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2020-08-16 The Hope of Sonship (1) 得儿子名分的盼望 (1)

管理员Tina
发表于 2021-12-08

(John 14:8-11, Romans 8:15, Hebrews 2:10)

 

Last week during my time reading the book of John and the book of Romans, 上周在读约翰福音和罗马书时,the words “son” and “sonship” deeply stuck in my heart, 我的心被“儿子”和“儿子的名分”这些字深深地打动,and I realised that it was God’s answer to my prayer我相信这是神在回应我的祷告:- “What do you want to speak to us next? 接下来你要对我们说什么呢?” So today, I wanna start a series on ‘the hope of sonship’. 所以,我从今天开始会展开一系列关于“得儿子名分的盼望”的分享。 I Hope that we may get more understanding of God’s plan for our lives , 盼望我们可以更多明白神对我们生命的计划,and we may be inspired to run towards the upward goal因此受鼓舞,来追求从上面来的目标,and to love and serve Jesus more. 更多爱和服事主耶稣。Let’s read:我们来读:

 

John 14:8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 腓力对他说:“求主将父显给我们看,我们就知足了。” 耶稣对他说:“腓力,我与你们同在这样长久,你还不认识我吗?人看见了我,就是看见了父;你怎么说‘将父显给我们看’呢? 我在父里面,父在我里面,你不信吗?我对你们所说的话,不是凭着自己说的,乃是住在我里面的父做他自己的事。 你们当信我,我在父里面,父在我里面;即或不信,也当因我所做的事信我。 (约翰福音 14:8-11)

 
1 ,Jesus made the father known to us. 耶稣将父显明给我们

 

 

In the bible, 圣经中记载许多耶稣所行的,we see Jesus calling people to repent, 他呼召人悔改,healing the sick, 医治病人,driving out demons, 赶出污鬼,setting people free and saving people from the hand of the enemy.叫人得释放,拯救人脱离仇敌的手。But Jesus came not just to preach the gospel, 但主耶稣来不止是传福音,but to reveal God as a father to us. 还要将神是我们的父显明出来。Jesus came to make known what the Father looked like. 耶稣来,要显明父的样式。He came to bring us into a Father- son relationship. 他来,为要把我们带进“父与子”的关系中去。 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 腓力对他说:“求主将父显给我们看,我们就知足了。”And Jesus answered, 耶稣就回答说, Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 人看见了我,就是看见了父;你怎么说‘将父显给我们看’呢?  Anyone who has seen Jesus Christ the Son has seen the Father. 人看见了耶稣基督就是看见了天父。I am in the Father, and the Father is in me我在父里面,父在我里面”. Jesus came to express the Father, 耶稣来将父表明出来,who is holy, 父是圣洁、 loving, 慈爱、 forgiving, 饶恕、 merciful, 怜悯、kind良善、, and caring.关怀。

 

People have their own image of what a father looks like, 每个人对父亲的形象都有自己的看法,and this is formed by where they come from, their background and their own experience of a father. 这是由各自的出生、背景、和自己有怎样的父亲而来的。In some cultures, 在某些文化中,like in traditional Chinese, or traditional Korean, or Japanese or Filipinos,  比如传统的中、日、韩,菲律宾文化,the father dominates the family, 父亲主导家庭, the father provides for and protects the family, 供应家庭,保护家庭,and the family needs to listen to him. 全家都要听他。

 

Nowadays, 现今社会,patriarchal culture still influences many families in society. 重男轻女的文化仍然广泛影响许多家庭。If you grew up in a family influenced by the patriarchal system, 如果你在重男轻女影响下的家庭里长大or the hierarchical power system, 或是等级观念的家庭里长大, and if you got hurt or offended by your father, 若你曾因此被父亲伤害或激怒,you need to forgive him, 你需饶恕他,because all men have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, 因每个人都犯了罪,亏缺了神的荣耀,everyone mixed with good and evil can’t really be a perfect model of a father. 吃了善恶果的人,无法活出完美的父亲的样式。We live in a fatherless world. 我们活在一个无父的世界Jesus came to reveal to us what a father looks like. 耶稣来向我们表明了父亲该有的样式。Jesus didn’t come to set in place a hierarchical model of being a father, 主耶稣没有来做一个权威父亲的榜样 but he set in place a forgiving, serving and caring model of what the Father looks like. 祂来给我们看见一个饶恕,服事,关爱的父的榜样

