From Human Faith to Spiritual Faith

“The main difference between man’s faith and the faith of Jesus is that human faith can only rise up to believe in that which is seen, like the phrase says, seeing is believing. As Jesus said to Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed– John 20:29. In stark contrast to seeing before we believe; the faith of Jesus Christ is given so men and women can rise all the way up to believe in that which is not physically seen, yet is spiritually real ― such as salvation, love, peace, grace, joy, and the faith of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2).” ~LMJ~

Jesus Said, I Am . . . The Life

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 14:5-6 (Amplified*):
-5:  Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?
-6:  Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.

What is so very interesting to me is that verse 6 not only contains one of the greatest revelations ever given to man but that Jesus gave this wonderful understanding to one person: Thomas. Yet, God in His infinite wisdom had John write it down for us to see the love that Jesus has for the individual. Let’s see how this discourse continues:

John 14:7-11 (Amplified*):
-7:  If you had known Me [had learned to recognize Me], you would also have known My Father. From now on, you know Him and have seen Him.
-8:  Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father [cause us to see the Father ─ that is all we ask]; then we shall be satisfied.
-9:  Jesus replied, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet, Philip? {Again, he is teaching only one person.} Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. {So the question to us reading arises: Have we seen and mentally perceived the Savior Jesus Christ in the Scriptures?} How can you say then, Show us the Father?
-10:  Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the (His) works (His own miracles, deeds of power).
-11:  Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the [very] works themselves. [If you cannot trust Me, at least let these works that I do in My Father’s name convince you.]

Jesus Christ is the way to the Father, so the more we learn about Jesus Christ (and believe) from the Scriptures, the greater our understanding and knowledge of God will grow, and our personal union with Him will continue to strengthen with heavenly inspired realities. You know the saying “living the good life,” well, being in Christ is enjoying the good life, for with him we have eternal life (I John 5:11-12). Jesus Christ is the way to the Father Who is the true fountain of life.

Psalms 36:9 – For with thee {God} is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

Jeremiah 2:13 – For my people have committed two evils; {number one:} they have forsaken me {God} the fountain of living waters, and {number two:} hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

God’s Word is a fountain of living waters refreshing our souls and fulfilling our inner desires to walk within the grace of God. In Proverbs 13:14a we read “The law of the wise {i.e., God’s Word} is a fountain of life.” The two evils are forsaking God’s Word which is a living fountain, and hewing out cisterns (water barrels) that are cracked and leak, which is literally looking for the good life without God, looking everywhere except in the Word of light and life.

Jesus Christ is the Way to the fountain of living waters, he is the Truth showing us the path which takes us into the living room of God, and he is the Life, the eternal life that comes directly from God Himself.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.
Writing within these brackets { } are the author’s notes.

Here Is the Real Missing Link!

Jesus saith unto him {Thomas}, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me- John 14:6. The link that bridges the gap between the promises of God and one’s receiving them is coming to understand what it is to actually have and know the certainty of the living Christ in one’s life as he leads believers to God and His promises. You see, all the promises of God {are} in him {Jesus} are yea {are truly sure, real}, and in him {Jesus} Amen– II Corinthians 1:20.” ~LMJ~

Blessed Are They That Believe

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 20:29 – Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Thomas is sometimes called “doubting Thomas” because he always wanted to see things before believing in them. Jesus was telling him that because he was so doubtful, his believing would be limited. As we know Jesus Christ ascended up into heaven (Acts 1:9-10), and he is no longer physically here, and when we believe in him we are “blessed,” for the written Scriptures do take the place of Christ (here on earth), and the requirement for understanding and seeing (perceiving) Christ is our believing.

John 20:30 – And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book {nor in any book}:

Jesus’ life was so exciting that it was next to impossible to record all that he had done for humanity. Nevertheless, we do have the four Gospels and the New Testament Epistles to glean all that we can about the life of Jesus Christ, and according to the Scriptures this is all that is required to obtain salvation and eternal life (II Corinthians 4:18).

John 21:25 – And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Jesus certainly had a busy ministry while he was here, and not everything that he had done is written for us, but instead of focusing on what we do not have, we may focus on what we do have. When we believe the revealed Scriptures, Jesus said we would be blessed. Having this (one) wonderful little Bible of ours is an extreme blessing because God could have given to us libraries full the world round to study and figure things out about life and God. But He made things simple by showing us all we need to believe in His Word, and the more abundant life is the end result (John 10:10b).

John 20:31 – But these are written {the Scriptures}, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have {eternal} life through his name.

“Blessed are they that believe,” for in believing the sky is the limit! You are God’s best, His loved ones, His precious children, and you are the reason Christ came in the first place. He has redeemed you, and made available to you a new life that has a beginning (when you were saved) and now has no end, and this is why you are eternally blessed of God forever and ever!

Show Us the Father (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When Jesus Christ was here, one of his missions was to make God known and more accessible. Showing the believers that God was to become their Father was certainly a quantum leap in their lives. However, at that time perceiving God Almighty as a Father was so incredible for them that it really took them back. Before Jesus Christ began teaching his disciples, they never understood God as a Father, and that not only was God his Father, but that He was going to become theirs. Today when we hear the words “our Father” in reference to God, it does not faze us at all because we commonly know this term, but back then it was an incredible mind-blower.

John 14:6:
Jesus saith unto him {the Apostle Thomas}, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

During the Old Testament times, God was forever coming to the believers through His Prophets to inspire them with His blessings. However, in the Gospel period in John 14:6 Jesus reveals another dynamic, that believers would be able to personally approach God as their own Father. Jesus was the way, truth, and lifeline into the very heart of our heavenly Father.

John 14:8:
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. {“Sufficeth us,” basically means that it would be a terrific thing, and if you (Jesus) are the way to the Father, then let us get to the “show” part of “show and tell.”}

John 14: 9b:
. . . he that hath seen me {Jesus} hath seen the Father.

Jesus’ very life was a manifestation of God, of Jehovah, and of Elohim. Jesus as God’s Son was the Father’s ambassador and he represented and displayed to the people the true character, heart, and love of the Father, for Jesus’ life was to show God in a new light as our heavenly Father.

John 16:25-27a:
-25: These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh {what Jesus was speaking about is a future day, and now that future day has arrived}, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you {more} plainly of the Father.
-26: At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: {—As he was currently doing for them, but soon they themselves could simply pray in the name of Jesus Christ and their heavenly Father would answer their prayers without a mediator between them and their Father (Ephesians 2:18).}
-27a: For the Father himself loveth you. . .

Jesus is still “the way {to the Father’s love}, the truth, and the life,” so as you continue to understand and follow Jesus, the door to the heart of the Father becomes more and more opened. Understanding God as your heavenly Father is really a love-based, intimate relationship that can only be appreciated between a Father and His own son or daughter. Jesus, in giving you his name to use in prayer, has presented you with the passkey that opens up your heavenly Father’s home, all the way to the right hand of God.