Tuesday, 4th May 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-4 – The Life of Inheritance
John was one of the disciplines first called by Jesus, he witnessed the miracles and signs of Jesus, the following and betraying of followers, the prosecution and resurrection of Jesus, the rebirthing and sacrificing of the disciples … John experienced different generations and he experienced many aspects of life.
In here John mentioned about fellowship, as Christian we must have fellowship with God and with others. We’ve all been through the dark valley and some of us are still in the dark valley. We all have different dark valleys, and in there we encountered God and received the first love. But after we received the love of God, our life gradually become in a ‘doing’ mode. We need to always come back to our first love for God, to remember God’s promises for us, and all of His miracles in our lives.
We remember God’s miracles and promises by sharing our testimony. Why do we need to share testimony? Many Christians are afraid of sharing testimony, because we feel that after we share the testimony, we will be tempted and failed again in the lesson of life. But when we share testimony, it’s actually reminding us and reminding others about what God has done in our lives, again and again, when we share our testimony, then we will receive the victory of God! In order to live life of inheritance we must never stop testifying for God!
We should not be afraid, but remember how God has led us out of darkness and into the wonderful light. Only when we continue to testify for God, and to disciple the followers, then we can receive the true life of God and pass on this life of inheritance to the next generation. John never said it was easy, but we become followers not to be satisfied with our physical needs, but to receive the eternal fulfilment in heaven.
If we focus on the short life we have on this world, then we can never pass on our inheritance to the next generation. To live a life of inheritance, we need to first deny ourselves, and be willing to sacrifice for our followers. Only this way the life and the way of Jesus can be passed on.
Section Two V5-10 – The Life of Disciple
To live a life of the disciple, we must live in the light. Where there is light, there will be no darkness, and God is light, therefore when we follow God then we cannot live in darkness. But very often we live between the light and the darkness, we tend to follow God when we feel good and when everything goes well, but when we are not in a good mood we will choose to live in our own ways instead of in the light of God.
Our lives is a testimony for God, we should live in the light, not in the darkness. Living in the darkness is to live in the flesh and rebellious. Jesus is the Son of light, and Satan is the son of darkness. When we live in darkness we cannot receive teaching, and we will give ourselves excuses not to follow. We need to admit our sins, not to hide it but to face it. When we try to hide our sins, we will become proud. When David decided not to fight for himself, God made him the king of Israel, whereas when Saul tried to hide his mistakes, God took his kingdom and his life.
Do we have this courage to admit our mistakes? When we receive teaching, we have all the excuses to defend ourselves, instead of listening and turning from our sins. God is faithful and just, He will forgive our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. None of us can be the judge because we are all sinners, so let God help us not to hide in the darkness, but to live in the light of Jesus.
Prayer and Pursuit
Lord, we come to You, help us to live in Your light. You are love, You know our weaknesses, and You call us out of darkness. We are willing to follow You to become the children of light, to become Your followers. Lord, let Your Holy Spirit lead us, to come out of the things we hold onto, to leave our cave, and leave our un-forgiveness. Give us strength, You hear our cry and our petitions, You are with us, don’t let us stay in the cave… we want to come out of darkness and enter into the wonderful light. Help us to let go, and give everything to You. Lord, fulfil our love, from the top to bottom, from inside out, You fill us with Your joy. Amen!
本书卷的作者使徒约翰是主耶稣所带的第一批门徒之一，也是生命坎坷的一个人 – 他亲眼见证了耶稣的死亡、复活、升天，看见了曾经背叛耶稣的人后来回转信主，也看见身边曾经出生入死的人一个个离世，是十二使徒中最后一个死去的人。
这一段的经文不断提到“相交”- Fellowship, 就是肢体的生活，是有生命的。当我们受洗加入耶稣的大家庭，我们是否经历过主？我们每一个人靠着圣灵，都能经历他，从人生的谷底、从混乱、不被爱和世界里面回转到神。我们当初信神，因为知道我们靠自己就走投无路，而当我们从神那里得着能力之后，我们是否仍能单单倚靠他?
V4 为什么要有传承的生命？当我们愿意如此行 – 就是去传福音、带门徒，我们和他们那些被带领和教导的人就能“喜乐充足”。虽然我们身体会累，但我们得到的是灵里更大的喜乐，正如耶稣的门徒看重的是天上的奖赏，愿意将自己的生命献上。我们若是只看到在地上享受的短暂时光，就不能将我们的生命传承下去了。
V5 门徒就是跟从主的人，而主是光，我们作为门徒就不能行在黑暗里。道理很简单，但我们往往活在两个世界里 – 在星期天或带小组的时候我们是跟从主的人，但当我们心情不好的时候我们又选择不跟从主。我们听到真理后不要只是当作知识，而是要行出来。
V6 “在黑暗里行”- 就是活在我们的血气里。“黑暗”就是骄傲、不愿意面对我们自己的生命，因此当我们被教导的时候，我们觉得被冒犯、不愿意被提升。