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:寄居在世(2019.10.06)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2019年10月06日 14:32

亲爱的弟兄阿,你们是客旅,是寄居的。我劝你们要禁戒肉体的私欲,这私欲是与灵魂争战的。彼前2:11

I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desire. 1 Peter 2:11

旅居在外国,其实并不总是会受到真正的欢迎。有时候人家是勉强接待你,有时候甚至可能只是嘴上客气一下。更糟糕的,你也可能会成为被歧视、被拒绝和被排斥的外族。

圣经说,我们基督徒只是这个世界的客旅。我们真正身份在天国,我们的家在那里。只要我们还活在这个世界,我们就只能承受寄居的生活。因为我们的习惯、目标、生活方式,一定和这个世界完全不同。

因为我们选择了跟随基督,而不是跟随这个世界,我们也会受到嘲弄、拒绝,甚至逼迫。遇到这种情况,也不要奇怪和紧张。耶稣说了,他们若逼迫了我,也会逼迫你们。(约1520)但是,你永远不能忘记:你是天国的子民,而且你最后一定会回家。

Aliens from other countries are rarely shown the “welcome mat”. They are often accepted reluctantly or with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. They may even find themselves victims or discrimination, rejection or intolerance.

The Bible says that we are “aliens and strangers in the world.” Our citizenship is in Heaven and there is our real home. As long as we live in this earth, we don’t quite fit in. Our customs are different, our goals are different, our ways of living are different, our concerns are different.

And as Christ followers (instead of followers of this world), we may find ourselves scorned, rejected, or even persecuted. If so, we shouldn’t be surprised. Jesus warned, “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20).

But never forget: You are a citizen of the Kingdom of God. And someday you will be Home!  


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