Examine “Christ Alone” through Hebrews (10)
(D) Christ Alone (3) - By 「Hope 」: Run the Race Set Before Us
Scriptures: Hebrews 12
背誦經文： 28 所以我們既得了不能震動的國，就當感恩，照 神所喜悅的，用虔誠、敬畏的心事奉 神。 29 因為我們的 神乃是烈火。(來12：28-29)
Memory Verses: 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12: 28-29)
(一) 藉著 .
I. Through .
§ 我們既有這許多的見證人，如同雲彩圍著我們，就當放下各樣的重擔，脫去容易纏累我們的罪，存心忍耐，奔那擺在我們前頭的路程， 仰望為我們信心創始成終的耶穌。他因那擺在前面的喜樂，就輕看羞辱，忍受了十字架的苦難，便坐在 神寶座的右邊。 那忍受罪人這樣頂撞的，你們要思想，【或作：你們要思想那忍受罪人頂撞的耶穌】免得疲倦灰心。(來12：1-3)
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Hebrews 12: 1-3)
(二) 藉著 .
II. Through .
§ 5 你們又忘了那勸你們如同勸兒子的話，說：我兒，你 主的管教，被他責備的時候也 ； 6 因為主所愛的，他必管教，又鞭打凡所收納的兒子。 7 你們所忍受的，是 神管教你們，待你們如同待兒子。焉有兒子不被父親管教的呢？ 8 管教原是眾子所共受的。你們若不受管教，就是私子，不是兒子了。
§ 9 再者，我們曾有生身的父管教我們，我們尚且敬重他，何況萬靈的父，我們豈不更 他得生嗎？ 10 生身的父都是暫隨己意管教我們；惟有萬靈的父管教我們，是要我們得益處，使我們 。 11 凡管教的事，當時不覺得快樂，反覺得愁苦；後來卻為那經練過的人 ，就是 。 (來12：5-11)
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, the chastening of the Lord, when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be . 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it of to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12: 5-11)
(三) 藉著 .
III. Through .
§ 12 所以，你們要把下垂的手、發酸的腿挺起來； 13 也要為自己的腳， 了，使瘸子不致歪腳，反得痊癒。14 你們要追求與眾人和睦，並要追求聖潔；非聖潔沒有人能見主。 15 又要謹慎，恐怕有人失了 神的恩；恐怕有毒根生出來擾亂你們，因此叫眾人沾染污穢； 16 恐怕有淫亂的，有貪戀世俗如以掃的，他因一點食物把自己長子的名分賣了。 17 後來想要承受父所祝的福，竟被棄絕，雖然號哭切求，卻得不著門路使他父親的心意回轉。這是你們知道的。(來12：12-17)
12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. (Hebrews 12:12-17)
(四) 藉著 .
IV. Through .
§ 22 你們乃是來到錫安山，永生 神的城邑，就是天上的耶路撒冷。 …
§ 28 所以我們既得了不能震動的國，就當感恩，照 神所喜悅的，用虔誠、敬畏的心事奉 神。 29 因為我們的 神乃是烈火。(來12：28-29)
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem...
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28-29)
【Note:】 Hebrews 12: 18-29 is the fifth encouragement and warning by Hebrews’ author
v 5 靠你有力量、心中想往錫安大道的，這人便為有福！ 6 他們經過「流淚谷」，叫這谷變為泉源之地；並有秋雨之福蓋滿了全谷。 7 他們行走，力上加力，各人到錫安朝見 神。(詩 84：5-7)
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. (Psalms 84: 5-7)
(1) The message talked about four aspects how we through 「hope」 can run the race set before us. Please share with your group members: when you feel low and hopeless, which point can most reignite the fire of hope within your heart? Why?
(2) Base on the reminders of the author of Hebrews, please answer the following questions:
(a) What’s the purpose of God chastening us?
(b) What should be our attitude when chastened by God?
(c) 請與組員分享你個人曾被 神管教的經驗與所學習到的功課。
(c) Please share with your group members your personal experience of being chastened by God and the lessons you learned.