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Daily Bread - February 27, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 07:44
1 Corinthians 10:16 - The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not
fellowship of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a
fellowship of the body of Christ?

There are reasons to believe that when the early Church came together, they
always partook of communion, which may be understood as a fellowship with
the blood and body of Jesus (Acts 2:42, 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:26). One of
the many reasons we need to continually have communion placed before us is
to remind us how it is only by the blood and body of Jesus we are able to
have communion with God. The communion should cause us to remember we are
bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh; and that through this New
Covenant, He has made us one (1 Corinthians 6:15, 10:17; Romans 12:4,5;
Ephesians 4:4, 5:30; Colossians 2:19, 3:15).

The Holy Spirit leads us into the Heavenly realm where we worship God in
the Spirit . The Heavenly realm is the place where Christ Jesus is seated
at the right hand of the Father, or the Heavenly Holies of Holies. It is a
realm of fellowship where we personally interact with God in Spirit and in
truth (Ephesians 1:3, 2:6; Hebrews 6:4, 12:22; John 4:23-24). When we come
into this realm of God's glory, we do so by and through the blood and body
of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19-22). The blood and life of Jesus has given to us
righteousness, purity, and holiness; and we must always remember the source
of our communion (1 John 1:7; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 Corinthians
1:30, 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:20; Revelation 1:5)

Enter into the rich communion God has provided by the body and blood of
Jesus!
 
Daily Bread - February 26, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 26 February 2018 11:53
Isaiah 66:2 - For all these My hand has made, and all of these have been,
declares YHWH. But to this I will look, to the humble and contrite spirit
and trembling at My Word.

Father made known the kind of disposition that is essential if a person
wants to have a relationship with Him. Men have learned how to live lives
of deceit. Their relationships with one another are not rooted in love, but
in selfish motivations. God has invited us into a relationship with
Himself, but He will not tolerate the impure motives and lies that men have
been governed by. When we respond to God's call to fellowship, He provides
us with the Spirit of Truth and takes away the dark and stony heart of
deception (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Hebrews 10:15-17). When we behold the glory
and power of God, we can do nothing less than fall down in humility and
thanksgiving for His loving kindness towards us. If we will take up such a
life of truth that produces humility and neediness, then God will come and
be our Helper and Eternal Friend (Genesis 15:1; James 2:23, 4:10).

The Lord does not want to be honored with mere flattery and superficiality.
He is not impressed with fashionable architecture and gold plated things.
If He is going to dwell anywhere, it is going to be in a place where there
is truth and purity. God does not want to be housed, He wants to be loved
(Deuteronomy 6:5; John 14:23). Men become so wrapped up in their religious
practices that they loose sight of the reality of God, and Who He is.
Steven addressing the leaders of Israel (who were blinded by their
tradition) quoted the first portion of this passage just before he was
stoned (Acts 7:48-50; Isaiah 66:1-2).

God dwells in the highest place of glory above all things (Genesis 14:22; 1
Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 8:1, 103:19, 148:13; Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Timothy
6:13-16; Revelation 19:16, 20:11). He is not there in arrogance and
domination, but in humility and purity (Isaiah 57:15, 66:1-2). Those who
are going to know God and inhabit Eternity with Him must also take upon
themselves the form of a servant and be clothed with humility (Isaiah
57:15; Matthew 18:1-4). Greatness in the kingdom of men arises out of greed
and domination, but greatness in the Kingdom of God is found in humility
and servitude (Luke 22:25-26; Matthew 23:11-12). Jesus made it clear how
those who love Him and keep His Word will be loved of the Father, and They
will come and make Their dwelling with them (John 14:23, 15:9-14). If the
actual Person of God and the uncompromising position of His Word does not
become a reality to us, then we will never humble ourselves before the Most
High and truly be His obedient servants.
 
Daily Bread - February 24, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 24 February 2018 12:31
Romans 8:33 - Who shall lay a charge against God's elect, which God made
righteous.

Are you washed in the blood, in the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless, are they whiter than snow;
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

There is no power that can wash away sins other than the blood of Jesus
Christ. If we accept what Jesus has done for us through the blood of the
cross, then we can know all our sins have been washed away; and by the
authority of the blood, we stand spotless before the Throne of Grace (Titus
2:14; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Peter 1:22; Ephesians 5:27; 1 John 1:7,9; 1
Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 1:9, 3:14; Hebrews 1:3, 9:22, 10:10,14,22;
Philippians 2:15). We have been given authority to boldly proclaim that sin
is completely removed by the blood of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:28;
Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 2:1-2; Romans 6:6,
8:2). There is absolutely no remedy for sin and death but the blood of
Jesus. And anyone who takes the blood of Jesus for their cleansing from sin
has been given the authority to walk in the purity of God and in union with
Jesus.

By the authority of the blood, Satan has no right to accuse us of sin
(Colossians 1:21-22; Romans 8:1). And IF we do sin, the authority of the
blood provides us with the power to be cleansed from any sin we may commit
(1 John 1:7,9, 2:1-2). Although God has made a way in that we should never
sin again, if we do sin, we have the blood of Jesus which will cleanse us
from that sin. As the Mediator and the One Who testifies of the power of
redemption, Jesus forever lives to make intercession for us (Romans 8:34;
Hebrews 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 8:6, 9:15, 12:24). He is our Advocate
with the Father, Who is faithful and just to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness through the blood He has shed for us. Therefore, no one can
lay any charge to God's elect, for it is Christ Jesus Who has made us
righteous through His own blood. When we stand before the highest seat of
judgement, we are found faultless and blameless because of the blood. The
Greek word 'dikaioo', translated 'justified' by some translations,
literally means to 'make righteous'. We know that He became the 'sin
offering' for us that we might be made the "righteousness of God" in Him (2
Corinthians 5:21).

This is the question each one of us must ask ourselves: do we have the same
judgment concerning ourselves and all those who have been washed in the
blood of the Lamb? God, Himself, is the One Who has made everyone righteous
in the blood of Jesus (Romans 3:21-26, 5:6-11, 8:1-4, 29-34; Acts 13:38-39;
Titus 3:4-7). It is His judgment that through the blood of the everlasting
covenant every stain of sin is removed, and the soul and spirit of man is
made pure and holy (Colossians 1:21-22; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Thessalonians
5:23; Hebrews 13:20-21; Romans 12:1-2). The testimony of God to us is
simply, "Come let us reason together: though your sins be as scarlet, they
shall be white like wool; though they be like crimson, they will be whiter
than snow" (Isaiah 1:18)

Give thanks exceedingly for God's unspeakable Gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)
 
Daily Bread - February 23, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 February 2018 08:25
Romans 5:9 - Much more then, being now made righteous by His blood, we
shall be saved by Him from the wrath.

The blood of Jesus has made us righteous because the blood has both erased
the former life, including its sin, and imparted the life of God into us (2
Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24; Galatians 2:20). Paul said if there had
been a law that could have given life, then righteousness would have been
by the Law (Galatians 3:21). The blood of Jesus, which purifies us, is also
the blood that gives us Life. The blood of Jesus produces a fellowship
resulting in our lives being knit together with the fabric of the Life of
Jesus; insomuch, that when we partake of His blood, He dwells in us and we
dwell in Him (John 6:56, 15:4-5, 17:21-23; 2 Corinthians 6:16).
Righteousness was imparted to us because the Life of Jesus was imparted to
us by the activity of the blood and the Spirit (1 John 3:24, 4:12,15-16).
Of course, the water of the Word supplied to us by the announcement of the
gift of God through the preaching of the Gospel produced within us the
faith to respond to the miracle of the new birth (1 John 5:8; John 4:10;
Romans 10:14-15).

It may be argued how the translation of this Greek word (dikaiothentes-
rt:dikaioo) should be rendered 'declared to be righteous' or 'proven
righteous'. However, in the Septuagint 'dikaiousthai' normally translates
the Hebrew word, 'tzedek,' which means 'be righteous,' or 'stand
righteous,' and is used with respect to God (Psalms 50:6; Isaiah 42:21) and
man (Isaiah 43:9, 26, 45:25). It may be concluded then, that from a "legal
sense a judicial exercise of justice reveals the uprightness of a person"
(The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament). "Thus dikaioo does not
mean the mere declaration of innocence, but the liberation from sin which
holds man a prisoner" (The Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament-
G1344).


