Heirs of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 4:6-7:
-6:  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
-7:  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if {since you are} a son, then an heir of God through {by the work of} Christ.

Today we are the sons of God.  “Son” is all-inclusive for every child of God whether they are male or female (Galatians 3:26-28) and we are all the children of God because we have the spirit of Christ with our very hearts. “Crying, Abba, Father” literally means saying daddy in the same way a child first speaks out to his parents saying momma or dada. Receiving the spirit of Christ has made us the children of God, and thus the biblical expression of “being born again of incorruptible seed” (I Peter 1:23).

Therefore, we are not servants of God, but emphatically, we truly are the sons of God! God has made us heirs of heavens throne and all that is therein; the majesty, the power, and the glory of heaven itself is to be ours because of the work of Christ. He gave his life for this, that we may genuinely know and experience the greatness of our heavenly calling, and of our eternal heavenly inheritance (Ephesians 1:18-19).

When the children of Israel (the Old Testament servants of God) were delivered from the bondage of Egypt, they definitely had the release of a major burden of cruel slavery, yet they became servants to the Law, and the Law itself became for them an emotional internal bondage of rigorous mandates, actions, and commandments. However, today in God’s divine grace we are no longer servants, but sons and daughters, and heirs of His Majesty’s wealth because we accepted Christ, rather than on account of any works, laws, or commandments we may do (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Romans 8:14-17a:
-14:  For as many as are lead by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
-15:  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption {a sonship spirit that brings to the heart and soul of the children of God true inner spiritual freedom}, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
-16:  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
-17a:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; . . .

A joint-heir shares fully, we will not divide up Christ’s inheritance among all of the children of God but rather we will all partake completely in everything that belongs to Christ!  If you can get a moment this evening, look up at OUR heavenly amphitheater that passes through the night’s sky and grasp for one moment the true spiritual reality that we are heirs to all of it, and allow the Spirit of God to show you it is yours, and He will bless you thoroughly.

We Are Righteous

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Before the coming of Christ, righteousness was something earned by works of the Law and by observing and doing the commandments recorded throughout the Old Testament.

Deuteronomy 6:25:
And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.

Righteousness in Old Testament times gave men and women the ability to approach the Temple of God without fear, and to have an overall acknowledgment of peace and serenity with God. Back then, the people’s righteousness was received only by personal sacrifices IF they observed to do all the commandments of God. At best this was temporal for they were forever receiving and losing their righteousness because of the nature of sin itself. Nevertheless, in obeying those laws and commandments they could never receive the permanent inner righteousness that God wanted for them until His Redeemer came and died for the sins of the world.

The Old Testament with most of its directives was written to the children of Israel who were living in the anticipation of the coming Redeemer. Nevertheless, when Christ came, he began to teach men and women that there was something even greater than the temporal righteousness they were receiving. There was a divine righteousness coming that would be an indwelling spiritual right, freely given to every believer, based purely on their believing in their Savior rather than on the works of the Law. Jesus explains:

Matthew 5:6:
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Men and women without works of any kind would be filled with God’s own righteousness, quenching the spiritual thirst for spirituality and the true righteousness before God that man has been searching for – for centuries, because of Jesus Christ’s own sacrifice for the sins of the world. Today we simply need to believe on the Savior, who was and still is the end of the Law, to receive this new and exciting fulfilling righteousness.

Romans 10:4:
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 3:25-26 and Philippians 3:9)

When comparing Deuteronomy 6:25 (above) with Romans 10:4 we can easily discover that the former was earned by works and the latter is received by simply believing in Christ; the first was temporal while the latter is now eternal – the difference is like night and day. The doctrinal Epistle of Romans (given to the believers of today) reveals to men and women the glorious righteousness of God, given by believing in Jesus Christ. Our righteousness gives us the ability to always approach God and walk with Him in perfect peace and serenity without any fear of sin consciousness because as God walks with us today – we are righteous!

A Very Good Promise for the Adults

CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother: which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth– Ephesians 6:1-3. When we read the Ten Commandments from the Old Testament (Exodus 20:1-17), we will see that the first commandment contains a promise which is stated, above. However, please understand that this section in Ephesians is sometimes used to scare children half to death by telling them that if they do not obey, then they cannot live long! That is cruel and abusive treatment, and no promise of God given to any believer in God’s graces contain threats, doubts, or maybes.  This is why the very next verse Ephesians 6:4 we read, And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath.

