The Knowledge of Christ (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Once there was a man who hated Christians. He persecuted them at every opportunity, put them in into prison, and gave his vote to have them executed by stoning them to death. He carried written permission from the leaders of his day to go anywhere, into any home, and forcefully drag out men and women and take them to jail. From the depths of his heart he loved God, and walked faithfully and blameless before others who believed in his religion and he somehow did this with a clear conscience. He was a very religious man who prayed and worshiped the same God we pray and worship. He believed in his heart that the Christian movement came from the pits of hell. I have no doubt that I would not allow him into my home or around my friends because his very presence could mean death. He thought in his heart that he was a great believer and that he was doing the right things before his God as he personally anticipated the coming of the Redeemer. This man lived in the first century as a Pharisee, he had the best schooling that money could buy. He also had the right credentials as he sat under the greatest teacher of the Old Testament Scriptures (“Gamaliel” Acts 5:34; Acts 22:3), and he was one of Gamaliel’s favorite pupils. This man was Saul, also known in the Scriptures as Paul (the difference in the two names is that Saul comes from the Hebrew, while Paul is the Greek).

Acts 22:4 – And I {Paul} persecuted this way {“this way” represented the followers of Jesus Christ who was, is, and shall always be “the way, the truth, and the life” John 14:6} unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

I Timothy 1:12-13:
-12:  And I {Paul} thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
-13:  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious {an insulter}: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

“Ignorantly in unbelief” means that Paul did not have the right information to believe correctly, even with all his religions training in the Scriptures which foretell and announce the coming of Christ, the promised Messiah. Paul completely missed the truths in the Scriptures that reveal Jesus Christ to be the promised Messiah, the Redeemer, and the Savior of humanity. One day when Paul was on the road to Damascus he, for the first time in his life, met Jesus Christ, and as we know, he had an immediate change of mind and heart, because Paul for the first time in his life saw (mentally perceived) the true spiritual realities of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to Paul in Acts 9:5 “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest!” Can you imagine?

Personally – if I were Paul – this meeting would have given me a heart attack! Yet, Paul recognized the error of his ways, changed his mind, and he became one of the greatest believers this world has ever known, he received perhaps more revelation and inspiration than any man or woman has received in all of history. The great Apostle Paul from that day forward dedicated his life to teaching and showing others the depths of God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. Paul helped believers receive an understanding of the healing Word by preaching Jesus Christ, who in turn reveals the righteousness of God to our inner hearts, as His Word continues blessing our lives with spiritual truth.

Philippians 3:8-9:
-8:  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered {allowed} the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ {there is nothing as precious as learning about Christ},
-9:  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

God’s Love Energizes Our Believing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

God’s wonderful Word is such a healing comfort to His children as we come to Him with a heart to want to discover His healing will for our lives. His Scriptures are truly written directly to the heart, rather than the head. For when the heart of man opens to the wisdom and guidance of God’s Word, His Word begins to grow within the hearts of searching (and receiving) men and women, young and old, as true spiritual revival awakens from within. God’s words are set like precious treasures, waiting for us to accept and receive the blessings contained therein and prepared for us before the world began (Ephesians 1:3-4).

Galatians 5:6 – For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

This verse hinges the love of God that we have received to opening the door of our believing into the magnificent abundance that is truly awarded by our God. “Circumcision” was (past tense) a requirement in the Old Testament.  It was Israel’s membership into the fold of God’s care, made with a covenant by their own blood. However, Galatians 5:6 states that “neither circumcision availeth any thing,” in other words, circumcision is now out, for with circumcision came Law. But the Old Testament requirements have been made void in Jesus Christ with a new covenant (i.e., New Testament) by his own blood on our behalf. He was the end of the Law, and hailed the beginning of God’s super, divine grace to accompany our own believing faith (Hebrews 12:2), and our entrance into receiving all the fullness and righteousness of our God.

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that beliveth” (Romans 10:4).

“Christ is the end of the law” and if he is the end, then he is the end! Because Christ was the end of the Law, we are now given the righteousness of God by our simply believing in Jesus’ completed work on our behalf. “Uncircumcision” for the Old Testament believers meant a banishment from God and His Word, it was also used to describe unbelief and the unbelievers, people who were not members within the fold of Israel. Nevertheless, today in grace, God has called anybody who will simply believe, whether they are of Israel (Jews), or of the Gentiles (unbelievers), and because Jesus gave his life for everyone, anyone can be saved, and walk into the magnificence of all that God in Christ has made available.

In Galatians 5:6 we read, “but faith worketh by love”; faith makes available the things that God has given to us in His Word. The word “faith” means believing, and the word “worketh” means to energize. In other words; believing is energized and works properly by one thing, and one thing only, and that is love – the love of God. Charity (God’s love) in manifestation energizes our believing, and believing appropriates the promises of God, bringing them into focus, so that we may receive to enjoy, with enthusiastic energy.

Ephesians 2:8 reads “for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Your salvation is a gift, and the “faith” here in Ephesians was Jesus Christ’s own believing faith on your behalf to redeem you with his life. The thing that gave him his believing faith was the love of God that he applied (as an example of his loving which energized his believing); it was the greater love, his own charity, for he lived in love. When you are first a lover, God’s love will effortlessly energize your believing, and your believing will open to you the abundance in God’s healing Word.

Have a great day walking in the “more excellent way.”

I Will Rebuke the Devourer

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Malachi 3:11a:
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground . . .

This verse and section of Malachi 3:6-12 has been used today by some to coerce tithing (ten percent) from people. Then after they read (manipulate) the verses they say that when you give, God will rebuke the Devil for your sakes (implying that if you do not tithe, then God will not rebuke the Devil). However, this is untrue — I will tell you why. First, if giving meant rebuking then we would be paying for protection. Secondly, the word devourer means a devourer, not the Devil. The Amplified Bible defines the devourer as “insects and plagues”; it is what consumes, it is what eats away and decays. The devourer went into the fields, not upon the people. The entire section in Malachi is specifically addressed to the children of Israel who were not taking care of their priest from the tribe of Levi. Their Law required them to tithe a tenth of their substance, and because they were not fulfilling the Law, God’s blessing upon their crops was lacking, but not His continued care and concern for their souls. Nevertheless, today in God’s grace we are never commanded to tithe a tenth of our incomes. In fact, the word tithe is never once mentioned in the Church Epistles that are directly written to us today.

If tithing were a Law for us, then God’s divine grace would be totally worthless (Galatians 5:4)! Whenever anyone implies that the devourer is the Devil, then that gives the Devil power and authority over our finances and lives, and that power the Scriptures currently denies to him. This does not negate that God indeed wants His children to give, and when we remove the Law, restraints, and misnomers about true godly giving, then giving from the heart can take on heavenly insight into our genuinely receiving from God. Today in grace, we may, if we so chose to give out of an inner spiritual love and devotion for our heavenly Father, give without restraint, compulsion, or fear, and this is acceptable to God.

God gave the children of Israel (in Old Testament times) their land when they came into the Promised Land as prophesied to them from the time of Abraham. Their tithing, though still a Law, showed their appreciation for God’s blessings upon the land, and their tithes were to be given to the priests to maintain the temple and sustain the priest who ministered daily on their behalf.

Galatians 4:7:
Wherefore thou art no more a servant {under the Law like all of Israel was}, but a son {son is an all-inclusive noun for men and women}; and if a son {of God}, then {you are} an heir of God through Christ.

We, being genuine heirs of our God as His children, do not pay tithes, but rather we reciprocate honor and respect back to our heavenly Father. In Malachi 3:10 God said that He would pour out “a blessing” when the children of Israel tithed; however, Ephesians 1:3 says “. . . who {God} hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” We are currently blessed with how many blessings? All! How can we reconcile this difference between “a blessing” that the Old Testament believers were to receive, and us in God’s household who have already received all spiritual blessings? It is simple. The Old Testament Scriptures regarding tithing were written for that particular time of the Old Testament, while the New Testament Scriptures (Epistles) are written for us in this grace administration. We have already received “all spiritual blessings” and our giving is to be proportionate to how we purpose in our hearts. This allows us to freely give, not out of the Law but out of love.

Jesus Christ in the Scriptures: Finding Him

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Knowing the subject of the Bible will reveal one of the greatest secrets in the entire world today. Jesus Christ is that subject! Without Jesus Christ, there is no legitimate subject at all. Every jot and tittle revolves around him in some way, no matter where in the Bible we read. When we truly find Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, he reveals God as a loving, merciful, and forgiving Father.

An exciting adventure and wonderful part of the Christian life is finding Christ our Savior who in turn reveals God’s true will for men and women in the Scriptures. Without first finding our Savior in the Scriptures, the astute student will at best only find paltry stories and fables and even tangled, half-truthful historical documents like some of the biblical critics of late have challenged.

The Bible was never written to prove history, but rather it was written to reveal Jesus Christ, the liaison who was foretold as our Redeemer in the prophecies of Scripture. It was he who fulfilled the plan of mankind’s total Redemption and it is he who reveals to humanity the true characteristics of God Himself, for Jesus Christ is the mediator and missing link between God and man. Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; . . . they {the Scriptures} are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

The mission of Jesus Christ has always been, still is, and will always be to reveal and explain God, for “Jesus Christ {is} the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). When you discover Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, you will instinctively begin to know him as your Savior, for he reveals glimpses of himself and his Father to you through the window of heaven’s throne.

“Philip findeth Nathanael and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth” (John 1:45). Philip knowing his Scriptures had the foundation on which to find and recognize him who was the subject of the Old Testament ―― Jesus of Nazareth.

So the question of the ages for humanity is: “Have we found him?”

While the eternal answer is: We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth.

Therefore, the quest of men and women of searching hearts must begin in the Scriptures, for therein Jesus of Nazareth is discovered, and as he is, he will begin quenching our hearts’ thirst for true spiritual fulfillment.

Jesus presented to humanity:

John 4:14:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

What an awesome and everlasting benefit we can receive when we discover Jesus!