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神為信徒的行為定下甚麼準則?
作者:讀經:羅馬書12章1-8節

上述問題可從正面和負面來回答。我們從耶穌基督的身上,可以看見神的正面準則。我們要在品格和行為上學習基督的樣式。

多年前一本著作名叫《跟隨祂的腳蹤行》,曾經幫助和激勵了不少基督徒。縱然有些事情,我們未必能夠輕易判斷耶穌會怎樣做,以及我們都會有機會犯錯;可是,只要我們仰望祂,祂總會藉著聖靈來幫助我們。

從負面來看,聖經清楚教導我們,不要效法世界的標準。我們接受耶穌基督以後,便代表我們已離開那個不認識基督的世界,進入一個新的國度。這個國度會為我們的行事為人,提供一套新的準則,那就是基督的準則。

新約對此作出了強烈的勸籲。羅馬書十二章2節教導我們說:「不要效法這個世界」。一個英文譯本聖經(J. B. Phillips)將這節經文譯得很好:「不要讓這個世界把你擠進它的模型裡。」我們的生活方式要跟這世界截然兩樣。

按照新約的看法,這個世界是一個妨害基督徒成長的陷阱。究竟「世界」代表甚麼呢?那就是我們的社會文化,它不僅不接受基督的準則,而且還處處與基督為敵。撒但是這世界的王。我們可以輕易看見,這個世界的標準,與耶穌基督的標準大相逕庭。

然而,不與世俗為伍,並不等於與世隔絕。我們要在世上為基督作見證,卻不要跟從世俗而行。

反思:我們要從世界分別出來,歸給基督。


WHAT IS GOD‵S STANDARD FOR BELIEVERS?


BIBLE READING:Romans 12:1-8

There are two sides to the answer to the above question. One is positive. The other is negative. God‵s positive standard is always seen in the person of Jesus Christ. We are to be like him in our character and behaviour.

A book written by Charles Sheldon many years ago has helped and challenged many Christians. Its title is simple - ‵In His steps or what would Jesus do?‵. Even then it is not always easy to decide what Jesus wants us to do and we all make mistakes. But as we look to him, his help is always near in the person of the Holy Spirit.

On the negative side, we are plainly told not to live by the world‵s standards. When we accepted Jesus Christ, we came out from a world which does not know him and we entered a new kingdom. That means a new different standard of conduct as we have seen. Now our standard is Christ.

The New Testament has some strong words on this point. Romans 12:2 says ‵Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world‵. The well known paraphrase by J. B. Phillips expresses it well: ‵Don‵t let the world squeeze you into its mould‵. The pattern for our lives has changed dramatically.

The New Testament sees the world as a real peril and hindrance to our Christian life. What is meant by the ‵world‵? It is that part of our culture and society which is not under the rule of Christ and is actively opposed to him. Satan is the head of that world. You can easily see that the standards of that world could not be the standards of a follower of Jesus Christ.

To be separated from that world however does not mean to be isolated from it. We are here to be a witness to it for Christ but we are not to follow its pathways.

REMEMBER: We are separated from the world, so that we can be separated unto Christ.


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延伸閱讀:
萬事有限 【六月8日】
聖靈果子 【九月26日】
最後極限 【讀經:但以理書五章1至9節】


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