人子 來 捨 命 作 多 人 的 贖 價

         人子 來 捨 命 作 多 人 的 贖 價

 誰 願 為 首 ,   就 必 作 你 們 的 僕 人 , 正 如 人 子 來 , 不 是 要 受 人 的 服 事  , 乃 是 要 服 事 人 , 並 且 要 捨 命 作 多 人 的 贖 價   ( 馬 可 福 音 廿 章 : 2 7 – 2 8  , 和 合 本 )

  可 了 悟 真 生 命 ? 神 啟 示 世  間 人 ;

人 一 生 如 夢 幻 , 末 倒 置 是 原 因 。

讓 糊 塗 走 一 生 , 入 地 獄 無 疑 問 ;

惡 多 端 乏 善 人 , 我 可 能 罪 孽 深 。

願 基 督 施 憐 憫 ,  的 確 耶 穌 救 贖 人;

人 來 到 為 救 主 , 人 類 得 救 本 乎 恩 。

如 聖 經 所 教 訓 , 學 耶 穌 典 範 生;

子 降 生 救 世 人 , 孫 因 信 得 永 生 。

去 一 生 匆匆 過 , 要 作 惡 身 犯 科 ;

非 黑 白 要 分 明 , 你 服  從 主 聖 靈 。

苦 受 難 人 自 召 , 子 降 世 施 救 恩 ;

事 必 須 基 督 心 , 事 亨 通 神 導 引 。

致 世 人 跟 隨 主,  是 非 黑 白 便 可 分 ;

叫 福 音 喚 醒 人,  從 主 命 要 心 真

理 真 道 皆 廣 傳 , 人 受 益 公 義 行 ;

獲 永 生 在 永 恆 , 要 恆 常 求 告 神 。

有 真 誠 梅 罪 心 , 己 助 人 靠 主 恩 ;

途 多 忖 仍 盼 望 , 主 門 徒 潔 我 心 。

經 鍛 鍊 心 良 善 , 到 終 年 心 安 然 。

確 事 先 神 憐 憫, 罪 挽 回 是 必 然 。

                     價 重 贖 回 罪 孽 身 。

奉 我 主 耶 穌 基 督 的 名 祈 禱 ,  阿 們 。

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人生之進程 Making Progress 

【雙語園地】人生之進程 

Written by 盧國禮

作者:盧國禮

測量師時代 (Surveyors Times, January 2017, VOL. 26 NO. 01) 對香港特首 (2017 年) 所發表的施政報告,有以下的評語:

除了已經收集的項目外,評論者對整個建築業有憂慮,因缺乏周詳計劃而將面臨各類難題。例如:「香港 2030+」計劃是否有足夠可發展土地供應,建造成本急升 , . . . . . . 樓宇保護、維修及改善方法,樓宇規管等等 . . . . . . 。

天路歷程

當我唸中學時,曾讀本仁約翰所寫的「天路歷程」一書,它說到一個信基督的門徒一生應走的天路,經歷人生曲曲折折的黑暗困境,但他卻拋棄世俗的一切,去尋找一處不會毀懷,不會被沾污,不會殘敗的所在 (彼得前書一:4,和合本)。這是 神為他預備了的城市,是一個更美的家鄉。(希伯來書十一:15-16,和合本)。

近視變成遠視

去年我做了白內障手術。手術順利完成後,不需戴眼鏡了,棄掉了戴了六十多年的近視鏡,現今左眼只有 120 度,右眼只有 75 度。從近視變為遠視,但看書必須戴老花眼鏡。

我剛剛發現,從來我有一錯誤觀念,以為近視眼是看不清近的東西,原來卻是相反,只是近的東西才看得清楚,遠的看不清。如今,手術後,卻是遠的看得清,近的看不清,名為遠視眼。

屬靈()的視野

我們嘗試從信仰的角度看世界,即從耶穌基督的視角看世界,是否會看見所謂屬靈的視野?這視野是否也有近視和遠視的分別呢?何為屬世的近視?怎樣才可成為屬靈的遠視?

