Exempt You Are ─ Indeed You Are!

For God hath not appointed {called or chosen} us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ– I Thessalonians 5:9. It is truly amazing to me how many born again believers fear the wrath to come because they think that they are going to go through the tribulations that are sure to come. However, and thankfully, bless our God and our Savior because we will be totally exempt from all the wrath to come! Jesus Christ gave his life to deliver the children of God, not only from the wrath to come, but also from the fear of the tribulations and judgments of eternal damnation and the pains of Armageddon. God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, has chosen us to obtain complete salvation and complete wholeness by the accomplished work of our risen Lord and Savior.” ~LMJ~

Our Spiritual Wholeness

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek {Gentiles}- Romans 1:16. The word salvation is in reference to our spiritual wholeness, a wholeness that fills up the empty void in the hearts and souls of men and women. Once we believe in the Gospel of Christ, we receive the actual power of God to enjoy our spiritual wholeness.” ~LMJ~

The Belief of Our Confession

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Almost everything a person receives in this life revolves around two important key elements, 1) confession, and 2) belief of that confession. The greatest thing in this life that a person can receive from God is salvation! Nothing in this world is above or greater than obtaining one’s own salvation because salvation is what carries a person into the next life, into eternity, and into eternal bliss.

Romans 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.

Two key aspects are revealed to us in verse 9, and that is the heart and the mouth. First, we must confess with our mouth, which means to say it, to admit it, and to proclaim the thing we want. Secondly, we must believe in our heart, which means in our innermost being we must believe the outer confession we made, and then it is truly ours. These are the two keys to receiving anything, including salvation. The next verse repeats this same process of receiving, only this time it is written backwards to show us why and how one receives from God.

Romans 10:10:
For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your own} salvation.

The result of following the instruction recorded in Romans 10:9-10, is that “. . . thou shalt be saved,” and thus we shall absolutely receive salvation. However, if and only if we will first confess and secondly, if we believe, then we shall assuredly receive our desired result – salvation, which also means that when we believe and confess, then we can receive complete “spiritual wholeness” from God.

I pray that you have believed and confessed in the greatest thing that God has ever given to humanity, for with your belief of confession you have received eternal life. With these same keys of believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth that gave you eternity, God will also provide for all of your life’s needs, desires, and concerns (Mark 11:23-24 and Philippians 4:19).

See: A Structure of Romans 10:9-10:

We Look for the Savior

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest expectation that the believer has is the return of his or her Savior who is Jesus Christ. When he returns, we will be gathered up with him to enjoy our eternity with him at God’s own right hand.

Philippians 3:20 – For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Our conversation” means our citizenship because our homeland is in heaven! With our heavenly standing in God’s family we may earnestly look with great hope for our Savior who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice that the verse does not say to pray for him to come because his return will happen on God’s timetable rather than on man’s timetable. The word “look” means to wait with patience and expectation.  I know that many Christian people fear this great and glorious day, but that is only because they have a wrongful fear of the greatness of Christ’s return for us. Some people are indeed fearful of the future wrath; however, God’s children do not, will not, and cannot pass through the impending wrath that is surely to come. In Philippians 3:20 our Lord Jesus Christ is called “our Saviour” because we have been saved, not for the wrath of God, but for heaven itself and to be eternally immersed in the love of God! The word “Saviour” in reference to Jesus Christ means that he himself accomplished our salvation and our complete spiritual wholeness. We will be in heaven before wrath and tribulation ever begin (I Thessalonians 4:13–5:5).

Philippians 3:21 – Who {Jesus Christ} shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {all believers} unto himself.

The words “vile body” means a body that has been humiliated. The human body was originally perfect in every detail, having eternal life within its very nature before the fall of man in Genesis. It was the Adversary (the Serpent) who defiled and humiliated the human body of man from its original perfect creation, and with the return of Christ our bodies will be “fashioned like unto his {Christ Jesus’} glorious body.” When Christ Jesus awoke from the dead after his crucifixion he had a new and glorious body, which would never be humiliated again, that will never die again, and that will last him for eternity. This is the kind of body promised to believers!

Jesus was a perfect man, he had no sin in his body, neither was his body humiliated until he allowed himself to become sin for us and be brutally tortured and crucified. He indeed received humiliation and he experientially knows the hold the sin nature still has in man because he himself experienced this so that he could identify completely with humanity. Although our human body is still humiliated, we have been given great hope in the return of our Savior, and then we will receive heavenly life-regenerating bodies equally as powerful as what Jesus now has. He literally walked (or passed) through walls, appearing and disappearing in the midst of his disciples at will; he passed through the heavens and back in the blink of an eye, and was only recognizable to his disciples when he wanted to be recognized. This glorious body will be given to us, and is why the Scriptures say that we can look with great expectation for that great and glorious day of his return, and our gathering together up to him.

Right Believing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Walking with God in right believing sounds like a pretty easy road to follow; however, from time to time in life we may make mistakes because no one is perfect, and at other times we may succumb to temptations. Sometimes we may think (or at least wonder) “will God ever want me back after this?” The answer is: OH yes – a thousand times a thousand He will take us back into His loving arms and spiritually cleanse us from our sins so that we may again walk with God in right believing. God’s loving embrace uplifts us into His own unending grace that is upon our very lives, for our names are written in the pages of the living memory (of the book of life) of God Himself. The heart of God’s eternal embrace is described and detail in many ways in the Epistle of Galatians and we will be looking at some of these details.

Galatians is an Epistle of correction, correcting the wrong practices of believers who have fallen from the doctrinal side of Romans, chapters 1 through 8. Galatians brings the believer back again into right believing of the foundational principles contained in the Epistle of Romans and shows the believers that their walks with the heavenly Father are never based on works (or even fears) of any kind. Galatians presents to the believers convincing arguments to help correct many deep-seated wrong practices, helping bring them back into the spiritual wholeness they once enjoyed.

Galatians 1:3-4:
-3:  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
-4:  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Grace and peace are spiritual qualities of life made available to us by the will of God so that we may enjoy our spiritual lives. Christ gave himself for our sins to this end: that we may receive our salvation and be delivered from the evils that have saturated this world.

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek {Gentiles}.

The word salvation is in reference to our spiritual wholeness, a wholeness that fills up the empty void in the hearts and souls of men and women. Once we believe in the Gospel of Christ, we receive the actual power of God to enjoy our spiritual wholeness. God’s grace and peace satisfies our searching hearts and immerses us in the favorable graces of God; these are spiritual qualities of life that are God-given. Let us enjoy this day in our believing, knowing that Christ has delivered us from “this present evil world, according to the will of God,” for this is right believing.