Our Father will not be ashamed on that day

In ultimate sense, who takes the responsibility of your life? If you are a child of God, your Father does.  It may surprise you, but being able to take care of you in Christ to the end without shame is a part of God’s eternal will in Christ.

Years ago, I saw a scene in TV news that I can never forget.  It was a cold winter day with heavy snow falling.  A war broke out in a city and people started to flee for their lives.

All that was happening in real life, not in the movie.

A news camera showed a father who was carrying a small child.  Not only did he not know where he would run to, he was also at the end of his means trying to protect his child from the cold.  He couldn’t even protect himself.  He had taken off all his outer clothes to put on his child but it wasn’t enough.  On the father’s face I saw desperation, but most of all, shame, for he could not take care of his own child.  He was obviously a strong and able man. But at that moment, his life was defined by the shame due to his inability.

Whose child are you? One day a War will break out everywhere and no man can escape on his own.  But Christ will come to take His own to the eternal home for everlasting safety.  If you have not been born again into God’s family, I pray that you ask Jesus into your heart today to receive His life as yours.

On that day, God will not be ashamed of having called us His children, for He has prepared an eternal city for His children.  He is such a Father.  No one can call shame on His face that day by saying that He could not take care of His own children.

Whenever I think of this, I am filled with both ultimate security and a fundamental fear at the same time – security because our Father will not be ashamed of me, and His infallibility is not merely a great “willingness”, but an eternal reality based on His divine nature and power;  fear because I am not sure whether on that day I will be able to proclaim: “I have not brought shame to my Father.”

基督受难赦免了人的罪…但问题是…

有一位朋友曾问到: “基督通过受难赦免了人的罪。。。但问题是,人除了原罪之外,还要犯罪。背负这些许许多多的罪,继续不断犯的罪,人怎么得以脱离罪的毒钩?”

这个问题其实是一个我们每个人都会问的问题,包括已经信主的基督徒。无论是我们的原罪还是新犯的罪,对我们来讲都是个问题,非常实际的问题。因此我们很自然要担心并询问:主自己对我们这个问题有没有办法啊,愿不愿意解决啊,如果不的话,我可怎么办啊,等。

这其实不是个理论问题。主耶稣来到地上,不是为了给我们解决最难想通的理论问题,而是为了解决我们无法解决的生命问题。只有当我们和主耶稣有了一个亲密的个人关系之后,我们才在生命里真正得到答案。在我们与主进入一个生命的关系之前,我们常常就像是一个小心谨慎的生意人,仔细地读一个关于救恩的“合同”,并对我们的“协议对方”(即神)非常担心和怀疑,一方面是担心他有无诚意,另一方面也担心他即使有诚意,却无兑现的能力。

但有一天圣灵开启我们,向着我们的心问这个重重的问题:“祂为你死在十字架上,难道你还怀疑祂的诚意?  祂胜过阴间和死亡,第三天从死里复活,难道你还怀疑祂的能力?” 当我们的心听到这个问题,一切其他问题就都消失了。那时我们就信靠他,在信心里支取生命。

答案乃是在基督赐给我们的新生命里。首先,从主来的新生命是不犯罪的。犯罪的是我们那个上当受骗的旧生命。约翰一书3:8-9说,“犯罪的是属魔鬼,因为魔鬼从起初就犯罪。神的儿子显现出来,为要除灭魔鬼的作为。凡从神生的,就不犯罪,因神的道(原文作“种”)存在他心里;他也不能犯罪,因为他是由神生的。”

得了新生命的人,不再爱惜那个老旧的犯罪的生命,不再把他当成自己的命根子而时时事事为他(旧人)考虑为他着想,而是把他(旧人)当成一个问题去解决,同时也知道这个问题只有靠主自己才能解决,且祂也甘愿为我们解决。 “我们若在光明中行,如同神在光明中,就彼此相交,他儿子耶稣的血也洗净我们一切的罪。我们若说自己无罪,便是自欺,真理不在我们心里了。我们若认自己的罪,神是信实的,是公义的,必要赦免我们的罪,洗净我们一切的不义。”(约翰一书 1:7-9)

这是生命之路,也是与主耶稣生命的关系。你在祂里面,你的问题就是祂的问题。祂必扶持,祂必搭救。你要是一直在祂外面问这个问题,貌似好奇,其实是怀疑,主耶稣也许永远不会回答你,因为祂不像那些人们所尊崇的“圣贤”只给我们富有哲理的答案却不能提供答案的实质。主耶稣来,是要人的生命,并且得的更丰盛。

一切的答案都在基督的自己里面。