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Daily Bread - October 20, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 20 October 2018 09:50
Ephesians 4:20 - But you have not learned this from Christ.

If we have been taught by Christ Jesus, instructed by the Holy Spirit, and
mentored by the anointing, then we will abide in Christ Jesus, the Son (1
John 2:27). Anyone who practices sin is not right with God (Ephesians
5:3-9; 1 John 3:10). You cannot live in darkness and have a relationship
with Jesus (1 John 1:6; Ephesians 5:8, 11; Colossians 1:13). Even if you
are a backslider, you may have once known Him, but you walked away from the
relationship and allowed sin to separate you from Christ Jesus. The
contrast between redeemed saints on the one hand, and the unregenerate, on
the other, could not be greater. Those who have received a new nature, and
have not turned back to the former ways, loathe sin and its iniquity. If
they were to stumble into some kind of disobedience, they would not be
insensitive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and continue to partake in
its evil. Instead, they would turn back with godly sorrow and repent (2
Corinthians 7:10).

Indeed a stark contrast is made between those who are taught of God and
those who are of this world. Nobody has an excuse to be confused on this
issue, for the fruits of the Spirit bear unmistakable evidence to those who
are taught of God (Ephesians 5:9; Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:22-23). Anyone
can say he or she is a Christian, but the fruits of our lives tell the true
story (Matthew 7:16-20). Being taught of God is fundamental to the New
Covenant, and spiritual fruit is the paramount evidence that a person is
being taught of God.

It is Christ we have learned. We have not just learned about Him, but have
received Him into our lives by the miracle of salvation. Due to having a
changed nature, we now hunger for the things of the Spirit and walk in His
righteousness and true holiness (Matthew 5:6; Ephesians 4:24). For just as
we have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so we also walk in Him, and He in
us (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:6; 1 John 2:6; Galatians 5:16, 25). The life
and nature of Jesus that the born-again (born of the Spirit, born of God)
person has received is the absolute opposite of the nature of those who
live in sin and disobedience (John 1:12-13, 3:3-8; Ephesians 2:1-3,
4:17-19, 5:1-21; Galatians 5:16-25).

For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as
children of light and partake solely of the divine nature! (Ephesians 5:8;
2 Peter 1:3-4)
 
Daily Bread - October 19, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 19 October 2018 08:27
Ephesians 4:19 - Who themselves have lost all sensitivity are given over to
sexual immorality, to every kind of uncleanness, with a desire for more.

Part 3 - Covetousness

The Greek word 'pleonexia' translates the Hebrew word 'betza,' which means
"gain," "plunder," "greed," or "ill-gotten gain." It is primarily
translated as "covetousness" or "greediness" in the New Testament. In
Romans 1:29, 2 Peter 2:14, and here, it is one of the practices of those
who are perpetual backsliders and have been handed over to a reprobate
mind. In Colossians 3:5 and Mark 7:22, it is listed with the practices of
an evil and unregenerate nature. The choice was made to further define
covetousness and greediness in this translation for the sake of clarity as
"a desire for more." In the life of a child of God, the act of sin would
result in conviction and sincere sorrow, but to the one handed over to
uncleanness, there is only a desire for more of the same iniquity.

Don't covet, but rather show forth the love of God! (Romans 13:8-10)
 
Daily Bread - October 18, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 18 October 2018 08:26
Ephesians 4:19 - Who themselves have lost all sensitivity are given over to
sexual immorality, to every kind of uncleanness, with a desire for more.

Part 2 - Sexual Immorality and Uncleanness Defined

The Greek word 'aselgeia' refers to sexual immorality or licentious
behavior. It is usually translated as "lasciviousness" by the Authorized
Version. In some languages, the equivalent of "licentious behavior" would
be "to 'live like a dog', to 'act like a goat', or to 'be a rooster' - in
each instance pertaining to promiscuous sexual behavior" (From the
"Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains").

The Greek word 'akatharsia' is found 63 times in the Septuagint (the Old
Testament in Greek). It is fundamentally the opposite of holiness (1
Thessalonians 4:7). Commonly used in Leviticus and Ezekiel, the word is
used to describe those things making a person unclean, such as:
1 - An issue from a man (Leviticus 15:3)
2 - An issue from a woman, especially a menstruating woman (Leviticus
15:21, 18:19; Ezekiel 36:17)
3 - Taking your brother's wife (Leviticus 20:21; Ezekiel 22:10-11)
4 - Eating unclean creatures (Leviticus 22:5; Ezekiel 4:13-14)
5 - Touching the dead in any way (Leviticus 22:4; Numbers 19:13)

However, most relevant to its use here are the filthy practices of sin and
iniquity (Ezra 9:11; Ezekiel 7:20, 36:18). Although this Greek word is
commonly translated as "uncleanness" or "refuse," as in Matthew 23:27;
figuratively, it refers to sexual immorality as in Romans 1:24, "God has
given them over to uncleanness, to do the immoral things their hearts
desire..."

Have no fellowship, therefore, with these unfruitful works of darkness!
(Ephesians 5:11)
 
Daily Bread - October 17, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 18 October 2018 08:08
Ephesians 4:19 - Who themselves have lost all sensitivity are given over to
sexual immorality, to every kind of uncleanness, with a desire for more.

Part 1 - "Given Over"

The Greek word 'paradidomi' is the same word that is used when Judas handed
over Jesus, betraying Him to the Jews. The first time it occurs in the New
Testament is in Matthew 4:12 in reference to John being "cast into prison."
The first time it is used in reference to Judas' betrayal of Jesus is in
Matthew 10:4. This same word is used three times in Romans 1:24-28 to
describe those who have been given over to a reprobate mind. It is also
used in twice in 2 Peter 2 (verses 4 and 21), which speaks of those who are
ensnared by the perdition of false prophets and false teachers.

Paul uses this same word when he gave the command to hand those over to
Satan for the destruction of the flesh that their spirit might be saved (1
Corinthians 5:5). These were Gentiles who either rejected the counsel of
the Lord and conviction of the Holy Spirit, coming to a place of being
beyond any sensitivity toward God, or a sense of right and wrong; or who
were once themselves Christians but were stuck as children (Ephesians 4:14)
-therefore they were handed over or cast into the prison of the Satanic
realm.

Give all diligence to make your calling and election sure! (2 Peter 1:3-11)
 
Daily Bread - October 16, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 18 October 2018 08:08
Ephesians 4:18 - Having their thoughts darkened, strangers from the life of
God through the ignorance that is in them because of the callousness of
their heart.

The Greek word translated "callousness" is 'porosis,' which literally
refers to a covering with a callous, and figuratively means "blindness". It
may also be translated as "dullness," "insensibility," or "obstinacy."
Additionally, Hebrews 3:13 warns us that one will become hardened through
the deceitfulness of sin. The miracle of salvation removes the stony
callous heart and supplies a heart of flesh -one that is tender to the will
and ways of God (Ezekiel 36:26; Hebrews 8:10, 10:14-24).

Keep your heart with all diligence! (Proverbs 4:23; Jude 20-21)
 
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