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December 11, 2013 / Samuel

轭 [Yoke]

书卷:哥林多后书(新约)
作者:保罗

哥林多后书6章14节:“你们和不信的原不相配,不要同负一轭。义和不义有什么相交呢?光明和黑暗有什么相通呢?”

今日默想:信与不信的,既然在信仰上和人生的目标上有基本的不同,走不同的方向,当然不能同负一轭了。如果要勉强相配,结果必然痛苦。这话清楚告诉我们,基督徒和不信主的人成为婚配,或合伙经营事业。这是因为彼此里面的生命完全不同,如果勉强结合,以后定规会发生难处。这是上帝所定的旨意,我们若真与祂和好,就不可违祂的旨意,伤祂的心。信主的和不信主的人,看法不一样,主张也不一样,道德的标准也不一样,是非的标准也不一样,一切都不一样。若勉强放在同一个轭底下,如果不是轭折断,便是你跟随他跑,因为信的较容易被不信的拖下去。世界上就是顶有道德的人,也不知道什么叫作公义。不义的看法根本不一样,必定起冲突。只有义的变作不义的,才能相交。一个蒙了上帝光照的人是看见的人,和那些在黑暗里的人,彼此的哲学、伦理、看法、人生观是不能相通的。这里并没有说基督徒不能与世人交接来往。圣经也不禁止这一类平常的关系。我们却要照歌罗西书1章28节所教导,利用这种来往关系把他们引到主面前,使他们作主的门徒

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Book: 2 Corinthians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

2 Corinthians 6:14 :“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”

Today’s Meditation: Christians have different foundation on faith and life goal with the unbelievers. We cannot yoke together with unbelievers with different directions we walk. A forced matching only brings suffer. This clearly tells us that Christians cannot marry with unbelievers or become business partner. This is due to the fact that they have different life in them. A forceful matching only cause frequent difficulties. This is the will of God that we cannot disobey to maintain our relationship with God. We have different perspectives, viewpoints, moral standards and standards of right or wrong with unbelievers. Placing unbelievers with us under same yoke either breaks the yoke or having us misled by them because the believed can be dragged along with the unbelievers. Even the greatest moral person on earth will not know what is righteousness. We can have conflicts with unrighteous easily with different perspectives in life. Communication can only occur when the righteous fall to unrighteous. One who is blessed by God is one who sees. He cannot have communion with those in darkness from the aspects of philosophies, theories, opinions and life concepts. Bible does not restrict such relationship. We should follow the teaching in Colossians 1:28 to bring the unbelievers to God through such relationship and make them disciples.

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