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2018年國際華語特會-主恢復的目標產生一個新人-第一篇節選

我在這裡禱告,為自己禱告,也為眾人禱告,求主給我們眾人真是有智慧、啟示的靈。像這樣的一個辭——新人,可能眾人也聽過不少次,但是我們對新人的認識到什麼程度,我還不是那麼有把握。我們一般提到新人,那個立刻的印象就是把各式、各顏色、各民族的人召聚在一起,我們就把這個算為是新人。這個週末在這裡有六十二個國家的聖徒歡聚在這裡。一面來說好像真是有一個新人的一個彰顯。但是嚴格來說,照著聖經關於新人的啟示,新人的實際不在於多種的民族、多種膚色的人來在一起;新人的實際乃是在於,在這個團體的人裡面,沒有這個、沒有那個,只有基督自己。基督是一切,又在一切之內,這個纔是新人的實際。這裡沒有黑的、沒有黃的、沒有白的、沒有紅的,只有基督自己。祂自己就是新人的實際。

主回來有一個條件,祂回來要迎接新婦。新婦要預備整齊,祂才能回來。祂不是說時間到了,祂就回來,乃是新婦預備好了祂纔回來。那新婦是誰呢?新婦就是這個新人,就是成熟的新人,長大的新人,他就成為新婦。新婦到了聖經的末了就是新耶路撒冷城,是一個宇宙的團體人,就是新人。那新人乃是藉著我們經歷基督的身體而進入的。所以今天可以說我們主恢復終極的異象就是一個對一個身體跟一個新人的異象。這個是時代的異象,這個是終極的異象。

我們需要認識什麼叫作一個身體,什麼叫作一個新人。弟兄姊妹,一個身體和一個新人不是兩回事,實在是一件事的兩面。一個身體是著重在基督作生命,為著行動;一個新人乃是著重在基督作人位,為著生活。身體是為著新人,新人包括身體。所以在保羅的書信裡面,他常把這兩件事擺在一起。對他來講,基督的身體就是一個新人。這個身體是個有頭的身體,不是任何一個有生機的身體,是一個有頭的身體,基督的身體就是這一個新人。所以在弗二章十五、十六節他就說到基督在十字架上創造了新人;然後十六節說,乃是在一個身體裡面我們與神和好。這個新人就是這個身體。然後在弗四章十二、十三節,他就說到我們在這裡,新約的職事為著建造基督的身體,等直到我們眾人達到了長成的人,這個長成的人就是前面說的基督的身體。從保羅的角度來說基督的身體跟新人就是一回事,不過是兩面。身體是著重在生命和活動上面,行動上面;新人是著重在人位和生活方面。

弟兄姊妹,你是不是這個新人的組成分子啊?我們個個不是會友,不是教友。召會不是一個教堂,一個堂會,就是來把人聚在一起,很多教友。如果是教友的話,你不喜歡這個教堂的牧師講道,你就跑到另外一個教堂去了。召會也不單是神的家是神的家人,是很親切啊,但是那個關係還不是那麼的內在。如果我不喜歡那個家庭,我就不回家就是了。召會不單是神的家,保羅說召會就是基督的身體。召會是一個生機體,我們是基督身體上的肢體。如果你看見你是肢體的話,你就會曉得,我喜歡也罷,不喜歡也罷,我不能夠離開。我是手,我是聯於我的手臂。我不喜歡那個手臂常常帶著我去作這些事,但是我不能夠分開,我需要其他的肢體。這個是身體。但是保羅繼續給我們揭示,召會不但是一個身體,召會是一個新人。我們不但是身體上的肢體彼此需要,有不同的功用彼此聯結;我們更是一個新人裡面的部分。這個新人裡面有許多的部分,但是只有一個思想,只有一張口,只有一顆心。任何的動作就是來表達新人裡面的人位。

新人的要求是最高的要求。所以李弟兄常說,召會作新人這個啟示、這個真理,是比召會作身體還要高,這個要求還要厲害。這不單指我們不能離開身體,我們在這個新人裡面,我們所有的動作完全是由這個元首來支配。我們沒有任何的感覺說,你是從某某地方來的,某某國家來的,我是這樣,你是這樣,我們沒有那個感覺。我們就是在這裡活基督,讓基督作我們的一切,祂又在一切之內。

新人怎麼出來的呢?弗二章十五節告訴我們很清楚,乃是基督在十字架上的釘死來創造新人。基督的死是個包羅萬有的死。一般的基督徒認識基督的死是個救贖的死,但是基督的包羅萬有的死至少有四方面。

  • 第一,祂有了結的死,或者也可以說定罪的死。藉著祂的死,祂定罪了罪,定罪了撒但,定罪了世界,定罪了肉體,這些消極的問題都解決了。
  • 第二,基督的死也是一個救贖的死,把我們這班神所造的人、墮落的人贖回來,救贖回來,回到神原初造人的那個情形。
  • 第三,基督的死也是一個釋放的死,就如祂是一粒麥子。約十二章二十四節,祂是一粒麥子,落到地裡死了,就結出許多的子粒來。藉著死,那個在麥子裡面的生命被釋放出來。
  • 第四,基督的死是一個創造的死。就是在弗二章十五節告訴我們,基督的死在肉體裡面廢掉了那規條中誡命的律法。祂是用十字架除滅了仇恨,並藉著十字架使兩下在一個身體裡面與神和好,祂再藉著十字架創造了一個新人。所以基督十字架的死不單是了結,不單是救贖,不單是釋放,也創造了一個新人。
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“WHAT IS MAN THAT THOU ART MINDFUL OF HIM”

Emerson Hall, Harvard University

This verse, a portion of Psalm 8:4, calls us to humility before the wonders of the Creator God. It reminds us of our smallness and weakness when compared with the majesty and might of the Lord.

The first man, Adam, failed to accomplish God’s purpose for man. Psalm 8 then alludes, through prophecy, to another man, a man who would replace the first man and would fulfill God’s purpose. This chapter tells us that this other man, the second man, who is Jesus, has come and has accomplished so much for the fulfilling of God’s desire in man.

http://online.recoveryversion.bible/FootNotes.asp?FNtsID=7199

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markdroberts/series/harvard-ironies/

Typology of Moses and Jesus

MOSES JESUS
An evil king/Pharaoh tried to kill him as a baby: Exodus 1:22 King Herod tried to kill baby Jesus: Matthew 2:16
He was hidden from the evil king/Pharaoh: Exodus 2:2 An angel said to hide the child from the evil King Herod: Matthew 2:13
Moses was sent to Egypt to preserve his life: Exodus 2:3-4 Jesus was taken to Egypt to preserve His life: Matthew 2:13-15
Moses became a prince of Egypt: Exodus 2:10 Jesus is the Prince of Peace: Isaiah 9:5; Matthew 28:18; Luke 2:14
A long period of silence from childhood to adulthood A long period of silence from childhood to adulthood
He tried to save a Hebrew kinsman: Exodus 2:11-12 Jesus came to save His Hebrew kinsman first: Mark 7:26-28
Went from being a prince to a pauper: Exodus 2:15-19 Went from being God to being a Man: John 1:1-3; Mark 6:3
Saved women at a well: Exodus 2:15-19 Saved a woman at a well: John chapter 4
Became a shepherd: Exodus 3:1 He is the Good Shepherd: John 10:11
Moses’ mission was to redeem Israel from slavery to Egypt Jesus’ mission is to redeem mankind from slavery to sin
He was often rejected by his own people Jesus was often rejected by His own people
Moses will give God’s law on the mountain of Sinai: Exodus 20:1-31:18; 34:1-35 Jesus will give the new law from the Mt. of Beatitudes: Matthew chapter 5
Moses spent 40 days fasting on the mountain: Exodus24:18; 34:28 Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert wilderness: Matthew 4:2
Moses performs signs/ miracles Jesus performs signs/miracles
Moses offered his life for the salvation of his people after the sin of the Golden Calf: Exodus 32:32-33 Jesus offered His life for the salvation of the world: Isaiah 53:12; Romans 5:12; 6:10; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21; Colossians 1:19-20; 2:14-15; 1 John 1:7; 2:2; etc.

http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/charts/Typology%20of%20Moses%20and%20Jesus.htm

 

https://www.gotquestions.org/Moses-and-Jesus.html

Three types of losers in Proverbs

The scorners 亵慢的人

Proverbs 9:7 He who corrects a scorner gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man blemishes himself.

13:1 智慧之子听父亲的训诲;亵慢的人不听责备。
A wise son hears his father’s instruction, But a scorner does not listen to rebuke.

15:12 亵慢人不爱责备他的人,也不就近智慧人。
A scorner does not love him who reproves him; He will not go to the wise.

22:10 赶出亵慢人,纷争就出去;争竞和羞辱也必止息。
Cast out the scorner, and contention will go out; Indeed, strife and dishonor will cease.

24:9 愚妄人的计谋乃是罪恶,亵慢人为人所憎恶。
The devising of folly is sin, And the scorner is an abomination to men.

The fool 愚昧的人

10:18 包藏怨恨的,有说谎的嘴唇;口出谗谤的,是愚昧的人。
He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who utters slander is a fool.

11:29 扰害己家的,必承受清风;愚妄人必作心中有智慧之人的仆人。
He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, And a fool will be servant to the wise in heart.

13:16 凡精明人都凭知识行事;愚昧人张扬自己的愚妄。
Every prudent man works with knowledge, But a fool displays his folly.

13:19-20 所欲的成就,心觉甘甜;远离恶事,为愚昧人所憎恶。与智慧人同行的,必得智慧;和愚昧人作伴的,必受亏损。
A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil. He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be troubled.

14:1 智慧妇人建立家室;愚妄妇人亲手拆毁。
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

14:3 愚妄人口中骄傲,如杖责打己身;智慧人的嘴必保守自己。
In the mouth of a fool is a rod for his pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.

14:7-8 当离开愚昧人的面,因为你不见他嘴中有知识。精明人的智慧在乎明白自己的道路;愚昧人的愚妄乃是诡诈。
Go from the presence of a foolish man, For you will not perceive in him the lips of knowledge. The wisdom of the prudent man is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit.

