The Just Shall Live by Faith

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Both the Old and the New Testaments tell us that, “the just shall live by his {own} faith” (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17). But have you ever considered, what does the just shall live by faith involve? Even the most agnostic unbeliever lives enjoying the fruits life has to offer him while he whoops it up as though he has been handed a great treasure,  while perhaps having no faith whatsoever. Even sinners of the highest magnitude live and more than likely they are living without any godly faith. In the Old Testament the word live meant to live again in resurrection, thus, it was their promise of having life eternal, as in Amos 5:6 “Seek the LORD, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}.”

In the Old Testament times, eternal life via resurrection was promised if the people would seek the LORD. Faith is the word for believing-faith and being equipped with the believing-faith of the Scriptures is how one discovers Christ, and the knowledge of Christ reveals God, and this is the cycle of how one seeks the LORD our God. Seeking God through having an understanding of Christ causes one to become just before Him, and the seeker will be rewarded ― richly through eternity, for he or she will be living again in resurrection, this is the meaning of the just shall live by faith.

The Old Testament believers brought their faith (believing) to the table of life, as God served them the just rewards from the bread of life, for therein they found the knowledge of Christ, and were henceforth justified to live again in resurrection.

Let us view a few examples from the Old Testament about resurrection:

Isaiah 55:3:
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live {live again in resurrection}; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you {which could not be an everlasting covenant if live meant anything else besides to live again in resurrection}, even the sure mercies of David {who rested in the hope and assurances of his resurrection,― Acts 2:25-28}.

Amos 5:4:
For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}:

Isaiah 26:19:
Thy dead men shall live {live again in resurrection}, together with my {Isaiah’s} dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew {rising} is as the dew of herbs {for healing}, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

Hosea 13:14a:
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. . .

Daniel 12:2:
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life {believers}, and some to shame and everlasting contempt {the wicked}.

Isaiah 38:16:
O LORD, By these things men live {live again in resurrection}, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live {live again in resurrection}.

Ezekiel 37:3, 5-6, 9, 14:
-3: And he {God} said unto me {Ezekiel}, Son of man, can these bones live {live again in resurrection}? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
-5: Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}:
-6: And I will lay sinews upon you {skin, nerves, tendons, organs, muscles, etcetera, See Job 10:11}, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
-9: Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live {live again in resurrection}.
-14: And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}, and I shall place you in your own land {the Promised Land}: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

The Old Testament is literally filled with references relating to resurrection and eternal life. The Bible is so wonderfully detailed with truths regarding the believers’ attainable destiny of eternal life.

John 6:27:
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

God sealed His Son who gives everlasting life. We, too, through Christ are sealed with everlasting life, and thankfully, once we have received our salvation, it can never be lost or taken away for any reason, contrary to how I was lead to believe and fear. Romans 10:9-10 show us how to receive our eternal salvation, while the rest of the Bible basically shows us how to enjoy our salvation in Christ.

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

When God seals a man or a woman, they are sealed for life, which endureth unto everlasting life, and it is God Who securely seals men and women. What God has sealed up, stays sealed, as when He sealed Jesus (John 6:27 above), He also sealed us so we may enjoy the truth that we have the Son and eternal life within.

John 10:28-29:
-28: And I {Jesus} give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
-29: My Father, which gave them me, is {even} greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

A man once told my friend (a Christian), that he was going to hell because he did not attend his church ― my retort to that is “Scripture and verse, please.” That man thought he was bigger than our heavenly Father and foolishly believed that my friend could be plucked out of the hands of Jesus and God. We shall never perish, for our eternal life is assured by Christ who is the topic of the Scriptures, and he guarantees that we are safely held in the hand of our heavenly Father. Oh, and my friend knows where he is going ― to Heaven!

Romans 10:9-10:
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your own} salvation.

God placed the earnest of the spirit in our hearts, 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 as His seal, and what He has given is sealed and cannot ever be taken away (Romans 11:29). God only gives good things (like the spirit) to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:11, Luke 11:13).

Ephesians 1:12-14:
-12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
-13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
-14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession {that is you and I}, unto the praise of his glory.

