Daily Bread 1/13/2023


    Daily Bread – January 13, 2023 (The Sixth Day – Genesis 1:24-31) 1 John 2:6 – He that says he abides in Him ought himself to walk also just as He walks. Living the Life of Jesus The ability to abide in Him, which is the same as saying “to live the life of Jesus,” or to “behave just like Jesus,” comes to us by the anointing we have received from Him. In fact, “abiding in Him” and having “the anointing” are inseparably linked (1 John 2:27). The promise God gave to anyone who would believe was that we would be born of the Spirit, and subsequently, Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Spirit (John 3:5; Acts 1:8, 8:15-16). He promised us the same Spirit and the same anointing He was baptized with (Luke 4:18). The idea of abiding in Him is communicated in a unique way in John 15 to help us understand how the supply of His divine life flows into our lives. We learn that we can depend on Jesus for everything we need, and that without Him we can do nothing (John 15:4-5). The life of God supplied to us by the Holy Spirit flows as the sap of the vine; and through our intimate union with Christ Jesus, the fruit of His life is manifested in us. The interdependency which exists between a vine and a branch is astounding to consider! In like manner, the life of Jesus is revealed through us to the world around us as we abide in Him. In fact, when Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you,” He was saying, “Live My life, and I will live in you.” As we abide in Jesus, the glory of His divine life and love flows into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5; Ephesians 3:19; 1 Thessalonians 3:12). The miracle of salvation has supplied us with an inseparable union with the Lord Jesus (John 15:1-6, 17:22-23; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:23). Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen