Daily Bread - November 28, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 28 November 2020 08:00
Ephesians 1:22-23 - And has placed all things under His feet, and appointed
Him the Head over all the Church, who is His Body - the fullness of Him
that fills all in all.

Part 3 ~ The Fullness of Christ

The Church began when about 120 people had gathered together to wait on the
Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit was poured out, that is when the Church
was born. There is no other model for the Church than that set forth at its
birth in the book of Acts. It is essential we give the Holy Spirit His
proper place, and understand we cannot be witnesses of Jesus without His
work. If the Church is to function as it was ordained to, the Holy Spirit
must be allowed to take over our meetings as He did in the first Church
meeting. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal Jesus; and if He is not given full
control, then that which God ordained cannot function. Just as the body is
dead without the spirit, the Church is dead without the Holy Spirit.

The mystery of how the Church is the body of Christ is revealed in part in
Ephesians 5:31-32. Because the Church has been joined unto the Lord even as
a man is joined unto his wife, the Church is one flesh with Jesus even as a
man is with his wife - bone of bone and flesh of flesh (Genesis 2:23).

The Church is able to be the fullness of the Lord Jesus Christ because of
the fullness of the Holy Spirit that has been given. The Greek word,
'pleroma', designates that which is filled up and overflowing. This same
word is used in John 1:16 which declares of all the saints, "And of His
fullness have all we received…" It is also used of the believer in
Ephesians 3:19, "…that you may be filled with all of the fullness of God";
and again, in Ephesians 4:13, “come to the measure of the stature of the
fullness of Christ.”

All fullness dwells in Christ, and Christ dwells in us (Colossians 1:19, 1
John 4:4, 3:24; John 14:23). Those who would relegate the function of the
Holy Spirit and the measure given to the apostles solely to the first
century Church have no basis to do so. In fact, Scriptures such as these
emphasize the same revelation and measure of the Spirit is available to all
people for all time (John 14:16, 16:13-15; Colossians 1:26; Galatians 3:14;
Luke 11:13; and Acts 2:39, 11:15-16, 15:8-9).
 
Daily Bread - November 27, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 27 November 2020 08:00
Ephesians 1:22-23 - And has placed all things under His feet, and appointed
Him the Head over all the Church, who is His Body - the fullness of Him
that fills all in all.

Part 2 ~ The Essential Role Of The Church

Jesus established the leadership and authority in the Church so His people
could be trained up in all of His ways and learn to function in this
unspeakable gift (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Acts 20:28;
Matthew 18:17; 1 Timothy 3:5).

Through this holy interaction with the Holy Spirit in the context of the
Church, we are the body of Christ and members of His body functioning in
various supernatural gifts by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11).

If the Church community refuses to recognize and submit itself to the
leadership of the Holy Spirit, then God’s people are deprived of all the
Holy Spirit would do - and as a result, the Church is incapable of
functioning as the body of Christ and Jesus is not revealed (Ephesians
4:16; Colossians 2:19; James 5:14).
 
Daily Bread - November 26, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 26 November 2020 08:00
Ephesians 1:22-23 - And has placed all things under His feet, and appointed
Him the Head over all the Church, who is His Body - the fullness of Him
that fills all in all.

Part 1 ~ The Functioning Of The Church

The Church is to function in all the fullness of God’s power and glory.
There are hundreds of passages of Scripture devoted to the divine order we
are to function in. However, if we do not comply with God’s demands, then
the glory of the Church, the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, will not be
revealed.

The word ‘church’ is found 80 times in the New Testament. The Church was
first mentioned in Matthew 16:18 by Jesus in connection with the revelation
of Who He was. And in this context, Jesus promised that He would be the One
Who would build His Church (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47). The purpose of the
Church is to reveal Jesus - not in a unique way, but by the same anointing
and Spirit that rested upon Him in His earthly ministry.

The Church by definition is a gathering of many people functioning as one
person, Christ Jesus (Acts 11:26, 14:27, 15:4; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 11:18,
14:1-40). This miracle can only take place by the work of the Holy Spirit
Who baptizes all of us into one body, Christ Jesus - and thereby, creates a
divine and glorious unity of God’s presence and love (1 Corinthians 12:13).
This will not happen if we do not believe what the Word of God says and
submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit; and as a result, the fullness of God
will not be seen in our assemblies.
 
Daily Bread - November 25, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 08:00
Ephesians 1:3 - Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who
has blessed us in Christ with all spiritual blessings in Heaven.

Part 3 ~ The Connection: The Holy Spirit's Administration

Paul solidifies the connection between the spiritual and the demonstration
of the Holy Spirit that produces the manifestation of miracles, signs, and
wonders. We are to understand the spiritual as the administration,
operation, and manifestation of the Holy Spirit - beginning with the
confession that Jesus Christ is Lord, even to every gift of the Spirit (1
Corinthians 12:1-11).

Paul makes our assignment clear in 1 Corinthians 14:1, and directs our
attention to following after love and the realm of the spiritual. Our
citizenship is in Heaven, our spiritual blessings are in Heaven, and our
life and conduct exist in the Spirit (Philippians 3:20; Galatians 5:22-25;
Romans 8:4). Take hold of the good news of the Gospel and be liberated to
fully live your life in the Kingdom of the Dear Son!
 
Daily Bread - November 24, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 08:00
Ephesians 1:3 - Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who
has blessed us in Christ with all spiritual blessings in Heaven.

Part 2 ~ The Operation Of The Spiritual In The Church

When we consider the meaning of the "spiritual", the emphasis is placed on
the operation of the Spirit through those in the Church. When God set up
the Church, He empowered the Church to fully reveal the power and glory of
the risen Savior, Jesus Christ. If Jesus is to be revealed, then we must
yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit Who has come to make Him known (John
16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11).

The final words Jesus spoke to His disciples before He ascended to the
throne of God was, "You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit comes
upon you, and you shall be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8). Jesus turned us
over to the same Spirit and same anointing He had received for His earthly
ministry. He gave us the same ability to represent the Kingdom of God and
to do the works of the Father that He, Himself, had received.
 
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