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2021-3-6    

唯獨十架

粵語 國語

第6天


讀經:   

加拉太書六章12至18節

12凡希圖外貌體面的人都勉強你們受割禮,無非是怕自己為基督的十字架受逼迫。

13他們那些受割禮的,連自己也不守律法;他們願意你們受割禮,不過要藉著你們的肉體誇口。

14但我斷不以別的誇口,只誇我們主耶穌基督的十字架;因這十字架,就我而論,世界已經釘在十字架上;就世界而論,我已經釘在十字架上。

15受割禮不受割禮都無關緊要,要緊的就是作新造的人。

16凡照此理而行的,願平安、憐憫加給他們,和神的以色列民。

17從今以後,人都不要攪擾我,因為我身上帶著耶穌的印記。

18弟兄們,願我主耶穌基督的恩常在你們心裡。阿們!

保羅以首尾呼應的方式,來結束這封書信。他一言以蔽之地說:「十字架,唯獨十字架是最重要。」在他看來,無論在任何時間,以致於永恆,十字架都是最重要和最榮耀的道理。

那些攻擊他的人,那些在加拉太教會製造紛爭的人,都想把割禮和舊約律法奉為首要的核心。保羅卻指出它們只是表面的標記,只有十字架(福音)才能對應人的內心。

今天有太多人強調表面的標記,例如嬰兒洗禮,甚或教會聚會的出席率。我們當然需要出席教會聚會,但最首要的,還是我們要先接受基督。單單參與教會聚會,是不能確保人得著救恩的。

十字架表明我們每個人都是罪人,都無力拯救自己。然而,人卻最不喜歡聽見這個信息,因為它觸及人的自尊心,要人承認自己是個無力自救的罪人。因此,願意接受十字架真理的人,便會發現自己與世不合,並反潮流而行。

保羅知道這是一個痛苦的經歷,因為世人不單會背棄他,還會憎恨他和攻擊他。但他認為十字架和基督對他更加重要──甚至是他的一切;所以,他才能夠說出「活著就是基督」這句話。我們能夠說出這句話嗎?

古舊十架

各各他山嶺上,矗立古舊十架,是羞辱與痛苦記號;

神愛子主耶穌,為我們被釘死,這十架是我最愛最寶。

故我愛高舉主十字架,願將世上虛榮全放下,

我一生要背負十字架,到那天可換公義冠冕。

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THE CROSS - AND ONLY THE CROSS
Day 6


Bible Reading:   

Galatians 6:12-18

12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.
  
16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Paul finished this epistle right where he began. He covered the whole argument of this epistle in one sweeping statement: 'It is the cross and the cross alone that counts.' To him the cross was central and gloriously sufficient for time and eternity.

Those opposing him, those who had disrupted the church in Galatia, were trying to make circumcision and the Old Testament law of central importance. Paul said these are only outward signs. The Cross (the Gospel) deals with the heart.

Too many people today put great emphasis on outward evidences, such as infant baptism or even church attendance. We ought to attend our local church, but only because we have first accepted Christ. Church attendance is no guarantee of salvation.

The Cross says man is a sinner and cannot save himself. Men don't like that. That touches his pride. But if he does accept it, the world turns its back on him - all because of the cross.

Paul knew that in sad experience. The world did more than turn its back - it hated Paul and persecuted him. But to him the cross and Christ meant much more. In fact the cross and Christ meant everything. He was able to say 'To me to live is Christ.' Can we say that today?

The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,

The emblem of suffering and shame,

And I love that old cross where the dearest and best

For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

And exchange it some day for a crown.

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