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最後囑咐
作者:讀經:帖撒羅尼迦前書5章12至28節

每當我們離家外出,總會給家人留下最後的叮囑,而家人也會給予我們最後的叮嚀;例如,我們會叮囑家人「記得澆花,記得倒垃圾。」家人也會叮囑我們「記得致電報平安」,或「記得寫信回來」。

來到書信的最後部分,保羅同樣給帖撒羅尼迦的信徒留下最後的叮囑。這二十多句話包含了多方面的囑咐,由「不要虧待你們的牧者」,到「記得為我們禱告」。保羅對於自己教過的真理,總是不忘在實際生活中應用出來。

讓我們以第23節為例:「願神親自使你們全然成聖…完全無可指責」;這句祝願在日常生活中究竟意味著甚麼呢?

我們若將救恩視為一個過去、現在和將來的過程,那麼,我們此刻就活在「現在」的時段中。我們的過去已蒙神的赦免,至於將來,便期盼在天上永遠與主同在。但此刻,神要在我們在各方面變得更像祂的兒子耶穌基督。留意第23節的「全然」和「完全」,都是指我們要徹底像主。

「成聖」的第一步,就是要分別出來,被神使用。我們若要被神使用,就必須潔淨自己,和不住保持潔淨。有人指出,成聖一詞包含三重意思:分別出來、奉獻主用,和不斷更新。分別出來就是不與世俗為伍,和分別出來歸向神。奉獻就是將自己完完全全交給神去管理。不斷更新就是要讓聖靈每天在我們心中工作,去改變我們。

我們只要每天遵從神的話語而行,神就會用祂的方法來潔淨、更新和使用我們。因此,我們的責任是要用心去讀祂的話語,並切實遵從。我們只要做好自己的本分,神就會成就祂的工作。

我們要緊記今天所讀的一節經文:「那召你們的本是信實的,他必成就這事」。神的信實不變,祂絕不會失信於我們。但願我們懂得倚靠神的信實,來過每天的生活。


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BIBLE READING:I Thessalonians 5:12-28

We‵ve all done it. When we‵ve been leaving home we have given or been given a long list of do‵s and don‵ts. " Don‵t forget to water the lawn. Don‵t forget to put the garbage out, don‵t forget to write."

This final section is just like that. It contains at least twenty short phrases covering everything from "Don‵t forget to pay the pastor" to "Don‵t forget to pray for us". Paul always had a practical application to whatever truth he taught.

For example look at v. 23: "May you be sanctified and kept blameless." What does that mean in daily living?

You realise that we are in the present tense of our salvation. The past has been forgiven, the future in heaven is yet to come.
But right now in the present, God wants to work in our lives to make us more like his Son in every part of our lives. Notice the words in v. 23 "wholly" or "through and through".

To be sanctified is firstly to be set apart to God for his use. And for God to use us, we need to be made clean and kept clean. Someone has said that three words sum up the meaning of sanctification: Separation, Dedication and Transformation. Separation is from the world and also separation unto God. Dedication is giving ourselves to him. Transformation is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives day by day.

God does his part as we live daily in obedience to his Word. Therefore we need to read his Word and study what it means for ourselves. If we do our part, God will do his.

A verse for today and everyday: ‵The One who calls you is faithful and he will DO IT.‵ You cannot exhaust the faithfulness of God. It is unchanging. It never fails. Remember what he said: ‵I am the Lord, I change not.‵ Quietly count on his faithfulness today and every day.


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