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December 29, 2015 / Samuel

恩赐的目的 [Motive of Spiritual Gifts]

书卷:哥林多前书(新约)
作者:保罗

哥林多前书1章7节:“以致你们的恩赐上没有一样不及人的,等侯我们的主耶稣基督显现。”

今日默想:哥林多教会的灵性虽然幼稚,但恩赐却样样充足,可见灵命长进和恩赐充足乃是两回事,有恩赐的人不一定灵命就成熟,灵命成熟的人不一定就有丰富的恩赐。有恩赐的人很容易受人的敬佩与拥戴,这会给他们带来一种危机。若是他们没有美好的灵性,便很容易偷窃上帝的荣耀,以自己工作的成就为夸口,甚至利用恩赐为自己求取虚名利益,结果反被上帝弃绝。恩赐是主升天后赐下来的,并不在乎得恩赐的人本身的优点。故得到恩赐的人,都不应骄傲,却要谦卑地为主运用恩赐。恩赐的主要目的是建造教会,好在主再来的时候能让祂得着满足;恩赐决不是为着我们个人的表显。信徒的盼望不是在今天,乃是在将来;不是在于自己有什么成就,乃是在于基督荣耀的显现。

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Book: 1 Corinthians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

1 Corinthians 1:7 :“so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,”

Today’s Meditation: Although the people in Corinth church was immature spiritually, they came short in no gift. This shows that our spiritual status is irrelevant with our spiritual gifts. One who is gifted spiritually may not be spiritually mature, while one who is spiritually mature may not be gifted spiritually. One who is gifted spiritually can be respected and held up easily. This can be a crisis as he may steal the glory of God if he does not have good spirituality. He may make achievements in his work as an excuse, earn glory for himself through the spiritual gifts, and end up forsaken by God. Spiritual gifts are given to us after the Lord has risen. We do not receive spiritual gifts because of our virtues. Therefore, we should not be proud if we have received spiritual gifts. We need to use them humbly for the Lord. The motive of spiritual gifts is to build church for the return of the Lord. Spiritual gifts are not for our own purposes. Our hope is not in today but the future. Our hope is not at what we have but the revelation of the Lord.

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