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Daily Bread - March 5, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 05 March 2018 14:56
Ephesians 2:21 - In Whom the whole building fitted together grows in a holy
temple in the Lord.

The Greek verb 'auxano,' which is translated as 'grow,' means 'increase of
every kind' and may be understood as referring to every dimension of the
Church including size, number, age, maturity, glory, and power. This growth
does not happen automatically, but demands action and responsibility as
Jesus taught in Mark 4:26-29. A seed is cast into the ground and the power
is within the ground to give the seed life so that it can produce of
itself; but the farmer rises day and night to tend and care for the seed
lest it be eaten or overrun by weeds and disaster. The proper growth and
increase of the Church is only possible when God's people are submitted to
the Holy Spirit, for only He can provide the needed ingredients to bring
forth the increase.

In Ephesians 4:11-16, we learn that the Church both grows and makes
increase of itself by functioning in love. Of course, this is Divine love
that can only be supplied by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22; Romans 5:5; 2
Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 1:22). God's desire is that we mature into the
fullness of Christ. He has purposed that we be fully matured sons of God
standing in the full measure of the anointing of Jesus now in this present
world (Ephesians 4:13; 1 John 3:1-3, 4:17). By the love of Christ, we are
able to comprehend every dimension of God's person and purpose. We mature
and grow in the precise knowledge of God by coming to know the love of
Christ that passes knowledge, so that we might be filled with all of the
fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-21). Our lives, both individually and
collectively, must find their existence in the Vine, Christ Jesus; for
without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:1-8).

Allow God in His love to bring the increase He desires!
 
Daily Bread - March 3, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 03 March 2018 09:55
Ephesians 2:20 - Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Christ Jesus Himself being the Cornerstone.

Both Jews and Gentiles are in one house (the Church), and this is that
house the Lord has made without hands -the House of God for which Jesus is
the 'Cornerstone', or 'Keystone', and the Head (Mark 14:58; Daniel 2:34;
Ephesians 1:20-23, 4:15, 5:23; Colossians 1:18, 2:10,19). It is very
fitting to refer to Jesus as the Cornerstone in this passage seeing it
brings Jews and Gentiles into equality and in need of the same blood of the
New Covenant. As Peter points out in 1 Peter 2:6, He is the Cornerstone
that is elect and precious. However, to those builders in Israel that
rejected Him, He is the stone of stumbling and the rock of offense (1 Peter
2:4-10; Romans 9:30-33; Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11;
Psalms 118:19-23; Isaiah 8:13-18, 28:14-17; 53:1-12).

It also must be understood that a new foundation has been laid. The old
foundation of the Law has been removed, and that which belongs to the New
Covenant cannot be built upon the Old Covenant (1 Corinthians 3:11; 2
Corinthians 3:7-14). The new foundation of the Church is built upon Jesus
Christ and the apostles and prophets. The apostles and prophets are two of
the primary features of the Church (1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians
4:11-16). We may be certain Paul is not referring to revelation given in
the Old Testament to the prophets or holy men of old; for in Ephesians 3:5,
he points out how this is a new revelation that has now been given to his
holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. Furthermore, he makes clear that
these apostles and prophets are new gifts given to the Church after Jesus
ascended up on high (Ephesians 4:8-12).

A sure and precious Cornerstone is Jesus, our Lord!
 
Daily Bread - March 2, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 02 March 2018 08:41
Ephesians 2:19 - Now then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but
are fellow citizens, holy ones, and of the house of God.

God has made a new covenant and invited both Jew and Gentile into the
fellowship of a new creation. The Gospel of the New Covenant was first
announced to the house of Israel and to Judah, but was extended to all
nations so that whosoever is willing to call upon the Name of the Lord can
become a part of the Kingdom of God (Jeremiah 31:31; Hebrews 8:8; Romans
1:16, 2:10; Isaiah 49:6; Luke 2:30-32). God made a new covenant and has
done away with the old, leaving no room at all for it (Hebrews 8:8-13).
There cannot be a new covenant and an old covenant existing at the same
time.

The Lord only 'established the Law' in the sense that the Law of God was
established in our hearts. He was not referring to the First Covenant,
being the Law of Moses (Hebrews 10:16; Galatians 2:21; Romans 8:2-3). The
Law of Moses testified of the Law of God, but it could not establish it in
our hearts until the New Covenant was made. This is not a replacement
theology, but an inclusion theology in which all men are brought unto the
Father by Jesus Christ the Lord -for there is no salvation for any man
outside of Christ Jesus (John 1:17; Galatians 5:14; Acts 4:12; John 14:6).
Now, all men who will obey the Gospel are made heirs of God and citizens of
the Kingdom. Anyone hanging onto the Old Covenant cannot be a citizen of
the Kingdom or an heir of the promises. God's promise to Abraham and to the
sons of Israel were not established through the Law, but through the Seed,
Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:16-18,21,29).

We are members of God's household and are fellow citizens with all those
who trust in the Lord Jesus. Through Christ Jesus, all the covenants of
promise have been extended to everyone so that we may enjoy all that God
has planned for those who love Him (John 14:21; 1 Corinthians 2:9;
Ephesians 3:19-21). We now have both our citizenship and lifestyle in the
Kingdom of God, where we are seated with Christ Jesus and living in a
Heavenly realm (Philippians 3:20; Ephesians 2:6; Galatians 4:26; Hebrews
12:22; Acts 17:28; Colossians 3:1-3). We now enjoy all the authority and
rights and privileges of the sons of God. We are those who are of the house
and family of God, who should now bear the image of the heavenly; for it is
Christ Jesus Who lives in us, and must be witnessed through our lives, so
that all men might see through the actions and conduct of our lives the
glory of the Father (John 15:1-5; Philippians 1:21; 2 Corinthians 3:3,
4:10; Galatians 2:20; 1 John 2:6, 3:1-3, 4:17).

Oh, the beauty and the majesty,
When only Jesus Christ is seen!

As a citizen of Heaven and the family of God, allow Jesus to be revealed in
your life today!
 
Daily Bread - March 1, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 02 March 2018 08:40
Ephesians 2:18 - For through Him, we are both brought by one Spirit to the
Father.

The announcement of peace was the proclamation that all men everywhere have
access back into the Presence of God -an access that was lost the day Adam
sinned (Hebrews 9:8, 12:18-21; Exodus 19:12; Genesis 2:16-17; Romans 5:12).
In this one verse, some of the most important doctrines of the New
Testament are expressed. Let all men most assuredly know there is no way
for anyone anywhere to come to the Father except by Jesus Christ and the
Holy Spirit. Anyone who believes there is another way into the presence of
God, whether Jew or Gentile, is both a thief and a liar (John 10:1-10; Acts
4:10-12).

There were Three Who co-participated in the redemption provided for all who
would believe: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God, in His great
love by which He loved us, has reconciled both the Jews, who were near, and
the Gentiles, who were far away. Christ Jesus, the only begotten Son,
provided the remission of sins and redemption through His blood (Matthew
26:28; Colossians 1:20-22; Ephesians 2:13; 1 John 2:2; Revelation 1:5; 1
Peter 1:18-19; John 10:9; Romans 5:2). Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit
together supply the only access available into the Presence of the Father.
It is impossible for religion to provide such an access. Jesus is the Door,
and the Holy Spirit is the One Who enables us to come into this place of
union with the Father (John 3:3-6, 4:24, 6:44, 16:12-13; Titus 3:5; 1
Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:15). Both the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus
intercede for us and equip us in every way to be holy, acceptable, and well
pleasing to the Father (Romans 8:26-27,34; Hebrews 7:25). Christ Jesus has
forever perfected them that are sanctified, and the Holy Spirit is devoted
to perfecting all of our imperfections (Hebrews 7:25, 10:14, 13:21; 1 Peter
5:10; Ephesians 4:13; Philippians 2:12-13).

Jesus purified us with His blood and destroyed the claims of Satan so the
Holy Spirit could come and work the miracle of salvation. By the
resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the power of death was destroyed
(Hebrews 2:14; Colossians 2:14-15). By the blood of Jesus, the Holy Spirit
created a new man and raised up from the ruins of our lives a holy temple
where He could dwell (1 Corinthians 6:15-20, 3:16; Ephesians 2:20-22). Now,
being raised up together with Him, we are seated together with Him in the
Heavenly realm (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 3:1-2; Romans 6:5). Now we are
the new creation, the circumcision that worships God in the Spirit
(Philippians 3:3; Colossians 2:11; John 4:23-24). By the Holy Spirit, we
receive everything that belongs to Jesus (John 16:13-15). Through the
ministry of the Holy Spirit, we come to know and understand all of the
things of God and learn to function in all of His ways. All of the things
that have been freely given to us by God through Jesus Christ are revealed
by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-16).

