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】葛培理布道团:罪的工价(2018-8-11)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年08月11日 10:14

“因为罪的工价乃是死;惟有神的恩赐,在我们的主基督耶稣里,乃是永生。”罗马书 6:23

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

教会的首要任务是改变人。要改变人的唯一办法,就是要他们相信主耶稣基督。然后他们才有能力按照基督徒的要求爱自己的邻舍(参太22:39)。毫无疑问,这个世界充满了不公。看看美国的情景,耶稣看见的更深。根本问题是认为人的本性,就是按圣经所说的罪。所以基督才来到我们中间,为我们上了十字架,流尽宝血,洗净我们的罪。

今天,我们的教会很关心社会,给予很多医疗上的帮助。但是,世界四处受伤害,教会忙不过来。最大的需要,是大医生耶稣,他是真正诊断这个世界的人。他很清楚地告诉我们,这个世界的问题,就是罪。如果我们有一个要奋斗的事业,让我们与罪争战。耶利米先知说的对,人心比万物都诡诈, 坏到极处, 谁能识透呢?”(耶17:9 )当我们发现了人的根本问题后,就明白了穆迪的话:看着这些罪救不了他们。他们需要的是真正治疗的方法—救恩。

The changing of men is a primary mission of the church. The only way to change men is to get them converted to Jesus Christ. Then they will have th capacity to live up to the Christian command to “love thy neighbor” (Matthew 22:39). There is no doubt that today we see social injustice everywhere. However, looking on our American scene Jesus would see something even deeper.If only we would begin at the root of our problems, which is the disease of human nature that the Bible calls sin! This is why Christ came and died on the cross, this is why He shed His blood-to do something about this disease that mankind is suffering from.

We in the church today are in danger of becoming blundering social physicians, giving medicine here and putting ointment there on the sores of the world. But the sores break out again somewhere else. The great need is for the church to call in the Great Physician, who alone can properly diagnose the case. He will look beneath the mere skin eruptions and pronounce thecause of it all: “Sin!”If we in the church want a cause to fight, let’s fight sin. Let’s reveal its hideousness. Let’s show that Jeremiah was correct when he said, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). Then when the center of man’s trouble is dealt with, we can say with D. L. Moody, “Looking at the wound of sin will never save anyone. What you must do is look at the remedy.”

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