Daily Bread - September 21, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 23 September 2019 13:35
1 John 4:12 - No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God abides
in us and His love is perfected in us.

Part 3 ~ God Is In Us!

God is in you! God has made it very easy for us to yield to Him and receive
all the things He has desired to supply to us, for He has come to dwell
with us, and in us (Isaiah 57:15; John 17:21-23). Knowing God is with us,
and in us, then we must begin to interact with Him in accordingly. In this
realm of truth, we can begin to see Him with the eyes of faith. He is there
always before us, and on our right hand, that we should not be moved (Psalm
16:8; John 5:19; Acts 2:25). As we begin to acknowledge the Presence of God
and live in the reality that He is our constant companion, a whole new
dimension of fellowship and faith will open up before us.

We must all admit it is quite odd how many of God's people are accepting of
the idea of angels being with them, but they fail to realize how God
Almighty is their constant companion. We must lay aside the notion of God
being far away, and the uncertainty as to whether or not He will respond to
us and help us. We are of the Spirit, and so the Spirit of God dwells in us
(Romans 8:9). We are the temple of God, and God walks in us (John 14:23; 1
Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 1 John 3:24). We must embrace the
truth that God is with us and give ourselves to being constantly mindful of
this reality. He has come to supply all we have need of and perfect
everything concerning us if we will only believe He is in us (Psalm 138:8;
Colossians 1:27; 1 John 4:4).
 
Daily Bread - September 20, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 20 September 2019 08:56
1 John 4:12 - No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God abides
in us and His love is perfected in us.

Part 2 ~ The Son, Christ Jesus, Reveals The Father

Jesus said no one has seen the Father except He Himself (John 6:46). We
know Christ Jesus is God, and many looked upon Him as a man, and as the
Resurrected Savior Who was clothed with the glory He had as the Eternal God
(John 17:5). We know when we shall see Him, we shall see Him as He is, for
we shall be like Him (1 John 3:1-2). Jesus also said anyone who had seen
Him had also seen the Father (John 14:9).

John points out how the Son alone reveals the invisible God, Who is also
called 'the Father' in the New Testament and 'YHVH' in the Old Testament.
There is no way to know Him, or look upon Him, except by the Son, Christ
Jesus. Certainly, no one has ever rested their eyes upon the Father's face
or fully comprehended the Eternal God, but He is fully revealed and made
known through Christ Jesus. Through this unspeakable gift, the One before
Whom the Seraphim must veil their faces dwells in us, and we dwell in Him
if we will walk in His love (Isaiah 6:2; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 4:12-16).
 
Daily Bread - September 19, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 19 September 2019 05:28
1 John 4:12 - No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God abides
in us and His love is perfected in us.

Part 1 ~ Seeing God

There are several important points that we must consider in understanding
what John is saying with regards to no one having seen God, which is also
repeated in John 1:18. Certainly, Paul made a similar point when he said,
"God dwells in light, which no man has seen, nor can see" (1 Timothy 6:16).
Yet at the same time, we must ask, "Who was it that Abraham saw in Genesis
18?" (See also, Genesis 12:7, 17:1). Who did Moses see in Exodus 34? We
know that Moses saw Him, but did not see His face - for no man can see His
face and live (Exodus 33:11). He is the One Jacob wrestled with and said,
"I beheld the face of God," and Who Isaiah also looked upon (Genesis 32:30;
Isaiah 6:1).

The same word 'tetheatai' (τεθέαται) was used in 1 John 1:1, "...which we
have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon," in reference to Jesus
Christ, the Eternal Life. We have looked upon Christ Jesus, Who is full of
grace and truth (John 1:14). Jesus Christ came in the fullness of the deity
('theotes'/θεότης) of God (Colossians 2:9). The only begotten Son is God,
and was with God, Who also became like us to redeem us from the curse of
sin and death. Only the Son, Christ Jesus, can reveal the Father;
otherwise, He remains unknown (Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22; John 1:18).
 
Daily Bread - September 18, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 05:43
1 John 4:11 - Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to love one another.

The kind of love Father demands we have for one another is the same love
that was extended to us when Jesus died for our sins on the cross. True
love is God's love, and His love has been given to us by the Holy Spirit.
We have been given the privilege of not only being beneficiaries of His
love, but we are also empowered to reveal His love. There is no greater
command! There is no greater proof of salvation (John 13:34-35, 15:12;
Colossians 3:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 4:8; also: 1 John 3:11, 23;
Jude 1:21)! The most important thing to God is that we walk in His love.
There is no justifiable reason to ever stop loving the people of God, even
to the point of laying our lives down for them. God has called us to be
those who obey Him and follow Him by walking in the same kind of love that
He Himself has (Ephesians 5:1-2).
 
Daily Bread - September 17, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 05:14
1 John 4:10 - In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us
and sent His Son to be the means of forgiveness for our sins.

Part 2 ~ The Complete Context of 'Hilasmos'

Once again, although 'hilasmos' is common to Greek literature, it is
important to be on guard with respect to the meanings that may be derived
from a purely secular application. Equally, we must also recognize that a
perfect equivalent of the Hebrew word may not have been available in the
Greek vocabulary. For this reason, we must look deeper into the context.
Keep in mind how even in the secular usage of 'hilasmos,' it could also
mean "cleansing" or "forgiveness." Thus, when we choose to translate a
word, we must make sure the vocabulary is consistent with the meaning
implied by the context.

With regard to Jesus being our 'hilasmos,' we can be certain John was
saying that through Him:
1 - Our sins would be destroyed (1 John 3:5).
2 - The works of the Devil in our lives would be destroyed (1 John 3:8).
3 - We would receive cleansing from all of our sins (1 John 1:7, 9).
4 - Christ Jesus would dwell in us, even as God dwelt in the Holies of
Holies after it was purified (1 John 3:24, 4:4, 12, 15).
5 - We would be born of God (1 John 3:9, 4:7).
6 - It would result in eternal life that we now possess, thus referring to
the quality of life we received by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1
John 1:2, 2:25, 3:15, and 1 John 5:11, 13, 20).
7 - Because of this, we have boldness before the judgment seat of God (1
John 2:28, 4:17).
8 - If Christians do sin, they must look again to Jesus, Who is the
Intercessor that provides the 'hilasmos' (the "forgiving," "cleansing," or
"purifying") work of grace, because God so deeply loves us (1 John 2:1).
 
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