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Daily Bread - September 15, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 17 September 2018 11:36
Ephesians 4:7 - And to each of us is given grace, according the measure of
the gift of Christ.

The Measure of the Gift of Christ - Part 4

The grace that has been given to us must have an outworking in our lives.
Paul was willing to boast how the grace that was given to Him was not given
in vain, but worked within Him and through Him to cause Him to labor more
than anyone else in the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 15:10). The call of God is
on each one of our lives, and although the starting point may be different
for all of us and the role each one plays unique, the goal of maturity is
the same: the measure of Christ -the fullness of His maturity (Ephesians
4:13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6). The purpose is the same, and that is the
ministry of the Gospel -that people might be delivered from the power of
Satan and be saved (Acts 26:18-19; Mark 16:17). Let each of us be faithful
with those things that we have received, so that we might be entrusted with
more of the measure of the gift of Christ.

Be faithful with the grace you have received! (Matthew 25:21; 1 Corinthians
4:2, 15:10; Galatians 3:9; Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:29)
 
Daily Bread - September 14, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 17 September 2018 11:36
Ephesians 4:7 - And to each of us is given grace, according the measure of
the gift of Christ.

The Measure of the Gift of Christ - Part 3

We have received the gift of salvation, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and
the measure of the gift of Christ. With these gifts, we are both called and
empowered to walk just as Jesus walked (1 John 1:7, 2:6, 4:7). We are
called to do those works which Jesus did, and even greater works; but we
must understand how to be faithful with what He has given, and then grow
and mature in faithfulness (1 Timothy 1:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; 2
Corinthians 9:8).

Jesus referred to the impartation of His ministry He had entrusted to the
Church when He spoke of the distribution of responsibility: to one He gave
one talent, to another two, and to another five. The most important thing
was that each steward of the manifold grace of God was to be faithful with
those things they had received. To those who were faithful and allowed the
gifts to be multiplied, more was to be given; but to those unfaithful with
what God had bestowed, not only was there no increase -but that which they
had was taken away (Matthew 25:15-29; 2 Peter 1:8-11).

Be faithful with the grace you have received! (Matthew 25:21; 1 Corinthians
4:2, 15:10; Galatians 3:9; Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:29)
 
Daily Bread - September 13, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:37
Ephesians 4:7 - And to each of us is given grace, according the measure of
the gift of Christ.

The Measure of the Gift of Christ - Part 2

Through obedience to our Master, we grow and mature into all that He has
given as we abide in Him and He abides in us (John 15:1-6, 16). Some of the
most important things to God are our love for each other and the unity
produced through that love. The most important thing of all is our unity
with Him and the unity of the Spirit mentioned in Ephesians 4:3, which
ultimately finds its full maturity in the unity of the faith in Ephesians
4:13.

As newborn babes, we desire the sincere milk of the Word; and through
obedience to the faith and submission to the Holy Spirit, we grow in grace
(1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; Titus 2:12). What we grow up into is as certain
as the growth itself: we grow into a fully matured man in Christ Jesus. The
measure of the gift that Christ Jesus received was an unlimited measure,
and now He has poured out His abundant life on all those who will receive
in an unlimited baptismal measure (John 7:38-39, 10:10; Acts 1:5). Jesus
has not withheld any of His glory, but has freely given it to those who
will receive (John 17:23-24).

Be faithful with the grace you have received! (Matthew 25:21; 1 Corinthians
4:2, 15:10; Galatians 3:9; Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:29)
 
Daily Bread - September 12, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:44
Ephesians 4:7 - And to each of us is given grace, according the measure of
the gift of Christ.

The 'metron,' or "measure," of Christ Jesus will be more perfectly
described in Ephesians 4:13. The measure of Christ described in verse 13 is
the fullness of that which Jesus had. Knowing God is able to make all grace
abound unto us through Christ Jesus, what are the limits of the measure of
the gift of Christ (2 Corinthians 9:8)? Are we to assume this verse is
referring to only a portion of the measure of Christ, or is the gift of
Christ the same unlimited measure Jesus had received? While it is certainly
true that unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of
faith we have received, there are no limits defined for Christ's measure
(Romans 12:3). Although we start with only a measure in this baptismal
anointing, we know fullness of faith and an unlimited supply is what God
wills for our lives (Acts 6:8).

What we are allowed to do in the Kingdom of God certainly has nothing to do
with our own innate abilities. God is willing by His grace to supply more
than we can think or ask, and from our lives produce the unlimited
expressions of His goodness like rivers flowing from us (Ephesians 3:20;
John 7:38-39). If we are faithful with the grace we have received, then
much more shall be given (Matthew 25:21, 23). Through the grace contained
within the gift of salvation, we have been given an opportunity to mature
into all the fullness of the measure of the ministry of Christ (Ephesians
4:13; John 14:12). The limits of God's grace for us is all the fullness of
Jesus our Lord (John 1:16).

Be faithful with the grace you have received! (Matthew 25:21; 1 Corinthians
4:2, 15:10; Galatians 3:9; Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:29)
 
Daily Bread - September 11, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:33
Ephesians 4:3 - Giving diligence to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the
bond of peace,

Part 2: Keeping the Oneness of Spirit in the Bond of Peace - 2 of 2

The oneness granted to us is first oneness with the Holy Spirit, the Lord
Jesus Christ, and God the Father. Then as a result of oneness with God, we
may have oneness with one another. In this Divine disposition, the Church
functions in such a way that Christ Jesus is revealed through the operation
of the Holy Spirit in each member of the Body. We must allow the Holy
Spirit to baptize us into the Body of Christ every time we assemble
ourselves together (1 Corinthians 12:13). The Church is the fullness of
God; but unless we participate with God, the glory of His fullness is never
realized or witnessed (Ephesians 1:22-23).

The will of God is that the arresting power of His love be manifested in
our fellowship with each other. His love will produce oneness -by this all
men will know we are His disciples and that Christ Jesus is Who He says He
is (John 13:35, 17:23). The Kingdom of the Lord Jesus is witnessed by
righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). If the
demonstration of the Kingdom of God is going to be manifested in our
assemblies, then we must allow righteousness, peace, and joy to reign in
all our emotions and conduct. The rivers of God's Presence would flow
through us to reveal the nature and disposition of Christ Jesus in all the
splendor of His servitude and humility (1 John 3:16). The reign of peace
will calm every storm, His joy will refresh and strengthen every soul, and
the righteousness of all His goodness will produce days of Heaven in the
midst of the Church (Deuteronomy 11:21; Romans 14:17; 1 Peter 2:9).

The goodness of God's reign is worth giving all diligence to participate
with! (Ephesians 4:3; 2 Peter 1:10-11)
 
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