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Daily Bread - May 2, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 07:53
1 Corinthians 12:13 - For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been
all made to drink into one Spirit.

Baptized into the Body of Christ - Part 2

Jesus told us that we could do nothing without Him (John 15:5). He showed
us that every dimension of His ministry was dependent on His submission to
the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1, 18; Acts 2:22, 10:38; John 5:30, 8:28). He
desires that we pray in the Spirit, and then out of that expression pray
with the understanding also. He desires that we sing in the Spirit, and
then out of that overflow sing in the understanding also (1 Corinthians
14:15-16).

Look at what we do instead! Yet, there is no Biblical instruction for the
common everyday church service! We are to be continually filled with the
Spirit, speaking to ourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, so
how much more should that be the expression of what we have in the assembly
that reveals God in all of His fulness and the Heavenly ministry of Jesus
(Ephesians 5:18-19). Instead, we have turned Father's house into a place of
showmanship and merchandizing. We pay little regard to any expression of
the Holy Spirit, and in many cases, forbid them outright! Pentecost is not
our model, but a historical event that has little significance in our
Sunday morning meetings. Our church meetings are geared towards attracting
men to our powerless religious social clubs. We are supposed to be
impressed by the entertainment and oratory of men; while all the time, it
falls far short of the revelation of Jesus Christ and His Heavenly ministry
(Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16, 24:49; John 1:33; Acts 2:1-4).

Church should be the very description of Who Jesus is, and also His
heavenly ministry and power. It should be filled with all the splendor and
power of Heaven. The awe of God that is presented should be more impacting
than what was seen and felt at Mount Sinai when God spoke audibly to all
the people of Israel (Hebrews 12:18-28). Our God is a consuming fire; and
if His fire falls upon our meetings, then there will be nothing seen but
Him (Hebrews 12:29). We say that we want Jesus to receive all the glory and
be the only One seen, but only the Holy Spirit can reveal Jesus and make
Him know (John 16:13-15). If we refuse everything that the Holy Spirit is
described to be and do in the Bible, how then is it possible for Jesus to
be glorified and revealed?
 
Daily Bread - May 1, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 01 May 2017 11:51
1 Corinthians 12:13 - For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been
all made to drink into one Spirit.

Baptized into the Body of Christ - Part 1

Jesus is the One who builds His church, and He builds His church on the
revelation that He is the Son of the Living God, Who is also standing in
the midst of His church (Matthew 16:16, 18, 18:20; Revelation 1:13-16). He
purchased the church with His own blood, and it is suppose to reveal His
life and person (Acts 10:38). Christ Jesus is the Head of the church, and
the church is to be the revelation of the fullness of His ministry
(Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:13, 27). As His body,
we are to reveal His deeds and nature to the world around us, which is only
possible by the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; John 7:38-39, 20:21;
Colossians 2:6; Romans 8:17, 29). The church is glorious, and is also the
fulness of Him -which testifies to the splendor of Christ Jesus that can
only be revealed because we allow the Holy Spirit to be manifested through
our lives (Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:19-20). If we are unwilling to be baptized
in the Holy Ghost and fire in our assemblies today, then how is it possible
for both the life and ministry of Jesus to be revealed in His church? If we
are unwilling to yield to the Holy Spirit, Who alone reveals Christ Jesus,
then Christ Jesus is not being held up as the Head. If we are unwilling to
let Him be the Head of all that we are doing, then it is impossible for us
to be those who reveal His person, or mature and grow up into Him in all
things (Ephesians 4:15-16). Men who believe that they can participate in
the revelation of Christ Jesus without the power of the Holy Spirit are
deceived, for the body without the Spirit is dead (James 2:26).

