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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 28 June 2010 13:52
2 Corinthians 1:22 - And He has sealed us, and has given us the Spirit in
our hearts: which is His guarantee.

The guarantee and proof of our salvation is the Holy Spirit that God has
given to us (Romans 5:5; Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6). The Holy Spirit is not
only our guarantee and our witness, but also the seal of God upon our lives
(Romans 8:16). A seal serves as a legal protection and a guarantee of
ownership; it certifies something as being genuine and official (John 3:33).
Circumcision at one time was both a proof and a seal, but now that proof and
seal is the Holy Spirit (Romans 4:11; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30). The
seal of the Holy Spirit both marks us and distinguishes us from all others.
It is through this work of grace that we are protected and kept by the power
of God until that day (1 Peter 1:5). The seal of the Holy Spirit is the
guarantee that we are God's purchased possession! (1 Corinthians 6:20;
Ephesians 1:14).

God who has given us the first installment, or payment (Gr-arrabon) of the
Spirit, demands that we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. Once a person
receives the covenant pledge, they are obligated to fulfill the
responsibilities of the contract; and then full payment will be rendered. We
have been born of God and given His Holy Spirit to walk in holiness (John
15:1-16; Romans 6:9-22). If we refuse to walk in the Spirit, then we are
refusing to follow through on the commitment that we made when we were given
the first installment, or downpayment from God (Romans 8:4; Romans 8:13-14;
Romans 8:16; Galatians 5:16,18; Galatians 5:25; 2 Corinthians 3:3). God
demands that we give ourselves to the fruits of the Spirit. He demands that
we make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:4-10). The foundation of
God and the witness of the Spirit also have a seal: everyone who names the
name of Christ must depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19; Luke 13:27;
Galatians 6:7-8).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 26 June 2010 10:52
2 Corinthians 3:3 - You reveal that you are epistles of Christ, prepared by
us: written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not on
tablets of stone but on the tablets of a fleshly heart.

The rich parallels that Paul uses to declare the miracle of salvation reveal
the personal work of the Living God in each of our lives. Just as the
Almighty had with His own finger written His law on tablets of stone, He has
now written them on the tablets of a heart of flesh (Exodus 31:18;
Deuteronomy 9:10). The Spirit of God who now lives in us speaks out the word
of God, and influences every dimension of our being with His own nature and
passions (2 Peter 1:4). He has taken a stony heart and made it a heart of
flesh, soft and sensitive to do His will (Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:26).

He has written His laws in our mind and our hearts; so that we will keep His
statutes, His judgments, and His precepts (Hebrews 8:10; Hebrews 10:16;
Ezekiel 36:27; Jeremiah 31:33). He has given to us the Spirit of obedience:
to do those things which His heart designed when He made man in His own
image and likeness. He has made our spirit one with His Spirit, and given to
us the ability to know Him (1 Corinthians 6:17; John 14:23; John 17:21-23).
Through our lives God desires to announce to the world that the regeneration
and renewing of the Holy Ghost have come to man!
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 25 June 2010 09:14
2 Corinthians 1:22 - And He has sealed us, and given us the guarantee of the
Spirit in our hearts.

The guarantee and proof of our salvation is the Holy Spirit that God has
given to us (Romans 5:5; Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6). The Holy Spirit is not
only our guarantee and our witness, but also the seal of God upon our lives
(Romans 8:16). A seal serves as a legal protection and a guarantee of
ownership; it certifies something as being genuine and official (John 3:33).
Circumcision at one time was both a proof and a seal, but now that proof and
seal is the Holy Spirit (Romans 4:11; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30). The
seal of the Holy Spirit both marks us and distinguishes us from all others.
It is through this work of grace that we are protected and kept by the power
of God until that day (1 Peter 1:5). The seal of the Holy Spirit is the
guarantee that we are God's purchased possession! (1 Corinthians 6:20;
Ephesians 1:14).

