Daily Bread - April 6, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 06 April 2019 13:01
1 John 2:4 - The one who says, "I know Him," but does not keep His
commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him.

Part 1: The Key To Keeping His Commandments - Be Ruled By Divine Love!

One of the first messages preached by Jesus was one that tried the heart
and the works of those that would say they know Him. Jesus said only those
who did the will of the Father and ceased from iniquity knew God, warning
how those who continued in their own way would hear the Father say, "Depart
from me, you workers of iniquity; I never knew you" (Matthew 7:23).

Jesus spoke a number of different times about the commandment He received
of the Father to lay down His life (John 10:18, 12:49, 50, 14:31, 15:10).
Jesus also gave this same commandment and others to His disciples. These
commandments were directed at both their love for God and their love one
for another (John 12:25-26, 13:34, 14:15, 21, 15:10, 12; 1 John 2:7-8,
3:23, 4:21; 2 John 1:5-6). The only legitimate response to God's love was
underscored by Him as obedience (John 12:25-26, 14:15, 23, 15:10).
Furthermore, the love that Jesus described was not only a consecration to
doing the will of the Father, but to walking in a love that fulfilled all
of the Law and the prophets (Romans 13:8, 10). When we understand that
God's commandment to love one another is to love as He loved us, we should
also recognize He is describing the divine love that we will need divine
power to fulfill. Such a command to walk in divine love is only possible by
being made a new creation, and then yielding to the leadership and
inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

The key to walking in all the ways of God is to be ruled by divine love. It
is also the means by which we dwell in God and in fact step into all of His
fullness (Ephesians 3:19; 1 John 4:16). The only way to be ruled by divine
love is to be committed to it and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and
guide us. If we are determined to obey God, then the Holy Spirit will
supply what we need so that we can do it from the heart and fulfill God's
command. Walking in the love of God should be the focus and consecration of
our hearts, for in it we fulfill the whole Law; and obviously, fulfilling
the whole Law is important to God (Romans 8:4, 13:10; Matthew 5:18). To
walk in love is to walk in the light, which is the glory of God being
revealed in His people (Ephesians 5:1-2, 8; 1 Peter 2:9, 2 Peter 1:3-4).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
Daily Bread - April 5, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 05 April 2019 05:30
1 John 2:3 - And by this we know that we know Him: because we keep His

John uses several key words and phrases that are shown to be equivalent in
these passages: the truth, the word, and the commandments of Christ Jesus,
which are equivalent terms in 1 John 2:3-6. The consecration of God's
people, who are committed to Him and keep the commandments of Jesus Christ,
are those who abide in Christ Jesus and walk with God -all of which mean
the same thing!

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
Daily Bread - April 4, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 04 April 2019 05:37
1 John 2:2 - And He is the purgating sacrifice for our sins, and not for
ours only, but also for the whole world

Part 2: Understanding Kipper: Purgation/Atonement

The Hebrew verb 'kipper' (purgation"/"atonement") is most often rendered as
'exilaskesthai' (εξιλασκεσθαι) in the Septuagint. The Hebrew word 'kipper'
(purgate"/"atone") is found 44 times in Leviticus. It is translated every
time in the Septuagint by 'exilaskesthai,' (εξιλασκεσθαι) which does not
occur a single time in the New Testament. Purgation/Atonement is an Old
Testament word and concept that was transitory between the promise given to
Abraham and the New Covenant. The Old Testament cultic ritual of 'kipper'
was powerless to remove sin. This is best understood by the description
given in Hebrews 10:4, "It is not possible that the blood of bulls and
goats should take away sin. The "purgation"/"atonement" was only a
provision for the purification of the Holy Place where God dwelt. The
Akkadian equivalent is 'kippuru,' which means "to rub" or "to rub off."

In Genesis 3:21, God made clothing for Adam and Eve so that they could
cover themselves. He made their clothing from skins or hides of animals.
The Hebrew noun 'or' (אוֹר) is used 46 times in Leviticus. In each case, it
is used to describe the hides of the sacrificial animals used for
purgation/atonement. In effect, when God made clothing from the animal
hides for Adam and Eve, He was making a temporary covering for their sin
and shame. Finally, it should be noted that purgation/atonement does not
result in the removal of sin. The Hebrew word used in Leviticus for
forgiveness with respect to atonement is 'salach' (Leviticus 4:22). The
word 'salach' does not really mean "forgive" in the sense that the
transgression was removed. When God granted 'salach' to Israel at the
request of Moses in Numbers 14:19-20, He did not forgive Israel of their
sin, for every one of them died for their sins in the wilderness (Numbers
14:29-35; Hebrews 3:17). Rather, God reconciled Himself not to abandon
them. At best, it could be understood as a postponement of judgment.

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
Daily Bread - April 3, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 05:38
1 John 2:2 - And He is the purgating sacrifice for our sins, and not for
ours only, but also for the whole world.

Part 1: Purgation vs Propitiation

Though some traditional translations render 'hilasmos' (ἱλασμός) as
"propitiation," this involves a wrong interpretation of the term in
question. Propitiation is essentially a process by which one does a favor
to a person in order to make him or her favorably disposed; but in the New
Testament, God is never the object of propitiation, since He is already on
the side of mankind.

'Hilasmos' (ἱλασμός) and 'hilasterion' (ἱλαστήριον) denote means of
forgiveness, not propitiation (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament
based on Semantic Domains, (New York: United Bible Societies) 1988, 1989).
'Hilasmos' occurs 2 times in the New Testament, and both occurrences are in
First John - 1 John 2:2 and 4:10. The first occurrence in the Septuagint is
in Leviticus 25:9, where it is translated from the Hebrew word 'kippurim,'
(ה ַ◌רים ִ֔פֻּכּ ( ִwhich refers to "Yom Kippur" or the "Day of Purgation."
An example of a similar use of 'hilasmos' is found in Psalms 130:4, "There
is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared." Another example is found
in Daniel 9:9, "To the Lord our God belongs mercy and forgiveness, though
we have rebelled against Him."

An argument can be made that this Greek word could be translated as "wiping
away" because of its association with the Mercy Seat and Yom Kippur (The
Day of Purgation). Our sins have been forgiven because they have been
erased and washed away by the blood of Jesus. Jesus is the sacrifice for
sins, Who through His blood purified all who will come to Him (Matthew
26:28; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 1:22; 2 Peter 1:9; Revelation 1:5).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
Daily Bread - April 2, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 05:30
1 John 2:1 - My little children, I write these things to you so that you do
not sin. But if anyone sins, we have a Paraclete at the Father's side,
Jesus Christ the righteous.

Part 2: Understanding The Word "Paraclete"

The word "paraclete" means more than simply an intercessor, advocate, or
spokesman. It is best to understand "paraclete" by every dimension of the
help that both Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit supply. The word
"paraclete" is first used to describe the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of
John. However, Jesus said that He would send "another 'Paraclete'," (John
14:16-17), thus implying He was also a "Paraclete."

Although "paraclete" means more than just intercessor, Jesus indeed stands
before the Father as both an intercessor and advocate (Romans 8:34; 1 John
2:1). Some of the great Old Testament intercessors were Abraham, who
interceded for Sodom, and Moses, who interceded for Israel (Genesis
18:16-33; Numbers 14:1-21; Psalm 106:23).

Keep yourselves from idols! (1 John 5:21)
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