Daily Bread - March 8, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 08 March 2019 06:28
1 John 1:3 - What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you, so that you
may also have communion with us, and indeed our communion is with the
Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

The only way that anyone can receive this life is through the proclamation
of the Gospel. The life of God imparted and received through the Gospel
results in fellowship with the community of the redeemed, which is the
family of God. The fellowship is with both the Father and the Son. This
fellowship, or communion, is that of oneness. He imparts His glory to us,
so that we may be one with them, even as they are one with each other (John
17:22-23). The verb 'apangellomen' (ἀπαγγέλλομεν) is translated as
"proclaim" or "announce," and belongs to the same family of verbs and nouns
as 'euangelion' (εὐαγγέλιον), from which "announce good news" or "gospel"
is translated. These verbs can be used somewhat interchangeably.

The important message, which lays the foundation for what will be
ministered in the First Epistle of John, is the Greek word 'koinonia'
(κοινωνία). 'Koinonia,' though difficult to translate, can roughly be
understood as being equivalent to the Hebrew word 'yachad' (י ַ◌דּוָ֑ח ,(
ְwhich is translated as "oneness," "unity," or "community." The Greek
expression here (κοινωνίαν ἔχητε / koinonian echete) may express an even
stronger message than "communion" - we may accurately translate this as
"joined in communion." In either case, the communion or fellowship that all
are being invited into is one of both real external experience with God and
a oneness with God's people that is produced by the Holy Spirit. The
'koinonia' is only possible when one is born of the Spirit. Paul said that
we are all baptized into one body by one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).

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

Special Note: Please pray today specifically for our camp meeting in
Portland, Oregon! Today is the last day of the meetings, and we are
expecting souls to come into the Kingdom now, and for an ongoing awakening
to the Gospel in Portland and the whole West Coast! Awake Portland!
 
Daily Bread - March 7, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 07 March 2019 06:23
1 John 1:2 - And the Life was revealed, and we have seen and bear witness,
and we proclaim to you that Eternal Life which was with the Father and was
revealed to us.

The life, the Eternal Life, which is the very Life of God Who also was with
God, was incarnated into flesh and revealed to all mankind. To have Jesus
is to have life, and to be without Him is to be dead while you live. Jesus
was the Eternal Life Who revealed the eternal life that God made available
to all who would believe. The very Life of God was not only manifested, but
also imparted through the redemption that God had granted. Jesus as the Son
refers to God as His Father more than a hundred times in the writings of
John. It was the Father Who gave us His Son, and Who was also active in
bringing men to Jesus. He draws them to present them to His Son, Who alone
can give them life (Matthew 16:17; John 6:44). Many people encountered
Jesus, but they refused to see that He was the Life.

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


Special Note: Please be praying with us for our camp meeting in Portland,
Oregon THIS WEEK (Awake Portland, March 5-8th)!
 
Daily Bread - March 6, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 05 March 2019 21:10
1 John 1:1 - That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which
we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have
felt concerning the Word of Life.

Part 2: The Word Of Life

The Word of Life is the pre-incarnate Christ, Who is from everlasting to
everlasting, the Word made flesh; and is called Yehoah's Salvation or
'Yehoshua' (י ְ◌ע ַשֻׁ֣הוֹ / Jesus). Still, He will continue to be called
the Word again throughout the ages (Revelation 19:13). God the Word was the
One by Whom God created all things (John 1:3, 10; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians
1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2-3). He became flesh and was called the only begotten
Son, so that as a man, He might redeem mankind (John 1:14, 1:18, 3:16,
1:18; Acts 13:33; 2 Corinthians 8:9; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:5; 5:5; 1
John 4:9). The Word became flesh so that all flesh might become one with
the Word. He Who knew no sin became the sin offering so that He might
restore man to His life of holiness and purity (2 Corinthians 5:21). The
Word of Life became Christ Jesus to speak the words of life, so that His
life could be imparted into us. God is passionate for us to receive His
life and return to union with Himself. It would be impossible to imagine a
more perfect and complete union than the one that God has given to us in
Christ Jesus, for the very life of Christ was imparted into us (John 14:21,
23, 17:21).

