Timothy – Revealing Our Faithful Witness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I and II Timothy are leadership Epistles; these Paul wrote to Timothy to help perfect his abilities in taking care of God’s people. Timothy also reveals great insights about how to be a leader and faithful witness of Jesus Christ within the Church of God, showing many principles that can help people walk into the greatness of caring for God’s children.

I Timothy shows God’s Church in the light of being at its apex, flourishing in the greatness of all of the spiritual truths of receiving divine grace as is recorded in the Church Epistles, while II Timothy shows God’s Church in its ruin by leaders who had rejected and abused God’s grace.

They took God’s Church and began dividing it up into several groups (or sects), by their refuting of God’s grace, as the Church as a whole began slipping back into a legalistic lifestyle apart from God’s grace.

However, II Timothy also details how to rise back again up to the liberating truths that they once had in Christ, which God has given to His children to enjoy in His divine grace; God’s grace becomes manifested in our lives when we become faithful witnesses of Christ.

I Timothy 1:15-16:
-15: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I {Paul} am chief.
-16: Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering {patience}, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

The Apostle Paul was a persecutor of Christians; thus, he was a chief sinner.  However, God called him to be a faithful witness of Christ as Christ himself is the faithful witness and he sets the pattern for those who would look to him and “believe on him to life everlasting.”

I Timothy 2:6 – Who {Jesus Christ} gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Jesus Christ is our example whom we can “pattern” our lives after, who gave himself a ransom for all. How many people got missed? None! Jesus gave himself for all, and this is the “testimony” that believers today can have on their lips, as we become faithful witnesses of our resurrected Lord and Savior.

Often we can look at people and think, “we could never save that person, just look at the way he behaves,” yet quite often these people have been waiting all their lives for someone to say “Hey, God loves you, did you know that Christ gave his life for you?” This is testifying and being faithful witnesses and this is God’s calling to His children, and certainly today is the due time.

If they reject us, then they reject Christ because we are his witnesses who walk in his steps. However, whether we receive a positive response or a negative one, we were never called to harass or present hell fire and condemnation to people because our example, Jesus Christ, displayed the love of God even when people refused him. He simply loved people where they were at, and continued being an upfront and honest witness of his Father as we can be today.

If someone does not believe today, who knows? Perhaps tomorrow they will, but if we hassle them half to death and harass them, then perhaps tomorrow they will not believe. Besides when we are walking with God – God will bring people directly to us, because we have a heart to bless and enlighten people with the liberating grace that we have in Christ.

I Timothy 6:12-15:
-12: Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed {confessed} a good profession {confession} before many witnesses.
-13: I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth {gives life to} all things, and before Christ Jesus who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession {Jesus never condemned Pilate};
-14: That thou keep this commandment without spot {to witness with a good confession regarding spiritual matters}, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
-15: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate {the mighty prince and ruler, because he is}, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

When we are blessed and simply live in the love of God, then we will attract others to our spiritual love.  The true witnessing will happen effortlessly.  This is the good fight of faith because people will want the eternal life that we enjoy and offer to anyone who wants it.

When we witness to anyone, we are always in the sight of God and of Christ. They will always be extremely blessed when we walk in the steps of Christ who is to us Our Faithful Witness, who was always faithful to speak from his heart about the blessed and eternal life on which he (and we) have laid hold.

Acts – Revealing Our Spiritual Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Acts, we have the story from the beginning of the Christian movement with its rise and expansion culminating with the power of holy spirit and spiritual love given for the believers to be genuine witnesses:

Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost {holy spirit, the gift of God} is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts opens up with the final gathering of Christ Jesus with his Apostles whom he had chosen. In Acts the believers would receive the spiritual power of holy spirit, and this inspired as well as empowered the new Church of God to begin walking with God in Christ in them.

The believers began experiencing God’s divine love in a much more dynamic way than was ever experienced by the individual believer before that time, for man would now have the love of God laden within their hearts through their receiving of the gift of holy spirit.

The Book of Acts shows a transition between the Gospel age and the new age of God’s grace, and with His grace upon their lives (as well as ours) the believers began enjoying God’s love in them and to one another, and they shared this with the world.

Romans 5:5 – And hope {of the return of Jesus Christ} maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit, the gift of God} which is given to us. {“Ghost” is an inaccurate translation of the Greek word, hagion. Our God is not a ghost, nor does He give His children ghosts, rather He gives holy spirit, and with this gift of holy spirit we have the love of God.}

The love of God that the believers were experiencing and enjoying literally propelled the first century Church into greatness, they were enjoying spiritual freedoms that had never before been given to men and women before the age of God’s grace.

Colossians 1:27 – To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Colossians reveals that we have Christ within; he is the epitome of love and he is our inspiration for living in love.

