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Daily Bread - November 1, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 01 November 2018 10:13
Ephesians 4:24 - And be endued with the new man which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness.

Part 4: Faith Is Union With God In Righteous And True Holiness!

The new man is in the likeness and nature of Jesus Christ, as established
in Romans 13:14, "Be endued with the Lord Jesus Christ and make no
provision for the flesh to do its desires." The Epistle to the Ephesians
repeatedly speaks of our life "in Christ Jesus," which is referred to
thirteen times in chapter one alone. A corollary verse is found in
Colossians 3:10, which says we are "renewed in knowledge after the image of
Him that created [us]." God created all things by Christ Jesus, and has
also made this new creation by Him. This is compatible with the the call of
God for the saint to mature into all the fullness Christ and to grow up
into Him in all things (Ephesians 4:13, 15).

The faith that was once delivered unto the saints is one of divine union
with God. The union is the primary feature of the new birth that has
resulted in the New Covenant fellowship (John 6:56). Jesus expressed the
fullness of the Father through the union He had with the Father. There is a
revelation and cooperation with the love of Christ that results in the same
kind of union (Ephesians 3:19; John 1:12, 14:21-23) -a union with Christ
Jesus resulting in the fulness that He has supplied by grace, and which
goes far beyond what could ever be earned by works (John 1:16; 17:21-23).

If we would simply look at what Jesus won for us rather than what we
deserve, faith would begin to work in our lives. When we recognize Christ
Jesus dwells in us, and by the Holy Spirit reveals His life through us,
then the miracles of His life can be witnessed through us. However, as long
as we are more captivated by our humanity and weakness than the brightness
of the life of the Son God, then we will remain disconnected from the faith
that produces the miracle life of Jesus. When Christ Jesus is all that we
will see, then His life will be fully revealed through our lives. When He
is all we are determined to know, then the power of God will not be limited
in its divine flow through us. If we will remain in Christ Jesus, living by
Him and existing in Him, then condemnation will have no place; and we will
find our lives completely yielded to the Holy Spirit!

Be endued with the life of Christ Jesus and make no provision for the
flesh, the rudiments of the world, or the philosophies of men! (Romans
13:14, Colossians 2:6-10)
 
Daily Bread - October 31, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 01 November 2018 09:53
Ephesians 4:24 - And be endued with the new man which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness.

Part 3: The New Man Is Jesus Living In Us!

The new man, which is Christ Jesus living in us, has the nature of Jesus,
the glory of Jesus, and the power and authority of Jesus (2 Peter 1:3-4;
John 7:38-39, 16:12-14, 17:21-23; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). Having newness of
life and the image of Christ, we are empowered to walk as the sons of God
(Romans 6:4, 8:14, 16; John 1:12-13; Colossians 3:10). However, it is
absolutely essential that we believe in our hearts and confess with our
mouths these great things God has done for us (Romans 10:10)!

God created us anew in Christ Jesus and gave to us a new and pure heart, a
new spirit, a purified soul and body, and made us His dwelling place - the
temple of the Lord! There is no religious activity or belief that pleases
God. All that is important to Him and accepted by Him are those who have
been made a new creature, and who are willing to grow and mature in the
life of a new man (Galatians 6:15; John 3:3-6; Colossians 2:6). Those who
have been created anew in Christ Jesus have been made holy and acceptable
to God by the same gift. His own hands have built for Himself a pure and
holy dwelling place where His glory and majesty may be seen in the earthen
vessels of those redeemed and created anew by One, Christ Jesus (Ephesians
2:10; Ezekiel 36:26-27; 1 Peter 1:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1
Corinthians 3:9, 16, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:7, 6:16; Matthew 5:8; 1
Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 10:22).

Be endued with the life of Christ Jesus and make no provision for the
flesh, the rudiments of the world, or the philosophies of men! (Romans
13:14, Colossians 2:6-10)
 
Daily Bread - October 30, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 01 November 2018 09:53
Ephesians 4:24 - And be endued with the new man which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness.

Part 2: Endued With The New Man

What an honor and privilege God has given to us that we may be clothed with
the same majesty, splendor, and authority of His only begotten Son. We have
been entrusted by God to be endued with Christ that we might live His life,
and the life of Christ Jesus is the light unto the world! Let the world see
the glory of the only begotten Son alive and living in you (Colossians
1:27; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Philippians 1:21; Ephesians 3:18-19; Galatians
3:27; Romans 13:14).

