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Daily Bread - March 16, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 16 March 2019 10:25
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.

Part 2: The Blood of Jesus Imparts the Life of God!

The blood of Jesus carries the life of God. When the blood of Jesus is
applied to our lives, the life of God is imparted. The blood of Jesus
swallows up death and sin. It is such a powerful purification agent to
cleanse and purge our sins, that once we are touched by the blood of Jesus,
the sins are completely removed and never again remembered (Hebrews 8:12,
10:2, 10:17). They are completely wiped away from the Heavenly record.

When John speaks of the removal of sin, he uses words like:
•"take away" ('airein' (αἴρειν) in John 1:29; 1 John 3:5)
•"destroy" ('lyein' (λύειν) in 1 John 3:8)
•"cleanse" ('katharizein' (καθαρίζειν) in 1 John 1:7)
•"clean" ('katharos' (καθαρός) in John 13:10-11)
•"propitiation," "purgation" ('hilasmos' (ἱλασμός) in 1 John 2:2, 4:10)
•"forgive" ('aphiemi' (ἀφίημι) in 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. Its application to the life
of man produces the washing of regeneration (Titus 3:4-7). Having received
the purgation, and having assurance in the promise of God, you should have
no more consciousness of sin, and no need for another offering (Romans
6:10; Hebrews 7:27, 9:13-14, 23-28, 10:1- 2, 10-14; 1 Peter 3:18).
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! The Spirit of the Lord, Who brings
conviction of sin, will lead you to repentance, and the blood of Jesus will
wash away your sins

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 15, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 15 March 2019 05:41
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.

Part 1: God is in the Light

The message 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 light that no man can approach unto
(1 Timothy 6:15-16). The light of God is a place of purity and holiness - a
place where sin certainly cannot exist. The premise 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).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 14, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 14 March 2019 16:32
1 John 1:6 - If we say that we have communion with Him, and walk in
darkness, we lie and do not the truth.

Fellowship with God is only made possible by the impartation of the life of
God. The life of God is imparted to us when we are born again. Through the
new birth, the Holy Spirit -Who now lives in us- leads us, teaches us, and
establishes us in all the ways of God. If we say that we have 'koinonia'
(κοινωνία), and yet walk in darkness, then we are lying, because we cannot
be interacting with God while sin reigns over us. There is no darkness in
God -He has no relationship with it any more than light has with darkness.
John makes it very clear in the 15th 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 a 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 differences 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, and 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. Paul establishes the same contrast,
saying that we are righteous not unrighteous, light not darkness, of Christ
not Belial -the very temple of the Living God where He lives and dwells (2
Corinthians 6:14-18).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 13, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 05:33
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.

Part 2: Light vs Darkness

We cannot say that we are in Him, and we are in communion with Him, and
walk in darkness. As light represents God, His life, and His righteousness;
darkness represents Satan, his death, and his iniquity. The symbolisms of
light and darkness are laid out from the beginning. 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 (Genesis 1:2). 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 is the place of sin and
death, a place separated from fellowship with God. When Jesus came, the
light shone into the darkness, and the darkness vanished. There is absolute
division between light and darkness, and they can never mingle. Darkness is
the absence of light, and in this respect, it is the absence of the life of
God. All who will come to the light and receive the life of God may now
walk in 'koinonia' (κοινωνία), where there is no darkness at all.

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 12, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 05:48
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.

Part 1: God is Light!

God is light and there is no darkness in Him. There is nothing that can be
as pure as light, for it is impossible to contaminate light. There is no
darkness in us, because we are now in Him, and no darkness can be in Him.
The contrast being made between light and darkness serves to absolutely
describe the state of God's truth, righteousness, holiness, and purity -
and the total absence of anything less. To have 'koinonia' (κοινωνία) with
Him is only possible in the realm of light, where there is no darkness. God
granted such holiness and purity to us when we received His life (1 John
1:7; Ephesians 4:24, 5:8; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 1:74-75; 1
Thessalonians 5:5; 1 Peter 2:9; Psalm 89:15; Matthew 5:14-16).

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