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Romans 8 – The One Being Called 罗马书 8 – 蒙召的人             

Friday, 3rd December 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-11 Be Set Free

Do we know what our identity is? Jesus knew very well who He is, He knows He is the Son of God, and He has been reminding others about His identity. So do we also know our identity? Because when we do, everything we do will be different. Yes, we are Christians, and we are the children of God, but more importantly, we must know that we are the ones being called. V1-2 ‘There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.’ Paul told us that we the one being called, we will not be condemned because the Holy Spirit has set us free from the law of sin and death. This again implies that when we die together with Jesus in baptism, our old self is also put to death.

What is the meaning of our baptism? It’s not just a ceremony, but a turning point of our lives, from death to life, from old to new; the baptism is so powerful that our past cannot haunt us anymore, because we can declare freedom from the law of sin and death! We are being called to be set free, to receive joy and peace, to put our past behind and to live a new life. This is era full of fear, with the Pandemic, we are afraid of many things; as the one being called, we live in the same era, but we won’t have to fear anymore, the Holy Spirit has set us free in Jesus Christ.

V7-8 ‘Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.’ Our church believe the Holy Spirit is equally important as the Word of God. We cannot do anything by our flesh, but only by the Holy Spirit and because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, then we can come before God and please Him. V9 ‘But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.’ These were the words spoken to the Christians in Rome, those who were being called. Today, these words are spoken to us, those who don’t belong to the flesh but the Holy Spirit.

V10-11 ‘And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.’ We do not belong to the body anymore; our flesh desires can no longer lure us into sinning against God. After baptism, our old self is put to death, so we can train our body to reject the sinful earthly desires. Spend time to train our body and our mind to be more like Jesus, let the Word of God and the Holy Spirit come into our lives every day. Then we can live out the new life, staying away from sin and drawing closer to God.

Section Two V12-17 Be the Children of God

V12-14 ‘Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.’ We are the ones being called and we can tell our flesh what to do, not the other way round. Our flesh will be led by the Holy Spirit, and we will be the children of God. The salvation of Jesus Christ is real, and we must value the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

V15-17 ‘For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.’ After we are baptised, we must learn how to live this new life, otherwise we won’t be able to live out the resurrected lives. We become the children of God, no orphans of the world anymore. Do we believe in it? Do we believe that we have a family in Christ?

As the one being called, we will not focus on our past pain and hurt anymore, but the eternal life. Because we know the earth is not our destination at the end of life, our eternal home is in heaven, therefore we can look lightly the suffering in life, and live joyfully every day, in preparation to the eternality.

Section Three V18-39 Receive Glory

V18-19 ‘For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.’ We are the ones being called, suffering and hardship of the world should not be a burden us, we can receive glory on the earth as well as in Heaven, but first we must live it out. When we have the right attitude, believe and respect in our identity as the one being called, then we can easily live it out. The way we live will also be evident to others. This is not ‘doing’ but ‘being’, from our hearts, from our mind and from our attitude.

V24-25 ‘For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.’ What do we hope for? What we hope for must also be what we believe in. God wants us to receive glory with Him, do not believe in the lies of the world. The World wants to put us down, but God will lift us up. V28 ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.’ No matter if people can see us or not, we need to remember that we are the ones being called, and we are glorified in God. Everything God does is for our own good, let us see God’s Work in our everyday lives!

V31 ‘What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?’ What are we afraid of? God has already prepared everything for us, so what should we be afraid of? Everything has the Will of God, and when God’s Will is revealed, nothing can stop us following Him. What are stopping us experiencing God? Nothing! V37-39 ‘Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ We are the ones being called and we are to receive glory together with God! This we must believe!

罗马书 8 – 蒙召的人             

2021年12月3日 星期五

潘锡安牧师

神的国重视我们的态度 – 态度对的时候,生命就对,态度若不对,生命也不对。每一天早上要起来参加晨祷都是一个与肉身争竞的开始,能够来到晨祷就是一个胜仗。在晨祷我们谦卑聆听神要跟我们说的话语、与神互动,因为有神与我们同在。圣灵今天借着罗马书第八章跟我们说我们的身份 – 蒙召的人。在四福音书里,耶稣不断跟人提醒他自己的身份,而我们知道自己的身份吗?当我们知道自己的身份,我们的言行举止就不再一样,不会做不合自己身份的事或说不合身份的话。

一、被释放 v.1-11

V1-2 “那些”- 保罗在一开始就说蒙召的人是不被定罪的,因为圣灵释放了我们,使我们“脱离罪和死的律了”。罪的工价就是死,而圣灵则将我们从罪里释放出来。当我们接受耶稣,在洗礼中与耶稣基督同死之后,旧有的生命就已经死了,我们是“复活”的人,所以不应该再用过去的自己为软弱犯罪的借口。我们要回转像小孩一样学习成为蒙召的人,让耶稣的复活在我们的生命中产生效力。我们确实还有罪的根在里面让自己很容易接受恶者的欺骗和引诱,以为自己还没有死透,但我们要坚定相信,洗礼在我们的身上是大有功效的。当我们想软弱的时候,要宣告我们过去的自己在某年某月的洗礼上已经完全与耶稣同死同埋葬同复活了,所以我们不会再背着发臭的尸体跟着我们走。在后疫情时代,人人自危,我们可能忘了自己是死而复活的人。我们的洗礼不是一个仪式,而是经历神大有能力的时刻。我们都是蒙召的人,要知道圣灵在耶稣基督里已经释放了我们,使我们不会再被罪和死亡辖制。

V3-4 我们不能凭行为称义,所以神让自己的儿子来到世上为我们成为赎罪祭,我们就与他同死了。

V5-6 我们过去是体贴肉体的,所以需要死去。当我们受洗礼的时候,与耶稣同死同埋葬,我们就成为体贴圣灵的人,就有“生命、平安”。

V7-8 我们重视圣灵的同在,也重视神的话语。我们的doing无法完成律法,因为我们靠着肉体做不到,唯有靠着耶稣基督的死。当我们还在属肉体的罪里面时,我们就与圣洁公义的神为敌了。

V9 蒙召的人有神的灵住在心里,我们“就不属肉体,乃属圣灵了”。我们若知道自己的过去已经死了,现在是属圣灵的、死里复活的人,我们才能行事大有能力。我们要相信洗礼的大能,不要靠任何人的方法去将已死的尸体又拿回来。

V10 我们不能再用自己身体的情欲来操控自己,要训练自己的身体胜过罪 – 我们是否愿意花时间使自己活出属基督的生命?

V11 活过来的身体不再是让我们跌倒,而是要服侍我们、体贴圣灵的,让我们能走在蒙召的路上。

二、得做儿女 v.12-17

V12-13 我们蒙召的人不应再顺从肉体活着,因为肉体是来服侍我们的,我们应该支配我们的肉体,而不是被肉体牵着走。我们“若靠着圣灵治死身体的恶行,必要活着”。我们的过去已经死了,耶稣基督的救赎是真实的,所以我们不要再欺骗自己,要重视我们已与耶稣同死同复活的事实。我们现在好像是新生的孩子,不要拿自己过去的习惯来为自己开脱,因为我们的过去应该是从我们接受洗礼的那一天开始。我们要帮助、带领受洗后的人学习如何活出新的生命,而不是让他们重复自己过去的生活。求神帮助我们不仅帮助人接受洗礼,也懂得如何去陪伴、牧养、教导他们成长。

V14-16 我们不再是孤儿,我们有天父为我们的爸爸,并且这是有“圣灵与我们的心”一同作证的。我们是否相信呢?

V17 成为神儿女的人,就“和基督同做后嗣”,但我们不要陷入恩典神学的错误。耶稣所受的鞭伤和刑罚让我们得医治和平安,我们看重的世界给我们的利益,还是永恒的祝福?我们是否还是斤斤计较世上的得失?我们若仰望永恒里的荣耀,我们在世上所承受的“苦”就不算什么,因为我们的家在天上。

三、得荣耀 v.18-39

V18 “现在的苦楚”跟未来的荣耀比起来真的“不足介意了”。我们为了能恢复本周日的实体聚会,真的是付出很多辛苦,但跟神将要带给我们的荣耀,那些辛苦就不算什么了。

V26 我们蒙召的人在世上不会一帆风顺,但圣灵在我们的软弱处帮助我们,我们就看见神的荣耀在我们身上。我们基督徒在日常的言行举止要活出与圣灵同工的生命,我们的一举一动要让神得荣耀。当我们愿意这样做的时候,这就不是doing,而是成为我们的being。我们的“相信”要有行动,我们的态度就决定了我们在神国度里的高度。神拣选我们,是要让我们成为荣耀的器皿。

V24-25 我们所盼望的是什么呢?是要赚很多钱买房买车吗?这些看得见的事都会让我们疲倦,我们要“盼望那所不见的”,并为此“忍耐等候”。

V28-30 我们是按神旨意被召的人 ,神为我们“预先定下效法他儿子的模样”,是要叫我们“得荣耀”。仇敌恶者欺骗我们说信主会过得很惨,但我们不要被蒙骗,要活出荣耀的生命,在自己的一言一行上活出尊荣神的样式。

V31 “神若帮助我们,谁能敌挡我们呢?”我们跟从神的人不会害怕,如果整天害怕,说明我们还不认识神。很多人因为害怕而不敢在主日来实体聚会,反而失去见证、赞叹神荣耀作为的机会。神若帮助我们,就没有什么事难得倒我们。

V35 这些都不再是拦阻我们的借口了。

V37 我们是否相信我们这些蒙召的人是得胜有余的吗?

V38-39 我们是有儿女身份的、蒙召的人,我们是能得荣耀的,我们相信吗?