Daily Bread - March 23, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 23 March 2019 10:10
1 John 1:9 - If we should confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to
forgive us of the sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Part 3: Cleansing from all Unrighteousness

The blood of Jesus is the agent that cleanses from all sin (Ephesians 1:7;
Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:14, 22; Revelation 1:5). It only took one
offering to take care of the sins of man for all eternity; and that was the
offering Jesus, as the Lamb of God, made at the cross 2,000 years ago
(Genesis 22:8; Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29, 36; Acts 8:32; Romans 6:10; Hebrews
7:27, 9:13-14, 23-28, 10:1-2, 10-14; 1 Peter 1:19, 3:18; Revelation 5:6-13,
7:10, 14, 12:11, 13:8).

Even though this is the only verse of Scripture in the New Testament
echoing back to the Old Testament hand-leaning rite, we have other verses
of Scripture relating the death of Jesus to the ritual that took place on
Yom Kippur. Hebrews Chapter 9 compares the sacrifice of Jesus to the day of
Yom Kippur. Jesus is also referred to as the 'kapporet' (כ ּ◌ ַ◌רתֶֹפּ" /
Mercy Seat" or "propitiation"), which is where the blood was applied on Yom
Kippur (Romans 3:25). Thus, we may understand that our sins today were laid
upon Jesus, even as they were laid upon the goat sent into the wilderness.
And Jesus, who stands before the Father as a Lamb that was slain, takes His
blood and applies it to our sin so sin is cleansed, and all unrighteousness
is removed.

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 22, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 22 March 2019 05:29
1 John 1:9 - If we should confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to
forgive us of the sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Part 2: Confession of Sins in Both Covenants

In the priestly manual, the book of Leviticus, a person had to be aware of
his sin and confess it while presenting his sin offering to atone for his
sin. The concept of confessing sin over the sin offering is
well-established in the hand-leaning rite. The High Priest, or the offerer,
would lay his hands upon the sin offering and confess their sins. This act
of confession, then, placed the sins of the people of Israel upon the
offering. In the example of Yom Kippur, the goat would bear all of the
iniquities and be sent into the wilderness (Leviticus 16:21-22).

Jesus took our sins in his own body on the cross and carried them away into
death, thus paying the full price for sin (1 Peter 2:24). However, after an
individual has been crucified with Christ and his sins blotted out, if that
one sins, he is commanded to confess his sins so that Jesus may cleanse him
once again. In fact, according to the type in the Old Testament, it was not
only the sinner who became contaminated by his sin, but the altar and in
some instances even the Holy of Holies itself (Leviticus 15:31; Numbers
19:13; Psalm 79:1; Ezekiel 9:3, 10:18; Daniel 8:13-14, 9:27, 11:31, 12:11;
Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14; Acts 21:28; 1 Corinthians 3:17; Hebrews
9:23-24). Jesus, Who ever lives to make intercession for the saints, is in
the presence of the Father now to intercede for us (Romans 8:34; Hebrews
7:25).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - March 21, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 21 March 2019 05:30
1 John 1:9 - If we should confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to
forgive us of the sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Part 1: Acknowledging Sin as a Prerequisite for Cleansing

This verse describes the present tense condition of those washed in the
blood and made a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17-18; 1 Peter 2:24). The
problem with those addressed in verses 8 and 10 is that they were unwilling
to recognize their sin, and therefore, were unwilling to confess it. Some
like the Gnostics believed that they had advanced beyond the state of
sinfulness. There were also those that believed their bodies sinned, but
that their spirits remained sinless. The secessionists believed that since
they came to know Christ Jesus, there is no more need to ever repent,
because they were in a state of grace where sin no longer existed. Unless a
person acknowledges his sin and repents, he cannot be cleansed.

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 20, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 20 March 2019 05:41
1 John 1:8 - If we should say, "We have no sin," we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us.

Part 3: Conviction of Sin and Cleansing from Unrighteousness

Everyone who has the truth abiding in them would admit that sin is the
evidence that all are in need of redemption. Therefore, those who have
received God's testimony recognize their sin and reach out to Him to be
cleansed from their sin. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, has come to
prosecute and convince all of sin (John 16:7-14). Those who have listened
to the Spirit of God have felt His conviction and reproof, because He has
come to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John
16:8).

John continues to develop this idea, so that by the third chapter he has
convinced us all that anyone who continues in sin is shown to be of the
devil. As he already said, "if we walk in darkness, we have no fellowship
with God." For now, a contrast is being made between those who only say
they know God and those who in fact do know Him.

In verses 6, 8, and 10, there is the "if we say" clause:
6 - If we say we have communion with Him, and we walk in darkness (sin), we
lie and do not the truth.
8 - If we should say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves.
10 - If we say we have not sinned, we make Him (God) a liar.

However, those who indeed know Him are qualified in verses 7 and 9, and 1
John 2:1 as those who have been cleansed from their sin, and empowered to
live free from sin (John 8:36; 1 John 3:1-3; Titus 2:11-14). God is
faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteous, thus making us
righteous. The redemption that in in Christ Jesus has both cleansed and
sanctified us. We are now those cleansed, regenerated, and called saints
(Titus 3:4-7; 2 Peter 1:9; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:11; Revelation 1:5-6)

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 19, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 19 March 2019 05:45
1 John 1:8 - If we should say, "We have no sin," we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us.

Part 2: Clarifying the Need for the Blood to Cleanse from Sin

Many people today, as well as in the time of John, would insist how they do
not need the blood of Jesus to cleanse them from sin. In fact, there have
been many different cultures that regarded their immorality as virtue
instead of sin. There are also those who trust in their own good deeds and
religious beliefs, like the Jews, who would argue how they do not need
Jesus to set them free because they have Abraham and the Law for their
righteousness (John 5:39-40, 8:33). Therefore, Jesus said because they
claim to understand the ways of redemption, and yet they refuse to see
their sin and need for Him, their sin remains (John 8:24, 9:41). However,
it is so easy to be set free from sin - that is what Christ Jesus came to
do! Through Him we receive the abundant life. All we must do is call on His
name, and He will wash us and cleanse us (John 8:36, 10:10; 1 John 1:7,9,
3:8, 4:9)!

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
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