God Is Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 4:8:
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

God is love! The Greek word for love is agapee, and is the spiritual love of God that not only is a characteristic of Him, but also is something that God has given to His children. The phrase, “He that loveth not knoweth not God;” contains a double negative to boost the positive reality that believers not only can love with God’s love, but they will also come to know God Who is love.

Ephesians 5:1-2a:
-1: BE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
-2a: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us. . .

Not only is God love, but we are also encouraged to “walk in love.” How are we to walk in love? We love as Christ has loved us. Jesus Christ was the Son of God and he walked in love in his daily life toward his fellow man, and we are told in Ephesians to be followers of God as His dear children in the same way that Jesus Christ was. Now let us notice in Ephesians 5:1 the word “therefore,” because its usage has a specific purpose that will help us to become followers of God. In order to fully understand the word “therefore” we will need to go back two verses.

Ephesians 4:31-32:
-31: Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
-32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

By putting away ill thoughts and words and by being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving one another, this is how to follow God. God forgives us for the sake of Jesus Christ who had given his life for you and me. So in order for believers to “walk in love, as Christ also hath loved,” we will therefore want to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving as well. Then the walk of love becomes a reality.

I John 4:16:
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

In the Bible Byte “Understanding God”, we saw one of the names of God was “I AM” and now we have come all the way to understanding Him in His love, for we are currently dwelling in Him and He is dwelling in us. Believers can grasp the magnificence of all God has presented to us, and how much Christ has introduced the Father to us by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension, as he stands at the right hand of God continuously interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:34). The Word of God always points the believers in the right direction, showing how to believe what it says and showing how God in Christ is always at work to help believers into the ways of God’s love. “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for {the return of} Christ {for us}” (II Thessalonians 3:5).

When You Are Reading from the Epistles, You May Have Noticed

“When you are reading from the Epistles, you may have noticed that many of the verses appear to be somewhat difficult to understand, and you may also wonder why this is; after all, the King James Version is not really too far off from our modern day English. It is not because something is wrong with your comprehension and understanding; rather it is because God reveals His Word in precious increments (a Bible Byte), only to the meek and tenderhearted. In a lifetime one could not fully grasp all of God’s Word; however, God opens a genuine understanding from His pure heart day by day as we continue looking into the Scriptures willing to receive heavenly nurturing; you see, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us– II Corinthians 4:7.” ~LMJ~

Nehemiah – Revealing Our Heavenly Pardon

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Nehemiah parallels the Book of Ezra. Ezra focuses great attention to the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, while Nehemiah focuses mainly on the rebuilding of the city walls and gates in Jerusalem. Nehemiah reveals Jesus Christ as the Savior of God’s people, and that he would become the believer’s heavenly pardon from all their sins, faults, and shortcomings.

Nehemiah tells us of the bread from heaven that sustained the lives of the children of Israel and the water that came out of a rock when they were en route to the promised land. As the bread and water preserved their physical life, there is a correlation between Christ who is the true bread and water from heaven who preserves our spiritual life and who is the salvation of our souls (compare Nehemiah 9:15-21; with the Gospel of John 4:14 and 6:58; I Corinthians 10:4).

Nehemiah 9:17b –. . . but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.

When is God “ready to pardon?” When we have the petition of pardon! Jesus Christ is our petition and our pardon, who continually reveals to our conscious minds complete forgiveness!

I John 5:13-15:
-13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
-14: And this is the {God-given} confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us;
-15: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Since we believe on Jesus Christ, we receive confidence from God that He indeed has pardoned us with complete forgiveness. When we begin believing, this is when we absolutely know “that we have the petitions that we desire of him.”

Our petitions that we desire of God are to know with understanding that He has completely forgiven us, for God will always give us the desires of our hearts (Psalms 37:4), and we can know that our petition to the Father was presented to Him by the Son of God.

Ephesians 4:32 – And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

The word “forgiven” in both instances means to receive complete pardon. We have been pardoned for the sake of Jesus Christ, and in the same manner we are to be as gracious to one another.

Colossians 3:13 – Forbearing one another, and forgiving {pardoning} one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave {pardoned} you, so also do ye.

As we are able to forgive one another, we will become ever abler to believe in our hearts that our God has spiritually forgiven us and pardoned us with His gracious mercy and great kindness, for He has not forsaken us (Hebrews 13:5-6).

In Nehemiah the believers had great expectation in receiving their pardons as they continued to believe that their Messiah was indeed coming for them, and the work of rebuilding the gates and walls gave them assurance of God’s protection as they looked forward to the hope of Christ’s coming.

Currently we also have and enjoy our great expectation in the coming of Jesus (the Savior) Christ (the Messiah) for he gave his life for our acquittal of any wrongdoing.

Today we can build up the walls (of our minds) to believe in him, and continue preparing the gate (the door to our hearts, Revelation 3:20) that spiritually allows Jesus Christ to enter into our lives.