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June 13, 2014 / Samuel

上帝的用人(七) [Ministers of God (7)]

书卷:哥林多后书(新约)
作者:保罗

哥林多后书6章10节:“似乎忧愁,却是常常快乐的;似乎贫穷,却是叫许多人富足的;似乎一无所有,却是样样都有的。”

今日默想:忧愁和快乐是相对的,但在基督徒的经历中,却常是同时并存的。往往外面的遭遇使我们为难忧愁时,但一回到灵里面,摸着了主,就会满了欢乐。这是世人所难明白的奇妙经历。在人看来,上帝仆人的生活是充满艰困与苦恼,但事实上,他们却是进入了以上帝为乐的实际生活里。上帝是我们的目标,是我们的力量,也是我们的喜乐与享受。信靠上帝的人,虽然自己贫穷无有,却还能够随时靠上帝把仅有的给人,叫人富足,且又借着信心的祷告,可以得着上帝合时的供给,故似乎一无所有,却是样样都有的。本章八至十节的七个“似乎”,与4章8至9节的四个“却”,都是说出基督徒身上的矛盾性,也就是基督本身的矛盾性。这正是神性和人性交替出现的光景,何等奇妙,何等真实!上帝仆人的生活可适应一切的生活,乃因靠着上帝那适应一切的生命在他里面活着。

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Book: 2 Corinthians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

2 Corinthians 6:10 :“as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”

Today’s Meditation: Sorrow and rejoice are against each other. However, they coexist in Christians’ life. The situations outside often make us sorrow, but we will rejoice once we go back to spirit. This is something worldly people hard to understand. The servants of God may look like living in tribulations and distresses, but they are actually living in the life to delight God. God is our goal, our strength and our joy. People who rely on God might be poor, but still can make people rich by giving what they have. We pray with faith to provide people. It seems like we have nothing, but yet we possess all things. ‘as’ in Verses 8 until 10 and ‘yet’ and ‘but’ in Chapter 4 Verse 8 until 9 both tell the paradox of Christians as well as Christ Himself. This is the alternate appearance of God’s nature and our nature. It is wonderful! The servants of God can fit into any form of life by relying on God who lives in them.

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