Rejoice in the Lord (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Joy is something God gives as a spiritual inner quality of life, while happiness is something man has at times and is conditional upon circumstance. For instance, if someone gave us a Cadillac, we would certainly be happy, but over time as the car wore down and rusted out, the happiness would begin to dwindle, especially when it needed servicing. However, joy can continue to bubble over into rejoicing regardless of any circumstance for it is literally a gift of God, and God’s healing Word continues making known to us the complete fullness of His joy.

I John 1:4 – And these things write we unto you {the Scriptures}, that your joy may be full.

The Scriptures are written so that we may know the complete fullness of having joy. We are not half full of joy, and as we come to God’s Word and allow Him to be our guide, He is able to show us with indisputable revelations that we are completely full of His spiritual joy. When Paul said “Rejoice in the Lord alway” he was referring to an overabundance of joy to the point that it was running over. Rejoice is a repeat performance of having the fullness of joy. God’s instruction to us is not only to have rejoicing always, but to rejoice again and again. Amazingly, Paul wrote this from prison, yet he himself had this inner joy that was overflowing.  He had the practical experience in understanding that God continually blessed his life, even though in his current situation he was incarcerated, yet his life continued to be full of joy and rejoicing (John 15:11).

Philippians 4:5 – Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

“Moderation” means that we are to let our patience and our self-control over life’s circumstances be known. The reason that we can have patience and self-control is first and foremost that we know “the Lord is at hand”; He is always with us so that we need not have fear.  This indeed can inspire others, believers and unbelievers.

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

“Be careful for nothing” is old English and today means to be anxious for nothing, because God indeed will answer our heartfelt prayers. When we give to God our worries, our cares, our concerns, and our fears with “supplication with thanksgiving,” then we will learn to have complete trust that our care is truly in His hands. “Supplication” means a specific need in one’s life, and the Scripture encourages us to make our exact needs known to God in thanksgiving, that is, to be thankful in advance for God giving us the special requests that we ask of Him (Mark 11:24; I John 5:14-15).

Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

“The peace of God” is another spiritual quality of life that God freely gives to us. This peace far surpasses all human understanding, yet we can know with complete assurance and serenity because we indeed have the peace of God in our lives. As we continue in our personal prayer life to God, He continues showing us His peace that not only is in our hearts but all around us. The word “keep” means to watch over and guard us, to spiritually protect our hearts and infuse our minds with tranquil peace. This is the very purpose for why we have the peace of God – to have peace with God. The Epistle of Philippians is such an inspiring revelation that it compels us to praise God for His wonderful Word, and so as the Apostle said “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

God’s Faithful Calling

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

God is always faithful to what His Word says, His promises to you are always true, and His calling you into His family is not a mistake. God the Creator of heaven and earth has loved you before time began, you were always in the foreknowledge of His mind, and He has always watched over your life.

God called you, and gave you His Word to rely on in this life and in the life that is to come.

When you begin seeing that God indeed called you into His household by your receiving the truth of His healing Word, then you may claim His Word and all its promises for your own by your very own believing. God’s Word instructs the believer how to believe correctly to receive His blessings and the many promises of His Word ordained and prepared for you before the world began. As the Word begins to permeate the soul as divine truth, so the more abundant life begins to become a daily reality as your walk with God continues growing within your heart along with the spiritual understanding to enjoy it.

I Thessalonians 5:19-20:
-19:  Quench not the Spirit.
-20:  Despise not prophesyings.

The Spirit here refers to the spirit that God gives each believer; it is a part of God Himself Who is our Father and the Holy Spirit. The spirit that we receive brings to our conscious minds that which God has spiritually given to us in His divine and faithful calling. God’s Word is imploring us not to quench, not to ignore and put aside in our thinking and actions, the divine revelations that the spirit can reveal to men and women of heart who believe in the Spirit of the living God.

Verse 20 is encouraging believers not to disregard the prophecies of Scripture, the past, the present, as well as the future revelations of God’s Word. Prophesying is also an in-spirit action, where believers may speak the Word of God by complete inspiration of having God in Christ in their hearts. For instance: “God is faithful in calling you,” this is a prophecy that is based on truth, based on God’s Word, and this prophecy will edify and build up the believers. Thus, prophecy always brings profit into our lives, and we have the God-given right to speak authoritatively on God’s Word once we become cognizant of God’s Word living in our hearts.

I Thessalonians 5:21-25:
-21:  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
-22:  Abstain from all appearance of evil.
-23:  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
-24:  Faithful is he {God} that calleth you, who also will do it.
-25:  Brethren, pray for us.

The believers have the God-given ability to “prove all things” that God’s Word gives to us, and as we prove the Word of God to our own satisfaction, then we are to “hold fast” to “that which is good.” When the Word shows to us something evil, then we are to step back away from it, and hold wholly to that which is good.

The result of doing this is that the God of peace may sanctify the whole believer – his spirit, his soul, as well as his body and thus we are preserved blameless from now till the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ for us – this is a promise that we can hold fast in our minds by our believing. In verse 24, what is it that God will do? He will bring us into the fullness of His faithful calling to be His sons and daughters for eternity.

Then Paul says “brethren pray for us”; this is a terrific lesson of Scripture, to pray for our leaders in the Church, for those who have delivered unto us the greatness of knowing the faithfulness of God’s calling to us.

Knowing Our Election of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It is one thing to hear that God called us into His family; however, it is an entirely different thing to know and believe in our hearts that we are members of God’s family. The Epistles of Thessalonians were written to believers who absolutely knew their heavenly standing in God’s household, and were believing daily with hopeful anticipation for the return of their Savior. God’s healing Word teaches believers how to have a well-balanced spiritual life while we are awaiting and anticipating the return, teaching that we have freedom in God’s grace and spiritual understanding.