Even today the love of Jesus Christ within inspires Christians to walk in love, just as he had done in the first century Church as they loved not in word only, but in-deed and in truth (I John 3:18).

In the Book of Acts, the believers did exploits as they walked in love towards one another and presented to the people in the world the love of God.

Even though we cannot literally read the word love in the book of Acts, the powerful love of God in Christ was the motivating factor in their lives. Their love changed the course of human history and is underscored throughout Acts and is demonstrated in the lives of believers as they reached out passionately with love.

We cannot literally read for instance that Stephen in Acts chapter 7 stood up and with “forgiving love” opened up his heart and mouth to speak. Nor can we read about Philip’s “love of deliverance” in Acts chapter 8 when he went to Samaria and changed that city. Nor can we read in Acts 16 about Paul’s and Silas’ “saving love” when they were in jail at Philippi. Nor can we read about Peter on the roof with his “loving entreat” of the Gentiles to bring spiritual wholeness into the household of Cornelius and his friends with the Gospel. Nor can we read about the Apostles display of “magnifying love” on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Nor can we read in Acts 16 about Timotheus’ “obedient love” that was well reported by the brethren of Lystra and Iconium. Nor can we read in Acts 21 about Agabus’ “binding love” to rescue Paul. Why? The words “love of God” are not recorded in the Book of Acts, yet love is there, more real than if LOVE was written across the pages in big bold letters because love is the master key they utilized in order to live love as Jesus had instructed them in John 13:34-35.

Acts 19:20 – So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

The Word of God became living and real in the hearts of believers for they were motivated by love, becoming genuine witnesses of the resurrected Christ. Thus the Word of God grew mightily in their lives and prevailed in their culture.

Love was the motivating power and source behind almost every action that the believers undertook in the Book of Acts.

Today as we walk with God believing in the knowledge contained in the Church Epistles, then the same powerful love will still bless and motivate our actions. As God’s love grows within our hearts, love will inspire believers to reach out and offer to others the same spiritual love that has been so graciously given to us in Christ.

Luke who was inspired by God to write the Book of Acts omitted the word love, and instead he was inspired by love to write clearly on the effects that love produces, as is seen throughout Acts.

The inspiration of Jesus Christ and his love that is placed within our very hearts continues revealing Our Spiritual Love because his love still inspires us today to continue walking with him in God’s grace as the believers in Acts had done.

Glory and Praise to God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Paul wrote Philippians from prison; he was there simply because he made known God’s Word. We can be so blessed that today we are not cast into prison simply because of our beliefs. Paul was not put in prison just for a stay – they wanted him executed! As we know, he was eventually released to continue his mission of making Jesus Christ known to others so that others could also have the joys of walking with their Savior.

Philippians 1:8 – For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

God knew the heart of Paul, and when Paul said that God was his record, it is like our saying, “as God is my witness”; Paul’s desire was to preach and make known the Gospel to others even while in captivity. As God was Paul’s witness, God is also our witness today. “The bowels of Jesus Christ” represents their unity within the body of Christ. Paul was positive and hopeful that their standing with God was remaining strong even in his absence because they themselves were witnesses of Christ and Christ leads one to God.

Philippians 1:9 – And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge {of God and His healing Word} and in all judgment {in all discernment};

Paul prayed that their love may abound more and more, yet this was not simply a prayer to continue loving one another. Beyond that he prayed they would learn to love more and more the precious knowledge of God, for this knowledge can help the believers discern between good and evil, between light and darkness, and between that which is truth and what which may be in error. In Paul’s absence he was instructing the believers further into the ways of God so that they could stand together rooted and grounded in the Word.

Philippians 1:10-11:
-10:  That ye may approve {prove} things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
-11:  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

God gives us things that are truly excellent such as the promises of God, yet without the love of the knowledge of His Word, which is the knowledge of truth, believers cannot prove to themselves whether or not it was God Who blessed them, or if they simply were lucky enough to have a good day. The Bible reveals more than nine hundred promises. How many promises do we know, how many promises do we believe for, and how many do we receive? “Sincere and without offence” means that we can know and receive from God with a genuine heart of understanding and sincerity that it is indeed our God Who truly blesses us. We are “being filled with the fruits of righteousness,” by Jesus Christ. “Fruits” represent the product, the result of cultivating. The fruit of righteousness can be savored and enjoyed every day, for Christ is at work within our hearts and lives. As our love abounds in the knowledge of what God has given, and knowing that Christ is at work within, then we can spiritually offer up to our God spiritual fruits of our righteousness in glory and praise to Him, and this will indeed warm the heart of God.

Hebrews 13:15-16:
-15:  By him {Jesus Christ} therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips {spoken by those who are righteous} giving thanks to his name.
-16:  But to do good and to communicate {fellowship} forget not: for with such sacrifices {of glory and praise spoken to Him}, God is {very} well pleased.