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二、成為基業（弗一 18 下）：信徒成為父神榮耀的基業，代表你是屬祂的。基業是豐盛的，代表你在祂眼中是寶貴的，有價值的。這價值提醒我們不再以世界的價值觀評價自己，也不讓世界的價值觀去主導我們的生活。
Truly Knowing God
Rev Arnold Chow
The children of the Heavenly Father will not be content with a surface knowledge of God.
A popular singer visited Hong Kong and when he chit-chatted with the audience during his concert, a fan told him, "I've been listening to your songs for a long time. But my family asked me whether I know you at all after following you for years as I don't even have a picture of us to show them!" The singer replied, "How about you and me have a meal together after the concert?" The other fans were envious as they too wished to really know the singer.
Paul had prayed for the church: "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better" (Ephesians 1:17). Every believer should get to know God the Father better. Paul said we should do so in three areas:
1.Confident hope (Ephesians 1:18a, NLT) – The Father's salvation plan is His call to join His household and assurance for eternal life. It is not a dream that may or may not come true. It is God's promise that will never change and which will certainly be fulfilled. This confident hope enables us to persevere on the path to eternity.
2. Be His inheritance: (Ephesians 1:18b, NLT) – Believers are the glorious inheritance of God the Father. It means that you belong to God. The inheritance is rich – you are precious and valuable in God’s eyes. This reminds us to no longer assess ourselves using worldly standards, nor should we let worldly values shape our lives.
3. God's great power: (Ephesians 1:19) Nothing transcends death, but Father God made Christ overcome death. This power taller than the threat of death is manifested in the church and the lives of believers down the ages. In the face of future uncertainties, we need to learn that no power is greater than the Father's.
Besides listening to sermons at worship services, we can certainly learn the above truths through Sunday School classes, theological doctrines and preparation for ministries. But strictly speaking, knowledge alone is not true knowledge of God the Father, which was why Paul prayed for "the Spirit of wisdom and revelation" for believers.
Only the Holy Spirit can help man be united with Christ, and through whom access God the Father. It is obvious that the process of knowing the Father requires the Holy Spirit's enablement. The Spirit can take us to the heart of the gospel of Christ so we have the wisdom to testify for and serve the Lord in a life full of hardships and difficulties.
Therefore, spirituality, witnessing and mission underlie the learning and teaching of Sunday School. Sunday School is where believers' spirituality is nurtured, that is, 1) to make disciples, who would be baptized into the name of Christ (to be His inheritance); 2) to help believers obey God's teachings even in adversity (God's great power); and 3) to instill perseverance until the end (confident hope).
It is my sincere hope and prayer that brothers and sisters of NPAC will not engage in solitary spiritual training in the pandemic, but will nurture a deeper spiritual life through mission. May God give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can fully know Him!