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Daily Bread - September 21, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 21 September 2018 10:59
Ephesians 4:8 - On which account He said, "Ascending up on high, He led
captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Conquest, Spoils, and the Establishment of the Church - Part 3

The supply of the Spirit flows to every member of the Church from the Head,
which is Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 2:19). Through the
unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, that special anointing of Jesus
flows down upon His whole Body (Psalm 133:1-2; John 3:34; Acts 10:38; Luke
4:18). Each person's connection in the body brings them into contact with
the supply of divine goodness that flows from Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:16;
Colossians 2:19). If we fail to cooperate with and submit to God's divine
order, then we will miss out on that which God has supplied for our
perfection and for the manifestation of His Presence in our midst.

Let us, therefore, increase with the increase of God! (Colossians 2:19)
 
Daily Bread - September 20, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 20 September 2018 09:10
Ephesians 4:8 - On which account He said, "Ascending up on high, He led
captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Conquest, Spoils, and the Establishment of the Church - Part 2

When Jesus ascended up to Heaven, He ascended to Zion, the Heavenly
Jerusalem; and there He took His place at the right hand of God (Hebrews
12:22; Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:20-22; Revelation 21:10). In His triumphant
glory over every claim of Satan, He poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost
upon the Church, as well as the ministry gifts, which were given to empower
those who would be the leaders of His Church. These ministry gifts were
poured out upon men so that those in the Church might be perfected,
matured, strengthened, and equipped even unto the fullness of Christ
(Ephesians 4:11-13). These special abilities and anointings exist in the
Church so Christ Jesus might dwell in our midst. In times past, God gave
the special anointings of priest, prophet, judge, and king to lead His
people; but today, His leaders are apostles, prophets, evangelists,
pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:28).

Thank You, Lord, for the gifts You've given in Your Church for men!
 
Daily Bread - September 19, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:37
Ephesians 4:8 - On which account He said, "Ascending up on high, He led
captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Conquest, Spoils, and the Establishment of the Church - Part 1

Jesus led the spoils of war to Heaven -every man that had been held the
prisoner of Satan who looked for the day of God's liberation! When Jesus
victoriously stepped into Glory, He was crowned with many crowns; and
having received gifts for men, He gave them liberally. Christ Jesus divided
the spoils that day with the strong -those whom the Lord made mighty
(Isaiah 53:12).

Ephesians 4:8 is quoted from Psalms 68:18, which prophesied of what Christ
Jesus would do for us when He arose from the dead and ascended up into
Heaven. When God gave His Covenant to Israel at Mount Sinai, it was said:
"You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you received
gifts for men; yes, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell
among them." God brought Israel out of slavery in order to separate unto
Himself a people through which the Redeemer of all mankind might come. He
brought the captives of His people, who had been held in Egypt, out of
bondage and into His inheritance. Just as God ascended to the heights of
Mount Sinai in His triumphant glory and majesty, Christ Jesus ascended to
the heights of Heaven (Psalms 68:16-18). On the day Jesus resurrected,
having led captivity captive, His Church was born.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the
victory, and the majesty, for everything in the Heavens and the Earth is
Yours! (1 Chronicles 29:11)
 
Daily Bread - September 18, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 10:16
Ephesians 4:8 - On which account He said, "Ascending up on high, He led
captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Gifts

The word 'doma' or "gifts" is found four times in the New Testament. In
addition to this verse, it is used twice in the Gospels: "If you then being
evil know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall
your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them who ask Him" (Luke 11:13;
Matthew 7:11). Then, Paul uses it in Philippians 4:17 in the context of an
offering. The word 'doma' may be understood as something given that is
essential to survival.

Thank You, Lord for the gifts You've given to men! (Ephesians 4:8,11-12)
 
Daily Bread - September 17, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 10:15
Ephesians 4:8 - On which account He said, "Ascending up on high, He led
captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

He Led Captivity Captive:

Jesus went down into the lower parts of the Earth into a place called
Abraham's Bosom (Luke 16:22). Abraham's Bosom was the place that contained
all of the righteous dead. It was the place Jesus referred to as Paradise
(Luke 23:43). When Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He liberated all of
those who had been held captive in this prison. Prior to the resurrection
of Jesus from the dead, those who died in faith went into Abraham's Bosom,
or Paradise. In the Old Testament, it was called 'gebar' ("the grave"),
'shachat' ("the pit"), or 'sheol' ("Hell"). The model of what happened to
God's people when they died may be observed through the events that took
place when Jesus died. When Jesus died, he went down into the belly of the
Earth just as the poor man Lazarus did (Luke 16:19-31). It was from this
place called Paradise where Jesus preached to the departed spirits. It was
from Paradise that Jesus led captivity captive when he ascended up on high
(Ephesians 4:8).

Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
(1 Corinthians 15:57)
 
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