每個人都是活在當下的現實世界,當然也有人活在模擬的世界裏,每天幹活,起居,與人交往都受環境和周圍的人影響。基督的信徒,他們一同熱心事奉,一同團契,一同敬拜,或多或少,也受著互相的影響, 也會受到良善,或壞的誘導。換言之,我們一生之經歷都受著「好」與「壞」的試煉。

近視(屬世)

“. . . 世界的智慧,在 神看是愚拙 . . .。”(哥林多前書三:19,和合本)。

“. . . 與世俗為友 . . . 就是與 神為敵了。”(雅各書四:4,和合本)。

“. . . 凡世界上的事,就像肉體的情慾,眼目的情慾,並今生的驕傲,都不是從父來的,乃是從世界來的。”(約翰一書二:16,和合本)。

現代人”. . . 厭煩純正的道理;耳朵發癢,就隨從自己的情慾,. . . 並且掩耳不聽真道,偏向荒渺的言語。”(提摩太後書四:3-4,和合本)。

我們如果能每天三省吾身,細心內視,也許在生活上也犯了上面所說的過失,得罪了我們的 神。

遠視(屬神)

“神就是光,在他毫無黑暗;. . . 我們若說是與 神相交,卻仍在黑暗裏行,就是 . . . 不行真理了;我們若在光中行,如同 神在光明中,就彼此相交,他兒子耶穌的血也洗淨我們一切的罪。”(約翰一書壹:5-7,和合本)。

耶穌在馬太福音五:13-14,和合本,說:”你們是世上的鹽;. . . 你們是世上的光 . . . 你們的光也當 . . . 照在人前,叫他們看見你們的好行為,便將榮耀歸給你們在天的父。”

我們必須從屬靈的 “近視” 轉變為屬靈的 “遠視”,這才符合 神對人的心意。”不要效法這個世界;只要心意更新而變化,叫你們察驗何為 神的善良,純全可喜悅的旨意。. . . 不要看自己過於所當看的,要照著 神所分給各人信心的大小,看得合乎中道。”(羅馬書十二:1-3,和合本)。耶穌臨上十架前為門徒禱告說:”從今以後,我不在世上,他們都在世上,. . . 求你因你所賜給我的名保守他們,叫他們合而為一,像我們一樣。”(約翰福音十七:11,和合本)。

“我不求你叫他們離開世界,只求你保守他們脫離罪惡。他們不屬世界 . . . 求你用真理使他們成聖;你的道就是真理。”(約翰福音十七:15,17,和合本)。耶穌不但為門徒祈求,也為那些因他們傳的福音,信了耶穌基督的人祈求 (就是所有信耶穌的人);使他們都合而為一。”(約翰福音十八:20-21,和合本)。

所以,我們要恆切禱告,求聖靈內住於我們的心,我們的身體乃是聖靈的殿,讓聖靈引導我們的一生,就是天路之歷程。這是一條要走的”窄路”,屬天的路。求 神賜我們屬靈的 “遠視”,早日看見並踏進永生之路,˙阿們。

 

Making Progress 

Written by Francis Loo     Translated to English by FKL

Surveyors Times, January 2017, VOL. 26 NO. 01 has commented on the Administration Report (2017) of the Hong Kong Chief Executive as follows:

Apart from the received items, the commentator has concern over the building industry as a whole, because of lacking a comprehensive plan therein all sorts of problems will be arriving.

For example: Will there be enough developable land supply for the “Hong Kong 2030+” Project, . . . rapid rising construction cost, . . . building’s preservation, and maintenance and improvement plan, governance and so on and so forth. . . .

