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Hebrews 2 – The True Son 希伯来书 2 – 真儿子                

Wednesday, 5th January 2022

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-4 Commit in the Truth

Do we have the love and trust for God? When we have too much of our own thinking and perspectives, we will fail to see the love of God, and we will fail to see that the rod and staff of God, our Shepherd, are to guide us, not to hurt us. When we don’t want to stay in the house of God and the house of authority anymore, we must think if we still have the love and trust in our heart. If we want to run away from the family of God, we must go back to the first love and examine our lives. How is our relationship with God and how is our relationship with our authority?

V1 ‘Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.’ At the beginning of Hebrews 2, it talks about the truth and the love of God. It’s easy for people to see the ‘doing’ of the angels, instead of seeing the love of God. Do we see the church as a family? When we see the children, we also must see the parents. A son without the Father is an orphan; what do we see in a church? Do we see the people that are doing a lot of things, like Martha? Or do we not do anything and just sit there and wait for everything to be done for them? People cannot see the love of the Father, but the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We must not be drifted away by this world and by our ‘doing’ mode.

God is love, and His Son is sent to save us. Can we feel this love? Because if we don’t, then we will have to stop doing what we are doing right now. Because without the love of God, we are unable to do anything. What is our attitude when we read the Word of God? How much time do we spend on reading and meditating on the Word of God? We don’t need to understand everything written in the Bible, because only by the Holy Spirit then we can understand what God wants to reveal to us.

V2-3 ‘For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.’ Do not see the messengers as God; all the messengers were sent by God, and we should not focus on the messengers, but on God and on Jesus Christ. In a church, it is easy for the coworkers and elders to lose their focus. When they see themselves more than they should, they may go astray and lead people astray. We must humble ourselves, to see ourselves as servants, the ones being sent, not because of our ability or talents, but because of the love of God. Let us live under the fragrance of the Tree of Life, to humble and obey; to deny ourselves and benefit others.

V4 ‘God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?’ Do not be obsessed with the miracles and wonders, but to see the Son of God, Christ Jesus Himself, behind all these miracles. What is our motive behind asking for miracles, prophecies, and supernatural experiences? Jesus did not want us to glorify ourselves in all these things, instead, He wanted us to disciple the nation. The most important thing is how many disciples we can bring for God! Because without love, and without carrying out the Great Commission in Matthew 28, then there is no use despite of how many miracles we perform. When we are willing to act out love, then these miracles and wonders will naturally follow us. Therefore the truth is that God loves us and sends His only Son as a living sacrifice for our sins, and we can only become true sons when we are committed in this truth.

Section Two V5-9 Humbly Receive the Crown

V5-7 ‘For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying: What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands.’ Angels were not created to manage the world, because when God created the Heaven and Earth, He gave this job of managing the world to Adam. Angel is the spirit of servant, as David wrote in Psalm 8. When we receive salvation, the angels will serve us and work for us.

V8-9 ‘You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.’ We have lost the ability to manage because of sin, and this authority has been taken away by the devil. Jesus was above the angels, but He was willing to be sent to the world and become human, who are a little lower than angels. Because Jesus suffered death, so He has overcome and taken back the authority from the devil. Are we also willing to be humble like Jesus? We know we have the royal identities as the princes and princesses, but only when we humble ourselves, become a true son like Jesus, then we can receive the crown of honour and glory. He did not put this crown on Himself, but the crown will put on Him.

Section Three V10-18 Be Made Perfect

V10 ‘For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.’ When Jesus humbly came to this world, He was here to lead many sons into His glory. He was willing to surrender, to offer Himself, and to be made perfect through suffering. Jesus did not blame anyone in this world for the sufferings He went through, it was natural for Him to release the love in the fragrance of the Tree of Life. Do we also feel loved when we serve? Or do we feel we are suffering?

V14-15 ‘Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.’ Maybe we are not afraid of death, but are we afraid of being poor? May God help us not to be afraid of death or not being taken care of. When we have fear for the future, we will have a gap in our lives for the devil to come in. God will release us, not to be the slaves of this world. He leads us and guides us, so we are not afraid, but to be in His presence.

V17-18 ‘Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.’ God is love, He is the merciful and faithful High Priest. When we follow God, no matter if we go through mountains or valleys, are we willing to believe God is love?

希伯来书 2 – 真儿子               

2022年1月5日 星期三

潘锡安牧师 

神在希伯来书不断提醒我们神对我们完全委身的爱。我们是不缺乏爱的,我们所需要的爱,神已经丰丰盛盛预备给我们。神对我们的爱永不改变,我们若要领受到神的爱,就要对神有爱有信任。我们是否成为一个蒙爱的人,取决于是否愿意单纯相信神。当我们像孩子一样,为生活中简单的事情而感恩神,我们的一举一动都会散发出爱。从诗篇23篇我们可以知道,一个牧羊人不会偏心某些羊,因此我们要相信我们的神、我们的权柄。神爱我们,但我们需要有信任,不然我们不会觉得我们的神和权柄爱我们,不会在被神的“杖和竿”管教和引导的时候觉得被“安慰”。能被神管教,才能与神有真关系。在与神的关系中,我们才会觉得被爱。不要让我们生命的问题阻挡我们领受神的爱。

