Daily Bread - June 17, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 06:40
John 3:19 - Now this is the condemnation: the light has come into the
world, but men loved the darkness more than the light, for their deeds were

Part 1 ~ Judgement vs Condemnation

The Hebrew word "chashac," is translated darkness and is frequently used by
the Jewish writers for the angel of death, and for the devil. The Greek
word used here "skotos", is the common word for both moral and spiritual
darkness --a simile that is commonly used in the New Testament.

The Gospel message should be a liberating message of good news; but to
those who love evil, it is a message of condemnation. When men hear that
they can go free from the their sins and walk in perfect fellowship with
their heavenly Father, it should cause them to rejoice; yet those who love
sin respond with disdain. When Jesus met the woman at the well, He did not
focus on her sins --He invited her to receive the gift of God (John 4:10).
Only after her reluctance to accept the gift did He point out her sin. When
another woman was caught in the act of adultery, Jesus did not stand
alongside those who had stones of condemnation to throw. He told the woman
that He did not condemn her. Jesus granted her mercy and appointed her unto
life. He told her to go and sin no more (John 8:11).

Those who say the Gospel is condemning simply do not want to go free and
sin no more. Condemnation and judgment against sin already exist. The light
of the Gospel simply points out the state of men and the judgment against
sin. Those who love darkness hate the pronouncement of the judgment of God
against all unrighteousness, and to them this is a gospel of condemnation
and the smell of death (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). The light of the truth
reveals that their sin will destroy them; but they refuse to hear the love
crying out to flee from its deadly wages, and instead regard the warning as
an insult.

Christ Jesus came to remove the condemnation, and the Holy Spirit would
make it a gospel of righteousness and abundant life if they were only
willing to be changed (Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 3:9). God sent the light
into the world, and those who reject the light decide their own fate. Why
do men love darkness rather than light? Because their deeds are evil. Their
love of unrighteousness and refusal of the love of God is their seal of
condemnation (Acts 4:12; Mark 16:16; John 3:36, 10:9, 16:7-11). The Gospel
does not condemn; rather the rejection of the Gospel by those who love
darkness condemns. Even when men refuse and reject God, He still cries out
in His mercy and love, pleading that they forsake their wickedness.
Daily Bread - June 16, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 07:35
John 3:18 - Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not
believe has already been condemned for refusing to believe in the Name of
the only begotten Son of God.

Part 2 ~ God's Invitation, Our Choice

The Lord Jesus made freedom from condemnation and sin very easy! All we
have to do is to believe in the Only Begotten Son, and we will be rescued
from the imprisonment of spiritual death. The message of salvation
contained within the title "Only Begotten Son" includes accepting that
Jesus is God, that He became a human being to come and take upon Himself
the sins of the world, and that there is no other means of salvation but by

We cannot trust in ourselves, our own good works, or any other religious
belief, and then try to trust Jesus, too! The mixture will not work,
because it undermines the fact that unless man is born again and made a new
creature, he is unacceptable to God. All other religious activities are
vain, including the Law, because they cannot change the heart of man. There
is only one possible way to be born of the Spirit, and that is through the
death of Jesus on the cross. For at the cross, Jesus broke the power of sin
and Satan that took control of man when Adam sinned.

When we believe on the Only Begotten Son, we are taking notice that God has
sent a personal invitation to us to come and join Him. We are accepting the
fact that God loves each of us personally (1 John 4:16). However, if we
take a permanent position of refusing Jesus Christ as our Savior, then the
result is eternal death. God did not choose death for us; He has chosen
life for all mankind! In the very beginning, it was man who walked away
from God and became a prisoner to sin and death. God, Who is not willing
that anyone perish, has come to every person individually and given them
the opportunity to accept what Adam refused (2 Peter 3:9; John 3:16). The
choice is ours: God has opened the door of escape for us; but if we refuse,
then there is nothing left but an eternal condemnation that God pronounced
on sin from the very beginning.
Daily Bread - June 15, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 15 June 2020 10:26
John 3:18 - Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not
believe has already been condemned for refusing to believe in the Name of
the only begotten Son of God.

Part 1 ~ Mankind is Already Condemned

Mankind has already been condemned because of Adam's transgression. Paul
describes the effects and the judgments of this condemnation in Romans
5:12-21. Jesus did not come to condemn mankind, for everyman has already
been condemned because of Adam's sin. The condemnation passed upon man was
a death sentence (Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12,16). Jesus came to redeem man,
so that anyone who would believe could be made just. He came to bare our
punishment of death by taking our sins in His own body, so that we could be
reconciled to God. The reconciliation, which produced the spiritual change
from an old man to a new creation, made man just; and therefore, all who
believe are justified. If anyone refuses to believe, then they remain
condemned to spiritual death and ultimately eternal death in a place
separated from God and His life which is called hell.

