約翰福音 第15章 中英摘要

 

  你我或許總想從神那裡得到好處或祝福,主耶穌告訴我們,祂是葡萄樹,我們是枝子,所以只要我們連結於主,神的供應與祝福就能源源不絕的輸送給我們。主就是生命樹,我們是祂的枝子,離了主,我們生命就會枯竭,離了神,我們什麼都不能。

  約伯記中,撒旦不敢挑戰神,所以牠挑戰神所造的人,撒旦認為人愛神是有條件的,因為神祝福約伯,所以約伯才愛神。但是當神准許撒旦取走約伯的一切,只是不可奪走他的生命,約伯在承受這莫大的痛苦時,他沒有發怨言,沒有以口犯罪,他只是問神為什麼?他在苦難中仍然宣告:「賞賜的是耶和華,收取的也是耶和華,耶和華的名是應該稱頌的!」我們要學習約伯,遇到苦難時,我們可以求問神,但是不要發怨言。

  基督徒大致有三種,第一種是完全不結果子的,如此天父就會直接剪去;第二種是偶爾結個果子,有時屬神,有時屬世界,不冷不熱,忽冷又忽熱,這是不健康的;第三種則是肯接受神的修剪,願意接受裝備培訓,並且順服跟隨,這種人就能結出更多的果子。親愛的弟兄姊妹,你是屬於哪一種呢?

  神的旨意在教會,世界是要被審判的;教會要復興,神的話要先復興,神的話復興,我們的靈才會復興。舊約一再講的奧祕,就是基督,基督的奧祕就是教會,只有在教會才能看到並經歷基督的豐富。但願我們一生都與神(葡萄樹)緊緊連結,並結出更多的果子來歸給神。

葉長老 風美小組信息 / 高雄 錦泰 摘錄回應

 

 John 15

  Perhaps we all want blessings or benefits from God. Jesus tells us, “I am the vine, you are the branches”(John 15:5), so if we are connected to the Lord, His supply and blessing will be channeled to us continuously. The Lord is the tree of life, we are His branches; if we leave Him, our lives will dry up. Apart from God, we can do nothing.

  In Job, not only does Satan dare to challenge God, also it challenges God-created men. Satan considers people’s love toward God conditional, Job loves God only because God blesses him. God then says to Satan, “everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger” (Job 1:12).  Job suffers such an agony without any complaint. He doesn’t sin with his mouth, instead he only asks “why?” He proclaims in his suffering; “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21). We should learn from Job that we can pray and ask God when we are in adversity, but we should never complain.

  There are roughly three kinds of Christian. First, those who bear no fruit, whom God will cut off. The second kind are those who only bear fruits occasionally. Sometime they belong to God, and sometimes they belong to the world. Sometime they are neither hot nor cold, and sometimes they shift between hot and cold. These are very unhealthy ones. Third, the kind that are willing to be trimmed by God; they are willing to take trainings and equip themselves. They obey and follow God, and in the end they will bare so much more fruits. Dear brothers and sisters, what kind of Christians are you?

  This world will be Judged. God’s words must be revived before the churches and our spirits can be revived. The mystery constantly referred to in the Old Testament is Christ. The mystery of Christ is the church. Only in the church can we see and experience God’s abundance. May we all connect tightly with God (the vine) throughout our lives and bare fruits for God.

Message by Elder Yeh / Summary and response by Jim Lin

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