Things Unshaken – Part 2
那不被震动的 – 第二篇
Hebrews 12:26-28 (NKJV)
but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
Last week we ended at the point about to examine 10 aspects of receiving the unshakable kingdom that will remain.
1. BY EXPERIENCING NEW BIRTH
First of all, to receive this kingdom a person must have a spiritual birth experience. As a person is born of one’s mother to have life, one has to be born of the Spirit to have spiritual life. This spiritual birth is what Jesus referred to when He told the Jewish teacher Nicodemus, saying “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jn 3:3) When a person is moved by the Holy Spirit to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, that person is born again. You have heard of this saying: if a person is born once, he will die twice, and if he is born twice, he will die once. This is what it means: born only physically, a person will die physically and spiritually. Born both physically and spiritually, a person will die only physically.
Nicodemus was told he needed a second birth. Today we should ask ourselves if we have experienced the second birth, or will we face the second death. Make sure we take care of this important business of getting right with God today!
2. BY RECEIVING IT AS A GIFT FROM JESUS
How do we receive this kingdom? We can only receive it as a gift from Jesus. At Jesus’ last supper with His disciples before He was betrayed and went on the cross, the disciples were arguing among themselves as to which of them was considered to be greatest. As part of Jesus’ lesson of humility for them, He told them, saying “And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me” (Lk 22:29). He told them that they had nothing to impress God with, and they could do nothing to earn their salvation and position in the kingdom of God. It was a gift from Him. It was bestowed upon them as it was bestowed upon Jesus by God, therefore it could not be earned but only received.
Today it would be foolish for us to depend on our abilities, our goodness, or our works to obtain salvation of our souls, for all these will be shaken and removed at the end. We cannot impress God with our works or our abilities. We can never be good enough to be admitted to heaven. We ought to trust God’s great mercy and grace, by which He chooses us, and to trust Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross for our salvation because these are unshakable and will remain. His love for us is immeasurable. He has plans for us to bless us and not to harm us, and they are too wonderful for us to imagine. It is all because of God and who He is. He is perfect. He is love. He is faithful. He is righteous. He is all knowing, almighty, and ever present. God is unchanging and He will act according to His divine attributes. Therefore His acts and promises to us, and hence His kingdom, are unshakable and will remain. We can count on them.
To be continued next week.
May we humble ourselves and gladly receive from Jesus His free gift to be reborn in the Spirit. May we receive His kingdom which is unshakable and will remain at the end.
Tom and Tehwan Tso
“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__