Pilgrim Progress

When I was educated in Secondary School, I once studied the book, Pilgrim Progress, by John Bunyan. It narrated about a disciple whose life pilgrimage through the zig and sag dark detour but abandoning the worldly things for the search of an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—(1 Peter 1:4, NIV). This is the city God prepared for them—this is a far better native home for them. (Hebrews 1:15-15, NIV)

From Near (Short)-sightedness to Long-sightedness

Last year, I had my cataract surgery. After that, I don’t need to wear glasses. Having worn it for over sixty years; the glasses were dropped. My left eye now has only 120 degree and my right eye has only 75 degree. I have become long-sighted instead of shortsighted, but I still need reading glasses for reading.

I just realized that until then I had had a wrong perception that a near-sighted person could not see clearly things close by, but just the opposite is true—only seeing near clear, not clear at distance. Now, after the surgery, only clear at distance, but not clear close by, i.e., long-sightedness.

Spiritual (Godly) Perspective

We may try to see the world from the standpoint of faith, that is, to angle through Jesus Christ. Can we see the so called spirituality? Do we also have short-sighted and long-sighted differences? What is worldly short-sightedness? How can one become spiritually long-sighted?

Everyone is in the living presence in this world. Of course, some are living in the virtual world. We labor daily, living and interrelating with peoples and mutually being affected in the environment. The followers of Christ, they together serve zealously in the ministry, participating together in fellowship meetings, and corporate worshiping. More or less, they are mutually being affected in good or bad ways. In other words, in our life progress we’re being affected by “good” or “bad” osmotic trials.

Near-sightedness (Worldly)

” . . . For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight . . . (1 Corinthians 3:19, NIV).”

“. . . Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4, NIV).”

“. . . For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world (1 John 2:16, NIV).”

Men “will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, (will like to hear) what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their eyes away from the truth and turn aside to myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4, NIV).”

Should we reflect on us three times a day, prudently self-examine our soul, perhaps, in our daily life we’re also in commitment of the above-mentioned violation. Sin against our God.

Longsighted-ness (Godly)

“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. . . . If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we . . . do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin (1 John 1:5-7, NIV).”

Jesus says in Mathew 5:13-14, NIV: “. . . You are the sault of the world. . . . You are the light of the world. . . . In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.”

We ought to change from “near (short)-sightedness” to long-sightedness”. This is conforming to God’s will towards humankind. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. . . . Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you(Romans 12:1-3, NIV).” Jesus before going to the Cross prayed for his disciples: “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world. . . . Father, protect them by the power of your name –the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.(John 17:11. NIV).”

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of this world. . . . Sanctify hem by the truth; your Word is truth (John 17:15-17, NIV).” “(Jesus’) prayer is not for them alone. (He) prays also for those (i.e., all who are followers of Christ) who will believe in (Him) through their message, that all of them may be one. (John 18:20-21, NIV).”

Therefore, we have to pray in perseverance, inviting the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts. Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit lead our way of life—the pilgrimage. This is the “narrow road” we have to progress—the Godly road. Ask God to gift us spiritual “long-sightedness—enabling us soon to see and step onto the road of eternity. Amen.

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    “Knowledge” is not Understanding Truth    

     “Knowledge” is not Understanding Truth                 

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning (John 1: 1-2).

“Knowledge” belongs to this world and “Truth” belongs to God who is love. Intellectuals and, or learned peoples have endeavored in their lives to acquire to the full extent of knowledge in this world by specializing in a specific field of knowledge and thus have become experts or specialists in a particular know-how that nobody can claim beyond that bound. But this kind of intellect which is not an understanding of the Truth no matter how extensive or deep it is in itself, an invisible limit, beyond which is still unfathomable. For life is too short to be able to learn and perceive the “unknown”. Therefore, the acquired knowledge by itself is not the absolute truth and cannot replace our persevering efforts to understanding the Truth. Even academically, if we possess a number of doctorates, we’ll have nothing when we do not have understanding of the absolute Truth in our hearts.

Julie Ackerman Link says in “Hidden Mysteries” (Our Daily Bread of June 26. 2015)—

Most of what goes on in the universe we never see. Many things are too small or move too fast or even too slow for us to see. . . . .