He came to confront the religious leaders who failed to reveal the Father. 他来显明那些宗教领袖的罪,因他们没有将父表明出来Jesus came to make the Father known, 主耶稣来来将父显明出来,that’s why He said, 因此祂说,“if you see me you see the Father.” 人看见了我,就是看见了父;

 

In the OT, we see what the Father looks like.我们在旧约里可以看到天父的形象,Psalm 68:5 “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. 神在他的圣所作孤儿的父,作寡妇的伸冤者。(诗篇 68:5) God is the Father to the fatherless. 神是孤儿的父, Hosea 14:3, “In you the orphan finds mercy.”因为孤儿在你-耶和华那里得蒙怜悯。(何西阿书 14:3) The Father shows compassion. 父有怜悯。Psa 10:14, you are the helper of the fatherless. 你向来是帮助孤儿的。(诗篇 10:14) The Father helps at all times. 父一直帮助人。

 

Deut 10: 18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. 他为孤儿寡妇伸冤,又怜爱寄居的,赐给他衣食。 (申命记 10:18) Pas 146:9, The Lord watches over the foreigner, and sustains the fatherless and the widow, 耶和华保护寄居的,扶持孤儿和寡妇, (诗篇 146:9)  

 

Our heavenly Father is faithful and sovereign. 天父既掌管万有又信实可靠。Our Father has promised that He will watch over us, 我们的父应许我们,祂会看顾, and will defend us, 祂会伸冤,so we don’t have to defend ourselves . 使我们无需自我保护And you don’t have to worry 并且也不用忧虑,And the Father will provide you a job and what you need.父应许你会有工作,父会供应你所需。

 

In John 14:18, Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” 我不撇下你们为孤儿,我必到你们这里来。 (约翰福音 14:18) When we look at Jesus, 当我们看见主耶稣, when with five loaves of bread and two fish he fed five thousand, 他用五饼二鱼给五千人吃饱,and they all ate and were satisfied, 众人就吃,并且都吃饱了,we see the Father who is the Provider. 我们借此看到父是供应者。Before the tomb where Lazarus was laid, 在拉撒路的坟墓前, Jesus wept, 耶稣哭了, and he called, 他呼喊,“Lazarus, come out.” “拉撒路,出来。”,Lazarus came back to life. 于是拉撒路就复活了。We therefore see the Father who is loving and merciful, 我们因此看到天父是何等慈爱怜悯, and who heals the sick and raises the dead.祂医治病人,叫死人复活。

 

Jesus came to express the Fathers’ forgiveness of sins, 耶稣来将父赦罪的恩典表明出来, he even gave up his own body to be crucified on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. 甚至为我们的罪得赦免流血舍命,将自己钉在十字架上, Jesus came to reveal God as a Father. 主耶稣来彰显神是父,He doesn’t want anyone to perish, 他不愿一人沉沦,but everyone to come to repentance.乃愿人人悔改。

 

2, Humanity’s failure of God’s sonship design 人性在神儿子名分的旨意上失败

 

When Christ Jesus was raised from the dead, 当基督耶稣从死里复活,he said this to Mary 祂对马利亚说:Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17b). 你往我弟兄那里去,告诉他们说:我要升上去见我的父,也是你们的父;见我的 神,也是你们的 神。(约20:17 下) Hebrews 2:11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 【来2:11】因那使人成圣的和那些得以成圣的,都是出于一,所以他称他们为弟兄,也不以为耻,Jesus Christ says, 耶稣基督说: ‘my Father is your Father.” “我的父也是你们的父。”

 

Christ’s death and resurrection makes access for us 基督的死和复活使我们,to enter into God’s sonship design, 得以进入得神儿子名分的计划,and to bring us into a Father- son relationship. 并带我们进入一个“父与子”的关系。We’re no longer orphans.我们不再是孤儿。The spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15) 【罗8:15】你们所受的不是奴仆的心,仍旧害怕;所受的乃是儿子的心,因此我们呼叫:“阿爸,父!” (8:15)The gospel you receive is not simply saying that you won’t go to hell. 你所接受的福音不是单单说你不会下地狱。It is a matter of sonship! 而是关乎得着儿子名分的问题 The Holy Spirit we received through faith by grace 我们靠恩典、借着信所领受的圣灵,brought our adoption into sonship. 带我们得儿子的名分。 “papa, Father.” “爸爸,父亲。”Christ called Him “Abba, Father”, 基督称呼祂为“阿爸,父”,and we can also call Him “Abba, Father.” 我们也可以称呼“阿爸,父”。

 

