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管理人員 | 文章數:2352 | 文章發佈時間:2016-01-29

作神的管家
作者:讀經:哥林多前書四章1至15節

作耶穌基督的僕人究竟是甚麼意思?今天所讀的經文,為我們提供了兩幅圖畫,指出信徒作為神的僕人,所承擔的是甚麼工作。

保羅用了兩個不同的名稱,來形容信徒在耶穌基督裡的身分。第一個名稱是「僕人」。這個字詞的原意,是指到古時那些在大船上划槳的工人。這些划槳的工人必須聽從工頭的指令。根據約翰福音十八章36節的記載,基督在彼拉多面前受審時,就用過這個字詞:「我的國若屬這世界,我臣僕必要爭戰。」因此,在救主的心目中,祂的僕人一聽見祂發出命令,就會立即遵從,不會提出任何問題,並且絕對服從祂的權威。我們若想作祂所喜悅的僕人,就必須與祂相交,這樣才能明白祂的心意。

保羅採用的第二個名稱是「管家」。在保羅的時代,管家是家中的眾僕之首。他要負責管理主人的全部家業。舊約的約瑟,便是波提乏的好管家。以利以謝也是亞伯拉罕的好管家。管家的責任不在於提供一切的所需,反之,是將主人所提供的一切作出適當的分配。

同樣地,基督已為我們提供所需用的一切,並且將分配的責任交給我們。因此,我們要了解自己從主領受到甚麼東西,然後拿出來與有需要的人分享。

我們至少已有甚麼東西可以與人分享呢?保羅指出,那就是福音的奧祕。那是甚麼意思?奧祕當然是指到祕密,可是,經文告訴我們,神已將這個奧祕向我們顯明。我們不能自行發現這個奧祕,只有神向我們顯明,我們才能夠知曉。神向我們顯明這個重要真理,為的是希望所有人都能夠分享福音的信息,並且,更能得著祂兒子耶穌基督的死所帶來的好處。

反思:「所求於管家的,是要他有忠心。」(林前四2)

 

HOUSE-KEEPERS FOR GOD

BIBLE READING: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

What is your definition of a servant of Jesus Christ? Here in this section of chapter four, we are given two pictures of the work of all believers as servants of Christ. These words were written concerning Paul and Apollos, but they apply to us as well.

In stating our position in Jesus Christ, Paul uses two words which are very interesting. The first word is ‵servants‵ or ‵ministers‵. It is a word used to describe those who pulled the huge oars in the old time ships. Those men had to work strictly under the command of their leader. Christ used the word in John 18:36 when he was standing before Pilate. He said, ‵My kingdom is not of this world or my servants would fight for me‵. The Saviour considered his servants as those who immediately obey him, ask no questions and recognise his authority. To know what he wants us to do we must be in touch with him. We must seek to know and to do his will, if we are to be the kind of servants he wants us to be.

The second word used by Paul is ‵stewards‵. The steward of Paul‵s day was head of the housekeeping. He was in charge of the whole administration of the house and estate.

Joseph was a good steward in Potiphar‵s home. Eliezer was a good steward in Abraham‵s household. Theirs was not the final responsibility of providing all that was needed, but rather of distributing what the master provided.

In the same way, Christ has made the provision and has given us the task of distribution-of seeing that what he has provided is shared with those who need it.

What do we have to distribute? Paul says the mysteries of God or the Gospel. What does this mean? A mystery in this verse means a secret which God himself has revealed. It is something we could not discover, but which God has shown to us. It is the great truth that God wants everyone to share in the gospel message and to benefit from the death of his Son, Jesus Christ.

QUESTION:What is required of a steward? That he be faithful to his work (v.2).


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