2019年11月3日
相信神的話

粵語 國語

第3天


讀經:   

羅馬書八章35至39節

35誰能使我們與基督的愛隔絕呢?難道是患難嗎?是困苦嗎?是逼迫嗎?是飢餓嗎?是赤身露體嗎?是危險嗎?是刀劍嗎?

36如經上所記:“我們為你的緣故終日被殺,人看我們如將宰的羊。”

37然而,靠著愛我們的主,在這一切的事上已經得勝有餘了。

38因為我深信無論是死、是生,是天使、是掌權的,是有能的,是現在的事、是將來的事,是高處的、是低處的,是別的受造之物,都不能叫我們與神的愛隔絕;這愛是在我們的主基督耶穌裡的。

39是高處的,是低處的,是別的受造之物,都不能叫我們與神的愛隔絕;這愛是在我們的主基督耶穌裡的。

我們怎麼能不斷獲得確據?答案是相信神的話。昔日,你是抱著基督能救你的信念,來到基督的面前;如今,你就必須相信祂已經救了你。你若有「我已盡了我的本份,但神卻沒有做祂的工作」這種想法,就非常危險。羅馬書十章13節怎麼說?「凡求告主名的,就必得救。」你曾否真誠地求告主的名,求祂來救你?如果有的話,這節經文告訴你:基督已救了你。因此,這節經文對你來說,就像一張屬靈生命的出生證書。

用另一個比喻來說,倘若你收到一張賬單,是你早已繳付的,你會怎麼做?你一定會找出收據,拿出書面證據證明你已繳費。同樣地,聖經就是神的成文話語,你可以在它裡面找到證據,證明你已得救。

此外,聖靈還會在我們的心中作見證。聖經是神給我們的見證,聖靈是神在我們心裡的見證。羅馬書八章16節說:「聖靈與我們的心同證我們是神的兒女。」祂證明我們已擁有新的生命,祂藉著很多方法來向我們印證,祂幫助我們明白神的話語,並將神的話語應用到我們身上。例如,某位信徒經常為過去所做的事情,或是所受的試探而困擾。倘若他細心回想,便會發現在得救之前,他從來不會為這些事情而煩惱;現在是住在他心中的聖靈向他說話。

這便證明他的生命已經與從前不同。哥林多後書五章17節是一句至理名言:「若有人在基督裡,他就是新造的人。」某些人的改變非常急劇;另一些人則循序漸進,但人們可以看到這種轉變。這種改變可從我們的喜愛反映出來,例如,我們喜愛參加祈禱會,而那之前我們從未想過要去參加祈禱會。

藉著相信神的話語、聖靈的見證,以及生命的改變,我們便知道我們已有得救的確據。這豈不是足夠了嗎?

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BELIEVING GOD’S WORD
Day 3


Bible Reading:   

Romans 8:35-39

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written:
“ For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

How can we have continuing assurance? By believing God’s word. When you came to Christ you believed that Christ could save you. Now you must believe He has saved you. The danger is in thinking, “I did my part, but God hasn’t done His.” What does Romans 10:13 say? “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Have you in all sincerity call on Christ to save you? Then what does this verse say? When you call, Christ saves you. This one verse can be like a spiritual birth certificate for you.

Put it another way. If you were presented with an account which you knew you had already paid, what would you do? You would look for the receipt, the written proof that you had paid the account. Remember theBible is God’s written proof to you that you have been saved.

Then there is God’s witness within our hearts by the Holy Spirit. TheBible is God’s witness to us. The Holy Spirit is His witness within us. Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” He authenticates our new life. He does this in various ways. He helps us understand God’s Word. He applies it to our lives. For example, believers often are troubled about something they have done or been tempted to do. If they stop to think, they would realize that before they were saved, this problem never bothered them. Now that the Spirit is living within, He has spoken to them about it.

This leads on to the evidence of their life being changed. 2 Corinthians 5:17 is well known. “If anyone is in Christ, he/she is a new person.” For some people it is a dramatic change, for others it is progressive; regarding others notice the change. It can be seen in the change in our desires - we feel at home in a prayer meeting where we never would have thought of going before.

Our assurance comes from believing God’s Word, from the witness of the Spirit and the evidence of a changed life. Isn’t this enough?