202205021509晨興聖言-神在信仰裏的經綸(W2-2)

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叁 信的意思乃是信神是,我們不是—來十一5 ~ 6、1 ~ 2,林後四13、18:

一 人非有信,就不能得神的喜悅,不能使神快樂—來十一6 上。

二 信神是,就是信祂是我們的一切,而我們一無所是—約八58,傳一2。

三 信神是,含示我們不是;祂必須在凡事上是惟一的一位,獨一的一位,我們必須在凡事上甚麼也不是—創五24,來十一5。

四 信神是,就是否認我們的己;在全宇宙中祂是,我們眾人甚麼也不是—路九23。

五 我應當甚麼都不是;我應當不存在;惟獨祂應當存在『不再是我,乃是基督』—加二20。

六 以諾被接去以前,已經得了蒙神喜悅的見證(來十一5 ~ 6);以諾與神同行三百年,晝夜不斷上行,運用信心信神是,每天更接近神,更與神是一,直到『神將他取去,他就不在世了〔不在世,直譯,不是〕』—創五22 ~ 24,參歌八5 上。

肆 信的意思乃是我們信神賞賜那尋求祂的人—來十一6,創十五1,腓三8、14:

一 以諾的賞賜乃是達到生命的最高程度—逃避死亡—來十一5 上,林後五4,羅八6、10 ~11,五17。

二 主是賞賜者,我們需要作尋求祂的人—詩二七4、8,四二1 ~ 2,四三4,七三25,一一九2、10。

三 我們是憑信而活的人,望斷以及於那賞賜,就是在千年國裏對基督極點的享受,像摩西一樣,堅定不移,如同看見那不能看見的主—腓三14,來十一26 ~ 27。

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來十一6『人非有信,就不能得神的喜悅;因 爲到神面前來的人,必須信有神〔直譯,神是〕, 且信祂賞賜那尋求祂的人。』

路九23『耶穌又對眾人說,若有人要跟從我, 就當否認己,天天背起他的十字架,並跟從我。』

   神要你只信祂是〔來十一6〕。『是』這個動詞,事實上乃是我們三一神的神聖名稱。在出埃及三章, 摩西問神,祂的名是甚麼。神回答說,祂的名是我是 那我是(13 ~ 14)。…祂是那獨一的一位。…在整 個宇宙中,別的一切都不是;惟有祂是。祂是,因爲 祂是真實的。祂所造的一切,都不是真實的。這就是 爲甚麼智慧的王所羅門說,『凡事都是虛空。』(傳 一2)你以爲你是,但你是虛空。…太陽、月亮、活物、 諸天和地,全都是虛空。惟有一位纔是。這個『是』, 這個動詞『是』,含示存在。祂是那從前存在、現在 存在、將來還要存在的一位(李常受文集一九九四至 一九九七年第一册,三三九至三四○頁)。

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   耶穌是那『偉大』的我是。祂告訴我們說,『我就是…生 命。』(約十四6 上)『我是復活。』(十一25)『我就是門。』 (十9,參7)『我是好牧人。』(11)『我就是生命的糧。』 (六35)祂是真糧食。…這糧食就是耶穌,那偉大的我是。 祂是氣(二十22)、活水(四10、14)和生命樹(十五1, 十四6 上,啓二7)。祂是神(約一1,…羅九5)、父(賽 九6,約十四9 ~ 10)、子(可一1,約二十31)、靈(林 後三17,林前十五45 下)。祂對我們乃是一切。

   我們今天是,但至終明天就不是了。所以在整個宇宙中,我們甚麼也不是。…作丈夫的如果看見惟有神是,他自己不是,他就不會憑自己,並在自己裏面來愛他的妻子。…你們…如果看見在整個宇宙中惟有神是,你們會任意買想要買的東西麼?你們會看見:『我不是,我甚麼也不是。我不去買東西,但祂是,所以是祂去。』…弟兄們必須問自己:『是我,還是基督,作我妻子的丈夫?』如果一個姊妹的丈夫不以基督爲那是的一位,她會很痛苦。但如果她的丈夫是基督,她就只有一個丈夫,就是那位獨一的丈夫。惟獨基督是丈夫,沒有一個丈夫是真正的丈夫。…你要到神面前來麼?你若回答是,你就必須信神是,這含示說,你甚麼也不是。

   主婚人可以向…一對新人說,『你是親愛的新婦,你是親愛的新郎麼?』新郎應當說,『不,我不是。基督纔是。』新婦應當說,『…我又醜陋又可憐,我不美麗。基督纔是榮美的一位。我不是新婦,祂纔是。』這就是信徒。…當你像保羅一樣說,『不再是我,乃是基督,』你就是信神是。信神是,是很深的。這含示你看見你不是,祂纔是。『你不是』的意思是說,你不存在。這就是聖經所說否認己的意思。當一個姊妹要結婚的時候,…她不該覺得自己是最美最好的一位。如果她這樣覺得,她的婚姻就完了。那不是一個信徒的婚姻。一個將要結婚的信徒應當說,『主阿,我將要嫁給這個人。主,你知道我甚麼也不是。我不能作好妻子。主,我甚麼也不是。』…這是在凡事上否認己的福。

   否認己等於信神是,信神是等於否認己。這是因爲你信惟獨祂纔是。在整個宇宙中祂是,我們眾人甚麼也不是。…惟獨祂應當是一切,惟獨祂應當存在。所以保羅說,『我已經…釘十字架;…不再是我,乃是基督。』〔加二20〕(李常受文集一九九四至一九九七年第一册,三四一至三四四頁)

參讀:羅馬書的結晶,第七篇;倪柝聲文集第二輯第二十二册,第四十八篇。

WEEK 2 — DAY 2


III. Faith means that we believe that God is and we are not— Heb. 11:5-6, 1-2; 2 Cor. 4:13, 18:

A. Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, to make God happy—Heb. 11:6a.