We have the sure guaranteed token of the spirit as a foretaste to have for now; and the sheer enjoyment of learning about the “earnest of the spirit” from the Bible, and our subsequent new life with God that accompanies our salvation 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 our new indestructible, eternal bodies (I Corinthians 15:54). We will receive these new bodies at the gathering together (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Today in grace, God has sealed us with Christ, as Heaven’s holiest, and we have the earnest of the spirit within 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 being, and thankfully the Son of God dwells in you as well (Colossians 1:27). Christ justified you by his completed works, so that you can bask in the knowledge that you are just, and you shall live because of your believing faith, forever and ever.

I John 5:12-13:
-12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
-13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

If at Any Time in Your Life You Believed Romans 10:9-10 – You Are Really Never All Alone…Backsliding Is Kaput! God Does Not Renig!

“Knowing of the Son of God who abides in our hearts is to ascertain the still small voice of God in our daily lives.

In truth – wheresoever you live – wherever you go – where you are at this moment, this is the place you are with God in Christ – in you.

Christ Jesus is the true voice of our God, and he speaks to us of his Father’s love, giving us daily spiritual inspirations of loving comfort, and showing us that we are never alone when walking with him. Christ comforts, exhorts, and edifies our daily endeavors to know him personally as our Savior.” ~LMJ & CAJ~

Romans 10:9-10:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

A Structure of Romans 10:9-10:

Titled: Your Righteous Salvation

(An Introversion Structure)

A.| verse 9a, Confess with thy mouth. (the Lord Jesus)

    B.| verse 9b, Believe in thine heart. (that God hath raised him from the dead)
      C.| verse 9c, Thou shalt be saved. (this stands alone with nothing to be added or subtracted from this eternal truth)
    b.| verse 10a, For with the heart man believeth. (result – righteousness)

a.| verse 10b, With the mouth confession is made. (result – salvation)

Romans 10:9-10:*
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Illustrated by ~LMJ~

*For more on Romans 10:9-10, see: The Belief of Our Confession

Deuteronomy – Revealing Our Prophet

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Deuteronomy 18:15 – The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me {Moses}; unto him shall ye hearken;

Moses, the man of God, foretold of another man who would be a Prophet similar to Moses in many ways, one who would lead God’s people into the true Promised Land, and deliver them from the bondage of sin.

Moses gave the children of Israel manna, the prophesied Prophet would give the bread of life.

Moses inaugurated the Passover; the prophesied Prophet would be the true Passover.

Moses was their shepherd; the prophesied Prophet was the “good shepherd” leading God’s people into deliverance.

Moses ruled over the house of Israel showing them God’s protection surrounding them with a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day; the prophesied Prophet gave them the way, the truth, and the life into the eternal protection of God.

Moses made the tabernacle in the wilderness; the prophesied Prophet gave himself as the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched and not man, and exchanged his life for ours, the righteous one for the unrighteous ones.

Moses provided the Law; the prophesied Prophet fulfilled the Law and redeemed humanity from the law of sin and death.

Moses interceded between God and Israel; the prophesied Prophet interceded and spiritually brought humanity up to the threshold at the throne of heaven, to Him Who dwells there, and to Him Who freely blesses us with all spiritual blessings.

Deuteronomy 30:11-14:
-11: For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
-12: It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
-13: Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
-14: But the word {God’s Word} is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

God’s healing Word is so very close that Moses said that it is “in thy mouth, and in thy heart.” Yet, God seems so far off for so many people, some think He perhaps is in heaven; however, that no one can reach up to Him. But today in God’s grace as we discover the preached Word that is so very close to us, and as we believe on Jesus and confess in his resurrection, our inner quest for God becomes a reality because God’s Word is now in our hearts.

Our Prophet Jesus Christ meets us at a point that is further than halfway. Jesus brings the wonderful healing Word of God into our very hearts so that we may simply believe to receive the righteousness and graces of God.

Romans 10:6-9:
-6: But the righteousness which is of faith {believing faith} speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
-7: Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
-8: But what saith it {Deuteronomy 30 above)? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Here the prophesied Prophet, Jesus Christ has fulfilled the hope of all humanity by giving us his righteous faith so that we can believe unto salvation.