C2-Seeing the Unseen–我們要怎樣才能看見那眼不能見的呢?


                      

 

我們要怎樣才能看見那眼不能見的呢?

這個問題的答案可以在堅心依靠基督的門徒們心中找到。而找尋這一答案的過程,是每一個門徒在得見主面之前的必修課。

我們的主曾要求一個當官的人變賣所有來跟從他,但是那官員因為自己的財產很多,聞之色變。

耶穌見了,就說:”有錢財的人進神的國是何等的難哪!駱駝穿過針的眼比財主進神的國還容易呢!”

聽見的人說:”這樣,誰能得救呢?”

耶穌說:”在人所不能的事,在神卻能。” (路加福音18:18-27)

在這個故事裡,耶穌從屬靈的層面引導他的門徒,給了他們一張屬天國度的入場券。耶穌說他是 “道路、真理、生命”——也就是說,神的國度因著他的緣故已經向我們開啟。如果我們選擇與他同行,我們終將與所有堅心跟隨主的信徒一起得嘗勝利的果實。而我們在這個世界上的生命也會在這一過程當中,用一種世人看不見的方式披帶上從耶穌而來的喜樂。
大衛王曾在歷代志上28:9中教導他的兒子所羅門說:”你當認識耶和華你父的神,誠心樂意地侍奉他”

可見在他眼中,預備好認識神的心是人生當中的頭等大事。而事實上,如果我們的心準備好了要尋求真神,他就會被我們找到。不但如此,隨他而來的各種奇妙經歷不斷造就我們在基督耶穌裡的信心。

那麼紮根在耶穌基督的信心具體表現為什麼呢?

這樣的信心應該是很單純的。有了它就能相信耶穌基督是真神。在我們與神的親密關係當中,聖靈會保護我們遠離試探,給我們喜樂以戰勝艱難,讓我們得以恆久忍耐,讓我們輕鬆面對傷痛,讓我們在試探面前不再一敗塗地,並且還會讓我們具備好的品行。最後,讓我們可以因著越來越真切地知道神在我們生命當中的供給而倍感豐盛。

很多基督徒都作過有關信心的見證,而我自己才有過與他們類似的經歷。我們都很清楚地知道,當我們在人生的風暴中信靠耶穌的時候,我們就有機會得嘗從他而來、超過我們所求所想的能力。然後,聖靈會讓我們更加剛強。雖然環境還是一如既往地不容樂觀,有時甚至每況愈下;但是由於在我們裡面的力量是從神而來,所以它永不枯竭。

那麼,再讓我們看看《聖經》是怎麼定義 “信心” 的?

  • 信心就是即使在前途未知的時候,仍舊相信神會允許發生在我們身上的是對我們來說最好的可能。(希伯來書11:1)
  • 信心就是相信神會供給那些倚靠他的人。(希伯來書11:6)
  • 信心就是靠著注目神來獲得智慧。當一個人在尋求智慧的時候,那個人必須堅定不疑地信靠神。(雅各書1:5-6)
  • 信是因著恩典,而不是因著好行為而來的。(以弗所書 2:8)
  • 信心是勇氣和力量。(哥林多前書16:13)
  • 信是仁愛、喜樂、和平、忍耐、恩慈、良善、信實、溫柔、節制這幾種屬靈果實中的一員: 。(加拉太書5:22)
  • 我們行事為人是憑著信心,不是憑著眼見。(哥林多後書5:7)
  • 在神裡面的信心甚至能夠移動你面前的 “山”(馬可福音11:22-23)

信心是從神來的禮物。因著這信,我們才得著了救恩。但是,我們身處的世界是一個充滿誘惑的地方——充滿了物慾、權利、金錢、嫉妒等等。我們每一個人都受到這樣一個世界的影響。在靈性上,我們是軟弱的。好在這一切絕不是全無出路的。如果我們願意全心全意在基督裡面生活,因著我們的罪和各種過犯在他面前悔改,讓他引導我們的人生路,無論發生什麼都看為是在基督耶穌裡的大喜樂,那麼我們是可以進入屬神國度的。我們也完全可以享受那在豐盛平安裡的生命。至此,我們也就看見了那眼所不能見的。

讓我們一起禱告:

天父啊,我們憑著信知道你已經拯救了我們。謝謝你賜恩典給我們一家。我們知道我們每天都在感知中與這個世界相交,很難不碰到世上的誘惑。但是我們相信,主啊,因著你的慈愛和恩典。你會引導我們的路,會保護我們。請給我們力量,讓我們的信心在你裡面得著確據。

主啊,這樣我們就能看到神那眼不能見的國度。

奉耶穌基督的名我們禱告

阿門

 

Seeing the Unseen

Written by Francis Loo                Translated to Chinese by Naomi

How can we see the unseen?

