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I John 2 – The Life of Light 约翰一书 2 – 光明的生命

Wednesday, 5th May 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-11 – Keep the Commandment

Jesus is the light, and as His followers, we are able to live a life of light. Here John talks to the little children, those who are saved by Jesus and can never be accused by anyone else. Our sins have been forgiven in the Name of Jesus. Jesus came to fulfil the law not to come against it. He came to reveal the Father so we must know our Heavenly Father.

Why do Jesus and our authority teach us the Word? Not to accuse us but to help us not to sin. We all have sin inside of us so when teaching of the Word come, we will feel accused and condemned. Moreover, the Word of God is not only for the followers of Jesus, but for all the people Jesus saved!

If we want to walk and live in the light but still hate our brothers then we are still live in the darkness. Do not think how holy we are and how wicked the others are, if we cannot forgive then we will still live in the darkness and blindness. Often we think that others have wronged us, we want them to repay us, but we cannot see when we ask God for His forgiveness, do we repay? If we have the ability to repay God then Jesus would never have to die! If we cannot forgive, then God will also not forgive us.

When someone wronged us and sinned against us, we need healing and those people who hurt us can never heal us. Only when we are willing to let go of our own grudges, come before God to ask for His healing and deliverance, then we will be able to love others instead of collecting debt from them.

Section Two V12-17 – Live in the Kingdom

Who are the little children? Who are the young men? Who are the fathers? In the kingdom there are these three different types of identity. First, the little children are those who are forgiven and no one can accuse them, furthermore as little children, we must know the Father and know His heart. Young men are those who keep the Word of God and through the Word we can overcome the evildoers. We need to be filled by the Word of God, because the Word helps us to overcome. We are not only using the Word of God to teach others, but more importantly, to remind ourselves only by the Word of God we can fight the devil, not by ourselves!

The fathers are those who know the One from the beginning. In here it means the fathers know and understand God thoroughly, their lives and their minds are full of the Father and His Ways. We are all still little children as John speaks to us in I John 2 and we need to grow into maturity to become young men and the fathers. We should not love the world, but to admit our weaknesses in front of God. We are easily attracted to this world there are so many things distracting us from focusing on the Word of God, we don’t want to spend more time in the Word but become indulged in the worldly desires.

Only when we let go of the earthly life then we can receive the heavenly life. We are chosen as the royal priests. But we are afraid to let go of the things of this world because we become so used to the life we have on this world. We cannot leave this world and try to work hard for the world to provide for us. But God is the One who can provide for us, and He wants us to let go of this world, to only seek Him, live in the world as in heaven.

Section Three V18-29 – Be Set Apart

John saw his fellow apostles were being killed one by one for Jesus, he saw the failures of people and the problems of the churches. Therefore he said here, “little children, this is the last hour.” We often give ourselves excuses, we think we need more time to think about following Jesus, but if we are not following the Ways of Jesus then we are antichrist. There are no time to waste, we are like running a race, we cannot go back but can only move forward, we cannot stop because if we stop then we will fall behind. Those who cannot keep the commandments and cannot live in the Kingdom, they also cannot follow Jesus.

So we have to set apart ourselves, to love God and to love people as ourselves. The people of the world cannot teach us, those who don’t belong to Jesus cannot teach us the way to live, because that’s the teaching of the world. Only the anointing of the Lord can teach us the ways of life, and that’s our authority, who God has given them the anointing and the power to teach us. They will teach us what we should do and what we should not do, what we should let go and what we should hold onto.

We need to know where we come from and where we are going. We are somebody not nobody, God has given us the life of light so we need to have this determination to keep living out God’s Kingdom, to set apart ourselves from this world and get rid of everything that doesn’t belong to God.

Prayer and Pursuit

Lord, we come before You, to come into Your presence. You have given us hope and light, You know we are little children, and there are a lot of things we cannot let go, we cannot forgive and we cannot love. Your Holy Spirit is here with us, help us to let go of the things of the world and help us to forgive. Help us to be healthy and no longer look at the wrongs of other people but our own lives. There have been many people in the past that have wronged us, hurt us, and offended us. But this morning You want to heal us, so we are no longer a debt collector. You will restore us to the beauty You have created us in the beginning. Lord, You love us, You will heal us and enable us to live in the life of light, to love others as ourselves. Thank You Lord. We pray in the victorious Name of Jesus. Amen!

2021年5月5日 星期三

-潘锡安牧师-

约翰一书 2

光明的生命

耶稣是我们的光明 – 我们是跟从耶稣的光明之子,而我们的生命又该如何?

