The Elect of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Colossians contains such wonderful truths and it is awe-inspiring for believers to read and learn as they begin or continue in their spiritual walks with God in the knowledge of Christ Jesus our resurrected Savior.  God’s wonderful Word cannot be thoroughly understood in a cursory reading, rather when the believing heart looks to God’s Word for spiritual understanding and guidance, then God begins to reveal Himself in literally byte-sized portions.

When Jesus Christ was physically here, over half of his teachings were less than a single verse of Scripture because he understood the learning process of the human mind in great detail. Yet within those short verses, a world of truth and understanding can be found. For instance: remember when Jesus touched the man with leprosy (Luke 5:12-13)? On first glance we may suspect that Jesus had a magic finger; however, the word touched meant that Jesus embraced this man with a hug (lovingly)! Can you now picture Jesus walking up to this man whose body was literally falling apart and holding him in his arms as the leprosy completely subsided? WOW, this was much more than a touching moment not only for the leper but also for the masses who were watching this demonstration of the love of God that Jesus was displaying.

Jesus’ loving embrace completely set the leper free! This indeed is a wonderful study in God’s healing Word, yet it is only a fragment of Scripture, for with byte-sized morsels of the living bread of life God literally teaches His children.  From time to time in our own lives as we look into the Scriptures we also can spiritually feel the eternal embrace that comes from our heavenly Father, and our resurrected Savior Christ Jesus!

Colossians 3:8-10:
-8: But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
-9:  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
-10:  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

In the Epistles, whenever the Word is asking us to put off something the Word always gives us something else to replace it with. In Colossians God is asking us to put off some incredible ill feelings that spill out into words that will only hurt us eventually. The words, “old man” represents who we were before salvation, and the “new man” represents the Christ within, and God is encouraging us to put this new man on in our minds. The new man can be continually renewed in knowledge after the image of God, Who created the Christ within.

Colossians 3:11-13:
-11:  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
-12:  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
-13:  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Before God’s eyes (and spiritually speaking) we have no earthly credentials because we have Christ within, and we have a heavenly standing that God recognizes. No believer is above or below another in God’s family for we are on the same par because Christ is in all believers equally. We have been elected by God Almighty to partake in the life of Christ. Before we can really forgive others we may, as the elect of God, forgive ourselves (Matthew7:3-5), for then we can genuinely reach out with the love of God and embrace others in the place of our wonderful Savior.

The Fullness Within

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Colossians 2:9-10:
-9:  For in him {Christ} dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
-10:  And ye are complete in him, which {who} is the head of all principality and power.

“Godhead” is old English for God Who is the head, or the head God with no one above or greater than God. The fullness of God dwells in Christ and Christ dwells in us. We have the fullness of God within. When the Bible says we are complete, then we are completely complete because we have received the fullness of God Himself Who is the supreme head over all spiritual powers.

Colossians 2:11-13:
-11:  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.
-12:  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
-13:  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he {God} quickened together with him {Christ}, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Verse 11 states our circumcision is not made by hands, meaning not by our works, but rather we received a spiritual circumcision that cut us off from the sin nature and separates us from the sins that saturate the world by our receiving “the circumcision of Christ.” This means that as Christ is not subject to the sins of the world, neither are we, for we are in his stead (II Corinthians 5:20). We were baptized into the death of Jesus Christ by virtue of our believing on him, and we were then risen with Christ through or by way of the actual believing faith of the operation or energy of God Who raised Christ Jesus from the dead. This is why believers in the Christian Church today have been quickened, made alive together with Christ, having all of our pasrt sins and trespasses completely forgiven. This is God’s perspective of us, this is how God sees His children, and this is why we have the completeness of God within our hearts.

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

Anything and everything that was ever against the believer (such as fear, guilt, condemnation, and a sinful nature) has been nailed to the cross. We have not received a full pardon, but rather a complete cleansing, it is as though nothing was ever wrong — we can feel as though we always had God in our lives. The completeness of life and freedom that comes to us by having Christ within was prepared for us even before the world began, and is freely given to us on the day we first believed.

Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he {Jesus Christ} made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection has completely spoiled all the negatives of the principalities and powers within the kingdom of darkness. This is why today when we believe in the power that the Epistles reveal to us, then the forces of darkness cannot encompass us or defeat us. Christ spoiled them and triumphed over them for us, and now we can tread above worldly negatives by following in the steps of Christ who has given us our full completeness.