That which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart understood are
made known to us by the Spirit so we might fully participate with the will
of the Father. The Holy Spirit guides us as we follow Him into this
Heavenly realm and interact with Him there. As we interact with Him, we
come to know those things that are freely given, and receive all of God's
goodness and glory (Ephesians 3:18-20). He fills us with the love of the
Father, the love of Christ Jesus, the joy of the Lord, and the peace of the
Prince of Peace (Romans 14:17, 8:14, 16; John 17:22; Galatians 5:22-23).
Christ Jesus dwells in us by the Spirit He has given to us, and He is also
revealed through our lives by what the Holy Spirit does through us (John
14:17-19; 1 John 3:24). The Holy Spirit leads us into the Presence of the
Father; and there we are strengthened, taught of God, and continually
matured by His power. In His presence, we go from glory to glory, beholding
His face, because we have received all of His fullness (2 Corinthians
3:17-18; John 1:16, 17:22-23; 2 Corinthians 4:6).

Rejoice and give thanks for God's wonderful salvation! (2 Corinthians 9:15)
 
Daily Bread - February 28, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:41
1 Thessalonians 5:23 - And the God of peace, Himself, makes you holy in
every way; and shall preserve your entire spirit and soul and body
blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

When Christ Jesus appears, we will be found holy and without blame
-unreproveable and unrebukable (Colossians 1:21-23; 1 Thessalonians
3:12-13). Our faith will be found unto praise, honor, and glory; as there
will be no impurity at all because our entire confidence is in Christ alone
(1 Peter 1:7; Ephesians 1:12; 1 Corinthians 6:20). We are ready to be
revealed that, through the redemption in Christ Jesus, we are without spot
or any spiritual imperfection (1 Timothy 6:14; Revelation 1:5; 1 Peter 1:5;
Colossians 3:4). If this is to be a reality, then people must be taught to
find themselves in Christ Jesus, and to find Christ Jesus in them (John
17:19-23; Philippians 1:21; Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:4-8; Colossians 3:1-3).

Therefore, we warn every man and teach every man in order to present every
man perfect in Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:28-29, 2:10). We reprove and
correct and instruct each person so every person's entire life will be
consecrated unto the Lord Jesus; trusting Him, and Him alone, for
everything. And in this way, we all may be found perfect and thoroughly
furnished unto every good work (2 Timothy 3:15-17). As the ministers of
righteousness, we are to severely correct those who would err in the
doctrine of Jesus Christ. If you do not see Jesus as your only means for
wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and deliverance, then you have
turned away from the faith, and His blood is of no effect for you (1
Corinthians 1:30-31; Romans 8:29-30; Philippians 1:11; Galatians 3:1,
5:2,4).

There are too many people who, after having received the liberation of
Christ Jesus, listen to the lies and slander of Satan who condemns and
accuses. The Church has even instituted man-made deliverance programs
through which they hope to deliver those who have not found rest and
deliverance in Christ Jesus. These programs end up only teaching those who
participate in them to trust in the help which comes from men, and never
provide true freedom; but rather, the programs provide a means to mitigate
a defiled conscience and the acceptance of a sinful state (Jeremiah
17:5-6). God's people must turn away from every voice and influence that
would in any way reduce the effects of the redemption in Christ Jesus, or
would cause them to not confess the things God has declared them to be! You
will never be free until you accept His freedom. You will never be washed
from all of your sins until you accept and confess His cleansing. You will
never be righteous until you believe it in your heart God's testimony of
your righteousness (Romans 10:6-17, 1:17; Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:11;
Hebrews 10:37-39; Jeremiah 17:7-8).

Having been washed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus and made a new
creation, we are nothing less than saints -the sons and daughters of the
Most High (Titus 3:4-8; Ephesians 2:4-10; Galatians 2:16-21; 2 Corinthians
5:17-18,21; 1 John 3:1-3). We are those who look to no other source than to
Christ Jesus alone to supply all we need (John 15:3-5; Philippians 4:19).
It was through the power of God you were given eternal life, and it is
through His power you are able to experience abundant life now. It was
through His power you were made a new creation, and it is through His power
you live in all the benefits and blessings of one who is now born of God.
We did not make ourselves righteous and holy, and we cannot keep ourselves
that way; for God is our Keeper. And He, Himself, will both will and do of
His good pleasure within us if we will only believe (Matthew 19:25-26;
Philippians 1:6, 2:13; Philemon 1:6).

Thank God He supplies both the will and the do! (Philippians 2:13)
 
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