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Daily Bread - December 30, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 30 December 2017 08:42
1 John 2:1 - My little children I write these things to you so that you
do not sin. But if anyone sins we have a Paraclete at the Fathers side,
Jesus Christ the Righteous.

The authority of the Word of God provides power over sin. The Psalmist
said, "Your word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you."
We can be certain that John is not saying, "believe that you are sinners
and have sin so you will not sin." Rather, he is saying, "God who is Light
is walking in the Light and has no fellowship with darkness, and He has
provided fellowship for you but you are a liar if you walk in darkness, so
do not sin." Jesus places the same absolute demand on the paralytic man
that was healed, "sin no more," John 5:14; Jesus also gave the same command
to the woman caught in the act of adultery, " sin no more", John 8:11.
Similarly, Paul writes in Romans, "Shall we continue in sin that Grace may
abound, God Forbid!", Romans 6:1-2.

The word 'Paraclete', means more than simply intercessor, advocate or
spokesman. The Paraclete (Holy Spirit) that is first mentioned in the
Gospel of John is closely modeled to Jesus. Jesus also said Himself that he
would send "another Paraclete", John 14:16-17 thus implying that He also is
a Paraclete. Although, Paraclete means more than intercessor Jesus indeed
stands before the Father as both intercessor and advocate, Romans 8:34.
Some Old Testament background for Christ Jesus' role as intercessor is
Abraham's intercession for Sodom, Genesis 18:20-33 and Moses' for Pharaoh,
Exodus 8:28-29.

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - December 29, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 29 December 2017 09:16
1 John 1:9 - If we should confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous
to forgive us of the sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The problem with those addressed in verses 8 and 10 is that they were
unwilling to recognize there sin and therefore unwilling to confess it. In
the priestly manual, the book of Leviticus, a person had to be aware of his
sin and confess it while presenting his Sin-Offering in order to have
atonement made for his sin. The concept of confessing sin over the sin
offering is well established in the Old Testament. The showpiece example
for this is in the hand leaning rite of Leviticus 16.

The High Priest would take the goat that was set apart to go into the
wilderness and he would lay his hands upon the goat confessing the sins of
the people. This act of confession then placed the sins of the people of
Israel upon the head of the goat and the goat would bear all of the
iniquities into the wilderness (Leviticus 16:21-22). Jesus took our sins in
his own body on the cross and carried them away into death thus paying the
full price for sin. However, after an individual has been crucified with
Christ and his sins blotted out if that one sins they are commanded to
confess their sins so that Jesus may cleanse him once again. In fact,
according to the type in the Old Testament it was not only the sinner who
became contaminated by his sin but the altar and in some instances even the
Holy of Holies itself.

Jesus who ever lives to make intercession for the saints is in the presence
of the Father now to intercede for us. It is the blood that cleanses from
all sin (Ephesians 1:6; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:14,22; Revelation 1:5).
It only took one offering to take care of the sins of man for all eternity
and that was the offering that Jesus as the Lamb of God made at the cross
2000 years ago (Hebrews 9:26; Romans 6:10; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 1:19). Even
though this is the only scripture in the New Testament that mention this
act which echo's back to the Old Testament hand leaning right we have other
scriptures that relate the death of Jesus to the ritual that took place on
the Day of Atonement. Hebrews chapter 9 compares the sacrifice of Jesus to
the Day of Atonement; also, Jesus is referred to as the kapporet (Mercy
Seat) or propitiation, which is where the blood was applied on the Day of
Atonement (Romans 3:25). Thus we may understand that our sins today are
laid upon Jesus even as they were laid upon the goat that was sent into the
wilderness. And Jesus who stands before the Father as a Lamb that was slain
takes his blood and applies it to our sin so that it is cleansed and all
unrighteousness is removed (Revelation 5:6).

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - December 28, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 28 December 2017 09:02
1 John 1:8 - If we should say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and
the truth is not in us.

Many people today, as well as in the time of John, would say that they do
not need the blood of Jesus to cleanse them from sin. In fact, there have
been many different cultures that regarded their immorality as virtue
instead of sin. The Greek culture would stand out as a shining example of
such a people. There are also those who trust in their own good deeds and
religious beliefs, such as the Jews, who would argue that they do not need
Jesus to set them free because they have Abraham and the Law for their
righteousness (John 8:33). Therefore, Jesus said because they claim to
understand the ways of redemption and yet they refuse to see their sin and
need for Him, their sin remains, John 9:41, 8:24. However, it is so easy to
be set free from sin and receive the abundant life that is in Christ Jesus
for all one must do is call on His name and He will save them. Everyone who
has the truth abiding in them would admit that sin is the evidence that all
are in need of redemption. Therefore those who have received God's
testimony recognize their sin and reach out to Him to be cleansed from
their sin. Those who have listened to the Spirit of God have felt His
conviction and reproof because He has come to convince the world of sin and
of righteousness and judgment (John 16:8).

John continues to develop this idea so that by the third chapter sin will
be the evidence that a person is not of God but of the devil. For now a
contrast is being made between those who only say they know God and those
who in fact do know Him. In verses, 6,8,10 there is the "if we say" clause:
vs. 6 - if we say we have communion with Him and we walk in darkness (sin)
we lie and do not the truth. vs. 8 - If we should say we have no sin we
deceive ourselves. vs. 10 - If we say we have not sinned we make Him (God)
a liar. However, those who indeed know Him are qualified in verses 7, 9 and
2:1 as those who have been cleansed from their sin and empowered to live
free from sin (John 8:36).

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - December 27, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 09:12
1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light,
we have communion with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanses us from all sin.

The blood of Jesus is such a powerful purification agent to cleanse or
purge our sins that once we are touched with the blood of Jesus the sins
are completely removed and never again remembered (Hebrews 10:2, 8:12,
10:17). The words used by John to express the removal of sin are as
follows:

1. "take away" (airein), John 1:29; 1 John 3:5.
2. "destroy" (lyein), 1 John 3:8.
3. "cleanse" (katharizein,) 1 John 1:7.
4. "clean" (katharos), John 13:10-11.
5. "propitiation", purgation" (hilasmos) 1 John 2:2, 4:10.
6. "forgive" (aphienai) John 20:23; 1 John 1:9, 2:12.

There should be no question as to John's confidence in the blood of Jesus
to completely remove sin and its contamination. Having received the
purgation and having assurance in the promise of God you should have no
more conscience of sin and no need for another offering (Hebrews 10:2). A
person may say, "How do I receive this washing?" It is easy all you do is
call upon the name of the Lord Jesus and the slightest communion with Him
that involves repentance results in His blood washing you from all your
sins.

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - December 26, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 26 December 2017 09:42
1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light,
we have communion with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanses us from all sin.

The message that John delivered to both the believer and unbeliever, was
that God has called everyone to come to the Light and walk in the Light as
the Father is in the Light. Certainly, this is one of the most radical
statements made by John, for God is in the Light that no man can approach
unto (1 Tim 6:15-16). The Light of God is a place of Purity and Holiness, a
place where sin certainly cannot exist. The premise that was set in verse 5
that "God is Light", defines the Light we are called to walk in as both the
nature of God (who is Light) and the presence of God (who is in the Light).

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
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