一、守主的诫命 v.1-11

V1a 这里说的“小子们”指的是罪得到赦免的人(v.12)。有一个光明的生活很重要的一点是我们知道自己的罪已经因着为我们死在十字架上的耶稣基督得到赦免,我们不用害怕人或撒旦再控告我们;“小子们”同时也指“认识父”的人(v.13) – 我们不仅要认识主耶稣基督,也要认识耶和华神,知道父的旨意,因为耶稣说过“子所指示的都是从父来”。

V1b 这些“话”- 包括我们在主日和晨祷听到的教导,是要叫我们不犯罪。我们听道的时候觉得被冒犯、不舒服,是因为我们里面有罪。要感谢神每一天提醒我们不犯罪,也让我们在犯罪后有一位中保耶稣基督来帮助我们。

V2 耶稣基督的赎罪不仅是为信主的人,也是为了其他“普天下人”。

V7-9 “弟兄”就是其他主内的信徒。 如果我们对我们的丈夫、妻子、或其他弟兄姐妹仍然心怀恨意,我们就仍然行在黑暗里。

V10-11 很多时候我们的另一半得罪我们,我们要求他们赔偿,但我们是否想过,我们自己得罪神,能够为我们的代价赔偿给神吗?如果我们不能饶恕别人,神也不饶恕我们。当别人冒犯我们的时候,我们被冒犯的不是某种物质,而是我们的信念这些无法被人偿还的东西。唯有放下这些伤害、追债的心态,放手来到神的面前交托给他,才能得到从神而来完全的医治。

老约翰跟我们每一个“小子”说,我们的罪借着耶稣得到赦免,同样,别人得罪我们的地方,我们也不能去要求赔偿。我们作为光明之子就要遵行主的诫命。

二、住在天国里面 v.12-17

“天国”是指在地上我们所活出的天国,在这里我们会看到三个不同的生命:小子,少年人,和父老。少年人是“刚强的”,因为“神的道常存在你们心里” – 我们每天来晨祷就像人每天上健身房一样训练我们属灵的肌肉,我们在神的道里扎根,让神的话进入我们心里,使我们能够胜过恶者(v.14)。我们每天穿神的全副“军装”就是要谦卑来到神面前承认我们不能靠自己,而是单单倚靠神。“父老”是指那些“认识那从起初原有的”,他们完全知道、认识掌权者,心思意念都在这位掌权者的带领之下。其实我们每一个人都还是在“小子”的阶段,都需要靠圣灵使我们刚强、成长。

V15 约翰对我们这些小子说,“不要爱世界和世界上的事”。我们在世界上都是追随自己的血气,将时间精力花在互联网上,让我们开心快乐。这时,我们就没有多余的精神体力花在神的话语里,无法从小子变成刚强的少年人,更枉论胜过恶者。我们在神的话语上花的时间太少,因为有太多的事情让我们分心,让我们只享受在情欲里。 在两千年前神就已经提醒我们末时已经到了(V18)。我们若爱这个世界,“爱父的心”就不在我们里面,我们就连“小子”都不如了。

V16 我们骄傲,批评论断别人,是因为我们觉得自己做得好,但这都是在情欲里的事。我们要知道自己是被拣选的君尊的祭司。

V17 我们不舍得放手用自己方法得到的东西,因为我们害怕当我们放手的时候我们会贫穷、一无所有、怕自己会不习惯、会过上单单靠神的祝福的“紧迫”的生活。但我们属神的人要学会放手,单纯靠着主住在地上如同在天上。

三、分别为圣 v.18-29

V18 老约翰看到他的同伴一个一个离世,看到很多没有看过耶稣的人经历提升,也看到教会出现问题,看见主的信徒过着世界的生活,所以提醒这些“小子”们。

V19 “敌基督”其实是从我们中间出去的,他们不能守主的诫命,不能不住在天国里。当我们不能这样做的时候我们也是“敌基督”。正如在赛场上赛跑的人不能停下来,只能朝着标杆直跑,我们在跟随神的路上若是选择停下来,其实就是敌基督,最后会选择离开。

V24 要全心全意爱神,也要爱人如己 – 这个真理我们要常存在心里。

V26-27 那些世界上的人会教我们很多不属神的东西,但我们不需要这些,因为我们“自有主的恩膏”-就是有我们的权柄在凡事上教训我们,辨明对错。

V28-29 耶稣基督再来的时候要先审判我们这些小子、少年人、父老。我们若想坦然无惧,就要先分别为圣,因为我们从一开始就不属于世界,我们是在母腹中的时候就被神所拣选。

我们有从神而来的光明的生命,就要有决心守主的诫命,住在天国里,且要分别为圣,让一切属世的东西从我们里面完全清走,单单跟从耶稣。

*追求

我们来到神的同在当中,神给我们的是光明的生命,神也知道我们是小子,是软弱的,无法饶恕人,没有办法爱弟兄。今天早上圣灵在这里。圣灵帮助我们放下那些不饶恕,那些侵犯我们、伤害我们的人,圣灵帮助我们完全的健康,不再去看别人,单看自己的生命,是充满耶稣基督恩典的生命。让我们一起祷告,在过去有很多得罪我们的人,但是今天早上圣灵要来医治释放我们,让我们不再是一个追债、受伤的人,恢复我们的荣美,耶稣基督复活的大能要在我们身上。当我们愿意来到主面前,呼求神,让我们里面的伤疤得到医治。

主耶稣谢谢你!今天是一个医治、恢复的时刻。主你爱我们,你看见了我们里面的伤口,你说你要来医治拯救我们,让我们行在光明里,使我们能爱人如己!