Christ is Physically in Heaven and You Are Physically on the Earth, but Christ Is Spiritually in You on Earth, and You Are Spiritually in Christ in Heaven

“The Epistle of Ephesians shows us that God has set us up on high with Christ Jesus. Yes, we are physically here upon this earth. However, Ephesians also reveals God’s true spiritual viewpoint of us, that we are already spiritually seated in the heavenlies with Christ. Ephesians guides us with heavenly insights about how to enjoy our new life together with Christ.” ~LMJ~

A.| Christ is physically in heaven. (at the right hand of God, holding our seat)

B.| Christ in you. (our standing with-in him)

C.| Christ is making intersession. (to God for us in heaven, our witness)

A.| You are spiritually in the heavenlies with Christ. (seated with him)

B.| You in Christ. (your fellowship with him)

C.| You make intersession for Christ. (in his stead on earth, his witnesses)

Ecclesiastes – Revealing Our Duty

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Ecclesiastes is really written to men and women who think with their hearts, who have had the deepest desire to understand and walk with God. David’s tenth son, Solomon, the second child born to Bath-sheba wrote Ecclesiastes.  He was the richest man in the Bible.  Solomon was also someone whom God greatly loved.

In I Chronicles chapter 1, God asked Solomon what he wanted, and God would give it to him. Solomon only asked for wisdom and knowledge, and because he didn’t ask for riches God gave to him both riches in extraordinary amounts of abundance, and wisdom with the knowledge to apply the wisdom of God.

There were many times that Solomon disobeyed God’s Word and did what he felt like doing, yet towards the end of his days he again began searching and finding his God because he found his Savior Christ in the Scriptures.

In Ecclesiastes, as Solomon looks back upon his life and reflects on all that he knew, all that he did, and all that he had, he finally came to the conclusion that without Christ and God in his life ─ life itself was just not exciting.

In Ecclesiastes he writes of the heart of the matter, finding reason and purpose to life itself, and today we will see the conclusion of all that Solomon’s wisdom had discovered:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

“Fear God” is a term that some people use to imply that without being genuinely fearful of God, His wrath and vengeance, then they say that God cannot and will not bless the believer’s life. Yet this is totally untrue, God always loves us.  The word “fear” means to have respect, to give reverence with honor to God. Never does God want His children to be afraid of Him for any reason whatsoever!

When we look to Jesus Christ as the way to the Father, he can teach us how to genuinely love God without fear. He said in John 14:31, “But that the world may know that I love the Father.” Jesus wanted us to know by his example that he also loved, and he knows how to not only love, but also he knows how to teach us how to love and respect our heavenly Father.

Then verse 13 says, “and keep his commandments.” Again as we look to Jesus we see that in Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus combines all the Laws and commandments into two and the two are to love God and our neighbor as ourselves, and without knowing Christ we would become totally burnt out trying to keep all of God’s commandments. However, when we walk in love toward God and our fellow man, then we can only be pleasing to God.

Thirdly the verse says “for this is the whole duty of man,” this is not some of the duty, not the best part of our duty, but our only duty is to love and respect God, and walk in love.

There was a time in Solomon’s life that he refused God’s instruction, and misinterpreted the Word of God, and as a result of that he lost his duty to God.  Solomon spent years contemplating the essence of life without God, yet when he again began looking to Christ, he found his way and finally recognized his duty and began enjoying life again.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He {God} hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world {the ages} in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning {of the ages} to the end {of the ages}.

God gave man the heart to quest and realize that there is a spiritual force and power behind life (Romans 1:20), yet that force (Who is God) is just out of man’s reach until he comes to know his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. John 1:17 teaches us that “the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he {the Son} hath declared him.

Jesus Christ’s mission has always been to make known God (to know Him Who was in the beginning of the ages) and he assures us that (in the end of the ages), our final resting place will be eternally with our heavenly Father.

Romans 11:33-36 teaches us that man of his own abilities cannot discover God’s judgments, nor His true ways, nor can he fully know God’s thoughts or be His counsellor. But when Jesus Christ comes into our hearts and lives, we can put on in our minds the thoughts of Christ who in turn reveals the Father. I Corinthians 2:16 reads, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? {The answer is no one can.} But we have the mind of Christ.”

When we put on the mind of Christ by putting on God’s Word, then we will receive the “mind of Christ,” and his mind gives understanding to us so that we may discover our true duty before God.

To honor, respect, and love Him and to love our fellow man. This is the only heartfelt conclusion to life that we have in Jesus Christ and this is what will satisfy the believer’s inner quest for true spirituality.

God’s Church Is Made up of Individual Believers

“The Scriptures in the Old Testament times referred to two basic classifications of people, the children of Israel and unbelievers. In the New Testament there is a third classification called the Church of God (i.e., the body of Christ), Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God– I Corinthians 10:32. Individual believers make up this new Church of God, chosen from those of Israel who believe on Jesus Christ as their Savior, and unbelievers (also called Gentiles) who would also believe on Jesus Christ as their Savior, wherein they become neither Jew nor Greek {Gentile}, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus– Galatians 3:28. In the world there are hundreds of groups and classifications of people, but from God’s perspective, the people of the whole world are only one of the three, and I pray you are one in the Church with me.” ~LMJ~

God Is Light

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 I John 1:5:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

What a divine message this is to declare to the children of God, that “God is light,” and in Him there is no darkness at all! Growing up I thought that God brought harm to His children when they made mistakes. Nevertheless, if this were true, then there certainly would be darkness in Him; however, and thankfully our “God is light,” and He is the essence of life, energy, and creation.

Ephesians 5:8:
For ye were sometimes {in} darkness {before salvation}, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

In our last study, we saw that “God is Spirit,” and we were encouraged in the Scriptures to walk in the spirit, and now we see that “God is light” and we are encouraged to walk as children of light. When we walk in the light of God’s Word, we indeed walk in God Who is light!

I Thessalonians 5:5a:
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: . . .

Indeed, we are “the children of light, and the children of the day.” “Children of the day” is a description of us today, for every day we are now and always will be God’s precious children. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” declares the message in I John 3:2, because it is so. Even though sometimes you might think – “I’m more like a child of the night,” remember that there is nothing that you could do so wrong that you were no longer your earthly mother and father’s son or daughter – the same is true of us as God’s precious family.

James 1:17-18:
-17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above {from God}, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. {Because God emanates light from every direction leaving no shadow, thus, “in Him is no darkness at all.”}
-18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures {creation}.

Isn’t the Word of God so inspiring? We were “begat” (or begotten), meaning that we are born into God’s light, and into His very own household (Ephesians 2:19), and we verify this throughout “the word of truth.” The more we discover the “Father of lights,” the more light is introduced into our lives allowing us to see the treasure we are and illuminating the treasures we truly have in Christ.

When walking in the light one can discover the warmth of the Father’s eternal embrace, for as God is light, so are you in this world!

On the Comfy Settee There Is Togetherness

“{God} made us sit {at rest} together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus– Ephesians 2:6. We have been seated together with Christ in heavenly places, giving us inner rest that comes to us without works (Ephesians 2:8-9), so come on up and enter in, take your shoes off, and when you sit down you will discover just how comfy it feels to be in Christ Jesus.” ~LMJ~