The Multiplication Table

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord– II Peter 1:2. Grace and peace is something we may expect to receive simply by going to our Bibles and looking for the knowledge of Christ who is, according to I Corinthians 1:24, the power of God, and the wisdom of God” ~LMJ~

Daniel – Revealing Our Power and Wisdom of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Daniel, we can see the power and wisdom of God that delivered Daniel. Christ is typified in the angel who protected Daniel, and who gave him understanding to outwit his adversaries who tried to snuff out his life.

Daniel lived in captivity in Babylon, and God gave him wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to be able to stand before the kings of Babylon and give righteous counsel and judgments.

In Daniel’s life we see the wisdom of Christ “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Daniel received wondrous revelations regarding the future because he anticipated his Savior’s coming, and Daniel’s own resurrection.

Daniel wrote of things that even today have yet to be fulfilled or clearly understood.

Daniel 12:8-9:
-8: And I heard {of things to come upon this earth}, but I understood not {the complete details}: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
-9: And he {an angel} said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

What is interesting here is that Daniel did not understand all the details about the future that he was shown, so he asked. Daniel was wise beyond his years because he went to the source of the revelation and asked, rather than guessing.

The angel explained that the revelations were not yet to be revealed, and thus Daniel could not fully understand it all, but at least he had glimpses of the future, which inspired him greatly.

When God seals something, it stays sealed until He has the seal opened. Yet today there are thousands of books written that attempt to explain the revelations of Daniel as though they had received special revelation regarding “the time of the end.”

All of these so-called revelations that attempt to reveal what Daniel heard and saw are mainly fear-motivated to scare people into accepting Jesus Christ. However, when the truth is spoken in love and in the light of God’s true Word, the believers will be inspired to accept Jesus Christ and freed to daily enjoy their escape from the end times as we read, we are to “wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come {emphasis supplied}” I Thessalonians 1:10).

Even the revelations in the Book of Revelation have yet to happen and are still sealed, and the future events recorded therein will not even begin to happen until after the gathering together when Christ returns and takes us (the Church of God) up to heaven.

We, the believers, will not be living on this earth when the revelations of Daniel, John, and others become unsealed and begin to happen.

Today we live in grace rather than in the “day of vengeance,” or the “day of the LORD”; believe me when I say we absolutely would know the difference between the two, because grace and wrath cannot coexist.

It is the height of man’s folly to try to relate future events into the present, claiming that we are living in those days of wrath.  The Bible says that we have been delivered “from the wrath to come” (I Thessalonians 1:10). So those who claim that we are actually living in those future days of wrath are apparently much wiser than God, the Creator of the heavens and earth Who has yet to open those seals.

God’s Word gives us assurance that we have been saved from any and all future wrath (Romans 5:9).  Well, praise God that we know the truth of His healing Word. And to further relieve us from the fears of the current day, Galatians 1:4 records, “Who {Jesus Christ} gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.”

Today in God’s grace, we have past, present, and even future deliverance because God already has “delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us” (II Corinthians 1:10).

Daniel’s friends were delivered from the fiery furnace, showing his friends, as well as us, that believers would also be delivered from going into the pits of hell and revealing to us the power of God.

In the same manner, Daniel was also delivered from the lion’s den and knew through the wisdom of God that he would also be delivered from the Devil who is “as a roaring lion” (I Peter 5:8).

I Corinthians 1:24 says, “Christ {is} the power of God, and the wisdom of God,” because in God’s grace we have received the wisdom and power of God through receiving Christ in our hearts who assures us that we have now and forever eternal deliverance from fear, from the Adversary, and from ALL the wrath to come.

Daniel and the Old Testament believers would enjoy their future deliverance after their resurrection (Daniel 12:2-3).

Thankfully, today we can begin enjoying our deliverance in the here and now because: “Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should {now} walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). The “newness of life” that we can enjoy is revealed to us through “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

Jesus Christ Is the Golden Thread

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Golden Thread series (An Anthology of Jesus of Nazareth), we are tracing him through the separate Books of the Bible, to search out Jesus Christ who is the missing link to the heart of God. When we genuinely find Jesus within the Scriptures, he as our personal Savior literally becomes empowered and right away begins enabling us to understand the realities of not only himself but also of his Father, the God and Creator of the Heavens and Earth. The entire Bible is God’s Word. Contrary to how some of our modernistic views are implemented to disdain and/or distort biblical truths, and regardless of how man who is often imperfect interprets the Bible, the Scriptures are not only complete and entire but they are God’s divinely-given words for believers.

