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九月 30, 2018

经文: 马克 9:38 -50 彻底清除罪恶:1-12

在耶稣的名, 阿门!

彻底清除罪恶. I don’t know about you. When I read it for the first time, I became very uneasy, to say the least. To describe this text as scary is not an overstatement. Look the language. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” And then Jesus continues to talk of cutting hands and feet, of plucking out eyes if they cause you to sin…Here we can see Jesus hates sins SO much that he speaks against our natural religious inclinations, ”  His main message in this text is about prayer! Nothing shor上帝的义如何显明?e 二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文 by doing good works, or by meditations and prayers to become holier and holier progressively. 奉耶稣�, it’s more like a self-help healing methods populated by best-seller publications. 不幸, Jesus’ words are NOT that p阿22罗马书3 t谁是良善的?ou二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10nds and pluck out their eyes without feeling the pain.

It is striking that the Bible records that after each of the three major prophecies of His own passion by Jesus, the disciples still failed to understand what Jesus’ death and resurrection meant for their life, even those who were closest to Jesus, 彼得, James and John, who saw Jesus transfigure on a mountain right before their eyes. Not only did they not understand the Gospel, they didn’t understand the essence of Law of God either. In last Sunday’s text, the one right before today’s lesson, Jesus already showed them who was the greatest and the importance of being humble before God like little children. 现在, instead of seeking a big ego among themselves, they sought after a collective pride. They forbade someone not following them casting out demons in Jesus’ name, ”  His main message in this text is about prayer. Remember that? In the same chapter, before Jesus’ second prediction of His passion and after the transfiguration, the 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10mo–22 奉阿entually Jesus healed 罗马书3tity representing Him and belonging to God by saying “Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.” This situation is like being a Lutheran, there is nothing w谁是良善的?her groups of Christians, who could do wonderful things in the name of Jesus, and will be in heaven too. 所以, Jesus here is still spea上帝的义如何显明?二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文

Have you not committed a sin of pride and offended other people? The bad news is that for the disciples and for us (for each follower of Christ) — Jesus wants us to get rid of every sin completely! Using hyperbole, Jesus warns us to take every sin very seriously, not just to improve our spiritual health by sinning less and less, but to remove every sin by cutting it off completely. If your hand ever stole anything, cut it off. If your feet ever led you to a place, where you sinned, cut them off. If your eyes ever looked at woman or a man lustfully, ”  His main message in this text is about prayer data-source="">pluck them out. You will soon find out that you run out of body parts. And I think the problem is worse than that. 正如我们所知道的, like Jesus tells us, all sins come out of our heart. Hands, feet and eyes are just instruments of sinful heart. Are you able to cut out your heart? Get it? Have you not understood? I think you are smarter and more honest than someone denying this simply truth. 此外, the Gospel gives us courage to say the obvious: removing sins c谁是良善的?s 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10to–22 奉耶稣基督的名a-阿YX罗马书3dCBvciBkb27igJl0IGRhcmUgdG8gYmVsaWV2ZSB3aGF0IEplc3VzIGlzIHNheWluZyBoZXJl" data-source="">It’s that we are not willing to accept or don’t dare to believe what Jesus is saying here, if you don’t accept this conclusion, try harder and good luck to you. The worst is yet to come. If you cannot remove sins and cause of sins completely, there will be dire consequences – to be hung with a great millstone around your neck and be thrown in the sea would be much better for you; 是, even worse, to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ Any sin, every sin, if you don’t cut it off completely from you, you are eternally condemned. It IS a gloom and doom picture.

所以, is there any hope left for us? 良好, remember the context of this reading? This text is after Jesus’ transfiguration on a mountain and the second time prediction of His death and resurrection by Jesus. The cross is looming larger and larger in the background.  Jesus’ transfiguration not only predicted his passion but also let the disciples to foresee the appearance of His second coming. The Gospel of God’s salvation plan in human history is the center of the Bible and the key to interpretation of today’s text. You may be wondering what exactly Jesus means by saying, “For everyone will be salted with fire”. Good question. Spiritually speaking, there are two kinds of fire that “salts” everyone.  There is fire that destroys and punishes.  And there is fire that cleanses, and preserves.  When Jesus talks about the fire that is not quenched, obviously He is talking the fire of hell. Because of sin, everyone will be salted by fire. 感谢上帝, there is another kind of fire that cleanses and preserves. In the Old Testament times, sacrifices had to be salted in order to be cleansed and preserved. We know Jesus is the sacrifice who was salted by the fire of destroy and punishment. He endures this fire of God’s wrath on behalf of sinners like you and me. When John the Baptist says, “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming (that罗马书3230;, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”, he meant that Jesus would baptize us with the fire of the cross, which is the Gospel, and wit”  His main message in this text is about prayer class ="tr_" id="tr_14" data-token="VGhpcyBpcyB0aGF0IHNlY29uZCBraW5kIG9mIGZpcmU," data-source="">This is that second kind of fire – the fire that we are salted with – 谁是良善的?ing.  It 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10ot a one-time thing. It’s an on-goin–22 奉耶稣基督的名ame. You are salted again every time in the words of absolution being directed to you.  You are cleansed and preserved.  You are salted agai阿e words of this sermon you are being salted.  Jesus now is forgiving you, cleansing you and preservin上帝的义如何显明?us二零一八年十月二十八日 宗教改革主日 证道经文rder that you may be preserved forever.

是, 奉耶稣�. 谁是良善的?! 二零一八年十月十四日 证道经文:马可福音10, –22 奉耶稣基督的名, 阿.

在“名称”的父亲, 罗马书3, 谁是良善的?, 阿门!

 

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