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【小基督大世界】來啊,再靠近一點!

 

最近我們教會有一位弟兄接受洗禮。在他的洗禮見證裡,他提到自己在基督信仰的門外徘徊了 20 多年,認識基督的步伐是漸近緩慢的。在上大學時,他的同班同學裡有一位基督徒,且和他住同一間宿舍。這位基督徒同學的書桌上永遠都有翻開的聖經。他很少參加他們的課外活動,因為他們大學時的課外活動常是以喝酒玩樂的形式進行,且常喝醉,所以這位基督徒同學完全不參加他們的娛樂活動。雖住一起,但他感覺這位基督徒同學很脫俗,和他們不是一路人。雖然如此,他卻對這位同學留下深刻的印象,覺得他很特別,即使在畢業多年不見後,這位同學的形象在他心裡一直很清晰,他依舊記得這位同學的名字與祖籍。

大學畢業結婚後,在他們住家小區有對外國夫婦向他妻子傳福音。這對夫婦非常有愛心,收養了好幾位生來患有唇顎裂,被遺棄的孩子。他的太太在這對宣教士夫婦的帶領下受洗歸主。他有時因要送太太去教會,偶爾也進去參加一下他們的聚會,算是「半隻腳踏入教會」。此時大家說的耶穌基督不再那麼高高在上,似乎離他近一些,但對他來說,還是沒有什麼實質的關係 !

後來,在工作與生活中遇到很多事,讓他開始認真地思考信仰的問題,也漸漸地打開心門,謙卑地參加教會的聚會,慢慢地,他覺得基督信仰並不再是那麼地遙不可及。有一天,他忽然很感動,主動要求牧師為他施洗,他知道這是聖靈的催逼與呼喚,他願以洗禮,「歸入」基督,和神建立好關係。

這位弟兄的見證讓我想到新約聖經羅馬書六章3-4節裡的一段話:「豈不知我們這受洗『歸入』基督耶穌的人,是受洗『歸入』祂的死嗎?所以我們藉著洗禮『歸入』死,和祂一同埋葬,原是叫我們一舉一動有新生的樣式,像基督藉著父的榮耀從死裏復活一樣」。

這位弟兄藉洗禮,歸入「耶穌基督」,也是藉洗禮歸入「老我的死」。我們在接受洗禮時,肉體沒有真的斷氣死了,因為基督已為我們代受我們因罪的緣故本該受的死的刑罰,耶穌基督已經為我們死過了,所以祂的死就算為我的死。故此,洗禮是一個儀式,洗禮是宣告自己「算是」已經死了,算是「歸入」基督的死。所以洗禮是以行動宣告自己的「老我」死了,被埋葬了,和往事告別,然後才踏上「新我」的旅程。

洗禮也是新身分的宣告,「因為當你們接受洗禮時,就和基督一同埋葬了;你們也因信靠上帝那使基督從死人中復活的莫大能力,和基督一同復活了,得到了新生命。你們從前犯罪,也沒有割去罪惡的本性,所以是死的。但上帝赦免了我們所有的罪,使你們和基督一同活過來。祂把指控我們的記錄一筆勾銷,將它釘在十字架上,把它拿走。」(新普及譯本, 歌羅西書2:12-14) 聖經裡也說到:「若有人『在基督裏』,他就是新造的人,舊事已過,都變成新的了」(哥林多後書5:17)。又提到「所以,你們因信基督耶穌,都是神的兒子。你們受洗『歸入』基督的,都是『披戴基督』了」(加拉太書3:26-27)。

「歸入」是歸屬與進入之意。「在基督裡」就是歸入基督,住在基督裡面。「披戴基督」也有相同的意思。「披戴」本來是穿上之意,「披戴基督」是讓人看到自己是屬耶穌的,是被納入祂的範圍裡,與基督有親密關係。

我們都不完美,都是罪人,但耶穌基督很樂意與我們親近,祂一直在等待我們更親近祂,甘心樂意地歸入祂,藏在祂裡面,讓祂來遮蓋我們先時所犯的錯誤,在祂的裡面被更新建造,與祂有美好的連結。

這位弟兄信仰的歷程,讓我們看見救世主耶穌基督並不是高高在上,遙不可及的。這位弟兄如今可以真實地經歷到救主耶穌基督的同在,您也可以!所以來啊,別怕!讓我們再靠基督近一點,親自去感受祂的同在與恩典!

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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