一起读经 | 马太福音16:27-28

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马太福音 16:27-28信心和行为

Matthew 16:27-28: 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.  28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

马太福音 16:27-28 人子要在他父的荣耀里,同着众使者降临;那时候,他要照各人的行为报应各人。 我实在告诉你们,站在这里的,有人在没尝死味以前必看见人子降临在他的国里。”

Why will we be judged according to what we have done and not by our faith? We have to read this in the same light as James 2, which tells us we will be judged by our works and not by faith. Of course, we know that Scripture and especially Romans 3 teaches us we will be judged by our faith in Jesus and not be our works. How do we reconcile the two?

为什么说要照我们所行的受审判,不照我们的信心受审判呢?我们必须以雅各书2章的观点来解读这一点,它告诉我们,我们将会受到行为的审判,而不是信心的审判。当然,我们知道圣经,特别是罗马书3章教导我们,我们要靠对耶稣的信心来审判,而不是我们的行为。那么,我们将如何调和这两者呢?

Think of it this way. Before God, we are judged innocent by faith in Jesus. But before the world, we are judged innocent by our works, because our neighbor cannot see our faith, only our works. Besides, as the writer to the Hebrews (11:6) teaches us, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” So the person who is justified before God by faith in Jesus will also have good works in his life, which are evidence of the faith in his heart. It’s important to know this, because false teacher even today will teach like the Pharisees, that we are saved by our good works and not by faith.

这样想吧,在神面前,我们因信耶稣而受审判。但在世人面前,我们却因自己的行为被审判,因为邻舍看不见我们的信心,看到的只有我们的行为。此外,希伯来书11章6节教导我们,“没有信心,就不可能得神的喜悦。”因此,在神面前因信耶稣而称义的人,在他的生命中也要有好的作为,这是他心中信心的证据。知道这一点很重要,因为即使在今天,那些假教师也会像法利赛人一样教导我们,即我们得救是靠我们的善行,而不是靠信心。

And what of the last verse, that some of those standing would not see death till the Son of Man comes?  When you read Matthew 24, you will see the promise of Jesus second coming is entwined with his promise that the temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. That even foreshadowed the coming of Christ on the last day.  Some of the disciples standing there would witness the destruction of Jerusalem.

最后一节该怎么理解呢?那些站在那里的,有人在没尝死味以前必看见人子降临在他的国里。当你读马太福音24章的时候,你会看到耶稣第二次降临的应许与他关于耶路撒冷圣殿将被摧毁的应许交织在一起。这甚至预示着基督在末日的降临。意思就是说,站在那里的门徒中,有人要见证耶路撒冷的毁灭。

What’s the message for us today?  Jesus is coming again soon. All the signs have made that clear. Will you be ready when he comes?  You ARE ready, if you believe in him!

今天的这些经文给了我们什么信息呢?那就是,耶稣很快就要来了。所有迹象都表明了这一点。他来时你准备好了吗?如果你相信他,那么,你已经准备好了!

Prayer:  Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Come and usher in your kingdom of glory. Come and bring your people home to heaven. Come and judge the world and declare all those who believe in your righteous for your own name sake.  Amen. 祷告: 主耶稣,我求你来,来迎接你荣耀的国。求你来,带你的子民回到天国。你来要审判世界,为你名的缘故,将一切信你公义的人都宣召出来。奉主耶稣基督的名求。阿们!

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