2019年11月2日
我們有得救的確據嗎?

粵語 國語

第2天


讀經:   

約翰壹書五章7至13節

7並且有聖靈作見證,因為聖靈就是真理。

8作見證的原來有三:就是聖靈、水與血,這三樣也都歸於一。

9我們既領受人的見證,神的見證更該領受了(註:“該領受”原文作“大”),因神的見證是為他兒子作的。

10信神兒子的,就有這見證在他心裡;不信神的,就是將神當作說謊的,因不信神為他兒子作的見證。

11這見證就是神賜給我們永生,這永生也是在他兒子裡面。

12人有了神的兒子就有生命;沒有神的兒子就沒有生命。

13我將這些話寫給你們信奉神兒子之名的人,要叫你們知道自己有永生。

昨天我們談到,我們只要接受基督為我們成就的事,我們便會獲得新的產業。然而,我們又說過信徒很容易有疑惑。事實上,我們的敵人撒但一直要在我們心中散播疑惑。因此,任何基督徒都會遇到試探,不論老少。

我們怎能克勝疑惑呢?我們能否絕對肯定,我們的罪已蒙赦免、我們是神的兒女、我們正走向天堂?是否應該說「我盼望我的罪得蒙赦免、我盼望我是神的兒女,以及如果我繼續為主作工,也許可以上天堂」會更恰當呢?有些人確是教導這種真理的。

然而,慈愛的神已經在祂的話語中給了我們這個問題的答案。整本新約雖然都有這方面的清楚教導,但有一卷書卻似乎是特別為了回答這些問題而作,那就是我們今天查考的約翰壹書。請再讀第13節。這封書信是寫給信徒的──換言之,他們已獲得救恩。作者直言他寫這卷書,是為了讓他們知道自己有永生──這就是得救的確據。「相信」之後,便會「知道」。

確據可以定義為信心、肯定、一個嚴肅的承諾或保證、誓言某件事的真確。一位聖經教師曾經寫道:「信徒可以堅定不移地相信,他因著相信基督,如今已得著救恩,這救恩是永遠屬他的。」

能夠堅定地表示「我知道我是神的兒女;我知道我所信的是誰;我深信祂能保守我、我的靈魂和我委身於祂的生命」,實在是好得無比。

若沒有確據,便會損害我們為基督作的見證、妨礙我們所作的服侍,且窒礙我們的靈命成長。因此,我們要緊記:相信基督就得著救恩,相信神的話便得到確據。

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CAN WE BE SURE?
Day 2


Bible Reading:   

1 John 5:7-13

7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.

10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life,and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

Yesterday we talked about our new possessions when we accept what Christ has done for us. However we said that it is easy for a believer to have doubts. In fact our enemy Satan, makes sure that we do have them. That temptation can come to any believer, young or old.

How can we overcome those doubts? Can we be absolutely sure that our sins are forgiven and that we are children of God, on our way to Heaven? Wouldn’t it be better to say “I just hope my sins are forgiven. I hope I am a child of God”? Or “If I keep working for Christ, I hope I will get to heaven.”? There are some groups that teach the truth in that way.

But God has lovingly made provision for us in this matter in His Word. While it is taught plainly throughout the New Testament, one epistle seems to have been written to answer these questions. It is the first epistle of John from which our reading came today. Read again verse 13. It was written to those who believe, which means salvation. It was written so that you might know - that is assurance. Knowing is the result of believing.

Assurance can be defined as confidence, certainty, a solemn promise or guarantee, a positive declaration that a thing is true. ABible teacher wrote, “It is a believer’s immovable conviction that because he/she has received Christ, he/she is in possession now of a salvation which he/she will eternally keep.”

It is wonderful to be able to say, “I know I am a child of God. I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep me, my soul, and my life which I have committed to Him.”

Lack of assurance can mean our testimony for Christ will be spoiled. Our service for Christ could come to a half and our spiritual growth stunted. Remember: believing in Christ means salvation, believing God’s word means assurance.