14:16-17 智慧人惧怕,就远离恶事;愚昧人却狂傲自恃。急躁易怒的,行事愚昧;设诡计的,被人恨恶。
A wise man fears and departs from evil, But the fool is arrogant and is confident. He who is quick to anger will deal foolishly, And a man of wicked devices is hated.

14:33 智慧安居在聪明人心中;愚昧人内里所存的,显而易见。
Wisdom rests quietly in the heart of one who has understanding, But in the inward part of fools it makes itself known.

15:2 智慧人的舌善发知识,愚昧人的口吐出愚妄。
The tongue of the wise utters knowledge well, But the mouth of fools pours out folly.

15:5 愚妄人藐视父亲的管教;领受责备的,乃是精明。
A fool despises his father’s correction, But he who regards reproof gets prudence.

15:7 智慧人的嘴播扬知识;愚昧人的心并不如此。
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of fools does not do so.

15:14 聪明人的心寻求知识;愚昧人的口以愚妄为粮。
The heart of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

18:2 愚昧人不喜爱聪明,只喜爱显露自己的心意。
A fool has no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.

18:6-7 愚昧人的嘴带来争端,他的口招惹鞭打。愚昧人的口自取败坏,他的嘴是他生命的网罗。
A fool’s lips bring strife, And his mouth invites blows. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

20:3 远离纷争是人的尊荣,愚妄人却爱争闹。
It is an honor for a man to keep away from strife, But every fool rushes headlong into it.

23:9 你不要说话给愚昧人听,因他必藐视你言语中的智慧。
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

26:4-6 不要照愚昧人的愚妄话回答他,免得你也与他一样。要照愚昧人的愚妄话回答他,免得他自以为有智慧。藉愚昧人的手传信的,是砍断自己的脚,自受损害。
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes. He who sends a message by the hand of a fool Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

26:8 将尊荣给愚昧人的,好像人把石子包在甩石的机弦里。
Like one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool.

26:11 愚昧人重复愚妄事,就像狗转过来吃自己所吐的。
Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.

28:26 心中自恃的是愚昧人,凭智慧而行的必蒙拯救。
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

29:11 愚昧人怒气全发,智慧人忍气含怒。
A fool utters all his anger, But a wise man holds it back.

The simple 愚蒙人

14:15 愚蒙人凡话都信;精明人步步慎思。
The simple man believes every word, But the prudent man considers his steps.

22:3 灵巧人见祸藏躲,愚蒙人却前往受罚。
A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and suffer punishment for it.

27:12 灵巧人见祸藏躲,愚蒙人却前往受罚。
A prudent man sees evil and hides himself; But the simple pass on and suffer punishment for it.

Alexander Fraser Tytler’s quote on democracy

Alexander Fraser Tytler, 15 October 1747 – 5 January 1813

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world’s greatest civilisations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.

Attributes of Angels

  1. Angels are immortal
    • Luke 20:36 For neither can they die anymore, for they are equal to angels, and they are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
  2. Angels are emotional (Joy)
    • Luke 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting.
  3. Angels are holy
    • Mark 8:38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.
  4. Angels are glorious
    • Luke 9:26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words, of this one will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
  5. Angels are obedient to God
    • Psalm 103:20 Bless Jehovah, you His angels, Who are mighty in strength to perform His word, By obeying the voice of His word.
  6. Angels have authority
    • Revelation 18:1 After these things I saw another Angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was illumined with His glory.
  7. Angels are powerful
    • 2 Peter 2:11 Whereas angels, though they are greater in strength and power, do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.
  8. Angels are wise
    • 2 Samuel 14:20 In order to change the appearance of the matter, your servant Joab did this thing; and my lord is wise, as wise as an angel of God, knowing all that there is in the land.
  9. Angels can be visible
    • John 20:11-12 But Mary stood outside at the tomb weeping. Then as she wept, she stooped to look into the tomb And beheld two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
  10. Angels have intellects
    • 1 Peter 1:12 To them it was revealed that not to themselves but to you they ministered these things, which have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, which things angels long to look into.
  11. Angels can speak
    • Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered and said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are seeking Jesus, the crucified.
    • 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but do not have love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
  12. Angels do not reproduce
    • Mark 12:25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in the heavens.

喪鐘為誰而鳴-約翰·唐恩

No man is an island,
entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less,
as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were:
any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind,
and, therefore,
never send to know for whom the bells tolls;
it tolls for thee.

-John Donne

 

沒有誰能像一座孤島
在大海裏獨踞
每個人都像一塊泥土
都是歐洲大陸的一部分

如果海浪沖掉一塊泥土
歐洲就會因此而縮小
如果海浪淹沒一塊海岬
歐洲大陸就失去一部分

也如同你的朋友和你自己
無論誰死去了
都是自己的一部分在死去
因為你包含在人類這個概念裏

所以當喪鐘敲響的時候
請不要問喪鐘為誰而鳴
喪鐘為你而鳴

We are all members of the body of Christ and are members of each other. While this poem captures the spirit of the oneness of human race, shouldn’t we Christians, as members of the body of Christ, touch the same spirit even more so?

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