We add this webpage in 2015 to focus on the fundamental aspects of the skill set necessary to overcome the overflows of data and information in our days. In an era of Me-generation, everybody is going one's own way or ways depending upon sign of the day.
We will focus on the fundamental truth taught in the Bible. You may wonder why we title this web page "Back to Future". With all the fads coming and going in our time, it is important that we continue focusing on the real important stuff rather than wasting our time and resource on the fads and /or our own misguided endeavors.
So what is the most important truth for each of us in future! We take it self evident that it is the eternal life in the future. Many enticing schemes of this world's fads are based upon "live it now without care of future". Instant everything, instant pleasure to satisfy self, and instant gratification such as material things, drugs, sex, power, and alcohol etc, are indeed today's fads.
We really need to back to the real important stuff in the future. Unless we truly realize that there are much more than sex and there are much more than drinking ourselves to death, we will be deceived by this world and by our flesh. You may ask what are more important than "pleasure now". As a starter, eternal life will be one example.
The section consists of the following:
* Back to Eternal life in Future
* Back to Future into Eternity
* Back to the Future Family
*Back to Future Righteousness
*Back to Future Perspectives
*Back to Basics(6/2016, New)
Back to Eternal life in Future
After we acquire involuntarily a few gray hairs on our head, we realize from our experience that life is indeed very fragile and very limited. We observe the following facts: people die everyday, life is unpredictable, and we are busy in spending our days without due preparation for the future. There are many world views or life views if you prefer to call it. But fundamentally they belong to two categories: the first category includes those views/systems conceived by mankind and the second category includes only one view that is "we are created by God". We exclude all the category 1 stuff and left them to the world to worship their idols. Why? simply because none of the authors of those views including wise men, gurus, philosophers, ever survived themselves individually or collectively. Their ideologies are just like the idols created by them-the false gods who cannot even talk. So we are going to trust God and discuss the survival truth taught in the Bible in this web page.
So what is eternal life as defined in the Bible.
A. Eternal life is simply "there is no death for you". That is, the death is gone forever. Death exists no more. What a day that shall be! No death, no pain, no tears, no accidents. All pure joy in fellowship with human beings and with God who loves us forever! You may ask where in the Bible teaches this.
Revelation 21:3-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.5 Then He who sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said to me, Write, for these words are true and faithful.
3 我聽見有大聲音從寶座出來說：「看哪，神的帳幕在人間！他要與人同住，他們要做他的子民，神要親自與他們同在，做他們的神。 4 神要擦去他們一切的眼淚，不再有死亡，也不再有悲哀、哭號、疼痛，因為以前的事都過去了。」 5 坐寶座的說：「看哪，我將一切都更新了！」又說：「你要寫上，因這些話是可信的，是真實的。」
B. You may ask how to be blessed with the eternal life with God?
Cut through all the theologies, it is actually quite simple. We just need to listen and follow what the Bible teaches us.
John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
This means that we need to believe in God only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Listen to what He says !
John 11:25-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?
25 耶穌對她說：「復活在我，生命也在我。信我的人，雖然死了，也必復活； 26 凡活著信我的人必永遠不死。你信這話嗎？」
C. What happen if we ignore God. Listen to the Bible's warning! " We shall die in our sins"
John 8:24 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.
D. Our God is a merciful God to us indeed.
Listen to what the Bible says. Do it now to receive the ultimate gift of eternal life from Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Peter 3:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
John 6:35-37 New King James Version (NKJV)
35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
彼得後書 3:9 新國王詹姆斯版（NKJV）
Back to Future into Eternity 回到未來、進入永恆
The future life that our Lord Jesus blesses us is indeed full of glory , peace, and joy. Before we discuss in detail what that life consists of. We must first discuss how precious the eternal life is. Why? One of the reasons that many people does not realize the glory of the gospel is that they do not really understand and appreciate how precious the eternal life is.
Let us examine a few facts.
Fact 1- Do you know why people die. With all the modern technology and advancement of medicine, people still die. Why? You may say that it is too expensive in treatments and that many people can not afford the new treatments. This is true. But even those who can afford still die. Why? Because we still do not know many details of life processes, particularly in the molecular level. So there is indeed no assurance that we will not die. Actually, many diseases are healed by supporting cares to pop up our own immune system to fight off the inflammations.