本章的经文讲的是“真儿子”。在地上的真儿子在自己家里很放松,知道自己可以做什么;而“假儿子”在家中就很不自在,很想离开。我们在教会的时候,是否有很想留下来的感觉,是否很想帮忙整理脏乱的地方?当牧师邀请我们的时候,我们是否会怀疑自己又有哪一点要被他批评?当我们回到父家,我们的心态是什么?若我们心里有小剧场,说明我们跟神、跟权柄的关系有问题,我们没有爱没有信任,我们的事工就会进入doing的模式,陷入分辨善恶树。一个真儿子是可以听到父亲的声音的,假的儿子则会觉得凡事都是劳苦重担,很容易受伤,四围寻找其它的家。

一、委身于真理 v.1-4

V1 “道理”不仅是前一章第14节讲关于天使的事,而是关于第一章1-3节的内容。希伯来书一开始就讲到神的爱,也是约翰一书4章9-10节阐述的真理。人很容易看到的是天使做的很多事。我们在教会看到弟兄姐妹做很多事就觉得他们很棒,很感恩这些人,却没有看到这些人为什么这么做。在一个家里,我们若只看到儿子却没有看到父母,这个“家”就只是一个孤儿院。这样的家常有两种人:一种就像马大,做很多事却不开心,另一种则袖手旁观,什么都不做。当我们在牧养人的时候,下面的人若只看到我们的付出而看不到权柄的爱,别人就看不到我们被爱,因而会害怕。神在希伯来书一开始就告诉我们,我们是被爱的,他差派自己的儿子来救赎我们。当我们没有觉得被爱的时候,要停下来。在一个家里,我们不是一直埋头做事,而要先感受到爱。这个“道理”就是“神是爱”。“随流失去”原文指的是被冲走、被带走。我们不要被这个世界、被分辨善恶树带走。我们不要觉得不做事的时候就不被爱、被丢弃。如果我们相信神,当神让我们停止的时候,我们不会觉得不被爱和尊重。不要被这个世界的洪流冲离爱的源头。

V2 天使所传的是神的话,他们所传的话是确定、没有问题的。然而我们往往很容易将天使看为神。天使只是“服役的灵,奉差遣为那将要承受救恩的人效力”(1:14)。教会里的同工都是帮助领袖完成神交托给教会的使命,所以我们不要将同工看成神。很多时候,过分的夸奖会让人迷失,使他们被世界的洪流冲走。很多长执一开始因着谦卑被选上,成为教会的“天使”,但后来因为别人的称赞而变得骄傲,以致堕落。我们要看到自己是被神差遣的,是服役的,要活在生命树的气息下谦卑顺服、舍己利他,才不会随流失去。

V3 这“救恩”不是我们爱神,而是神先爱我们,差派他的独生子为我们做挽回祭,使我们得生。“忽略”就是不在意,我们信主信久了,很容易忘记耶稣基督为我们的摆上,忘了耶和华神对我们的爱。我们要的爱是别人对我们的肯定,是我们能随心所欲。原来起初的爱是神先爱了我们。我们若忽略救恩,这是很大的罪。这救恩是主耶稣不断提醒我们,又有其他人作见证的。我们很容易将世界的爱带进教会,就觉得自己不被爱。耶稣在2000年前就已经为我们的罪钉死在十字架上,这样的爱永不改变。若我们说自己没有感受到爱,我们其实是在顶撞、叛逆神。

V4 我们不要沉迷于神迹奇事,要看到这些事的背后是神儿子耶稣基督。我们想要有神迹奇事、先知预言、解梦的超自然现象的动机是什么?耶稣没有要我们用这些事情荣耀自己,他要我们的是门训万民。真正重要的我们能带多少门徒,若没有爱去行出马太福音28章的大使命,我们能行多少神迹奇事都没有用。当我们愿意行出爱,这些神迹奇事异能就很自然发生在我们身上了。所以,“真理”就是神爱我们,差派他的独生子为我们的罪做挽回祭,我们委身于这个真理,我们才是真儿子。

二、谦卑得冠冕 v.5-9

V5 天使本来不是管理的,神创造天地时将这个世界交给亚当管理。

V6-8a 出自诗篇第8章。天使是服役的灵,当我们承受救恩的时候,天使就为我们效力。

V8b-9 我们因为罪就失去了管理的能力,结果这权柄让魔鬼拿走了。耶稣原本是在天使之上,但他愿意奉差遣来到世间,成为“人”,所以“比天使小一点”。耶稣“因为受死的苦”,就胜过一切,将魔鬼撒旦所偷窃的权柄拿了回来。耶稣能够如此,因为他愿意谦卑。我们知道我们都有“王子公主”的尊贵身份,但我们是否愿意谦卑顺服?耶稣是真儿子,因着谦卑“就得了尊贵、荣耀为冠冕”,他的冠冕不是他给自己戴的。

三、得而完全 v.10-18

V10 原来耶稣降卑来到世上,是“要领许多的儿子进荣耀里去”。他愿意降服,将自己摆上,“受苦难得以完全”。耶稣没有在世上因为所受的苦难而骂人,他在生命树气息下所散发出的爱是很自然的。我们服事是否觉得很苦,还是觉得被爱?

V15 我们或许不怕死,但是否怕穷?求神帮助我们不要怕死,也不要怕因跟随神而不被照顾。“怕”就是恐惧,当我们对未来恐惧,就为自己的生命开一个破口,让仇敌趁虚而入。神要释放我们,不再为奴为仆。他牵带我们,让我们不再惧怕,我们就能在他的同在中。

V17-18 神是爱,他是“慈悲忠信的大祭司”。跟从神的时候,无论行过高山低谷,我们都愿意相信神是爱吗?