2019年6月5日
彼得熱切的勸告

粵語 國語

第5天


讀經:   

彼得後書三章1至9節

1親愛的弟兄啊,我現在寫給你們的是第二封信。這兩封都是提醒你們,激發你們誠實的心,

2叫你們記念聖先知預先所說的話和主救主的命令,就是使徒所傳給你們的。

3第一要緊的,該知道在末世必有好譏誚的人,隨從自己的私慾出來譏誚說:

4“主要降臨的應許在哪裡呢?因為從列祖睡了以來,萬物與起初創造的時候仍是一樣。”

5他們故意忘記,從太古憑神的命有了天,並從水而出藉水而成的地。

6故此,當時的世界被水淹沒就消滅了。

7但現在的天地還是憑著那命存留,直留到不敬虔之人受審判遭沉淪的日子,用火焚燒。

8親愛的弟兄啊,有一件事你們不可忘記,就是主看一日如千年,千年如一日。

9主所應許的尚未成就,有人以為他是耽延,其實不是耽延,乃是寬容你們,不願有一人沉淪,乃願人人都悔改。

來到本書信的最後一章,彼得一連四次強調這番話是講給「親愛的」弟兄姊妹聽。這個詞類似新約裡解作「愛」的字 “agape”。

彼得在第1節指出:「我要你們思想並記念眾先知和基督本人所說的話。」

在第8節指出:「神的時間觀念,與我們有很大分別。」

在第14節,他提醒我們:「要敬虔度日,隨時預備基督再來。」

在第17節,彼得最後囑咐基督裡的弟兄:「你們知道有假教師,所以要小心防備。你們又知道基督將要再來,因此要謹慎自持。」

彼得又再強調神話語的真理。不少人會嘲笑神的話,尤其是有關基督再來的預言。彼得卻直截了當地指出,神必成就祂的應許,基督必在神所預定的時間再來。

彼得在第9節指出神有豐盛的恩典,以及神渴望人人得救的心意。神不願意一人沉淪,祂希望人人都能及早悔改,以至得救。若有人永遠沉淪,那並非神的心意,只是因為那人任意而行,不順從神的心意。他/她不能責怪神。

這個信息,既給人帶來鼓勵,卻又令人感到傷痛。對那些不住為摯愛親人得救禱告的信徒來說,這是一個很大的安慰,因為神的心意與你一樣,祂必用盡一切方法來引領他們悔改。

我們要堅持禱告,這也許是我們「唯一能夠做的事」。但神也同樣希望他們得救。堅持禱告,神是信實的;你終必看見禱告得蒙應允。

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STRONG WORDS TO PETER'S FRIENDS - AND US
Day 5


Bible Reading:   

2 Peter 3:1-9

1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),

2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,

3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,

4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,

6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.

7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Four times in this final chapter Peter emphasized what he had said by the words “beloved” or “dear friends”. The word is similar to “agape”, the New Testament word for love.

In verse1 Peter says, “I want you to think about, I want you to remember what has been said by the prophets and by Christ Himself.”

In verse 8, “Don't forget how God looks at time. It is very different to our concept of it.”

In verse 14, Peter's reminder is, “live in the light of Christ's possible return at any moment.”

In verse 17, Peter's final words to his brethren in Christ are, “Be on your guard. You know about false teachers. You know about Christ's return. Hold on to what you know.”

Peter is still emphasizing the truth of the Word of God. There will be those who will scoff at it, especially the fact of Christ's second coming. He states plainly God will fulfill His promise and in His time Christ will come.

Peter also speaks of the wonderful grace and the continuing desire of God (v.9). God does not want anyone to be lost. He wants them to come to repentance now so that He can save them before it is too late. If a person is eternally lost, it is not because God wants it, but because he or she has chosen his or her own way instead of God's.

He or she cannot blame God.

This is both encouraging and saddening. It is a comfort to those who are praying for the salvation of loved ones. God is on your side. He wants what you want. God is doing all he can to bring them to repentance.

Hold on your praying. It may be “all you can do” but God wants their salvation too. Pray on. God is faithful and you will see the answer to your prayers.