信心带来平安,在捆锁中欢喜

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读经: 罗马书五章1至11节

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1我们既因信称义,就借着我们的主耶稣基督得与神相和。2我们又借着他,因信得进入现在所站的这恩典中,并且欢欢喜喜盼望神的荣耀。3不但如此,就是在患难中也是欢欢喜喜的;因为知道患难生忍耐,4忍耐生老练,老练生盼望;5盼望不至于羞耻,因为所赐给我们的圣灵将神的爱浇灌在我们心里。6因我们还软弱的时候,基督就按所定的日期为罪人死。7为义人死,是少有的;为仁人死、或者有敢做的。8惟有基督在我们还作罪人的时候为我们死,神的爱就在此向我们显明了。9现在我们既靠着他的血称义,就更要借着他免去神的忿怒。10因为我们作仇敌的时候,且借着神儿子的死,得与神和好;既已和好,就更要因他的生得救了。11不但如此,我们既借着我主耶稣基督得与神和好,也就借着他以神为乐。

“弟兄们,我愿意你们知道,我所遭遇的事更是叫福音兴旺, 以致我受的捆锁在御营全军和其余的人中,已经显明是为基督的缘故。 并且那在主里的弟兄多半因我受的捆锁就笃信不疑,越发放胆传 神的道,无所惧怕。 有的传基督是出于嫉妒纷争,也有的是出于好意。 这一等是出于爱心,知道我是为辩明福音设立的; 那一等传基督是出于结党,并不诚实,意思要加增我捆锁的苦楚。 这有何妨呢?或是假意,或是真心,无论怎样,基督究竟被传开了。为此,我就欢喜,并且还要欢喜; 因为我知道,这事借着你们的祈祷和耶稣基督之灵的帮助,终必叫我得救。 照着我所切慕、所盼望的,没有一事叫我羞愧。只要凡事放胆,无论是生是死,总叫基督在我身上照常显大。” 腓立比书 1:12-20

保罗如今开始讲述救恩的结果。我们在第四章看见人得蒙赦罪之后的喜乐,来到第五章,保罗便继续指出,人找到基督之后,平安便进入他的内心。 内心得着平安,乃是人接受耶稣基督之后的其中一个自然结果。不少人在信主之前,因着犯罪而良心不断被罪所折磨,使他们的生活充满困扰。然而,当他们接受了耶稣基督的救恩,知道自己得着神的赦免,他们的内心便充满神的平安,他们便无须再在罪中挣扎。


除此之外,我们相信耶稣基督之后的另一个结果,就是能以一种崭新的心态来面对试探和试炼。如今,我们相信一切临到我们身上的试炼,都有它的价值和目标──为的是锻练我们,帮助我们成长和建立基督徒的品格。

一篇讲道的实质在于传道人是不是践行他所传讲的。保罗在9-11节中祷告,信徒能够明白什么是神看为喜悦的事,并能够因为明白神的心意而越来越爱神。在实际生活中,保罗因为基督的缘故而坐牢(第13节),他看见他所遭遇的一切使得其他信徒的信心比以往更加坚固,并且有许多传道人起来放胆传道(第14节)。这个结果看起来是个利好局面,直到我们看到为什么会有诸多传道人纷纷出现……有些人在此时放胆传基督竟然是为了加增保罗所受的痛苦(第17节)。但是,保罗知道天父的心意。他的属灵眼睛让他看见,处境是艰难的,但是神允许这些事如此发生。无论结局是生是死(第20节),他都因为知道自己看似糟糕的处境能够使得更多人归信基督而欢喜(第18节)。他的爱心增长了。他爱神和爱众人的心增长了,即使是对那些为了苦害他而传道的人。他爱这些人因为他在“知识和各样见识上”有了新的看见(第9节)。

这些改变便不断增强我们在基督里的盼望。我们永不会失望,因为圣灵已将基督的爱浇灌在我们心里。

当你思想自己当下的处境的时候,你看见神在其中的作为吗?你愿意允许神在其中做工,好让你的爱心也如保罗增加吗?保罗如此行,他的生命满有喜乐与平安。当我们允许耶稣来为我们的生命掌舵,我们也能拥有这样的喜乐与平安。

这一切都是在基督里接受救恩的结果。保罗不禁在6至8节惊叹它的奇妙。当我们还是罪人的时候,神已经爱我们。保罗在第10节更说我们是神的仇敌,但神却仍然爱我们,神的爱便在此显明了。


借着神儿子的死,我们得以与神复和。但这并非事情的完结,因基督已从死里复活,如今在天上不断在神的宝座前为我们代求,使我们在经历一切的试探和试炼的时候,得着神的保守。

Philippians 1: 12-20. The substance of any sermon is whether the preacher follows what he preaches. Paul here has prayed in verses 9-11, that we may know what God views as excellent and in doing so, our love for God will overflow because we have seen God's heart. In real life, Paul is imprisoned (vs 13) and has understood that this circumstance has caused other believers to be more trusting in the Lord (vs 14) than before, and many evangelists have been sharing Christ more than before. This result of course sounds like a winning situation until you see why the evangelists have been doing it…they are preaching so that Paul will be blamed more and more and suffer more and more (vs 17). Yet, Paul knows the the purposes of the Father. He can spiritually see that though the circumstance is difficult but it is God approved and whether his ending is life or death (vs 20), he is excited by the knowledge that his current terrible circumstance is bringing believers to Christ. His love grows. His love for God and his love for the people (even those who are preaching to increase his suffering). He loves them because his eyes have been opened in 'real knowledge and discernment' (vs 9). Do you look at your circumstance and see God's working his part in you? Are you willing to let him work and then to love him and his people more? Paul did and his life reflects the joy and the peace we too can have when Jesus is in the driving seat.

愿我们为着神所成就的一切,向神发出颂赞;并祈求他让我们每天经历他所赐的平安和明白他在我们生命中的作为。

经文反思:

「坚心倚靠你的,你必保守他十分平安。」

FAITH BRINGS PEACE Bible Reading: Romans 5:1-11

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Paul now begins to deal with the results of salvation. In chapter 4 we saw the happiness that comes to a man who has been forgiven. Paul then mentions the peace that comes into a heart that has found Christ. This is one of the results of being accepted by God in Jesus Christ. For example, there are many people who have struggled with a guilty conscience. Their lives have been full of conflict because of it. Now they discover that God's peace has flooded their soul and they are at rest.

Then Paul states that there are further results of having put our faith in Jesus Christ. Since coming to Christ and finding new life, we have a different attitude toward testings and trials. Now we can accept them as being for a definite purpose. Testings will help us grow and that means the further development of our Christian character.

All of this strengthens our hope in Christ. We will never be disappointed in Christ because of the certainty of his love. This is made real to us by the indwelling Spirit of God.

All these things are the result of our salvation in Christ. Paul moves back to the wonder of it in verses 6-8. Here is the proof of the love of God. It wasn't because we were good that God loved us. He loved us when we were sinners in his sight. Paul calls us God's enemies in verse 10. Yet God loved us even so.

Isn't that wonderful? It was the death of God's Son that reconciled us to God. But Christ is alive again and his work today is to help maintain us in our Christian walk. It is his intercessory prayer at the throne of God that keeps us in the time of temptation and testing.

Why not stop and praise God for all he has done? Ask him to make his peace real to you day by day and to help you understand how he is working in your life continuously.

A VERSE FOR TODAY: 'Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.'

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