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Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge (an excerpt)  May 24, 2015  (1.20.4)

Written By Larry M. Jaynes:

(excerpt taken from pages 4-10)

“. . . Paul encouraged the believers to stand firmly with believing conviction in the knowledge they had already received of the treasures of Christ in them from God (II Corinthians 4:7), and Paul wanted them to enjoy these spiritual treasures of godly enlightenment (Ephesians 1:16-20) that are given simply by believing and confessing in Romans 10:9-10.

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.

Nowadays, you might hear it advocated that you are not quite saved, have not given or suffered enough for the Lord, that heaven cannot be confirmed for you, that Romans 10:9-10 is not for you because you are sinful and should not be blessed and have no right to be an heir of heaven’s throne. Yet, the truth is that Jesus died for your sins, he gave, stood in, suffered, and died - for you - so that you could receive, so that you could stand at his side without having fear or doubts about your salvation or your God-given righteousness (II Corinthians 5:20-21), and you are most certainly blessed, extremely blessed (Ephesians 1:3-5, 2:4-10). You have every right to enjoy the “glorious gospel of Christ” (II Corinthians 4:4), for you are in Christ, and in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Please, always remember that Christ Jesus is called our “Savior” for a reason, because we were saved to know and walk with him, not only when we arrive in heaven, but also today (II Corinthians 6:2).

In order to really walk with Christ the Lord in today’s world, we must fully recognize that he is alive and abides within the minds and hearts of believers, including yours (Ephesians 3:17)! Knowing Christ from the Scriptures and believing on him is the beginning of realizing the wonders of the spiritual treasures of wisdom and knowledge that God has already given to you in and through Christ Jesus.

Colossians 2:5:
For though I be absent in the flesh {Paul was not presently with them}, yet am I with you in the spirit {for even today we are “members” of the spiritual “body of Christ,” (Romans 12:17, and I Corinthians 12:27)}, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith {believing-faith} in Christ.

Paul is stating that believers are all in this together, that we are all members (brothers and sisters) in the spiritual family of God, and heirs to the treasures (Ephesians 4:15-16) through the faith and love we have received in Christ. Their order was their orderliness by continuing in the truth of having and appreciating Christ within, as holding this wisdom and knowledge in the human heart leads believers into the spiritual freedom in Christ, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free” (Galatians 5:1).

Their steadfastness in their faith in Christ was their continued believing in Christ as a complete Savior, even over the obstacles of the current hour (Romans 8:37-39), even over the doubts and skepticisms of others who refuse to acknowledge the wholesome Word (I Timothy 6:3-5).

Paul was joying and beholding the believer’s steadfastness in the wonderful knowledge that they received freedom to daily walk with God in Christ and in the knowledge and power of the resurrected Christ in them.

Colossians 2:6:
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Did you happen to notice that verse 6 reads Christ Jesus rather than Jesus Christ? (In fact, Christ Jesus is the only title we have read in the verses above except in Romans 10:9-10, explanation to follow.)

The reason for this inversion is that Christ Jesus in the Bible always refers to the resurrection and the power of Christ. You see, Jesus Christ died for our sins, but when he was raised from the dead, he was raised with the celebrated, new title of Christ Jesus, because he arose for our justification into eternal life. Jesus “was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25), and with the risen Christ Jesus the Lord we are enabled to walk in him and in complete justification because he was not only risen, but from the perspective of the Epistles, so are we spiritually risen with Christ Jesus to a new life (Romans 8:11).

Colossians 2:12 states, “ye are risen with him {Christ} through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead,” and when Christ was raised, he was risen up to God’s own right hand, as Ephesians 1:20 reveals that God, “set him {Christ} at his own right hand in the heavenly places.”

We have also been spiritually risen up to these same heavenly places in and with Christ in order that we may enjoy the spiritual treasures of wisdom and knowledge that have been laid out for us to receive and enjoy in Christ’s name.

Ephesians 2:6:
And {God} hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Colossians 3:1 reads, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things {the treasures of wisdom and knowledge} which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”

Jesus taught us to, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). Christ is as a golden thread who when sought after leads one directly up to the heavenly rewards that are much more substantial than following after rainbows the lead to empty containers. We ask - we receive, we seek - we find, we knock - doors of heaven open to our true spiritual seating in heavenly places with him (Christ Jesus) who was raised to and seated at God’s right hand!