Our limited ability to see the awesome and intricate detail of things in the physical world reminds us that our ability to see and understand what’s happening in the spiritual realm is equally limited. God is at work all around us doing things more wonderful than we can imagine.  But our spiritual vision is limited and we cannot see them. . . . . (Link).

So the absolute truth is often unknown and, or distorted, and not understood. From the time of birth we started to experience what have been going around us. We have had gained experience in unique ways. Our so-called “unique characters” so developed in us were the consequential products of the circumstances we, through our minds’ eyes, saw, thought, judged and have gone through.  Our natural visions have limitations to the complete development of our characters. Actually, the absolute truth has been blurred in the mind of the individual self. In other words, we cannot in fact see and understand the absolute truth without the grace of God.

Jesus Christ while dying for sinners of this world on the cross said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23: 34, NIV). Are we aware that we know not what we know not?

Oftentimes, we know not what we know not; sometimes, although we know what we know not, we often proudly claim that we know what we know. In fact, what we know is our perception of things since the commencement of lives. Therefore, what we know is not the absolute truth we know. Is there, then, anyone who in humanity can see and understand the absolute truth?

The absolute truth is God—the Creator.“God is love” (1 John 4: 16, NIV . If we have no love in us, we have no God in our hearts. In His prayer for the disciples Jesus said,

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is the truth (John 17: 15 – 17, NIV). (Emphasis is mine).

Then what did Jesus say in His prayer for all believers? Jesus said:

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one. Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they maybe one as we are one. I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me (John 17:20 – 23, NIV).

Jesus called those who judge others hypocrites, because He said, 

Do not judge, or you too will be judged . . . Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” (Mathew 7:1 – 5, NIV).

 The proverbial plank obscures reality, i.e., the absolute truth.  But we may firmly believe in our sub-conscious minds what we know and hence our behavior would be reflected in our thoughts–that becomes actions towards others. Then we may easily fall into the habit of being judgmental towards others. Yet we may not know our behavior would be anti-social–unacceptable among people.

How can we get out of the snare that we believe what we know? Actually, we know not what we know not? The way to the spiritual realm and to know and understand the Word which is the absolute truth is to pray consistently to our God for wisdom of understanding like King Solomon did.

If any of you, lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously in all without finding fault, and it will be given to him (James 1:5. NIV).

. . . He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. . . .  (Isaiah 2:3, NIV.)

[He] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; [He] will counsel you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8, NIV).

To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. . .  (Ecclesiastes 2:26, NIV).

If you learn to surrender totally yourselves to God and ask for His pardon in contrite repentance, the Holy Spirit “. . . will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over you coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121:7-8).

Let us pray–

Heavenly Father,

We pray that you will give us wisdom–wisdom to discern the knowledge of this world and what is the knowledge of God? We may not know we’ll never understand by ourselves the absolute truth as we often behave in a self-centered manner as though we know what we know, but in fact, quite often we do not know.

Father, have mercy on us!  Forgive our ignorance and pretense for we do not know what we are doing. We ask for our deeper understanding of You.

 

In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

 

 

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智 慧 的 心

慧 的 心

 求 你 指 教 我 們 數 算 自 己 的 日 子 , 好 叫 我 們 得 著 智 慧 的 心。(詩 篇 九 十 篇 1 2 節 , 和 合 本)

 

 求 你 施 救 恩

指 教 迷 途 人

 我 們 本 一 根

怎 樣 陌 路 人

數 算 其 原 因

自 己 的 罪 身

日 子 有 長 短

好 叫 知 神 能

 我 們 同 一 源

 得 著 神 憐 憫

 智 慧 的 心

 盧 國 禮 奉 主 耶 穌 的 名 祈 禱   阿們。

 

 

 

 

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生命租約的更新 A New Lease of Life

生命租約的更新

測量師刊物 (2016 年 12 月 VOL.25 NO.12) 登載一封面文章,中譯為 “活化舊區”。毫無疑問,此文論及有關更新及重建香港的慨念,並要增進公共幸福目的。達標的方法是拆卸舊建築物及公共設備,而重建為現代化社區,或在原址重新改善建築物為現代化標準。

