202205031551晨興聖言-神在信仰裏的經綸(W3-4)

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四 主耶穌在二十四節說,『凡你們禱告祈求的,無論是甚麼,只要信已經得着了,就必得着』:

1 二十四節中最重要的辭就是『已經得着』;信就是信我們已經得着所求的。

2 這節聖經的應許非常包羅,因爲這裏說到『凡…的』。

3 馬可十一章二十四節不僅說到信心的必需,也說到信心的性質;信心指向過去,而非指向將來的甚麼。

4 按照主的話,我們該相信我們已經得着了,不是我們將要得着—24 節。

5 盼望是將來的事,相信乃是看事情已經完成了。

6 信心不但相信神能、神肯,並且相信神已經作了。

五 我們若按着神的旨意禱告,以完成祂的經綸,我們就與神是一,並且也有確信,我們已經得着我們所求的—太六9 ~ 10:

1 如果我們求主,要得着一些滿足我們願望的東西,我們就絕不會在神裏面有信心,相信我們已經得着我們所求的;這是因爲我們的禱告不是按照神的旨意,以完成神的經綸。

2 我們若完全與神是一,我們就有神作我們的信心,並且能按着我們對神旨意的認識禱告,以完成祂的經綸,並且我們信已經得着我們所求的,就必得着—可十一24。

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可十一22 ~ 24『耶穌回答說,你們要信神。我實在告訴你們,無論誰對這座山說,你得挪開,投在海裏,他若心裏不疑惑,只信他所說的成了,就必給他成了。…凡你們禱告祈求的,無論是甚麼,只要信已經得着了,就必得着。』

   〔馬可十一章二十四節〕的應許非常包羅。這是聖經中最大的經節之一。約翰三章十六節有『一切…的』,指所有人;這裏有『凡…的』,指所有事。約翰福音說,『一切信入祂的…得永遠的生命』;這裏說,『凡你們禱告祈求的,…就必得着。』所以這是非常包羅的經節;『凡』包括一切事。但這節有一個條件:我們必須相信。我們若沒有信心,就得不着所祈求的。這一節不僅告訴我們信心的必需,也告訴我們信心的性質(倪柝聲文集第二輯第二十六册,一○六頁)。

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   信心的性質…不是…信心的必需—那是顯而易見的。但問題乃是如何相信,〔馬可十一章二十四節〕是回答這問題惟一的經節。『信已經得着了,就必得着。』我們要怎樣信?『信已經得着了。』…相信的路不是相信我要得着,或我能得着,或我將要得着,乃是我已經得着。這就是信心—我已經得着了,不是我有一天將要得着。我用全心相信,說我能得着,或我將要得着,這是…盼望,不是信心。…將來的事總是盼望,不是信心。我們的主不是說,你必須相信你要得着,乃是你必須相信你已經得着了。這是神已經作成的,是神賜給我的。每當我們的信心放在將來,這就不是信心,而是盼望(倪柝聲文集第二輯第二十六册,一○六至一○七頁)。

   我們就來看,何謂活的信心。你知道何謂活的信心,纔能用活的信心去信。…『信』這個字誰都知道,但是好多人的信並不是信,他們的信一點也不發生效力。聖經告訴我們說,舊人已經死了。好多人說,我信;但他們的信不發生效力,他們不見得已經死了。

   好多人的信不過是頭腦的贊成,並非心中的相信。他們頭腦贊成這是對的,是有道理的。弟兄姊妹,千萬別把這個當作信心,這只是頭腦的信而已。你聽了道理以後,就說,這道理好得很,真有理。但你知道道理好,未必是信道理。

   馬可十一章二十四節…是全部聖經裏惟一的一處,告訴人信是信在那裏。…信心就是信我是已經得着了。…只有一種的信心,是神所接受的。馬可十一章二十四節的『已經』,是一個最緊要的字眼。信『已經』得着,就必得着。假若你盼望要得着,這並非信心。

   信…乃是〔罪人〕在禱告之後,回答你說,『感謝神,我的罪因主的緣故,都赦免了!感謝神,我已經得救了!』也許他的眼淚跟着掉下來了。這就是信心。…不是信罪能赦免,也不是信罪將得赦免,乃是信罪已得赦免了。…許多人在得救時知道何謂信心,就是信已經得救了,不是將要赦免,將要得救。但是等到以後,聽到第二步的真理時,卻把以前的信心,又掉了一個頭。在得救時,知道相信已經得救;但是第二步的真理,卻信將要。…得救了之後,對於基督其他方面的工作,卻把信心調走了(倪柝聲文集第二輯第二十三册,一一九至一二二頁)。

參讀:倪柝聲文集第二輯第二十六册,第一百七十九至一百八十篇;第二十三册,第七十四篇;第一輯第六册,信心的根源;第二輯第二十一册,第十一篇。

 

WEEK 3 — DAY 4


D. In verse 24 the Lord Jesus said, “All things that you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and you will have them”:

1. Received is the crucial word in Mark 11:24; faith is believing that we have received what we have asked for.

2. The promise in this verse is comprehensive because it speaks of “all things.”

3. Mark 11:24 speaks not only of the necessity of faith but also of the nature of faith; faith refers to the past, not to anything in the future.

