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林慈信:      「以上帝为中心的信仰与教会」系列之二 -以上帝为中心的信心:成为基督徒的真义 2


以上帝为中心的信仰与教会(二)
A God-centered Faith and Church, part 2
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以上帝为中心的信心:成为基督徒的真义
A God-Centered Faith What Does It Mean to Become a Christian?


温习Review:

I. 救恩出自耶和华:三一上帝是我们的救主

I. Salvation For Us: The Triune God is our Savior

1.父神拣选我们,在基督里,在创造世界以前(弗1:3-6)。

The Father chose us, in Christ, before the creation of the world (Eph. 1:3-6)

预定的挑战:我不是掌握自己命运的。这向我们的自足,自主挑战。

Challenge: I am not in control of my destiny: attack on my self-sufficiency, my autonomy.

上帝说:祂才是掌握我们的命运的那位。来敬拜祂吧!

God says: He is the one in control of our destiny. Come and worship him!

2.圣子救赎我们:洁净我们;更启示上帝的旨意(弗1:7-12)

The Son redeemed us: cleansed us; and revealed God’s will (Eph. 1:7-12)

基督不只是把得救的可能性给了我们。圣经说:祂真正救了我们!

Jesus didn’t just give us the possibility of getting saved. He SAVED us.

上帝旨意是什么?天上地下一切都在基督里归一:耶稣是宇宙的主!

God’s will: that Jesus rules as king over universe.

3.圣灵作我们得救(得产业)的印证(弗1:13-14;参罗8:13-16)

The Holy becomes the “seal” (guarantee) of our inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14; cf. Rom. 8:13-16).

“质”。上帝要给我们一切属灵的福份;而圣灵是“首期付款”,天上荣耀的预尝。

God’s pledge, or “earnest”: the Holy Spirit is the “down payment”, he is heaven’s “sneak preview.”

4.圣父,圣子,圣灵所作的一切,都是要叫祂荣耀的恩典得著称赞。(弗1:6, 12, 14。)

The Father, the Son and the Spirit did all this, that his glorious grace be praised (Eph. 1: 6, 12, 14).

上帝很爱我们。可是祂爱自己的荣耀多过于爱任何人。

God loves us very much. But he loves his own glory more than he loves anyone or anything.

以上帝为中心的福音,是圣经所教导的,所宣讲的福音。调整我们的思想:以上帝为中心!

A God-centered gospel is the gospel proclaimed in the Bible. Adjust our thinking -> God-centered.



今天的信息:

Today’s message:


“重生”是指什么?很多人以为,“重生”就是信主的决志。

What does “being born again” mean? Some people think, the new birth is simply my decision to believe in Christ.

不是的。重生是上帝的工作。

No, this is not what it means to be “born again.” The “new birth” is God’s work.



父上帝在永恒里拣选了祂的子民。

God the Father chose his people in eternity.

耶稣基督在十字架上救赎了罪人。

Jesus Christ “saved” (really saved) sinners on the cross.

这救赎的功劳,如何达到我们?

Now: How do the benefits of his death and resurrection reach us?

这是圣灵的工作,圣灵“施行”耶稣基督成就的救恩,在我们的生命里。

This is what the Holy Spirit does: he applies the salvation accomplished by Christ, in our lives.



我们不可以依靠我们的决志得到永生。

We cannot trust, we cannot rely on our decision to believe in Christ, to receive eternal life.

我们所依靠的,乃是耶稣在十字架上所流的宝血。

What we must trust, what we must rely on, is the precious blood of Jesus shed on the cross.



现在我们回到主题:“重生”是指什么?

Now, let us return to our question: What does it mean to be “born again”?


II. 重生的意义(约3:1-8)

Salvation In Us: Meaning of Regeneration (John 3:1-8)



1.重生 = 从上头而生:上帝的工作 (8)。

“Born from above”: It’s God’s work (v. 8).



2.从水而生:不是指洗礼,乃是圣灵(彻底)洁净我们(约3:5)。

Born of water: The Holy Spirit cleanses us (not baptism) thoroughly (3:5)



附注一.这段经文完全没有提到洗礼,因此“水”跟洗礼没有关系。

耶稣一直要到马太福音28章才设立洗礼。

Note 1. This passage does not mention/refer to Baptism at all. Therefore to be “born of water” has nothing to do with baptism.

Jesus did not institute baptism until Matthew 28.



附注二。施洗约翰的洗礼,跟基督徒领受的洗礼,完全无关。

Note 2. The baptism administered by John the Baptist has nothing to do with the baptism Christians receive.



尼哥底母是犹太人的教师,很多犹太人的拉比都背了大量的旧约圣经。(耶稣也肯定不例外。)他应该马上想到以西结书36:25-27!

Nicodemus is a teacher of the Jews; most rabbis have memorized large chunks of the Old Testament. (Jesus was no exception!) Nicodemus should have thought of Ezekiel 36:25-27!

