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.

 

God Is Not Forgetful (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Having just returned from the grocery store and realizing that I forgot an item that the kids needed, I am sure that another trip to the store is forthcoming. However, and thankfully our God is not forgetful, He will always remember His promises to us.

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.

A “saint” is a fellow believer and one who is saved, made holy, and sanctified by God. Our God will always remember the work we do and in an earlier study we saw that the work we do is to believe His Word. Now here in Hebrews 6:10 God mentions our “labor of love” and this love has a direction “toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints.” To minister is to help one another, and whenever believers help other believers and they can do so out of love, then this brings glory to the name of our God. God Himself will never forget your labor of love or the glory your giving has given to His name. God most definitely will reward us throughout all eternity for anything and everything that we believers do for one another out of love.

Mark 9:41 – For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Can you imagine giving only a cup of water to another human being will bring you a reward in heaven? Do you know what? God will not forget when you give in love, and He will reward you now and throughout eternity. These are promises from God and from Jesus Christ! And do you know what else? The water we give in the name of Christ will taste better (for it will be “blessed”) when given in love because God will indeed bless it.

When we look for opportunities to simply bless others for the sake of love, and not simply just looking for the reward, the blissful rewards will be even more abundant. God is not forgetful; He remembers your labor of love (I Thessalonians 1:3). So when the opportunity arises to help someone out in one way or another, please do so out of your personal love and devotion to God. And remember that your labor of love will not be wasted (even if someone else does not thank you), because our God will reward you richly.

Heirs of Salvation

Are they {angels} not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation- Hebrews 1:14? All of the angels are sent from Him to minister, protect, and watch over those who shall be heirs of salvation; they are guardian angels. Before our salvation we had guardian angels (along with those who have yet to be saved), protecting our very existence until we accept our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we become saved, God gives us holy spirit, placing Christ within our very hearts and Jesus becomes our captain, eternal guardian, and the anchor of our souls.” ~LMJ~

Joshua – Revealing Our Captain of Salvation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the book of Joshua an angel appeared to Joshua and when he saw the angel he was unsure about why the angel appeared, Joshua asked him “Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?” I am confident that if I saw what Joshua saw I would also wonder what was up, the angel replied:

Joshua 5:14a – And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.

The captain of the host of the LORD meant that this angel was Michael the Archangel who fights for God’s people (Daniel 12:1), and thus he had his sword in his hand. The angel’s eloquent salutation must have set Joshua’s heart to rest and provided comfort amidst being surrounded on all sides by enemies and being disheartened at the decease of Moses, his teacher (Joshua 1:2). God had provided His angel, Michael, as He did for Moses and the children of Israel (Exodus 23:22-23, and Isaiah 63:9), which was ample encouragement for Joshua to continue leading Israel over the River Jordan and into the Promised Land.

Hebrews 2:10 – For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain {Jesus} of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

“Many sons” means every born again believer, whether we are male or female, Jesus through his sufferings for us has brought us to his very own glory. Jesus Christ is the captain of our salvation that we have received. In the book of Joshua we can see the many victories that the believers had, and find “the captain of the Lord of hosts” blazing a trail of deliverance before them, in the same manner we can also find our very own captain of salvation, who blazed the trail that leads us to the total victory of an endless life.

Hebrews 1:14 – Are they {angels} not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

All of the angels are sent from Him to minister, protect, and watch over those “who shall” be heirs of salvation, they are guardian angels. Before our salvation we had guardian angels (and those who have yet to be saved), protecting our very existence until we accept our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we become saved, God gives us holy spirit, placing Christ within our very hearts and Jesus becomes our captain, eternal guardian, and the anchor of our souls.

Hebrews 6:19-20a:
-19: Which hope {in Christ} we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil {of heaven itself};
-20a: Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, . . .

Once we become saved, we have Jesus Christ fighting for us, receiving his wisdom and spiritual revelation of the true meaning of having God and Christ within our lives.

Hebrews 13:2 – Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

This verse does not imply that we should be looking for angels around every corner. Rather, it means that when we entertain strangers, and they have not yet been saved, but are to be heirs of salvation, they themselves absolutely have a guardian angel, watching over their souls. When we help them into their own salvation and show them, the captain of our salvation – Jesus Christ – simultaneously we would be entertaining their guardian angels, with the healing Word of God. Before our salvation we also had a guardian angel, usually we were unaware of their presence, because we did not know the Word of God, or the captain of our salvation. Sure, people wonder if angels are somewhere around, but it is not until we become saved that we learn that we had at least one watching over our lives, as the captain of our salvation now does today and forever.

The Crown of Rejoicing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The crown of rejoicing is by far the greatest crown in the sense that we may partake of the joy in the here and now. The crown of rejoicing that we can receive when Christ returns is given to us for winning lost souls to the Lord Jesus Christ. Whenever someone whom we have witnessed to becomes saved, the joy that we will experience can at times become so overwhelming that we almost feel that we need to ask God to cool it down some because our hearts can bubble over with inner spiritual joy.

It is so exciting and thrilling to our hearts whenever someone actually believes the words that come from out of our hearts and mouths regarding the wonderful healing Word and will of God.

This wonderful action of speaking up causes us to become so thankful that we ourselves have received our own personal salvation, and we experience the same thrills that the people we witness to experience when they finally believe themselves in the Word that works effectually in anyone who believes.

I Thessalonians 2:13 – For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye receive it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that {do one thing and one thing only:} believe.

When we simply accept the Scriptures as the actual Word of God, and we believe them, then the Word begins working effectually within our lives. When we share this wonderful Word of God that we believe to someone else and they believe, then the Word will work equally as well for them.

This, my friend, is what brings so much joy into our lives, not to mention the crown of rejoicing that will be given to us when Christ returns. There are no requirements as to how many people we can share God’s Word with, even if we simply introduced one person to Christ in our life we will receive the crown of rejoicing.

I Thessalonians 2:19-20:
-19: For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? {The people Paul witnessed to who believed him will also be brought into “the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming.”}
-20: For ye are our glory and joy.

Over the years God has been presented to people in a most negative way. Some people threaten the unsaved with the supposed wrath of God, preaching hellfire and condemnation to bring others to the point of accepting Christ. This is totally wrong and shameful to share God’s Word in this manner because God is love!

I Peter 4:10-11:
-10: As every man {believer} hath received the gift {of salvation}, even so minister the same {gift} one to another, as good stewards of the manifold {abundantly diverse and ever growing} grace of God,
-11: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God {utterances and declarations of God’s manifold grace}; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.

When we present God in the favorable light of His healing Word, then we are truly striving according to the rule book of life. No good thing will God withhold from us who share of His salvation and grace, and in return we can know in our hearts that the people we bring to the Lord will cause our hearts to rejoice with “glory and joy!”

Philippians 3:20-21; 4:1:
-20: For our conversation {our citizenship is the Text} is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ;
-21: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious {and resurrected} body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {he is able to bring all those who believe} unto himself.
-1: Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

When Christ returns for us we will enjoy the privilege of being the sons and daughters of God who live in the heavenlies with Christ. We shall receive glorious new bodies and we will enjoy our heavenly citizenship with those whom we have rescued from this world.

When that glorious day comes we can receive the crown of rejoicing for being faithful witnesses and stewards of the manifold grace of God.

To be continued in Many Crowns