If these things of the Spirit are to be accomplished in our lives, then we
must be willing to believe the report of the Lord and the record He has
given of His Son. If we fail to believe, then it is impossible for us to
receive and be equipped with the identity of Christ. We must be willing to
think differently about ourselves and believe that we have been
transfigured and renewed, washed and regenerated by the renewing of the
Holy Spirit (Isaiah 53:1; John 12:38; Romans 10:16; 1 John 5:10-11; Titus
3:5; Romans 12:1-2).

Our Heavenly Father wants us to be convinced that we are His children:
begotten of Him, having been born of the Spirit. We have been born of the
Spirit (John 3:5), born of the Word (1 Peter 1:23), and born of the
resurrection (1 Peter 1:3). We find ourselves yielded to the Holy Spirit by
believing what God has said, and by being confident in Him and Who He has
made us to be. Through the Holy Spirit, we are endued, and will continue to
be endued, with the glory and authority of Christ Jesus. Through the gift
of salvation, we are empowered with a new identity. By the Spirit of wisdom
and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, we are empowered to live the life
of Christ (Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 1:17-19).

Be endued with the life of Christ Jesus and make no provision for the
flesh, the rudiments of the world, or the philosophies of men! (Romans
13:14, Colossians 2:6-10)
 
Daily Bread - October 29, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:31
Ephesians 4:24 - And be endued with the new man which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness.

Part 1: To Be 'Endued'

This is the same word used to describe the coming of the Holy Spirit, the
promise of the Father, upon them that believe in Luke 24:49. It is also
used in a similar context in Colossians 3:10 and Romans 13:14. The Greek
word is 'enduo,' which conveys the sense of sinking into a garment. It is a
compound word derived from 'en' ("in," "with," "by") and 'duno' ("enter,"
"plunge into"); and translated as "to be clothed," "to put on," or "endued."

Be filled with the Spirit, and be endued with Christ so you can accomplish
those things you were created in Christ Jesus to be! Plunge into Christ
(plunge into His power from on High and be filled with the Spirit) that you
may live this Heavenly life! We received the life of Jesus when we were
born again, and we receive His mantle of the Spirit when we are clothed
with the Holy Ghost!

Be endued with the life of Christ Jesus and make no provision for the
flesh, the rudiments of the world, or the philosophies of men! (Romans
13:14, Colossians 2:6-10)
 
Daily Bread - October 27, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:30
Ephesians 4:23 - And let your mind be renewed by the Spirit.

The Renewed Mind - Part 3: The Authority of Sons

By the authority we have been given as the sons of God, and by the divine
power of the new man, the former behavior and all its lust may be cast
down. There is no power that can stop us from walking in union with God and
being conformed to the image of the Son (John 17:21-23; Romans 8:29-39). We
must be willing to accept the image of righteousness and true holiness and
be renewed by the Holy Spirit as we behold the glory of God (Ephesians
4:23-24; Colossians 3:10; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

To view ourselves as weak, carnal, and unable to please God is the wrong
way to think. If we listen to such lies, then we are giving place to the
devil and allowing sin to have dominion over us (Romans 6:14; Ephesians
4:27). We are to move in faith and believe the good news! God has worked an
unimaginable miracle of salvation for us; so let us say, as Mary did, "Be
it unto me according to your Word" (Luke 1:38). If we are unwilling to
believe God and think of ourselves as new creatures who are called to the
fullness of the maturity of Christ, then we will never realize the maturity
He has planned for us. If we refuse to believe what God has said about His
great salvation, then we will live our lives as babes and ultimately find
ourselves tricked and mislead by deceivers (Ephesians 4:14).

It is God the Holy Spirit Who gives us the ability to see and understand
(Ephesians 1:17-18). The Holy Spirit supplies us with the mind of Christ (1
Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5, 4:7). He has brought to us the renewal
that we need, and He is the One Who strengthens us in our inner being to
live this life of Jesus (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 3:16). God the Holy Spirit,
the Spirit of Truth, has come to teach us and show us how to walk in all
those things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)!

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God!
(Romans 8:14)
 
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