事實1 - 你知道為什麼人會死。有了現代科技和醫學的進步，人還是死了。為什麼呢？你可能會說，治療太昂貴，很多人沒錢負擔新的治療方法。這是真實的，即使是那些負擔得起的人、還是死了。為什麼呢？因為我們仍然不知道維持生命過程的細節，特別是在分子的層面上。所以確實是沒有、我們不會死的保證。其實，許多疾病是經由、支持療法、強化我們自身的免疫系統、擊退疾病的發炎而痊癒。
Fact 2- Your Life indeed is Very Precious and Your Eternal life even More Precious. How much do you place a price on life? I am sure that many would say that
it is priceless. However,it is clear that we are not consistently act in such a way that life is priceless. Why life is priceless ? Just because each life is unique and we can not recreate it
or even keep it last say more than 200 years. Did you ever see a 200 years old person? Even if you were to see one, it is not to be a pretty picture, is it? So How precious is eternal timeless life?
You can not buy it with any price; you can not entitle it with any deeds; you simply can not get it through yourself or through the world!
事實2 - 你的生命確實是很珍貴，而你永恆的生命更珍貴。你覺得生命何價？我相信很多人會說，是無價的。但是，很顯然，我們的行為，有時候並沒有輔合“生命是無價”的原則。為什麼生命是無價？正因為每一個生命都是獨特的，我們不能重新創建它，甚至無法維持它很久，就說200年以上吧！你看過200歲的老人嗎？即使你看到一個，它也不是一個漂亮、悅目的圖片，不是嗎？因此，永恆、無限的生命，該是多麼的珍貴？你不能用任何價格買它，你更不能賦予任何行為、要求它；你根本無法、通過自己或通過世界、得到它！
Fact 3- Given Facts 1 and 2, it is indeed an even more priceless Grace and unmatched Mercy and Love that the only Merciful God offers to us a blessed eternal
life through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Why? because we are utterly wicked and evil and not worthy whatsoever! Why? Because we rebel against God and are God's enemies and are doomed to hell for
destruction! It is even more love that it causes God unspeakable suffering of His only begotten Son at the cross to pay our sins to save us !!
That is why the Bible say that God is love. How much do you think that we understand love although this word have been used so carelessly everyday.
So we need to back to future and live the true meaning of love. First thing we need to do now is to appreciate how precious life is and even more how precious
eternal life is and to realize how rare, how scare, how unique the eternal life is!!! Thus, first and ultimate importance is that we thank and recognize our Merciful God in our daily life now
and begin to live eternal life right from now into eternity.
Listen to Jesus Christ Calling You：
John 6:35-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
35 And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
約翰福音 6：35-40 新國王詹姆斯版（NKJV）
35 耶穌說：「我就是生命的糧。到我這裡來的，必定不餓；信我的，永遠不渴。 36 只是我對你們說過，你們已經看見我，還是不信。 37 凡父所賜給我的人，必到我這裡來；到我這裡來的，我總不丟棄他。 38 因為我從天上降下來，不是要按自己的意思行，乃是要按那差我來者的意思行。 39 差我來者的意思就是：他所賜給我的，叫我一個也不失落，在末日卻叫他復活。 40 因為我父的意思是叫一切見子而信的人得永生，並且在末日我要叫他復活。」
May we praise Jesus Christ our Lord unceasingly for His love to us forever and ever, Amen!
As Christians, do you ever think about what the future eternal life may look like. Obviously, we have not been there so we have to rely upon what our Lord tells us in the Bible. One thing for sure, the Bible tells us that our eternal lives in the future is so blessed beyond our comprehension. For example, Apostle Peter revealed to us in 1 Peter 1:3-5
A Heavenly Inheritance
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
3 願頌讚歸於我們主耶穌基督的父神！他曾照自己的大憐憫，藉著耶穌基督從死裡復活，重生了我們，叫我們有活潑的盼望， 4 可以得著不能朽壞、不能玷汙、不能衰殘、為你們存留在天上的基業。 5 你們這因信蒙神能力保守的人，必能得著所預備、到末世要顯現的救恩。
Do you ever think about how beautiful and how glorious that inheritance will be? Even now we are amazed by the magnificent description of the heavenly
Jerusalem!!! A city which is architected by God has gates made of pearls and walls made of all kinds of precious stones and streets made of gold, not the gold we know but a transparent gold
that can reflect the magnificent glory from our Lord.
