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神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16).

【双语灵修】葛培理布道团:跳过牆垣(2018-9-13)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:万博体育注册_新万博体育手机客户端_万博体育ios下载_【唯一授权官网】蒙允转载2018年09月13日 09:18

“他对我说:“我的恩典够你用的,因为我的能力是在人的软弱上显得完全。”所以,我更喜欢夸自己的软弱,好叫基督的能力覆庇我。”哥林多后书 12:9

And he [the Lord] said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

归主是一个志愿的行动,一方面从罪里面解脱出来,另一方面进入基督里面。归主是生命的重大变化,是新生和重生。简单说,就是从罪到基督的转变。圣经说,神使人回转他,人自己也转向神。神是人的新心和新灵的设计者,但建造者是人自己。这是恩典和自由意志的结合。没有神的恩典,我们不能归向神,因为我们太软弱、不能自救;但是我们也要回应外来的帮助,才能完成救赎。

这种回应的决定权在人自己,上帝也没有人去干涉。我们不一定去选择,因为罪让我们软弱;但是我们可以去拒绝,拒绝被选择。西门彼得不能成为门徒,如果耶稣没有舍:你跟从我。但是其他人没有回应。有的说,主啊,让我回家先安葬了父亲;有人说,让我回家跟他们告个别。他们不愿意接受呼召。整本圣经都是谈论神的爱和呼召与人的回应或拒绝。圣经告诉我们人在道德上的独立和在属灵上的不独立、需要后盾。

圣经说,“我借着你冲入敌军, 借着我的力量跳过墙垣。”(诗18:29)  一个人可以跳过一些障碍,靠自己的意愿和努力;但是有的墙太高,他们靠自己是过不去的。诗人知道这些墙,这些只能靠着神的帮助才能跳过的墙。神不是简单的把人带到墙的另一边,他只是在人跳起来的时候,加了一把劲。

Conversion is that voluntary change in the mind of a sinner in which he turns on the one hand from sin and on the other hand to Christ. Conversion is the human side of the tremendous transformation that takes place in the divinely wrought “new birth,” or “regeneration.” It is simply man’s turning from sin to Christ.The Scripture teaches that god turns men to Himself, but men are also exhorted to turn themselves to God. God is represented as the author of the new heart and the new spirit, yet men are commanded to make for themselves a new heart and a new spirit. It is the old paradox of grace and free will. No one can be converted except by the grace of God, for we are too weak to turn ourselves, unaided; and we turn only in response to some stimulus provided outside ourselves.

But no one can be converted except with the consent of his own free will, because God does not override human choice. We may not be free to choose, because sin weakens our power of moral choice; but we are free to refuse. We can refuse to be chosen.

Simon Peter could not become a disciple until Jesus called him and said, “Follow Me.” But others heard the same call and refused it or put it off. One said, “Lord, let me first go and burry my father.” Another one said, “Let me first say farewell to those at my home.” These men refused Christ’s call.This combination of divine calling and the human responsibility of accepting of refusing God’s grace runs throughout the Bible and characterizes all God’s dealings with men.The Bible confronts us with man’s moral independence within himself and his spiritual dependence upon God.In the picturesque words of Psalm 18:29 (RSV), David says, “By my God I can leap over a wall.” A man can jump over some barriers by his own will and effort, but some walls are so high that they need more than this.The psalmist knew such walls. Those could be leaped only with the help of God. God does not lift a man over. God helps a man when he takes the leap.

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