No More Separation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus fulfilled the Law for Israel and thus he redeemed Israel from that Law, then, while upon the cross, two extremely significant things happened for Israel and for the Gentiles (i.e., the rest of the world). One – the “middle wall of partition” was broken down, and two – the “veil of the Temple” was also torn in two. What does this mean to us today living nearly two thousand years later? The Temple in Jerusalem was the place where Israel was to meet God as a nation three times each year (see: Deuteronomy 16:16). The “middle wall” or “wall of separation” was a wall built in the Temple that separated the believing children of Israel from the Gentiles, setting a distinction or barrier between the Gentiles and Israel. Israel was permitted to go inside this “middle wall” and worship God, while the Samaritans, the Gentiles, and any of Israel who were considered unclean had to stay outside.

Ephesians 2:14, 16:
– 14: For he {Jesus} is our peace, who hath made both {Israel and Gentile} one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
-16: And that he {Jesus} might reconcile both {Judean and Gentile} unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby;

On the other hand, the “veil of the Temple” also was a “wall of separation,” or rather it literally was a “curtain of separation,” separating the Priests out from Israel, setting even another distinction within the ranks of Israel. The Levitical Priests were allowed inside this inner Temple veil to an area called the Holy place, and only the high priest was allowed to go into the “Holy of Holies” (innermost sanctuary) once a year on The Day of Atonement. (The Day of Atonement was the tenth day of the seventh month named Tishri from the Old Testament Hebrew calendar which corresponds approximately to our month of September.)

The Priests went past the veil, into the Holy place, to make offerings and perform services and rigorous duties before God.

Once a year on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest went all the way into the Holy of Holies to make reconciliation for the sins of the people, Israel.

On the day Jesus was being crucified he became the atoning sacrifice for the entire world, as divine intervention was tearing down both the “middle wall of partition” as well as the “veil” that separated the priests.

Luke 23:45 – And the sun was darkened {between noon and 3:00 PM; Matthew 27:45}, and the veil of the temple was rent {torn} in the midst {see: Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38},

The “veil” being “torn in two” and the “middle wall of partition” being destroyed or “broken down” put everybody on the same level, leaving no distinctions or barriers or classes between the Priests, Israel, Samaritans, or Gentiles (Galatians 3:27-28).

The accomplished work of Jesus on the cross totally opened the avenue to the heart of God and Jesus became man’s true “mediator between God and men,” leaving no separation or classifications between any man and God.

This completed work of Christ was presented on the day of Pentecost to all men and women who will simply believe.

Today, every believer from the youngest and newest to those who have been standing with God for years have the same privileges in God’s family!

I Timothy 2:4-6:
-4: Who {God} will have all men {without distinction or nationality} to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. {Verses like this is not found in the OT as “all men” could not be saved before Christ.}
-5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus;
-6: Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time {and now is that “due time”}.

Colossians 3:11 – Where {in Christ} there is neither Greek {Gentile} nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian {the lowest of the lowest barbarian}, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all {Christ is our all in all (our every reason to enjoy life), and he is in all believers}.

Hebrews 10:18-20:
-18: Now where remission of these {past sins} is, there is no more offering for sin.
-19: Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest {the Holy of Holies, i.e., the right hand of God with Christ: see Ephesians 2:6,18: and Romans 5:1-2} by {way of} the blood of Jesus,
-20: By a new and living way, which he {Christ} hath consecrated for us, through the veil {of the Holy of Holies}, that is to say, his flesh {when he died on the cross for us};

Colossians 1:22 – In {and with} the body of his flesh through {Jesus’} death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his {God’s} sight;

We are now in the sight of God, and are spiritually seated with Christ, and we are also spiritually able to see eye to eye with the Creator through His Word (I Corinthians 2:9-10), and completely enjoy His fullness (Ephesians 3:19).

Christ has abolished the concepts and ideas of separation between God and man and we are now in God’s complete favor.  Amen, and again I say AMEN!

In Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

II Corinthians 4:15-16:
-15:  For all things are for your sakes {promised to us in the Church Epistles}, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound {to give over the top in thankfulness} to {for} the glory of God.
-16:  For which cause {for the abundant grace contained in the Epistles, which causes us to be bountifully thankful in our giving glory back to our God} we faint not {we will never get tired of thanking God for His abundant grace}; but though our outward man perish {although we continue getting older}, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

The greatness of being a believer is that no matter our current age, we can always put on in our minds the truths recorded is His healing Word, and we may continuously be renewed in the spirit of our minds with truth. In the Epistles the children of God who walk before Him are never called “has-beens” or considered “over the hill,” for the inward man (the Christ within) can always grow as we are encouraged to believe God’s Word and reap the positive rewards promised.

