We Look for the Savior

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest expectation that the believer has is the return of his or her Savior who is Jesus Christ. When he returns, we will be gathered up with him to enjoy our eternity with him at God’s own right hand.

Philippians 3:20 – For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Our conversation” means our citizenship because our homeland is in heaven! With our heavenly standing in God’s family we may earnestly look with great hope for our Savior who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice that the verse does not say to pray for him to come because his return will happen on God’s timetable rather than on man’s timetable. The word “look” means to wait with patience and expectation.  I know that many Christian people fear this great and glorious day, but that is only because they have a wrongful fear of the greatness of Christ’s return for us. Some people are indeed fearful of the future wrath; however, God’s children do not, will not, and cannot pass through the impending wrath that is surely to come. In Philippians 3:20 our Lord Jesus Christ is called “our Saviour” because we have been saved, not for the wrath of God, but for heaven itself and to be eternally immersed in the love of God! The word “Saviour” in reference to Jesus Christ means that he himself accomplished our salvation and our complete spiritual wholeness. We will be in heaven before wrath and tribulation ever begin (I Thessalonians 4:13–5:5).

Philippians 3:21 – Who {Jesus Christ} shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {all believers} unto himself.

The words “vile body” means a body that has been humiliated. The human body was originally perfect in every detail, having eternal life within its very nature before the fall of man in Genesis. It was the Adversary (the Serpent) who defiled and humiliated the human body of man from its original perfect creation, and with the return of Christ our bodies will be “fashioned like unto his {Christ Jesus’} glorious body.” When Christ Jesus awoke from the dead after his crucifixion he had a new and glorious body, which would never be humiliated again, that will never die again, and that will last him for eternity. This is the kind of body promised to believers!

Jesus was a perfect man, he had no sin in his body, neither was his body humiliated until he allowed himself to become sin for us and be brutally tortured and crucified. He indeed received humiliation and he experientially knows the hold the sin nature still has in man because he himself experienced this so that he could identify completely with humanity. Although our human body is still humiliated, we have been given great hope in the return of our Savior, and then we will receive heavenly life-regenerating bodies equally as powerful as what Jesus now has. He literally walked (or passed) through walls, appearing and disappearing in the midst of his disciples at will; he passed through the heavens and back in the blink of an eye, and was only recognizable to his disciples when he wanted to be recognized. This glorious body will be given to us, and is why the Scriptures say that we can look with great expectation for that great and glorious day of his return, and our gathering together up to him.

Micah – Revealing Our Spiritual Strength

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

As we are following along through the Old Testament we find a pattern emerging throughout, and that is that the people of God rejected His prophets and His Word over and again. Throughout, God continues showing His loving care, desiring that they would accept His deliverance.

God’s healing Word continues revealing to them their glorious future, and showing that eventually God would set things right by sending His Son who would quench the sin nature by giving his life. All of God’s wonderful mercies given to Israel became known as they acknowledged the Messiah’s coming.

In the Book of Micah, Jesus Christ was prophesied as the Ruler in Israel who would come forth from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). The Messiah would be the king of lords and the strength that they would need to conquer their fears and shortcomings, and Jesus Christ would become our strength to daily enjoy our God’s presence.

In Micah, God delights in mercy towards believers:

Micah 7:18-19:
-18: Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? {The “remnant” are those who would believe out of the nation of Israel.} he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
-19: He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

The more of God’s Word we come to know, the greater we begin to perceive our heavenly Father’s true characteristics of love. He is called the “God of love and peace” in II Corinthians 13:11; the word “of” in the Greek Text is in the genitive case because love and peace originated from God Himself.

Even though His people continued rejecting Him, He continued revealing revelations regarding the hope of the Savior coming and his day of deliverance.

Micah 5:4 – And he {Jesus Christ} shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they {believers} shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

As Jesus Christ receives his strength from God, he strengthens us today: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). The strength that we receive originates with God, and Jesus Christ strengthens us with his very own strength that he receives from God.

We have the strength of Christ to continue walking daily with our heavenly Father.

Micah 6:8 – He {God} hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee {and this is what God requires:}, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

It is Christ within who helps us walk humbly with God, strengthening our endeavors to do that which is just and to love with the love of God. This of course would fulfil the requirements God desires of us, perhaps not the requirements some people expect of Christians, but I am confident that we would rather be pleasing to God first.

Micah 7:7-8:
-7: Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me {when I pray to Him}.
-8: Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Ephesians 6:10 records, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might,” and in walking with our God we can acknowledge our Spiritual Strength (in Christ), and become more than conquerors with the inseparable “love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).