The answer to this conundrum lies in the hearts of the steadfast disciples. It’s a pilgrim’s progress in this world till he or she meets with Christ Jesus.

Our Lord Jesus once asked a certain ruler that he should sell everything he had and follow Him But he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked at him and said:

“How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of GOD. Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. Those who heard this asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’

Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.'”(Gospel Luke 18:18-27, NIV.)

In the above message, Jesus is admonishing his disciples with the view to grooming them spiritually for entry to His Kingdom. Jesus says He is “the way, the truth and the life”—that is, the Kingdom of God has come . Therefore, walking with Him, ultimately, all truly steadfast believers will be pursuing victoriously with joy in life through means unseen in the secular world.

King David’s counsel to his son Solomon recorded in 1 Chronicles 28:9: “Know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind.”

Be prepared to know God is the first thing in life. If we prepare our hearts for seeking the true God, He will be found with unbelievable wonder. This is called faith in Christianity.

What is meant by faith in Jesus Christ?

Faith is simple–just simply believe and trust Jesus Christ the true God. In our intimacy with God, the Holy Spirit would protect us from temptation and give us joy to overcoming hardship, being perseverance, taking sorrow lightly and having the strength to victoriously overcome temptation, and developing good character; last but not least, the joy of knowing more and more about God’s complete providence in our life.

Many believers have testimonies and my personal experience with God have proven to me; when we have believed and trusted God in midst of adverse situations supernatural power entered our lives. Then, the Holy Spirit would make us strong. Although the situation may even become worse or remain unchanged, our strength is unfailing from our Lord.

Let’s look at what the Bible say about “faith”?

  • Faith is being sure of what God will permit is the best for us, although future things are invisible. (Hebrews 11:1, NIV.)
  • Faith is to believe God will provide for those who rely on Him. (Hebrews 11:6, NIV.)
  • Faith is to look to God for wisdom. When one asks for wisdom, one must believe in God without doubt. (James 1:5, 6, NIV.)
  • Faith is by grace, not by your good deed. (Ephesians 2:8, NIV.)
  • Faith is courage and strength. (1 Corinthians 16:13, NIV.)
  • Faith is one of the spiritual fruits: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22, NIV.)
  • We live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7. NIV.)
  • Faith in God can even move your “mountain.” (Mark 11:22, 23, NIV.)

    Faith is a gift from God and through faith we have been saved. However, we are living in this secular world–a world full of temptation: lust, power, money and jealousy and so on. We are subjected to sinful bombardment in this world day by day. We are being weakened spiritually. Only if we are willing to live by faith in Jesus Christ, and confess our sins (all sorts of wrongs) and let Him lead our way of life regardless and count it all joy, then it is possible for us to enter and see the Kingdom of God–enjoying life in abundance and in peace, thus arriving at a state of seeing the unseen.

    Let us pray —
    Heavenly father, We know by faith you have saved us. Thank you for your grace given to us and our families. We know that it is not easy for us not to face temptation in this world–the world we can see and feel with our senses. But we believe, Lord, because of your loving kindness, you will lead our way and protect us. Give us strength and assure our faith in you, Lord, so that we can see the unseen Kingdom of God.
    In the name of Jesus Christ we pray,
    Amen.

 

Published in the Truth Monthly in July, 2013.

About Francis Loo

I'm a retired landed property professional since 2005 with 57 years working experience, 41 of which related to landed property in Valuation, Property Management, Lease Negotiation etc., in Hong Kong, Toronto and Vancouver. A Guide to Effective Property Management in Hong Kong published in 1991 and translated in 1998 for Chun San University external training courses. Have been contributing biblical articles to Truth Monthly after retirement.
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