Daily Bread - September 17, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 05:14
1 John 4:10 - In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us
and sent His Son to be the means of forgiveness for our sins.

Part 2 ~ The Complete Context of 'Hilasmos'

Once again, although 'hilasmos' is common to Greek literature, it is
important to be on guard with respect to the meanings that may be derived
from a purely secular application. Equally, we must also recognize that a
perfect equivalent of the Hebrew word may not have been available in the
Greek vocabulary. For this reason, we must look deeper into the context.
Keep in mind how even in the secular usage of 'hilasmos,' it could also
mean "cleansing" or "forgiveness." Thus, when we choose to translate a
word, we must make sure the vocabulary is consistent with the meaning
implied by the context.

With regard to Jesus being our 'hilasmos,' we can be certain John was
saying that through Him:
1 - Our sins would be destroyed (1 John 3:5).
2 - The works of the Devil in our lives would be destroyed (1 John 3:8).
3 - We would receive cleansing from all of our sins (1 John 1:7, 9).
4 - Christ Jesus would dwell in us, even as God dwelt in the Holies of
Holies after it was purified (1 John 3:24, 4:4, 12, 15).
5 - We would be born of God (1 John 3:9, 4:7).
6 - It would result in eternal life that we now possess, thus referring to
the quality of life we received by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1
John 1:2, 2:25, 3:15, and 1 John 5:11, 13, 20).
7 - Because of this, we have boldness before the judgment seat of God (1
John 2:28, 4:17).
8 - If Christians do sin, they must look again to Jesus, Who is the
Intercessor that provides the 'hilasmos' (the "forgiving," "cleansing," or
"purifying") work of grace, because God so deeply loves us (1 John 2:1).
 
Daily Bread - September 16, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 16 September 2019 21:39
1 John 4:10 - In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us
and sent His Son to be the means of forgiveness for our sins.

Part 1 ~ God's Definition of the Means of Forgiveness

The Greek word 'hilasmos' (ἱλασμός) is roughly equivalent to the Hebrew
word 'kippur,' translated as "atonement" in most English translations of
the Bible. The Greek word 'hilasmos' is translated as "propitiation" or
"expiation" by many of the English translations, but this is not entirely
accurate. The Greeks used the word 'hilasmos' to refer to the means by
which men would appease the gods, and from thus the word "propitiation" is
derived. However, this verse of Scripture in which we find this word
reveals that God was already favorably disposed towards us before He gave
His Son for our sins, for He loved us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians
2:4-5). Therefore, the whole Greek notion of propitiation or expiation
simply does not work. The redemption that is in Christ Jesus has nothing to
do with the offerings or actions of men, much less their attempts to gain
God's favor. Redemption does not have anything to do with the offerings of
men, rather it is all about God offering up the sacrifice of Jesus for us.
The secular world does not know of such a concept, for the message of
salvation reaches far beyond the imagination and ideologies of man. We must
use great caution in attempting to narrowly confine these Greek words to
the meanings given in the secular and profane world.
 
Daily Bread - September 14, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 16 September 2019 05:29
1 John 4:9 - This is how the love of God was revealed in us: because the
only begotten Son of God was sent into the world that we may live through
Him.

Part 2 ~ The Only Begotten Son of God

The word translated as "only begotten" ('monogenes'/μονογενὴς) is found
nine times in the New Testament (Luke 7:12, 8:42, 9:38; and John 1:14, 18,
3:16, 18; also Hebrews 11:17; 1 John 4:9). However, only John applies it
specifically to Jesus. It means the one and only Son of God. This is how
God was made flesh, and it was only by the body and blood of God being made
flesh that salvation could be supplied to anyone who wanted to escape from
the spiritual prison of sin and death. Although the Bible speaks of many
sons of God in both the Old and New Testaments, there is only One Who was
the only begotten of God and was at the same time eternally with God and
was God. Through His birth, we are now also able to be begotten of God.
 
Daily Bread - September 13, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 13 September 2019 06:19
1 John 4:9 - This is how the love of God was revealed in us: because the
only begotten Son of God was sent into the world that we may live through
Him.

Part 1 ~ Christ Jesus' Love In Us

The proof of being alive in Christ Jesus is His love manifested through us.
The phrase 'en hemin' (ἐν ἡμiν/"in us") occurs two more times in this
chapter: "His love in us is perfected" (4:12), and "the love that God has
in us" (4:16). Certainly, this could be translated as "to us," and that is
true, but a more appropriate phrase would have been 'eis hemin' (εἰς ἡμiν)
if that was the intended meaning. The love of God is manifested by both the
incarnation and the indwelling of Jesus, which is facilitated by the
translation "in us." After all, this is in keeping with "the Spirit that is
in us," "the greater One that is in us," and "God Who dwells in us," which
is the theme of this chapter.
 
Daily Bread - September 12, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 12 September 2019 05:25
1 John 4:7-8 - Beloved, let us love one another, because he that loves is
from God, and everyone that loves is begotten of God and knows God. He that
does not love, does not know God, for God is love.

Part 4 ~ The Centrality of Love

Love describes the chief characteristic of God - it is central to
everything God has willed for men, and its constant expression through our
lives is the fulfillment of His will. The subject of love is central to the
Bible, the Gospel, the character of God, and the character of those who are
led by the Holy Spirit. God, Who is holy, and Who is love, has set us apart
from the world, separating us unto His Love. We should be totally separated
to the purpose of God's love being revealed through us in every dimension
of our lives. All fear, suspicion, division, envy, strife, and every aspect
of discord are the enemies of love, and must be treated as the enemies of
God (Proverbs 6:16-19; Romans 16:17; James 3:16). Do not be ignorant of
Satan's devices: he does not attack us head-on, but works to divide and
separate us, and then destroys each person individually.
 
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