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Obedience to God is Power (Genesis 5:1-3)

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<Obedience to God is Power>

1 This is the written account of Adam`s line.  

When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man.” 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.

Genesis 5:1~3

Today’s sermon title is <Obedience to God is Power>.

Let us turn to Genesis chapter 5 in the Holy Bible.

1. (Part one) The basis of the account of Adam’s line

The Bible says that Adam’s line leads through Seth, not Cain.

This is because God remembered Abel’s obedience and continued Adam’s line through Seth’s obedience. The basis for this is shown in Genesis 4.

25 Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”

26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.

Genesis 4:25-26

Amen.

Adam named his third son Seth, and he confessed that God gave him his third son “in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” Seth then also had a son, and he named him Enosh.

At that time men again began to call on the name of the LORD.

This indicates that Abel’s obedience had been well communicated, and more people began seeking God.

Do you remember the sermon title from last week?

<God remembers our obedience forever> Amen. That’s right!

God also remembered Abel’s obedience forever, and due to that obedience, he continued Adam’s genealogy, (though not through Abel, who was killed by Cain, but through Adam’s third son, Seth, who God granted Adam “in place of Abel.”)

2. (Part two) Adam’s line (through Seth vs. through Cain)

I found some interesting thoughts when I was browsing the Internet recently.

One of them was a really negative comment about the church.

“I really hate Christians, If you love God so much, die and go to heaven to be with God!”

I’m very interested in this idea.

What kind of answer would you give to this comment?

The person who asked this question thinks that God exists only in heaven, not on earth.

If this were true, we should all try to die quickly and go to heaven where God is.

But, if heaven were a place you could only go to once you die, then no one would want to go to heaven quickly. But that is not all heaven is.

So then, what is heaven?

Heaven is where God is, yes.

But, where else is God?

God is also in our homes, in the church, at school, (at work, in the garden, in the restaurant, in the coffee shop, in birth, in life, in death, in weddings, in funerals, even during war, God is there. In fact, God is everywhere at once, in all time and all space. He is not limited by such things.)

This means that God’s power affects not only the dead but also the living. (And that is a key point to remember.)

The life that accompanies God not only gets to accompany him up to heaven, but also accompanies him here and now, on this earth. And there is such amazing grace that we can experience here on earth.

These lyrics come from my favorite praise song.

♬♪ 1 Since Christ my soul from sin set free, This world has been a Heav’n to me; And ‘mid earth’s sorrows and its woe, ‘Tis Heav’n my Jesus here to know. Chorus: O hallelujah, yes, ’tis Heav’n, ‘Tis Heav’n to know my sins forgiv’n; On land or sea, what matters where? 

Where Jesus is, ’tis Heaven there.

Link : 

Living with God is revealed to us as practical power.

Today’s sermon title is better understood by comparing Seth’s genealogy with Cain’s genealogy.

This idea is shown quite clearly in Seth’s genealogy.

2-1. (First,) at an individual level

The first interesting thing we can notice in both genealogies is about individuals.

The Bible records the names and descendents of each of Adam’s sons, both Seth’s genealogy and Cain’s genealogy are recorded. But information about life span is only written in Seth’s genealogy.

And their lifespans are quite long compared to modern day lifespans. Seth’s descendants are recorded to have lived an average of 900 years!

(Do you see how) God gave health and blessings of longevity to the obedient family (tree)? No one died in youth nor from an accident because God guarded them and took care of them.

The Bible even records the ages at which they died. This shows that God was responsible for the deaths of Seth’s descendants. And this is a blessing to those who obey God.

But now take a look at Cain’s lineage (in Genesis chapter 4).

The ages and deaths of Cain’s descendants are not recorded in the Bible. This indicates that God’s attention has left their lives. God does not pay attention to those who do not obey him.

We have to remember that.

Isaiah 54:5 says, 

5 For your Maker is your husband — the LORD Almighty is his name — the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.

Amen.

The Old Testament describes God as a husband and Israel as a bride.

You should not expect that your partner will always love you just because you are married. You should also make your best efforts to love your partner. That way, your marriage can last long and happily.

The same is true of the relationship between God and me. If you just casually think, “God will always love me,” it is the wrong idea.

(God loves all people, this is true, but) God is more caring and affectionate to those people who also express love to him.

Cain and his descendants were people who did not respond to God’s love. So God no longer responded to them. He removed his attention from them. And that’s why the Bible doesn’t record their ages nor their deaths.

So, at an individual level,

The first winner is Seth’s line.

2-2. (Second,) on a worldly level

The second interesting thing we can notice in both genealogies is about the world.

This is something that is shown in Cain’s line, but not Seth’s, and it’s all about their achievements.

Genesis 4:16-22

16 So Cain went out from the LORD`s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch.
18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech. 19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.
20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother`s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and flute.
22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain`s sister was Naamah.

As you can see, Cain’s descendants all had outstanding skills and achievements. 

Many of them were brilliant. Historically, Cain’s descendants have made great achievements in human development.

But now take a look at Seth’s descendants.

Not one of them had their skills nor achievements recorded except Noah, who made the Ark by God’s command in Genesis 6. In the history of the world, Seth’s descendents appear to have been ordinary people.

So, on a worldly level,

The Second winner is Cain’s line.

2-3. (Third,) on a heavenly level

The third interesting thing we can notice in both genealogies is related to God.

Cain’s descendants have a record of sin. A representative of disobedience is Lamech, one of Cain’s descendants.

Genesis 4:23(-24)

23 Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me.
(24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.)

At first glance, Cain’s descendants appear to have lived decent lives without sin, unlike Cain.

But Cain’s disobedience was carried on through his descendants to Lamech who was guilty of the same sin and crime as his ancestor Cain.

Through this history of both Seth and Cain, we must realize two key messages:

  1. First, If we obey God, our obedience will be carried on through our descendants as they also obey God.
  2. Second, If we do not obey God, our disobedience will be carried on through our descendants as they also disobey God.

So, you see, it’s not just a personal problem about whether or not to obey God.

My personal attitude also has a big impact on people around me, and on those who come after me. If I obey God today, (ten generations of my family may also obey God in the future. But the opposite is also true. If I disobey God today, ten generations of my family may also disobey God in the future. So your decision about whether or not to obey God is a serious one indeed, with lasting and serious consequences.)

You see that Seth’s descendants have a record of obedience. A representative of obedience is Enoch, one of Seth’s descendants.

Genesis 5:21-24

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years 24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

After Enoch gave birth to his child, Methuselah, he became a person who walked closely with God and fully obeyed him. Maybe God helped Enoch realize God’s own fatherly heart through Methuselah.

God was moved by Enoch’s complete obedience.

So God invited him into the kingdom of heaven without suffering physical death.

This was Enoch’s Amazing grace from God!

Complete obedience to God brought Enoch the grace of avoiding death, and complete obedience to God also brings us the grace of avoiding eternal death, (through faith in Jesus Christ).

Now, although we only seem to be able to get the names and ages of Seths’ descendants in Adam’s genealogy, we can see through Enoch and Noah that the obedience of Seth’s line has been well communicated.

So, on a heavenly level,

The third winner is Seth’s line.

3. (Part Three) The Final Winner 

Ok, now, Let’s check out the score of the showdown so far.

Seth’s descendants have won on both the individual level, and on the heavenly level.

And Cain’s descendants have won on the worldly level.

So, does this mean that obedient people can’t win in the world? Can’t those who are obedient to God beat those who are disobedient?

In the end, the obedient may appear to lose in the world, but eventually they will win.

Cain’s descendants may have had outstanding skills and achievements that everyone would envy.

But what was the result? The last record of that family tree was recorded as a sin through Cain’s descendant Lamech.

Why was this the result of Cain’s line?

It’s a direct result of Cain’s disobedience. Cain did not want to rely on God. So he turned to himself as master and accomplished great things through his own efforts. But because he did not rely on God, he did not have gratitude.

Eventually he became arrogant, and he was guilty of a terrible sin against God and his brother, Abel, who interfered with his own desires. God eventually turned away from him, and Cain’s disobedience was passed on to his descendants.

In the end, Cain’s line was cut off from the Book of Life.

While we respect historically outstanding people, and many of us desire to become like them, we must still remember Cain’s descendants.

No matter how historically significant your contributions to the world have been, if your underlying motives are to satisfy your own selfish desires, then the end result will lead to the destruction of yourself and your descendants.

This is a life without joy and blessing from God.

But what about Seth’s descendants?

