7月6日靈修禱文

And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”

Genesis 3:21-22

Thought

Perhaps someone would ask, "Why shouldn't children of God imitate and be like Him?"; "Why didn't God like Adam and Eve to know good and evil?"; "Why was God unwilling to see Adam and Eve live forever?" To these whys, we have to find answers around the tree of life. If a person does not have God's life, even though he knows good and evil, he often has the cleverness to do evil, but not the ability to do good. If a person does not have God's life, he will often be entangled in sins, controlled by darkness. Let's imagine: If a person has to live forever with the sins of himself and those of others, how painful and hopeless it will be. Thank God for his mercy and love. He doesn't want us to "live forever" in this way! He prepared a way for us long long ago: "The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them." God used his son's blood to cover our sin and shame, and used his son's body to prepare for us a way leading to the "tree of life". There is no one on earth who can go back to the presence of "the tree of life" through his own hard work. We can be born again and participate in the divine nature only by God's grace. Only then can we, during our days on earth, constantly experience the baptism and the molding of the Holy Spirit as fire. "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life..." (see Revelation 22:14)

Prayer

Dear heavenly Father, may you give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know Lord Jesus better. Know how precious it was that all he did for us on the cross. May our new life in Christ keep growing and maturing, so as to let people around us see the way to the tree of life through us. Amen!
Rev. Jun Cai

耶和華神為亞當和他妻子用皮子做衣服給他們穿。耶和華神說:“那人已經與我們相似,能知道善惡。現在恐怕他伸手又摘生命樹的果子吃,就永遠活著。

創世紀3:21-22

思想

或許有人會問:“神的兒女們不是應該效法神、像神嗎?”“神為什麼不高興亞當夏娃能知道善惡呢?”“神為什麼不願意亞當夏娃永遠活著呢?”這些的為什麼都要圍繞“生命樹”來尋找答案。一個人如果沒有神的生命,即使他知道善惡,他卻常常有聰明行惡,沒有能力行善。一個人如果沒有神的生命,他會時常被罪惡糾纏、被黑暗轄制。想想看,如果一個人將要與自己的罪和他人的罪相伴永遠,那實在是太痛苦、太絕望了。感謝神的憐憫和慈愛,祂不要我們這樣的“永遠活著”!祂早已為我們預備了出路,“耶和華神為亞當和他妻子用皮子做衣服給他們穿。”神使用祂兒子的血遮蓋我們在罪中的羞恥,神使用祂兒子的身體為我們鋪就一條通向“生命樹”的道路。世上沒有一個人可以憑著自己的努力回到“生命樹”的面前,唯有在神的恩典裡被聖靈重生,與神的性情有份,在地上的年日裡不斷經歷聖靈火一般的洗禮和陶造,“那些洗淨自己衣服的有福了,可得權柄能到生命樹那裡……(參啟示錄22:14)”

禱告

親愛的天父,求您將那賜人智慧和啟示的靈賞給我們,使我們真知道主耶穌,知道祂在十字架上為我們所做的一切是何等寶貴。願我們在基督裡的新生命不斷長大成熟,讓周圍的人從我們身上看見那條通向生命樹的道路,阿們!
蔡軍牧師
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