罗马书11章36节 Romans 11:36

My good friend for many years, Tan Huai Tze, has started a new blog. The name of the blog is Romans 11:36, and indeed we pray that all things would be to God’s glory. His initial post has drawn our attention to the emerging(a loaded word, heh heh) gospel-centred movement in America, initiated by Don Carson, Tim Keller, Mark Dever and the likes.

我多年的好友陈怀志,开始了一个新的博客(英文)。他的博客的命名是取自于罗马书11章36节。点击此处即可看见。他的第一张帖 “归回福音的中心”(Returning to the gospel centre)已经蕴藏看见。其中有一段尤为醒人,是引用D.A.Carson的话:

“Many see the Gospel as a narrow set of teachings about Jesus’ Death and Resurrection that if rightly believed, “tip” people into the Kingdom of God. After that the real training, life transformation, discipleship and maturity take place. In summary, the Gospel is treated as the door into the Kingdom of God.

However, the emphasis of the Bible, is that the Gospel is the all embracing category that holds much of the whole bible together. The Gospel takes Christians from lost-ness, condemnation, alienation from God all the way through conversion and discipleship to the consummation, resurrection bodies and the new heavens and the new earth.

“许多人视福音为一套极为狭窄的教导,是关于耶稣的死和复活,且正确相信此教导者则能越过神的国的门槛。在此之后,真正的训练,生命的改变,门徒的建造,灵明的成熟方才开始。总而言之,福音只不过是进入神国的门

然而,圣经所强调的,就是福音乃是一个贯穿支撑全本圣经的项目。福音全程带领着基督徒,从失丧、定罪、与神隔绝,经过信主、做主门徒直到万事的了结,身体复活,并且进入新天新地。”

这种思想,若是正确的,是符合圣经的话,是非常具有革命性的。 因为我们通常的惯性思维是以为福音是初级课程,而深奥的神学,艰难的属灵操练才是真正的基督徒的生命。然而,如果福音不只是带我们进门的师傅,而是一直伴随着我们的良师益友,那我们的生命应当是如何的呢?我想,这是我们每个人都有多家学习之处。

Such thinking, if true and biblical, is revolutionary indeed. Our habitual thinking usually assumes the gospel to be the introductory level material and deep theology and arduous spiritual disciplines the real substance of the Christian life. However, if the gospel is not merely ABCs but A-Z (to quote Tim Keller), how does that affect our lives and daily walk? This, I think, is a place where there’s lots of room for everyone to learn.

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