Daily Bread - June 24, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 24 June 2019 12:12
1 John 3:2 - Beloved, we are now the children of God! And it has not yet
been manifested what we shall be, but when He is manifested, we shall be
like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.

Part 1 ~ God's Children By The Miracle Of The New Birth

Father has given us the right to be His children simply by the act of
believing on the Name of Jesus, and then receiving His work of grace into
our hearts (John 1:12; Romans 10:9-10). As the sons of God, we have been
made heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ Who is the only begotten Son
of God (Romans 8:17). Through the miracle of the new birth, we were
begotten of God, of the Spirit, of the Word, and of the resurrection (John
3:5; 1 Peter 1:3, 23; 1 John 5:1).

Being the sons of God, we are also called the sons of light - because we
are born of the truth to reveal the glory of God (Matthew 5:14-16; John
12:36; Ephesians 5:8; Colossians 1:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; 1 Peter 2:9).
Those who are the sons of God have been given the privilege and ability to
be guided by the Spirit in their day-to-day activities (Romans 8:14). It is
the Father's desire that every son be trained up by the Holy Spirit so that
in every way we are conformed to the image of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus
(Romans 8:29).
 
Daily Bread - June 22, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 22 June 2019 08:04
1 John 3:1 - Look at what amazing love the Father has given to us: that we
should be called the children of God! The world does not know us, because
it did not know Him.

Part 3 ~ Defining Fellowship With God

One of the primary themes of the First Epistle of John is fellowship.
Within the definition of fellowship with God is the absence of fellowship
with the world and its darkness. The proof that we know God and are His
people is discovered in view of us having no fellowship with the world.
Even as Jesus said concerning those who worked iniquity, "depart from me, I
never knew you" (Matthew 7:21-23), we are not to know the world - and in
turn they do not know us. There is to be no fellowship with the unfruitful
works of darkness, which is equivalent to fellowship with the world
(Ephesians 5:8-11). We recognize that all that is in the world is not of
the Father (1 John 2:15-17). Everything that is of the world is opposed to
God, and friendship with it is an act of hostility against God (James 4:4).
Because we are born of God, the world cannot relate to us or have any real
connection to us - we are of another Spirit and kind.
 
Daily Bread - June 21, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 21 June 2019 06:40
1 John 3:1 - Look at what amazing love the Father has given to us: that we
should be called the children of God! The world does not know us, because
it did not know Him.

Part 2 ~ Children of God!

God has made us members of His family. We are not children of God because
we were born into the world, but we are children of God because we were
born into the Kingdom of God by the Holy Spirit. Essential to the New
Testament doctrine and faith in Christ Jesus is knowing that we have been
born of God (John 3:5-8; 1 Peter 1:3, 23; 1 John 2:29, 3:9, 4:7, 5:1, 4,
18). More than anything else, God has purposed that we take on the identity
of His Son - and of His family (2 Corinthians 6:18; Ephesians 3:15). As the
children of God, we are not only privileged to be heirs and co-inheritors
with Jesus Christ, but also empowered to be conformed to His image, Who is
the first born among many brethren (John 1:12; Romans 8:17, 29).
 
1 John 3:1 - Look at what amazing love the Father has given to us: that we
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 21 June 2019 06:38
1 John 3:1 - Look at what amazing love the Father has given to us: that we
should be called the children of God! The world does not know us, because
it did not know Him.

Part 2 ~ Children of God!

God has made us members of His family. We are not children of God because
we were born into the world, but we are children of God because we were
born into the Kingdom of God by the Holy Spirit. Essential to the New
Testament doctrine and faith in Christ Jesus is knowing that we have been
born of God (John 3:5-8; 1 Peter 1:3, 23; 1 John 2:29, 3:9, 4:7, 5:1, 4,
18). More than anything else, God has purposed that we take on the identity
of His Son - and of His family (2 Corinthians 6:18; Ephesians 3:15). As the
children of God, we are not only privileged to be heirs and co-inheritors
with Jesus Christ, but also empowered to be conformed to His image, Who is
the first born among many brethren (John 1:12; Romans 8:17, 29).
 
Daily Bread - June 20, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 20 June 2019 07:44
1 John 3:1 - Look at what amazing love the Father has given to us: that we
should be called the children of God! The world does not know us, because
it did not know Him.

Part 1 ~ The Amazing Gift of Sonship

Look at how much amazing love the Father has given to us! The Lord has
lavished His love upon us by not just redeeming us, but bringing us into
sonship. The sonship that we have received and function in by the Holy
Spirit has made us heirs of God and co-inheritors with Jesus Christ (Romans
8:14-17; Galatians 4:6-7).

It is one thing when men call themselves the sons of God -it is altogether
a different thing to be called a son of God by God Himself! Our
relationship with God cannot be better expressed than that which was spoken
by Jesus when He said, "But go to my brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to
my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God'" (John 20:17).
Although the word for "children" (tekna/τέκνα) is used here instead of
"sons" (uioi/υἱοί) as in Galatians 4:6, the same meaning is implied.
Although Jesus Christ is the eternal God, He became the only begotten Son
of God, and without Him no man or woman can become a child of God. Through
Jesus, the Spirit of God comes upon us and changes us, and we become
begotten of God, and are made family members to Christ Jesus (Romans 8:29;
Hebrews 2:12-14).
 
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