Daily Bread 5/16/2023


    Daily Bread – May 16, 2023 (The Third Day – Genesis 1:9-13) 1 John 3:8 – He who does what is sinful is of the devil because the devil sinned from the beginning. The reason that the Son of God was revealed was to destroy the works of the devil. The devil became the very definition of a sinner and from him all sin originated. He had a free will and with that will he turned against God. He became the “father of lies” because he was unwilling to remain in the truth (John 8:44). He is the murderer and the fountain head of lust and lawlessness. He was perfect until iniquity was found in him (Ezekiel 28:14). God did not create sin, nor is He the author of evil. Sin began with Satan. We do not know when Satan was created, but he was there at the head of the heavenly host (Ezekiel 28:14, Isaiah 14:12). Of course, all of this was prior to the creation of Adam sometime in the ancient past. When the devil tried to overthrow God, Jesus said that He was cast down out of Heaven as lightning (Luke 10:18). Satan, the instigator of sin, entered into this world when Adam allowed him in through disobedience (Romans 5:12). The lost are of their father the devil and are in bondage to the prince of the power of the air (John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2-3). They are in bondage and are the slaves to sin (Romans 6:16,20; John 8:34). This is in stark contrast to those who are born again and made free from sin, and now live in the righteousness of Christ Jesus (Romans 6:18; 1 John 2:6, 3:7). Those who are born of God do righteousness, whereas those who practice sin are of the devil (1 John 3:7). Christ Jesus came to take away our sin, and in Him is no sin (1 John 3:5). Those who are of Christ Jesus are those who have overcome the wicked one (1 John 2:13-16). Those who are born of God cannot practice sin (1 John 3:9, 5:18). God was manifested in the flesh to die for the sins of man. God was made like unto sinful flesh to be tempted in every way we are tempted in order to destroy sin’s power through His death. God took on the sins of the whole world, and bore them in His own body on the tree, so that now we may be dead to sin and live unto righteousness. By his blood and resurrected life, we are washed and regenerated and raised up a new creation. Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen