In 2016, we added this webpage “Big Picture” to remind our brothers and sisters in faith to keep our mind and deeds consistent with our faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. Presented below in this webpage are a few reminders. You may wonder why we titled this webpage “Big Pictures”. There are so much deceptions in the world that many of us prone to wander. People make many wrong moves because they lose the big pictures. Just like driving a car to a place, we need to know the overall route map so the changes of road conditions such as detour etc will not lead us astray.
The contents of this webpage include:
* Big Picture 1—For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.(1 Corinthians 2:2)
* Big Picture 2---Watch the lies of the World and do not behave like one of them!
* Big Picture 3 — For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26
* Big Picture 4 —Do you truly love your Lord Jesus Christ?
* Big Picture 5 -- Do you really understand that the world hates us Christians violently and wickedly?
* Big Picture 6 -- The Narrow Door by Rev Leo
* Big Picture 7 -- Christian's Watchfulness (6/2017)
* Big Picture 8 -- Eternal Life (7/2017)
* Big Picture 9 -- God’s Plan for each of His Children (8/2017)
* 大局觀 1-- 因為我曾定了主意，在你們中間不知道別的，只知道耶穌基督並他釘十字架。(哥林多前書2：2)
* 大局觀 2 -- 小心世界的謊言，不要淪為他們一夥！
* 大局觀3 -- 人圖什麼利？"人若賺得全世界，賠上自己的生命，有什麼益處呢？人還能拿什麼換生命呢？" (馬太福音16:26)
* 大局觀 4 - 你真的愛你的主耶穌基督嗎？
* 大局觀 5 - 你真的瞭解，世界肆無忌憚地，憎惡我們的基督徒嗎？
* 大局觀 6 -- 窄門 樓鎧牧師
* 大局觀 7 -- 基督徒的警惕 (6/2017)
* 大局觀 8-- 永恆的生命 (7/17)
* 大局觀 9-- 上帝為祂的每一個孩子、所作的計劃(8/17) (NEW)
Big Picture 1—For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.(1 Corinthians 2:2)
大局觀 1-- 因為我曾定了主意，在你們中間不知道別的，只知道耶穌基督並他釘十字架。(哥林多前書2：2)
If you ever think about “lost in the details”, each of us has our personality: some are good in multitasking; some are good at focusing on the single task. We can not say which is better because some people who are good at multitasking may be so busy on everything and yet complete nothing really important. A case in point is that most of us are busy in pursuing something all through our lives, yet only a few come to realize that without Jesus Christ everything the world offers will be just as those fade and decay in our graves.
If you take a “Big Picture” view of this world, it is clear that the mother of all the world's ills is that they do not recognize God as God. Therefore, their minds are darkened and their deeds are futile per God’s decree in Romans Chapter 1. That is why through the ages, the world is still without peace and real prosperity. Kings and empires came and went. All the genus and pundits tried through history to spin the truth in vain. Why do we remind you on this? Because if you forget this Big Picture view, you would be spun by the world system until the Kingdom Comes.
More importantly, as a Christian, you should already know that the word “Christian” without “Christ “, we are left with “ian” which means I am nothing. Indeed, that is why Apostle Paul so adamantly insisted in Philippians 3:7-12. All without Christ is but an empty dream because Christ is everything to us ! Actually, Apostle Peter said the same thing in 2 Peter 3:18. Apostle John said the same thing as well in 1 John 1:1-4.
So Big Picture Warning 1— Make absolutely sure to seek after our Lord Jesus Christ. He loves His own, all Christians, to the end. Make sure we have daily devotion and sweet fellowship with Him. Make absolutely sure that He is the purpose and goal of your life!
所以大局觀警告1 - 絕對要尋求我們的主耶穌基督。祂愛祂的所有基督徒到底。確保我們每天都愛祂且歡喜的追隨祂。絕對確保祂是你生命的目的和目標！
Big Picture 2-Watch the lies of the World and do not behave like one of them!
大局觀 2 - 小心世界的謊言，不要淪為他們一夥！
There is a good saying that we sometimes paid too much attention to the trees but lose the view of the forest. If you ask any real Christian, he/she will clearly admit that Jesus Christ is his/her personal Savior and Lord. Yet so many of us are influenced by the post modernism and support many anti-Bible and anti-Christ fads promoted by lies through main stream media. We may legitimately ask how could this be! You may ask what are we talking about. The following examples are but a few reminders.
Our Lord told us clearly that we were purchased from this world with immense price of the blood of the Son of God who died for the penalty of our sin to redeem us. Our Lord said that we are in this world but we are not of the world. Now what does it means to be not of the world. We all know that this world was corrupt and the evil rampages. This means that the Devil and his people keep feeding lies in the world. People lie and cheat when they are corrupt. For example, a corrupt plumbing contractor will charge you wrongly with the work you do not need or they did not perform. In other words, they lie and practice deceits. So if you are Christians, how can you practice lies and deceits in dealing with yourself and your neighbors.
Another example would be. If all of us Christians are not of the world, why utilize the world strategies in the operations of the Church. So we need to watch
our heart so we shall be honest. This is just half the “Big Picture”. The other half is that we need to know that the world’s big mouth, the main stream media, are full of hidden lies and deceptions.
They would report filtered news that they want you to see. Things that they do not want you to see you can not get from them.
Another good example is that main stream media lie about God. Of course, they would not openly say that God is dead because people will know that is a great lie. So they said that there is no absolute truth or said that truth is relative. What they means is that you have your own truth and I have my own truth. You have your definition of evil and I have my definition of evil. What they means is that there is no absolute truth in the world and hence no absolute truth in the Bible as well. So when they do not like the definition of the marriage in the Bible, they redefine it. According to them, there is no absolute righteous and sovereign God. Now let me ask you how we as Christians do not react to this as if this has nothing to do with us. How can you accept all the fads of video games and so called entertainments that corrupt your heart and mind. More importantly, take all your time and your attention away from the Bible and away from forming a close relation with your Savior.
If you are a good parent, you know very well what video games will do to your kid’s eyesight, mind set, and school work. Yet you see many kids from Christian
families are hooked in the video game. Take a Big Picture view about your kids and find out where they are in this deceptive world. Then ,take another look about yourself. How could you buy the
wholesale lies of the world through main stream media propaganda. The latest statistics indicated that 6.7% college graduates prefer to play video games to live in a fantasy world rather than
actively seeking jobs. Scary, isn’t it?
In detecting deception, first thing we should note is that the language used by a deceiver is always very enticing and politically correct. They play on your kindness or your innocence to accept their deceits just as the Devil’s temptation to Eve was a very enticing lie. The only way to detect the lies is to compare their policies (not their words) to the values taught in the Bible.
Big Picture Warning 2: How could you as a Christian accept anti-Bible and anti-Christ policies! Worst, how could you practice lies in your own
所以大局觀警告 2: 作為基督徒的你，怎麼能接受反聖經和反基督的政策！最糟糕的是，你怎麼能在自己的生活中，說著謊言，自己騙自己？
Big Picture 3 — For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
大局觀3 -- 人圖什麼利？
There are more than two billion people living on this Earth. But the earth is a planet in the universe that contains billion and billion stars. Just wonder how many people would have chance of even looking at the night sky and thinking about how minute a place we are in the cosmic history. Physicists codify the irreversible arrow of Time by the second law of thermodynamics which basically says that we will all decay into chaos in the end. It is very sad beyond description and rationalization!
We all know this picture is not pretty. However, there is a great good news offered by our Creator God that “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”. (John 3:16) This great blessing is free for anybody by faith in Jesus Christ. We should all remember this: although it is free to us by God’s love, it caused God’s Son to die at the Calvary Cross for our sins! Amazing Grace and infinite God’s love to us Christians indeed! In case that you have a careless view on sin, the Bible reminds us that the end result of sin is death as described in Romans Chapter 5.
If a person would take a Big Picture view of the shortness of life in this world and would learn from one’s own experience of the hardship that one endures to make a living in this evil world, then surely one would return to our Creator to receive the priceless gift of eternal life.
In this world, we all spend tremendous amount of time and energy to preserve our health. Billions of dollars are spent in the medicine and doctor’s visits all over the world. Yet, illnesses prevail and sufferings abound with no way to escape. Throughout history, all cultures irregardless of race and countries, all have expressed this hope of salvation through poetry and medical research. Civilizations came and went! All great or small kings, wisemen, gurus, orators,and philosophers, etc., were no more. So let us all ask ourselves this question raised by our Lord Jesus Christ: For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26). This is a Big Picture each of us needs to see it clearly!
So Big Picture Warning 3 — Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord today because tomorrow may not belong to you!
Big Picture 4 —Do you truly love your Lord Jesus Christ?
大局觀 4 - 你真的愛你的主耶穌基督嗎？
This is to reminder us believers that we should not lose our discernment and wander off into the worldly traps. In other words, we should not be of the world fads that we forget who we are as Christ’s redeemed people. In other words, we need to know ourselves that we love our Lord more than anything else each moment of our lives!
Apostle John warned us that we are in a war with the evil one in 1 John 2:14 which said “
14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” Our life on this earth is fighting a war to overcome the evil one who controls the world. Our Lord Jesus Christ told his disciples that the world will hate them because they do not belong to the world (See John 15:18-19).
Dear brothers and sisters in the faith, the world is not neutral and the world hates you and will prosecute you. Please do not be naive. In many countries and regions of the world, many christians are raped, made into slaves, and beheaded by Christ’ enemies. Do you know who are your enemies?
Let me give you a few examples.
1. False religions’ systems and cohorts are your enemies which include ISIS and jihadist terror extremists. Wake up! Do not be so ignorant that you only recognize your enemy while being beheaded!
2. Anti-Christ and anti-Bible policies are your enemies.
3. Apostle John warned us in 1 John 2:15, “15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world love of the Father is not in him.” What his warning is “if you love the world, then you do not love your God”. Now what does he means “love the world?” He explained it in 1 John 2: 16-17 as “16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” Let us see a few examples: anything that absorbs you such as gambling, pornography, video games, illicit drugs, etc are of the world established by the evil one to lead you away from loving your God.
Now a few encouragement words. Our Lord Jesus Christ summarized everything into one basic practice for us: to “abide in His love”. He encouraged his disciples in John 15: 9-10, “9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” So we need to be obedient to our Lord commandments and absolutely not the corruptions of sins from the evil one.
The following are a few suggestions for your practices：
1. Practice self denial every moment of each day to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life.
2. Meditate the Bible teachings everyday!
3. Make prayers your highest daily activities.
4. Love your brothers and sisters in the faith.
5. Please pray this prayer in your heart always many times in a day.
“My Lord who is God loves me so much beyond comprehension that it is my joy to love Him, to adore Him, and to worship Him with all my mind, all my strength, and all my heart. So help me God, Amen.”
Do you really understand that the world hates us Christians violently and wickedly?
In Upper Room Discourse, the night before His crucifixion for our redemption, our Lord warned His disciples recorded in John 15:18-19, The World’s Hatred: "18If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” The world is in a rebellent mode since the revolt of the Devil who usurped the world and became the Prince of the world.
In our Lord’s high priestly prayer recorded in John 17:14-15, “ I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. “
Because of this, He encouraged all His followers in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
As a Christian, do you really listen to our Lord’s preceding warning about our situation in the world! Do you ever think about how much and how severely the world hates us Christians. Do you contemplate the scope and the depth of their hatred of you! Many Christians are silenced in today’s education system such as in university campuses. We can talk or joke about sports or anything, but religion is a taboo subject in your work environment. Because the Bible is in the way constraining the evils of the world, the world considers Christians as narrow minded and bigotry.
It is very important to look at this situation very seriously if you are truly a follower of Jesus Christ. Wake up Christians! Do you know how many of our brothers and sisters in faith in Iraq and in Syria have been murdered? CNN reported that ISIS leader released an audio to its fighters in Mosul to tell them to fight to death in the current battle at Mosul. CNN provided the text of the audio which clearly identified Christians , Jews, and atheists as their enemies. “The voice, which CNN cannot independently verify as being that of ISIS leader Baghdadi, says that "God's enemies from the Jews, Christians, atheists, Shiites, apostates and all of the world's infidels have dedicated their media, money, army and munitions to fight Muslims and jihadists in the State of Nineveh after they witnessed it become one of the bases of Islam and one of its minarets under the Caliphate." We all saw how cruel that ISIS beheaded Christians.
Wake up Christians! Apostle Paul told us in Ephesians Chapter 6: 10-17 that we are in a Cosmic and Spiritual war.
Ephesians 6:10-17 New International Version (NIV)
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
We need therefore to pray as instructed in Ephesians 6:18
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
主令門徒進窄門, 寬門大開人爭先, 走進窄門人稀少, 寬門引人屬世界.
繁華眾生罪惡深, 酒色才氣皆橫流, 罪海沉浮易沒頂, 催使耶穌來拯救.
榮華名利冠世界, 富貴虛名轉眼風, 所羅門王經歴嘆, 虛空虛空皆虛空.
摩西領眾上迦南, 十二壯士先往探, 其中十位畏巨敵, 迦勒約書亞主戰.
路得本可留故鄉, 再嫁鄉里好人家, 寧伴婆婆赴異國, 願入窄門救主鄉.
耶穌神子從天降, 放棄天庭與榮冠, 降世馬槽牲畜伴, 甘釘十架救人環.
Do you ever think about what a christian life is all about? You may ask what do you means? As a general observation, christians face many challenges including
flesh, the devil, and the world. So what is the big picture about a christian life?
Here are a few scripture reminders:
A. In 1 John 1:1-4
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
Christians have great blessings in having fellowship with the Father and with His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. What is a fellowship? A fellowship is to share, to communicate, and to have good times and bad times together. In good times, we share joys with each other. In bad times, we share with each other burdens and help each other. And this is the nature of fellowship in a church.
The fellowship with our Father in heaven and with our Lord Jesus Christ is uniquely different in the sense that we are fellowship with infinite God. Means of fellowship is through prayers, meditations with God words, and services. It is indeed a great blessing for a christian to make great effort each day to fellowship with our God. Continuing an on-going fellowship every day with our Lord is a secret for growing in the likeness of our Lord and through Him we receive grace, mercy, and peace from our loving heavenly Father.
B. James 1:27
27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
How to help those in needs and how to escape the contaminations of the world are tasks of our days.
Take keeping ourselves from the lusts of the eyes, the lusts of flesh, and prides of this life as an example. We should not be careless, and be vigilant. Do not be an ignorant and be deceived.
We all are very concerned about physical contaminations such as cancer, virus, and diseases.
Take even more vigilant attitude about contaminants to our soul.
Do not be ignorant and careless about this issue indeed!
A Christian is a person who believes in Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior and Lord. But not all Christians
continue to pursue diligently to know Him and to have a lively fellowship with Him each and every day of their lives. Do you really know that as a Christian you lost unspeakable joy and great
blessing if you do not have fellowship with the all loving Lord of yours each day!
First of all, you should know eternal life was granted to each Christian from God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord when we first believed. However, do you know that eternal life is not a thing, or an object that God give to me outside of me and outside of God. You may ask what do you means by that. This is indeed a great question.
Let us see what the Bible says.
John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Do you know what this verse so plainly says? God gave His Son to each believer so that every Christian has eternal life. Do you know why? Because eternal life is in His Son. Eternal life is not a thing outside of you like an object that can be passed from hands to hands. It is in God’s Son. That is why the following scriptures are so precious:
John 1:4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
1 John 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Since eternal life is in Jesus Christ, we possess eternal life by being inside Christ. That is why our Lord Jesus
Christ taught us so vividly in the the following lesson in John 15:1-8.
The Vine and the Branches:
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
15 「我是真葡萄樹，我父是栽培的人。 2 凡屬我不結果子的枝子，他就剪去；凡結果子的，他就修理乾淨，使枝子結果子更多。 3 現在你們因我講給你們的道，已經乾淨了。 4 你們要常在我裡面，我也常在你們裡面。枝子若不常在葡萄樹上，自己就不能結果子；你們若不常在我裡面，也是這樣。 5 我是葡萄樹，你們是枝子。常在我裡面的，我也常在他裡面，這人就多結果子；因為離了我，你們就不能做什麼。 6 人若不常在我裡面，就像枝子丟在外面枯乾，人拾起來扔在火裡燒了。 7 你們若常在我裡面，我的話也常在你們裡面，凡你們所願意的，祈求，就給你們成就。 8 你們多結果子，我父就因此得榮耀，你們也就是我的門徒了。
So eternal life is not an object you can receive outside of yourself, eternal life is in the person Jesus Christ. We
can even say Jesus Christ is eternal life. Thus, we need to be in Him. Next obvious question is how can any believer be in Christ.
Let us listen to our Lord who loves us, each of His, to the end.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
9 「我愛你們，正如父愛我一樣，你們要常在我的愛裡。 10 你們若遵守我的命令，就常在我的愛裡，正如我遵守了我父的命令，常在他的愛裡。
May we truly love Him and obey His commandments and love each other for His glory!
As a Christian, do you know that your Heavenly Father has a plan just for you. You may ask what do you means by that? Many Christians do not recognize how precious each of them to God. In other word, they do not fully appreciate the immensity of God’s love towards each of His child.
As Christians, we all know the following:
A. When we truly receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God adopt us into His family as His children
John 1:10-13 - -10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
B. To be God’s children means that we are blessed with eternal lives and will be blessed with eternal fellowship with eternal God.
John 3:16- -16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
約翰福音1：10-13- -10 他在世界，世界也是藉著他造的，世界卻不認識他。 11 他到自己的地方來，自己的人倒不接待他。 12 凡接待他的，就是信他名的人，他就賜他們權柄做神的兒女。 13 這等人不是從血氣生的，不是從情慾生的，也不是從人意生的，乃是從神生的。
約翰福音3:16 神愛世人- -16 「神愛世人，甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們，叫一切信他的不致滅亡，反得永生。
C. My salvation was secured by my Lord Jesus Christ through His death at the cross to redeem me from the penalty of my sin. Similarly, your salvation was secured by the precious blood of God’s only begotten Son at the cross. This is all because of our Heavenly father’s love to each of us and also due to our Lord’s everlasting love to each of us.
1 John 4:7-10- -7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
John 13:1- -13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
約翰一書4：7-10 神就是愛- -7 親愛的弟兄啊，我們應當彼此相愛，因為愛是從神來的。凡有愛心的，都是由神而生，並且認識神。 8 沒有愛心的，就不認識神，因為神就是愛。 9 神差他獨生子到世間來，使我們藉著他得生，神愛我們的心在此就顯明了。 10 不是我們愛神，乃是神愛我們，差他的兒子為我們的罪做了挽回祭，這就是愛了
約翰福音13：1 耶穌愛我們到底- -13 逾越節以前，耶穌知道自己離世歸父的時候到了。他既然愛世間屬自己的人，就愛他們到底。
But as Christians, do you know that God has a plan for each of us?
A. God chose each Christian in Christ in eternal past before the creation of this world as a gift to His beloved Son our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 17:6-9- -6 “I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
B. Our Lord Jesus Christ chose each of us
John 15:16- -16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
約翰福音17：6-9- -6 你從世上賜給我的人，我已將你的名顯明於他們。他們本是你的，你將他們賜給我，他們也遵守了你的道。 7 如今他們知道，凡你所賜給我的，都是從你那裡來的。 8 因為你所賜給我的道，我已經賜給他們；他們也領受了，又確實知道我是從你出來的，並且信你差了我來。 9 我為他們祈求；不為世人祈求，卻為你所賜給我的人祈求，因他們本是你的。
約翰福音15:16- -16 不是你們揀選了我，是我揀選了你們，並且分派你們去結果子，叫你們的果子常存，使你們奉我的名無論向父求什麼，他就賜給你們。
C. Do you know that it is our Lord that sent us into this world to do His ministry. In other words, our existence in this world is not a random event like the evolution theory trying to deceive us. Our coming to this world is part of God’s eternal plan formulated by God and carry out by God.
John 17:18-20- -18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,
D. Each of us in this world is part of God workmanship to make His love complete in us.
Ephesians 2:10- -10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
1 John 4:12- -12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
約翰福音17：18-20 信主者合而為一- -18 你怎樣差我到世上，我也照樣差他們到世上。 19 我為他們的緣故，自己分別為聖，叫他們也因真理成聖。20 「我不但為這些人祈求，也為那些因他們的話信我的人祈求，
以弗所書2:10- -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。
約翰一書4:12- -12 從來沒有人見過神，我們若彼此相愛，神就住在我們裡面，愛他的心在我們裡面得以完全了。
E. Do you know how bless you are to be able to live in eternal God? What a priceless privilege indeed.
1 John 4:13-16- -13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them
1 Corinthians 1:30-31- -30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
約翰一書4：13-16- -13 神將他的靈賜給我們，從此就知道我們是住在他裡面，他也住在我們裡面。 14 父差子做世人的救主，這是我們所看見且作見證的。 15 凡認耶穌為神兒子的，神就住在他裡面，他也住在神裡面。 16 神愛我們的心，我們也知道也信。神就是愛，住在愛裡面的，就是住在神裡面，神也住在他裡面。上帝是愛，活在愛裡的任何人，就是活在神裡，神在他們裡面。
哥林多前書1：30-31- -30 但你們得在基督耶穌裡，是本乎神，神又使他成為我們的智慧、公義、聖潔、救贖。 31 如經上所記：「誇口的，當指著主誇口。」
F. When we are done here in this world, God will call us home to enjoy God and His glory.
1 Corinthians 2:9-13
9 However, as it is written “What no eye has seen; what no ear has heard; and what no human mind has conceived”- -the things God has prepared for those who love him- -10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words
John 17:21-26- -21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.
John 17:1-3- -17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
9 如經上所記：「神為愛他的人所預備的，是眼睛未曾看見，耳朵未曾聽見，人心也未曾想到的。」 10 只有神藉著聖靈向我們顯明了。因為聖靈參透萬事，就是神深奧的事也參透了。 11 除了在人裡頭的靈，誰知道人的事？像這樣，除了神的靈，也沒有人知道神的事。 12 我們所領受的，並不是世上的靈，乃是從神來的靈，叫我們能知道神開恩賜給我們的事。 13 並且我們講說這些事，不是用人智慧所指教的言語，乃是用聖靈所指教的言語，將屬靈的話解釋屬靈的事。
21 使他們都合而為一；正如你父在我裡面，我在你裡面，使他們也在我們裡面，叫世人可以信你差了我來。 22 你所賜給我的榮耀，我已賜給他們，使他們合而為一，像我們合而為一。 23 我在他們裡面，你在我裡面，使他們完完全全地合而為一，叫世人知道你差了我來，也知道你愛他們如同愛我一樣。 24 父啊，我在哪裡，願你所賜給我的人也同我在哪裡，叫他們看見你所賜給我的榮耀，因為創立世界以前，你已經愛我了。 25 公義的父啊，世人未曾認識你，我卻認識你，這些人也知道你差了我來。 26 我已將你的名指示他們，還要指示他們，使你所愛我的愛在他們裡面，我也在他們裡面。」
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。
Please listen to our Lord’s compassion onto all of us.
John 16:33- -33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
約翰福音16:33- -33 我將這些事告訴你們，是要叫你們在我裡面有平安。在世上你們有苦難，但你們可以放心，我已經勝了世界。」
Indeed, our salvation is the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ at the cross. He is our Wisdom, our Righteousness, our Sanctification, our Salvation and He is our precious Lord. May all of us and each of us praise Him unceasingly from now till eternity and from here on this earth to our home there in heaven. In Jesus Christ Precious Name, we pray. 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）