God who has given us the first installment, or payment (Gr-arrabon) of the
Spirit, demands that we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. Once a person
receives the covenant pledge, they are obligated to fulfill the
responsibilities of the contract; and then full payment will be rendered. We
have been born of God and given His Holy Spirit to walk in holiness (John
15:1-16; Romans 6:9-22). If we refuse to walk in the Spirit, then we are
refusing to follow through on the commitment that we made when we were given
the first installment, or downpayment from God (Romans 8:4; Romans 8:13-14;
Romans 8:16; Galatians 5:16,18; Galatians 5:25; 2 Corinthians 3:3). God
demands that we give ourselves to the fruits of the Spirit. He demands that
we make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:4-10). The foundation of
God and the witness of the Spirit also have a seal: everyone who names the
name of Christ must depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19; Luke 13:27;
Galatians 6:7-8).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 24 June 2010 09:10
2 Corinthians 5:1 - For we know that if our earthly tent-like house were
destroyed, we have a building from God: a house not made by hands, eternal
in the heavens.

We may only have a tent-like house right now, but we have a building of God
not made with hands; eternal in the heavens. Paul had no desire at all to be
naked or to be disembodied, and he assured those that he ministered to that
they would not be disembodied; but they would be clothed with a heavenly
building when they died. Moses was seen in His heavenly body when he
appeared along with Elijah, on the mount of transfiguration (Matthew 17:3).
The body of Moses had been buried long ago, and had yet to be raised from
the dead; because the first fruits of the resurrection, Christ Jesus had not
yet been raised from the dead. So we know that Moses did not appear in a
resurrected body; but a heavenly one (1 Corinthians 15:20). While it is true
that the earthly body will be raised up from the grave to an incorruptible
body at the coming of the Lord, Paul also causes us to realize that there is
also something glorious that we will be clothed with while we wait (1
Corinthians 15:20-23; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 1 Corinthians 15:49,53; 1
Thessalonians 4:16). Just as the body of Jesus came walking out of the tomb,
even so the body of all His saints shall be raised up from the dead - to
life incorruptible and immortal.

Paul was so aware of his heavenly building, that he groaned to put off the
earthly tabernacle that he was housed in (2 Corinthians 5:2). Oh, that we
would allow God to make us more aware of the heavenly reality than the
earthly sojourn; that we would understand that the faith that we now walk by
is a relationship with God, that affords us the opportunity to see what eyes
have not seen, and to hear what ears have not heard, and understand what has
never entered into the hearts of men (1 Corinthians 2:9-10; 2 Corinthians
5:6; Hebrews 11:6). These things are now revealed to us by the Holy Ghost,
who has come to lead us and guide us: to bring us to revelation of the
heavenly (2 Corinthians 12:1; Ephesians 1:17). The Holy Spirit is our
guarantee that all these things are certain; and if we will allow Him, He
will open our eyes to the heavenly realm (2 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians
12:2; Acts 2:17; 2 Kings 6:17).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 23 June 2010 07:44
Romans 13:12 - The night is far gone, and the day is near. Let us lay aside
then the works of darkness, and let us be endued with the armor of light.

We are in the last of hour of time (1 John 2:18). The night is gone: it is
not the early hours of the morning where the darkness begins to fade away,
but it is the time of the brightness of God's new beginning. The light of
the world has come and now shines with the effulgence of His glory, like the
noonday sun. He has caused the light of His glory to shine as a city set
upon a hill. This light now shines in the midst of His church. The day of
His coming is at hand; and we must be ready for His appearing. If we go to
sleep spiritually by becoming entangled with the things of this world, then
it is certain that our hearts will grow cold; and we will become detached
from any sense of expectation in God (2 Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 5:14;
Colossians 3:1-4).

The sense of urgency and awareness of the things of God are only realized in
our lives because we give ourselves to communion with God (1 Peter 4:7). As
we have communion with the Holy Spirit, we are filled and we are endued; and
all of our spiritual senses are fully awakened to the reality of His
presence and His will! This present world is fast passing away, and the Lord
is close at hand to restore all things. Let us lift up our heads, for our
redemption draws near! Lift up your heads, oh ye gates, and be lifted up you
everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in! Let our duty of
watchfulness and preparation be without ceasing.
 
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