Daily Bread 12/9/2022


    Daily Bread – December 9, 2022 (The Sixth Day – Genesis 1:24-31) 1 John 3:3 – And everyone that has this expectation in Him purifies himself even as He is pure. Called to Walk in the Same Purity as Jesus The word used here for pure, ‘hagnos’ (ritually pure/ἁγνοὺς), is never used in the Gospels to describe the purity and holiness of Jesus. A closely related word, yet distinctively different, is ‘hagios’ (ἅγιος / “holy”). The first time that ‘hagnos’ appears in the New Testament is in 2 Corinthians 7:11 to describe the true heart and repentance of those at Corinth. It is used by Paul in the context of that which is pure or chaste (2 Corinthians 7:11, 11:2; Philippians 4:8; 1 Timothy 5:22; Titus 2:5). The way that it is used by both James and Peter also denotes that which is chaste, being of pure thoughts, and clear of any immorality (James 3:17; 1 Peter 3:2). We are called to walk in the same obedience and purity that Jesus walked in (1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6; 1 John 1:7). The blood of Jesus purified us from all sin and iniquity, and now we are to remain pure and chaste, free from the contamination of immorality and unholy behavior (2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:13-25). Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen