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).
Daily Bread - September 16, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 16 September 2019 21:39
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 1 ~ God's Definition of the Means of Forgiveness

The Greek word 'hilasmos' (ἱλασμός) is roughly equivalent to the Hebrew
word 'kippur,' translated as "atonement" in most English translations of
the Bible. The Greek word 'hilasmos' is translated as "propitiation" or
"expiation" by many of the English translations, but this is not entirely
accurate. The Greeks used the word 'hilasmos' to refer to the means by
which men would appease the gods, and from thus the word "propitiation" is
derived. However, this verse of Scripture in which we find this word
reveals that God was already favorably disposed towards us before He gave
His Son for our sins, for He loved us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians
2:4-5). Therefore, the whole Greek notion of propitiation or expiation
simply does not work. The redemption that is in Christ Jesus has nothing to
do with the offerings or actions of men, much less their attempts to gain
God's favor. Redemption does not have anything to do with the offerings of
men, rather it is all about God offering up the sacrifice of Jesus for us.
The secular world does not know of such a concept, for the message of
salvation reaches far beyond the imagination and ideologies of man. We must
use great caution in attempting to narrowly confine these Greek words to
the meanings given in the secular and profane world.
Daily Bread - September 14, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 16 September 2019 05:29
1 John 4:9 - This is how the love of God was revealed in us: because the
only begotten Son of God was sent into the world that we may live through

Part 2 ~ The Only Begotten Son of God

The word translated as "only begotten" ('monogenes'/μονογενὴς) is found
nine times in the New Testament (Luke 7:12, 8:42, 9:38; and John 1:14, 18,
3:16, 18; also Hebrews 11:17; 1 John 4:9). However, only John applies it
specifically to Jesus. It means the one and only Son of God. This is how
God was made flesh, and it was only by the body and blood of God being made
flesh that salvation could be supplied to anyone who wanted to escape from
the spiritual prison of sin and death. Although the Bible speaks of many
sons of God in both the Old and New Testaments, there is only One Who was
the only begotten of God and was at the same time eternally with God and
was God. Through His birth, we are now also able to be begotten of God.
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