That’s why we are taught in the Lord’s prayer to say, 因此我们在主祷文中被教导说: “our Father in heaven.” “我们在天上的父。”We are created and redeemed for a purpose 我们被创造和救赎是为着一个目的--- to be God’s sons ——成为神的儿子,to reveal God the Father on earth through our yielding to the Holy Spirit. 在地上借着顺服圣灵的引导将父神显明出来。

 

That’s the purpose of our life – why we still live on earth 这是我们生命的目的-为什么仍留在地上 Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting for Him (Jesus), for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 【来2:10】原来那为万物所属、为万物所本的,要领许多的儿子进荣耀里去,使救他们的元帅因受苦难得以完全,本是合宜的。This is the focus of the gospel everywhere – 无论哪里这都是福音的中心——to have many sons who express God corporately on earth.在地上有许多儿子一同将父神显明出来。

 

Sonship includes many things: 儿子的名分包括许多方面: designation to be sons (Eph 1:4-5), 预定得儿子的名分(弗1:4-5redemption 救赎 (Eph 1:7)resurrection (1 Cor 15:23), 复活(林前15:23), justification (Romans 3:24), 称义(罗3:24),sanctification (1 Peter 1:2), 成为圣洁(彼前1:2),transformation (2 Cor 3:18), 变成主的形状(林后3:18),conformation (Romans 8:29), 效法基督的模样(罗8:29),glorification (Romans 8:17), 与基督同得荣耀(罗8:17),and manifestation (Romans 8:19).  众子显现(罗8:19

 

God’s intention is to bring many sons into glory. 神的心意是要领许多的儿子进荣耀里去。So they may express God in a corporate way to the fallen world. 所以他们互为肢体将神显明给这个堕落的世界。For a son expresses his father, 因为看见儿子就可以看见他的父亲,when you see a son, 当你看到一个儿子,you assume what his father looks like, 你会想他的父亲是长什么样子,or what a kind of family he comes from. 或者他来自怎样的家庭。

 

Christ Jesus shows us what his Father looks like. 基督耶稣向我们显明了天父的样子。We are also expected to show to the people around us what our Father looks like. 我们也被呼召向身边的人显明我们天父的样子。I heard some unbelievers say, 我听到一些不信主的人说,“I wouldn’t believe in Jesus because my parents are Christians…“我不会信耶稣,因为我父母是基督徒……my nanna was a Christian…我奶奶也是基督徒……they’re still grumpy…他们还是常发火…I don’t see any change in them我看不到他们有任何改变, but a passion for more religious pursuits.”他们不过是热衷于追求宗教而已。”

 

Actually, 事实上,we fail to express our Father God in our sinful natures. 我们活在旧人里无法将父神显明出来。 It requires an ongoing transformation. 这需要一个持续改变的过程。Sin and disobedience cripple us from expressing the holy and loving God the Father. 罪和不顺服使我们无法将父神的圣洁和慈爱表明出来。

We see this from Gen 2, 从创世纪2章我们可以看到,God created everything with a word, 神用祂的话创造万物,“let there be light, and there was light.” “要有光,就有光。” But only Adam was formed from the dust of the ground by God himself, 惟有亚当是从地上的尘土中被神所造,and He breathed on Adam with His personal breath.神也将自己的生气吹在他身上。Think about it, 想想看,what an intimate relationship they had at that time! 那时候他们的关系是多么亲密!When we first opened our eyes, who did we see? 当我们第一次睁开眼睛,我们看见谁?Our mums and dads 我们的父母. Just like us,和我们一样,when Adam first opened his eyes,当亚当第一次睁开眼,he saw God his Father who made him. 他看见神,他的父,造他的神In love, God created Adam for sonship. 在爱中,神造了亚当是为做祂的儿子。

 

That’s why in Luke 3, 这就是为什么在路加福音3章,the bible says Adam is the son of God. 圣经说亚当是神的儿子。Adam shared the breath of God. 亚当分享了神的气息。 But he failed to represent his Father on earth in Gen 3. 但他在创世纪3章里堕落了,无法彰显天父的样子。Even though Adam he saw his Father who was loving and blessing, 就算亚当看到了天父的爱和祝福,even though he knew his wife Eve was made powerfully by the Father from the rib that was taken out from him, 虽然他知道妻子夏娃是大有能力的天父从他身体中取出的肋骨所造,even though Adam received his first assignment from the Father 虽然亚当从天父领受了他的第一个使命,to be His representative to rule over the earth, 就是代表祂管理地球,he still failed to listen, 他还是没能听从父的命令, and sinned against the Father, 犯罪得罪了天父,and he lost his authority and ability to express the Father God on earth. 以至于失去了他在地上做天父代表的权柄和能力。

