2019年11月4日
藉著基督進到神的面前

粵語 國語

第4天


讀經:   

希伯來書十章9至12,19至25節

9後又說:“我來了為要照你的旨意行。”可見他是除去在先的,為要立定在後的。

10我們憑這旨意,靠耶穌基督只一次獻上他的身體,就得以成聖。

11凡祭司天天站著事奉神,屢次獻上一樣的祭物,這祭物永不能除罪。

12但基督獻了一次永遠的贖罪祭,就在神的右邊坐下了。

19弟兄們,我們既因耶穌的血,得以坦然進入至聖所,

20是藉著他給我們開了一條又新又活的路,從幔子經過,這幔子就是他的身體。

21又有一位大祭司治理神的家,

22並我們心中天良的虧欠已經灑去,身體用清水洗淨了,就當存著誠心和充足的信心來到神面前;

23也要堅守我們所承認的指望,不至搖動,因為那應許我們的是信實的。

24又要彼此相顧,激發愛心,勉勵行善。

25你們不可停止聚會,好像那些停止慣了的人,倒要彼此勸勉。既知道(註:原文作“看見”)那日子臨近,就更當如此。

我們可以從不同的角度來看基督的死。我們可以把它看作是一種代贖──祂代替我們受死。這是救贖的基礎和得勝生活的根基,神藉此與人復和。我們還可以用許多不同的方式來看基督的死。

我們今天選讀的經文,強調基督的死和復活,不單為我們開啟了通往神的大門,我們更藉此得到祂為我們預備的一切福氣。基督教是一個通往神那裡的「宗教」,沒有任何宗教擁有這個特權。通往神那裡意味著一扇敞開的門、一種就近的方法和得以進入的特權。而我們藉著基督已全然得著了這一切。

以弗所書三章12節說得好:「我們因信耶穌,就在祂裡面放膽無懼、篤信不疑地來到神的面前。」以弗所書二章18節亦說:「因為我們兩下藉著祂(基督),被一個聖靈所感,得以進到父面前。」我們可以進到神那裡,認識神的慈愛和智慧,得到祂的理解。在任何時刻,我們都可以去到祂那裡,祂的線路絕不會因繁忙佔線。我們可以一無所懼地仰望神的慈顏,說:「父啊……」

回到我們今天的經文,作者在第19節提醒我們,通往神的道路並非總像今天那樣暢通無阻。全靠基督──我們這位復活了的主──為我們開了一條又新又活的路,並且將神人中間的幔子除去。如今,這條路向所有人敞開,並歡迎任何人踏上;神又在祂的聖所,等候我們來到祂面前與祂直接相交,我們可以在這裡與神面對面地交談。

最大的問題是:我們是否經常運用基督賜給我們的這項特權?留意第22節的命令:「就當存著誠心和充足的信心來到神面前。」神就是一位等候的父親,一直等候祂的兒女有時間與祂相交,與祂暢談生命中的一切。這節經文對我們每日的生活有甚麼提醒呢?要記住:基督是我們今天每個人通往神那裡的道路。

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CHRIST OUR WAY OF ACCESS
Day 4


Bible Reading:   

Hebrews 10:9-12 & 19-25

9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.

10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

21 and having a High Priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Stop and think of all the ways we can look at the death of Christ. We can think of it as substitution - His life for ours. It is the ground of our redemption and the basis of victory. It was God reconciling the world to Himself. You can look at Christ’s death in many different ways.

Our reading today emphasises the truth that Christ’s death and His risen life opened the door of access to God Himself and to all the treasures He has for us. Christianity is a “religion” of access. No other religion can claim this. Access means an open door, a means of approach, or the right to enter. That is all ours in Christ.

Ephesians 3:12 says it well. “In Him (Christ) and through faith in Him (that’s important) we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Or Ephesians 2:18, “For through Him (Christ) we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” We have access to His love, His wisdom, and His understanding. At any moment we can go to Him. His line is never busy. We can look up into the face of God without fear and say, “Father...”

In our reading today in verse 19 the writer reminds us that the way into the very presence of God was not always as open as it is today. But now we have a new and living way - Christ Himself, our risen Lord is there and the curtain which hung between man and God has been taken away. The way is open now to anyone and the “welcome” sign is there over the doorway. The place of real communion with God is there waiting for us. Here we can speak with God face to face.

The big question must be - how often do we use our privilege that has been bought for us by Christ? Notice the command in verse 22, “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith...” God is the waiting Father, waiting for His children to take time to be with Him and to talk over their life with Him. What does that say to each one of us today? Remember Christ is the way of access - for each of us today.