The Loving Heart of God’s Word

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

There is so much truth, understanding, and heart-sharing within the Epistles of Thessalonians that it is difficult in a daily Bible byte to look at them all in detail. However, we do pray that Thessalonians may touch your heart and guide you deeper into the abundance of God’s healing Word.

II Thessalonians 3:1-3:
-1:  FINALLY, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
-2:  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
-3:  But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

Finally – in closing II Thessalonians, Paul requests prayer for those who speak and make known the Word, that the Word of the Lord may have a free course, and that others may glorify the Word as we are glorifying it in our hearts.

Paul desired the believers’ prayer for deliverance from unreasonable and wicked men, men whose purpose was to hinder the Word of the Lord. There are people out there who seem to have no reason for living other than to hassle the believer and hinder the free movement of God’s living Word. However, and thankfully, we can be delivered because “the Lord is faithful” and He will establish and strengthen us and keep (preserving) us from evil.  In the phrase “for all men have not faith,” is a twofold meaning:

First, is the faith of Jesus Christ, which is only available to believers (see: Galatians 3:22-26).

Secondly, the word faith represents being or having faithfulness to God’s Word and obviously not all people are, but we become ever more faithful to His Word as our confidence and trust continues to grow in the loving heart of God’s Word.

II Thessalonians 3:4 – And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

Here is an interesting concept: Paul and his company of believers had great confidence that the Lord literally touched the believers in Thessalonica, their lives had been blessed by God, and they were experiencing genuine confidence in having access to the Word of life!

The word “command” is not the word in the Greek Text for commandments, but rather it means to announce something wonderful, and that something wonderful is the Word of God that is activated proportionally to our belief of it, because the Word will do and accomplish ALL that the Word of God promises it will do.

II Thessalonians 3:5 – And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

Our own hearts can become directed, not pushed, and not shoved or controlled but directed by inspiration into living in the dynamics of having the love of God in our hearts to inspire us to love one another. With the love of God, we can patiently anticipate the coming of our Lord who is our eternal Savior, and when he returns we shall stand at his side on the right hand of God in their glory.

May God continue blessing your hearts into the loving heart of God’s Word with the true spiritual abundance of blessings that God continues pouring into your life.

The Faith of the Gospel

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians shows us that we have been raised (spiritually) to an elevated position, seated with Christ at the right hand of God. This is why God can give to us, His beloved children, spiritual wisdom and understanding in the true knowledge of Him. Philippians continues on with this wonderful knowledge that continues opening our eyes that we may truly see.

Philippians 1:27 – Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

The word “conversation” is the word in the Greek Text for citizenship, for according to God’s Word our citizenship is already in heaven. The Scripture is imploring us to conduct our lives as heavenly citizens worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Paul says that whether he is present or absent that he wanted to hear that their Christian lives were being conducted as those who were standing fast in one spirit, and standing together in the knowledge of their citizenship. Paul wanted the believers to be of the same mind working together for the faith of the Gospel. The faith of the Gospel is our believing that God Almighty has indeed called us into the Gospel, and into His family, and that we can believe this together as members of the household of God.

Philippians 1:28-29:
-28:  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of {or from} God.
-29:  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.

God’s healing Word encourages us not to be terrified, not to have fear about our adversaries, our opponents. In this life there are people who think we are off our rockers simply because we believe in that which is unseen (John 20:29). Our own personal adversaries sometimes scrutinize the way we walk before God, they even try to throw hurdles (by words or deeds) in our way to trip us up simply out of spite. This reminds me of the Psalm “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah” (Psalms 57:6). This is to them the “evident token of perdition” for they reap what they themselves sow. However, for us who do believe and continue standing, we will be receiving proof of our own salvation, and spiritual wholeness, and that is from God.

We are citizens of heaven itself, and we are ambassadors here on earth for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20). God has given to us diplomatic immunity from the course of this world. This is given to us “in the behalf of Christ” because he was our substitute for sin and all its consequences. Then verse 29 concludes with “but also to suffer for his sake.” This phrase has been used incorrectly and totally out of context, because the word “suffer” does not imply that we should allow our adversaries to cause us to suffer in any way. Rather the word means to endure with ever increasing experience, for not only are we going to heaven, but when we endure we will become stronger, setting even greater examples for one another who believe that God does deliver His children. When we have complete faith in the Gospel, knowing that God does deliver His children (I Corinthians 10:13; II Corinthians 1:10), and knowing that He has already given us a standing with Him, then our faith – our believing faith in the Gospel – will continue to strengthen and inspire us with godly blessings.