Before the revelation of the Word, Christ Jesus, redemption was a mystery
ministered through types and allegories. But now, John reveals that Jesus
and all of His glory may be heard, seen, and touched. Redemption and an
unimaginable intimacy provided with the Eternal God has been made available
to us. It is an intimacy and union that all creation cries out for, but few
are willing to believe. Many who have been redeemed, who are born of God
and made heirs and joint-heirs with Christ, long for such fellowship, but
fail to lay hold of it, only because they fail to accept what the Word of
Life has revealed.

Our eyes must be fixed upon Him, even as all eyes in Heaven are on Christ
Jesus. He has been exalted above everything in Heaven and Earth, and we
must exalt Him too (Isaiah 45:23; Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:9-11). As
Father has honored Jesus with a Name above every name, we must also place
His Name above all authorities and interests. We must exalt Him above all
principalities, powers, mights, and dominions that might attempt to
influence us in this world. Should we step into such adoration and
exaltation of Jesus, surely we would begin to see Him like we have never
seen Him before. Through this devoted fellowship of love and admiration, we
would begin to adore Him like never before. Should we hear and see and
handle the Word of Life, we would stand in awe of Him and the inhabitants
of the Earth would see the glory of the only begotten Son of God.

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


Special Note: Please be praying for our camp meeting in Portland, Oregon
THIS WEEK (Awake Portland, March 5-8th)!
 
Daily Bread - March 5, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 05 March 2019 21:08
1 John 1:1 - That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which
we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have
felt concerning the Word of Life.

Part 1: The Word That Was From The Beginning Was Heard & Seen!

The opening statement of The First Epistle of John is similar to the Gospel
of John (John 1:1-14), and reaches back to the words of Genesis 1:1. Jesus
was the One Who was there at the 'arche' (άρχή / the beginning). That which
was from the beginning does not refer to God's beginning, but to the
beginning of Creation and its redemption. The beginning more specifically
refers to the time before the creation of the world. John refers to Jesus
as the Eternal Word, Who was there at the beginning when the heavens and
the Earth were created. Yet, more importantly, He is the Eternal One Who
has no beginning. John avoids using the name of Jesus, which is the name
given to the Word of Life at His incarnation, thus further emphasizing that
He is the Eternal One Who has no beginning. He is the Life from which all
life was derived. The first occurrence of 'arche' in the Septuagint is in
Genesis 1:1 - its Hebrew counterpart is 'resheet' (ב ּ◌ ְ◌שׁית ִ֖רא ,)
which is the first word of the Bible in Genesis 1:1.

The Word was heard and seen. The Word was incarnated into flesh, and the
very voice of God was heard in the ears of all who would listen and His
body presented for everyone to see. He was not only seen, but gazed upon
(θεάομαι / theaomai). Men would not only be allowed to see the One Who the
Seraphim must veil their faces before, but to gaze steadfastly into His
glorious countenance. The Apostles not only handled Him before His death
and resurrection, but also afterwards. After He had risen from the dead and
appeared to the Apostles for about 40 days, He told them to handle Him and
see - for a spirit has not flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Surely, John
wanted to emphasize the certainty and accuracy of the message that he was
about to deliver in this Epistle. He would with absolute words, distinguish
between those who know the Lord Jesus and those who are liars. He would
leave no room for darkness, sin, and iniquity to remain justified among the
community of the Church. He would absolutely reveal the deceivers and those
who refused the Gospel as it was spelled out to him by Christ Jesus, Whom
he heard, saw, and touched.

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


Special Note: Please be praying for our camp meeting in Portland, Oregon
THIS WEEK (Awake Portland, March 5-8th) -BEGINNING TODAY!
 
Daily Bread - March 4, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 04 March 2019 20:07
Ephesians 5:32 - This is a great mystery, but I speak as to Christ and to
the Church.

Paul described the kind of relationship that should exist between a man and
a woman based on the relationship that exists between Christ and the
Church. If married couples would be willing to realize how sacred their
relationship is with each other, perhaps more attention would be given to
proper behavior and interaction. Considering that the marriage relationship
actually testifies of Christ and His Church, we should understand that we
are preaching the Gospel by the way we interact with our spouse (2
Corinthians 3:2-3; 1 Peter 3:1).

Love one another deeply with a pure heart! (1 Peter 1:22)

Special Note: Please be praying for our camp meeting in Portland, Oregon,
THIS WEEK - March 5-8th: Awake Portland!
 
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