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April 4, 2013 / Samuel

儿子的名分 [Adopted as Sons]

书卷:以弗所书(新约)
作者:保罗

以弗所书1章5节:“又因爱我们,就按着自己意旨所喜悦的,预定我们藉着耶稣基督得儿子的名分,”

今日默想:上帝的预定表明祂的拣选是无可更改的,因为祂已经在我们身上作了记号。上帝的预定既是出于祂的爱,而祂的爱乃是约翰福音13章1节中的“爱到底的爱”。因此,上帝的预定也不会半途而废,祂必使我们达到目标。上帝所给我们的一切福分,都是出于祂无条件的爱而赐给我们。我们今日一切为主所作的,也当出于纯洁爱主的心,才有价值。上帝预定我们,并不是勉强而为,乃是按着祂自己意旨所喜悦的。祂预定我们,不是因为我们可爱、完美,是爱我们这些甚不可爱的!上帝的旨意不会改变,也决不至挫折,终必成就,所以祂在我们身上的预定,也终必完满达成目标。上帝不是预定我们作奴仆,乃是预定我们得儿子的名分,承受祂一切的丰富。这是上帝所赐最大的福气。上帝预定我们,不只使我们作祂的儿女,得着祂的生命,更使我们“得儿子的名分”,可以拥有天上的基业。

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Book: Ephesians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

Ephesians 1:5 :“having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,”

Today’s Meditation: The predestination of God tells that His selections are changeless. He had placed the mark on us. His predestination comes from His love. His love lasts to the end as described in John 13:1. Therefore, His love will not be practised incompletely. Every blessing we received from God is from His unconditional love. Everything we do for God today should be done with a heart of loving God in order to have its value. The predestination of God is not done reluctantly, but according to the good pleasure of His will. His predestination is not due to our lovingness or perfection, but our lack of lovingness of perfection. God’s will will stand still to the end to fulfil His will. The predestination on us will be fulfilled eventually. We are not predestined to be His servants, but to be adopted as sons to withstand His abundance. This is the greatest blessing of God. We are not chosen just to become His sons or daughters and experience Him, but also to be adopted as sons to have the heavenly inheritance.

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