The Veil Shall Be Taken Away

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When we begin to believe and comprehend the Word written to us in the New Testament Scriptures, God begins to reveal vast amounts of spiritual wisdom. Then, the eyes of our own understanding will begin to be enlightened (Ephesians 1:18), as we become spiritually lit up from the inside, out. One major reason that people say that they cannot understand the Epistles is simply because they approach the Word in the same way that they would perhaps study a history book or a good novel, totally missing out on the reality that it is God Who enlightens our lives with spiritual revelations of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Today we literally learn the spiritual truths within the Scriptures proportionally to our believing in God.  We cannot fool, or trick Him into giving us spiritual understanding without our hearts being genuinely drawn towards Him.

James 4:8a – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you . . .

In II Corinthians 3:14b we read that “. . . for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; . . .” The Old Testament was not written to the spiritual heart, but to the five senses mind. The Old Testament was written to give knowledge and direction mostly to the children of Israel, with commandments and laws. Oh yes, we can learn so very many things from the Old Testament Scriptures (Romans 15:4), but today the Church of God has been called into God’s grace and liberty instead of the Law and works that are described in detail throughout the Old Testament. When we try to get our daily guidance from the Old Testament there will remain a veil obstructing the spiritual view of freedom that comes with Christ in the New Testament “. . . which vail is done away in Christ . . .” (II Corinthians 3:14). Definitely the Old Testament contains hundreds and thousands of biblical principles from which we may learn, but our daily guidance comes from knowing the Epistles and the inspiration of (and from) the spirit within our hearts.

II Corinthians 3:15-16:
-15:  But even unto this day, when Moses is read {from the Old Testament Scriptures}, the vail is {still} upon their heart.
-16:  Nevertheless when it {the heart} shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

When the heart turns to the Lord the veil shall be taken away, and life with God begins to take on a much greater reality, enhancing our very lives with freedom that only God can provide. This certainly does not take anything away from the Old Testament but does put the Old Testament into the godly perspective, order, and design in which it was meant to be understood by the believers of today who are turning their hearts to the Lord God.

II Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

As we continue turning toward the Lord (in our words and deeds) we will discover His genuine deliverance in the Scriptures of the New Testament. Then, our hearts will continue to be blessed by Him Who created all things and Who opens our eyes that we may see – God bless you!

The Spirit Within

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Once we have received our salvation, it can never be lost or taken away for any reason, contrary to how some think and teach. Romans 10:9-10 shows us how to receive our eternal salvation, while the rest of the Bible basically shows us how to enjoy our salvation.

II Corinthians: 1:22:
Who {God} hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit {the free gift of holy spirit} in our hearts.

When God seals a man or a woman, they are sealed for life, for all of eternity, and it is God alone Who securely seals men and women. What God has sealed up, stays sealed. God placed “the earnest of the spirit in our hearts,” from where we made our confession unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). An earnest is like a token, or a guarantee of even more to come (much more). The earnest of the spirit is a deposit given to men and women by God, and what He has given cannot ever be taken away (Romans 11:29). God only gives good things (like the spirit) to those of us who ask Him (Matthew 7:11).

We have the sure guaranteed token of the spirit to enjoy now; and the sheer enjoyment of learning about the earnest of the spirit and the subsequent life with God that accompanies it is a daily adventure. We can currently enjoy our spiritual life with God until our total redemption into the heavenlies. Then men and women will receive the full endowment of the earnest to become completely clothed with their new indestructible eternal bodies (I Corinthians 15:54). We will receive these new bodies at the gathering together (I Thessalonians 4:13-18); however, today God has sealed us as heaven’s holiest. We have the earnest of the spirit in our hearts, and the future assurance of so much more to come from our heavenly Father.

II Corinthians 5:5:
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing {our salvation, heaven, and our new bodies given to us at the return of Christ} is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit {the holy spirit}.

So today, please enjoy your eternity, for God sealed you, and guaranteed you the complete fulfillment of His promise because you have the earnest of the spirit within your very hearts.