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Daily Bread - July 19, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 19 July 2018 11:31
Ephesians 3:18-19 - May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the
breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ
which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of
God.

Saints (Part 2):

The designation of those born of the Spirit as saints begins in the book of
Acts (Acts 9:13, 32, 41, 26:10). Afterward, it is found in the epistles
Paul wrote to the Church beginning with Romans. Paul referred to the Romans
as the "beloved of God, called to be saints" (Romans 1:7). In the same
letter to the Romans, He refers to them as saints eight more times (Romans
8:27, 12:13, 15:25, 26, 31, 16:2, 15, 31). The Church at Corinth was
addressed as those that were made holy, called to be saints (1 Corinthians
1:2), and afterward he used the address eleven more times to identify those
who were born of the Spirit. When He wrote to the Church at Ephesus, he
said, "To the saints that are at Ephesus," and used this phrase nine more
times to speak specifically of God's people (Ephesians 1:15, 18, 2:19, 3:8,
18, 4:12, 5:3, 6:18). To those in the Church at Philippi, Paul once again
specifically addressed those belonging to Christ Jesus as saints
(Philippians 1:1, 4:21, 22). So it was also with those at Colosse and
Thessalonica, and his epistles to Timothy and Philemon, and finally to the
Hebrews. Also, both Jude and John use the term to refer to New Testament
believers. In none of these many instances was the terminology used to
identify some unique and special outstanding person that had some unique
gifting and relationship with God, but as a general term for every person
who was born of God.

Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous (saints); and give thanks at the
remembrance of his holiness! (Psalms 97:12, 32:11, 33:1, 68:3)
 
Daily Bread - July 18, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:26
Ephesians 3:18-19 - May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the
breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ
which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of
God.

Saints (Part 1):

Saints (Greek: hágioi), or "holy ones," is a specific termed used for the
people of God in both the Old and New Testament. The word "saint" is
another word for one who is sanctified, and everyone who is saved is
sanctified - "sanctified in Christ, called to be holy ones" (1 Corinthians
1:2, 30, 6:11; Hebrews 2:11; 1 Peter 1:2). It is used to identify the
people of God 41 times in the Old Testament and 63 times in the New
Testament.

God, Who was unapproachable in the Old Testament, and accessible only to
one High Priest who was given a special degree of holiness to interact with
Him, has now come to dwell in the life of every New Testament saint. Even
though those in the Old Testament were called saints, the New Testament
people of God bring a whole new dimension of meaning to the word. Yet, if
we were to believe what much of Church doctrine today would insist
regarding God's people, then the born-again believers would not be
addressed as saints, but as sinners. However, what we find instead is God
calling His New Testament servants "saints," for He Himself fulfilled all
He promised to do by His servants the prophets: "A new heart also will I
give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the
stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I
will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and
you shall keep my judgments, and do them" (Ezekiel 11:19, 36:26; Hebrews
8:10-13, 10:14-23; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Luke 1:74-75).

Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous (saints); and give thanks at the
remembrance of his holiness! (Psalms 97:12, 32:11, 33:1, 68:3)
 
Daily Bread - July 17, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 17 July 2018 10:27
1 Corinthians 1:2 - Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them
that are made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in
every place call upon the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and
ours.

Sanctification (Part 10):

Many of God's people recoil from the idea that they are holy. The doctrines
of men have blinded them, and led many to believe that they are sinners,
not saints. Yet, in the New Testament, all of God's people are referred to
as "saints," not sinners. We are called the "holy ones," (hagios), 63 times
in the New Testament, because we belong to God. These words describing who
God has made us to be are unmistakable! We cannot try to fit God into our
experience, but must be willing to agree with His Word and be conformed to
His likeness.

God called us holy as He is holy, and we have no right to change that in
any way. The words used for God, Who is Holy, and their derivatives, are
applied to what He has made us. Whether we say "sanctified," "consecrated,"
"holy," "sacred," "saint," "sanctification," or "holiness," all of these
words are closely related to one another in form and meaning. Thus, the
Hebrew adjective qādōš ("holy"), the noun qōdeš ("holiness,"
"consecration,"or"sanctification"), and the verb qādaš
("beholy","sanctify,"or "make holy") are all built on the root qdš.
Similarly, most of the Greek words in the New Testament are related in the
same way: hagios ("holy"), hagiazō ("sanctify," or "make holy") and
hagiasmos ("sanctification,"or "holiness").

