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My Song In The Night – 我夜间的歌曲

My Song In The Night – 我夜间的歌曲 
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Day 132

The Debate on the Fatherhood of God

Text: John 8: 42

THE DEBATE ON THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD

Jesus was ever the patient Teacher. He went on to discuss the doctrine of the Fatherhood of God.

“Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.’”

John 8:42

1. “Jesus said to them”

a) He was willing to engage them on the subject of the Fatherhood of God.
b) He would be delighted if their claim on the Fatherhood of God was indeed true.

2. Some challenges to their statement

a) “If God were your Father, you would love Me”
b) This was a “conditional sentence”.
i) If the first part is true
ii) Then the second part would follow as a natural consequence.
c) If God was indeed their Father as the Jews claimed, then they would have loved Jesus.
d) The fact was obvious!
i) The Jews did not love Jesus.
ii) How could they claim that God was their Father?

3. Important truths

a) “I proceeded forth and came from God”
i) This should have been obvious.
ii) Jesus knew that this was not understood by the Jews.
iii) Thus, He stated this truth as plainly as possible.
b) “Nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me”
i) All the prophets, the servants of God would make this claim.
ii) They had not come in their own rights.
iii) They had been sent by God.
iv) God would confirm the identity and the ministry of His servants.
v) That Jesus was that special Servant of God was confirmed many times through the many mighty miracles He performed.

经文: 约翰福音 8:42

上帝作为天父的议论

耶稣身为一位富有耐性的导师,继续讲论上帝为天父的教义。

“耶稣说:‘倘若神是你们的父,你们就必爱我。因为我本是出于神,也是从神而来;并不是由着自己来,乃是他差我来。’”

《约翰 8:42》

1. “耶稣说”

a) 有关上帝为天父的教义,祂很愿意与犹太人进行议论
b) 如果犹太人真的承认上帝为天父,耶稣当然欣然欢喜

2. 犹太人的话可争议之处

a) “倘若神是你们的父,你们就必爱我”
b) 上述的句子附着条件
i) 如果句子前半段是真
ii)句子的下半段也自然是正确的
c) 如果犹太人的确认为上帝是他们的天父,那他们就必爱耶稣
d) 但事实显然不相同!
i) 犹太人并不爱耶稣
ii) 既然如此,他们岂能称上帝为他们的天父?

3. 重要的真理

a) “因为我本是出于神,也是从神而来”
i) 这事实应该是很明显的
ii) 耶稣知道犹太人对这事实并不理解
iii) 因此,祂用简单的话语解释这真理
b) “并不是由着自己来,乃是他差我来”
i) 所有的先知和上帝的仆人都会如此宣称
ii) 他们不是由自己的权限而来
iii) 他们都是上帝派遣而来的
iv) 上帝会确定祂的仆人的身份和职事
v) 耶稣就是上帝独特的仆人。耶稣做了许多伟大的神迹,证明祂就是那位独特的仆人。