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實踐真理,與神會遇

林道川牧師

「聖經是神的話語」——這是每個基督徒都熟悉、但卻未必認真對待或知道怎樣對待的信念。

在一次和律法師的對話中(路十 25-37),耶穌以「你回答的是」回應律法師的回答(路十 28),可見耶穌所看重的,是人對聖經要有正確的理解。登山寶訓的教導如是(太五),在以馬忤斯路上主對兩個門徒的教導也如是(路二十四 25-27)。我們今天著意學習研經的方法,例如歸納式研經法(OIA),也正是為了能夠按著正意理解真理的道(提後二 15)。

然而耶穌也指出,「行道」乃是必需。耶穌兩次鼓勵律法師去「行」(路十 28、37),從中我們看到祂對我們的期待:將聖經的教導實踐出來。我們容易產生一種認知上的謬誤:當理解了某段經文的教導之後,就以為自己是在「實踐」那教導了。殊不知這些教導仍然停留在知識的層面,並未內化成為我們的生命。

耶穌為我們提供了實踐的「途徑」。祂曾透過好撒馬利亞人的比喻(路十 30-36)為律法師提供了一個可以實踐「愛人如己」的場景,同樣,我們也可以為自己所領受的真理找到一個可真實投入實踐的「生命場景」。例如,我們在領受了耶穌「愛仇敵」的教導之後,以禱告的心去找一個自己原本視為「仇敵」的人,然後學習化解彼此之間敵對的關係。

透過學習聖經明白和遵行神的心意固然重要,但對於我們生命更為核心的,則是透過聖經與神會遇(encounter):「聖經是永生神(Living God),是活潑的話語(Living Word)」,意味著永生神是藉著聖經與我們相交。閱讀聖經而沒有與神相交,就如同學習某位哲人的偉大思想一樣,只停留在理論的層面。誠如耶穌所發出的提醒:「你們查考聖經 ,因你們以為內中有永生;給我作見證的就是這經。 然而,你們不肯到我這裡來得生命。」(約五 39-40)。潘霍華也提醒我們:聖經不是我們研究的對象(客體),而是向我們說話的神的話語(主體)。尤記得一次自己用耶穌治好格拉森被污靈所附之人的故事去默想(可五 1-20),主讓我看見自己猶如被污靈附身的人一樣,被一些不合乎真理的信念捆綁著。那一次,神藉著聖經向我說話,並醫治了我。

祝願北宣家每一個弟兄姊妹都能經歷復活的主「給我們打開聖經」(路二十四 32)。





Pastor's Sharing
Live Out the Truth and Encounter God
Rev Ning Doh Chuen


We all know the Bible is the Word of God. But often enough, we do not take it seriously nor do we know what to do with it.

Once in a dialogue with an expert in the law (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus replied, "You have answered correctly" (Luke 10:28a). We can see that Jesus emphasized understanding the Bible correctly. In fact, this teaching is repeated in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) and to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:25-27). For the same reason, we desire to learn Bible study methods such as Inductive Bible Study (OIA – Observation, Interpretation, Application). They enable us to correctly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

But Jesus also stressed the importance of practicing the truth. Jesus told the expert in the law twice to "do" it (Luke 10:28b, 37b). Indeed, this is what the Lord expects us to do – practice the teachings of the Bible. One mistake we often make is that once we understand the teaching in a Bible passage, we suppose we are practicing it. But we might not have internalized the teaching and it is not necessarily part of our lives.

Jesus showed us a way to practice the truth. Through the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-36), the Lord outlined a scenario by which the expert in the law can love his neighbor as himself. Likewise, we can identify a real-life situation in which we can practice the truth that we have learned. For example, if we have learned to love our enemy, we can pray for one whom we consider as 'an enemy' and learn how to resolve the conflicts in our relationship.

While it is important to study the Bible, understand and practice the will of God, it is even more important to encounter God in Bible study. The Bible is the living Word of the living God. It means the living God communicates with us through the Bible. Studying the Bible without encountering God is like merely studying the thinking and theories of great philosophers. Jesus said, "You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life" (John 5:39-40). Dietrich Bonhoeffer has said that the Bible is not something being studied (the object), but the Word of God that speaks to us (the subject). Once when I was meditating on the passage about Jesus restoring a demon-possessed man in the region of the Gerasenes (Mark 5:1-20), I saw myself like a demon-possessed man, bound by concepts that do not align with the truth. That time, the Lord spoke to me through His Word, and I was healed.

May every brother and sister of the NPAC Family experience the resurrected Lord. May He "open the Scriptures to us" (Luke 24:32).