至于我和我家, 必定事奉耶和

As for me and my house,

we will serve the LORD.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

神的丰富,智慧和知识是何等的大! The Greatness of God’s riches, wisdom and knowledge!


罗马书 112536  Romans 11:25-36

弟兄,我不愿意你不知道奥秘,就是以色列人有几分是硬心的,等到外邦人的数目添了,於是以色列全家都要得救。如上所:必有一位救主从安出来,要消除雅各家的一切罪;又就是我与他所立的除去他们的罪。

这样,就著福音,他们为故是仇;就著,他们为列祖的故是蒙的。因神的恩召是没有后悔的。你从前不服神,如今因他的不服,你倒蒙了怜恤。这样,他也是不服,叫他因著施的怜恤,在也就蒙怜恤。因神将众人都圈在不服之中,特意要怜恤众人。

深哉,神丰富的智慧和知 他的判断何其难测 他的踪迹何其难寻知道主的心? 他的士呢? 是先了他,使他后来呢? 因万有都是本於他,倚靠他,於他。愿荣耀他,直到永。阿

今有一个奥秘, 就是以色列人有几分是硬心的,於是他们没有得救。等到外邦人得救的数目添了,以色列全家都要得救。这个数目是什么而这事情会几时发生呢?我们不知道,只有神才会知道。等到这个数目添满了,以色列全家要得救,因为神的应许是确实的:与他所立的约是永恒的他要除去他们的罪。

就著福音,他神的就著,他是蒙,是被拣选的所以他们仍然是蒙神所爱的子民,不是,而是应为神已经拣选了他们的列祖,亚伯拉罕、以撒和雅各。当神赐他的应允和恩赐,他不会后悔与回转的。这是一件奥妙的事 - 外邦人曾经是神的敌人, 服神, 犹太人的不服,倒蒙了怜恤。如今,借着外邦人,神犹太人这样,神将众人都圈在不服之中,特意要怜恤众人, 无论是犹太人或外邦人

在此明了神的丰富智慧和知他的判断何其难测他的踪迹何其难寻谁能超越他的思考呢 谁能超越他所赐的恩赐呢?能超越他的作为呢?  万有都是本於他倚靠他於他。愿荣耀他,直到永。阿

I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, “The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness. And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins.”

Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead. Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy. For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.

Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.

The present mystery is: a portion of the Israelites is hardened in their hearts, and so, they are unsaved. But they will remain in this condition until “the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ.” What is the full number and when this is going to happen we do not know, only God knows. And when this happens, ALL Israel will also be saved because God’s promise to them is sure: He has made an everlasting covenant with Israel to turn them from ungodliness and save them from their sins.

According to the gospel, the Israelites are now enemies of God but according to selection, they are chose and loved of God. Thus they are still the people that God loves, not because of themselves, but because He has chosen their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And when God promised and gave, His gifts are irrevocable. Here is a strange happening – Gentiles were once enemies with God but when the Jews rebelled against God, He turned to show His favor to Gentiles. So now, through the Gentiles, God is showing His mercy to the Jews, which means that His mercy is shown to everyone, Gentile and Jew alike.

Herein lies God’s greatness in riches, wisdom and knowledge; and His decisions and ways of doing things are unfathomable! We can’t out-think God. We can’t out-give God, and we can’t out-do God! “For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.”

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