The Greek word used is 'krino' and means "to judge", or "to condemn." The
definition from Classical Greek includes, "to separate, divide, to pick
out, choose, bring to trail, examine, etc..." There are seven Greek words
used in the Scripture for "condemn" or "condemnation": 'katadikatzo'-
condemn, or pass judgment (Matthew 12:7,37; Luke 6:37); katakrino - condemn
or damn (Matthew 12:37,41, 20:18, 27:3; and Mark 10:33, 14:63, 16:16; Luke
11:31,32; and John 8:10,11; also Romans 2:1, 8:2,3,32); krima -
condemnation, or judgment, implying that the sentence has been past and one
is on death row (Luke 23:40, 24:20); krino - judge or condemn (John
3:17,18; Acts 13:26; Romans 14:22); krisis - judgment or condemnation
(Matthew 5:21; Luke 10:14; John 3:19, 5:24,29); katakrima - condemnation,
damnatory sentence (Romans 5:16,18, 8:1); katakrisis - condemnation (2
Corinthians 3:9, 7:3).
Daily Bread - June 13, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 13 June 2020 11:43
1 Corinthians 11:32 - But being judged by the Lord, we are under training,
so that we will not be condemned with the world.

Jesus said He both reproves and disciplines those who He loves (Revelation
3:19). Paul said if we do not have the discipline in which all of the
children share, then we are illegitimate, and not God's children (Hebrews
12:8). The most powerful and absolutely the most royal Person in the
universe is dedicated to being our Teacher. Although there is no room for
condemnation in this relationship, there is need for correction. As
children that have been called to all the fullness of God's glory, there
are many things we must learn about walking in righteousness.

It is important for us to respond to the Holy Spirit when He corrects us.
We must be willing to evaluate ourselves in light of God's Word and the
direction of the Holy Spirit. This is not self-evaluation based upon
arbitrary standards; because in this light, Paul said he did not even judge
himself much less receive the judgment of others (1 Corinthians 4:3).
Rather, this is correction that comes from the Word of God and the Spirit
of God, not resulting in condemnation, or a guilty conscience, but simply
an acknowledgement that what we have done is wrong, and it must be changed.
Thus, Father has anointed His servants to rebuke and reprove, so that His
people may be established as unrebukable, unblameable, and unreproveable in
His sight (2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Timothy 6:14; Colossians 1:22). God disciplines
us so we will conform to His will in all things (Romans 8:29; 12:1-2; 2
Thessalonians 1:11-12). The alternative is to be condemned with the world.

It is important to make a clear distinction between God's correction and
condemnation. We now live in the ministry of righteousness, not
condemnation; and there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus for those who
walk after the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:9; Romans 8:1). Jesus has not come
to condemn us, but He is correcting us; and has sent the Holy Spirit to
educate us in all the ways of God. Sin is still condemned in the life of
the believer by God's Word and His Spirit, and must be condemned by us
individuals, as well. Yet, as His children, what should always remain
before us is the blood of Jesus that washes away every sin (1 John
1:7-2:2). We should always pay attention and observe the Holy Spirit's
leadings, Who is present to give us the divine strength to do all those
things that please the Father. Our Heavenly Father's judgment should never
lead to condemnation, but to a correction graciously received by His
Daily Bread - June 12, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 12 June 2020 06:26
Nehemiah 9:31 - Because of the multitude of your mercies, you did not
consume them, nor forsake; for you are a God of grace and mercy.

Part 2 ~ Mercy Seen In Judgement

Although Israel deserved judgment over and over again, God instead showed
them mercy and lovingkindness. When they should have been cursed, God
poured out His blessings and protective care upon them (Numbers 23:7-24:9).
In His Covenant of love, He did not mark their iniquity against them, nor
did He choose to see their transgression (Numbers 23:21). In the midst of
their rebellion and stubbornness, the love of God covered the multitude of
sins. Even under divine discipline and judgment, all Israel had to do was
turn to God, and they would always find Him ready to show them His mercy
and grace (2 Chronicles 30:9).

Our God will never forget to be gracious. He will never shut up His tender
mercies and lovingkindness. He will never refuse those who cry for mercy
and for help! Our God is a God who is full of compassion, gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in lovingkindness and truth (Psalms 86:15). He
is always there to comfort us to encourage us and to perfect those things
that concern us. Though you fail 490 times in a day, God will be there to
forgive you and to show you how to do it right (Matthew 18:21-22)! He is
dedicated to teaching us His ways and leading us in the paths of life. He
has given us His divine nature and has sent the Holy Spirit to teach how to
walk in Him (2 Peter 1:3-11; John 16:7-15).
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