This first commandment with promise was not spoken to little children at all but to the children of Israel, grown up people, and the scope of this promise was to ensure that they would have a continued inheritance in the land, that they would live long as a ‘nation’ in that promised land of milk and honey. God does instruct fathers to teach the Word of God to their children to obey their parents, and again the promise follows that the fathers shall prolong your days in the land (see Deuteronomy 32:46-47), again with reference to their receiving and enjoying the promised inheritance.” ~LMJ~

The Seeds of Authentic Abundance (What Is Not in the Scriptures Is so Often Just as Important as What Is in the Scriptures!)

“The phrase seed money, as far as giving and tithing to a church or TV ministry is concerned, is wrong to the core. Using this phrase instills a counterfeit concept because the giving should come from the product produced and one should not be giving away their seeds. Deuteronomy 16:17 teaches us that, “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.” The blessings must come first! Not until the seeds produce are believers to give from the abundance! Even the Children of Israel never gave their seeds away, but a handful of their firstfruits from the produce of their seeds, freely offered in thankfulness for God’s abundant blessings upon them and their land! The heart of the matter is that we may give when we are inspired by God, but His Word does not say to do so out of the household funds, like your food or lights or gas or the children’s lunch money; that is just plain irresponsible. God gave you your money first and foremost for your needs. God supplies your needs as much He does theirs, and if He is not supplying theirs, then they are doing something wrong. You are not simply a means of revenue or a cash flow pawn for the luxury of leather-tongued orators whose so-called ministry is to guilt you into giving! So, do we believe God’s Word? Believing God’s Word is planting the seeds of authentic abundance which in turn open up the floodgates to His abundant healing Word along with our absolutely enjoying His fullness. Question: Would you happen to know where that verse is where Jesus says, C’mon Man, Where’s That Seed Money? Cause I’m Only Gonna Work in the Shade Where Your Seed Money Grows. Oh, it’s not in the KJV Bible you say? Well then, Lesson Learned! Also, where are the verses where Jesus was taking from his followers? Because I can only find verses where he gives of himself and his very life so that his people could receive ─ first! Are we not his people, or do we belong only if we have seed money for gleaners who usurp his good name for lucre?  What Is Not in the Scriptures Is so Often Just as Important as What Is in the Scriptures!” ~LMJ~

For more on this topic, see our Bible Bytes titled: God’s Blessings and The Fullness of God (The First Principle)

Samuel – Revealing Our Deliverer

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In Samuel we have the account of David who would become the King of all Israel. We can see how king Saul pursued after David to kill him time and again, and we can also see this in Jesus’ life in the Gospels. Remember for instance that King Herod attempted to have Jesus killed when he ordered all the male children from the age of two and under killed in and around the regions of Bethlehem. Then later we can see throughout the Gospels that the Pharisees and other religious groups tried to kill Jesus. King David’s life parallels Jesus’ life in many ways, David took on the giant, while Christ took on the onslaughts of the Devil and his host of devil spirits in their attempt to kill him by inspiring the Jews to hate him and eventually to kill him. The children of Israel looked to David as a Savior, a deliverer, and a “captain over them” (I Samuel 22:2). David made the coming of Christ known to Israel as their Captain, Savior, and Deliverer, and showed them that Christ would be his son (through Mary), that Christ would reign as true king over Israel, and that Christ would sit on David’s throne, and be his Lord.

II Samuel 7:12-14a; 16:
-12: And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I {God} will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom {Christ’s}.
-13: He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
-14a: I will be his father, and he shall be my son. . .
-16: And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

These are references about Jesus Christ, he would build the house of God and his kingdom would be everlasting, and Christ would sit on the throne of his father, David. Unbeknownst to David or Israel at the time of this revelation in Samuel, the house of God where He would place His name would be built as a spiritual house, and Christians today would be spiritual members.

Hebrews 3:6 – But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if {since, or because} we {do} hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

I Timothy 3:15 – But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, {How?  By holding fast our confidence and rejoicing in the hope of Christ’s return for us.} which {house of God} is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Believers are members of the household and Church of the living God; it is the house that God Himself inhabits (Ephesians 2:19-22). The more we come to know our Deliverer, the more he will show us our spiritual seating with him in the house of God. Jesus Christ himself has and is the “master key.” In Luke 11:52 this key is called the “key of knowledge” (of Christ), which opens to us the front door of our spiritual home where we have eternal rest from all doubts, worries, and fears, and wherein the revealed blessings of God are laid out for us to enjoy. The more we believe to receive, the more we will, as our Deliverer continues manifesting himself in our hearts.

Revelation 3:7b – . . . These things saith he {Jesus Christ} that is holy, he that is true {truth}, he that hath the key of David {Isaiah 22:22}, he that openeth {to believers}, and no man shutteth {no one can prevent us from entering}; and shutteth {to unbelievers}, and no man openeth.