神愛世人,甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們,叫一切信他的,
不至滅亡,反得永生。(約3:16).

雙語靈修丨葛培理布道團:公義的神(2020.12.19)

作者:葛培理布道團 來源:基督時報蒙允轉載 2020年12月19日 15:17

主不算為有罪的,這人是有福的。——羅馬書 4:8

What joy there is for anyone whose sins are no longer counted against him by the Lord.—Romans 4:8 (TLB)

幾年前,我在一個限速區開車超速而被攔截,後來在法庭上我做了認罪的答辯,看到我出現在法庭上,法官不僅很友好還很是不好意思。如果他讓我無罪離開,那就違背了公義。無論是我或者他人,總要有人要接受懲罰,我的罰金是十美元。審判與愛是相一致的。充滿愛的神也一定是公義的神。這是因為神愛世人,而且祂是公義的。祂的公義和愛是平衡的,這樣祂的愛和公義的行為才有意義。

如果神不能審判罪人,那麼祂就不能持續的愛人。祂對罪人的懲罰和祂將義人分別為聖的做法彰顯了神偉大的愛。我們必須要在審判的背景下觀看十字架。因為神如此的深愛世人,以至於將祂的獨生愛子賜給他們,這樣世人就可以不再麵對審判。

A number of years ago I was stopped for driving too fast in a speed zone, and in the courtroom I pleaded guilty. The judge was not only friendly but embarrassed for me to be in his court. The fine was ten dollars. If he had let me go free, it would have been inconsistent with justice. The penalty had to be paid either by me or someone else! Judgment is consistent with love. A God of love must be a God of justice. It is because God loves that He is just. His justice balances His love and makes His acts of both love and justice meaningful.

God could not consistently love men, if He did not provide for the judgment of evil-doers. His punishment of the evil-doer and His separation of the righteous is a manifestation of God’s great love. We must always look at the cross on the dark background of judgment. It was because God’s love for man was so intense that He gave His Son, so that man would not have to face judgment.

今日禱告:
全能的神啊,你是至高無上的審判者。我感謝你,因為盡管我不配得到寬恕,但是你的獨生愛子,耶穌基督為我擔當了我應受的審判

Prayer for the day:
You are the Supreme Judge, almighty God, and I thank You that even though I did not deserve forgiveness, my judgment was paid by Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.


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