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July 15, 2015 / Samuel

软弱 [Weak]

书卷:哥林多后书(新约)
作者:保罗

哥林多后书13章4节:“祂因软弱被钉在十字架上,却因上帝的大能仍然活着。我们也是这样同祂软弱,但因上帝向你们所显的大能,也必与祂同活。”

今日默想:人们因为不懂得主耶稣必须在软弱之人的样式里,代替世人死在十字架上的道理,就讥诮祂救了别人,不能救自己。其实,这正是基督貌似软弱,实则刚强的表现。一个人为了顺服上帝的旨意,虽然在别人的眼中看来是软弱的,其实他乃是刚强的。反之,我们若违背上帝的旨意,即使好像是刚强有力,实际上却是软弱的。基督何等忠诚的接受上帝所安排在人性里的限制,好使祂能绝对的、全然的,依靠上帝的大能而仍然活着。许多时候,我们何等不愿服在上帝那使我们软弱的带领,而同祂软弱,联于基督的死。因此,我们也就难以经历上帝向我们所显的大能,而与祂同活,联于基督荣耀的复活。使徒保罗对待哥林多信徒,一方面表现出极度的忍耐,一方面却是绝对刚强的。他这两方面的配合,正像主耶稣一方面忍受十字架的痛苦,一方面表现复活的大能。双方面缺一不可。主的能力是在人的软弱上显得完全。我们若不肯同祂软弱,也就不能经历上帝的大能,而与祂同活。因此,我们基督徒经历上帝大能的秘诀,乃在于夸自己的软弱。我们若能像主那样的软弱,就是得能力的秘诀。

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Book: 2 Corinthians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

2 Corinthians 13:4 :“For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God towards you.”

Today’s Meditation: Human could not understand the fact that Christ needed to be weak among people in order to save them. As a result, human mocked Him that He saved others but cannot save Himself. In fact, Christ needed to act weak while being strong. As we are willing to obey the will of God, we look weak in others’ eyes, but we are strong. However, if we are unwilling to obey His will, we are weak although we look strong. Christ accepted the limitation in human with loyalty so that He could live by relying on the power of God absolutely. There are many times that we are not willing to surrender to the leading of God that makes us weak. As a result, we can hardly experience the power of God and live with Him by connecting to the resurrection of Christ. Paul revealed extreme patience and strength among Corinthians. Such combination was like Christ who endured the pain on the cross and revealed the power of resurrection. Both cannot be lacked of. Lord’s power is made perfect in our weakness. If we are not willing to be weak, we cannot experience the power of God and live with Him. Therefore, the key for us to experience the power of God is at boasting our infirmities. We can have power if we are willing to be weak like Christ.

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