因此,地區周圍環境及社區生活狀況得以改善,建成現代化的模式。此帶著應許性的鄉鎮及都市計劃,誘導了我的心思意念,深深聯想到我們的 “屬靈生命的租約”。因為合約性租約,必有一業主,他將准予所選的承租者 (租客) 一段租用期。約期滿時,地權重歸回原有業權人 (業主)。如果得業主同意的話,租約可延續另一段租期。想到現世的真實境況,我們每人實實在在都有一生命的租約,從出生那日開始直至終結或期滿那日–或長或短。然而,誰是我們的業主呢?

我們的信仰告訴我們,耶和華 神 (耶穌基督),就是”道路、真理、生命;若不是藉著我 (耶穌),沒有人能到父(神)那裏去。"(約翰福音十四:6,和合本)。我們便知道我們的業主就是耶和華 神。藉著耶穌基督,准予我們可以更新生命之約。當我們,或承租人 (租戶) 覺得現行的租約甚為滿意,為何要更新該約呢?

尼哥底母,一個法利賽人,是猶太人的官。耶穌和他對話說:”. . . 人若不是重. . . 生的,就不能進 神的國 . . . . . .。從肉身生的,就是肉身;從靈生的就是靈" (約翰福音三:3,6,和合本) 。

耶穌再說,”摩西在曠野怎樣舉蛇,人子也必照樣被舉起來。叫一切信祂的都得永生" (約翰福音三:14,和合本)。

這乃是對著我們宣說的 “好消息” (gospel),一份新禮物 (新租約),我們的業權者 (神) 藉著祂兒子准予延續,並免租金,超越此世直至永永遠遠,因此,這新生命之約是永恆之約,無限期延續,不會終止。這境況是完全可能的,只要你相信以下先訂的三條件。就是:

1. 信耶穌基督,祂是我們的救主,拯救我們從罪裏得生。

2. 悔悟自己的罪,因為世人都犯了罪,虧缺了 神的榮耀。

3. 因信耶穌基督稱義,乃是 神的恩惠。

神設立耶穌作挽回祭,是憑著耶穌的血,藉著人的信,要顯明 神的義;因為祂用忍耐的心寬容人先時所犯的罪,好在今時顯明祂的義,使人知道祂自己為義,也稱信耶穌的人為義  (羅馬書三十二:25-26,和合本)。

該新 “生命之約” 或說 “重生” 的真正意義是怎的呢?隱喻地說,在自然界裏蝶類幼蟲,破繭成美蝶,飛到空氣新鮮自由世界和美艷的花春區域,乃是一重生 (更 新) 的生命。

只要我們接納上開的三先訂條件,我們也會進入該境界。在那關鍵時刻,聖靈這禮物就會內住我們心裏。”信子 (耶穌基督) 的人,有永生;不信子的人得不著永生, 神的震怒常在他身上" (約翰福音三:36,和合本)。

. . . 我們受洗歸入基督耶穌的人,是受洗歸入祂的死 . . . 一同埋葬,, . . . 像基督藉著父的榮耀從死裏復活一樣 (羅馬書六:3-4,和合本)。

使徒保羅迫切勸喻我們,”將身體獻上當作活祭,是聖潔的,是 神所喜悅的 (乃是我們屬靈的敬拜)。不要效法這世界,只要心意更新而變化 . . .” (羅馬書十二:1-2,和合本)。

我也要賜給你們一個新心,將新靈放在你們裏面。. . . 我必將我的靈,放在你們裏面,使你們順從我的律例,謹守遵行我的典章。 (以西結書三十六:26-27,和合本)。此乃是 神的應許。

因此,持謙卑的心,順服地與主耶穌基督同行,阿們。

 

 

A New Lease of Life
Surveyors Times (December 2016 VOL.15 NO.12)

In Surveyor Time Cover Story “A new lease of life” was published. Undoubtedly, this article refers to the concept of regeneration of Hong Kong’s existing buildings and infrastructure by bringing in new community spirit into to old developments. The means to achieve this goal is by tearing down old buildings and redeveloping the site into modern forms, or improving in situ buildings to present day standards. Thus, the environment as well as the community life will be improved and modernized.

