Corinthians – Revealing Our Sufficiency

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Many keys are revealed in the Epistles of Corinthians that will help us discover and enjoy our sufficiency that we have received in Christ. The more we come to know Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior from the Church Epistles, the more he in turn reveals to our understanding that God has given to us our sufficiency in all things. Jesus Christ introduces our loving Father’s will for our sufficiency.

II Corinthians 2:15-17:
-15: For we are unto God a sweet savour {a sweet fragrance} of Christ, in them that are saved {in those who we can reach with God’s Word}, and in them that perish: {Those we share God’s Word with, and yet they refuse to believe are “them that perish.” We who speak the Word are not responsible for other people’s believing, so when we simply speak the Word and share our blessings we are always a sweet fragrance and aroma of Christ to God, in other words, we bless God completely when we open up our hearts to others.}
-16: To the one {who refuses God’s Word} we are the savour of death unto death {spiritual death}; and to the other {to those who will believe, we are} the savour of life unto life {the abundant life that we enjoy having God’s sufficiency and eternal life}. And who is sufficient for these things? {The answer is we are always sufficient to present God’s Word as a sweet fragrance.}
-17: For we are not as many, which corrupt {water down, dilute} the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in {of} Christ.

God has made us sufficient and complete to present Jesus Christ to anyone, for God has given us the Word and ministry of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:18-20). So rather than watering down or diluting God’s Word like some do by embellishing it or stating half‑truths, we can speak God’s wonderful healing Word in sincerity.

Revelations 22:18-19:
-18: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
-19: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Revelations gives us a very good reason why we speak what God’s Word says. It is much more enjoyable knowing that when we do speak the gospel of redemption and salvation through Christ, that we are presenting him openly, honestly, and candidly for we are in the sight of God Who always watches over His Word when spoken.

When we share God’s Word, we will be a blessing and sweet fragrance to God Who is our sufficiency.

II Corinthians 9:7-8:
-7: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
-8: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Our God does not want anyone to give until it hurts, or to give when they feel coerced and threatened, for then, giving will be done grudgingly with ill feeling about giving, when it should be an honor to give and to receive God’s blessings.

God does not want us to give mindlessly, but to give from the heart with our talents, resources and abilities. When we give based on the truth that we already have God’s sufficiency, then we can give cheerfully.

God loves a cheerful giver, and when we begin to recognize that we indeed do have all grace and all sufficiency in our lives we may abound to every good work, walking with our Savior.

II Corinthians 3:5 – Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of {from} God;

Our sufficiency is supplied by God and was freely given to us through the accomplishments of our Savior Jesus Christ as is revealed to us in Corinthians.

We can come closer to God and know He is Our Sufficiency, and when we tell someone about the healing Word, then we are a sweet savor of Christ to God’s complete delight as He gives us “all grace” to enjoy “all sufficiency” in “all things” every day.

Treasure in Earthen Vessels

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the church Epistles, Romans through Thessalonians, there are many wonderful aspects for the Christian believer to experience ― the renewed mind, gifts, and manifestations of the spirit. We can also discover principles of financial abundance, leadership, and discipline that can enhance our walks with the Father. To walk in the renewed mind is to learn how to walk in and with all that God has given us in Christ. The renewed mind is enjoying our new nature which is given to us by God Himself, as His Word reveals to us (II Peter 1:4). This is a divine treasure hunt as we search the Scriptures.

There are two major ways to approach the renewed mind process. One way is to try and renew the mind based on fear, based on having the wrongful fear of God’s wrath for not doing so, and the undue fear of not being pleasing to other believers. However, whenever fear is our motivator for renewing our minds, at best, we will only be able to put on a pseudo-type mind of pretense, and this effort will always be apart from God’s desired will for His children. The other way, the correct way is to begin enjoying the truth that we have the renewed mind with His love in our lives, knowing that God loves us regardless of our actions, and that He in the Epistles encourages us to enjoy and experience our renewed minds because we are already pleasing to and loved by God (Ephesians 1:3-6). When we know this, and really believe it in our hearts, then we can begin to effortlessly walk into the fullness of God because we own it – we have the always‑guiding, never-failing love of God (I Corinthians 13:8).

II Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with open face {without shame} beholding as in a glass {or a mirror} the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

God is Spirit (John 4:24), and everything that He has given to us is spiritual. As we look into the Word, the Word itself begins reflecting back into our lives what God has spiritually given us through Christ. God’s Word contains the true treasures that are already ours. As we look into the Epistles, we will find what the Bible calls the “new man” (Ephesians 4:24, and Colossians 3:10), our true spiritual abilities (Philippians 4:13, Colossians 3:4, and John 14:12), and the love of God (Romans 5:5, and Ephesians 5:2). As we read and study our Bibles we literally will become changed into what God’s Word reflects, and this is the image that we behold, from the glory contained in the Scriptures reflecting back to us the glory of the Lord that our God has placed in our own hearts.

As we come to realize we have been given a renewed mind according to the healing Word of God, He will continue to show us the great and wonderful ability (spiritual ability) that He has given to us of His own divine grace and love. Already having a renewed mind according to what the Scripture reveals will inspire us to enjoy the serenity of our relationship with our heavenly Father that the spirit of Christ within reflects in our hearts. The more we realize that we have the glory of the Lord within, the greater our own spiritual revival begins to grow in the true light of the Epistles.

II Corinthians 4:7: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of {or rather ― from} God, and not of us.

The treasure is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27), and the power of Christ in you is from God. We learn the truths about God’s wonderful power via learning and then reflecting His powerful Word in daily living. His healing Word always gives us access to His power, and as we recognize where the power originates from (from God, Ephesians 6:10), and we put our trust in the Word of God, then we will effortlessly begin using unlimited spiritual power and live the life that is more than abundant.

I Thessalonians 2:12–13:
-12: That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
-13: For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

No one on earth can absolutely prove God real to anyone else because God is Spirit, but anyone can see and read His Word, and believe what he or she has read, and then the Word of God itself will effectually worketh also in you that believe. This is how God reveals Himself to the individual; this is how the believer receives an understanding of His truths, His power, and the glory of the Lord (Christ within). When anybody believes what the Scriptures reveal, he or she can then prove that God’s Word is exceptionally “good,” wholly “acceptable,” and soundly “perfect” in every detail, for the believer will begin walking with the glory of the Lord, and share in the love of God to love’s fullness.

Romans 12:1–2:
-1: I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
-2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

God’s Word encourages us to allow the renewed mind itself to transform us from within with the purpose of knowing the reality of God’s will, the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. The benefits are immense for we will experience in our hearts the heavenly treasures God has placed in our earthen vessels! If we can absorb one idea from this study and practice something that can prove to our heart’s content the reality of God, then I would like to highlight the love of God that we have received. Let us reach out and love another person with God’s love. God has given us His love, the Bible tells us so, and when we love with His love, we will be applying something very spiritual and rewarding, something good, and acceptable, and perfect. When we give, we also receive. Whenever we love someone with God’s love we do not empty out, rather God continues to supply us in return for He is a fountain of unlimited supply.

Galatians 5:13–14:
-13: For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh {to be lazy or stingy with God’s love}, but by love serve one another.
-14: For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

For all of the law is completely fulfilled in one word, that one word is love! God’s divinely‑given love has completely fulfilled all of the requirements that the Law had ever commanded (Matthew 22:37-40). Let us consider the last phrase of verse 14; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. We are loved completely by our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ without any strings attached because they are love in its fullness, and we are loved in their fullness. The essence of the phrase, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself is “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself is loved by God in Christ in you.” How God loves us is how we can love one another, and we learn about the tremendous love God has for us in the Scriptures, and this same love that the Bible speaks of is in our earthen vessels.

Romans 13:10: Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

God’s love always works in positive ways, and never works to bring hurt (ill) to a neighbor (John 4:20-21). God placed in our very hearts this love and made it available for us to manifest His love to others as God keeps on supplying ― more. Let us be honest for a minute and recall how many times we have heard the phrase, “love your neighbor as yourself” and many of us have perhaps thought, “Them, Oh my God you must be kidding. I don’t know if I have the strength to love those people over there in the same way as I love myself.” But with God’s love that has been freely given to us, being loving is so easy (I Thessalonians 3:12-13); it is almost like spending someone else’s money. We did not earn God’s love by our works; rather, we were given God’s love because of the generous work of Jesus Christ. This is a treasure in earthen vessels.

John 13:34–35:
-34: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
-35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

If we were to love others solely contingent upon how much love that we have for ourselves, then I assure you that someone would be getting the shorter end of the stick because some people love themselves more, and some much less than others. However, God has given us a constant standard ― Christ’s love. God has made it available for each of us to love equally proportionately to the same love that Jesus Christ loves us with, and thank God for giving us this wonderful understanding about the genuine spiritual service of love that is so uplifting to all those this spiritual love touches. I John 3:18 encourages, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth,” With this new spiritual love of Christ we have been enabled to love the unlovable with the same intensity that we could love the most deserving and lovable souls.