Once again, holiness is grounded in God's essential nature, and it would be
a violation to change its meaning when God applies it to us. It must be
understood that anything entering the sphere of God's Presence becomes holy
by its relationship to God. This is why, despite the many transgressions
and acts of rebellion against God committed by Israel (e.g. Exodus 17:1-7),
God still declared that Israel shall be a holy nation (gôy qādôš).
Israel never lived up to what God gave to them, and they hardened their
hearts in disobedience. They refused the call of God and the holiness He
had blessed them with. God desired to teach His holy people how to refuse
evil, but they would not learn. God will not fellowship with those who
persist in sin and continually choose things contrary to the ways of His
holiness (Psalm 5:4-6). Therefore, the judgment of spiritual blindness
ultimately fell upon them (Deuteronomy 29:4; Isaiah 6:10; Matthew 13:13-17;
Mark 4:12; Luke 8:10; Acts 28:23-29; 2 Corinthians 3:14). To believe that
the sinner can be made one with God is to overthrow every revelation that
God has given of Himself. To the awakened soul, sin is as undesirable and
terrible as Hell. The Spirit of the Son, the very Spirit of God, has come
to teach us the ways of holiness -something that anyone who has truly
received a new heart and a new spirit should long for.

Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled! (Matthew 5:6)
 
Daily Bread - July 16, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 16 July 2018 10:11
1 Corinthians 1:2 - Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them
that are made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in
every place call upon the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and
ours.

Sanctification (Part 9):

We may have certain theological concepts that lessen what it means to be
holy, even after believing that we are God's dwelling place. We may still
have room to know ourselves after the flesh and look on those outward
things. However, when we consider the Gospel truth that we are also now
dwelling in Him, then suddenly all of those misleading distractions
disappear. When we see ourselves baptized into Him, and understand that we
now dwell in Christ Jesus, we embrace a complete loss of identity through
immersion into His life. There is probably nothing that could underscore
the meaning of being sanctified more than having our lives now hid away in
Him. Dwelling in Christ Jesus is the fundamental meaning of being born
again. At the very heart of the Gospel is the understanding that, through
the miracle of salvation, we dwell in Him and He dwells in us (John 6:56,
14:20, 24, 15:4-7, 17:21-23; 1 John 2:6; Galatians 3:27, Romans 6:3).

Jesus also gave us an allegory to help us understand what it means to dwell
in Him, which further emphasizes what it means to be sanctified. Christ
Jesus is the Vine, and we are the branches. When we were born again, we
were created in Christ Jesus to dwell in Him as a branch dwells in a vine.
It is only by remaining in Him that we are able to bring forth the fruit of
this new life we have been given. As the branch draws sap from the vine to
exist, so we draw the life of Christ Jesus. If we do not live dependent
upon His life, then we will not bear the fruit of the new creation, and we
will be cast from the vine as a dead and lifeless branch (John 15:1-7).

Abide in Jesus and bear the fruit of His life in you (John 15:5)


Some of the words from a song of the Spirit given this past Sunday:

From age to age,
Unchangeable,
Forever God,
You are faithful!

Let Your Light now shine,
Signs and wonders,
The Light of the Gospel!

Let Your Light shine,
Let Your Light shine,
Let Your Light shine,
Let Your Light shine,
Your miracles,
Your signs and wonders,
For Your glory Lord!


Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb7q0xGm77M
 
Daily Bread - July 14, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 14 July 2018 10:55
1 Corinthians 1:2 - Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them
that are made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in
every place call upon the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and
ours.

Sanctification (Part 8):

Because of what God has done for us in giving to us this unspeakable gift,
we purify ourselves even as He is pure (2 Corinthians 9:15; 1 John 3:1-3).
Loving the Presence of God, and living to please the One Who has called us
out of darkness, we purify and separate ourselves from every filthiness of
the flesh and the spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2
Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 2:9). We delight in the life of dwelling in Him,
and walking even as He walks, knowing that without this holiness no man
shall see God (John 6:56; 1 John 2:6, 3:24; Hebrews 12:14).

As His holy temples where He dwells, we must be radically committed to God,
and not allow the uncleanness that the spiritual wickedness would impose on
us. Instead, we must be fully committed to the holiness the Holy Spirit
leads us into and strengthens us to do (1 Corinthians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians
4:7; 1 John 4:17). The life of holiness is the abundant life in Christ
Jesus, the life of joy unspeakable and full of glory (John 10:10; 1 Peter
1:8). We are taught of God, and trained by the Holy Spirit, that we might
learn to be vessels of honor, sanctified, ready for the Master's use, and
prepared unto every good work (2 Timothy 2:21).

Live the abundant life in Jesus! (John 10:10)
 
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