This promising thought in town and country planning leads me to deeper contemplation of our Lease of Life all the more spiritually. For a contractual lease, there is a lessor, who grants a lease for a period of time to the selected lessee. On its expiry date the title will be reverted back to the original owner (i.e., the lessor). If the lessor agrees, the lease may be renewed for another term. Considering real life situation in this world, we all have a Lease of Life commencing from the date of birth till its determination or expiry—long or short. Who then is the lessor?

In our faith, the Lord God (Jesus Christ) is “the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through (Jesus)” ( John 14:6, NIV). We then know very well our lessor is the Lord God and through Jesus Christ we all will be able to renew our life lease to a new one. Why a renewal is required, when or if the lessee is happy with the existing lease?

In Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, a man of the Pharisees and a member of the Jewish ruling council, he told Nicodemus the truth that “no one can see the kingdom of God unless he [or she] is born again . . . . Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit” ( John 3:3,6, NIV). Further, Jesus says, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life”( John 3:14, NIV). This to us is good news that is a new lease the lessor (GOD) through his Son will be granted to extend rental free the life lease beyond this world to eternity. So the new lease of life is perpetual—never coming to end. This is all possible if you will believe under certain conditions president. They are:

  1. Believe in Jesus Christ who is our Savior and has redeemed us from sins.
  2. Repent our sins. For we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
  3. Believe that we are justified freely by God’s grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.

God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, (as the one who would turn aside his wrath, taking away sin) through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus (Romans 3:25-26, NIV).

What is the true meaning of the new “Lease of Life”? Or “born again”? Metaphorically, it would give the impression that in nature a caterpillar leaving its cocoon and flying out as a radiant butterfly in the free world of fresh air and beautiful floras—a new and transformed life. We will be in that state only if we will be complying with the above three conditions president. At that critical moment, the gift of the Holy Spirit will in-dwell in us. “Whoever believes in the Son (Jesus Christ) has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him “( John 3:36, NIV).

. . . That all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we too may live a new life (Romans 6:3-4, NIV).

Apostle Paul urges us ” to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is our spiritual worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind . . . . ” (Romans 12:1-2, NIV).

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; . . . And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decree and be careful to keep my laws” (Ezekiel 36:26, NIV).

This is God’s promise.

So, be humble and walk obediently with Jesus Christ! Amen.

 

 

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十 誡 Ten Commandments

Moses at the Desert of Seinai–Charles R. Swindoll

十 誡

真 理 報

作 者:盧 國 禮

神用摩西把以色列人從埃及為奴之家領出來,又把紅海分開,讓他們走乾地過去。摩西領以色列人從紅海往前行,滿了三個月,來到西乃的曠野。神吩咐摩西向以色列宣告:“你們要歸我作祭司的國度,為聖潔的國民”。神降臨在西乃山上(何烈山),向摩西立約頒佈了十誡。(出埃及記,十九-二十章)。後來,當以色列人將進入所要承受的土地上,摩西將他們召來,再一次吩咐他們要學習,謹守遵行 耶和華在何烈山上與他們所立的約。(這約不是與他們列祖立的,乃是與他們當日在那裏存活之人立的,這也是當今因信稱義的基督徒與 神所立的約。神對摩西說:要將一切誡命、律例、典章 ,教訓 (以色列人),使他們在 神賜他們為業的地上遵行, 不可加添,不可刪滅,使他們可以存活得福,並使他們的日子,在所要承受的地上,得以長久。(參閱申命記,第五至六章) 。

現 代 人 的 思 潮

從 90 年後 (後現代) 的時空來分析,許多人,甚至信基督耶穌的人,都可會發出疑問,“是否 神所吩咐的一切誡命都要謹守遵行?有誰能做得到呢?”

