神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16)

​【双语灵修】葛培理:天使守护(2018-1-10)

作者: 葛培理 来源:基督时报 蒙允转载2018年01月10日 09:23

天使守护 ANGELS

“耶和华的使者在敬畏他的人四围安营, 搭救他们。”  诗篇 34:7 

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.  Psalm 34:7RSV

几年前有一部电影叫“天使特工”,讲述的是几个美女联手打击犯罪的故事。在娱乐圈,资助大片出品的人也被称为“天使”。因为没有他们,这些大片上不了荧幕。这些“天使”虽然不是真的,但理念也没有错。因为“天使”就是来帮我们,或抵挡邪恶,或履行他们的职责和使命。没有他们,我们无法实现自己人生的目标和理想。

圣经里,天使多次向人显现。旧约里面比较频繁。新约里最著名的,就是天使问候马利亚,告诉她:你要怀孕生子,名字叫耶稣基督。很多时候,天使是我们肉眼看不见的。但是,他们是真实的。好比我的眼睛蒙上了,我看不见你在我面前,但不是说你不存在。同样,不管我们能不能看见他们,天使总是在我们身边,守护我们。当然,我们不是向天使祷告。人,其实也只是比天使低一点点。天使是上帝看顾、保守我们的方式之一。魔鬼总是要攻击我们,所以上帝派天使来守护我们。天使,就是上帝的秘密使者、特工。

A few years ago there was a television program called “Charlie’s Angels.” These “angels” were three attractive women who were involved in fighting crime. In the theater, people who finance expensive productions are called “angels” because without them, the shows would never get to the stage. These are modern interpretations of the word “angel,” but the idea is correct, nevertheless.Angels are beings who help other people against evil forces, and they do perform certain duties, without which we could not always be able to achieve a certain goal or station in life.

In the Bible, there are several instances when angels revealed themselves to man. Although these instances occur mostly in the Old Testament, perhaps the most famous appearance occurs in the New Testament, when Mary is visited by an angel and told that she is to bear the Son of God, Jesus Christ.Mostly, though, angels are invisible. Of course this does not make them any less real than you would be to me if I happened to be blindfolded. Our ability to see angels or not to see them has nothing at all to all to do with their existence and their role in protecting us from certain harms.Though we do not pray to angels, and man, for the moment, is only “a little lower than the angels,” they are just one more example of how God cares for and keeps us against the forces of Satan which are constantly trying to defeat us.Truly, angels are God’s secret agents.”


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