In I Corinthians 1:24 we read that “Christ {is} the wisdom of God.” Without Christ, a non-seeking individual will remain in a state of spiritual inertness without access to the God of heaven and His true wisdom. Conversely, the candidate who is seeking Christ in the Word of God will find it is with pleasure that Jesus will always give men and women unhindered access to his Father’s true wisdom, nature, and love. Through this doorway, we may delightfully approach God with open hearts to receive His love and guidance.

God is the Author of His Word, Jesus Christ is the inspiration and the contiguous subject through all of God’s Word, and the entire life of Jesus Christ from his birth to his ascension into heaven and his personal return fulfills the realities of God’s plan of Redemption for humanity. Through the Scriptures’ teaching we can learn about the Son of God who lived, died, and was raised at God’s behest to conquer temporal mortality, with the eternal results straightaway given to mortal beings who find Jesus of Nazareth.

Through Christ, the Scriptures show men and women how to become wise unto salvation; the Word of God via Christ reveals how to recognize the voice of God. The Bible teaches men and women who are in Christ how to enjoy God’s promises which are guaranteed and given because of the completed work of our Savior.

The Word of God, whether written, spoken, preached, or read (and mentally perceived), will always make known Christ who is the “mediator between God and men.”

I Timothy 2:5:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

The Scriptures make known Christ Jesus, and as we come to know him from the Scriptures, he becomes empowered to fulfill his mission of revealing the spiritual realities of Him Who dwells atop heaven’s throne. Then as God becomes known, He will begin manifesting Himself in our lives and in our heart’s quest for spiritual fulfillment and heavenly understanding.

Proverbs 8:35:
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

From the Book of Genesis we have the story of Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob. Joseph’s very own brothers ended up selling him into slavery because they did not believe his God-given visions and prophecies he spoke regarding their future (Genesis 37:5-11), and because this story is written in the Bible, it must by its very nature relate to Jesus in some way. Perhaps on the surface the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors may first appear in a cursory reading to be only a story of one family in the Bible who became somewhat dysfunctional. Yet as the story continues we learn how Joseph ended up in Egypt, becoming Pharaoh’s right hand man, having the authority of being the second most prestigious man in all of Egypt. He was placed at Pharaoh’s right hand and received honor and accolade formerly reserved and due only to Egyptian royalty (Genesis 41:38-45).

In this Bible story we find a happy ending complete with Joseph’s God‑given dreams coming true. Joseph ended up saving not only Jacob, his father and brothers, but also the entire Nation of Israel from starvation and death, not to mention that Joseph ended up preserving the family line of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

On account of Joseph being in Egypt utilizing the wisdom of God, Joseph not only preserved his family line but also saved the lives of the people living in Egyptian provinces and surrounding areas by stockpiling the food supplies in readiness for the upcoming seven-year famine (Genesis 41:1ff). Joseph is personally credited for acquiring most of the wealth that bountifully flowed into the Egyptian coffers, causing Egypt to become one of the most prosperous nations this world has ever known (Genesis 41:53-57).

In Joseph’s life from the Book of Genesis, we can begin to notice startling traces and glimpses of Jesus, The Promised Seed who was foreordained before the world began to be the hope of the entire world. Through Joseph’s true story we can recognize the Redeemer in prophecy who was also rejected by the Nation of Israel, his brethren. As Joseph was, Jesus would become Israel’s only hope and their rescue from a spiritual drought and their only salvation and preservation for an endless life, as he is also our hope and our spiritual refreshing and salvation and preservation for an endless life.

There is no end to the correlations that are wonderfully sewn within the Scriptures as a multilayered, embossed masterpiece of delight as we begin looking for and seeing the Golden Thread, Jesus Christ, who holds the living Tapestry of God’s healing Word together.

From a strictly forensic point of view, the Scriptures are the bona fide declaration of Jesus. The Bible is the inscribed birth certificate of Jesus Christ (with centuries of noncontradictory writings and testimonials), and the stories within are linked documentations of his complete biography attesting to his authenticity which structures his entire life perfectly with the written Word of God.