The sacredness and awe of His church should be appreciated, because He
purchased it with His own blood and washed it with the water of His Word
(Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:26-27). Christ Jesus baptized His church in the
Holy Ghost and fire, and thereby set into place the divine order by which
it was to operate -for this was the birth and model of the church. God put
the Holy Spirit, not men, in charge of the church. Those who are born again
and full of the Spirit are supposed to oversee that which God has ordained.
We are supposed to ensure that only the Holy Spirit be in control of
everything that we say and do, just as it was modeled in the life of Jesus,
and also on the day of Pentecost. If the church is lacking the
manifestation of the Holy Spirit, then it is evident He is not in charge of
the meeting (Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28-29). In Acts 1 verses 5
and 8, Jesus gave us instruction as to how every church service was to take
place -not just a description of an initial event! We are all supposed to
be baptized by one Spirit into one body every time that we come together (1
Corinthians 12:13). To think this is something that happens one time, and
then it is done, is completely out of context. The context, instead, is how
the assembly of the church is enabled to function as the body of Christ, by
the power of the Holy Spirit, every time we come together. When we consider
what Paul has written in 1 Corinthians 12-14, it is hard to miss this
point. This was not an example of what happened one time in a meeting, but
the precedence for all meetings. We think God is impressed by our prayers,
songs, and preaching, but He is not. He desires that everything we do flow
out of the operation and administration of the Holy Spirit. We are to
worship Him, and draw near unto Him, with the fire of the Holy Ghost (John
4:22; Ephesians 2:18; Matthew 3:11; Luke 3:16).
 
Daily Bread - April 29, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 29 April 2017 09:01
1 John 3:4 - Everyone who acts sinfully also does iniquity, for sin is
iniquity.

The word 'anomia' finds its ultimate meaning in the Mystery of Iniquity,
the great falling away of the last days and the Antichrist (2 Thessalonians
2:3-12). However, it may be translated '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 doing iniquity and not knowing
God are 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. It is shown
to be synonymous with sin in the Septuagint: "Happy are they whose
iniquities (anomia) were forgiven, and whose sins (harmatia) were covered"
(Psalms 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), and them which do iniquity (anomia)" (Matthew 13:41). It is
translated by the Hebrew word 'beleeaal' or 'belial' in Psalms 18:4 and 1
Samuel 2:12. Although 'belial' means 'worthlessness' and 'ungodly or wicked
men', it became a technical term for the devil in both the community of
Qumran and in the New Testament, as in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15: "for what
partnership has righteousness with iniquity (anomia)? and what fellowship
has light with darkness? And what common 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 which is in Heaven (1 John 3:1-2, 7; John 1:12;
Ephesians 5:1)!
 
Daily Bread - April 28, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 28 April 2017 07:37
1 John 3:3 - And everyone that has this expectation in Him purifies
himself, even as He is pure.

It is of the utmost importance that we recognize how a person is purified.
It is only by the blood of Jesus Christ that one is made pure (1 John 1:7,
9, 2:2). The word 'hagnizein' is a rare word in the Greek New Testament. It
is used in the Old Testament for ritual purification, one example being in
Exodus 19:10-11. 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'.

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 that 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).

The word describing Jesus' purity here, 'hagnos' (ritually pure), is never
used in the Gospels to describe the purity and holiness of Jesus. A closely
related word, yet distinctively different, is 'hagios' (holy). The first
time that 'hagno' appears in the New Testament is in 2 Corinthians 7:11 to
describe the true heart and repentance of those at Corinth. Paul used it in
2 Corinthians 11:2 and elsewhere 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; 1Peter 3:2). We are called to walk in the same obedience and purity
that Jesus walked in (1 John 2:6, 1:7; 1 Peter 2:21). 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 - April 27, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:08
1 John 3:2 - Beloved, we are now the children of God. And it has not yet
manifested what we shall be; but when He is manifested, we shall be like
Him, because we shall see Him as He is.

Father has given us the right to be His children simply by the act of
believing on the Name of Jesus, and then receiving His work of grace into
our hearts (John 1:12; Romans 10:9-10). As the sons of God, we have been
made heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, who is the Only Begotten Son
of God (Romans 8:17). Through the miracle of the new birth, we were
begotten of God: begotten of the Spirit, of the Word, and of the
Resurrection (1 John 5:1; John 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3, 23). Being the sons of
God, we are also called the sons of light, because we are born of the truth
to reveal the glory of God (John 12:36; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5;
Matthew 5:14-16; Colossians 1:12; 1 Peter 2:9).

Those who are the sons of God have been given the privilege and ability to
be guided by the Spirit in their day to day activities (Romans 8:14). It is
the Father's desire that every son be trained up by the Holy Spirit, so
that in every way we are conformed to the image of His Only Begotten Son,
Jesus (Romans 8:29). God expects us as His sons to be consecrated to the
same 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; and we will receive our eternal and glorified body, and will see Him
as He is. Although He dwells in the light which 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). This event designates the time when all things will be
made new. The bondage of corruption will be removed from off 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 that resurrection (Romans 8:19-23).

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 born 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.
 
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