4. According to the Lord's word, we should believe that we have received, not that we will receive—v. 24.

5. To hope means to expect something in the future; to believe means to consider something as having been done.

6. Faith is not only believing that God can or will do a certain thing but also believing that God has done that thing already.

E. If we pray according to God's will for the fulfillment of His economy, we are one with God and have the assurance that we have received what we have prayed for—Matt. 6:9-10:

1. If we ask the Lord for things that satisfy our desire, we can never have the faith in God to believe that we have received what we asked for; this is because our prayer is not according to God's will for the fulfillment of God's economy.

2. If we are absolutely one with God, we can have God as our faith and pray according to the knowledge of God's will for the fulfillment of His economy, and we will believe that we have already received the things that we asked for and will receive them—Mark 11:24.

Morning Nourishment

Mark 11:22-24 And Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God. Truly I say to you that whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says happens, he will have it… All things that you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and you will have them.

   The promise of Mark 11:24 is very comprehensive. It is one of the biggest verses in the Bible. John 3:16 speaks of “everyone,” but this verse speaks of “all things.” John 3:16 tells us that “everyone who believes into Him… would have eternal life”; Mark 11:24 tells us that “all things that you pray and ask… you will have them.” This is a very comprehensive verse; “all things” includes everything. But this verse has a condition: we must believe. If we do not have faith, we cannot have what we ask for. This verse not only tells us of the necessity of faith but also the nature of faith. (CWWN, vol. 46, p. 1211)

Today's Reading

   The nature of faith… [is not] the necessity of faith—this is apparent. The question is about how to believe, and [Mark 11:24] is the only verse which answers this question. “Believe that you have received them, and you will have them.” How should we believe? “Believe that you have received.” The way to believe is not that we will receive or can receive or that we are able to receive or are going to receive, but that we already have received. Faith is that we have received, not that we will receive one day… Believing with all our heart that we can receive or that we are going to receive… is hope, not faith… What is in the future is always hope, not faith. Our Lord did not say, “You must believe that you are going to receive.” On the contrary, He said, “You must believe that you have already received.” It is something already done by God, something given to us by God. Whenever our faith is in the future, it is not faith but hope. (CWWN, vol. 46, p. 1211)

   Let us consider the meaning of a living faith. Only after we know what a living faith is can we exercise this faith… Everyone knows the word faith, but the faith of many people is not truly faith; their faith does not produce any effect on them. The Bible tells us that the old man is dead. Many people say that they believe this, but their faith is not effectual. They do not seem to have died at all.

   To many people, faith is merely a mental consent; it is not a genuine believing in the heart. In their mind they agree that something is good and logical. Brothers and sisters, never consider this as faith; this is merely a mental reckoning. After one hears a doctrine, he may appreciate its excellence and logic. But knowing a good doctrine does not mean that one has faith in the doctrine.

   Mark 11:24… is the only place in the entire Bible that tells us what faith is… Faith is believing that we have already received… Only one kind of faith is acceptable to God. The word have in Mark 11:24 is a very important word. If we believe that we have received something, we will have it. If we hope that we will receive it, whatever we have is not faith.

   [Faith] is saying, after [a sinner] prays, “Thank God, my sins have all been forgiven by the Lord! Thank God, I am already saved!” Perhaps he will say this with tears in his eyes. This is faith… It is not believing that our sins can be forgiven or will be forgiven but believing that our sins are forgiven. Many people are clear at the time of their salvation what faith is. They believe that they are already saved, not that they will be saved or forgiven. But when they hear the next step of the truth, they give up the faith that they had before. At the time they are saved, they believe that they have already received. But when it comes to the next step of the truth, they can only believe that they will receive… After they are saved, they have no faith concerning Christ’s work in the other areas. (CWWN, vol. 43, pp. 628-631)

Further Reading: CWWN, vol. 46, chs. 179-180; CWWN, vol. 43, ch. 74; CWWN, vol. 6, pp. 879-885; CWWN, vol. 41, ch. 14

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