The deeper one scrutinizes the Scriptures, the more dynamically Christ becomes recognized. His footprints are everywhere inside of the Scriptures blazing a trail that he painstakingly paved with his own life being clearly marked throughout the prophecies and leading directly up to the Creator.

Jesus’ fingerprints appear ubiquitously on every single page of Holy Writ. With Jesus as our guide, we will find passages that are easy to follow as they gently guide us up into all “the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).

The more we look for Christ in the Scriptures, the greater we will notice how much he is woven within our own hearts, drawing us ever closer and closer to Him Who created all things. The greater we see Jesus in the Word of God, the more he reveals our heavenly Father Who draws us through Christ to Himself.

Jesus said in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.”

John 12:44-45:
-44: Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
-45: And he that seeth {perceives} me seeth {perceives} him that sent me.

So in the Golden Thread series, as we begin learning of Jesus of Nazareth, we can confidently read on with “trust” in the knowledge that the Father will be drawing us ever closer to Himself through Christ as promised.

II Corinthians 3:4 (The Amplified Bible):**
Such is the reliance and confidence that we have through Christ toward and with reference to God.

The Bible states, “The honour of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2). There is no greater matter under Heaven than to search out “Jesus Christ the Golden Thread” and find him to be not only alive and well but to finally see him at work revealing the truths that lead our hearts to God and the more abundant life.

Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

We Have the Mind of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 2:16 – For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him {Isaiah 40:13-14}? But we have the mind of Christ.

Who knows the mind of the Lord (i.e., the mind of God Himself), and who has instructed Him? Well the definitive answer is that no one has ever been His teacher or completely understood everything about Him. The word mind is the Greek word nous and means the entire mind, the whole mind of God’s mental perception is known only to God (Romans 11:33-34). Then the Scriptures say, “but {in contrast to the above} we have the mind {nous} of Christ.” This means that we can understand the mind of Christ completely and intimately, for we have the God-given right to have the thoughts of Christ in our minds, and the reason that we have this ability is that we have Christ within, and Christ’s mission has always been to reveal and explain God (John 17:25-26; Hebrews 13:8).

Romans 13:14a – But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ . . .

To put on the Lord Jesus Christ is to put the thoughts of God’s Word into our minds.  The Word of God reveals Christ (John 5:39) and Christ reveals God. Christians by virtue of receiving the gift of holy spirit have Christ within, and as we go to the Scriptures and begin understanding the words within our hearts we begin systematically putting on the mind of Christ, and enjoying the glory of the Lord.

II Corinthians 1:21-22:
-21: Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
-22: Who hath also sealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

God sealed us with holy spirit, sealing us for Him for eternity, establishing every believer by a spiritual anointing to have and to know the mind of Christ who is living within our very hearts. “Christ {is} the power of God, and the wisdom of God” (I Corinthians 1:24). So as we put on Christ in our minds via the teachings of the Scriptures we will begin to realize that “Christ who is our {real source of our spiritual} life” (Colossians 3:4), is the way to manifest the power of God. We are encouraged to put on the mind of Christ, not simply the mind that Jesus had when he walked on earth, but even more emphatically the mind that Christ currently has being eternally alive from the dead. We now have the approval of God’s healing will to know the spiritual mind of Christ and as we learn the Scriptures we will begin reflecting “the glory of the Lord.”

II Timothy 2:15 – Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Many people believe that the more we study, the more we become approved before God, but this is wrongly dividing the Word because God has already approved us. This verse is saying that when we study the Scriptures we will begin realizing just how much approval we have before God in Christ, and this is rightly dividing the Word of truth. God does not shame us in the Scriptures, rather He encourages and builds us up because we have the God-given approval to have the mind of Christ – daily. In the Scriptures (especially in the Epistles) we learn about the mind of Christ who is spiritually dwelling within. With God’s love in our hearts we have a real premise to enjoy the renewed mind wherein God’s divine grace allows us to know His divine approval of us. When enjoying our access to the thoughts of Christ, we will begin knowing the mind of Christ and individually displaying the glory of the Lord, and this is the epitome of understanding God’s appraisal of us.

God’s Spiritual Manna

“I Peter 2:2–3 reads: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. As a newborn desires and needs his nourishment to live and grow, we are also to desire in a like manner the sincere milk of God’s wonderful Word, for with the milk of God’s Word we will spiritually grow in the wisdom of God.” ~LMJ~