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Revelation 1 – The Revelation of Jesus Christ 启示录 1 – 耶稣基督的启示   

Tuesday, 13th September 2022

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-3 Blessed Are Those Who Proclaim and Obey

The Tree of Life is about the life of a servant. Are we willing to become a servant? The Book of Revelation is about how God talks to His beloved servants about His blueprint, His plan and the light He will bring to the world. Because He wants to build with this blueprint of the path of the Gospel together with His servants. 

So what is God trying to say to His servants? We must know that the Book of Revelation is not difficult for us to understand because God wants us to know clearly what He’s going to do. It’s all about us, and as long as we read it with the angle of the servants of God, with the fragrance of the Tree of Life, be humble and obedient, then everything will be revealed to us.

A lot of time, we feel like our life is in waiting, waiting for answers to our questions and waiting for solutions to our problems, but God is always there, He will definitely reveal His light to us, but are we willing to wait? The busyness of life is like little foxes, coming in our way of building a relationship with God, distracting us from praying, and stopping us from listening to the Word of God. We must proclaim and obey the revelation of Jesus, do not let anything or anyone stop us.

Section Two V4-8 Blessed Are Those Who Share Testimonies

We have been so busy dealing with the little foxes in our lives, we forgot to share the testimonies and Goodness of God to others, we even fail to give thanks for everything God is doing in our lives! John was talking to the churches, do not lose peace. It’s so easy for us to lose the peace inside of us, we are easily worried and frightened.

God loves us, He will not put burdens on us, when we proclaim the Word of God, we should not worry or fear, because the revelation of Jesus is for everyone. God is love, and we belong to Him. We have received the passport of the Kingdom of Heaven, but do we treasure this direct access to God? Learn to give thanks everyday, because God had already given us everything we need and if we only trust God half way, then we can never taste the eternal blessings.

We are not nobody, do not feel sorry for ourselves and do not try to seek answers from the world, from the internet or from the people. Hear God, let Him speak to our hearts, stop making noises of our own, and just quiet down our hearts. Be still and let Him speak.

Section Three V9-20 Do Not Fear, Church Is In God’s Hands

We are easily scared, our work, our family, and our life are overwhelming, and things seem to never go the way we want. Let us focus on God, He holds the Key to everything. Life and death are in God’s hands, churches are in God’s hands. He is calling out to us, are we willing to respond?

启示录 1 – 耶稣基督的启示                             

2022年9月13日 星期二

潘锡安牧师

整卷启示录最重要的总结就是第一节经文所讲的:“耶稣基督的启示,就是神赐给他,叫他将必要快成的事指示他的众仆人”- 这是神启示给他仆人的话,所以不要将神的话看得太复杂,唯有当我们是神的仆人,我们才明白神的话。生命树高举的就是谦卑顺服、舍己利他的仆人生命。我们是否愿意成为“仆人”?神在启示录一开始就让我们知道整卷启示录的对象是谁。一位爱他仆人的主人将快要成就的事、整个蓝图、计划指示给他的仆人,因为他要与他的仆人一同建造。两千年来,耶稣基督都是与他的仆人一起建造福音的道路。如果我们处在分辨善恶树下,我们就看不明白,唯有在生命树下,才不会觉得这是本困难的书卷。在上掌权的人都希望下面的人能够明白他们的意思,能接到从上而来的指令去行出来解决问题。当我们用神的仆人的角度去看时,这本书卷就像是敞开的宝藏,我们伸手就可拿到。

我们是否愿意将生命中的“狐狸”拿走,让我们的良人在寻找时就可寻见?不要整天躲在家里抱怨我们的良人在哪里,不要被小狐狸困住,以致整天忙着自己的事而不理会我们的“良人”,忘了我们是神的“佳偶”。我们不要到走头无路的时候才去寻找良人,致使最后只能辛苦的等待。要在良人呼叫我们的时候就回应他,拥抱那谦卑顺服、舍己利他的生命树,就能明白神的启示。

一、v.1-3 要宣告和遵守的是有福的

V1 老约翰自己也说他说耶稣基督的仆人。我们都是神的仆人。

V2 “证明出来”原文是说“成为他的证人”,就如在法庭上的证人在见证事件的真伪。老约翰用他的生命来见证耶稣基督的生命。这个启示是真实可见的,老约翰从耶稣身上看见神的道。我们的生命是否能让别人看见?

V3 耶稣的福音就是“天国近了,你们应当悔改”。我们是否相信“日期近了”,还是任凭我们里面的“小狐狸”使我们忙碌得不可开交、累到起不来回应神?我们让这些小狐狸与我们共存,甚至变成了我们的“宠物”。我们要宣告神的启示,让别人也一同知道神的话。我们面对那些穷乏的人,是否只讲八卦是非而对神的话语闭口不提?我们宣告又遵守,就是“有福的”。

二、v.4-8 要作见证

我们的生命就是见证。我们很容易说别人的问题,却很难看到自己的见证。这是否是因为我们生命中有太多小狐狸让我们整天为着世界忙碌,以致没有见证或看不到神的恩惠?

V4-6a 约翰对教会说“有恩惠、平安归于你们”。我们不要觉得服事神是苦差事,这是有平安和恩惠的,是神赐给我们的。我们听到要服事神,是否就失去平安?我们来晨祷,不是研经, 而是与神连接,分享神的启示,所以是轻松的。我们宣告神的话语时,本来是轻省的,因神的话语是我们每一个人脚前的灯、路上的光,所以不是只有当牧师的人才会明白。当我们愿意在生命树的气息下谦卑顺服、舍己利他,以感恩、开心的态度来读圣经,神就会为我们开通“天线”,让我们能接受他给我们的信息。我们里面的小狐狸会用“困难”来恐吓我们,但神要将我们升高,因为神是爱我们的,不愿将重担加给我们,反而“用自己的血使我们脱离罪恶”。

V6b 神“又使我们成为国民”- 我们是属天的国民,但我们是否因为拿了天上的“护照”就为失去地上的护照而伤心?我们想一只脚在天国,一只脚在地上,结果只能遍体鳞伤。 神要我们成为“父神的祭司”,我们不是什么都不懂的人,是有荣耀的祭司。当我们不懂的时候,很容易就想上网或从别人那里寻求答案,却不愿意祷告寻求神。我们想要神听我们的声音,想要跟神讲我们的所有需要,想要挑自己喜欢的经文来读,但我们是否喜欢听神的声音?我们花多少时间去与神连接、听神说话?我们是否有佳偶等候良人的心去等候我们的神对我们说话,还是被小狐狸搅扰,以致我们没有时间和精力去听到神?

V8 神让我们真实看到、听到他是“昔在、今在、以后永在的全能者”,但我们是否愿意放下自己生命中的小狐狸,成为神的见证?

三、v.9-20 不要怕,教会都在主的掌握中

我们可能会觉得自己的生活和工作很繁忙,好像有很多小狐狸在自己的生命里,但神跟我们说,“不要怕”,因为教会都在主的掌握中。

V9 跟从耶稣不是一帆风顺的,是有患难、忍耐的,也是要选择身份的。我们是是否愿意为耶稣作见证?

V17-18 耶稣来不是挑剔我们做的不好的地方,而是告诉我们:“不要惧怕。我是首先的,我是末后的,又是那存活的;我曾死过,现在又活了,直活到永永远远,并且拿着死亡和阴间的钥匙”。主耶稣所开的门,没有人能关,我们的选择是什么?生与死都在神的手上,教会都在主的掌握中。我们都是神的佳偶,我们愿意回应那爱我们的良人吗?是否愿意将我们生命中的小狐狸杀掉,让我们与我们的良人中没有阻拦,而不是在等待中抱怨?