Actually, the beauty of the heavenly home is far far beyond our expectations. You may ask : How do you know that? Because the Bible tells us so. Apostle Paul
revealed this in 1 Corinthians 2:9 as follows;
9 But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man. The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
Come to think of it. This has to be so. Why? Anything that we can think about from our experience in this corrupt world and from our damaged mind from sin
would not be suitable for eternal life.
Actually, we as Christians are indeed blessed by our God beyond our thoughts. Let us listen to What God says in Isaiah 55:8-9;
8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
8 耶和華說：「我的意念非同你們的意念，我的道路非同你們的道路。 9 天怎樣高過地，照樣，我的道路高過你們的道路，我的意念高過你們的意念。
In our limited mind capacity, how can we contamplate eternality? Most of us rarely think about things beyond past and present because we have too many
present problems. Eternal things are beyond comprehension, so we do not think about it. This is one of the blinders of this world. We shall think about eternal life as revealed to us so
beautifully in the Scripture.
When we think about our future eternal life, we tend to think about it in term of time. But this is not correct because eternal life is beyond time. Actually,
do you ever think about this; time and space are related. This means that if eternal life is beyond time, it is beyond the space that we know of as well. In any event, when we contemplate anything we
are not sure of, the best way is to seek the professional opinions. In this case, the only reliable source is the one revealed by the infinite God. Why? Very simple. Do you see anybody who live more
than say, 200 years.
So it is indeed a lately fad that several authors made lot of money by describing a near-death returning from heaven experience in their books. These are nothing new but an age-old deceptive scheme. But if anyone is really interested in heavens, then one should read the Bible and become a Christian.
So what is eternal life in the future. First of all, it is beyond this life and you can not get it in this world.You may ask how can one get it then? Let us see what the Bible tells us:
(1) First of all, we need to be born again into the God's family in order to inherit eternal life.
3 Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mothers womb and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again. 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.
3 耶穌回答說：「我實實在在地告訴你：人若不重生，就不能見神的國。」 4 尼哥迪慕說：「人已經老了，如何能重生呢？豈能再進母腹生出來嗎？」 5 耶穌說：「我實實在在地告訴你：人若不是從水和聖靈生的，就不能進神的國。 6 從肉身生的就是肉身，從靈生的就是靈。 7 我說你們必須重生，你不要以為稀奇。 8 風隨著意思吹，你聽見風的響聲，卻不曉得從哪裡來，往哪裡去。凡從聖靈生的，也是如此。」
(2) It is indeed arrogant if we think that we can become a Christian by our decision. It is indeed tragic to behave that way. To become Christians is to be
adopted into the God's family. It is not your decision but God grace alone. Please listen to what God says.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
10 我們原是他的工作，在基督耶穌裡造成的，為要叫我們行善，就是神所預備叫我們行的 。
(3) Because of this, we have in this website pleaded with you to humble yourself before the Almighty God and believe in Jesus Christ to receive this eternal
gift. Time is of essence. Do it now because tomorrow may not be yours.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Let us back to our main subject of this article Back to Future Family relationship.
You may ask if eternal life is beyond time and space. Then what is it? Well, let us listen to what our precious Lord Jesus Christ teaches us. In one of the
greatest teaching lessons recorded in Upper Room Discourse i.e., John Chapters 13-17, our Lord teaches us the following concerning eternal life.
John 17:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
17 耶穌說了這話，就舉目望天說：「父啊，時候到了，願你榮耀你的兒子，使兒子也榮耀你！ 2 正如你曾賜給他權柄管理凡有血氣的，叫他將永生賜給你所賜給他的人。 3 認識你獨一的真神，並且認識你所差來的耶穌基督，這就是永生。
This is indeed a great teaching from our Lord how He defines for our benefits the eternal life with God. This is indeed an immense blessing if we would ponder
this great truth day and night in our pilgrimage towards our heavenly home. It is very clear and yet so profound! We need to really devote our ultimate energy and interest in trying our best to
"they may know You, the only God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent"!
