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August 11, 2015 / Samuel

奴仆 [Slave]

书卷:罗马书(新约)
作者:保罗

罗马书6章16节:“岂不晓得你们献上自己做奴仆,顺从谁,就做谁的奴仆吗?或作罪的奴仆,以至于死;或做顺命的奴仆,以至成义。”

今日默想:本节给我们看见奉献一个顶宝贝的原则。奉献,不是上帝勉强我们,而是我们自己选的。虽然我们是上帝买的,我们是属乎上帝的,但是祂并不强制我们,祂等我们甘心乐意肯作祂的奴仆。以律法来说,当上帝救赎我们的那一天,我们就是祂的奴仆了。以经历来说,是当我们奉献的那一天,才作了上帝的奴仆。所以,没有一个作上帝仆人的人,是他自己不知道的。你总得奉献,才是作上帝的奴仆。这一个奉献,完全是你自己选的。罪在本质上就是对上帝不顺从。不顺从上帝,就作罪的奴仆,结果便是死;顺从上帝,就作义的奴仆,结果便是永生。保罗时代的奴仆是没有身分、地位的,他们没有自己的时间、意见,也不能作自己喜欢作的事,一切都要顺从主人的命令。我们既作了顺命的奴仆,我们就要完全听命于上帝,而没有自己的选择。

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Book: Romans (New Testament)
Author: Paul

Romans 6:16 :“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”

Today’s Meditation: This verse reveals us a precious principle, that God does not force us to devote to Him. Although we are redeemed by God and belongs to Him, He does not force us. He gives us choice to be His servant willingly. In term of the law, we are God’s slaves since the day we are saved. In term of experiences, we become the servant of God since the day we choose to devote. Therefore, there is no such God’s servant that does not know he devotes to God. We need to devote to be God’s servant. It is up to our decision. The nature of sins is to disobey God. Disobeying God means to be the slave of sins and ends up to death. Obeying God means to be the slave of righteousness and ends up to eternity. During Paul’s era, slaves had not identity, status, time, opinion, and ability to do things they like. They needed to obey their master’s orders. As we choose to obey God, we should obey Him at all time.

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