The Prize

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Philippians 3:11-12:
-11: If by any means I might obtain unto the resurrection of the dead.
-12: Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

In verse 11 the Apostle Paul wanted, if possible, to be alive when Christ returns. The word “obtain” literally means to be here on earth (alive), the word “unto” means to reach the destination fully, and the “resurrection” in the Greek text means a rising out from among (the dead). Paul wanted to be alive at the “out resurrection” of the dead. The Christians who have passed away would be those who are raised out and up from among all the dead, but Paul hoped to be alive when Christ returned.

At the return is when Paul, you, and I will be perfected with our new bodies. The hope that Paul followed in his believing was to anticipate, every day, the actual return of Christ. Paul wanted to actually be here physically to see his body change from earthly to heavenly. This is the prize that God will give to the living believers. It is certain that there are many more Christians (through the centuries) that have fallen asleep in Jesus, and in the scope of this bigger picture, the living will be few in comparison with all who will be raised at Christ’s return. The living will have the blessing to experience the actual changing of our old earthly bodies into new heavenly bodies and to have this in our memories for eternity.  We may look forward to this wonderful prize.

Philippians 3:13-14:
-13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended {the prize yet}: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind {the past}, and reaching forth unto those things which are before {the return},
-14: I press toward the mark {finish line} for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

What a magnificent lesson we have here. First, Paul teaches that the “one thing” has two aspects: (1) forgetting the past, and (2) reaching forward. The reason for this is that only as we let the past fall by the wayside will we have room for the hope of the future, the hope in Christ’s return, to receive the prize. This is the believer’s “high calling.” We all have been called into God’s grace, but the high point of His calling will be the return of Christ!

With the anticipation of our future hope, the past can be put to rest. Looking forward to the return of Christ, anticipating the joy and excitement of this marvelous prize, to obtain “the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” is the believer’s greatest hope because it will deliver over to you one of the greatest prizes that can be received. It is receiving an eternal treasure even before you arrive into heaven (for you will be transformed as your feet leave this earth), and in heaven is where and when you will receive all the rest of your rewards for believing God’s Word today.

How Many Things? – All!

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose– Romans 8:28. How many things according to God’s Word work together for good? All things will work together for good! These good things God desires and gives to them who love Him. It is a misunderstanding of biblical light to assume that some of us were not called according to God’s purpose. Every person who God has ever called was called according to His purpose!” ~LMJ~

The Hope That Purifies

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 3:1 – BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

To “behold” is to admire, to recognize, and to fathom the actual love bestowed upon us by our heavenly Father. We are “called the sons God”; this is an all-inclusive noun for all the children of God, male and female, young and old. God being our Father has given to us His own characteristics, namely (from the above verse) His love, the like of which the world has never known because the world has never known the Father. Nevertheless, we may actually know God as our very own Father in His love.

I John 3:2 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and {in the future} it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

We do not become sons (and daughters) of God at some point in the future because we are already the sons of God! However, in the future what it will really mean to be His sons is beyond our comprehension. God has made us heirs of heaven’s throne with every right and privilege that genuine sons and daughters deserve. The details have yet to be revealed regarding the significance of all that we truly have.

However, this we can know: when Christ returns for us we will be just like him. For then we will see him as he currently is. When Christ was raised from the dead he had a new body of unimaginable splendor. He could travel the lengths of the universe in the blink of an eye, appear and disappear at will, and be recognized only when he wanted to be recognized. This is how he is! This is how we will see him when he returns.  This is how we will be, when he returns. What glorious hope we have!

I John 3:3 – And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he {Jesus Christ} is pure.

To become what God’s Word promises is our hope, and as we put our trusting hope in this truth, we become purified (today) as much as Christ is pure. The hope of Jesus Christ’s return purifies the heart and soul of believers today because the hope itself is a pure, godly endeavor to hope for and believe in.

Hope in Christ’s return for you is a godly desire, and this hope will continue to purify you equally and proportionately to the purity of Christ himself.

Please have a wonderful day knowing that you are already heaven-bound, called by His Excellency, the Creator of the heavens and earth to be His very own children enjoying His love that is currently within your heart. As you continue believing in the hope, the hope of Christ’s return, you will continuously purify your heart and mind to the pure healing will of God’s Word. God bless you!

The Call of Jesus

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me– John 10:27. When you answer the call of Jesus today, you allow him into your heart. When you hear His wonderful voice, you may recall how he has been calling you all along, even since your childhood! It certainly will bless his life to bless your life for allowing him into your heart as you begin dining together on the bread of life (God’s Word, if any man hear my voice {Jesus’}, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me- Revelation 3:20), and enjoying your close personal relationship with him who gave his utmost for you.” ~LMJ~