B. To believe that God is, is to believe that He is everything to us and that we are nothing—John 8:58; Eccl. 1:2.

C. To believe that God is implies that we are not; He must be the only One, the unique One, in everything, and we must be nothing in everything—Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5.

D. To believe that God is, is to deny our self; in the whole universe He is, and all of us are nothing—Luke 9:23.

E. I should not be anything; I should not exist; only He should exist—“it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ”—Gal. 2:20.

F. Before Enoch's translation, he obtained the testimony that he had been well pleasing to God (Heb. 11:5-6); Enoch continually walked upward with God day and night for three centuries, exercising his faith to believe that God is, becoming closer to God and more one with God each day until “he was not, for God took him”—Gen. 5:22-24; cf. S. S. 8:5a.

IV. Faith means that we believe that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him—Heb. 11:6; Gen. 15:1; Phil. 3:8, 14:

A. Enoch's reward was the highest degree of life—escape from death— Heb. 11:5a; 2 Cor. 5:4; Rom. 8:6, 10-11; 5:17.

B. The Lord is a rewarder, and we need to be His seekers—Psa. 27:4, 8; 42:1-2; 43:4; 73:25; 119:2, 10.

C. We are those who live by faith, looking away to the reward of the uttermost enjoyment of Christ in the millennial kingdom and, like Moses, persevering as one seeing the unseen One—Phil. 3:14; Heb. 11:26-27.

Morning Nourishment

Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to Him, for he who comes forward to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Luke 9:23 And He said to them all, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

   God requires you only to believe that He is [Heb. 11:6]. The verb to be is actually the divine title of our Triune God. In Exodus 3 Moses asked God what His name was. God answered that His name is I Am Who I Am (vv. 13- 14)… He is the only One. In the whole universe, nothing else is. Only One is. He is, because He is real. All other things created by Him are not real. This is why Solomon, the wise king, said that all things are vanity (Eccl. 1:2). You think you are, but you are vanity… The sun, the moon, the living creatures, the heavens, and the earth are all vanities. Only One is. This is, the verb to be, implies existing. He is the One who was existing, who is existing, and who is to be existing. (CWWL, 1994-1997, vol. 1, “Crystallization-study of the Epistle to the Romans,” pp. 276-277)

Today's Reading

   Jesus is the great I Am. He told us, “I am… the life” (John 14:6a). “I am the resurrection” (11:25). “I am the door” (10:7,9). “I am the good Shepherd” (v. 11). “I am the bread of life” (6:35). He is the real food… This food is Jesus, the great I Am. He is the breath (20:22), the living water (4:10, 14), and the tree of life (15:1; 14:6a; Rev. 2:7). He is God (John 1:1;… Rom. 9:5), the Father (Isa. 9:6; John 14:9-10), the Son (Mark 1:1; John 20:31), and the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17; 1 Cor. 15:45b). He is everything to us.

   We are today, but eventually, we will not be tomorrow. So in the whole universe we are nothing. If a husband realized that only God is and he is not, then he would not love his wife by himself and in himself… If you realized that in the whole universe only God is, would you buy anything you want? You would realize, “I am not. I am nothing. I don’t go shopping, but He is, so He goes.” The brothers need to ask themselves, “Is it me or Christ who is the husband to my wife?” If a sister has a husband who does not take Christ as the One who is, she will be miserable. But if her husband is Christ, she has the only Husband, the unique Husband. Only Christ is the Husband. No husbands are real husbands… Do you come forward to God? If you say yes, then you have to believe that God is, implying that you are nothing.

   The person marrying a couple could say to them, “Are you the dear bride, and are you the dear bridegroom?” The bridegroom should say, “No. I am not. But Christ is.” The bride should say, “… I am so ugly and poor. I am not pretty. Christ is the beautiful One. I am not the bride, but He is.” This is a believer. When you say what Paul said, “It’s no longer I, but Christ,” you believe that God is. To believe that God is, is so deep. It implies that you realize that you are not, but He is. You are not means that you do not exist. This is what the Bible means when it says to deny yourself. When a sister is about to be married, she… should not feel that she is the most beautiful and wonderful one. If she does, her marriage will be finished. That is not a believer’s marriage. A believer who is about to be married should say, “Lord, I am going to marry this man. Lord, You know I am nothing. I cannot be the proper wife. I am nothing, Lord.”… This is the blessing of denying yourself in everything.

   To deny yourself equals to believe that God is, and to believe that God is equals to deny yourself. This is because you believe that only He is. In the whole universe He is, and all of us are nothing… Only He should be everything. Only He should exist. So Paul says, “I have been crucified. It is no longer I, but Christ.” (CWWL, 1994-1997, vol. 1, “Crystallization-study of the Epistle to the Romans,” pp. 277-279)

Further Reading: CWWL, 1994-1997, vol. 1, “Crystallization-study of the Epistle to the Romans,” ch. 7; CWWN, vol. 42, ch. 48

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