Daily Bread - September 4, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 05:13
1 John 4:3 - And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh is not of God, and this is that antichrist that you heard
would come and now is already in the world.

Part 2 ~ The Activity Of The Antichrist Spirit

The spirit of antichrist, which will be fully manifested in the person the
Antichrist, is already at work. The deception would make Jesus less than He
is, and His work of redemption less than it is. It would deny that God
became human to take on the sins of the world. It would also deny that He
raised a resurrected human body, which continues to join the divine with
the human. It would also deny that He now dwells with us and in us as the
family of God redeemed by His blood.

In fact, if one denies that Jesus has come in the flesh, they make void the
entire New Testament. The antichrist spirit would not only deny the Lord
Jesus as being the only true and living God manifested in the flesh, but
also would deny any work of the Holy Spirit that would reveal Him. The
antichrist is in fact the one opposed to the anointing of God, and
specifically the anointing that teaches us we dwell in Him (1 John 2:27).
The one called the Antichrist, who is the man of sin and the son of
destruction, will come and declare himself God, but while that is yet
future, the spirit of antichrist paves the way (2 Thessalonians 2).
 
Daily Bread - September 3, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 03 September 2019 05:14
1 John 4:3 - And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh is not of God, and this is that antichrist that you heard
would come and now is already in the world.

Part 1 ~ Defining The Spirit Of Antichrist

The false prophets, which can be anyone who speaks on behalf of God but
does not speak the truth concerning Who Jesus is and what He has done, are
also equated with antichrist. The word "antichrist" is found four times in
the Bible, and is a word only used by John in his Epistles (1 John 2:18,
22, 4:3; 2 John 7). The antichrist spirit denies Jesus is the Messiah, the
Redeemer, or the Anointed One of God. The antichrist spirit denies the
Father and the Son (1 John 2:22-23).
 
Daily Bread - September 2, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 02 September 2019 08:39
1 John 4:2 - By this we know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is from God.

Part 2 ~ Agreeing With God's Testimony Of Jesus

Confessing that Christ Jesus has come in the flesh is agreeing with God.
God became flesh, and is purely divine and human. Furthermore, He delights
to remain so for all eternity. God became flesh so that that He might die
for us, and through Him, we who were dead are made alive (Ephesians 2:1;
Colossians 2:13; 1 John 5:12).

Although essential for us to recognize that God -Who is called the Word-
was made flesh 2,000 years ago, we must also recognize we are in Him and He
is in us. Now, because we have been born of God and made one with Him, the
greater One lives on the inside of us; and by Him, we have overcome the
world (1John 4:2, 4). This indwelling presence of Jesus is witnessed by the
love of God and by the operation of the Holy Spirit in our lives -the proof
we were begotten of God.

Keep in mind the theme of this epistle is fellowship with God, and the
exposure of those who say they have fellowship, but really walk in darkness
and are deceivers. Therefore, a proof must be established to effectively
demonstrate who is of the Spirit of truth. Those who are of the truth
overcome the world and walk in the love of God because of the indwelling
presence of Jesus.
 
Daily Bread - August 31, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 31 August 2019 08:29
1 John 4:2 - By this we know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is from God.

Part 1 ~ Christ Jesus Has Come In The Flesh

The doctrinal test distinguishing between those who are true and those who
are not is the confession: God, Christ Jesus, has come in the flesh.
Similarly, Paul said no one can say Jesus Christ is Lord (referring to the
fact He is God) except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3). The
confession of Jesus Christ being our Lord is participating with the Holy
Spirit in the new birth experience, for with the mouth confession is made
unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

This is more than a historic fact, but a confession of His current status.
Christ Jesus not only came into the flesh, historically, on the day God was
incarnated into a human and earthly body, but He has also come to dwell in
us so we can say, "greater is He that is in [us] than He that is in the
world" (1 John 4:4). By the Holy Spirit, we confess Christ is in us
(Colossians 1:27). This confession is not a mere superficial acknowledgment
or mental affirmation, but a witness of the Spirit that we have been born
of God through Him.

The Greek word used here is 'eleluthota' (ἐληλυθότα), which is the perfect
active participle of 'erchomai,' (ἔρχομαι) and may be translated in several
ways, but by far the best and most agreed upon way is, "come," with respect
to "come in the flesh," which once again refers to His current status. The
act of incarnation, although of supreme importance, is not the only point
of this passage. Jesus Christ is alive, living in us, and dwelling among us
- for He died, was buried, rose again, ascended to the Father, and has come
to make His abode with us (John 14:23, Galatians 2:20).
 
Daily Bread - August 30, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 30 August 2019 05:08
1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether
they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Part 2 ~ The Plumb Line Of Righteousness

Today, false prophets may not necessarily lead people to worship other
gods, but rather they preach and teach things that lead men away from God
by accepting sin and iniquity as being justifiable. Yet when we consider
such a practice, we must also recognize that sin is an act of participating
with the demonic, which is service to the god of this world (1 John 3:8).
The plumb-line between truth and lie, light and darkness, and God and
Satan, is found in living in righteousness and holiness and refusing evil.
The witness that we are of God is that Christ Jesus is in us, and we do
what is pleasing in His sight (1 John 2:5-6, 27-28, 3:6, 24, and 4:4,
13-16, 5:20).
 
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