一. 上帝亲自用清水洒我们,洁净我们。

(1) God cleanses us: he sprinkles us with water. We become clean.

二. 上帝赐给我们新心,新灵,圣灵住在新灵里面。

(2) God grants us a new heart/spirit. The Holy Spirit lives in this new spirit.



3.从灵而生:圣灵赐我们新灵,住在新的灵(人性)里(约3:3,5,8)。

Born of the Spirit: Holy Spirit gives us new heart/spirit/nature, and lives in it (3:5)



小结:重生是一个彻底的改变,从里到外的改变。

Conclusion: “Born again” refers to a radical change, a change from within.



4.这是新旧约圣经一致的教导(多3:4-7,结36:25-27)。

This is the consistent teaching of OT, NT (Titus 3:4-7, Ezek. 36:325-27)。



我们喜欢听艺人,名人的得救见证。福音机构也陆续推出这些见证。

Many of us crave to hear testimonies from stars and celebrities.

And many evangelistic organizations continue to promote such testimonies.

可是我们不是名人,也从未杀人,怎样可能有彻底的改变呢?

But we are not celebrities, nor criminals who have murdered someone. How can we say that there has been a radical change in our lives?



我们至少可以自问:上帝,上帝的话,上帝的事,是否对我最重要?

自己的属灵胃口开了没有?

We can at least ask ourselves: Is God – His Word, the things of God – the most important thing in my life? Do we have an aroused spiritual appetite?





我们现在要讨论我们自己的决志了!

Now we are going to discuss the commitment that we make before God.

一个被圣灵改变的人,现在愿意来到上帝面前决志。

A person who has been transformed by the Holy Spirit, now becomes willing to come before God and make a commitment.

我们的决志分两部份讨论:悔改,和信心(下一次的信息)。

We will discuss our decision/commitment under two headings:

Repentance (today) and faith (next message).



III. 我们的回应:悔改

Our Response: Repentance

1.悔改:福音的一部分(可1:14-15,太5:3-4,路24:44-47),勿忽略!

Repentance is part of the gospel, don’t neglect it (Mk. 1:14, Mt. 5:3-4, Lk. 24:44-47)



2.悔改有真假之分。假悔改->死亡! (林后7:10)

There is true repentance, and false repentance.

False repentance-> death! (II Cor. 7:10)



几种假悔改:

Several kinds of false repentance:

一. 不以上帝律法为标准的忏悔。

1. Sorrow which is not according to God’s law.

二. 按照上帝律法的标准认罪,忏悔,可是没有跑到十字架面前求赦免,得到赦免。

2. Some people admitted their sins, and sorrow over them, but they never came to the cross, ask for forgiveness, and receive forgiveness.



3.真悔改:回转归向上帝(赛55:6-7)

True repentance: turn to God (Is. 55:6-7)

“跑到十字架面前”的意义,至少包括:求耶稣赦免;接受祂的赦免;相信你被赦免。

What does it mean to “run to the cross”? It at least mean 3 things: Ask for forgiveness from Christ; receive forgiveness by Christ; believe that you have been forgiven.



4.小结:真悔改的三步骤:承认;忧伤/恨恶罪;回转归向十字架,领受赦罪之恩。

Summary: 3 steps in true repentance: confess, sorrow/hate sin, turn to cross for forgiveness.



5.悔改的果子;向上帝透明,在人面前透明。我们`只有在上帝面前透明(悔改),才可能在人面前透明(作见证的胆量)。

The fruit of repentance: transparency before God, transparency before people. Only if we are transparent before God (through repentance), can we ever be transparent before men and women (bold in our witness).



** 你是这样信主,成为一个基督徒的吗?Is this how you became a Christian?

我们很多认都是糊涂地信主的,没有搞清楚罪和悔改的真正意义。

Many of us were very “fuzzy” when we received Christ; we didn’t really understand the true meaning of sin and repentance.



当时我们决志,可能是说:

一. 我以前是无神论者,现在不是了。

二. 我看到基督徒祷告是蛮有果效的。

三. 我孤单,需要朋友。

四. 我有一种内在的,说不清楚的需求。



Maybe when we trusted Christ, all we were saying was:

1. I was an atheist before. I no longer am.

2. I see that prayer works for Christians.

3. I am lonely. I need friends.

4. I have some inner, unspeakable urge and need in my soul.



可是,上帝是非常仁慈的。假如进入永生必需搞清楚一切的话,那么我们大部份的基督徒都没有资格!

But God is very kind. If everyone must understand everything perfectly before he qualifies for eternal life, then most Christians don’t qualify!

不过,既然作了基督徒,我们有任务搞清楚悔改的真义,好叫我们长进。

However: since we are Christians now, we have the duty to understand the true meaning of repentance, so that we can grow and mature.




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V. 一次得救,永远得救?基督徒得救的确据 Once Saved Always Saved: Assurance of Salvation


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