 

In the book of Exodus, 在《出埃及记》中,God called Israel the nation as the son of God 神称以色列国为神的儿子,to represent Him on earth. 是祂在地上的代表。When God called Moses to send a message to Pharaoh 当神召摩西去见法老,to let the nation of Israel go, 叫他容以色列人去, He said this, 如此说: “Israel is my firstborn son. Let my son go, so he may worship me. (Exo 4:22-23a)” “以色列是我的长子。容我的儿子去,好侍奉我,(4:22-23)Concerning Israel, God says, 关于以色列,神说:   “you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.“你们要归我作祭司的国度,为圣洁的国民。”

 

God is Holy, and He wants His sons to be holy. 神是圣洁的,祂要祂的儿子们也成为圣洁,so that they may represent Him on earth. 因此他们可以在地上作祂的代表。But his son Israel also failed the commission because of idolatry and betrayal. 但因着拜偶像和背叛神,他们未能完成神的托付。But in the hope of sonship, 因着盼望得着儿子的名分, the prophet Isaiah cried out, 先知以赛亚呼求说,“Yet You, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hand. Isa 64:8”耶和华啊,现在你仍是我们的父!我们是泥,你是窑匠;我们都是你手的工作。(赛64:8

 

Man fails, 人虽然失败了,God’s plan to create mankind for sonship will never fail. 但神造人为成为祂儿子的计划却永不失败。He had in mind for the church -祂盼望教会—— His redeemed people who have the indwelling Holy Spirit, 祂所救赎的、有圣灵内住的神子民, to grow into Christ-likeness like His Son, 能够长成如同祂儿子基督的样子, to fulfil His sonship design in His creating work, 成就祂造人为作儿子的计划,to represent Him, 成为祂的代表, and to expand His Kingdom on earth. 在地上扩张祂的国度。

 

That's why during the days when Israel totally failed God’s plan for sonship,因此,纵然以色列人在成为神儿子的计划上完全失败了, God declared this to the prophet Habakkuk神仍向先知哈巴谷宣告: in Habakkuk 2: 14, For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. 【哈2:14】认识耶和华荣耀的知识,要充满遍地,好像水充满洋海一般。

 

What does it mean? when the bible says, ‘the glory of God”. 圣经所说神的荣耀是什么意思? In the wilderness, when the Israelites grumbled about food, 当以色列人在旷野因食物而抱怨,Moses said this to them, 摩西对他们说:“in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord…早晨,你们要看见耶和华的荣耀you will know that it was the Lord who gave you meat to eat…” 你们就知道耶和华必给你肉吃…”The glory of the Lord means the nature of God, 耶和华的荣光是指神的性情、the power of God, 神的能力、and the goodness of God神的慈爱 that manifests in a tangible way. 以一个看得见,摸得着,显明的方式显现出来。God’s glory can be seen on earth in many ways, 我们在地上可以看见很多神的荣耀, when you see the sky and the stars, 当你看到天空和星辰, when you go out to see all the beautiful things in nature He created, 当你出去看到祂所造的自然界中一切美好的事物,you can’t stop praising His glory. 你会情不自禁赞美祂的荣耀。But they’re all fading. 然而这些都必将衰残。

 

Only the one thing 惟有一件事,God designed to glorify Him will remain forever, 神预定了要荣耀祂名的将要存到永远, that is that His glory shall be manifested all over the earth through the gospel.  那就是祂的荣耀要藉着福音传遍天下彰显出来 His glory will be manifested through many of His sons in Christ. 祂的荣耀要在基督里藉着祂许多的儿子显明出来。That’s why 因此,Romans 8:19 tells us, the creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.  【罗8:19】受造之物切望等候 神的众子显出来。Now if I ask you, 现在,如果我问你: “what’s your hope in being a Christian?” 作为基督徒你有什么盼望?” What do you say? 你怎么说?

