一起读经 | 希伯来书 5:5-6 永恒的大祭司是神的儿子

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希伯来书:5:5-6:5如此,基督也不是自取荣耀作大祭司,乃是在乎向他说:“你是我的儿子,我今日生你。”的那一位。6就如经上又有一处说:“你是照着麦基洗德的等次永远为祭司。”

         我们该如何理解这些简单的话:“你是我的儿子,我今日生你。”首先,我们应该把这些话和耶稣受洗以及登山变像所说的话联系起来。圣经明白无误地教导耶稣是永生神的儿子。他不是一个发动一场运动的平凡人,也不是教导一个新的宗教的老师。他就是永生神的儿子。

         “我今日生你”所说的是父与子之间的永恒关系。诸如耶和华见证人这样的教派,他们说耶稣永远也不能等同于父神,因为圣父的年龄永远要比圣子大。这其实是用人类有限的眼光来看待三一真神。“我今日生你”描绘的是永恒的关系,不是人类的经验。

         这是一种关系。我们的三一真神是永恒的爱之神。在永恒之中,父喜悦子,在永恒之中子也爱父,子满怀喜乐地接受了他的角色——时候到了,他来到这个世界做了我们的救主。圣灵也是这个伟大的爱的三角关系的一部分,在这个三角形的关系中,三一真神计划了世界的创造,也孕育了人类拯救的计划。

         即使在尼泊尔的这个清早时刻,我的心智仍然不能很好地理解我们拥有的是多么奇妙的上帝和救主。这个2磅重的大脑灰质能让我理解上帝永恒的特质吗?我们只能凭着信心接受它!

Hebrews 5: 5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” 6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

祷告:啊,三一的真神,父、子、圣灵啊,你为那些信靠你的人所预备的是眼目未曾经看见、耳朵未曾经听闻、心智无法想象的。但是你藉着圣灵向我们显现你自己。那么,就请你将那从你而来的智慧藉着你的话语传递给我,这样那些靠心智我无法理解的,我可以牢牢记在心里。阿们。

         How do we comprehend these simple words, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”  First, we should connect these words to those spoken at Jesus’ baptism and at his transfiguration. Scripture so clearly teaches that Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He is not just a man who started a movement, a teacher who taught a new religion. He is the very Son of God FROM ETERNITY>

         “Today I have become your Father” speaks to the eternal relationship between the Father and the Son. There are religions like the Jehohah’s Witnesses who say that Jesus cannot be equal to the Father because the Father is always older than the Son. That’s looking at our Triune God through the limited eyes of human experience.  “Today I have become your Father” describes an eternal relationship, not a human experience.

         And it is a relationship. Our Triune God is a God of love from eternity. From eternity, the Father delighted in the Son. From eternity the Son loved the Father and gladly accepted his role as the one who would come to earth in time and be our Savior. The Holy Spirit was also part of this great triangle of love in which creation was planned and the plan of salvation was conceived.

         Even in this early morning hour in Nepal, my mind has a hard time grasping what a wonderful God and Savior we have. But should this two pounds of gray matter think that I can comprehend the eternal nature of God?  Only by faith can we receive it!Prayer:  O Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what you have prepared for those  who put their faith in you.  But you have revealed yourself to us through your Spirit.  Give me, then, the wisdom that comes from you and through your Word so that what I cannot grasp with my mind I can hold in my heart. Amen.

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