Galatians 4:19 – My little children {from God’s point of view we are always His precious children}, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.

Having Christ formed in you represents the time span that it would take from the point of our salvation until we begin truly realizing our own spiritual light (the new man), and its source, and the learning and knowing of the Christ within (created and placed there by God), and our absolute realization and complete belief of it. When the Word of God really begins lifting our life up and out of the old nature and we begin relying on God’s Word as the words of life and our daily spiritual food, then Christ will be completely formed within our conscious mind. At that point in time when Christ is formed in us, we can spiritually begin growing and shining with effervescence in God’s spiritual light. Then we will also be “in Christ” and true spiritual understanding becomes new in the mind and alive in the heart as divine inspirations begin directing our paths.

Galatians 6:15 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature {new creation}.

This new creation is the spirit that God created in us, it is our “new nature in Christ,” and this new nature places the Christian believers on a spiritual journey with God that continues until the return of Christ when we receive our new spiritual bodies that will be totally renewed in spiritual perfection. The word availeth literally means that we can become strong in our spiritual life, the new creation strengthens plus enhances our walks with the heavenly Father, for the new creation shows us the true strength that Christ within continues giving to us (Philippians 4:13).

II Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature {creation}: old things {in the mind, the old nature} are passed away; behold, all things are become {becoming} new {in our understanding}.

Having Christ within us is our ticket to heaven. In contrast, being “in Christ” is when we are walking with the healing Word of God in our daily lives. As we continue putting on the mind of Christ, the true impressions of Christ will rise to the surface of reason and understanding, and this will present to us unmistakable revelations and inspirations that we truly are in Christ.

God’s Love Energizes Our Believing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

God’s wonderful Word is such a healing comfort to His children as we come to Him with a heart to want to discover His healing will for our lives. His Scriptures are truly written directly to the heart, rather than the head. For when the heart of man opens to the wisdom and guidance of God’s Word, His Word begins to grow within the hearts of searching (and receiving) men and women, young and old, as true spiritual revival awakens from within. God’s words are set like precious treasures, waiting for us to accept and receive the blessings contained therein and prepared for us before the world began (Ephesians 1:3-4).

Galatians 5:6 – For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

This verse hinges the love of God that we have received to opening the door of our believing into the magnificent abundance that is truly awarded by our God. “Circumcision” was (past tense) a requirement in the Old Testament.  It was Israel’s membership into the fold of God’s care, made with a covenant by their own blood. However, Galatians 5:6 states that “neither circumcision availeth any thing,” in other words, circumcision is now out, for with circumcision came Law. But the Old Testament requirements have been made void in Jesus Christ with a new covenant (i.e., New Testament) by his own blood on our behalf. He was the end of the Law, and hailed the beginning of God’s super, divine grace to accompany our own believing faith (Hebrews 12:2), and our entrance into receiving all the fullness and righteousness of our God.

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that beliveth” (Romans 10:4).

“Christ is the end of the law” and if he is the end, then he is the end! Because Christ was the end of the Law, we are now given the righteousness of God by our simply believing in Jesus’ completed work on our behalf. “Uncircumcision” for the Old Testament believers meant a banishment from God and His Word, it was also used to describe unbelief and the unbelievers, people who were not members within the fold of Israel. Nevertheless, today in grace, God has called anybody who will simply believe, whether they are of Israel (Jews), or of the Gentiles (unbelievers), and because Jesus gave his life for everyone, anyone can be saved, and walk into the magnificence of all that God in Christ has made available.

In Galatians 5:6 we read, “but faith worketh by love”; faith makes available the things that God has given to us in His Word. The word “faith” means believing, and the word “worketh” means to energize. In other words; believing is energized and works properly by one thing, and one thing only, and that is love – the love of God. Charity (God’s love) in manifestation energizes our believing, and believing appropriates the promises of God, bringing them into focus, so that we may receive to enjoy, with enthusiastic energy.

Ephesians 2:8 reads “for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Your salvation is a gift, and the “faith” here in Ephesians was Jesus Christ’s own believing faith on your behalf to redeem you with his life. The thing that gave him his believing faith was the love of God that he applied (as an example of his loving which energized his believing); it was the greater love, his own charity, for he lived in love. When you are first a lover, God’s love will effortlessly energize your believing, and your believing will open to you the abundance in God’s healing Word.

Have a great day walking in the “more excellent way.”