Testament there will remain a veil obstructing the spiritual view of freedom that comes with Christ in the New Testament “. . . which vail is done away in Christ . . .” (II Corinthians 3:14). Definitely the Old Testament contains hundreds and thousands of biblical principles from which we may learn, but our daily guidance comes from knowing the Epistles and the inspiration of (and from) the spirit within our hearts.

II Corinthians 3:15-16:
-15:  But even unto this day, when Moses is read {from the Old Testament Scriptures}, the vail is {still} upon their heart.
-16:  Nevertheless when it {the heart} shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

When the heart turns to the Lord the veil shall be taken away, and life with God begins to take on a much greater reality, enhancing our very lives with freedom that only God can provide. This certainly does not take anything away from the Old Testament but does put the Old Testament into the godly perspective, order, and design in which it was meant to be understood by the believers of today who are turning their hearts to the Lord God.

II Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

As we continue turning toward the Lord (in our words and deeds) we will discover His genuine deliverance in the Scriptures of the New Testament. Then, our hearts will continue to be blessed by Him Who created all things and Who opens our eyes that we may see – God bless you!

To Know the Love of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When Jesus Christ walked upon this earth, one of the things that attracted people to himself and his ministry was the love he displayed for the individual. The Bible says that we today, nearly two thousand years later, can still know the love of Christ and have his same love in our lives.

Ephesians 3:17-19:
-17:  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith {believing faith}; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
-18:  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth {width}, and length, and depth, and height;
-19:  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

These verses contain more than we can study in a single Bible byte, however, today our focus is on the love of Christ. Verse 17 states that with Christ in our hearts we can be rooted and grounded in love; Christ’s love in us can become an exciting and dynamic foundation for living the Christian lifestyle.

Then, in verse 18, the Word of God shows us the four dimensions of the love of Christ. The love of Christ is the love of God in full bloom that Christ utilized in his daily life while he was here blessing people. This love of Christ does not end at the crucifixion, but currently lives in our hearts just as Christ does. With the love of Christ, we can spiritually perceive the fullness of love, its width, length, depth, and height. “Breadth (width)” indicates his love extending worldwide — to all. “Length” illustrates his love extending throughout all the ages — without end. “Height” shows his love extending up into the heavenlies — beyond the reach of negatives. “Depth” communicates his love extending into our very hearts — profound spiritual wisdom regarding how to apply the love of Christ.

In verse 19 the love of Christ “passeth knowledge,” or, beyond mere human knowledge about love. Love (the love of Christ) does not hurt, stink, or let people down like some of the songs and literature of the day claim, for the love of Christ is first and foremost spiritual and is on a higher plane than five senses love. Christ’s love is greater than most realize because it brings the Christian believer into “all the fullness of God!”

I Corinthians 8:1b:   Knowledge puffeth up, but charity {spiritual love} edifieth.

Human love and man’s basic understanding about love only puffs up the head and pulls on feelings in good and bad ways. But spiritual love is not a “head thing,” rather it is a “heart thing” delivering to the believer spiritual realities, and when applied it will always edify, build up, and encourage with unlimited blessings. The four dimensional love of Christ can always grow greater and greater in our lives.

Christ’s love can become for you endless and boundless and measureless and fathomless as it continues growing in your heart, and it leads you by the hand into all the fullness of God!