 

The hope in being Christians is the revealing or the manifestation of what God has been doing in us. 基督徒的盼望是要显明神在我们身上一路所做的一切。 In the end, 最终,not just the Son Christ Jesus will be revealed again, 不仅儿子基督耶稣将再次显出来, but also many sons will be revealed to the creature at the end time. 还有许多儿子也将在最后时刻显明给一切受造之物。Then, 那时, the gospel of sonship, 赐神儿子的名分的福音、and God’s design for sonship in His creating work will be accomplished and glorified. 神造人为得众子的计划必将成就并得着荣耀。 That’s our hope, 这就是我们的盼望, that we may be revealed as mature sons of God. 就是我们可以长成基督的样子成为神的儿子。 For this hope, 为这个盼望,we need fight for our faith. 我们需要为信仰而祷告争战。 Next Sunday, 下个主日,we’ll talk about this in detail. 我们再详细分享这个问题。

 

3, The needs of spiritual warfare. 属灵争战的需要

 

1 John 3:2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness… And in him is no sin. 亲爱的弟兄啊,我们现在是 神的儿女,将来如何,还未显明;但我们知道,主若显现,我们必要像他,因为必得见他的真体。 凡向他有这指望的,就洁净自己,像他洁净一样。凡犯罪的,就是违背律法;违背律法就是罪。 ……在他并没有罪。 (约翰一书 3:2-5)

 

It tells us that we now are children of God, 这经文说我们现在是神的儿女,but we need to grow in Him. 但我们需要在祂里面成长。 For young children are focused on the self, 小孩子只关注自己,and they are unable to manifest the Father’s nature. 他们体现不出父的性情。 If we have this hope, 我们若有这样的指望, we’ need to seek purification. 就当洁净自己。 But when we talk about purification (to be more like Jesus), 但若谈到洁净,即更像耶稣,spiritual warfare is involved. 就必涉及属灵争战。

 

Gal 5:17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 因为情欲和圣灵相争,圣灵和情欲相争,这两个是彼此相敌,使你们不能做所愿意做的。 (加拉太书 5:17) We have three enemies to overcome: 有三个仇敌我们要胜过: the self, the world and Satan. 自我,世界和撒旦。 Today, I’m gonna talk a little about Satan. 我今天要谈一谈撒旦。 He doesn’t want us to be like our Father, 他不愿意我们像天父,because he was the first to betray the Father, 因他第一个背叛父,and he wants us to be like him.并想让我们像他那样。In Job 38, 约伯记38章, when God created the earth before the creation of man, 在造人之前神先创造了地球,verse 7 says, 7节说,When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons (angels) of God shouted for joy? 那时,晨星一同歌唱; 神的众子也都欢呼。(约伯记 38:7) God created angels as His sons prior to man. 在造人之前神先造天使叫他们为自己的儿子。 But one of the morning stars betrayed God, 可其中一个晨星背叛神,he wants to be like God, 他想如神一样,and to be independent from the Father. 也不想再依靠天父。Isaiah 14:12-14, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation. On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ 明亮之星,早晨之子啊,你何竟从天坠落?你这攻败列国的何竟被砍倒在地上?你心里曾说:我要升到天上;我要高举我的宝座在 神众星以上;我要坐在聚会的山上,在北方的极处。我要升到高云之上;我要与至上者同等。(以赛亚书 14:12-14)

 

The fallen angel Lucifer has become Satan. 天使路西弗堕落后成为撒旦。He betrayed the Father his Creator. 他背叛了天父这造物主,He is the original betrayer who enticed Adam to betray the Father God to become independent from the Father. 他是最初背叛的源头,他再引诱亚当不倚靠天父,从而背叛父神。Satan is full of sin, lies, jealousy, rejection, bitterness and hatred since he has been cast down from heaven. 自从被逐出天堂,撒旦就充满罪、谎言、嫉妒、被拒绝、苦毒和仇恨。

 

He does not love nor glorify the Father, 他不爱父也不荣耀父, and his statement is, 他宣告说,“I’ will…我会……I want…我要……I must…我必……I’ll be like God to control and to command…要像神那样掌权,我要发号命令……”” His plan is to destroy God’s plan for man. 他的计划是破坏神对人的计划。He tries to confuse man’s identity. 他竭力混乱人的身份认同感。When you look at the world, 看看现今的世界,you see some people are confused by the homosexual and transgender agenda. 你会发现一些人被同性和变性问题所困扰,As long as their relationships with the Father are destroyed, 只要人与父的关系被破坏,people lose their source of identity. 他们就失去了身份认同的源头They completely lose identity. 并会彻底失去自己的身份认同感。Your Identity, 你的身份,who you are,关于你是谁,is what Satan wants to attack . 正是撒旦想要破坏的。He wants us to be like him. 他想让我们变成他的样子,“ ‘be yourself, 做自己,do it yourself…想干什么就干什么…if you have more money, more power若你有更多钱,权力…you are something你就是人上人…if you have nothing若你什么都没有, you are nothing你什么都不是Satan is a liar. 撒旦是说谎者。

