Daily Bread - March 20, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 20 March 2019 05:41
1 John 1:8 - If we should say, "We have no sin," we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us.

Part 3: Conviction of Sin and Cleansing from Unrighteousness

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. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, has come to
prosecute and convince all of sin (John 16:7-14). 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, of righteousness, and of judgment (John
16:8).

John continues to develop this idea, so that by the third chapter he has
convinced us all that anyone who continues in sin is shown to be of the
devil. As he already said, "if we walk in darkness, we have no fellowship
with God." 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, and 10, there is the "if we say" clause:
6 - If we say we have communion with Him, and we walk in darkness (sin), we
lie and do not the truth.
8 - If we should say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves.
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 and 9, and 1
John 2:1 as those who have been cleansed from their sin, and empowered to
live free from sin (John 8:36; 1 John 3:1-3; Titus 2:11-14). God is
faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteous, thus making us
righteous. The redemption that in in Christ Jesus has both cleansed and
sanctified us. We are now those cleansed, regenerated, and called saints
(Titus 3:4-7; 2 Peter 1:9; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:11; Revelation 1:5-6)

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 19, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 19 March 2019 05:45
1 John 1:8 - If we should say, "We have no sin," we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us.

Part 2: Clarifying the Need for the Blood to Cleanse from Sin

Many people today, as well as in the time of John, would insist how 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. There are also those who trust in their own good deeds and
religious beliefs, like the Jews, who would argue how they do not need
Jesus to set them free because they have Abraham and the Law for their
righteousness (John 5:39-40, 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 8:24, 9:41). However,
it is so easy to be set free from sin - that is what Christ Jesus came to
do! Through Him we receive the abundant life. All we must do is call on His
name, and He will wash us and cleanse us (John 8:36, 10:10; 1 John 1:7,9,
3:8, 4:9)!

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 18, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 18 March 2019 05:28
1 John 1:8 - If we should say, "We have no sin," we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us.

Part 1: The Purposeful Communication of Verses 8-10

This verse presents the present tense condition of those who have not been
born again and washed with the waters of regeneration (Titus 3:4-7). The
most important aspect of these next three verses is to underscore the need
for Christ Jesus and the provision He given to cleanse us from our sins. If
we are brought into the family of God and have the fellowship of walking in
His Life and Light, then we have the cleansing blood that has washed us
from our sins. Before we come to Christ Jesus, we are all sinners, yoked by
sin and death, and are in need of forgiveness and cleansing. These next
verse highlight how if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to
forgive us of our sins. Also, the preceding verse (1 John 1:7; see also:
Daily Bread for March 15 & March 16, 2019) revealed how the blood of Jesus
cleanses us from all sin. Although the initial state is one of sinfulness,
the result of God's great salvation is one of purity and holiness (Luke
1:74-75; Ephesians 4:24).

Keep yourselves from idols! (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 16, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 16 March 2019 10:25
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.

Part 2: The Blood of Jesus Imparts the Life of God!

The blood of Jesus carries the life of God. When the blood of Jesus is
applied to our lives, the life of God is imparted. The blood of Jesus
swallows up death and sin. It is such a powerful purification agent to
cleanse and purge our sins, that once we are touched by the blood of Jesus,
the sins are completely removed and never again remembered (Hebrews 8:12,
10:2, 10:17). They are completely wiped away from the Heavenly record.

When John speaks of the removal of sin, he uses words like:
•"take away" ('airein' (αἴρειν) in John 1:29; 1 John 3:5)
•"destroy" ('lyein' (λύειν) in 1 John 3:8)
•"cleanse" ('katharizein' (καθαρίζειν) in 1 John 1:7)
•"clean" ('katharos' (καθαρός) in John 13:10-11)
•"propitiation," "purgation" ('hilasmos' (ἱλασμός) in 1 John 2:2, 4:10)
•"forgive" ('aphiemi' (ἀφίημι) in 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. Its application to the life
of man produces the washing of regeneration (Titus 3:4-7). Having received
the purgation, and having assurance in the promise of God, you should have
no more consciousness of sin, and no need for another offering (Romans
6:10; Hebrews 7:27, 9:13-14, 23-28, 10:1- 2, 10-14; 1 Peter 3:18).
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! The Spirit of the Lord, Who brings
conviction of sin, will lead you to repentance, and the blood of Jesus will
wash away your sins

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 15, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 15 March 2019 05:41
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.

Part 1: God is in the Light

The message 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 light that no man can approach unto
(1 Timothy 6:15-16). The light of God is a place of purity and holiness - a
place where sin certainly cannot exist. The premise 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).

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