Ephesians 2:5-6:
-5: Even when we were dead in sins, {God} hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
-6: And {God} hath raised us {Who? US!} up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Once, we had no justification of life eternal, being without Christ, hope, and without God (Ephesians 2:12), but NOW because of the resurrection of Christ Jesus, we can receive justification and a spiritual vindication from the sin of the world. “Like as Christ {who? Christ!} was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).

The walk in newness of life, is to walk in the knowledge Christ brings from the standpoint of our having received life eternal and our complete justification to receive this new life, “by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life” (Romans 5:18). Knowing of our justification of life is a large part of realizing the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that we have been given in Christ, delivered from heaven’s throne to the heart of our understanding.

When in the Bible the name Jesus Christ is reversed to read Christ Jesus, then the name always carries a reference or connotation to the resurrected Righteous One, the anointed Messiah, and the Savior who accomplished our salvation. The reversal of our Savior’s name was not produced by a scribe who was suffering from dyslexia, but rather is inscribed in the Scriptures with precision through the inspiration of God Himself.

In the Bible, the name Jesus Christ is used for him who humbled himself to die on the cross for the sin of the whole world, and it is he who completely identified himself with sinful man (Philippians 2:7-8), as he was made “sin for us” (II Corinthians 5:21), through his earthly life and sufferings. Yet now, in his resurrection, Christ Jesus is empowered to live forever as our eternal Savior.

It is Christ Jesus with whom we may now wholly identify ourselves with (Colossians 3:4), for he is the spiritual strength of believers, of you and me (Philippians 4:13).

The wording of Christ Jesus is only found in the New Testament passages after his resurrection, but Christ Jesus is never once used in the Bible before his resurrection. (For a few examples of Christ Jesus’ name being used after his resurrection, please see Romans 3:24, I Corinthians 1:2, II Corinthians 4:5, Galatians 3:24, Ephesians 2:6, Philippians 3:8, Colossians 1:28, and I Thessalonians 2:14.)
 
We can learn about Jesus (meaning Jehovah’s Salvation, or Jehovah’s Savior), and Christ (meaning the anointed Messiah), and these names are mentioned throughout the entire Old Testament, and as well, we can study about Jesus Christ throughout the four Gospels, and we can further discover Christ Jesus throughout the New Testament Epistles and letters. He is the golden thread that connects the entirety of Scripture together to himself because he is the incarnate Word (John 1:14, and Revelation 19:13).

Coming to know the different variations of Jesus Christ’s / Christ Jesus’ name will enable us to have further in-depth insights into his life when we are reading or studying our Bibles. Yes, both usages of his name represent the same person, the Son of God, and still they are about as diverse as oh, let’s say the differences between the first (or last) century BC and the first century AD. His name separates the turning point of world history because of our wonderful Savior’s resurrection, which is also the turning point of his-story. You see, Jesus Christ is the Savior from the sin of the whole world, while Christ Jesus is our personal Savior from today’s world of sin.

It is through knowing the risen Christ that we come to experience the newness and joys of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that are supplied to us in him ― and, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature {creation}: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).

Following is one of many examples of Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus, used both frontwards and backwards.

Romans 3:22-24:
-22: Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
-23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
-24: Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Jesus Christ walked on this earth and through his own believing faith, he offered himself for sinful man, and he was crucified and buried for all of humanity, humanity who always came up short of the glory of God based upon the sin nature and one’s own works. But thankfully, and praise God, that Jesus Christ’s work completed what was lacking on our part, freely giving us the righteousness of God.

Christ Jesus was the name given to him as he was resurrected to fulfill our inability to acquire the glory of God to the extent that we may be justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

At this moment in time by grace, we are endowed with the actual glory of God (Romans 15:7, and Ephesians 1:18), because we have the glory of Christ Jesus in our hearts (II Timothy 2:10, and I Peter 1:8), as part of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge we have received through our redemption in Christ. “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus” (I Peter 5:10), and we, “are all one in {in who? in} Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28), and therefore, we are all partakers of his glory. . .”

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