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Daily Bread - December 27, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 09:12
1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light,
we have communion with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanses us from all sin.

The blood of Jesus is such a powerful purification agent to cleanse or
purge our sins that once we are touched with the blood of Jesus the sins
are completely removed and never again remembered (Hebrews 10:2, 8:12,
10:17). The words used by John to express the removal of sin are as
follows:

1. "take away" (airein), John 1:29; 1 John 3:5.
2. "destroy" (lyein), 1 John 3:8.
3. "cleanse" (katharizein,) 1 John 1:7.
4. "clean" (katharos), John 13:10-11.
5. "propitiation", purgation" (hilasmos) 1 John 2:2, 4:10.
6. "forgive" (aphienai) John 20:23; 1 John 1:9, 2:12.

There should be no question as to John's confidence in the blood of Jesus
to completely remove sin and its contamination. Having received the
purgation and having assurance in the promise of God you should have no
more conscience of sin and no need for another offering (Hebrews 10:2). A
person may say, "How do I receive this washing?" It is easy all you do is
call upon the name of the Lord Jesus and the slightest communion with Him
that involves repentance results in His blood washing you from all your
sins.

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - December 26, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 26 December 2017 09:42
1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light,
we have communion with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanses us from all sin.

The message that John delivered to both the believer and unbeliever, was
that God has called everyone to come to the Light and walk in the Light as
the Father is in the Light. Certainly, this is one of the most radical
statements made by John, for God is in the Light that no man can approach
unto (1 Tim 6:15-16). The Light of God is a place of Purity and Holiness, a
place where sin certainly cannot exist. The premise that was set in verse 5
that "God is Light", defines the Light we are called to walk in as both the
nature of God (who is Light) and the presence of God (who is in the Light).

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - December 25, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 25 December 2017 07:51
1 John 1:6 - If we say that we have communion with Him and walk in
darkness we lie and do not the truth.

Unless we are in the light that comes as a result of the new birth and the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit that makes us one with the Father then we
cannot have koinonia with Him. If we say that we have koinonia and walk in
darkness then we are lying because there is no darkness in Him and the
koinonia that we are to have is the consequence of being "in Him". John
makes it very clear in the 15 chapter of the Gospel of John that we are to
dwell in Him as a branch in the vine. Paul describes the new birth in terms
of being "in Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:17). The first Epistle of John uses
very simple and radical contrast to make an absolute difference between
those who know God and those who do not know Him. What could be more simple
and clear than the difference between: light and darkness, God and Satan,
children of God and children of the devil, righteousness and sin, truth and
lie. There certainly is no gray area, no place of transition or
uncertainty, if you are in the Light you are a child of God and the fruits
of righteousness are manifested, if not then you are a child of the devil.

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - December 23, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 23 December 2017 11:20
1 John 1:5 - Now this is the message that we have heard of Him and
declare unto you that God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all.

The contrast being made between light and darkness serves to absolutely
describe the state of Gods Truth, Righteousness, Holiness and Purity and
the total absence of anything less. To have koinonia with Him is only
possible in the realm of Light where there is no darkness.

The Greek word ' skotos' is the equivalent of the Hebrew 'chosak',
'darkness. The symbolism of light and darkness are drawn from the situation
of the earth in Genesis 1. The earth was in a lifeless and chaotic state
because of sin and rebellion and darkness was over the face of this
desolate and waste place. When God commanded the light to shine into the
darkness, the darkness was removed and the life and creation of God began
to spring forth. Darkness represents the realm of sin and death. It is the
place where iniquity works and men are separated from fellowship with God.
When Jesus came, the Light shined into the darkness and the darkness
vanished. Now there is an absolute division between the Light and the
darkness. All who will come into the Light may now walk in 'koinonia' where
there is no darkness at all.

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - December 22, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 22 December 2017 22:19
1 John 1:4 - And these things we write to you that your joy may be full

Our joy is made full through the relationship that has been granted us by
the gift of salvation (John 15:11, 16:24). The depth of the fellowship that
we have been given with God has no limits (Ephesians 3:16-20). As we grow
in grace we come to realize that through this wonderful act of God's love
and mercy He has made us one with Himself so that we may enjoy the beauty
of His love, which brings joy unspeakable (Colossians 2:10; 4:12; John
1:16; 1 Peter 1:8). The cares of this life would impose the burdens of
earthly things and unrealized dreams but God has made a way for us to live
in a heavenly realm and inherit His promises (Colossians 3:1-4; Mark 4:19,
1 Peter 1:4). We have been given the sweet fellowship (koinonia) of the
Holy Spirit who brings to us the indwelling presence of the Father and the
Lord Jesus Christ. Through this fellowship our joy is made full. As we walk
with the Holy Spirit everyday we discover more and more how much God loves
us and as we do the manifestation of this fullness of joy continues to
increase in our lives (Ephesians 1:18, 4:15; Colossians 2:19; 1
Thessalonians 4:10). One of the great joys is the discovery that Father has
taken us and brought us into the shelter and comfort of oneness with
Himself (John 14:16, 20, 23; 15:4, 10; 17:21, 23; 1 John 3:24; 2
Corinthians 9:10). Today you can realize more of this fullness of joy by
embracing what God has said about you. Jesus Christ the Almighty God and
our Lord and Savior wants us to accept that he has made us part of His
family (John 20:17; Galatians 4:6; Hebrews 2:11). We should so fully
embrace His love end endearment to us that we say, I'm in Him and He is in
me, by this, our joy is made full (John 6:56; 1 John 4:13,17).

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
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