Dec 31, 2021 - Default    No Comments

我們習慣了一定會有明年

2021年似乎是最短的一年,
前年疫情爆發,記憶猶新,
一轉眼間,又一年過去了。

有多少聖經沒有讀?
有多少講道沒有聽?
有多少金錢沒有奉獻?
有多少光陰沒有珍惜?

我們習慣了一定會有明年,
有多少時間真是為主而活?

Dec 25, 2021 - Default    No Comments

關於聖誕節的星星

“當希律王的時候,耶穌生在猶太的伯利恆。有幾個博士從東方來到耶路撒冷,說:那生下來做猶太人之王的在哪裡?我們在東方看見他的星,特來拜他。” (馬太福音 2:1-2)

《聖經》記載,在耶穌出生的時候,天上出現一顆明亮的星星,引導東方三個博士前去拜他,並且各自都送上禮物。這就是為什麼耶穌誕生的圖畫通常都有三個博士和一顆明亮的星星。這顆星星在中國歷史上也有記載。“《漢書 天文志》記載在漢哀帝 (西漢的第十三位皇帝) 時出現一顆彗星,是公元前5年發生的,這顆彗星在天上有70多天,無論出現的年份以及出現的持久性,都與《聖經》所記載的極為吻合。” (鏈接:耶穌降生時的景星,在中國歷史上有記載嗎?)

Dec 22, 2021 - Default    No Comments

Pressing On and Pressing In

From one perspective, the Christian life is about pressing on and pressing in.

從一個角度來說,
基督徒的生命就是竭力追求、忍耐到底。

基督徒的生命就像 John Bunyan (班揚) 所寫的《天路歷程》。

保羅說 “我乃是竭力追求 (press on)”;他說: “弟兄們,我不是以為自己已經得着了,我只有一件事,就是忘記背後,努力面前的,向著標竿直跑 (press on),要得神在基督耶穌里從上面召我來得的獎賞。”

(cf. 腓 3:8, 12-14; 林前 9:24; 提後 2:5; 太 11:12, 24:13; 來 3:6, 14)

 

Dec 20, 2021 - Default    No Comments

Hope 盼望

Summary

Hope = a firm conviction (an attitude of full assurance) regarding the fulfillment of God’s promises (The resurrection of God’s people and the coming of God’s kingdom).
盼望 = 對上帝的應許(上帝子民的復活和上帝國度的來臨)的堅定信念(完全確信的態度)

Holy Spirit = A down payment on the kingdom = A sign and the sustainer of hope
聖靈 = 天國的預付 = 盼望的預兆和幫助者

Paul: Until the kingdom comes in its fullness, believers can only have an assured hope; they must “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
保羅:在國度完全來臨之前,信徒們只能有一個確定的盼望; 他們必須 “行事為人憑信心,不憑眼見” (哥林多後書 5:7)。

“我們這有聖靈初結果子的,也是自己心裡嘆息,等候得著兒子的名分,乃是我們的身體得贖。我們得救是在乎盼望。只是所見的盼望不是盼望。誰還盼望他所見的呢?但我們若盼望那所不見的,就必忍耐等候。” (羅馬書 8:23-25)

 

by Reformation Study Bible Notes

Biblical hope is a firm conviction that the future promises of God will be fulfilled. Hope is not mere wish projection, but an assurance of what will come to pass. “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain” (Hebrews 6:19).

Hope takes its place alongside faith and love as one of the Christian virtues that the apostle Paul sets forth in 1 Corinthians 13:13. Hope is faith directed toward the future.

Hope is used in two ways in the Bible. The less common usage points out the object of our hope. Christ is our hope of eternal life. The more common usage is as an attitude of assurance regarding the fulfillment of God’s promises. The Christian is called to hope, that is, to have full assurance of the resurrection of God’s people and the coming of God’s kingdom. Hope is inextricably bound up with eschatology.

Paul reminds Christians that until the kingdom comes in its fullness, believers can only have an assured hope; they must “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). This hope is neither unfounded nor groundless. Though the life of the Christian is marked more by suffering than triumph (1 Corinthians 4:8-13; 2 Corinthians 4:7-18), the foundation for hope is in the Godhead.

First, the believer looks upon the death and resurrection of Christ. His death was the darkest hour for His disciples. The promised Messiah was dead, His kingdom apparently lost. With the Resurrection, that despair turned to hope. Alongside suffering, whether great or small, the Christian’s hope must endure. God is always sufficient and faithful.

Second, the believer has the Holy Spirit as a down payment on the kingdom. His presence assures us that the kingdom will be fully consummated. The Spirit is not only a sign toward hope, but the sustainer of hope. He fulfills the role of Comforter, girding up the believer in strength and hope. It is the Spirit that encourages the believer to pray to the Father, “Your kingdom come.”

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