The only information recorded in the Bible for Seth’s line are the names and ages of his descendants.

Compared to Cain’s descendants, most of them lived normal lives that had no significant historical influence.

But the result of their obedience was eternal life.

Seth’s descendants obeyed God. They lived a God-centered life relying on God. And they were blessed by God with longevity and peace, so they always lived gratefully to God.

Their obedience was passed on from generation to generation, and their descendants, as well as the people around them, received a good influence. Finally, their names were recorded in the Book of Eternal Life.

Now, here is the surprising fact.

Cain’s descendants, who made historically outstanding achievements, ultimately disappeared into history. Because of their disobedience, they were cursed by God.

But those people in Seth’s line lived relatively normal lives, and their obedience ultimately changed the course of world history.

This happened through Noah.

When those who did not obey God were erased from the Book of Life, Adam’s descendants, through Noah and his family, were at the center of changing world history!!

So in our three level scoreboard, Seth’s descendants overwhelm Cain’s descendants in all fields because God was with the obedient.

People who live a life of obedience to God can change world history.

This is the power of God that comes to those who obey!

4. (Part Four) The Power of Jesus = Complete Obedience

Now, think of Jesus who has obeyed God completely and perfectly. Was his life a success?

After Jesus began his ministry, he spread the good news of the kingdom of heaven for three years and healed many people. But as his end approached, the people turned against him, all his disciples abandoned him, he was beaten and spit upon by the Roman guards, and ultimately, he died a lonely and painful death on the cross.

From a human perspective, this is a complete and perfect failure. But this was a process, a means to an end, and not a final result.

The complete obedience of Jesus has been transformed into the power of Jesus. He has conquered death and God has raised him from the grave. In fact, this is his success and the perfect completion of his mission to save our lives.

And through Jesus’ full obedience, the gospel and salvation of the cross was passed on to the whole world.

1 Corinthians 1:18

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

So you can see, Obedience to God is Power!

How can a faithful man not succeed before God? Whether he’s alone or with someone else, it’s always the same. He lives with integrity because he knows that he stands before God.

God remembers our obedience forever!

Let’s shout the title of today’s sermon three times together!

Ready! Go!

  • <Obedience to God is Power!>
  • <Obedience to God is Power!>
  • <Obedience to God is Power!>

Let’s pray.


<하나님께 순종하는 것이 능력입니다>

1 이것은 아담의 계보를 적은 책이니라 하나님이 사람을 창조하실 때에

하나님의 모양대로 지으시되 2 남자와 여자를 창조하셨고 그들이 창조되던 날에 하나님이 그들에게 복을 주시고 그들의 이름을 사람이라 일컬으셨더라 3 아담은 백삼십 세에 자기의 모양 곧 자기의 형상과 같은 아들을 낳아 이름을 셋이라 하였고

창세기 5:1~3

 오늘은 <하나님께 순종하는 것이 능력입니다>라는 제목으로, 창세기 5장 말씀을 나누겠습니다.

● 아담의 계보의 근거

 성경은 아담의 계보가 가인이 아닌 셋을 통해 이어진다고 말합니다.

이는 하나님께서 아벨의 순종하는 마음을 기억하시고, 그 순종을 셋을 통해 이어갔기 때문입니다.

이에 대한 근거는 창세기 4장에 나타납니다.

창세기 4:25-26

25 아담이 다시 자기 아내와 동침하매 그가 아들을 낳아 그의 이름을 셋이라 하였으니 이는 하나님이 내게 가인이 죽인 아벨 대신에 다른 씨를 주셨다 함이며

26 셋도 아들을 낳고 그의 이름을 에노스라 하였으며 그 때에 사람들이 비로소 여호와의 이름을 불렀더라

아담이 그의 셋째 아들의 이름을 셋이라고 지었고, 그는 그의 아들을 하나님이 아벨 대신 주신 아들이라고 고백합니다.

 셋은 그의 아들 에노스를 낳았고, 그 때부터 사람들이 하나님의 이름을 불렀다고 합니다.

이는 아벨의 순종이 잘 전달되어, 하나님을 찾는 사람들이 많아졌다는 것을 의미합니다.

 지난 주 설교 제목을 기억하십니까? 

“하나님은 우리의 순종을 영원히 기억하신다!” 그렇습니다. 

