Zechariah – Revealing Our Total Forgiveness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Zechariah, Jesus Christ is revealed as the servant and branch of God (Zechariah 3:8). The word “branch” literally means that Jesus would be the offspring of God.

We will see when we study the Gospels that in Jesus Christ’s ministry in all four Gospels he is revealed as the branch, with emphasis in Matthew of his being a King, and in Mark he is seen as a Servant, and in Luke he is highlighted as a Man, while in John he is manifested as the true Son of the Father.

The life of Jesus truly shows us the way to God’s divine blessings, and he – as our perfect example – teaches God’s children how to serve one another in and with the love of God, and reveals to our understanding the reality of having total forgiveness.

Zechariah 9:12 – Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

God is encouraging us to turn to the stronghold that we have in Christ our Savior. The “prisoner of hope” means that we are committed in our expectation for Christ’s return.  His return is the greatest hope that any believer can have. To be a prisoner from a spiritual point of view means to become totally committed, sold on the idea that Christ is coming back for us and this hope quickens our lives from the inside out, for hope causes us to have joy even through difficult times.

Psalms 119:49-50:
-49: Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
-50: This {hope} is my comfort in my affliction {of daily life}: for thy word hath quickened me {God’s Word that quickens our hope in Jesus Christ’s return}.

The phrase “I will render double unto thee” does not infer in any way, shape, or form that we will receive double for our sins like I once heard taught. Rather this refers to a biblical custom. When someone is in debt and he cannot pay in a timely fashion, the elders of the city would post on the gate a ledger stating how much the debtor owed and to whom he owed it.

To say the least, this is embarrassing to the debtor, bringing him and his family shame. All his friends and acquaintances could read it and think “shame on him” for it was exposed for all to see. Yet if someone came along and paid the bill, then they would fold the ledger in half and again nail it to the gate and all anyone could see was a folded bill now blank.

What God is saying in Zechariah 9:12 is that the believer’s sins and shortcomings would be covered, leaving nothing that would shame the individual. However, in the New Testament Epistles we learn that because Christ was our complete substitute for sin, we have received our forgiveness in an even greater completeness.

Colossians 2:14 – Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

What Jesus Christ did for us was so much more than the elders of a city could ever do, because he blotted out our sins completely, deleting everything that was against us and anything that is contrary to our obtaining eternal life is now completely gone. Jesus Christ took it out of the way and nailed it to his cross.

When Christ Jesus was resurrected, we received not a doubling but a complete and total forgiveness.

Today, because of Jesus Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven we currently have received Our Total Forgiveness, and it is posted and revealed for anyone, especially believers, to see and recognize in the Epistles.

Jeremiah – Revealing Our Righteousness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Some of the Old Testament is difficult for people to understand, and one of the major reasons is because Jesus Christ is not understood as the true subject of the Word. Without him all that we find is perhaps historical documents, stories and fables, or confusion.

The New Testament contains the spiritual ingredients to the Old Testament’s eternal truths, revealing to the hearts of searching believers the purposes and reasons for why the Old Testament is written in the way it is. The Old Testament was mostly written to enlighten the children of Israel, to give them hope, guidance, and direction until the promised seed should come; however, the New Testament is literally addressed to believers who have accepted and believed in Jesus Christ.

The New Testament is almost completely concealed throughout the Old Testament, while the Old Testament is revealed throughout the New Testament. Both Old and New Testament’s complement each other as they together work hand in hand to bring to light the record of “His-story:”

. . . This is the record (the Bible) from the beginning to eternal bliss, from the beginning and creation of Lucifer to his total destruction in the lake of fire, and from the beginning of man and his struggle with Satan, sin, and death to his ultimate victory in an endless life . . . Taken from the Book “A Refuge from the Storm” (Studies in the Living Will of God, Volume One, by this author) p. 163.

 Jeremiah 23:5-6:
-5:  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
-6:  In these days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

The name of the king shall be called “The Lord Our Righteousness,” who is Jesus Christ, and in him we have our righteousness. In the fall of Adam, mankind lost all legal rights to the righteousness of God. Yet when the fullness of time came, Jesus Christ bought back our righteousness with his life giving us the righteousness of God.