In fact, this has been the thrust of the teachings from the Bible all alone. As an example, please listen to Apostle Paul's prayer for us:
Ephesians 1:15-23 Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
15 因此，我既聽見你們信從主耶穌，親愛眾聖徒， 16 就為你們不住地感謝神，禱告的時候常提到你們， 17 求我們主耶穌基督的神、榮耀的父，將那賜人智慧和啟示的靈賞給你們，使你們真知道他。 18 並且照明你們心中的眼睛，使你們知道他的恩召有何等指望，他在聖徒中得的基業有何等豐盛的榮耀； 19 並知道他向我們這信的人所顯的能力是何等浩大， 20 就是照他在基督身上所運行的大能大力，使他從死裡復活，叫他在天上坐在自己的右邊， 21 遠超過一切執政的、掌權的、有能的、主治的和一切有名的，不但是今世的，連來世的也都超過了； 22 又將萬有服在他的腳下，使他為教會做萬有之首。 23 教會是他的身體，是那充滿萬有者所充滿的。
Let us also join with Paul's prayer in Romans 11:33-36:
33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor? 35 Or who has first given to Him. And it shall be repaid to him?
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
33 深哉，神豐富的智慧和知識！他的判斷何其難測，他的蹤跡何其難尋！ 34 「誰知道主的心，誰做過他的謀士呢？ 35 誰是先給了他，使他後來償還呢？」 36 因為萬有都是本於他，倚靠他，歸於他。願榮耀歸給他，直到永遠！阿們。
In the me-generation postmodernism world, you may wonder why we even talk about such boring subject as righteousness. However, in case that we forget, without righteousness no one can get into heavens. This subject is so important that our Lord reminds us in Matthew 5:20 as:
20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
It is indeed very funny to note that many people like to boast about their righteousness, particularly religious gurus or self claimed saviors of the world. But if we carefully observe the facts, we can quickly notice the following:
1. Our human righteousness is tainted by self righteousness.
2. All righteousness claimed by various peoples are based upon their own cultural/political/historical factors and hence are all relative. This explains why there are conflicts between nations because their righteousness value systems are in conflicts.
3. If you have questions about this, just look at the conflicts in the middle east region. Every side claims that they are the true righteousness.
4. We really have not seen a day of no conflicts in the world. This tells a lot about the human righteousness and rationalism.
5. We have plenty of pundits who can spin any topic into shades of truth, or half truth, or mixture of truth and lies to fit their political orientations.
Now let look at what the almighty God said about our human righteousness.
A. Isaiah 1:21-23, The Degenerate City
21 How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; Righteousness lodged in it, But now murderers. 22 Your silver has become dross, Your wine mixed with water. 23 Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards.They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
This describes the human societies, whether east or west, pretty well, isn’t it?
B. Romans 3:10-20
10 As it is written:“There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable;There is none who does good, no, not one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
10就如經上所記：「沒有義人，連一個也沒有。11沒有明白的，沒有尋求神的。12都是偏離正路，一同變為無用；沒有行善的，連一個也沒有。13他們的喉嚨是敞開的墳墓，他們用舌頭弄詭詐，嘴唇裡有虺蛇的毒氣， 14滿口是咒罵苦毒。15殺人流血，他們的腳飛跑； 16所經過的路，便行殘害暴虐的事； 17平安的路，他們未曾知道。18他們眼中不怕神。」19我們曉得律法上的話都是對律法以下之人說的，好塞住各人的口，叫普世的人都伏在神審判之下。20所以凡有血氣的，沒有一個因行律法能在神面前稱義，因為律法本是叫人知罪。
This describes the post-modern cultures of today in this world very well indeed. There have been two world wars and numerous regional conflicts just in last 100 years of the human history. Very sad, isn’t it? The evolution theory is a joke because human beings do not learn from history and the world is spinning downward to chaos and destruction. No wonder we have piracies in open seas in the 21th modern century and still see the tragedies of millions of refugees due to conflicts in the Middle East.
