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Daily Bread - December 3, 2018 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 03 December 2018 08:44
Ephesians 5:2 - And walk in love, even as also Christ loved us and gave
Himself over for us, an offering and sacrifice to God as a sweet-smelling
fragrance.

Part 1 - The Manifestation of His Love Through Us

There is no greater definition and witness to the presence of God in our
lives than the manifestation of His love (John 13:34; 1 John 3:16). The
love we are to walk in can only be defined by how Jesus loved us, and we
are to love one another even as we have been loved by Him (1 John 4:11). In
knowing the love of Christ that passes knowledge, we are filled with all
the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19). As each individual in the Church
walks in the love of God, the Church increases and is built up to be the
full manifestation of the glorious Church Jesus purchased with His own
blood (Ephesians 1:23, 3:19, 4:15-16). As we dwell in love, we dwell in
God; and the glory of His presence is manifested to a world that is held in
darkness (John 15:4; 1 John 4:9, 16). Walking in the unity of His love
reveals to all men that Jesus is the Savior of the world, and we are His
disciples (John 13:35, 17:23; 1 John 4:16). If we imitate God and walk in
His love as Jesus did, then our lives will be a sweet-smelling offering
unto the Lord (Romans 12:1; 2 Corinthians 2:15; Ephesians 5:2).

Walk in love!
 
Daily Bread - December 1, 2018 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 01 December 2018 08:17
Exodus 6:6 - "Therefore, say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out
arm and with great judgments."

Redemption: Part 6 - Jesus, Our Kinsman Redeemer

The Greek word for redemption is lytroō which has three Hebrew equivalents
gāʾal, pādah, and kopher. This, of course, has profound theological
significance with respect to the clear association with its Old Testament
usage and the terms used to describe how God delivered Israel from Egyptian
slavery, especially as it relates to the gaal (Redeemer) and kopher
(ransom) -the payment to ransom a human life. When these words are found
through their Greek equivalents in the New Testament, we should not look to
redefine their meanings, but instead see the full revelation of that which
was already described in their first meanings.

The Greek lytroo is found in Titus 2:14 translated "to redeem," the focus
of the meaning should be as it was in the Old Testament, to redeem from
slavery. When we think of the lytroo, we should understand the same imagery
that is expressed with the "gaal" who would be the kinsmen redeemer, or the
blood redeemer, or the one who was responsible for redeeming from slavery
(Leviticus 25:48). Another associated word is lytron, which is translated
"ransom" in Mark 10:45 and Matthew 20:28, which is the payment to release
from slavery. Still another cognate of lytroo is antilytron, "ransom,"
which is found in 1 Timothy 2:6, also lytrōsis, "redemption," in Hebrews
9:12, and the most frequent Greek cognate for redemption is apolytrōsis
(Romans 3:24). We can then understand the word group used to translate
redeemer, redemption, and ransom all speaking to the ransom, the payment
which was made to substitute for a person's life, as well as the one who is
responsible for the redemption, the redeemer.

Christ Jesus took on flesh and blood that He might become our Kinsmen
Redeemer. He voluntarily took on the duty and responsibility of our nearest
relative with the ability to redeem us from slavery and used His own blood
as the ransom payment. He was the One Who became our blood redeemer and
destroyed the one who had murdered Adam who was created in the image and
likeness of God. Through His ransom payment, all who were slaves to sin and
bound by the chains of darkness and death were liberated by the power of
the Redeemer's ransom payment, His blood. It is important to keep in mind
what these words specifically mean lest we create a false testimony to the
truth. Our redeemer released us from our slavery to sin and destroyed the
power and right of the one who held us there! (John 10:10, 8:36; Galatians
5:1)

Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through Christ Jesus, our
Redeemer! (1 Corinthians 15:57)
 
Daily Bread - November 30, 2018 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 30 November 2018 08:54
Exodus 6:6 - "Therefore, say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out
arm and with great judgments."