 

The morning star who became the first to betray the Father His Creator, 那晨星成为第一个背叛主神的,Adam whom God created as the son betrayed Him by listening to the enemy’s voice, 亚当、神所造的儿子听了仇敌的声音也背叛了, Israel the nation called by God as the son of God also failed and rebelled against the Father, 神召出成为儿子的以色列民族,也失败并背叛了父神,all these sons failed to manifest God’s glory on earth. 所有这些儿子都没能在地上彰显神的荣耀。

 

Would our Father be hurt and disappointed to give up His plan? 天父会受伤、灰心、放弃祂的计划吗? It seemed that the hope of sonship was gone, 看着好像,神要人得儿子名分的计划落空了,and the enemy’s plan worked out well. 仇敌的计划倒是连连得手。Where can you find a loyal and obedient son to glorify God’s name?何处可得忠心顺服的儿子、可以荣耀神的名呢?

 

It’s sad. 让人悲伤。But God never feels sad because He has amazing salvation plan in His mind. 但神从不悲伤,祂心里已有奇妙拯救计划。In Jesus’ prayer right before the cross, 在上十字架前,he say,耶稣祷告说,"I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word John 17:6“你从世上赐给我的人,我已将你的名显明与他们。他们本是你的,你将他们赐给我,他们也遵守了你的道。 (约翰福音 17:6). Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, 耶稣基督,三位一体中的第二个位格,God the Son, Jesus Christ who was made flesh came to restore the Father’s plan of sonship. 神子,耶稣基督,道成肉身来到地上,要恢复神得众子的计划。Christ the Son came to manifest the Father’s name. 神子基督来彰显父的名。He was loyal, he was obedient to the Father’s will, 祂忠心顺服天父旨意,even to the point of death, death on the cross. 以至于死,且死在十字架上。His death and resurrection destroyed the work of the devil. 他从死里复活,打败了撒旦。 In the Son Jesus Christ’s perfect relationship with the Father, 耶稣基督子与父的完全合一的关系,we see that God the Father’s name is manifested perfectly. 将父的名完全彰显出来。

 

“It is done” 成了!”Jesus finished his redemptive work on the cross. 耶稣在十字架上完成了救赎之工,The church was born. 教会诞生了。The church will carry on the assignment to manifest God’s name on earth. 教会在地上将继续彰显神名。We’re to reveal our Father我们当向周围的人显明天父(His goodness, love and forgiveness) to the people around us. (祂的良善、慈爱和饶恕), But the enemy will never stop telling lies, 但仇敌仍会不停地说谎, “enjoy this life just as the people around you do... “像别人那样享受生活吧……look at them, they eat well, dress well, 别人吃得好、穿的好,that’s all this life is about…生活就该这样……

 

We need to stand up and say, 我们要起来说,“Get behind me, Satan! 撒旦,退我后面去!You are a stumbling block to me; 你是绊我脚的 ,you do not have in mind the concerns of God but of man. 因你不体贴神的意思,只体贴人的意思。You are the betrayer . 你背叛神, You are the liar. 你说谎。But we are created for the purpose of sonship. 我们受造是为得儿子的名分,We’re to be transformed into sons of God that is our life destiny. 我们人生的命定是为要改变成为神儿子的样式。Life is not all about eating and drinking. 人生不单在于吃喝, Life is about righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 而是在于公义、和平和圣灵里的喜乐。 Life is all about sonship. 人生是关乎得儿子的名分,Life is all about the manifestation of God’s glory through our  relationship united with our Heavenly Father in Christ by the leading of the Holy Spirit. 是关乎我们去彰显父的荣耀,是借着顺服圣灵在基督里与天父的合一关系It’s all about the Father’s design for sonship in His creating work to be fulfilled in our lives. 是关乎天父在造物之工时要得着众子的计划要在我们生命中成就,It’s about people seeing us, and they see the Father, 人生是关乎他人看见了我们,就看见了父, this’s the hope that we’re pursuing. 这才是我们追求的目标。For the whole earth will be filled with the manifestation of God’s glory, 全地都将充满神的荣耀, and His glory will be manifested through His sons in Christ. 神的荣耀要借着在基督里的众子显明出来。 Guide us to live in this identity and grow in the identity which Christ has brought to us, 求父引导我们住在基督带给我们的这身份里,并在这身分里成长, so that we may bring glory to Your name.” Amen. “让我们荣耀你的名。阿们!

 

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