C. Isaiah 64:4-7
4 For since the beginning of the world
Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him. 5 You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, Who remembers You in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned—In these ways we continue; And we need to be saved. 6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. 7 And there is no one who calls on Your name, Who stirs himself up to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us, And have consumed us because of our iniquities.
This explains very well that the righteousness of the human system is indeed futile. And this has been proven time and again by the human history.
We therefore are back to future for the pure righteousness of the mighty God. God is light and in Him there is no darkness. We recall a beautiful Bible verse uttered by our precious Lord Jesus Christ in the Upper Discourse recorded in
30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
Just like Joshua 24:14-15 so indicated:
14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
就像約書亞記 24:14-15, 所記述：
Indeed, many people rejected Jesus Christ when He came to the earth two thousand years ago, as told in John 1:9-11,
9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
As for us, we will serve Him as told in John 1:12,
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
We ,therefore, are looking forward to the days when He returns to claim His righteous kingdom in this world. And for now, we are back to future to His
righteousness as our only hope of righteousness. This is also revealed in the Holy Scripture in 1 Corinthians 1:30;
30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
Actually, this is what the Gospel good news is all about. Because God’s love to the world, anyone, irregardless one’s ethnic background or financial status or position in the society or education level, can have God’s perfect righteousness if one believe in Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior.
We are based on this amazing grace from God’s will as revealed in the Holy Scripture as follows:
* John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
＊約翰福音 3:16 神愛世人
* Romans 1:16-17
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
＊羅馬書 1:16-17 是神的大能
* Romans 3:21-26 God’s Righteousness Through Faith
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
＊羅馬書 3:21-26 信靠耶穌乃得稱義
21但如今，神的義在律法以外已經顯明出來，有律法和先知為證，22就是神的義因信耶穌基督加給一切相信的人，並沒有分別。23因為世人都犯了罪，虧缺了神的榮耀， 24 如今卻蒙神的恩典，因基督耶穌的救贖，就白白地稱義。 25 神設立耶穌做挽回祭，是憑著耶穌的血，藉著人的信，要顯明神的義。因為他用忍耐的心寬容人先時所犯的罪， 26 好在今時顯明他的義，使人知道他自己為義，也稱信耶穌的人為義。
Praise the LORD for His loving kindness for us who are blessed to believe in our precious Lord who died for us to pay the penalty of our sins in full and who also imputed His righteousness to us so we can enter His kingdom of heaven. Praise the almighty God for His amazing grace to all Christians indeed.
As a person in this world, it is indeed very hard to cut through various blinders to seek the reality. According to the Bible, we are still in an unredeemed fleshly body and hence we are prone to wander in this world. In other words, we spend more time on the things that are visible on this earth than on the things that are above and not visible. Yet, the Holy Scripture tells us clearly in Colossians 3:1-2
3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Did you ever meditate these two verses? Because our perspectives tend to be earth-bound, it is very important that we should be back to future perspectives. You may ask what are the future perspectives? This is indeed a great question.
We know very well that in the future we Christians will be in heavens with our Lord Jesus Christ. We will be able to see with the heavenly perspectives. One of the best ways of illustrating this is as follows:
When we are in this world, we are like caterpillars which live on the surface of the earth. Thus, a caterpillar tends to have earthly two-dimensional views. Once caterpillar entered a cocoon and emerges as a butterfly. Now a butterfly lives in a three-dimensional (3D) world and will have 3D perspectives.
That is why Col 3:1 says that “ If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God”. It is noted that in order to be able to seek those things which are above, we must first be raised with Christ. In order to be raised with Christ, we must first die with Christ at His cross. You may ask again: Christ died at His cross more than two thousand years ago, how could I die with Him? This is indeed a mystery. We know that our water baptism represented exactly this mystery. In our Baptism, we identified with Christ’s death and we were raised with Christ. Just like the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly, we were born again onto a heavenly person with heavenly perspectives.
Actually, if we read Col 3:3-4 carefully, the Bible indeed tell us why this is so.
