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).

双语灵修丨葛培理布道团:黑白颠倒(2018.11.7)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年11月07日 09:47

“不但如此,凡立志在基督耶稣里敬虔度日的也都要受逼迫。”提摩太后书 3:12

All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12

就像万有引力定律一样,属灵定律也不会改变。我们必须面对一个现实:我们活在颠倒的世界。当爱,却恨;当好,却吵;当和,却斗;当修,却伤;当享,却偷;当直,却谬。我曾经见过一个不倒翁玩具。老爷爷头部放了重量,不管怎么放,他都是头朝下,或者回到头朝下的状态。

这就是我们的现实。不管在什么情况,我们都本末倒置。从小到大我们都重复做我们不该做的,却不做我们该做的。这就是我们的本性。我们头部太重、心里空洞,所以我们就经常颠三倒四。所以,基督的门徒与世界格格不入。在头朝下的人的眼里,其他正常人也是颠倒的。对不信的人来言,基督徒也是不正常的。基督徒的良善是对恶人的谴责,是对世俗的挑战。所以,冲突和挣扎是自然的,逼迫也是不可避免的。

This is a spiritual law which is as unchangeable as the law of gravity. We must get this fact firmly fixed in our minds: We live in an upside-down world. People hate when they should love; they quarrel when they should be friendly; they fight when they should be peaceful; they would when they should heal; they steal when they should share; they do wrong when they should do right.I once saw a toy clown with a weight in its head. No matter how it was place, it invariably assumed an upside-down position. It could be place on its feet or on its side, and when let go it flipped back on its head.

In our unregenerate state we are just like that! Regardless of the circumstances, we always revert to an upside-down position. From childhood to maturity we are always prone to do what we should not do and to refrain from doing what we ought to do. That is our nature. We have too much weight in the head and not enough ballast in our hearts, so we flip upside down when left alone.That is why the disciples seemed to be misfits to the world. To an upside-down man, a right-side-up man seems upside down. To the nonbeliever, the true Christian is an oddity and an abnormality. A Christian’s goodness is a rebuke to another’s wickedness; his being right-side-up is a reflection upon the worldling’s inverted position. So the conflict is a natural one. And persecution is inevitable.

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