The love of God that He has placed in our earthen vessels is a divine treasure chest and is stocked complete with pure heavenly love. God’s love applied reaches all the way into the heart of man, beyond the appearance or facade that people portray on the outside, “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

The love of God is the true spiritual strength of the Christian family, and the spiritual foundation for true believing unity within the church, and the true spiritual uplifting in the individual believer’s heart, and is the believer’s lifeline into the tremendous blessings contained in God’s revealed Word.

Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit} which is given unto us.

The hope is the return of Christ and our anticipation of that glorious day to be with him, clothed in a new spiritual body (Philippians 3:20-21). As we come to an understanding of the hope, we will know with inner believing conviction that there is no shame to ever be given us in our future, but rather glory immersed in the favorable, loving graces of our heavenly Father. The blessing that can cause the hope to become so alive in our hearts, in the continuous and present tense, is that we have the love of God ― now. The Word teaches us that we have and can utilize this love, and then we can equally share God’s love for and with one another which is the manifestation of the renewed mind. This is one of the divine treasures that God in His love has placed in our earthen vessels, so that we may even now enjoy His presence and presents.

Ephesians 3:17–20:
-17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
-18: May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, 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 fulness of God.
-20: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

Ephesians 6:10:
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Jeremiah – Revealing Our Righteousness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Some of the Old Testament is difficult for people to understand, and one of the major reasons is because Jesus Christ is not understood as the true subject of the Word. Without him all that we find is perhaps historical documents, stories and fables, or confusion.

The New Testament contains the spiritual ingredients to the Old Testament’s eternal truths, revealing to the hearts of searching believers the purposes and reasons for why the Old Testament is written in the way it is. The Old Testament was mostly written to enlighten the children of Israel, to give them hope, guidance, and direction until the promised seed should come; however, the New Testament is literally addressed to believers who have accepted and believed in Jesus Christ.

The New Testament is almost completely concealed throughout the Old Testament, while the Old Testament is revealed throughout the New Testament. Both Old and New Testament’s complement each other as they together work hand in hand to bring to light the record of “His-story:”

. . . This is the record (the Bible) from the beginning to eternal bliss, from the beginning and creation of Lucifer to his total destruction in the lake of fire, and from the beginning of man and his struggle with Satan, sin, and death to his ultimate victory in an endless life . . . Taken from the Book “A Refuge from the Storm” (Studies in the Living Will of God, Volume One, by this author) p. 163.

 Jeremiah 23:5-6:
-5:  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
-6:  In these days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

The name of the king shall be called “The Lord Our Righteousness,” who is Jesus Christ, and in him we have our righteousness. In the fall of Adam, mankind lost all legal rights to the righteousness of God. Yet when the fullness of time came, Jesus Christ bought back our righteousness with his life giving us the righteousness of God.

To have God’s righteousness restored again within fills an emptiness and inner thirst deep in the soul of man. Righteousness allows us to feel comfortably at home with our heavenly Creator, dwelling safely with an inner joyful feeling of being in His love and knowing that we are deserving of it and knowing that we can live our lives completely freed from condemnation (Romans 8:1).

Romans 5:18-19:
-18: Therefore as by the offence of one {Adam} judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one {Jesus Christ} the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
-19:  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

In the fall of Adam, man became sinful and prone to judge himself unworthy of anything godly or spiritual, and so condemnation thrived deep in man’s heart and soul. But with the coming of Jesus Christ we currently have the spiritual release of all life-draining condemnation.

We all know the story of Adam and Eve covering themselves with fig leaves but this is much more than a story for it is a divine truth. What they did was try and cover up their transgression by hiding their iniquity (Job 31:33). They had lost their righteousness within with which they were once completely clothed. The fig leaves simply represented that they were trying to live as though they were still clothed in God’s righteousness (this is called “works of the flesh” in the Church Epistles).

Nonetheless Adam and Eve’s futile attempt was completely inadequate, as all works of the flesh are, because today we are saved not by works but by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).  On account of Adam and Eve’s inner heart-wrenching condemnation, they felt the urge to hide themselves from the voice of God’s loving call.

Today, thankfully and gratefully in Christ we again have complete eternal righteousness given to us by the work and complete accomplishments of Christ on our behalf, and we will never need to hide from our God’s wonderful voice.

We have Christ in us who has eternally clothed us with OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS for he is living in our hearts and we are eternally embraced in God’s loving arms.