事實上,神並不是用十誡來捆綁或奴役我們。比方,當我們走到十字路口時,怎樣才安全走過去?我們應站著看看,然後要選擇轉左,還是轉右或向前。我們需要交通燈號的指示,亮了紅燈,要站著警醒,亮了綠燈,可小心向前走過去。這行為是自然習慣,是常識,但也是從小學習才學會,同時我們也常常隨機教育我們的下一代。神的教訓使我們知罪,所以我們必要學習,遵行 耶和華眼中看為善的,我們可以蒙福,得保存我們的生命,如此“謹守遵行,這就是我們的義了。”(申命記 6:25)。

馬太福音二十二章,34-40節記載一位法利賽人,他是律法師,問耶穌“. . . 族律法上的誡命,那一條是最大的呢?”耶穌對他說:“你要盡心、盡性、盡意,愛主你的 神。這是誡命的第一,且是最大的。其次也相仿,就是要愛人如己。這兩條誡命是律法和先知一切道理的總綱。”細心思量下,我們便明白,耶穌的第一誡命,就是十誡中的第一,二,三和四條誡命了,而其次的愛人如己,不就是十誡中的五至十條誡命麼?

第一條誡命就是信仰的基石,我們信的是惟一真神,除祂 (耶穌基督) 以外,別無他名可以拯救世人。所以,信仰必須建立在真理上,我們才可站立得穩,才有盼望,才有豐盛的生命,才可行公義,好憐憫,與我們的救贖主同行。那麼,其如的誡命不太重要嗎?耶穌說:“其次也相仿,就是愛人如己”。

所以,綜合說,若我們犯了任何一條誡命,我們已犯了十條誡命了。這是耶穌對基督徒說的教訓,不是可用來論斷未信的人。

學 懂 十 誡 的 意 義 

第一誡– 神說:“我是耶和華你的 神,曾將你從埃及地為奴之家領出來。除了我以外,你不可有別的 神。”(出埃及記, 二十:1-3)。

未信耶穌的人,很難理解這頭一條誡命。現今的思潮是人權最重要,自由自主到了無限的境界,你不可影響我的思想行為。此所謂“民主”的無限化,很多人都受現今社會的潮流洗腦,奉為真理。

讓我們謙卑一些,細嚼經文:

  • 耶和華是 神,
  • 耶和華是你(和我)的 神,
  • 耶和華曾拯救你(和我)的 神。

如果你不是無神論或惟物論者,你必同意 神是全能,全知的惟一真 神。祂自有永有,不是被造,乃是創造的主 耶和華,神。第一誡至第四誡都是向著至高者 神的敬畏。這就是人生要走的天路,最基礎,和最重要的信仰開始,不可偏差,否則結果如何,不需詳述。

在一穩固的基石上去建立自己的房屋 (生命),不怕風和雨來侵蝕,我們便能站立得穩,不要怕,只要信靠我們的 神。祂使我們可以存活得福,並使我們的日子,在所要承受的地上,得以長久。

第五誡– 神說:“當孝敬父母,使你的日子,在耶和華你 神所賜你的地上,得以長久。”實質上,敬畏 神的人,守前四誡的,第五誡至第十誡也相仿遵行了,就是耶穌所說:“ . . . 愛 神 ,  愛人如己 . . . ”這真理。

所以,上文曾說,犯十誡其中一誡,就是犯了十條誡命了。故敬畏 神的人,行在 神旨意的人,他門愛人如己,建立美善的人際關係,不殺人,不姦淫,不偷盜,不作假見證,不貪婪,. . . 享受豐盛,平安的人生,活出愛人,信真 神,滿有盼望的生命。這是 神的國度,我們乃是祂的子民。

