God Is Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 4:8:
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

God is love! The Greek word for love is agapee, and is the spiritual love of God that not only is a characteristic of Him, but also is something that God has given to His children. The phrase, “He that loveth not knoweth not God;” contains a double negative to boost the positive reality that believers not only can love with God’s love, but they will also come to know God Who is love.

Ephesians 5:1-2a:
-1: BE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
-2a: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us. . .

Not only is God love, but we are also encouraged to “walk in love.” How are we to walk in love? We love as Christ has loved us. Jesus Christ was the Son of God and he walked in love in his daily life toward his fellow man, and we are told in Ephesians to be followers of God as His dear children in the same way that Jesus Christ was. Now let us notice in Ephesians 5:1 the word “therefore,” because its usage has a specific purpose that will help us to become followers of God. In order to fully understand the word “therefore” we will need to go back two verses.

Ephesians 4:31-32:
-31: Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
-32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

By putting away ill thoughts and words and by being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving one another, this is how to follow God. God forgives us for the sake of Jesus Christ who had given his life for you and me. So in order for believers to “walk in love, as Christ also hath loved,” we will therefore want to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving as well. Then the walk of love becomes a reality.

I John 4:16:
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

In the Bible Byte “Understanding God”, we saw one of the names of God was “I AM” and now we have come all the way to understanding Him in His love, for we are currently dwelling in Him and He is dwelling in us. Believers can grasp the magnificence of all God has presented to us, and how much Christ has introduced the Father to us by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension, as he stands at the right hand of God continuously interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:34). The Word of God always points the believers in the right direction, showing how to believe what it says and showing how God in Christ is always at work to help believers into the ways of God’s love. “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for {the return of} Christ {for us}” (II Thessalonians 3:5).

God Is Spirit

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospel of John 4:24 it says, “God is a Spirit.” He also is omnipresent, inhabiting heaven and earth, dwelling in and throughout all of eternity. In the Book of Acts 17:28 we read, “For in him {God} we live, and move, and have our being.” God is present everywhere, yet without understanding His Scriptures He appears to be only as an enigma for so many. We can find God anywhere, and miss Him everywhere, yet finding Him is as simple as picking up your Bible, for the Bible is the very heart and breath of God Almighty. Romans 10:9-10 reveals the entrance into the salvation of humanity, and the beginning of our grasping the Creator’s very life and His eternal embrace.

John 14:17:
Even the Spirit of {the} truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye {disciples} know him; for he dwelleth {present tense} with you, and shall {future tense} be in you.

The believers were beginning to know “God Who is Spirit” because they were continuing in the words of God that Jesus was teaching to them. Jesus was teaching them that the “Spirit of truth” was currently dwelling with them and that in a future time God’s spirit of truth would literally be in them. After Jesus gave his life for us, ascended up into heaven, and the day of Pentecost came (Acts 2:1-4), the believers received the spirit of truth into their hearts and became sons and daughters of God for eternity.

Galatians 5:16:
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

We started this byte stating, “God is Spirit,” this is the very essence of God, and now Galatians says to “Walk in the Spirit.” The reason that we can walk in the spirit is that spirit now dwells within our hearts (Romans: 5:5). Our spirit within, God created at that moment we confessed and believed in Romans 10:9-10, and spirit is eternal. To start walking in this spirit we simply (and slowly) begin walking in and with the Spirit of the truth, and truth is the Word of God.

Romans 8:14:
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Well thank God! To be led by the Spirit of God is to be genuinely walking in the true spirit of the Scriptures, for “the words that I {Jesus} speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). And as an extra bonus (so to speak), we are the sons of God. The word “sons” is an all-inclusive noun for men and women, boys and girls, because every believer has God’s spirit and is a son or daughter of the living God.

Jesus Christ is a son of God, and the Bible says that we are sons of God: could we be in better company? God is a Spirit. We are encouraged to walk in the spirit, for when and where we do, we will walk within the fullness of God – ourselves.

Have a wonderful day enjoying your heavenly position as a child of God, and know that you are walking in Him Who is Spirit.

His Wonderful, Empowering Word!

“Hebrews 4:13 discloses, Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. The two words to do are only one word in the Greek Text, and that is the word logos, and the logos means the Word of God, and according to the context, this Word of God is what He sees within the heart of His beloved children. God has given us His Word so that we have something uncommonly good and in common with Him, His wonderful, empowering Word!” ~LMJ~

Setting Aside an Eternal Nest-Egg

“I Timothy 6:7 reads, For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. Let me pose this question to you ― since we can carry nothing out, then how can we have something on the other side when we enter the kingdom of God and eternal bliss? Certainly not as the Pharaohs of Egypt practiced by loading up all their stuff into tombs / pyramids (supposed time machines), because all that stuff has been plundered on this side of heaven and most of the loot was ransacked and spent by grave robbers or placed in museums. The answer is actually quiet astounding. We simply send them ahead of time. But how? By believing and trusting in the Word of God today. You see, it is the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever– I Peter 1:23, and as we believe the everlasting Word, the Word itself will richly sustain and reward us in eternity. So as we can see, the Word of God is much more valuable than we sometimes even grasp.” ~LMJ~