一起读经 | 希伯来书12:25-29 得了不能震动的国

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希伯来书:12:26-29:26当时他的声音震动了地,但如今他应许说:“再一次我不单要震动地,还要震动天。” 27这再一次的话,是指明被震动的,就是受造之物都要挪去,使那不被震动的常存。28所以我们既得了不能震动的国,就当感恩,照神所喜悦的,用虔诚、敬畏的心事奉神。29因为我们的神乃是烈火。

         也许你听说过“terra firma”这个说法,意思是“坚实的大地。”我们以为脚下的土地是坚固的,直到地震发生,我们感觉脚下的地面像液体一样流动。你知道吗,1811年密苏里州的一次地震如此强大,以至于俄亥俄州辛辛那提的烟囱都被震倒了。一时间,地面隆起得如此之高,以至于密西西比河一度逆流而上。震中附近的小城市被完全摧毁。但比起末日将发生的一切,这次地震简直算不得什么。当耶稣再来的时候,上帝不单要震动地,还要震动天。

       末日的审判会让那些非信徒心生害怕。但我们这些信徒却不必害怕。当整个地球都在我们脚下震动,我们怎能不害怕呢?因为我们已经不在这里了。看看保罗在《帖撒罗尼迦前书》第4章是如何描述的。“因为主必亲自从天降临,有呼叫的声音和天使长的声音,又有神的号吹响,那在基督里死了的人必先复活。然后我们这些活着还存留的人必和他们一同被提到云里,在空中与主相遇。这样,我们就要和主永远同在。”当上帝带着可怕的审判降临到地上的时候,我们已经不在这里了。

       你明白这句话了吗?“使那不被震动的常存。”天国不会被挪去,它不会随着时间的流逝而衰残朽坏,它也不会受到魔鬼撒旦和他的爪牙的攻击。它永远不会过时,它会永远存在,正如我们将永远存在。

祷告:主耶稣阿,求你来!求你复苏并更新万物。愿你来让那些圣徒从坟墓中复活,并立刻带我们所有人到荣耀中。求你给我们荣耀的身体,这样我们就能在你的国度中和你一同活在永恒的喜乐中。当我还在这世上时,请帮助我活在对上帝的虔诚和敬畏中,因为上帝拯救了我。阿们。

Hebrews 12: 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven.” 27 The words “once more” clearly indicate the removal of the things that are being shaken, that is, the things that have been made, so that the things that cannot be shaken remain permanently. 28 Therefore, since we are going to receive an unshakeable kingdom, let us be thankful. This is how we serve God in an acceptable way, with reverence and awe. 29 For our God is a consuming fire. (EHV)

      Maybe you have heard the expression, “terra firma,” which means “solid ground.” We assume that the ground we stand on is solid – until it is shaken by an earthquake and feels like liquid beneath our feet. Did you know that an earthquake in Missouri in 1811 was so powerful that it toppled chimneys in Cincinnati, OH?  For a little while, the ground heaved so far up that Mississippi River ran upstream for a while.  The small cities near the epicenter were completely destroyed. That earthquake is nothing compared to what will happen on the last day, when God will shake the earth and the heavens as well, when Jesus comes again.

         Thoughts of Judgment Day should strike fear in the hearts of those who do not believe. We who believe, however, need not be afraid. How could we not be afraid when the whole earth shakes beneath our feet?  Because we won’t be here.  Listen to how Paul described the events of that day in 1 Thessalonians 4. “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them, to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.” When God brings his terrible judgment upon the earth, we will already be gone.

And did you catch this phrase?  “So that the things that cannot be shaken remain permanently.” The kingdom of heaven cannot be removed. It won’t waste away and rot with time. It cannot be attacked by Satan and his minions. It won’t become outdated. It will remain forever, and so will we.     Prayer:   Even so, come, Lord Jesus!  Come and restore all things and make everything new.  Come and raise your saints from the grave and bring all of us to glory at once.  Come and give us a glorified body so that we can live in everlasting joy with you in your kingdom. And while I remain here, help me to live my life in reverence and awe of the God who has saved me. Amen.

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