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.

John – Revealing Our Example – the Son of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospel of John, Jesus Christ is revealed as the beautiful and glorious Son of God, for he is the “branch” i.e., the offspring of the Lord our God.

John’s Gospel shows to us how Jesus Christ revealed his Father to a greater extent than was ever known to humanity since the days of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We see how Jesus prayed and gave glory to God as an example of how we today can walk in his steps with the same degree of fellowship that the Son of God had with his Father.

In John we can really see the far-reaching extent of the love Jesus had for man and God. We find Jesus weeping over the death of Lazarus, and how he walked with great compassion to his fellow man, not only to those of Israel, but to the Samaritans and to the Gentiles as well, for Jesus was (and still is) to the world – the gift of God (John 3:16).

Isaiah 4:2 – In that day shall the branch of the LORD {the Son of Jehovah} be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel {those who believe from the nation of Israel}.

John 20:31 – But these are written {the Gospel of John}, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

In all of the Gospels we can find Jesus Christ as the King, the Servant, the Man, and the Son of God, yet each Gospel highlights a different aspect of the life of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

In John’s Gospel we can follow the teachings of Christ as he represents the true voice of God and redeems men and women back to his Father so that we may become sons and daughters of God.

John 7:16 – Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his {God’s} that sent me.

John 8:28 – Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man {as we lift him up onto the pedestal of our hearts and embrace him in our minds}, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

John 8:46-47a:
-46: Which of you convinceth {convicts} me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
-47a: He that is of God heareth God’s words {for they are His}: . . .

John 12:49-50:
-49: For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
-50: And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

John 14:10 – Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works {God backed up every word Jesus spoke with infallible proofs, then and now}.

John 14:24 – He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

John 17:8 – For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

Jesus Christ revealed the Father not only when he was physically here walking on earth, but does so throughout the entire healing Word of God, and even today he continues for he lives in our hearts (Romans 8:10-17).

Jesus Christ is Our Example – the Son of God, for he continues revealing to us how to walk with God as His very own sons and daughters. I John 3:2 states “Beloved, now {not someday but right “now”} are we the sons {“sons” is an all-inclusive noun} of God.”

Grace – Sought for – Leads to God’s Safe Passages Through the Storms of This Life!

“The birds are still out there making their nests just as they did in the Garden of Eden. Even though these days the birds may be using yarns, strings, plastics, twigs, pieces of wire, or an assortment of other trash to construct their homes, they are still working exclusively for the benefit of man, but with a continuously heavier workload as this earth continues to deteriorate. This work has nothing to do with evolution; rather it is survival and not simply the survival of the fittest, but survival of man.  This is all being done by them to give (provide) man the best possible chance to make their way back up to God’s grace, That they {you and me} should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us– Acts 17:27. You do not find grace by knowing or looking up its meaning, and cannot find grace just because you can read about it in your Bible, as anyone, even sinners of the highest magnitude can read the Bible (and often do), but you find grace when you feel its presence, begin enjoying its uplifting delights in your heart, and follow its path that leads you into its source at the harbor of your heavenly Father’s love for you, and discovers His refuge in Christ and God’s safe passages through the storms of this life (Isaiah 25:4), then grace, true heavenly grace appears in abundance and uplifts the human heart to His Majesty’s loving embrace and guidance through this life and into the next!” ~LMJ~

Walking with God

“Walking with God in right believing sounds like a pretty easy road to follow; however, from time to time in life we may make mistakes because no one is perfect, and at other times we may succumb to temptations. Sometimes we may think (or at least wonder) will God ever want me back after this? The answer is: OH yes – a thousand times a thousand He will take us back into His loving arms and spiritually cleanse us from our sins (I John 1:9) so that we may again walk with God in right believing. God’s loving embrace uplifts us into His own unending grace that is upon our very lives, for our names are written in the pages of the living memory (of the book of life) of God Himself.” ~LMJ~