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福音的重要信息:作神兒女(二)
作者:讀經:加拉太書三章26節至四章7節

在初期教會時代,少年人到二十一歲的時候,會舉行一個特別的「成年禮」,過了這個成年禮後,年青的男子便可以享有成年人的一切特權。

保羅引用這個傳統來提醒我們,當我們重生進入神的家,我們立即擁有神為我們所預備的一切。我們或許要在基督裡逐漸成長,才知道我們擁有甚麼,但那一切,卻在我們重生的那一刻便屬於我們。

保羅還用了另一個字詞「收納」,來幫助我們明白作神兒女的意思;不過,它比我們今天所理解的有更深一層的意思。

神並非依據冰冷的法律條文來收納我們作祂的兒女,反之,祂是用一顆慈愛的心來接納我們。祂使我們作祂的兒女,並竭盡所能地將祂的生命和性情給予我們。祂希望我們能擁有祂的樣式,並希望我們能確知我們是祂的兒女。羅馬書八章16至17節指出:「聖靈與我們的心同證我們是神的兒女。既是兒女,便是後嗣,就是神的後嗣,和基督同作後嗣。如果我們和祂一同受苦,也必和祂一同得榮耀。

反思:我們如今已是神的兒女,已擁有作神兒女的一切權利──雖然將來還會承受更好的產業(約壹三2、3)。但問題是:我們每天的生活,是否活出神兒女的應有樣式呢?或是只在星期日才表現得像神的兒女?


GREAT WORDS OF THE GOSPEL:SONSHIP (2)

BIBLE READING:Galatians 3:26 to 4:7

We usually make very little distinction between the use of the words ‵child‵ and ‵son‵. But in the days of the early church there was a marked difference. ‵Sons‵ were those who had become of gee Often a special ceremony was held, similar to a 21st birthday arty today. From there on the son was entitled to all the privileges f an adult.

Paul makes use of that custom to remind us that when we were born into the family of God, we immediately had access to all that God had planned for us. We may grow in our knowledge of what is ours in Christ, but it all belongs to us the moment we are born gain.

Paul also uses another word to help us understand what our sonship means. It is the word ‵adoption‵ but again it has a deeper 1eaning than what may be given to it today.

Our adoption as sons of God‵ is not a cold legal document or decision. It is a warm-hearted acceptance of us by God himself. He 1akes us his child and does what adopting parents cannot do, he gives us his life and his nature. He wants to stamp the family likeness on us. He wants us to know in reality that we are truly his sons. Romans 8:16-17 says, ‵The spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God‵s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we hare in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.‵

TODA Y‵S THOUGHT: We are sons now - but it will always be better on ahead. (I John 3:2,3.) The question is: Do we really act like God‵s sons or daughters every day? Or only on Sundays?


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