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May 31, 2013 / Samuel

对信仰虔诚 [Sincerity in Faith]

书卷:犹大书(新约)
作者:犹大

犹大书4节:“因为有些人偷着进来,就是自古被定受刑罚的,是不虔诚的,将我们上帝的恩变作放纵情欲的机会,并且不认独一的主宰、我们主耶稣基督。”

今日默想:哥林多后书11章13节告诉我们异端假教师行事诡诈,装作基督使徒的模样,并像哥林多后书11章3节所说,为要欺骗真信徒,使其失去那向基督所存纯一清洁的心。马太福音25章41节也告诉我们,凡是跟随撒旦的人,都要进入那为魔鬼和他的使者所预备的永火里去。凡是跟从异端假教师的人,也要受到那自古为不虔诚的人所定的刑罚。异端假教师的错谬可分成三大类:(1)对上帝存心不敬畏;(2)对自己误解上帝恩而肆意犯罪;(3)对别人教导错误的基督道理。有时候,我们基督徒所犯的错误,在原则上竟常与异端假教师大同小异,例如:(1)作坏事怕人知却不怕上帝知,是不虔诚的;(2)犯了罪找理由遮盖良心,托词生的恩宽宏;(3)满口“耶稣是主”,存心和行为却不肯顺服里面的感动,等同否认祂的主宰地位。本节所描述的错误景况,每下愈况,逐步趋于严重:先是对上帝不够尊重,接着歪曲祂的恩典,最后彻底否认上帝的儿子,也就是否认上帝祂自己。

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Book: Jude (New Testament)
Author: Jude

Jude 4 :“For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Today’s Meditation: 2 Corinthians 11:13 tells us that false apostles are deceitful workers who transform themselves into apostles of Christ to deceive true apostles and make them lose the simplicity that is in Christ just like as said in 2 Corinthians 11:3. Matthew 25:41 also tells us that whoever that follows Satan will be cursed into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. People who follow false apostles will receive the punishments prepared for false apotles. The mistakes of false apostles are generally divided into three types: (1) possess fearless mindset towards God; (2) misunderstand the grace of God and commit sins on purpose; (3) teach others the false truths of Christ. There are times when we Christians commit the equivalent mistakes when compared to these false apostles. For example, (1) fear of letting people know that we have committed sins, but do not fear about letting God knows; (2) find excuses for sins we have committed; (3) acknowledge Christ on mouth only without having the equivalent respects and affections in our mind. This verse pictures the situation that gets worsen from time to time. It starts from having poor respects towards God, then twisting His graces, and ultimately denying Christ and God Himself.

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