Daily Bread - September 2, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 02 September 2019 08:39
1 John 4:2 - By this we know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is from God.

Part 2 ~ Agreeing With God's Testimony Of Jesus

Confessing that Christ Jesus has come in the flesh is agreeing with God.
God became flesh, and is purely divine and human. Furthermore, He delights
to remain so for all eternity. God became flesh so that that He might die
for us, and through Him, we who were dead are made alive (Ephesians 2:1;
Colossians 2:13; 1 John 5:12).

Although essential for us to recognize that God -Who is called the Word-
was made flesh 2,000 years ago, we must also recognize we are in Him and He
is in us. Now, because we have been born of God and made one with Him, the
greater One lives on the inside of us; and by Him, we have overcome the
world (1John 4:2, 4). This indwelling presence of Jesus is witnessed by the
love of God and by the operation of the Holy Spirit in our lives -the proof
we were begotten of God.

Keep in mind the theme of this epistle is fellowship with God, and the
exposure of those who say they have fellowship, but really walk in darkness
and are deceivers. Therefore, a proof must be established to effectively
demonstrate who is of the Spirit of truth. Those who are of the truth
overcome the world and walk in the love of God because of the indwelling
presence of Jesus.
 
Daily Bread - August 31, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 31 August 2019 08:29
1 John 4:2 - By this we know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is from God.

Part 1 ~ Christ Jesus Has Come In The Flesh

The doctrinal test distinguishing between those who are true and those who
are not is the confession: God, Christ Jesus, has come in the flesh.
Similarly, Paul said no one can say Jesus Christ is Lord (referring to the
fact He is God) except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3). The
confession of Jesus Christ being our Lord is participating with the Holy
Spirit in the new birth experience, for with the mouth confession is made
unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

This is more than a historic fact, but a confession of His current status.
Christ Jesus not only came into the flesh, historically, on the day God was
incarnated into a human and earthly body, but He has also come to dwell in
us so we can say, "greater is He that is in [us] than He that is in the
world" (1 John 4:4). By the Holy Spirit, we confess Christ is in us
(Colossians 1:27). This confession is not a mere superficial acknowledgment
or mental affirmation, but a witness of the Spirit that we have been born
of God through Him.

The Greek word used here is 'eleluthota' (ἐληλυθότα), which is the perfect
active participle of 'erchomai,' (ἔρχομαι) and may be translated in several
ways, but by far the best and most agreed upon way is, "come," with respect
to "come in the flesh," which once again refers to His current status. The
act of incarnation, although of supreme importance, is not the only point
of this passage. Jesus Christ is alive, living in us, and dwelling among us
- for He died, was buried, rose again, ascended to the Father, and has come
to make His abode with us (John 14:23, Galatians 2:20).
 
Daily Bread - August 30, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 30 August 2019 05:08
1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether
they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Part 2 ~ The Plumb Line Of Righteousness

Today, false prophets may not necessarily lead people to worship other
gods, but rather they preach and teach things that lead men away from God
by accepting sin and iniquity as being justifiable. Yet when we consider
such a practice, we must also recognize that sin is an act of participating
with the demonic, which is service to the god of this world (1 John 3:8).
The plumb-line between truth and lie, light and darkness, and God and
Satan, is found in living in righteousness and holiness and refusing evil.
The witness that we are of God is that Christ Jesus is in us, and we do
what is pleasing in His sight (1 John 2:5-6, 27-28, 3:6, 24, and 4:4,
13-16, 5:20).
 
Daily Bread - August 29, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 29 August 2019 05:16
1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether
they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Part 1 ~ Identifying False Witnesses

After establishing that keeping the commandments of the Lord is the
testimony of oneness with the Lord and the indwelling Holy Spirit, John
warns us to try the spirits. There are those who bear false witness of Who
God is and what He has willed. Their testimonies do not agree with the Word
of God, and they must be identified and refused. The false prophet is
someone who supposedly carries a word from God, but the word is false and
so is the spirit by which they are speaking.

These false witnesses appear to be sincere, but they are wolves dressed in
sheep's clothing. They may even be able to do miracles, signs, and wonders,
but if their words to not line up with Scripture, we know that they are
false. Moses warned of such false prophets and said, "If one appears among
you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and the sign or
wonder that he has spoken takes place, and he says, 'Come let us follow
other gods (gods you have not known), and let us worship them,' you must
not listen to the words of the prophet or dreamer" (Deuteronomy 13:1-5).

We should also be able to recognize the similarities between these false
prophets and those Jesus spoke of when He referred to the ones who had
worked signs and wonders in His name, but practiced iniquity (Matthew
7:21-23). There are those who believe that Satan and those who serve him
cannot do miracles, but they can. The man of sin who is also called the
Antichrist will deceive the nations by the power, signs, and lying wonders
that he will do (2 Thessalonians 2:8-9).
 
Daily Bread - August 28, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 05:10
1 John 3:23-24 - And this is His command: that we believe on the name of
His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another as He commanded us. And he that
keeps His commands dwells in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that
He dwells in us: by the Spirit that He has given.

Part 2 ~ The Unspeakable Gift Of The Mystery Of The Fellowship

The fruits, or proofs, of the Spirit are the witnesses that union with
Christ Jesus took place when we were born again. Chief among these fruits
is the love of God manifested through our lives. The love of Christ Jesus
revealed through us is the proof that He dwells in us, and we dwell in Him
(John 13:34-35, 15:9-10, 12, 16:27; Romans 8:9). Jesus Christ is bodily
seated today at the right hand of the Father; yet He lives within us, and
the Holy Spirit is proof. He does not live within us by an endearing memory
and commitment that we have to Him. He lives in us because we are His
dwelling place, a tabernacle built for Him when we were born again and made
a new creation (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16).

The coming and indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the subject of chapters 14,
15, and 16 of the Gospel of John. Now, there are two dimensions by which
the Holy Spirit has come to us. Firstly, He has come to dwell alongside of
us, lead us, guide us, and glorify Jesus. Secondly, the Holy Spirit has
come to dwell in us, because God has put His Spirit in us (Ezekiel 11:19,
36:26-27; John 3:6, 14:16-17, 23). The indwelling of God in us is further
emphasized by the promise Jesus made of how both He and the Father would
come and dwell with us (John 14:23). So, while it may be understood that
they dwell in us through the Spirit that has been given to us; still, there
remains an interaction and dwelling going beyond just having their
corporeal presence communicated by the indwelling Spirit of God (John
14:21, 23). Many may wonder how is this possible; yet through the new
birth, the mystery of the fellowship has brought to pass this unspeakable
gift -our lives have been integrated together with the everlasting God,
Christ Jesus living in us!
 
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