January 20, 2010

Participants of the Divine Nature - Part 3

Ministry in Words
Participants of the Divine Nature – Part 3
与神的性情有分-第三部

Based on Charles H. Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening devotional

2 Peter 1:3-4
彼得後书1:3-4

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our
knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has
given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate
in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
「神的神能已将一切关乎生命和虔敬的事赐给我们,皆因我们认识那用自己荣耀
和美德召我们的主。因此,他已将又宝贵又极大的应许赐给我们,叫我们既脱离
世上从情欲来的败坏,就得与神的性情有分。」

Members of the Body of Christ
基督身上的肢体

By “participating in the divine nature” do we become members of the body of the divine
person of Christ? Yes. Apostle Paul says in many of his letters that “we are members of
his (Christ’s) body” (Eph 5:30). Yes, we have the blood of Christ, for the same blood
that flows in the head flows in the hand. Jesus Christ is the head of the body and we are
the members. The same life that raises Christ from the dead raises His people. “For you
died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3). Since our life is hidden with
Christ in God, when God raises Christ to overcome death, He also raises us to walk in the
newness of life.
我们是否因为「与神的性情有分」而成为基督这位神身子的肢体呢?是的,使徒
保罗在他许多的书信中说「我们是他〔基督〕身上的肢体」〔弗5:30〕。是的,
我们有基督的血,因为在头循环的血也就是在手循环的血。耶稣基督是身子的
头,我们是肢体。那使基督从死里复活的生命同样地使他的子民复活。「因为你
们已经死了,你们的生命与基督一同藏在神里面。」〔西3:3〕既然我们的生命与
基督一同藏在神里面,当神使基督复活来克服死亡时,他也使我们复活来过新的
生活。

Furthermore, we participate in the divine nature through our marriage to Christ.
Revelations 19:7 mentions the wedding of the Lamb, which is Jesus Christ, and His bride,
which is us. We are married to Christ. He has betrothed us in righteousness and
faithfulness, and we are joined to the Lord in one spirit.
再者我们藉着我们与基督的婚姻与神的性情有分。启示录19:7提到羔羊的婚宴,
羔羊就是耶稣基督,新妇就是我们。我们与基督成婚了。他以公义和信实娶了我
们,我们就与主联合在一个灵中。

What a marvelous mystery! It is beyond anyone’s understanding! One with Jesus! We
are one with Him as the branch is one with the vine. We are a part of the Lord, our
Savior and Redeemer! We are participants of the divine nature, drawing on the same
blood and life of Jesus.
何等奇妙的奥秘!超过任何人的了解!与耶稣合而为一!我们与他合一就像枝子
与葡萄树合一一样。我们是主我们的救主和救赎者的一部份!我们是与神的性情
有分的人,吸收耶稣同样的血和生命。

Purpose of His Promises
他的应许的用意

While we rejoice in this, remember that the purpose of God’s calling us into his great and
precious promises is not for us just to participate in the divine nature, but to escape from
the corruption in the world. Early in our human history it was the corruption in the world
that made God angry and brought down His judgment of the world through the Great
Flood, destroying everyone except Noah and his family. Escaping from the corruption in
the world means those who are made participants “of the divine nature” will manifest
their high and holy relationship in their association with others. It will be evident from
their daily walk and conversation that they have escaped the corruption in the world
caused by evil desires (2 Pe 1:4). So we must pray for more divine holiness of life. We
must pray for our sanctification through our continual participation of the divine nature.
当我们为此欢欣的时候,要记得神呼召我们进入他又宝贵又极大的应许的目的并
非只是让我们得与神的性情有分,而是脱离世上的败坏。早在人类历史中世上的
败坏惹起神的怒气而引至他以洪水审判世界,毁灭了挪亚一家以外的世人。脱离
世上的败坏的意思是指那些得与「神的性情有分」之人在与其他人交往时会表现
出他们崇高和圣洁的关系。从他们的日常生活言谈中可以看见他们脱离了世上从
情欲来的败坏〔彼後1:4〕。所以我们必须祈求更多生活上神之圣洁。我们必须祈
求藉着不断地与神的性情有分而得成圣。

To be continued next week.
下周待续。

May we be resurrected to live the newness of life in Christ Jesus, be in one spirit with
Him, be given more divine holiness in life, and be sanctified through our participation of
the divine nature.
愿我们被复活在基督耶稣里来过生命的新意,与他的灵相符,得赐更多生活上神
之圣洁,藉着与神的性情有分而得成圣。

Tom and Tehwan Tso
仲谋与德菀

“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效, 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1:9