Daily Bread - April 1, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 01 April 2019 05:35
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 1: IF, Not When, You Sin.

The Word of God is written so we might have power over sin, because it
abides in us (verse 14). The psalmist said, "Your Word have I hid in my
heart, that I might not sin against you." We can be certain John is not
saying, "believe that you are sinners and have sin, so you will not sin,"
which of course makes no sense at all! He is rather saying that we are in
God, Who is Light; and, therefore, we have no fellowship with darkness.
Furthermore, if we say we have fellowship with Him, but continue on in sin,
we are liars because we have been equipped with the ability through the
power of the new birth to dwell in Him and walk as He walks. Jesus placed
the same absolute demand on the paralytic man that was healed, when He
said, "Sin no more." (John 5:14). Jesus also gave the same command to the
woman caught in the act of adultery saying, "Sin no more." (John 8:11).
Similarly, Paul writes in Romans, "Shall we continue in sin that grace may
abound? God Forbid!" We are now dead to sin (Romans 6:1-2; also, see whole
chapter context: Romans 6)

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 30, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 30 March 2019 10:39
1 John 1:10 - If we say, "We have not sinned," we make Him a liar, and His
Word is not in us.

Verse ten describes the past tense condition of those who have not been
born again and washed in the blood of Jesus. The statements of verse eight
and verse ten are for the most part repetitive statements. The only real
difference is verse eight is expressing the present tense condition of the
unredeemed, and the other, verse ten, the past tense. First, the present
tense of verse eight - "We do not have sin" ('hamartian echein'/ ἁμαρτίαν
ἔχειν), and then the past tense of verse ten "We have not sinned"
('harmartein' / αμαρτειν). The two conditions expressed are: those who are
in sin and refuse to admit and confess their sins, so that they may be
cleansed; and those who refuse to ever admit they had sinned at any time.

The Epistle of John is the strongest epistle in the New Testament
condemning all sin in the life of those who have been born again. To the
honest reader, these points are clear from the arguments set forth
contrasting those who are in darkness to those who walk in the light, to
the strong statements of 1 John 1:5-7, 2:29, 3:6-9, and 5:18 which demand
we walk in righteousness and give no place to sin. To make any kind of a
defense that somehow a sinful condition is the common condition of those
born of God is definitely not supported by this First Epistle of John.

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 29, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 29 March 2019 17:57
1 John 1:9 - If we should confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to
forgive us of the sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Part 7: The Holy Spirit Will Not Lead You Into Sin

We are called to keep the commandments of the Lord Jesus; and if we say we
know Him, yet do not keep His commandments, John says we are a liars (John
14:15, 15:10; 1 John 2:4). What many today call "legalism," John called
proof of salvation (1 John 2:5, 5:3). Legalism is trusting in the Law of
Moses for salvation. It is not legalism to be an obedient child of God who
walks in holiness and godliness (Luke 1:74-75; Ephesians 4:24).

Those who have been born of God and have matured like young men in God have
conquered the evil one (1 John 2:13). The Word of God abides in them, and
they abide in Christ Jesus; and Satan and his sin have no power over them
(John 15:1-6; Romans 6:1-13; 1 John 2:14). Those who have the love of the
Father in them have overcome the world with its lust of the flesh, its lust
of the eye, and its pride of life (1 John 2:15-17). The Holy Spirit bears
witness with our spirit through the conduct of our lives that we are born
of God (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:1-12). Therefore, if we walk in
righteousness, then we are the children of God; but if not, we are the
children of the Devil (John 8:40-41, 44; 1 John 3:7-10).

The anointing we have received from Him teaches us that we are to abide in
Christ Jesus, and walk in righteousness even as He is righteous (1 John
2:27, 29, 3:7, 4:17). We are to be pure even as He is pure (1 John 3:3). We
are those who keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing
in His sight (1 John 3:22). As many as are led by the Holy Spirit - they
are the sons of God, and the Holy Spirit will not lead you into sin (Romans
8:14; Galatians 5:16).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 28, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 28 March 2019 05:34
1 John 1:9 - If we should confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to
forgive us of the sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Part 6: Sin Has No Place in a Person Who is Born of God

John continues from these verses throughout his whole epistle making an
even greater argument against sin and its power. He says Jesus was
manifested to take away our sin, and that anyone who sins has not seen Him
nor known Him (1 John 3:6). He goes on to say how those who sin are of the
devil (1 John 3:8). This is true, primarily because one must participate
with a demon spirit in order to sin. John even says it with stronger words
when he states, "Everyone who is born of God does not sin," and even says,
"He cannot sin" (1 John 3:9).

We have Christ Jesus dwelling in us, and have overcome the wicked one, with
all of his sin and lust (2 Corinthians 13:5; Colossians 1:27; 1 John 4:4,
5:4-5). This important point and reoccurring theme throughout John's First
Epistle is brought to a conclusion at the end of the epistle when he says,
"We know that everyone who is begotten of God does not sin, but the one
begotten of God keeps himself, and the evil one cannot touch him" (1 John
5:18). Those Jews who would have refused to acknowledge that they had sin,
and refused to acknowledge they were in need of a savior (because they
believed that the Law was all they needed) were not of God, and had not
been born of God, nor cleansed by the blood of Jesus (Luke 18:11; John
8:24, 39, 9:41; 1 John 1:8, 10).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 27, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 05:42
1 John 1:9 - If we should confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to
forgive us of the sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Part 5: Sinning More or Less Everyday is Not the Plan of God

One of the great ironies of Church history is the use of 1 John 1:8 & 10 to
support both a notion that God expects us to sin every day, and the
conclusion stating, "If we are not sinning, then we are not of God." Of the
entire New Testament, John's first epistle is by far the most forceful in
proclaiming how sin should not exist in the life of anyone who has been
born of God. John writes his epistle to the Church because of the deceivers
who were telling the people they could never be free from sin (1 John
2:26). He starts off the epistle saying that anyone who walks in darkness
has no communion with God (1 John 1:6). He makes it obvious how darkness is
the realm belonging to Satan, just as the realm of light belongs to God (1
John 2:8-11). In other words, darkness is the place of sin and death. We
are rather to walk in the light, just like Jesus walks in the light -a
place where we need not stumble (Psalm 119:165; 2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 1:7,
2:10-11; Jude 1:24).

We have been given the faith and the grace to confess our sins, and as a
result, He is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1
John 1:9). Again, "unrighteousness" is a synonym for sin, and once a person
is cleansed from unrighteousness, sin is no longer present. There are those
who go on to argue that this verse of Scripture implies the continuous
activity of sin, and they continuously need to confess so that they can be
cleansed. Yet, John says in the next verse he was writing to them so that
they should never sin (1 John 2:1). Then, he further emphasizes the "never"
by saying, "If we sin," not "When we sin." Therefore, those who have
deduced such a foreign doctrine are in grave danger and jeopardy of their
own souls, and of those before whom they cast a stumbling block.

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
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