Redemption: Part 5 - Jesus, The Passover Lamb

The most important link between the redemption of the Old Testament and
that of the New is not the associated words that were used, but the
connection between Christ Jesus as our Passover Lamb and the Passover that
set Israel free from slavery. Jesus was witnessed to be the Lamb that takes
away the sin of the world. He was also offered on the altar of Calvary on
Passover and gave up His life about the time of the slaying of the Passover
Lamb. Paul also referred to Him as our Passover Lamb. The strongest
statement of all is that we do not see atonement identified with the goat
of Yom Kippur, but with the Lamb of Passover.

There should be no mystery about salvation or confusion entangled with
semantics and debate over words. The full expression of our salvation was
dramatically depicted in Israel's deliverance form Egypt. God surely sent
another prophet like Moses that leads everyone who would follow after Him
to freedom from the tyranny of Satan. There is no more room for speculation
about salvation when it is so visibly displayed in Egypt. The notion of
salvation being something that is positional, or left to the future, has no
place in this event that foreshadowed what Christ Jesus would do.

Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through Jesus! (1 Corinthians
15:57)
 
Daily Bread - November 29, 2018 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 29 November 2018 10:42
Exodus 6:6 - "Therefore, say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out
arm and with great judgments."

Redemption: Part 4 - Transferred Into God's Kingdom

There is nothing more important than coming to understand and believe that
we have become both the treasured possession of God, and also His sons and
daughters. If we are to cooperate with the faith that overcomes the world,
then it is essential we understand the impact of redemption. Through
redemption, we have been transferred from one owner to another; or as in
the case of the kinsmen redeemer, liberated to live in the freedom of our
inheritance, now with God as our Sovereign Ruler (Colossians 1:13;
Ephesians 5:8, 1:15-23; Ruth 3-4).

In the light of redemption, Satan and sin have no power over us, or rights
to us. Furthermore, when we accept the glorious results of the new birth
which redemption paid for us to have, then we may further comprehend the
state of this glorious liberty we have in Christ Jesus. Through the miracle
of the new birth, God has become our Father as well as our God, and we His
sons and daughters (John 1:12-13; Galatians 3:26-29, 4:6-7; 1 John 3:1-2).
The deliverance He has brought to us, then, is one of complete freedom from
the former empty and dead lifestyle into a Heavenly life in Christ Jesus.
Where then can any rights or power be found for Satan? He has none! He has
no power or claim on the redeemed unless we by failing to believe this so
great of salvation give rights to him. Yes, we wrestle against spiritual
wickedness, but not for ourselves; rather, for the advancement of the
Kingdom of God -for our Redeemer lives and has made bare His arm and
executed His judgment (Job 19:25; Luke 24:5-8; Exodus 15:3)!

Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through Jesus! (1 Corinthians
15:57)
 
Daily Bread - November 28, 2018 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 08:39
Exodus 6:6 - "Therefore, say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out
arm and with great judgments."

Redemption: Part 3 - Jesus, the Atonement

Jesus is the Redeemer, the Atonement, and the Deliverer (Savior). To better
appreciate Who Christ Jesus is we should recognize that redemption
specifically focuses on deliverance from slavery and the power or authority
holding one in bondage, while atonement is for cleansing. The blood of
Christ Jesus is the means of that atonement, or cleansing. The blood of
Jesus both wipes away our sin personally and removes it from before the
throne of God. The blood of Jesus is certainly the ransom payment made by
the Redeemer; but in this case, His blood also cleanses us from all sin
-from all unrighteousness. His blood cleanses us from all iniquity -both
the external power of sin or dominion of sin and the internal effect of sin
(Colossians 2:11; Romans 6:5; Titus 2:14). The blood of Jesus has, by
definition of the words used to describe its effect, completely erased,
removed and purged the sin. There are two primary places affected by the
sins committed by a person: their soul and the throne of God. When Christ
Jesus entered into the Holy of Holies in Heaven, He purified our sins with
His blood just as the High Priest purified the Holy of Holies on the Day of
Atonement. However, at the same time, He washed us from our sins having
forgiven, or erased, them so we may be found cleansed from all
unrighteousness from within.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, Who forgives all your iniquities (Psalms
103:1-3)!
 
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