約翰福音 第16章 中英摘要

  態度決定人生的高度,同樣的我們對事情所認識的高度,也影響著我們的態度。我們服事神的態度,會因著我們對神敬畏及認識程度的高低,而有所不同。提摩太後書二/20提到:「在大戶人家,有金器銀器,也有木器瓦器…」金器銀器是屬神而貴重的,木器瓦器則是屬人而平庸。神的兒女都是大戶人家的孩子,因為我們的天父統管宇宙萬有;所以我們不要小看自己,不要把自己活得悲悲慘慘像是在貧民窟中。接下來的21節說:「人若自潔、脫離卑賤的事,就必作貴重的器皿,成為聖潔,合乎主用…」神給一切屬祂的人有完全的自由,你可以愛神、分別自己、委身奉獻服事神,而成為貴重的金器銀器;你也可以選擇成為冷淡敷衍、不願為主擺上、不願改變自己的木器瓦器。

  約翰福音16章,主耶穌多次提到「這些事」跟「好些事」,告訴我們,世人會因主而恨我們、逼迫我們,但是耶穌–神的兒子,將為我們的罪被釘在十字架上,三天後復活,並差遣聖靈保惠師來住在我們裡面;當時門徒對這些事並不明白,但在主耶穌被釘、復活升天後,門徒們在五旬節被聖靈充滿,神賜給他們權柄能力,一面放膽講神的道,一面醫治疾病,神蹟奇事都因著耶穌的名行出來。今天神同樣賜下聖靈在我們裡面,傳道的權柄、醫治的能力也都賜給我們了,但是我們必須要相信並接受才能得著,我們必須要有行動才能看見神蹟。

  主耶穌在我們的苦難中,給了我們一帖良方,祂告訴我們在世上我們會有苦難,但是在祂裡面我們就有平安。住在基督裡,時刻親近祂,是我們在苦難中的解藥。時刻與神的親近,就如同我們的呼吸一般,不用刻意去察覺,卻是萬萬不可或缺。耶穌也舉了婦人生產的例子讓我們清楚,在生活或服事上我們會經歷痛苦,但是當我們回轉仰望主,從苦難中得著主,我們的心就喜樂了!不要單想靠自己的力量去移山,要記住:我向山舉目,我的幫助是從神而來!

葉長老 風美小組信息 / 高雄 錦泰 摘錄回應
 

 

John 16

  Our altitude depends on our attitude. In a similar why, our attitude is influenced by the depth of our knowledge on things. Our attitude toward our services will also differ according to different levels of reverence for and knowledge about God. It is written in 2 Timothy 2:20, “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.” Vessels of gold and silver belong to God and are valuable; vessels of wood and clay belong to men and are common. God’s children are from a wealthy family, because their father in heaven controls everything in the universe. So we should not belittle ourselves; we should not live so miserably as if we are in a slum. Later, in verse 21 it reads, “If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” God gives to those who belong to Him absolute freedom; we can love God, sanctify ourselves, devote ourselves to serving God and become the valuable vessels of gold and silver. Of course you can also choose to be cold, indifferent, unwilling to give yourself to God, unwilling to change yourself and be the vessels of wood and clay.

  In John 16, Lord Jesus mention “these things” and “many things” several times. He tells us that people will hate and persecute us because of Him. However, Jesus, God’s son, will be crucified for our sins. He foretells that He will resurrect after 3 days, and that He will send Counselor to dwell in us. At that time the disciples don’t understand these things. But after Jesus is crucified, ascends to heaven after his resurrection, the disciples are filled by the Holy Spirit in Pentecost. God gives them power and ability, they can preach God’s words with great boldness and they can heal the sick. All these miraculous signs and wonders are done in Jesus’s name. Today, God sends the Holy Spirit to us too. We are also bestowed the power to preach and to heal, but we need to believe and accept those powers to exercise them. We need to take actions in order to see miracles.

  When we are suffering, Jesus provides us the best remedy. He tells us that in this world we will encounter difficulties, but we can find peace in Him. Living in Christ, seeking Him is the best solution to our problems. Being close to God is like breathing, we don’t do it intentionally, yet it is so crucial to us. Jesus also tells us that we will have painful experiences in our lives or our services by comparing them to a woman giving birth to a child. Yet when we turn to God and look up to Him, and when we experience God in our sufferings, our hearts will be once again filled with Joy. Don’t try to move a mountain with our own strength. Remember, lift up our eyes to the hills, our help comes from the Lord!

Message by Elder Yeh / Summary and response by Jim Lin

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