Daily Bread 12/4/2023


Daily Bread – December 4, 2023 (The Second Day – Genesis 1:6-8) Galatians 3:21 – Is the law against the promises of God? No, for if a law had been given that had power to give life, then righteousness would have indeed come by the law. This one verse of Scripture helps us to more perfectly understand what Paul intends to communicate about the Law and its limitations. The Law was given for the purpose of sanctifying a people through whom God would bring forth the Redeemer. The Law would separate them from all of the other nations so a virtuous young woman named Mary could be born under the covenants and commands of the Most High, and give birth to Christ the Savior. It would then be by the promised Seed of Abraham that men would be delivered from the bondage of sin and death, and have the life of God imparted into them. The life of God comes into us when we are born of the Spirit and, thereby, become a possessor of the divine nature (Titus 3:5-6; 2 Peter 1:3-4). Until a person is born of the Spirit, they are dead in their trespasses and sins. Yet, even as death came through Adam, life has now come through Jesus Christ our Savior. All who will believe and call upon His Name are washed from their filthiness of sin and renewed by the regeneration that comes by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-5; Ezekiel 36:26; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18,21; Ephesians 4:24; Romans 8:1,9; and John 3:3; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Colossians 3:10). The Law was powerless to impart the life of God. And without the life or nature of God, men cannot walk in the righteousness of God. Now, all those who have been born of the Spirit have the life of Christ Jesus dwelling in them (1 John 5:11-13, 3:24; John 3:36; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Colossians 3:1-4; Ephesians 2:5-6). Those who do not have the life of Jesus dwelling in them are dead while they live. They are dead to God and alive to the spirit of disobedience that operates in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2-3; 1 John 5:19; Romans 6:17,20, 7:16-20). Those who have the life of God that comes by Jesus Christ are now empowered with the ability to walk in the righteousness of God (Ephesians 4:24; Romans 6:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:21). The life of God is the source and wellspring of righteousness – not the law. Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen