Daily Bread - August 16, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 16 August 2019 09:58
1 Corinthians 1:18 - The word of the cross is foolish to the perishing, but
to those of us who are saved - the power of God.

Part 5 ~ Christ Died For All, We Should Only Live For Him

Through treasuring the cross and laying down our lives, God's glory is
revealed. If we are to follow Him in all of His power and authority, then
we must deny ourselves so the life Christ Jesus might be seen. The great
exchange took place on Calvary's hill: Christ Jesus took our place to die
for all our sins, so that we might take His place in standing before men
with all Heaven's glory and authority (John 1:16, 17:21-23).

Our confession and manner of life must be: "I am crucified with Christ; and
Christ now lives, not me" (Galatians 2:20). Our judgment must be just and
reasonable: that if Christ Jesus died for all, then all are dead; and from
this time forth, we should only live for Him (2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Romans
6:3-4, 12:2). When we live for Him, then the same Jesus will be seen: the
One Who caused the blind to see, who lived in oneness with the Father in
unlimited glory.
 
Daily Bread - August 15, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 15 August 2019 09:47
1 Corinthians 1:18 - The word of the cross is foolish to the perishing, but
to those of us who are saved- the power of God.

Part 4 ~ The Cross Represents God's Perspective

In the cross, we see how Father feels about sin, and we understand His
demand that it be put to death. At the cross where the Bread of Life was
broken and the cup of communion was supplied, the veil between Earth and
Heaven was ripped in two; and all who would believe were invited to come
and step inside (Hebrews 10:19-20; Luke 23:45). At the cross, the fountain
of redeeming blood was poured out to supply a cleansing -now and forever
for all who put their trust in Him.

Who can begin to comprehend the travail of Father's heart at the sufferings
of Jesus on the cross, and also His ecstatic joy that redemption's price
had paid for our access back to Him? (Isaiah 53:10). Through the cross, we
can comprehend how desperately God loves us, for it is here that He gave
His Only Begotten Son so that if anyone would believe, they could be saved.
In knowing that He did not spare His own Son in order to redeem us, we can
be certain He will continue to do for us what no other power can do (Romans
8:32; Philippians 1:6, 2:13; Philemon 1:6).

In the cross, we should gain great confidence with God; for here we were
released from everything that could stop the abundance of God's blessings,
authority, and dominion in our life. Therefore, we may boldly proclaim, "If
God be for us, who can be against us?!" (Romans 8:31-39)
 
Daily Bread - August 14, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:15
1 Corinthians 1:18 - The word of the cross is foolish to the perishing, but
to those of us who are saved- the power of God.

Part 3 ~ The Centrality Of The Cross

The one thing that represents the Gospel of Jesus Christ more than anything
else is the cross. We must recognize how when we speak of the cross of
Christ, we are referring to that altar on which the blood of Jesus was
offered (Hebrews 13:10-13). What was purchased for us on the cross was
purchased by His shed blood. The preaching of the cross is the power of God
and the power of the New Covenant, because it is where the blood of Jesus
was supplied. It does not matter who you are, whether you are a Jew or a
Gentile, there is only one way to be changed and brought into relationship
with God; and that is through the cross of Christ (Ephesians 2:16). If this
redeeming work is emphasized, if Christ Jesus is lifted up in those things
which we proclaim, then all men will be drawn to Him (John 12:32). The
authority of the cross in seen in our lives because we are crucified with
Him (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:1-4). By the miracle of salvation, His death
became our death - so that His life might be our life. The blood of the
cross has become our testimony of a redeemed and transformed life. It is
the token of our death and our new life that we now live by the power that
is in His blood (Romans 6).
 
Daily Bread - August 13, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 06:45
1 Corinthians 1:18 - The word of the cross is foolish to the perishing, but
to those of us who are saved - the power of God.

Part 2 ~ The Complete Work Of The Cross

At the cross, every testimony given against mankind was put to death and
erased forever (Colossians 2:14). The cross is where the altar of God was
prepared so the Passover Lamb could become our sin offering and liberate us
from the snare of iniquity and eternal death (1 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews
13:10-13; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24). At the cross, every
principality and power was defeated and rendered utterly powerless to
execute their will over those who would believe (John 12:31; Colossians
2:14-15; Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10).

Through the blood of the cross, we received the cleansing and empowerment
to step into the Holy of Holies and behold the Lord in all of His glory
(Hebrews 10:19; Colossians 1:20). It was through the cross that everything
in Heaven and Earth was cleansed (Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 9:23, 12:22-24).
It was through the cross that the separation between Jew and Gentile was
abolished (Ephesians 2:11-19). At the cross, God gave us His most precious
gift: the death of His Son (John 3:16; Romans 8:32). Now that we have been
purchased by the blood and sealed by the Spirit we should in like manner
lay our life down for the brethren (1 John 3:16).
 
Daily Bread - August 12, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 August 2019 08:14
1 Corinthians 1:18 - The word of the cross is foolish to the perishing, but
to those of us who are saved - the power of God.

Part 1 ~ The Cross Represents The Whole Life Of Jesus

The cross both displays the wisdom and power of God and is the means by
which we access the wisdom and power of God. The Jews expected that the
Messiah, the King, would be exalted upon a throne and rule over all of the
Earth forever; but instead, He was exalted upon a cross (John 12:32). This
was probably the most offensive subject Paul could take up to argue for the
glory and Messiahship of Jesus. To the Jewish mind, everyone who hung upon
a tree was cursed (Deuteronomy 21:23; Galatians 3:13). Yet, Paul boasted in
the relationship of the cross to the King of Kings.

The world in its arrogance and pride cannot begin to relate to the humility
and obedience of the cross. Yet, if we are going to come to know the ways
of the Almighty, humility is an absolute. The very nature and way of the
Eternal God is humility; and if we are going to walk with Him and conduct
ourselves in the manner of His life, then we must learn to be obedient to
His conduct and manner of life. Jesus came and revealed the Father and
invited all of us to come and learn of Him (Mathew 11:29-30; Mark 10:43-45;
John 14:9).

The obedience of Christ was completed in His obedience unto death even the
death of the cross (Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 2:10). In fact, the whole of
the life of Jesus may be cast upon the cross for the cross represents His
obedience, His servitude, and His humility. We are commanded to live out
this same kind of life and take up the cross of the obedience Christ found
in His servitude and humility (Philippians 2:6-8; Matthew 11:29, 16:24;
Mark 8:34; Luke 14:27; also: Matthew 10:38; 2 Corinthians 2:15; 1
Corinthians 2:5).
 
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