No Way!

And I {Jesus} give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is {even} greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand- John 10:28-29. A man once told my friend (a Christian), that he was going to hell because he did not attend his church ― my retort to that is ‘Scripture and verse, please.’ That man thought he was bigger than our heavenly Father and foolishly believed that my friend could be plucked out of the hands of Jesus and God. We shall never perish, for our eternal life is assured by Christ who is the topic of the Scriptures, and he guarantees that we are safely held in the hand of our heavenly Father. Oh, and my friend now knows where he is going ― to Heaven!” ~LMJ~

Who Dat Between God and Man?

“The Word of God, whether written, spoken, preached, or read (and mentally perceived), will always make known Christ who is the mediator between God and men. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus– I Timothy 2:5. The Scriptures make known Christ Jesus, and as we come to know him from the Scriptures, he becomes empowered to fulfill his mission of revealing the spiritual realities of Him Who dwells atop heaven’s throne. Then, as God becomes known, He will begin manifesting Himself in our lives and in our heart’s quest for spiritual fulfillment and heavenly understanding.” ~LMJ~

God Is No Respecter of Persons

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Acts 10:34:  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Before Peter actually spoke the words in the verse above, he thought that God was only the God of the people of Israel. God literally had to prove to Peter that his thinking was wrong, and finally Peter himself began to understand that God was not a respecter of people. Peter began to realize what God was trying to teach him all along (Acts 10:9-16), and this is why Peter confessed, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.”

Today God is still the same — He has not changed, as we read in Malachi 3:6, “For I am the LORD, I change not.” Since God never changes, then He must still be no respecter of persons, no, not even at this moment in time. God never looks at the appearance of anyone, and He does not favor one group of people above another. God always looks at the heart, and He always blesses people who will simply believe in Him. Social standing in society may use boundaries or group classifications, but our God never does. The LORD our God said to Samuel, “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

Romans 2:11:  For there is no respect of persons with God.

God never looks at your bank account or your clothes or your shoes or the car you drive before deciding whether or not you are worthy of His kingdom and glory, and He never looks at your friends or the clubs and organizations you belong to before deciding whether or not you are worthy to enter into His glory.

I Peter 1:17:  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here {on earth} in fear {in respect for God}:

God looks at every man’s work. The work always represents our believing of the Scriptures, not the jobs we currently have or whether or not we are a good worker, although being a good worker is always a good way to pass the day. God is always concerned about our believing, for this He can and will honor, and this is the only criterion that God ever notices. Do we believe the Scriptures or do we not? This is God’s concern, because when and where we believe, we will receive from Him, and it is His pleasure to reward us according to our believing.

Colossians 1:10:   That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.

I Thessalonians 1:3:   Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

When we increase in the knowledge of God, we increase in the WORK of believing-faith, labor of love, and patience of hope which will inspire us to remember and consider that we are ever in the sight of God. We can learn of God’s respect that He holds for His children, and that you, my friend, are a child of God, and this Scripture enforces the comforting knowledge that He is truly our Father!

So today recall from time to time while you are spending your day down here that God the Almighty looks up to you as His child, and He endows you with His own honor and respect (Psalms 91:14-16). This same respect you may also learn to have for your fellow man; this is a God-like character that can set the believing Christian apart, and perhaps inspire a lost soul into returning back home to his Creator and the respect of God.

Hebrews 6:10:   For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

 

The Candidate Who is Seeking Christ

“In I Corinthians 1:24 we read that Christ {is} the wisdom of God. Without Christ, a non-seeking individual will remain in a state of spiritual inertness without access to the God of heaven and His true wisdom. Conversely, the candidate who is seeking Christ in the Word of God will find it is with pleasure that Jesus will always give men and women unhindered access to his Father’s true wisdom, nature, and love. Through this doorway, we may delightfully approach God with open hearts to receive His love and guidance.” ~LMJ~

Mark – Revealing Our Ideal Servant

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus Christ as the ideal servant who displayed and revealed the epitome of what it is to be a servant of God in his service to his fellow man.

Jesus Christ, God’s servant in the Gospel of Mark, was prophesied in Zechariah 3:8: “behold, I {God} will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.” The “branch” is the offspring of God, and God calls Jesus Christ “my servant” because throughout his life he served God unconditionally while continually giving his life in service to his fellow man.

Jesus displayed what was considered in the first century to be the lowest earthly position that a man could have (a servant), yet by doing so, Jesus showed to humanity the limits of what he was willing to do to redeem men and women back to God.

In Mark there is no genealogy recorded because a servant has no social standing based on his ancestors, but is rather accredited only by the service he would do.

In Mark’s Gospel there is very little fanfare in the form of salutations, and there are no details regarding his birth. In the first chapter (verse 9) Jesus goes right to work in his ministry as he served man with an inner quality of heavenly dignity.

Mark 10:43-45:
– 43: But so shall it not be among you {lording over people}: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister {your servant}:
-44: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
-45: For even the Son of man {Jesus Christ} came not to be ministered unto {not to have people serve him}, but to minister {to serve as a servant}, and to give his life a ransom for many.

What caused this discourse that Jesus was having with his Apostles was that some of them wanted Jesus simply to grant them the highest positions as favors. When the other Apostles found out what they wanted Jesus to do for them, they all began arguing about who would be privileged in Jesus’ eyes to have the high positions.

Jesus began to teach them as only the servant of servants could teach, because he was their example as well as ours of what an ideal servant really is. He taught them that the more one would serve with the heart of service, then the greater or “the chiefest” he would become.

Then Jesus explains his own ministry (in verse 45), and how far Jesus would go in service, “to give his life a ransom for many.” The word “minister” literally means that the service one would render to another would be the kind of service that would bring benefits to both the recipient and the giver. Our English word deacon comes from the Greek word “minister,” which is used in the above verses.

In the Epistle of Ephesians, we see that no matter whether we work as a sanitary engineer or a NASA engineer, we could always look to the life of Jesus Christ and see the greatest example of a servant.

Ephesians 6:5-8:
-5: Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh {our bosses in the secular world}, with fear {respect and reverence} and trembling {having an eager concern to please}, in singleness of your heart, as {working, or serving} unto Christ;
-6: Not with eye-service, as menpleasers {making sure that someone sees you working}; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
-7: With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: {Because we are servants of God in the sense that we want to please Him, men will obviously benefit as well.}
-8: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord {because we reap what we sow, Galatians 6:9}, whether he be bond or free.

We are in Christ’s stead today and as we discover God’s prophesied servant, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 42:1) exemplified in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus can reveal to us the spiritual realities that the greatest freedom in all of this life comes to men and women proportionally to their service for God in love. “As free, and not using your liberty {of spiritual freedom} for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God” (I Peter 2:16).

The Bible teaches that we are the children of God, His sons and daughters; however, as His beloved children we can become servants to our fellow man. With God’s calling and blessings, we are indeed His children and He is our Father; this is our vertical relationship to Him, however, horizontally to one another our relationships can be in service.

On account of us being the children of God, we may expect His blessings as we serve Him through following the examples of Our Ideal Servant – Jesus Christ.