Daily Bread 6/16/2023


    Daily Bread – June 16, 2023 (The Sixth Day – Genesis 1:24-31) Ephesians 2:18 – For through Him, we are both brought by one Spirit to the Father. The Only Means Of Access To The Father The announcement of peace (v 17) was the proclamation that all men everywhere have access back into the presence of God – an access that was lost the day that Adam sinned (Hebrews 9:8, 12:18-21; Exodus 19:12; Genesis 2:16-17; Romans 5:12). In this one verse (v 18), some of the most important doctrines of the New Testament are expressed. Let all men most assuredly know that there is no way for anyone anywhere to come to the Father except by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Anyone who believes there is another way into the presence of God, whether Jew or Gentile, is both a thief and a liar (John 10:1, Acts 4:12). There were Three Who were co-participants in the redemption for all who would believe: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God, in His great love by which He loved us, has reconciled both the Jews who were near, and the Gentiles, who were far away. Christ Jesus, the only begotten Son, provided the remission of sins and redemption through His blood (Matthew 26:28; Colossians 1:20-22; Ephesians 2:13; 1 John 2:2; and Revelation 1:5; 1 Peter 1:18; John 10:9; Romans 5:2). Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit together supply the only access available into the presence of the Father. It is impossible for religion to provide such an access – Jesus is the Door and the Holy Spirit is the One Who enables us to come into this place of union with the Father (John 3:3-6, 4:24, 6:44, 16:12-14; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:15). Both the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus intercede for us and equip us in every way to be holy, acceptable, and well pleasing to the Father (Romans 8:26-27, 34; Hebrews 7:25). Christ Jesus has forever perfected them that are sanctified, and the Holy Spirit is devoted to perfecting all of our imperfections (Hebrews 7:25, 10:14, 13:21; 1 Peter 5:10; Ephesians 4:13; Philippians 2:12-13). Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen