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Collected pieces from DesiringGod articles on dating &
singleness
,
marriage,
manhood and
womanhood
.
Many things to learn and to be mature on…

创作背景:圣经列王纪上第31章

The Trouble with Focusing on Your
Marriage

When we meet together for our memorial meeting it causes us to think of
the glorious time when we will be the bride of Christ. Like a young
virgin marrying her long waited for groom, so it will be with us meeting
Christ at his return, and being with him for eternity. The believers
being likened to a bride on her wedding day is a common metaphor in the
Bible, for example in Revelation 19:7-8:

Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about
displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church.
Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ
is more important than bearing children. Being united to Christ by faith
is a greater source of marital success than perfect sex and
double-income prosperity.

“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage
of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her
was granted that she should be arrayed in fine, linen, clean and white:
for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints”

If we make secondary things primary, they cease to be secondary and
become idolatrous. They have their place. But they are not first, and
they are not guaranteed. . . . So it is with marriage. It is a momentary
gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the
honeymoon. Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it
may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will
be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to
make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no
calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an
obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the
covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest
when nothing but Christ can sustain it.

当大家在主日相聚时,大家会想到今后教徒作为基督新娘的体面时刻。就像是1个年轻童女嫁给他等待已久的新郎官一样,大家在基督复一时半刻要和她相会,和他永世同在一起。信徒被比作在新婚那一天的新孩他妈,那是圣经里常用的比喻,例如启示录19:7-8中说:“我们要快乐欢乐,将荣耀归给他。因为羔羊婚娶的时候到了,新娘也融洽准备好了。就蒙恩得穿光明洁白的细麻衣,那细麻衣就是圣徒所行的义”。


Now is our time when we are making ourselves ready for the marriage of
the Lamb. A marriage is a well thought out arrangement and every detail
is carefully arranged. When a date is set for a marriage the betrothed
couple feel excited and eagerly anticipate their wedding day. Now as we
prepare for the marriage of the Lamb, we should be eagerly anticipating
that day, and preparing to meet our bridegroom. Figuratively speaking,
we were given white garments at our baptism and we want to keep them
unspotted from the world (James 1:27).

Five Pieces of Advice for Young
Men

于今,是大家准备好和谐迎接羔羊的酒席的时候。婚姻是经过深图远虑,每一个细节都细心布署好的。结婚的光阴选定的时候,订婚的情侣会激动,热烈地期盼结婚的大日子。以后,基督徒在为羔羊的婚宴做准备的时候,也应该急迫地期盼那一天,准备好见教会的新人。从象征意义上的话,大家在受洗的时候穿上了白衣,并愿意那衣裳不感染世俗(雅各书1:27)。

  1. Find your identity in Christ.

While we wait for our bridegroom to come to the wedding we obviously
want to remain faithful to him. If we have false idols in our hearts we
are committing spiritual adultery. Paul warned the Corinthians about
this in 2 Corinthians chapter 11 verses 2 and 3:

Romans
6:11
;2
Corinthians
5:17

“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy:for I have espoused you
to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But
I fear, lets by any means as the serpent beguiled Eve through his
subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is
in Christ”.

  1. Have a plan for maturity.

在咱们拭目以待新郎来婚宴的时候,分明,我们想要对她保持忠贞。如果大家心神有异教偶像,从圣经的角度讲,就犯了属灵的奸淫。Paul在哥林多后书11:2-3里警告了哥林多少人那或多或少:“我为你们起的恨到骨头里去,原是神那样的深恶痛绝。因为本身曾把你们许配三个先生,要把你们如同贞洁的小姐,献给基督。小编吓坏你们的心或偏于邪,失去那向基督所存纯一整洁的心,如同蛇用诡诈诱惑了夏娃一样”。

A boy used to become a man at 21. Then it was 30. Now it’s 40. Desire
alone will not mature you, though. You need a plan. Imagine the more
mature man you want to be and take specific steps to become him.

The serpent told a lie to Eve which led her to sin, which caused her to
be expelled from the garden in Eden. Eve knew what God had said, but
chose to disobey God as it was more appealing to her. If we believe the
lies of the serpent we too may find that there isn’t a place for us in
the Kingdom. We must have the word of God constantly in our mind and do
only what it requires of us. The serpent which tells us lies may take
many forms, it may be the media, other people, or even our own heart
which tells us things which are not in accordance with the word of God.

  1. Invest in your friends.

蛇对夏娃撒了谎,导致他作案,以至她被逐出伊甸园。夏娃领会神所说的话,但他选取违背神,因为蛇的假话更掀起她。固然我们相信蛇的瞒上欺下,我们会发现神国里最后并未大家的职位。我们必须平素把神的道存在心里,做那道需求大家做的工作。说鬼话的蛇或者以很多样方式存在大家的生活中,可能是媒体,是其余人,甚至是我们团结的心里都会告知大家不符合神的话语的事物。

Invest in your friends, but don’t rely on them to do what only Christ
can do. This will put too much pressure on your friendships, and you
will ultimately be disappointed and possibly disillusioned. Friendship
is great (1 Samuel
18:3
),
but we need Christ more than any friend.

Today we read about the downfall of one of the wisest men who have ever
lived, King Solomon. The chapter we read, 1Kings chapter 11 is very sad
because Solomon could have established the Kingdom of Israel as God’s
Kingdom, but instead he did not do what God commanded him.

  1. Stop looking for the perfect woman.

明天,大家读到历史上最有聪明的一位的挫折,他是Solomon王。大家读到的这一章,列王纪上第②1章是很伤感的一章,因为所罗门王本可以把以色列国(The State of Israel)两手空空成神的国,但相反,他没有按神的渴求工作。

The perfect woman does not exist, so stop looking for her. Hollywood has
lied and taught you wrongly (Proverbs
7:21–23
).
If you hope to be married, better to spend your energy developing your
own godliness and maturity. Become a better husband (1 Corinthians
16:13
),
rather than shopping for a better woman.

The chapter begins with the words“But king Solomon loved many strange
women”. The first mistake Solomon made was taking other wives beside the
daughter of Pharaoh (who was a proselyte to the true worship of Yahweh).
Although it was the custom of the day for a ruler to take many wives, it
is not what God intended for the human race.

Your future wife, perfectly fit or not, will never give you the
wholeness that only comes from Christ. If you are looking for a wife to
make you feel complete, to be fully known, or to give you security, you
will put too much pressure on your marriage and you’ll be disappointed.
On the other hand, if you both know who you are in Christ, you will have
the right foundation for a good marriage.

这一章以“Solomon王在法老的幼女之外,又重视许多外邦女人”开篇。Solomon王犯下的首先个谬误是娶了除法老的闺女(她转移皈依真正地敬拜耶和华)以外的广大外邦女生。即便当时的历史观是:统治者会娶两个太太,但那并不是神为人类的配置。

If you’re walking by faith in Christ, trusting him to lead you, drawing
Spirit-filled brothers and sisters into your thinking, any decision can
be a right decision. Apart from willfully choosing to sin, there’s
freedom to roam in the wide field of God’s will.

The King of Israel was expressly commanded not to take many wives in
Deuteronomy 17:17:

  1. Be strong — and gentle.

“Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not
away”.

I think we need men who have courage, especially courage in their
convictions (Psalm
27:14
;Matthew
10:22
).
True courage comes from security, and that is only truly found in the
truth about Christ (John
10:28
).

申命记17:17里显眼命令以色列(Israel)的王无法娶多少个老伴:“他也不足为团结多立贵妃,可能他的心偏邪”。

We need to be strong — strong enough to be gentle (2 Corinthians
10:9
).

God knew that the King would stray from following the word of God if he
chose more than one wife. It may have been acceptable in his culture,
and looked well upon by the world to take lots of wives, but God said
that he was not to do it. That should have been the end of the question.
God said no.

Stability in the Storm

神知道Solomon王会偏离神的道。若是他娶多少个老婆,大概那在及时的知识里是足以的,世界对她有着众多的内人也是惊叹不已的,但神说他不可如此行。那是神的答案。神说不得以。

When you’re young, it’s very easy to be overwhelmed by the details of
every circumstance immediately in front of you — every opportunity lost,
every breakup, every failure, every sin. As you’ve likely noticed above,
the older you get, the more your union with Christ becomes a discernibly
meaningful and stabilizing reality.

名高天下壁画:Solomon王和他重重的内人

Cling to Christ, and as you mature as a man, he will make clear to you
the beauty and relevance of your union with him. He promises, “I will
never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews
13:5
)
— not now, not in your journey of growth as a man, and not when you are
older. “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely [sanctify and
mature you]” (1 Thessalonians
5:24
).

When God made Adam, he said in Genesis 2 verse 18: “It is not good
that the man should be alone; I will make an help meet for him”. God
recognised that the man needed a suitable partner, but he only made one
wife. God could have made Adam many wives, but the Divine decree was
that he was only to have one wife. Malachi comments on this in Malachi
chapter 2 verse 15: “And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue
of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed.
Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously
against the wife of his youth”


神造亚当的时候,创世记2:18如此记载:“耶和华神说,这人独居倒霉,小编要为他造一个伴侣协助他”。神知道相公要求多少个适龄的伴侣,但他只造了3个老婆。神本可以给Adam造很多妻子,但神的法律是她只得有贰个太太。Malachi在玛拉基书2:15里这么评价:“纵然神有灵的馀力能造六个人,他不是单造一位吧。为什么只造一位啊。乃是他愿人得虔诚的儿孙。所以当谨守你们的心,哪个人也不得以诡诈待幼年所娶的妻”。

Rookie
Mistakes
 

This also shows that divorce and re-marriage is wrong in the sight of
God. Jesus also reinforced this idea in Luke 16 verse
18:“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and married than other,
committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from
her husband committeth adultery”.

Five Lessons for Young Christians

那等同标明离婚和再婚在神眼里是颠倒是非的。耶稣在路加福音16:18里强调了那些意思:“凡休妻另娶的就是犯奸淫;娶被休之妻的也是犯奸淫”。

There is room within God’s will for you to choose a state school, or a
private school, or no school. There’s room for you to pursue that godly
girl, to say yes to that godly man, or to remain single. God’s will for
your life is your sanctification (1 Thessalonians
4:3
)
— to enjoy him more fully, to live more holy lives, and to invite more
people into your joy. Once the broader will of God for you is plain, the
pressure lessens significantly in the specifics. Trust in Christ, take a
step, then ask for wisdom as you move forward. He is with you “to the
end of the age” (Matthew
28:20
).

Although it is not recorded that Solomon divorced any of his wives, the
principal is true that God who has created us, created us to only have
one husband or one wife for life, unless our husband or wife dies. This
is mentioned many times in the Bible, for example in Romans chapter 7
verse 3: “So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to
another man, she shall be called an adulteress”.


即便圣经没有记载Solomon离弃了他其他的老婆,但圣经原则是适量的。神创建人,一生当中只应该有三个夫君或1个老婆,除非大家的爱人或老婆驾鹤归西。那在圣经里被反复关系,例如奥斯陆书7:3:“所以孩他妈活着,她若归于外人,便叫淫妇”。

10 Questions on Dating with Matt
Chandler

We read of the second aspect of Solomon’s departure from God’s
commandment in verses 1 and 2 of 1 Kings 11. The Jews were not to marry
wives from the foreign nations, as we read in Deuteronomy chapter 7
verses 2 to 3:

Q2 Is there such a thing as “too fast” in Christian dating? How do you
know if a dating relationship is moving too quickly emotionally, or too
quickly toward marriage?

“And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt
smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with
them, nor show mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with
them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter
shalt thou take unto thy son”.

I am going to be real cautious about saying there is such a thing as
“too fast.” What I would rather ask is this: What’s driving the speed?
If mere physical attraction or some kind of emotive, frilly,
this-is-the-one weirdness is driving the speed, then, yes. If the
relationship is outpacing knowledge of character, reputation, and
knowledge of godliness, then that is way too quick.

大家从列王纪上11:1-2里见到所罗门离弃神的诫命的第一层意思。犹太人不大概娶外邦女生,正如大家在申命记7:2-3里看到的:“耶和华你神将他们交给你击杀,那时您要把他们廓清净尽,不可与她们签订,也不得怜恤他们。不可与他们结亲。不可将你的丫头嫁他们的幼子,也不足叫您的外甥娶他们的幼女”。

But if you are in a context in which you have watched the person’s
godliness, you have marveled at their character, you have rejoiced in
what God has done in them and through them, then speed isn’t a big
factor.

When the Israelites returned from Babylon they again forsook the
commandment in marrying foreign wives, and Nehemiah told them about the
example of Solomon in Nehemiah 13:26:“Did not Solomon king of Israel
sin by these things? Yet among many nations was there no king like him,
who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel:
nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin”.

We have a staff person here who met and married her husband in a matter
of months. She had watched him do ministry at The Village. She knew his
reputation. What drove the speed wasn’t a flare-up of emotions — it
wasn’t a fear of loneliness, or desperation, like maybe this is my only
shot. None of that. Rather, there was knowledge of his faithfulness to
God, his desire to serve the Lord, and his seriousness about the things
of God.

以色列(Israel)平民从巴比伦回归时再一次违反了无法娶外邦女生的诫命,尼希米在尼希米记13:26里告知了她们所罗门的事例:“笔者又说,以色列(Israel)王Solomon不是在这么的事上犯罪啊。在多国中并从未一王像他,且蒙他神所爱,神立他作以色列国(The State of Israel)全国的王。可是连他也被外邦女生勾引犯罪”。

I hardly knew they were dating before they were engaged.

素描:Solomon王

Q5: Should I Date a Godly Girl I Do Not Find Attractive?

Nehemiah points out to the Jews who had married foreign wives, that even
Solomon was caused to sin by marrying foreigners. It is very sad to read
of such a great man like Solomon, who we read was beloved of his God,
falling so badly for marrying foreign wives. Perhaps Solomon thought he
would teach them the Truth, but instead we read inverse 4 that“his
wives turned away his heart after
 other gods”.

The culture tells us physical/sexual attraction is
first, then character, godliness, and compatibility follow. I think we
get it backwards. I think once character, compatibility, and godliness
are there, those fuel attraction in the way that pleases God, and is
much safer for our souls.

尼希米指出娶了外邦女孩子的犹太人,甚至是Solomon都因为娶外邦女生而作案。看到像所罗门那样宏大的一人,被神所爱,却蜕化地那样惨重,娶了外邦女生,那是可怜沉痛的。或者Solomon认为她可以教育他们真理,而反之大家在第6节看到“他的妃子诱惑她的心去随从别神”。

But at the same time, I want to protect the hearts particularly of young
women from godly men teasing them with pursuit. So, pursue them as
friends and hope that it grows into more. Want it to grow into more. And
I am confident that, over time, character and godliness will win the
day.

Solomon was the wisest man who has ever lived, besides the Lord Jesus
Christ, and yet we don’t read that he could teach even one of his
foreign wives about the God whom he worshipped, the God of Israel, but
instead his wives taught him about their foreign gods.


Solomon是史上除了主耶稣基督以外最有灵性的人,不过我们并未看到他教育了任何2个外邦老婆他所敬拜的神,以色列(Israel)的神,反之是他的爱人向他介绍了他们国家异教的神。

Isn’t She
Beautiful?

The lesson for us is very clear, if such a man like Solomon made such a
mistake why would we think that we could have a different outcome if we
either marry more than one husband or wife in our lifetime, or marry
someone who is not a baptised believer of the God of Israel?

The more we learn about them, the more their appearance is filled, for
better or for worse, with new and deeper meaning — with their
personality, their convictions, their sense of humor, their faith. The
once-stunning girl may lose most of her charm, and the easily overlooked
girl may become undeniably beautiful. They each look exactly the same as
before, and yet they don’t. You see them, even their physical
appearance, differently now.

给我们的训诫11分通晓:如若就连像Solomon那样的人都犯了这么的一无可取,我们凭什么认为假若大家也有3个之上的女婿或老婆,恐怕跟一个向来不受洗信以色列国(The State of Israel)的神的人结婚,大家的结果就会不一样吧?

Physical attraction is real, but flexible.

The New Testament also clearly saysthat marriage for believers must be
to other believers. For example: “She is at liberty to be married to
whom 
she will; only in the Lord” 1Corinthians 7:39 Be ye not
unequally yoked together with 
unbelievers: for what fellowship hath
righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with
darkenss? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he
that believeth with an infidel?”  Corinthians 6:14-15

Christians should be cultivating hearts that are more attracted to faith
and character than anything else.

新约同样清楚地说到信徒的婚姻必须和另2个教徒结合。例如:“老婆就足以随心所欲,随意再嫁。只是要嫁那在主里面的人”(哥林多前书7:39)。


“你们和不信的原不合作,不要同负一轭。义和不义有怎么着相交呢。光明和乌黑有何相通呢。基督和彼列(彼列就是撒但的别名)有何样相和呢。信主的和不信主的有如何有关呢?”(哥林多后书6:14-15)

The Perfect Spouse Will Not Complete
You

Marriage is such an important event that changes our life forever. It is
imperative in our battle against sin and the gods of this world that our
partner in marriage is walking with us towards the Kingdom. Amos
writes:“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Amos:3

Marriages require us to be sacrificing, honest, and willing to serve.
Your spouse may complement you, but he (or she) will never complete you.
That’s the job of Christ.

婚姻是老大紧要的事体,它永远地转移我们的性命。在我们与罪和那些世界多神的冲刺中,大家的婚姻伴侣与大家一起走向神国是必须的。阿摩司写道:“2位若不一样心,岂能同行呢”(阿摩司书3:3)。

  1. Character

  2. Chemistry

  3. Compatibility

Although it is important that our wife or husband is a believer, if we
were already married when we came into the Truth weare commanded not to
divorce our wife or husband, but we should do our utmost to convert them
by our way of life. Paul says: “And unto the married I command, yet
not 
I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband” 


1 Corinthians 7:10

Five Pieces of ‘Outdated’ Dating
Advice

就算大家的老婆或老公是信教者这点很关键,但倘诺在大家信仰真理时就早已结婚了的话,神的诫命是我们毫不离开本身的老婆或郎君,而是应当尽一切的全力用大家的生活方法让他们转变。Paul说:“至于那曾经嫁人的,我吩咐他们,其实不是本人吩咐,乃是主吩咐,说,爱妻不可离开娃他妈”(哥林多前书7:10)。

  1. Put the pressure on God, and not yourself.

And Peter says:“Likewise ye wives, be in subjection to your own
husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word
be won by the conversation of the wives” 1 Peter 3:1

God not only joins a husband and a wife (Matthew
19:6
),
but he brings them to each other. If you’re mainly looking to yourself
to get married, you’ve put the pressure in the wrong place. Lean on God
while you wait and date.

Peter说:“你们作老婆的,要坚守自身的女婿。那样,若有不信从道理的孩他爸,他们固然不听道,也可以因内人的品行被率领过来”(Peter前书3:1)。

  1. Pursue him or her with an open hand.

This is because divorce is fundamentally wrong. Jesus said that the
marriage between a man and woman is joined together by God in Matthew
chapter 19 verse 6:“Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh.
What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder”.

And yet he holds out open hands before God. “If the Lord wills,” my son
will have a wife, and my servant will find her on this journey (James
4:15
).

这是因为离婚从根本上就是错的。耶稣在马太福音19:6里说汉子和女生之间的婚姻是神设定的:“既然如此,夫妻不再是五个人,乃是一体的了。所以神所合作的,人不得分离”。

In all of our dating, we must be able to humbly pray, “Nevertheless, not
my will, but yours, be done” (Luke
22:42
).
Until you say your vows at the altar, know that God may write a
different wedding story than you would write for yourself. And with all
of his wisdom, power, and love, we have reason to praise him that he
does.

Having said this, it is true that there may be cases, such as with
domestic violence when a couple cannot stay together. God knows our
individual circumstances.

  1. Pray, and pray, and pray.

话虽如此,也实在有部分案例,比如家暴,那么夫妻相互不只怕待在协同。神知道大家个人的情况。

God doesn’t want us to take anything for granted in this life, certainly
not our spouse. He wants all the glory in giving you what’s best for you
whenever he gives it to you.

Nevertheless, if we have children it is important that they are brought
up in a 2 parent household with their biological mother and father, if
at all possible. This is what God intended in marriage,that a godly seed
will be produced. We read this in Malachi chapter 2 verses 15 and
16:“That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your
spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
For the LORD the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away…”

If we desire a husband or wife, we should love casting our anxiety and
longing on the one who cares for us (1 Peter
5:7
;Philippians
4:6–7
).
Don’t start dating without praying, and don’t stop praying while you’re
waiting.

无论怎样,若是我们有孩子,主要的是尽一切大概,让她们在融洽的亲生父母的家里长大。那是神在婚姻中的目标,为了打造虔诚的遗族。大家在玛拉基书2:15-16里看到这点:“纵然神有灵的馀力能造四个人,他不是单造1个人吗。为啥只造1位吗。乃是他愿人得虔诚的后人。所以当谨守你们的心,哪个人也不可以诡诈待幼年所娶的妻。耶和华以色列国的神说,休妻的事,和以强暴待妻的人,都以本身所恨恶的…”。

  1. Date for more than marriage.

We read of the devastatingimpactSolomon’s foreign wives had on him in 1
Kings chapter 11. In verse 9 wereadthat“the LORD was angry with
Solomon,
because his heart was turnedfrom the LORD God of Israel”.In
verse 11 weread that God‘will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and
will give it to thy servant”.

Worship is the end of all Christian dating, because worship is the end
of the Christian life. God did not make you to be married, but to make
much of himself. Marriage is worth having because you getGodin your
lifelong commitment to one another. Marriage is about knowing God,
worshiping God, depending on God, displaying God, being made like God.

咱俩在列王纪上第31章里看看Solomon的外邦内人对她毁灭性的影响。在第10节里,我们来看“耶和华向Solomon发怒,因为她的心偏离向她四回表现的耶和华以色列国的神”。第一1节里,我们看到神“必将你的国夺回,赐给你的官宦”。

  1. Look to loved ones for confirmation.

Solomon was deemed unfit to be King over the Kingdom of Israel because
his wives turned his heart to the gods of the nations. Solomon was given
so much by God, but he turned away from the God of Israel. It seems
Solomon repented in his old age when he wrote Ecclesiastes,and we pray
that he will be in the Kingdom.

Solomon被认同不适同盟以色列国的王,因为他的贤内助们让她的心向着外邦的神。神赐给了Solomon那样多的东西,但他却转而背离以色列国(The State of Israel)的神,就像Solomon在她年长写传道书的时候悔改了,大家祈求他会得进神国。

When Paul wrote the 11thchapter ofHebrews he wrote of many examples of
faith displayed in the OldTestament.Hebrews chapter 11 is sometimes
called the “roll call of faith”. ButcuriouslySolomon’s name does not
appear in this chapter.

Paul在写希伯来书第叁1章时,写下了诸多旧约中充满信心的人的例子。这一章常常被称为“信心的伟人”之章。但很奇特的是,Solomon的名字不在这一章里。

Let us now go forward to the Kingdom with the words of Hebrews chapter
12 verse 1 in our minds:“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and
the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the
race that is set before us”.

以后,让大家心里记着希伯来书12:1的话进入神国:“我们既有那许多的见证人,就如云彩围着我们,就当放下各类的重担,脱去不难缠累我们的罪,存心忍耐,奔那摆在大家面前的路程”。

We read in Hebrews chapter 11 of men andwomen of faith who gave glory to
God in their lives by their faith. They wereactive in their lives in
doing what God required of them. If we are going to bein the Kingdom, it
is essential we follow their example and live our lives bythe faith of
God.

我们在希伯来书第壹1章里读到信心的远大,用他们的信心在生活里归荣耀给神。他们在协调的性命里再接再砺地做神须要他俩做的业务。即使大家要进到神国,那么效仿他们的规范,用对神的信念活出大家的性命就是任重先生而道远的。

A runner in a race does not compete with extra weights tied to him. He
wants to maximise his chances of winning by removing anything which
might impede his running to the finishing line. Likewise in our race to
the Kingdom we should discard anything which is impeding us spiritually,
whether it is friends, a boyfriend or girlfriend who are not believers;
television, movies or music which takes our heart away from God; or
sport which introduces us to the idols of the world. Let us remove them
in our race for eternal life.

一个赛跑者不会在身上肩负多余的份额的时候去赛跑。他会由此移除一切阻碍他跑到终点线的点子来让他赢的时机最大化。同样的,在大家进来神国的赛跑中,大家理应抛开任何在属灵上拦截大家的事物,不管是情人,没有信仰的男/女朋友;照旧让我们的心境远离神的电视,电影,音乐;又大概让我们认识世界的偶像的体育运动。让我们把这么些事物从大家奔向永生的跑道上移除。

Verse 2 of Hebrews chapter 12 says: ‘Lookingunto Jesus the author
and 
finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right
hand of the throne of God”.

In our race to the Kingdom we must have our eyes focussed on the Lord
Jesus Christ who has run before us and finished the race. Jesus was able
to fully dedicate his life to God even though it meant a horrible and
painful death on the cross. He was able to stop his mind of thinking of
the shame and pain of the cross by thinking of the joy of the Kingdom.
We also must carry our cross now, if that means we must remain single to
the Kingdom, that is the cross we must carry. The cross we carry now may
be shameful and painful, it may not be what we want to do, but we must
carry our cross towards the Kingdom. We can overcome, as Christ overcame
by setting our minds towards the joy of the Kingdom.

希伯来书12:2说道:“仰望为大家信心创始成终的基督。(或作仰望那将真道创始成终的耶稣)他因那摆在前头的喜乐,就轻看羞辱,忍受了十字架的痛楚,便坐在神宝座的左侧”。

在大家往神国的征途上,大家务必盯住看着曾经跑到大家面前并形成赛程的主耶稣基督。尽管那意味被钉在十字架上可怕而伤心的长逝,但耶稣依然把温馨的一世全体委身于神。他可以通过思想神国的神采飞扬而为止思考被钉十字架所受的侮辱和痛楚。将来,大家也务必背起本人的十字架,倘诺那表示大家无法不维持独立直到神国,那么那就是大家亟须承受的十字架。大家所背的十字架大概是可耻和惆怅的,大概不是大家想要的,但大家不或者不背着本身的十字架进入神国。似乎基督可以得胜一样,大家可以通过让本身的沉思集中在神国的欢悦中而打败这一切。

Anything we forsake now for the Kingdom will be worth it when we hear
the words of Jesus: ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou
hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many
things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord” Matthew 25:21

其他大家明日为神国而废弃的事物都是值得的,当大家听见耶稣那样的话时:“好,你那又良善又忠心的仆人。你在不多的事上有忠心,作者把广大事派你管理。可以进来分享你主人的快乐”(马太福音25:21)。

We will be rulers in the Kingdom. Solomon was denied the Kingship of
Israel for marrying foreign wives, but we pray that we will be accounted
faithful and allowed to be kings and priests in the
Kingdom (Revelation 5:10).

前景我们将会在神国中掌权。Solomon因为娶外邦女孩子而被神否认了他在以色列(Israel)国的军权,但大家祈求本身将会被算为敬虔的人,在神国里作王,作祭司(启示录5:10)。

Our Lord Jesus Christ gave his whole life in the service to his Father.
Let us now eat the bread and drink the wine to remember this, and to
strive to follow his example, carrying our cross now, but with our eyes
firmly fixed on the glory that shall follow.

主耶稣基督把她的方方面素不相识命都献给了他的父神。以往让大家掰饼喝酒,回想那事,并极力效仿他的样板,背负本身的十字架,牢牢地定睛看向随之而来的荣誉。

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