Rejoice! God, Himself, has declared us righteous with His righteousness!
 
Daily Bread - February 22, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:36
Romans 5:1 - Therefore, having been made righteous by faith, we have peace
with God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

One of the many important concepts that must be grasped with the word
'justified' is given in Proverbs 17:15, "He who justifies (tzadek) the
wicked, and he who condemns the righteous are both alike, an abomination to
the Lord." When God justified the wicked in the New Testament, He did so by
removing all of their wickedness (Colossians 2:11; Romans 6:6). The power
of the blood of Jesus removed the effects and penalty of sin that had been
committed (2 Peter 1:9; Hebrews 8:12, 10:17; Romans 6:22; Revelation 1:5).
God also removed the power and dominion of sin that would continue to drive
a person to sin against his or her own will (Romans 6:14; 1 John 3:5, 8; 1
Peter 2:24; Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; Galatians 1:4).

In the New Testament, we may group the concept of being justified into two
categories: being self-justified and being justified by God. In the first
category, there are examples like a lawyer in Luke 10:25-29 and the
Pharisees in Luke 16:14-15. The only way to move from being self-justified
to being justified by God is to acknowledge being wrong, and thus leave off
self-justification. The act of repentance and faith in Christ Jesus then
produces the miracle of salvation, which makes one righteous (justified).
The ability, then, to live righteously in Christ Jesus through the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit results in one being shown to be righteous
(justified) (Romans 6:18,22; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Galatians 2:20;
Philippians 1:21, 3:20). The word 'justified' is also used by Jesus of a
person being free from all charges of wrong doing such as those whose words
are spoken in truth and purity (Matthew 12:37). An example of the second
category of justification is the sinner who, unlike the Pharisee, refused
to justify himself (Luke 18:13-14).

To be justified one must be forgiven by God. God's forgiveness, provided
for us through the blood of Jesus, erases the sin; and, as a result, there
is a verdict of innocent. However, if a person then sins after being
forgiven by God, then they are guilty and must seek to be forgiven again (1
John 1:9, 2:1; James 1:14-16; Romans 6:23). God does not justify a sinful
lifestyle; He justifies the repenting sinner seeking forgiveness. The
concept of being justified includes not only being forgiven of sin, but
being dead to sin (Romans 6:6-7). When God justifies the wicked man who
repents, he puts the sin to death by putting the sinner to death in Christ
Jesus (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:3; Romans 6:4). Thus, reconciliation
-or the exchange of life- takes place (2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Romans 5:10).
The sinner exchanges his life of unrighteousness for the life of Christ and
His righteousness. The miracle of salvation allows us to be crucified with
Christ and buried with Him by baptism into His death, so that we can also
be raised up together with Him (Colossians 3:1-4, 2:12; Romans 6:4).

The newness of life we receive in salvation is the very life of Christ;
insomuch we can say we no longer live, but Christ lives in us. Through
sharing this life of union with Christ Jesus, we are shown to be righteous
(justified) (John 14:20, 17:21-22, 6:56; Colossians 1:27; Galatians 2:20;
Ephesians 2:10). The life of Christ becomes our life because Christ Jesus
in born into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:27). This life of
God imparted to us brings forth a brand new inner person (soul, spirit,
heart, mind, and conscience) that is ruled and governed by the Holy Spirit
(2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Ezekiel 36:26;
Ephesians 6:6; 1 Peter 1:9; John 3:6; Acts 15:9; Hebrews 8:10; 1 Peter 4:2;
Hebrews 9:14, 10:22; Philippians 4:7).


Living in realms of Heaven,
And not going out!
Living in the realms of Glory,
And overwhelmed!

Heaven is Jesus,
And Jesus is mine,
So I'm living in Heaven today!

Live out fully this wonderful reconciliation God has done!
 
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