Ten Commandments

By Francis Loo

The Lord God used Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. And divided the waters in the Red Sea to allow them to walk through dry land. Then Moses led the Israelites from the Red Sea. In the third month, they entered the Desert of Sinai. The Lord God said to Moses: “you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”  The Lord God descended to the top of Mount Sinai (Horeb) and made a covenant with Moses asking him to proclaim to the Israelites the Ten Commandments. (Exodus Chapters 19-20). Later, when the Israelites were about to go into the Promised Land, Moses summoned all Israel and edified them to learn the commandments and to follow them—the covenant made with the Lord God at Horeb. (It was not with their fore fathers that the Lord made this covenant, but with them who were alive then. Also, this is the covenant made with those Christians who have been justified by faith in Christ.)   The Lord God told Moses to edify all Israel to observe all the commandments, laws, decrees in the land to possess, do not add to or subtract from them, so that they may live and prosper and prolong their days in the land that they would possess. (See Deuteronomy Chapters 5-6).

The Thinking of the Modern Society

Analysing the situation from the perspective of the 90s (postmodernism) — many, including those who are believing on Jesus Christ, would ask in doubt whether all the Commandments proclaimed by the Lord must be observed? Who can do that?

In reality, the Lord God does not tie us or enslave us with the Ten Commandments.  As a parable goes: When we arrive at the cross road, how to cross safely? We ought to stand still, look and see. Then, decide to turn left or right or go straight ahead. We need to be directed by the traffic lights. When the red light is on, we stand alert, when the green light is on, carefully we can walk across. This kind of behaviour is habitual, common sense but only we learnt about it when young. And oftentimes we take the opportunity to educate our young generation. The precepts of the Lord enable us to be conscious of sins, therefore, we must learn to observe what is good in the eyes of the Lord to be prosperous and be kept alive, and thus abiding by them will be “our righteousness.” (Deuteronomy 6:25).

In Mathew Chapter 22: 34-40, a Pharisee, an expert in the law, asked Jesus:” . . . which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ And the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”   Think carefully, we’ll understand the first commandment from Jesus includes the first, second, third and fourth commandments. And the Second is like it: love your neighbour as yourself. Is it not the fifth to tenth commandments in the Ten Commandments?

Therefore, in summary, if we violate any one of the commandments we will violate ten of the commandments. This is the teaching of Jesus Christ—they are not used for judging the unbelief.

Understanding the Meaning of the Ten Commandments

The first commandment says:  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the Land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:1-3).

Unbelievers on Jesus find it very difficult to understand this first commandment. Nowadays, the way of thinking in society is the most important is human right, unlimited freedom and self-center, no interference in my thinking and my way. The so-called “democracy” unlimited has brain-washed many people in society and they believe it is the truth.

Let us be humble a little bit. Chew prudently the Scripture:

  • The Lord is God.
  • The Lord is your (and our) God.
  • The Lord God has redeemed you (and us).

If you’re not an atheist or a materialist, you may agree the Lord God is omnipotent, omniscience—the only true God. He is “I am who I am.” He is the Creator— has not been created. The Lord’s first commandment to the fourth commandments are for fearing (worshiping) the most high. This is the foundation on which one’s life begins its pilgrimage. And this is the most important beginning of one’s faith; going off the course will lead to consequences that need no detailing inhere.

To build our house (life) on a firm foundation we have no fear that the wind and rain will erode it. We can thus stand firm, without fear, but believe and trust our God. He keeps us alive in grace, and let us live long in our land.

The fifth commandment says: “Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Virtually, those who fear God abiding the first four commandments will be abiding the fifth to the tenth commandments, that is “. . . love God, love your neighbour as yourself . . .” This is the truth.

Therefore, as above-mentioned, in violation of any one of the Ten Commandments one is in violation of the Ten Commandments. So those who fear God will walk as He will, they will love others as themselves, establishing good human relationship, shall not murder, shall not commit adultery, shall not steal, shall not give false testimony, shall not covet. . . They enjoy abundance of life, a peaceful life, with loving kindness toward others, believe in the true God, full of hope in life. This is the Kingdom of God and we’re His citizens.

http://www.GlobalTM.org, Februry 2017 Copy Right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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