To have God’s righteousness restored again within fills an emptiness and inner thirst deep in the soul of man. Righteousness allows us to feel comfortably at home with our heavenly Creator, dwelling safely with an inner joyful feeling of being in His love and knowing that we are deserving of it and knowing that we can live our lives completely freed from condemnation (Romans 8:1).

Romans 5:18-19:
-18: Therefore as by the offence of one {Adam} judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one {Jesus Christ} the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
-19:  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

In the fall of Adam, man became sinful and prone to judge himself unworthy of anything godly or spiritual, and so condemnation thrived deep in man’s heart and soul. But with the coming of Jesus Christ we currently have the spiritual release of all life-draining condemnation.

We all know the story of Adam and Eve covering themselves with fig leaves but this is much more than a story for it is a divine truth. What they did was try and cover up their transgression by hiding their iniquity (Job 31:33). They had lost their righteousness within with which they were once completely clothed. The fig leaves simply represented that they were trying to live as though they were still clothed in God’s righteousness (this is called “works of the flesh” in the Church Epistles).

Nonetheless Adam and Eve’s futile attempt was completely inadequate, as all works of the flesh are, because today we are saved not by works but by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).  On account of Adam and Eve’s inner heart-wrenching condemnation, they felt the urge to hide themselves from the voice of God’s loving call.

Today, thankfully and gratefully in Christ we again have complete eternal righteousness given to us by the work and complete accomplishments of Christ on our behalf, and we will never need to hide from our God’s wonderful voice.

We have Christ in us who has eternally clothed us with OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS for he is living in our hearts and we are eternally embraced in God’s loving arms.

Psalms – Revealing Our Song in the Night

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Psalms is filled with references and revelations about Jesus Christ, detailing his coming, his conflict with the Adversary, his resurrection, and his coming with salvation. For King David, Christ was his strength and lively hope, which gave him a spiritual song in the night.

Discovering Christ in the Scriptures also gives us today, thousands of years after David, a spiritual song in the night that emanates from the heart of God and is heard in our spiritual ears and comforts our inner souls.

The song replaces fears, encourages our endeavors to walk with God, exhorts our hearts in love, and comforts our lives with the peace of God in Christ in us.

Psalms 42:8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with {within} me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

In the daytime God gives His children lovingkindness, and in the night His song can be in our hearts. David recalls that with his new song, which blessed him throughout his nights, he could pray to the God of his life.

In the seventy-seventh Psalm, the singer and Prophet Asaph wrote:

Psalms 77:6 – I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Asaph in Psalms 77 was troubled, but then, he remembers his God-given song in night and he became blessed within his own heart.

God gives His children a song of hope, a song of deliverance, a song of spiritual inspiration and within this song we will discover that Jesus Christ is our eternal song, our symphony who harmonizes our lives with the heart of God.

In Psalms 53:4-5 we find that those who have not called upon God have “great fear, where no fear was,” because fear grows in and throughout the night for the fearful. It is God who delivers us from any and all fear, whether the fear is real or imaginary. Thankfully Psalms 34:4 states “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

To have fear is to have restraints upon our believing and receiving from God. Fear can imprison even worse than any physical prison, yet our God can deliver us from all fear as we continue looking to His healing Word and discover His love and our loving Savior Jesus Christ who gives to us a spiritual song of love that indeed will cast out all our fears and replace them with a song in the night.

I John 4:18a – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear {itself} hath torment. . .

In Mark 14:26 we read “And when they {Jesus and his disciples} had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.” The timing of this hymn was one of the darkest and most fearful times in all of human history because Jesus was on his way to redeem humanity by giving his very life over to cruel tormentors and murderers on our behalf. But he and his disciples had a song in the night, which gave them strength ─ that same song is our song for it is having Jesus Christ in our hearts at all times throughout our days and nights. He is our song in the night, and God’s Word encourages us to be “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).

The hymn that Jesus sang in Luke is not recorded for us, yet there can be no doubt that our song in the night is written upon our hearts. When we recall our deliverance by the generous work of our Savior we will indeed know the composer, and enjoy the spiritual songs that we sing with grace in our hearts to the Lord, it is as wonderful as the hymn Jesus sang with his disciples. It is a song of thankfulness and praise with joy to know that Jesus Christ, the inspiration of “Our Song in the Night” is in our hearts.