May 31, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

Do you truly understand the Bible?

“The problem is not that we do not understand the Bible; the problem is that so often we understand it all too well, but we are unwilling to obey it, or to believe it, or to trust on the promises…”

May 28, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

许多自称基督徒的人…

“许多自称基督徒的人,他们日常的生活与他们身边千千个不信者毫无分别。他们罕有参加祷告会,他们没有家庭崇拜,他们很少读经,他们不愿与你谈论神的事情,他们的行径完全属世,但他们却颇肯定他们可以上天堂!若问他们信心的根据,他们会告诉你许多年前他们已经接受基督作他们的救主,而「一次得救,永远得救」是 他们现在的安慰。今天世上正有千千万万个这样的人,心里存着虚假的平安,嘴唇挂着虚空的认信,走在那引到灭亡的阔路上。”

– A. W. Pink

May 28, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

神看中亚伯,不看中该隐

箴言 21:2-3
人所行的,在自己眼中都看为正,惟有耶和华衡量人心。
行仁义公平,比献祭更蒙耶和华悦纳。

耶和华看中了亚伯和他的供物;
只是看不中该隐和他的供物。(创世记 4:4b-5a)

亚伯因着信,献祭与神,比该隐所献的更美。(希伯来书 11:4a)

人非有信,就不能得神喜悦。(希伯来书 11:6)
信心若没有行为是死的。(雅各书 2:17)

亚伯信神,行仁义公平,比献祭更蒙耶和华悦纳。
亚伯蒙神悦纳首先是因为他的人,然后才是祭物。

亚伯的祭物蒙神悦纳是因为他的人。
该隐的祭物不蒙悦纳也是因为他的人。
所以,神对该隐说:”你若行得好,岂不蒙悦纳?”

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亚伯也是罪人。(罗马书 3:23)
亚伯称义是因着信。(希伯来书 11:4)
亚伯的信心是神所赐的。(以弗所书 2:8-9)
神在创世之前就拣选了亚伯。(以弗所书 1:4)
亚伯的人蒙悦纳是因为神的恩典和拣选。

神拣选了亚伯,没有拣选该隐。
亚伯和该隐的唯一分别是神的恩典。
基督徒和非基督徒的唯一分别也是神的恩典。

罪人得救是因为神的恩典。
罪人灭亡却是因为自己的罪。

拣选没有不公平,因为神不是罪人的父。(约翰福音 8:41-44)
犯罪的是属魔鬼,因为魔鬼从起初就犯罪。(约翰一书 3:8)
神是人的创造主。(创世记 1:27)
罪人应该得到的是神的愤怒和审判。(诗篇 7:11)

唯有在耶稣基督里,我们才不是罪人。(歌罗西书 1:14)
唯有在神的儿子里面,我们才是神的儿女。(加拉太书 3:26)

May 26, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

To those who preach…

“Go where the text goes. Say what the text says. Promise what the text promises. Warn what the text warns.” — Steven Lawson

May 24, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

Is God a mystery?

1) Sinners can never know God unless God reveals to them.

2) In God’s revelation, we still cannot FULLY know God because He is infinite, but we can know God in the ways He tells us.

3) We can know God in two ways: look at the universe (God’s creation) and read the Bible (God’s words).

4) The Creation tells us there is a Creator. The Bible tells us who God is (holy, love, etc.) and who we are (sinners), and what is the salvation (Jesus Christ).

5) As we read the Bible. It tells us there is ONLY ONE God; and the Father is God; and Jesus is God; and the Holy Spirit is God. Then the Father is not the Son, and the Son is not the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father. Instead of saying so many definitions, we use the term “Trinity”.

6) Our fallen logic and reasoning contradicts with the doctrine of the Trinity, but it is indeed the revelation of the Bible. For example, in Isaiah 45:21b-22, God says:

“There is no other God besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.”

“our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13)
“our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1)