3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
This is indeed a great truth about our new birth-born again: for “ you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. “ This is why we must be back to
the future heavenly perspectives. And just as Col 3: 5-6 says;
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
This is also why the Scripture says in Gal 5:24;
24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Thus, it is very important that we are back to future perspectives to seek heavenly things. We need to desire and meditate and set our minds on the
things above. We can not do this unless we were raised with Christ and we can not be raised with Christ unless we died with Christ. Neither died with Christ nor were raised with Christ is due to our
effort. Just like being born again is the work of the Holy Spirit. That is why the Scripture says in Gal 5:25
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
One of the great benefits of back to future perspectives is that we will have heavenly views on the truth and hence we will enter the truth and the truth will set us free from all our addictions and afflictions.
9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.
詩 篇 36:9
If you are Christians, you would be very much concerned about where we are going today in this world. One overwhelming trend is that the human race is in a huge storm of chaos; not only in political systems but also in moral systems. The world culture is going against traditional values and ventures onto the unchartered course of “everything goes and everybody for him/herself” experiment.
In a post modernism society that we live, everything is spin-able by the mainstream media. For the pundits, the line between lies and truth is very fussy. Worst, the lies become half truth as one of the pundits’ spin tools for the sake of political correctiveness and there is nothing sacred anymore. Through out history, political machinery always uses the right words to entice “goodness for the poor, freedom for individual choice, and greens for the environment”.
As Christians, we desperately need to back to basics. Here are a few basics for your practice:
A. First of all, we need to protect the truth of our belief. That is, we were chosen by our Lord Jesus Christ to bear fruits (John 15:16). We were born
of God because we believed in Jesus Christ our Lord(John 1:13) and shall return to our Heavenly home when our given ministry on this earth is complete.
B. Before return to our Lord Jesus Christ in our last day, we shall treasure our earthly family. Thus, our home, marriage, and children are our main interest and devotions. Our responsibilities to our home, marriage, and children are our priorities. This means working hard to make a decent living is a never ending goal.
C. Need to treasure our health and maintain it by healthy habits including regular exercise, right food, and good rest.
D. Do pray regularly, meditate on the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible, and obey His commandments of loving one another. and witness Him.
E. Do not follow the fads of this world such as lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of this life. Rather seek the indwelling Holy Spirit guidance in our daily life.
F. Open our eyes to enjoy how great our God in His creation around us and praise Him for His loving kindness and grace upon grace unto us in our daily activities.
G. Always keep a precious high view about life and relationship. Truly live our life one day at a time. Appreciate it, enjoy it and be grateful always to our God who is the source of life .
In short, back to basics is for every one to treasure the few absolute high valued factors and form a living habit to include these high values factors in our daily life. This living habit shall be permeated with affinity towards our Heavenly Father and with love towards our precious Lord Jesus Christ who died for us to make this marvelous eternal life a living joy for us. May all praises, honors, glory be to our loving triune God forever and ever, Amen!
以色列阿，你要聽！耶和華 ─ 我們神是獨一的主。
There is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.(See 1 Coringthians 8:6)
萬物都是藉著他有的, 我們也是藉著他有的。(歌林多前書 8:6)
Supremacy of Jesus Christ our Lord - Phil 2:9-11; Col 1:15-20
The name which is above every name that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
主耶穌的絕對優越性—無不口稱耶穌為主 (西 1:15-20)
Inerrancy of Holy Scripture - Psalm 19:7-9, Matt 5:18
Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Glorious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ which demonstrates the love of God - John 3:16-18
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Go
神愛世人，甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們，叫一切信他的，不至滅亡，反得永生。 因為神差他的兒子降世，不是要定世人的罪，乃是要叫世人因他得救。 信他的人，不被定罪；不信的人，罪已經定了，因為他不信神獨生子的名。
Obedience to God is much better than offering sacrifices - Hos 6:6
For I delight in loyalty
rather than sacrifice.
And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
The righteous shall live by faith alone - Habbakuk 2:4
Self-denial and be patient in enduring afflictions are the God's ways for us in following Jesus Christ our Lord - Matthew 16:24
Goal of Redemption is in Sanctification of the Spirit, through Obedience to Jesus Christ, and be Holy to the LORD. Be Ye Holy, For I am Holy.
(1 Peter 1:15-16; Lev 11:45)
救贖的目的是藉著聖靈，順服耶穌基督，歸耶和華為聖。 你們要聖潔，因為我是聖潔的。（彼得前書1:15-16; 利11:45）