하나님은 아벨의 순종을 영원히 기억하시고, 그 순종을 통해 아담의 계보를 이어가게 하십니다.

●아담의 계보 vs 가인의 계보

오늘 설교 주제는 아담의 계보와 셋의 계보를 비교하면 더욱 잘 이해할 수 있습니다.

[STORY]

저는 인터넷 뉴스를 볼 때 흥미로운 사실들을 발견합니다.

그 중 한가지는 교회에 대한 안좋은 뉴스에 대한 한 댓글입니다.

“나는 정말 기독교인이 싫다. 너희들이 그렇게 하나님을 사랑한다면, 어서 죽어서 하나님이 있는 하늘나라로 가라!”

저는 이 질문이 매우 흥미롭습니다.

이 댓글에 대해 어떤 답변을 가지고 있나요?

이 질문을 한 사람은 하나님이 이 땅이 아닌 하늘나라에만 존재한다고 생각합니다.

만약 이 질문이 사실이라면, 우리는 빨리 죽어서 하나님이 계신 하늘나라에 가는 것이 좋을 것입니다.

천국이 죽어야만 갈 수 있는 곳이라면, 아무도 천국에 빨리 가고 싶지 않을 것입니다.

그러나 그것이 천국의 다는 아닙니다. 천국은 무엇입니까? 천국은 하나님이 계신 곳입니다.

하나님은 어디에 계십니까? 교회에 가정에 학교에 직장에 심지어는 전쟁 중에, 그 어디에나 계십니다.

그것은 하나님의 힘이 죽은 사람들 뿐만 아니라 살아있는 우리에게도 영향을 미친다는 것을 의미합니다.

하나님과 동행하는 삶은, 우리가 천국에 가는 것 뿐만 아니라 이 땅에서 경험하는 놀라운 은혜가 있다는 것입니다.

그래서 제가 좋아하는 찬양에는 이런 가사가 있습니다.

“주 예수와 동행하니 그 어디나 하늘나라”

하나님과 동행하는 삶은 실제적인 능력이 나타납니다.

이것은 아담의 계보를 통해서도 잘 나타나 있습니다.

1)개인에게

첫 번째는 개인에 대해서 입니다.

성경에는 아담의 계보와 가인의 계보 모두 각 자손의 이름들 기록되어 있습니다.

그러나 수명에 대한 정보는 아담의 계보에만 표기 되어 있습니다.

그리고 그들의 수명은 현재와 비교해서 상당히 깁니다.

그들은 평균 900년을 살았다고 기록되어 있습니다.

하나님은 순종하는 가문에게 건강과 장수의 축복을 주십니다.

아무도 젊은 나이에 죽거나 사고로 죽지 않았습니다.

하나님께서 그들을 생명을 지키고 돌보았기 때문입니다.

심지어 성경은 그들의 죽은 나이까지도 기록되어 있습니다.

이것은 하나님께서 아담의 자손들의 죽음까지도 책임지신다는 것을 의미합니다.

이것이 하나님께 순종하는 사람들이 받는 축복입니다.

그러나 가인의 계보를 보십시요.

성경에 가인 자손의 나이 또는 죽음에 대해 나타나 있지 않습니다.

이는 하나님의 관심이 그들의 생명에서 떠나셨다는 것을 의미합니다.

하나님은 그분에게 순종하지 않는 사람들에게 관심을 거두십니다.

우리는 사실을 잘 기억해야 합니다.

이사야 54:5

“이는 너를 지으신 자는 네 남편이시라 그의 만군의 여호와이시며 네 구속자는 이스라엘의 거룩한 이시라 그는 온 땅의 하나님이라 일컬음을 받으실 것이라”

구약에서는 하나님을 남편으로, 이스라엘을 신부로 표현합니다.

결혼했다고 해서 상대방이 언제나 나를 사랑할 것이라는 기대를 해서는 안됩니다. 

나도 상대방을 사랑하기 위해 노력해야 합니다. 

그래야 결혼 생활이 행복하게 오래 갈 수 있습니다.

하나님과 나와의 관계도 마찬가지 입니다. 

하나님은 언제나 나를 사랑하시겠지 라고만 생각한다면 그것은 잘못된 생각입니다. 

하나님은 그에게 자주 사랑을 표현하는 사람을 더 사랑하시는 것입니다. 

