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生命租約的更新
作者: 盧國禮

測量師刊物 (2016 年 12 月 VOL.25 NO.12) 登載一封面文章,中譯為 "活化舊區"。毫無疑問,此文論及有關更新及重建香港的慨念,並要增進公共幸福目的。達標的方法是拆卸舊建築物及公共設備,而重建為現代化社區,或在原址重新改善建築物為現代化標準。

因此,地區周圍環境及社區生活狀況得以改善,建成現代化的模式。此帶著應許性的鄉鎮及都市計劃,誘導了我的心思意念,深深聯想到我們的 "屬靈生命的租約"。因為合約性租約,必有一業主,他將准予所選的承租者 (租客) 一段租用期。約期滿時,地權重歸回原有業權人 (業主)。如果得業主同意的話,租約可延續另一段租期。想到現世的真實境況,我們每人實實在在都有一生命的租約,從出生那日開始直至終結或期滿那日--或長或短。然而,誰是我們的業主呢?

我們的信仰告訴我們,耶和華 神 (耶穌基督),就是道路、真理、生命;若不是藉著我 (耶穌),沒有人能到父(神)那裏去。(約翰福音十四:6,和合本)。我們便知道我們的業主就是耶和華 神。藉著耶穌基督,准予我們可以更新生命之約。當我們,或承租人 (租戶) 覺得現行的租約甚為滿意,為何要更新該約呢?

尼哥底母,一個法利賽人,是猶豫太人的官。耶穌和他對話說:". . . 人若不是重. . . 生的,就不能進 神的國 . . . . . .。從肉身生的,就是肉身;從靈生的就是靈 (約翰福音三:3,6,和合本) "。

耶穌再說,"摩西在曠野怎樣舉蛇,人子也必照樣被舉起來。叫一切信祂的都得永生 (約翰福音三:14,和合本)"。

這乃是對著我們宣說的 "好消息"(gospel),一份新禮物 (新租約),我們的業權者 (神) 藉著祂兒子准予延續,並免租金,超越此世直至永永遠遠,因此,這新生命之約是永恆之約,無限期延續,不會終止。這境況是完全可能的,只要你相信以下先訂的三條件。就是:

1. 信耶穌基督,祂是我們的救主,拯救我們從罪裏得生。

2. 悔悟自己的罪,因為世人都犯了罪,虧缺了 神的榮耀。

3. 因信耶穌基督稱義,乃是 神的恩惠。

"神設立耶穌作挽回祭,是憑著耶穌的血,藉著人的信,要顯明 神的義;因為祂用忍耐的心寬容人先時所犯的罪,好在今時顯明祂的義,使人知道祂自己為義,也稱信耶穌的人為義 (羅馬書三十二:25-26,和合本)"。

該新 "生命之約" 或說 "重生" 的真正意義是怎的呢?隱喻地說,在自然界裏蝶類幼蟲,破繭成美蝶,飛到空氣新鮮自由世界和美艷的花春區域,乃是一重生 (更 新) 的生命。

只要我們接納上開的三先訂條件,我們也會進入該境界。在那關鍵時刻,聖靈這禮物就會內住我們心裏。"信子 (耶穌基督) 的人,有永生;不信子的人得不著永生, 神的震怒常在他身上 (約翰福音三:36,和合本)"。

". . . 我們受洗歸入基督耶穌的人,是受洗歸入祂的死 . . . 一同埋葬,, . . . 像基督藉著父的榮耀從死裏復活一樣 (羅馬書六:3-4,和合本)"。

使徒保羅迫切勸喻我們,"將身體獻上當作活祭,是聖潔的,是 神所喜悅的 (乃是我們屬靈的敬拜)。不要效法這世界,只要心意更新而變化 . . . (羅馬書十二:1-2,和合本)"。

"我也要賜給你們一個新心,將新靈放在你們裏面。. . . 我必將我的靈,放在你們裏面,使你們順從我的律例,謹守遵行我的典章。 (以西結書三十六:26-27,和合本)"。此乃是 神的應許。

因此,持謙卑的心,順服地與主耶穌基督同行,阿們。

 

 

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A New Lease of Life
Written by  Francis Loo

Surveyors Times (December 2016 VOL.15 NO.12)

In Surveyor Time Cover Storey "A new lease of life" was published. Undoubtedly, this article refers to the concept of regeneration of Hong Kong's existing buildings and infrastructure by bringing in new community spirit into to old developments. The means to achieve this goal is by tearing down old buildings and redeveloping the site into modern forms, or improving in situ buildings to present day standards. Thus, the environment as well as the community life will be improved and modernized.

This promising thought in town and country planning leads me to deeper contemplation of our Lease of Life all the more spiritually. For a contractual lease, there is a lessor, who grants a lease for a period of time to the selected lessee. On its expiry date the title will be reverted back to the original owner (i.e., the lessor). If the lessor agrees, the lease may be renewed for another term. Considering real life situation in this world, we all have a Lease of Life commencing from the date of birth till its determination or expiry—long or short. Who then is the lessor?

In our faith, the Lord God (Jesus Christ) is "the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through (Jesus) (Gospel of John 14:6, NIV)". We then know very well our lessor is the Lord God and through Jesus Christ we all will be able to renew our life lease to a new one. Why a renewal is required, when or if the lessee is happy with the existing lease?

In Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus, a man of the Pharisees and a member of the Jewish ruling council, he told Nicodemus the truth that "no one can see the kingdom of God unless he (or she) is born again" . . . "Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit (the Gospel of John 3:3,6, NIV)". Further, Jesus says, "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life ( Gospel of John 3:14, NIV)". This to us is good news that is a new lease the lessor (GOD) through his Son will be granted to extend rental free the life lease beyond this world to eternity. So the new lease of life is perpetual—never coming to end. This is all possible if you will believe under certain conditions president. They are:

• Believe in Jesus Christ who is our Savior and has redeemed us from sins.

• Repent our sins. For we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

• Believe that we are justified freely by God's grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.

"God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, (as the one who would turn aside his wrath, taking away sin) through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus (Romans 3:25-26, NIV)".

What is the true meaning of the new "Lease of Life"? Or "born again"? Metaphorically, it would give the impression that in nature a caterpillar leaving its cocoon and flying out as a radiant butterfly in the free world of fresh air and beautiful floras—a new and transformed life. We will be in that state only if we will be complying with the above three conditions president. At that critical moment, the gift of the Holy Spirit will in-dwell in us. "Whoever believes in the Son (Jesus Christ) has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him (Gospel of John 3:36, NIV)".

". . . That all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we too may live a new life (Romans 6:3-4, NIV)".

Apostle Paul urges us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is our spiritual worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind . . . (Romans 12:1-2, NIV).

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; . . . And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decree and be careful to keep my laws (Ezekiel 36:26, NIV)". This is God's promise.

So, be humble and walk obediently with Jesus Christ! Amen.

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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