Daily Bread - June 29, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 29 June 2019 14:20
1 John 3:4 - Everyone who acts sinfully also does iniquity, for sin is

The word 'anomia' (ἀνομία), translated "iniquity" here, finds its ultimate
meaning in the "mystery of iniquity", the great falling away of the last
days, and the Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:7.) However, it may be
translated as "iniquity," "without law," "lawlessness," or "transgression
of the law." 'Anomia' is the opposite of righteousness and holiness in
every conceivable way. As doing righteousness and knowing God are joined
together, even so are doing iniquity and not knowing God paired together.
It is the description of those who are rejected and condemned by God
(Matthew 7:23).

Sin is revealed to be the acts of iniquity here in 1 John 3:4, and shown to
be synonymous with sin in the Septuagint, "Happy are they whose iniquities
(anomia/ἀνομία) were forgiven and whose sins (hamartia/ἁμαρτία) were
covered" (Psalm 32:1). In the New Testament, it is also paired with that
which causes the offense: "The Son of man shall send out His angels, and
they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that cause to stumble
(scandalon/σκάνδαλον), and them which do iniquity (anomia/ἀνομία) (Matthew
13:41). It is translated by the Hebrew word 'beleeaal' or 'belial' in Psalm
18:4 (KJV), 18:5 (BHS), 17:5 (LXX), and 2 Samuel 22:5.

Although 'belial' means "worthlessness," "ungodly," or "wicked men," it
became a technical term for the Devil in both the community of Qumran and
in the New Testament - 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 says, "for what fellowship has
righteousness with iniquity (anomia/ἀνομία)? And what communion has light
with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial?" We are not the
sons of 'belial' that we should walk in iniquity and sin (John 8:44;
Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 3:8). We are the sons of God, and in every way are to
imitate our Father Who is in Heaven (John 1:12; Ephesians 5:1; 1 John 3:
1-2, 7).
Daily Bread - June 28, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 29 June 2019 08:47
1 John 3:3 - And everyone that has this expectation in Him purifies himself
even as He is pure.

Part 2 ~ As He Is Pure

The word used here for pure, 'hagnos' (ritually pure/ἁγνοὺς), is never used
in the Gospels to describe the purity and holiness of Jesus. A closely
related word, yet distinctively different, is 'hagios' (ἅγιος / "holy").
The first time that 'hagnos' appears in the New Testament is in 2
Corinthians 7:11 to describe the true heart and repentance of those at
Corinth. It is used by Paul in the context of that which is pure or chaste
(2 Corinthians 7:11, 11:2; Philippians 4:8; 1 Timothy 5:22; Titus 2:5). The
way that it is used by both James and Peter also denotes that which is
chaste, being of pure thoughts, and clear of any immorality (James 3:17; 1
Peter 3:2). We are called to walk in the same obedience and purity that
Jesus walked in (1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6; 1 John 1:7). The blood of Jesus
purified us from all sin and iniquity, and now we are to remain pure and
chaste, free from the contamination of immorality and unholy behavior.
Daily Bread - June 27, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 27 June 2019 08:46
1 John 3:3 - And everyone that has this expectation in Him purifies himself
even as He is pure.

Part 1 ~ Continue In The Purity Granted By The Blood

Of the utmost importance to us is that we recognize how a person is
purified. Only by the blood of Jesus Christ is a person made pure (1 John
1:7, 9, 2:2). The word 'hagnizein' (ἁγνίζειν) is a rare word in the Greek
New Testament. It is used in the Old Testament for ritual purification. One
example is in Exodus 19:10-11, where God commanded Moses to make the people
pure, because the Lord was going to appear before all of the people. The
Levites also had to purify themselves before going into the presence of the
Lord (Numbers 8:21). The concept of ritual purification is further
emphasized by the following word used to describe the ritual purity of
Jesus, 'hagnos' (ἁγνοὺς).

The idea being related is that once a person is made pure by the blood of
Jesus, then they are to continue in that purity, even as we are to be holy
because He made us holy. We are called to live consecrated lives so as not
to be contaminated by yielding our members to sin; for He was manifested to
take away our sin, and in Him is no sin (1 John 3:5). As Paul said, "Having
these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from the
filthiness of the spirit and flesh, perfecting holiness in the fear of God"
(2 Corinthians 7:1). What is important to recognize is how Paul said this
in light of us being righteous, not unrighteous; light, not darkness;
Christ, not Belial; the temple of God, not the house of idols; and the sons
of God who touch not the unclean things (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
Daily Bread - June 26, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 26 June 2019 08:15
1 John 3:2 - Beloved, we are now the children of God! And it has not yet
been manifested what we shall be, but when He is manifested, we shall be
like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.

Part 3 ~ We Shall Be Like Him

Even though John was allowed to look upon Christ Jesus and handle him with
his hands, there still remains a far more extraordinary revelation of Him
yet in the future. The revelation of Jesus is reserved for that time that
we are allowed to see Him in all of His glory. Just as Jesus has given us
the glory that He had in His earthly ministry, He will also share with us
in the eternal glory that He has with a resurrected body. One day, the
corruptible body will put on incorruption, just as Jesus showed us in the
resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:42-55). As we have borne the image of the
earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (1 Corinthians
15:49). Our vile corruptible bodies will be changed and fashioned like unto
His glorious body (Philippians 3:20-21). This does not mean that we will be
equal to Him, for He will always be God, and we His servants. He is the
Redeemer, and we are the redeemed.
Daily Bread - June 25, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 11:39
1 John 3:2 - Beloved, we are now the children of God! And it has not yet
been manifested what we shall be, but when He is manifested, we shall be
like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.

Part 2 ~ The Manifestation of the Sons of God!

God expects us as His sons to be consecrated to the holiness and purity of
Jesus, our Savior (2 Corinthians 6:17-18). On that day when Christ Jesus
appears, we shall also appear with Him in glory, receive our eternal and
glorified bodies, and see Him as He is. Although He dwells in light no man
can approach unto, nor can any man see, yet as His sons we will be allowed
to see Him as He is (1 Timothy 6:16; 1 John 3:2). This event demarcates the
time when all things will be made new. The bondage of corruption will be
removed from all creation at the time of the resurrection of all the sons
of God. It is for this reason that all creation groans, awaiting the
manifestation of the sons of God that will be revealed at the time of the
resurrection (Romans 8:18-23).
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