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Daily Bread - November 29, 2018 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 29 November 2018 10:42
Exodus 6:6 - "Therefore, say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out
arm and with great judgments."

Redemption: Part 4 - Transferred Into God's Kingdom

There is nothing more important than coming to understand and believe that
we have become both the treasured possession of God, and also His sons and
daughters. If we are to cooperate with the faith that overcomes the world,
then it is essential we understand the impact of redemption. Through
redemption, we have been transferred from one owner to another; or as in
the case of the kinsmen redeemer, liberated to live in the freedom of our
inheritance, now with God as our Sovereign Ruler (Colossians 1:13;
Ephesians 5:8, 1:15-23; Ruth 3-4).

In the light of redemption, Satan and sin have no power over us, or rights
to us. Furthermore, when we accept the glorious results of the new birth
which redemption paid for us to have, then we may further comprehend the
state of this glorious liberty we have in Christ Jesus. Through the miracle
of the new birth, God has become our Father as well as our God, and we His
sons and daughters (John 1:12-13; Galatians 3:26-29, 4:6-7; 1 John 3:1-2).
The deliverance He has brought to us, then, is one of complete freedom from
the former empty and dead lifestyle into a Heavenly life in Christ Jesus.
Where then can any rights or power be found for Satan? He has none! He has
no power or claim on the redeemed unless we by failing to believe this so
great of salvation give rights to him. Yes, we wrestle against spiritual
wickedness, but not for ourselves; rather, for the advancement of the
Kingdom of God -for our Redeemer lives and has made bare His arm and
executed His judgment (Job 19:25; Luke 24:5-8; Exodus 15:3)!

Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through Jesus! (1 Corinthians
15:57)
 
Daily Bread - November 28, 2018 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 08:39
Exodus 6:6 - "Therefore, say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out
arm and with great judgments."

Redemption: Part 3 - Jesus, the Atonement

Jesus is the Redeemer, the Atonement, and the Deliverer (Savior). To better
appreciate Who Christ Jesus is we should recognize that redemption
specifically focuses on deliverance from slavery and the power or authority
holding one in bondage, while atonement is for cleansing. The blood of
Christ Jesus is the means of that atonement, or cleansing. The blood of
Jesus both wipes away our sin personally and removes it from before the
throne of God. The blood of Jesus is certainly the ransom payment made by
the Redeemer; but in this case, His blood also cleanses us from all sin
-from all unrighteousness. His blood cleanses us from all iniquity -both
the external power of sin or dominion of sin and the internal effect of sin
(Colossians 2:11; Romans 6:5; Titus 2:14). The blood of Jesus has, by
definition of the words used to describe its effect, completely erased,
removed and purged the sin. There are two primary places affected by the
sins committed by a person: their soul and the throne of God. When Christ
Jesus entered into the Holy of Holies in Heaven, He purified our sins with
His blood just as the High Priest purified the Holy of Holies on the Day of
Atonement. However, at the same time, He washed us from our sins having
forgiven, or erased, them so we may be found cleansed from all
unrighteousness from within.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, Who forgives all your iniquities (Psalms
103:1-3)!
 
Daily Bread - November 27, 2018 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:34
Exodus 6:6 - "Therefore, say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out
arm and with great judgments."

Redemption: Part 2 - The Triumphant Power of Jesus' Blood

Redemption speaks primarily to release from slavery either by force through
the action of God's own power as on the day He brought Israel out of Egypt,
or by payment (Exodus 6:6). If a person was enslaved in Israel, then the
closest responsible relative was the one who had to ransom the person and
make payment for his or her release. Today, the ransom has been paid for
everyone to be released from the slavery of sin -it was paid by the
precious blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19; Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; Romans
6:16,18,20,22).

God, by His own strength and power, brought us up out of the land of sin
and death and destroyed the tyrant who held the power of sin and death over
us (Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; Romans 8:2-4). Our
redemption came through the man Christ Jesus, Who spoiled principalities
and powers, triumphing over them for our release, even as God did over
Pharaoh. He made the ransom payment with His own blood, through which He
wiped away all of the sins that were held against us which were before the
throne of God. He, through His life, bought back life for us by paying the
just penalty for our eternal death, so we might have His eternal life
(Colossians 1:21-22; John 10:10).

Our redemption, which paid the purchase price for our salvation in full,
made us God's purchased possession leaving us no longer belonging to
ourselves, but to Him (1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23; Ephesians 1:14). Through
the triumph of the power of God, the power of Satan was destroyed. His
blood, which was our purchase price, was the atonement for our souls which
brought to pass our salvation by the washing of the water of regeneration
and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5; John 3:3-6; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through Jesus! (1 Corinthians
15:57)
 
Daily Bread - November 26, 2018 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 26 November 2018 13:17
Exodus 6:6 - "Therefore say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out
arm and with great judgments."

Redemption: Part 1 - A Proper Definition of Salvation

The only way to properly define the Biblical meaning of redemption is to
begin where the word is first applied in the Bible. The first time the use
of a word for redemption is found allowing us to draw out a definition is
in Exodus 6:6: "Therefore say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord,
and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I
will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a
stretched-out arm and with great judgments." The price of redemption is the
stretched-out arm of God, which refers to the display of His might and
power and His judgments (His sovereign decision).

Two unique words are used to describe redemption which are derivatives of
two Hebrew roots, גָּאַל gaal פָּדָה padah. In Exodus 6:6, we begin with
the first word for redemption, 'gaal.' There is always a price to pay to
redeem something. Here the price paid is the display of God's force and
power against the kingdom of Egypt and all its power. Redemption is
specifically directed at the slavery of God's people, and speaks to the
transfer of the people of Israel from Pharaoh's authority to God's
authority; but first, Pharaoh and his kingdom must recognize the power of
God and submit to it. When Pharaoh recognizes his defeat by a greater
power, then the release of the slaves takes place -which is the transfer of
all the people of Israel to the authority and power of God, making the
redemption transaction complete. Once the redemption transaction is
complete, then they can be released from their slavery and delivered from
the tyranny of Pharaoh and brought out to a place alone to serve the Living
God -this is salvation!

Shout for joy! For certainly God is our great salvation, and He is mighty
in our midst! (Isaiah 12:2-6)
 
Daily Bread - November 24, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 26 November 2018 13:16
(The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)

Ephesians 5:1 - Be then imitators of God as loving children.

Part 6 - Called to Mature into the Fullness of Jesus!

We have this amazing opportunity to mature into all the fullness of Jesus,
but somehow we fail to see much advancement in the ranks (Ephesians
4:12-13; John 14:12; Hebrews 5:12). The Lord is dedicated to building us up
and strengthening us so we can function in all the riches of this
inheritance, but we must be willing to forsake our own way and fully
entrust our lives to Him (Acts 20:32; Ephesians 3:16, 20; Luke 12:32;
Matthew 16:25). We cannot fight our own battles anymore, defend our own
causes, or seek our own interests. We must recognize it is not necessarily
faith we need more of, but simple obedience. With a hunger and thirst for
more of the things of the Kingdom, all these things in God are ours! Don't
make the mistake of making your calling in God anything less than what it
is -you are predestined to walk in the fullness of Jesus (Romans 8:29)!
Commit yourself today to imitate God and behave just like the Holy Ghost.

Give diligence to make your calling and election sure! (2 Peter 1:3-11)


Song of the Spirit from this past First Day meeting:

Wind of the Spirit flow,
Cloven tongues of fire fall
Rivers of the Holy Spirit flow,
Through me!

Church of the Living God,
Body of the Lord Jesus,
Fulness of the One Who fills all things,
Arise! (Be seen!)
 
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