Daily Bread - March 26, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 26 March 2019 05:43
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.

Part 4: Continue in Sin? That's Crazy!

God cannot treat sin as though it does not exist unless it has actually
been destroyed. The eternal and unchanging purification agent of the blood
of Jesus makes it as effective to destroy sin today as the first day the
offering was made 2,000 years ago. When the blood of Jesus is applied by
faith, it removes both the power of sin and the contamination the sin
imparted to the individual.

The notion that we must continue to believe we have sin once we have been
washed in the blood is not supported in Scripture. The idea how we would
have faith that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin -yet at the
same to be right with God, we must continue to believe sin is still there-
makes no sense at all! Then, what is worse, are those who confess how we
will continue on in sin because its rule and domination still exists over
our lives. Little has changed since the days of Paul with respect to this
issue, as so-called "believers" in his day were saying: "Let us continue to
sin so that grace may be abundant" (Romans 6:1-2). Paul's response was
roughly, "That's nuts!" The King James translated it far more eloquently
(albeit at the expense of accuracy) saying, "God forbid."

Keep yourselves from idols! (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 25, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 25 March 2019 17:45
Micah 3:11
The heads thereof judge for reward,
And the priests thereof teach for hire,
And the prophets thereof divine for money:
Yet, will they lean upon the Lord, and say,
Is not the Lord among us?
None evil can come upon us.


An application to the present day:
The governing board of the church judges for reward,
And the ministers thereof teach for hire,
And the prophets thereof divine for money,
Yet, will they lean upon the Lord, and say,
Is not the Lord among us?
No evil can come upon us.

We are warned how we must learn from the mistakes of the past, or we are
destined to repeat them (1 Corinthians 10:6,11; Hebrews 3:7,12,15; 4:11; 1
Peter 1:16; 2 Peter 2:6; Romans 1:18, 32; Ephesians 5:6; 1 Corinthians
6:9-10). It is certain men are the same today as they were thousands of
years ago. If they do not follow the direction of the Lord as He explicitly
gave it, then they will be snared by the same power of the spirit of
disobedience of those in past ages.

There is an underlining message in the events of both the wilderness
sojourn, as well as the entrance into Canaan and the inheritance which
speaks directly to the people of God today. From the Judges throughout the
establishment of the Monarchy, to the divided kingdom and the great
apostasy of Israel and Judah, the warning sounds out for all who will hear.
Just as the apostate Israel grew larger and more influential, and the
glorious remnant smaller until the coming of the Messiah, so it is today.
The Word of God is here for everyone to read -every person is without
excuse. Unfortunately, there are many who will read this and will not even
care enough for their souls to read the verses cited above, much less the
rest of the directives and warnings of God we call 'the Bible'.

Take heed how you hear! (Luke 8:18; Matthew 7:21-28; Romans 2:13, 10:17;
James 1:22)

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - March 23, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 23 March 2019 10:10
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.

Part 3: Cleansing from all Unrighteousness

The blood of Jesus is the agent that cleanses from all sin (Ephesians 1:7;
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 Jesus, as the Lamb of God, made at the cross 2,000 years ago
(Genesis 22:8; Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29, 36; Acts 8:32; Romans 6:10; Hebrews
7:27, 9:13-14, 23-28, 10:1-2, 10-14; 1 Peter 1:19, 3:18; Revelation 5:6-13,
7:10, 14, 12:11, 13:8).

Even though this is the only verse of Scripture in the New Testament
echoing back to the Old Testament hand-leaning rite, we have other verses
of Scripture relating the death of Jesus to the ritual that took place on
Yom Kippur. Hebrews Chapter 9 compares the sacrifice of Jesus to the day of
Yom Kippur. Jesus is also referred to as the 'kapporet' (כ ּ◌ ַ◌רתֶֹפּ" /
Mercy Seat" or "propitiation"), which is where the blood was applied on Yom
Kippur (Romans 3:25). Thus, we may understand that our sins today were laid
upon Jesus, even as they were laid upon the goat 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 sin is cleansed, and all unrighteousness
is removed.

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 22, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 22 March 2019 05:29
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.

Part 2: Confession of Sins in Both Covenants

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 to atone for his
sin. The concept of confessing sin over the sin offering is
well-established in the hand-leaning rite. The High Priest, or the offerer,
would lay his hands upon the sin offering and confess their sins. This act
of confession, then, placed the sins of the people of Israel upon the
offering. In the example of Yom Kippur, the goat would bear all of the
iniquities and be sent 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 (1 Peter 2:24). However, after an
individual has been crucified with Christ and his sins blotted out, if that
one sins, he is commanded to confess his 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 (Leviticus 15:31; Numbers
19:13; Psalm 79:1; Ezekiel 9:3, 10:18; Daniel 8:13-14, 9:27, 11:31, 12:11;
Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14; Acts 21:28; 1 Corinthians 3:17; Hebrews
9:23-24). Jesus, Who ever lives to make intercession for the saints, is in
the presence of the Father now to intercede for us (Romans 8:34; Hebrews
7:25).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - March 21, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 21 March 2019 05:30
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.

Part 1: Acknowledging Sin as a Prerequisite for Cleansing

This verse describes the present tense condition of those washed in the
blood and made a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17-18; 1 Peter 2:24). The
problem with those addressed in verses 8 and 10 is that they were unwilling
to recognize their sin, and therefore, were unwilling to confess it. Some
like the Gnostics believed that they had advanced beyond the state of
sinfulness. There were also those that believed their bodies sinned, but
that their spirits remained sinless. The secessionists believed that since
they came to know Christ Jesus, there is no more need to ever repent,
because they were in a state of grace where sin no longer existed. Unless a
person acknowledges his sin and repents, he cannot be cleansed.

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
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