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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 134

The Question of Believing in Jesus

Text: John 8: 45-47

THE QUESTION OF BELIEVING IN JESUS

What would it take for people to come to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? Jesus did everything possible for people to come to have faith in Him!

1. He preached simple but powerful messages.

2. He taught and explained what people found hard to understand.

3. He performed miracles that were truly astonishing.

4. He offered friendship with much kindness.

What more could be done? But still there were some who persisted in not believing. Was it a matter of simply not being able to understand? Or was it something else? Jesus had this to say to them.

RESPONDING TO THE TRUTH PROCLAIMED

Jesus explained why the Jews found it next to impossible to believe in Him and the truth He proclaimed.

“But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”

John 8:45-47

1. “But because I tell the truth”

a) This was Jesus’ commitment.
b) He was very consistent in teaching the truth.

2. “Which of you convicts Me of sin”

a) Could the people find fault with His teaching?
b) Could He have sinned and made His teaching difficult to believe in?
c) The fact was that Jesus had never sinned!

3. “Why do you not believe Me”

a) Not because Jesus’ teaching was difficult to comprehend.
b) Not because Jesus was an unskilled Teacher.
c) One reason highlighted:
i) They were not of God.
ii) If they were of God, they would have no difficulty in understanding and believing.
iii) Despite their claims that they knew God, the truth was that they were not of God!

经文:约翰福音8:45-47

信耶稣的问题

怎能使人们来信主耶稣基督呢?耶稣尽一切所能让人们对祂有信心!

1.衪传扬简单但却富有功效的话语

2.衪所教导和解释的是人们觉得难理解的

3.衪施行了震撼人心的神迹

4.衪以仁善给予了友谊

还可以做些什么呢?可还是有些人坚持不信。这是否只因为无法理解?还是有其他原因?耶稣有这番话要对他们说。

对所宣扬的真理作出反应

耶稣解释为什么犹太人几乎不可能信祂和衪宣扬的真理。

“我将真理告诉你们,你们就因此不信我。 你们中间谁能指证我有罪呢?我既然将真理告诉你们,为什么不信我呢?出于神的必听神的话,你们不听,因为你们不是出于神。”

《约翰福音8:45-47》

1. “我将真理告诉你们”

a) 这是耶稣的承诺
b) 衪教导真理是始终如一的

2. “你们中间谁能指证我有罪呢”

a) 人们是否能够从祂的教训中挑出问题?
b) 祂是否有罪,导致人们很难信衪的教训?
c) 事实上,耶稣从来没有犯罪!

3. “为什么不信我呢”

a) 不是因为耶稣的教训很难理解
b) 不是因为耶稣是一位不熟练的老师
c) 经节中强调了一个原因:
i)他们不是出于上帝的
ii)如果他们是出于上帝,就会亳无困难地理解和相信
iii)虽然他们宣称自己认识上帝,事实是他们不是出于上帝的!