I and II Thessalonians while revealing truths regarding Christ’s return also shows the believing Christian how to fine-tune their lives as they continue walking in grace with spiritual revelations of divine light.

When people become saved, they can sometimes slide into a lifestyle of rigorous condemnation for every mistake they make, and also they can begin condemning others (at least in their minds). Other believers who learn about their freedom in Christ can sometimes conduct themselves as people living in total lawlessness, knowing (thinking) that no matter what they do, God will forgive them.

In truth, God forgives both of these attitudes, and yet there is a true balance in life between the two, and no matter how good our intentions are, we will from time to time fluctuate between the two. I and II Thessalonians are terrific Epistles that enlighten the believers on how to walk with God being rooted, grounded, and established within the parameters of faith, hope, and charity.

I Thessalonians 1:4 – Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

A major key to begin walking with God is knowing that we are brethren and that we are beloved to God, to Jesus Christ, and to one another. “Your election of God” means that God has chosen you, and the word election can also be translated as a chosen vessel (of God). God has chosen us to have Christ within our earthly vessels (our bodies). The believers that Paul was writing to knew deep within their hearts that they themselves were the chosen of God, and that they were vessels elected and chosen by God into His family, and that all believers were their brothers and sisters in Christ, being members of the spiritual community of God’s household.

I Thessalonians 1:5-8:
-5:  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
-6:  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}:
-7:  So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
-8:  For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

When they received the Gospel, it meant more to them than words with empty meanings because they also received power, and this power helped them overcome all “affliction” or mental pressure and gave them their continuous conviction to walk in the balanced life that God’s Word reveals. The words, “Holy Ghost” mean their holy spirit, a God-given gift, and this gift of holy spirit gave them joy. As the belief of their own convictions in Christ became known to others, they set examples as a living Church who knew their election of God.

The more we learn about our calling and election of God, the greater we can walk with Him in understanding.

The One Great Subject in the Scriptures (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

People sometimes read the Bible a lifetime without ever knowing or discovering the one great subject in the Scriptures. Without the subject, the Bible may as well be all Greek or only spoken in Latin because without the subject the content is utterly void of true spiritual understanding. Jesus Christ is the subject of the Bible, no matter where we read in the Scriptures – either from the Old Testament or from the New Testament Scripture – they both foretell or foretold about the Savior of the world (in past, present, and future realities). As we find Jesus Christ in the Scriptures – he alone, and only he reveals the Father to us. Jesus Christ reveals unspoken truths to the heart of searching men and women, young and old. I cannot, nor can anyone else prove God to be real because God is Spirit, and Spirit is beyond or outside the realm of the five senses, yet Christ indeed reveals God to the heart of one’s own understanding as (and only when) we discover Christ within the written Word.  Whether the written Word is spoken, preached, or read, the absolute mission of Christ is to make known His Father. This is why the believers in the Scriptures preached Jesus Christ! When Jesus Christ became known, he then can begin revealing God to the heart of people who crave for righteous judgment, for eternal life, and for spiritual understanding.

John 6:63a – . . . the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The actual voice of Jesus Christ still speaks to our hearts words that cannot be uttered, only thought, only spiritually realized, and only given to the believer. Jesus said “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). Here, Jesus was referring to the Old Testament, for when he spoke these words, the New Testament was not yet written. The words “ye think ye have eternal life” were not written to suggest doubt, but rather that the Scriptures reveal Christ to our minds, to our thinking processes – and from our thinking the Scriptures – true believing functions. The Old Testament scriptures reveal Jesus Christ; in truth every writer of the Old Testament wrote divine revelations concerning Jesus Christ. Below in John chapter 5, Jesus is speaking to a group of people who refused to believe the words he spoke:

John 5:46-47:
-46:  For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
-47:  But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Acts 3:21-22:
-21:  Whom the heaven must receive {Jesus Christ, who is in heaven} until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
-22:  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me {Moses}; him {Jesus Christ} shall ye hear {in your heart} in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

As Jesus Christ was and still is the underlying subject of the Old Testament, he is also the true subject of the New Testament, revealing to the spiritual heart of believers the true essence of God. The Apostle Peter summed it up quite well by saying to Jesus “. . . Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68b-69). Today, Jesus Christ is still alive, still fulfilling his mission of revealing God to believers who look to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ can and will continue revealing his Father to us as we continue looking to him in the Scriptures. Jesus Christ stands at the threshold of eternity, knocking and asking for us to allow him into our life and us into his (Revelation 3:20), for he is still the power and wisdom of God (I Corinthians 1:24).

Ah, So Perfect, So Awesome

“Critics so often see wasted space in three repetitive Gospels and one out of place; however, we notice a multiplicity of exciting details.

The skeptics see imperfect documents; nevertheless, we perceive the perfection of beauty in every word.

The cynics see unbelievable legends and myths; though, we witness authentic revelations of the Son of God who is the way.

The agnostics see in the spirit of blindness and carelessness ― inconsistency, their eyes were holden that they should not know him– Luke 24:16, nonetheless, we observe glimpses and revelations from the spirit of truth that opens the joy and rejoicing of our hearts, And their eyes were opened, and they knew him– Luke 24:31.

The pessimists see incomplete thoughts and sentences; conversely, we discern what our faith has afforded us, wholeness, and with our spiritual understanding we delightfully walk with Jesus by the way and say, one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures– Luke 24:32.” ~LMJ~