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April 3, 2013 / Samuel

生命和虔敬的事 [Things that Pertain to Life and Godliness]

书卷:彼得后书(新约)
作者:彼得

彼得后书1章3节:“上帝的神能已将一切关乎生命和虔敬的事赐给我们,皆因我们认识那用自己荣耀和美德召我们的主。”

今日默想:教会一片混乱、基督徒不能活出见证的主要原因,乃在于我们迷失了追求的目标,舍生命和虔敬的事,而去追求一些道理、字句和仪文。一切关乎生命和虔敬的事乃是“赐给”的。我们不能凭自己的功劳,来获取它们。但感谢上帝,这些都已经赐给我们了,问题乃在于我们如何去发掘和享用。上帝呼召我们,是要叫我们在世敬虔度日。为这缘故,祂先开我们的心眼,使我们认识祂的荣耀和美德,并继而装备我们关乎生命和敬虔的本能。我们对上帝属性的认识越多,自然就越多得而享用祂关乎生命和虔敬的本能。我们固然须要追求生命的成长并活出敬虔的生活,但其基本原动力乃在于上帝的呼召和赏赐。祂若不吸引我们,我们就不能跟随。

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Book: 2 Peter (New Testament)
Author: Peter

2 Peter 1:3 :“as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,”

Today’s Meditation: The main reason behind chaotic churches and inability of Christians to live out the salvation is because they lost their purpose in life. They forsake things that pertain to life and godliness in order to pursue meaningless things. All things that pertain to life and godliness are ‘given’. We cannot earn them by our own efforts. Thanks God these things are given to us. It is all about how we use them. God called us so that we can conduct ourselves throughout the time of our stay on earth in fear. For this reason, He had opened our minds to see His glory and virtue. He also equipped us with the instinct of life and godliness. As we know more of His natures, we can enjoy more of His life and godliness. We need to pursue the progression of life and live out a pious life. The motive is within the call and reward from God. We cannot follow Him if He did not attract us in the first place.

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