【2.9】严厉的警告A Severe Warning


“所以,应当回想你是从哪里坠落的,并要悔改,行起初所行的事。你若不悔改,我就临到你那里,把你的灯台从原处挪去。” – 启2:5

主耶稣有权柄显明真理,呼召祂的子民悔改。祂带着能力、权柄和爱站在祂的教会中。(包括我们!)

在称赞了以弗所教会的劳苦和忍耐之后,耶稣说:“然而有一件事我要责备你,就是你把起初的爱心离弃了。”

保罗在给以弗所人的信中提到了这种爱:“我既听见你们信从主耶稣…… 就为你们不住地感谢神。祷告的时候,常提到你们”(弗 1:15-16)。以弗所人曾彼此相爱,在信仰上竭力合一。

然而现在,耶稣责备他们离弃了这种爱,不再委身于向众人展现基督之爱。他们是否变得自私、骄傲,不愿意再为彼此相处和爱他人而努力?他们是否过于专注在正确的思想,以至于让自私的阴云笼罩在他们中间?

耶稣亲切地呼唤他们悔改,回到他们失去的爱中。

朋友们,耶稣呼召我们彼此相爱,爱所有的人。像耶稣爱我们一样彼此相爱仍然是教会的号召。如果信徒之间没有牺牲的爱,任何向他人见证神之爱的做法都会显得肤浅和虚假。

祷告

主啊,求你帮助我们为了你的缘故去爱,让世人认出你。阿们。

启示录 2:4-6

4‘然而,有一件事我要责备你,就是你把起初的爱心离弃了。
5所以,应当回想你是从哪里坠落的,并要悔改,行起初所行的事。你若不悔改,我就临到你那里,把你的灯台从原处挪去。
6然而,你还有一件可取的事,就是你恨恶尼哥拉一党人的行为,这也是我所恨恶的。

A Severe Warning

“Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” — Revelation 2:5

The Lord Jesus has the authority to reveal the truth and call his people to repentance. He stands among his churches (including us!) with power, authority, and love.

After commending the Ephesian church on their hard work and perseverance, Jesus says, “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.”

Paul had mentioned that love in his letter to the Ephesians: “Ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you” (Ephesians 1:15). The Ephesians had loved one another, striving for unity in the faith.

Now, however, Jesus reprimands them for forsaking that love, giving up on their commitment to show the love of Christ to everyone. Had they become selfish, proud, unwilling to do what was needed to get along with each other and with others? Had they become so absorbed with right thinking that they had allowed clouds of selfishness to come between them?

Jesus graciously calls them to repent and turn back to the love they had lost.

Friends, Jesus calls us to love one another and all people. Loving one another as Jesus has loved us is still the rallying cry of the church. Without sacrificial love between believers, any attempt at testifying to God’s love to others will appear shallow and be a sham.

Prayer

Lord, help us to show your love for your sake, that you may be known to the world. Amen.

诵读: 骆云秀
片头: 张妙阳

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