God’s Kingdom and Glory

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Scriptures say that we have been called unto God’s kingdom and unto His glory, yet sometimes these words (kingdom and glory) can appear so huge or distant that they can seem unbelievable, and so we may have a difficult time allowing these truths to filter down into our conscious minds and understanding. However, and thankfully, God’s wonderful Word so lovingly expresses divine truths so that that we may genuinely and honestly comprehend in the depths of our hearts what God says He has freely given to us in His grace, we really do have in His grace.

I Thessalonians 2:11 – As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

This verse is talking about how a father would instruct his child in learning, not in a reproof type of way, but rather in a way that first exhorts and builds up one’s confidence, with a fatherly comfort that makes one feel good and safe. The word “charged” means to testify and bear witness; this is done by one’s personal example in living life. The Apostle Paul was saying that just as a father helps his own children, Paul as their father in the Word did his best to help his spiritual children walk with God equally proportionate to how Paul himself walked with God.

I Thessalonians 2:12 – That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

The reason Paul exhorted and comforted by setting an example was so that the believers could learn how to walk worthy of God as Paul had learned since God had also called them (as well as us) into his very own Kingdom and glory. The more we walk worthy of our calling (by believing), the more God’s true Kingdom will make sense to us.  Through our believing, God can reveal His Eternal Kingdom to our understanding. The more we walk worthy of God’s calling, the more we can recognize the glory of God that He has placed in our hearts. This walk with God is not a rigorous, structured walk, but rather it is a journey through life with God’s love on our side.

I Thessalonians 2:13 – For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of thus, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Paul’s example was one of thankfulness to God. This is a wonderful example for us as well, to be humbly thankful for the privilege of being called into God’s Kingdom and glory. Paul was also thankful that believers had received God’s Word. Receiving God’s Word was never considered as something thought up by the intellectual minds of the Apostles, rather, the Word came from the actual heart of God. Although the Apostles and disciples (believers) spoke the Word of God, it was God’s divine Word that was given to men and women of heart, and when they believed the Word it worked effectually! When we believe the Word of God (which is called truth), the Word begins to work effectually, producing the positive result that the Word itself promises.

In context: these positive results were that the believers began to experience for themselves the reality of being called into God’s Kingdom, for they were also enjoying the glory that accompanies this wonderful calling.

In God’s Kingdom and glory where we have been called, we may also exhort and comfort one another with the Word, which works effectually in all of us.

He That Believeth on Me

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 14:9 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

In a past Bible Byte, we looked at this verse, but now we go to the heart of the question. Philip and the rest of the Apostles wanted more proof that God was real, and Jesus in explaining the question more fully says “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” Jesus was God’s Ambassador, God’s Son acting on God’s behalf, so that Christ was the epitome of God’s love in practical living, for he was the incarnate Word (John 1:14a). Jesus had the power of attorney to act in his Father’s stead, and the works that Christ had done were literally done by the power of God in him.

John 14:10-11:
-10: Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
-11: Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

In verses 10 and 11 we have Jesus explaining to his disciples that believing was the very key to recognizing and experiencing God (the Father). He further explains that if his words were not enough for them to believe, then they would be able to believe because of the very sake of the works that Jesus Christ had done, for they were the very proof of God Himself.

John 14:12 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do {of which God Himself energized} shall he {you} do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

This verse is almost unbelievable, yet Jesus says that it is so, and when we believe it, it will be so. Many have speculated about what these “greater works” really are, some believe it is the receiving of the holy spirit, but others think that the “greater works” are speaking in tongues, and others think being born again are the “greater works.” However, “greater works” is all of this and more, much more! It is receiving with God’s divine grace everything that Christ made available by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. Today, we can be receiving and living the more abundant life, and it is so much greater because it is currently ours.

The “greater works” is the life that Jesus made available and gave to us in grace. It is spiritual freedom to personally as well as passionately walk with God as our Father, and with Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is your believing to receive the greatness of all the good works the Church Epistles (Romans through II Thessalonians), reveals to you in divine grace.  When you receive the Word of God and believe it, you will absolutely begin walking in the fullness of all Christ made available to you, and you will be living in and enjoying those greater works!