That’s Just Terrific!

“Colossians 3:3 reads, For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Well, being dead does not sound all that terrific! Yet what this means from the Greek Text is that spiritually we have died to sin (Romans 6:2, I Peter 2:24), and to the law (Romans 7:4, Galatians 2:19), and now we are spiritually raised to completely live in our new nature of heavenly life in the glory of God (Romans 6:1ff).” ~LMJ~

Jesus Took (So We Could Receive)

“Jesus took our sins, our condemnations, our shortcomings, and our faults to his cross and buried them there at Calvary (John 1:20 and I Peter 2:24), yet man feels so inadequate at times that he tries to dig them up and cloak himself with his old nature (see Romans 6:4 and Colossians 1:20-22). But by doing so, he denies to himself his new life and nature in Christ which is given to shine forth from his inner heart (see Romans 8:1-18, II Corinthians 5:17, and Colossians 1:27; 3:1-2).” ~LMJ~

God’s Wish

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

III John 2:
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

III John 2 is God’s wish; His wish above anything else is that we may prosper and be in health. The word “wish” literally means prayer. Noting that God actually prays for our well-being is interesting because usually we think of prayer as a one-way street, from man to God. However, III John 2 sheds light that God actually prays for us, and His prayer is His own believing. God not only prays but He also shows us in His Word many wonderful details on how to raise our believing so that He may fulfil His prayer.

Deuteronomy 8:18a:
But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth. . .

Not only does God give us power to get wealth but He also gives us “power” to enjoy wealth when we receive it. Often people with wealth are so busy acquiring and stockpiling it that they never seem to enjoy it; however, God’s will for us is to enjoy our lives with all that He gives.

Ecclesiastes 5:19:
Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

This gift does not necessarily mean that God will cause you to be rich beyond your wildest dreams, but that He wants you to have enough to enjoy the more abundant life (John 10:10a). In III John 2 the word “prosper” means to have a prosperous journey (Romans 1:10). In this journey that we are on in this life (on our way to heaven), God is willing and able to supply our every need (Romans 4:21; Philippians 4:19). In Psalms 103:3 we read, “. . . who {God} healeth all thy diseases”; we have the God-given right to believe in and claim our health “in the name of Jesus Christ” (Matthew 8:17; John 14:13-14), and there is nothing more valuable or enriching in this life than mental, physical, and spiritual health. Jesus Christ actually gave his own life to help raise our believing for health.

I Peter 2:24:
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

In III John 2 the words “even as thy soul prospereth” represents your actual life (your soul), and soul means, “breath life,” that which makes you – you. The soul is the inner consciousness where one reasons and processes information. “Prospereth,” means the journey you are on, and when God’s Word begins to have place in your thinking and reasoning, then you will become ever more in tune to God’s prayer.

The Word of God effectually works (I Thessalonians 2:13) as you continue believing with God from your heart to receive His bountiful goodness and blessings upon your life.

Exodus – Revealing Our True Passover

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In Christendom we normally think of the Passover as a Jewish festival or holiday, and for the most part the word Passover hardly comes up except when talking about the last supper. Today we will see that Jesus Christ is not only our true Passover but that he is our exodus and redemption from the bondage of sin. The word Exodus means a way out, a departure (from bondage). The children of Israel were living as slaves under horrendous conditions in Egypt and God was going to set them free and bring them into the Promised Land, and to commence this deliverance God initiated the Passover.

The Passover lamb had two major components, one was the body itself, and two was the blood. In the very night that Israel left Egypt they sprinkled the Passover lambs’ blood on their doorposts and ate the flesh. The blood was not simply used to allow death to pass over their homes; the blood was for the forgiveness of their sins, while the flesh (body) when eaten was for their healing. This is why during the forty years in the wilderness they were not sick.

In Exodus 12:11 the Passover is called “the LORD’S Passover.” God gave the children of Israel two wonderful things that strengthened their frail minds and bodies for the task and journey ahead, forgiveness in order that they may have a good conscience to believe God, and healing so they could go the distance through the barren desert. They were to have a Passover once a year, as a reminder of their redemption from slavery and sin; this was to help strengthen their believing and enjoyment in having the God-given freedom to choose their destinies without oppression.

John 1:36 – And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he {John the Baptist} saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

John was a Levite, and as a Levite he was a priest of the Most High God. John the Baptist in the above verse pointed out to Israel the true Passover Lamb of God. The lambs were symbolic, but the Lamb of God would redeem Israel and the world from the bondage of sin for our eternity and would become our spiritual exodus and entrance to the right hand of God.

Luke 9:31 – Who {Moses and Elijah spoke to Jesus in a “vision”} appeared in glory, and spake of his {Jesus’} decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

The word “decease” is the Greek word exedon and means exodus. Jesus’ exodus for humanity would be accomplished at Jerusalem. The word “accomplish” means to complete, to fill to the brim, and when Jesus Christ gave himself for us he became the Passover for the entire world, this is why in the Christian Church we do not need to sacrifice lambs. Jesus Christ was the final sacrifice; he fulfilled – once for all – our eternal exodus into his own heavenly glory.

Our Passover – Jesus Christ – he has delivered us from spiritual death to eternal life, he redeemed us from the bondage of sin (and sins), and to the righteousness of God.

Knowing our Passover will give us a clear conscience to walk daily, moment by moment with our heavenly Father.

I Corinthians 5:7b – . . . For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:

During the last hours prior to Jesus’ crucifixion he initiated the communion which represents for all of us his accomplishments that would be perfected and accomplished at Jerusalem. When Jesus was crucified his precious blood ran down his cross at the doorpost and threshold of eternity, giving us an eternal entrance into the promised land and home of His Holiest, with the gift of eternal redemption that daily abides within our very hearts.

I Peter 2:24 – Who {Jesus Christ} his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should {now} live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.