가인과 그의 자손들은 하나님의 사랑에 반응하지 않은 사람들이었습니다.

그래서 하나님은 그들에게 더 이상 관심을 갖지 않으셨습니다.

그래서 성경은 그들의 나이와 죽음에 대해 기록하지 않습니다.

개인에 대해서

첫번째 대결은 아담 계보의 승리입니다.

2) 세상에게

두 번째는 세상으로부터 입니다. 

아담의 자손에게는 없지만 가인의 자손에게는 있는 것이 있습니다. 

그것은 그들의 업적입니다.

창세기 4:16-22

16 ○가인이 여호와 앞을 떠나서 에덴 동쪽 놋 땅에 거주하더니 유리함 17 아내와 동침하매 그가 임신하여 에녹을 낳은지라 가인이 성을 쌓고 그의 아들의 이름으로 성을 이름하여 에녹이라 하니라 18 에녹이 이랏을 낳고 이랏은 므후야엘을 낳고 므후야엘은 므드사엘을 낳고 므드사엘은 라멕을 낳았더라
19 라멕이 두 아내를 맞이하였으니 하나의 이름은 아다요 하나의 이름은 씰라였더라 20 아다는 야발을 낳았으니 그는 장막에 거주하며 가축을 치는 자의 조상이 되었고 21 그의 아우의 이름은 유발이니 그는 수금과 퉁소를 잡는 모든 자의 조상이 되었으며 22 씰라는 두발가인을 낳았으니 그는 구리와 쇠로 여러 가지 기구를 만드는 자요 두발가인의 누이는 나아마였더라

가인의 자손들은 모두 뛰어난 기술과 업적을 가지고 있었습니다.

그들 대부분은 뛰어난 능력자였습니다.

역사적으로 본다면 가인의 자손들은 인류 발전에 위대한 공적이 있는 것이다.

그러나 아담의 자손들을 보십시요. 

하나님의 명령으로 방주를 만든 노아를 제외하고는, 그 누구도 기술이나 업적이 기록되어 있지 않습니다. 세계의 역사로 본다면 그들은 평범한 사람들이었던 것 같습니다.

세상에 대해서

그래서 이번 대결의 승자는 가인의 가문입니다.

3) 하나님에게

세 번째는 하나님으로 부터입니다.

가인의 자손은 죄에 대한 기록이 있습니다.

그는 라멕입니다.

창 4:23 

라멕이 아내들에게 이르되 아다와 씰라여 내 목소리를 들으라 라멕의 아내들이여 내 말을 들으라

나의 상처로 말미암아 내가 사람을 죽였고 나의 상함으로 말미암아 소년을 죽였도다

언뜻 보기에는 가인의 자손들이 가인처럼 죄를 짓지 않고 세상에서 잘 살았던 걸로 보여집니다.

 하지만 가인의 불순종은 그의 자손을 통해 라멕에게 전달 되었습니다.

라멕이 그의 조상 가인과 같은 죄를 지었기 때문입니다.

이것을 통해 우리는 깨달아야 합니다.

우리가 순종하면 우리를 통해 우리의 자손들도 하나님께 순종할 것입니다.

우리가 불순종하면 우리를 통해 우리 자손들도 하나님께 불순종할 것입니다.

순종하는 것은 나 자신만의 문제가 아닙니다. 나의 태도는 주위에 큰 영향을 미칩니다.

지금 내가 하나님께 순종하면, 열 사람이 하나님께 순종할 수도 있습니다.

아담의 자손은 순종에 대한 기록이 있습니다.

순종의 대표자로는 아담의 후손 에녹이 있습니다.

창 5:21-24

21 에녹은 육십오 세에 므두셀라를 낳았고 22 므두셀라를 낳은 후 삼백 년을 하나님과 동행하며 자녀들을 낳았으며 23 그는 삼백육십오 세를 살았더라 24 에녹이 하나님과 동행하더니 하나님이 그를 데려가시므로 세상에 있지 아니하였더라

에녹은 자녀 므두셀라를 낳은 후, 비로소 하나님께서 인정하시는 완전한 순종을 하게 되었습니다. 

하나님께서 므두셀라를 통해 에녹이 아버지로서의 하나님이 마음을 깨닫게 하셨는지도 모릅니다. 

하나님께서는 에녹의 완전한 순종에 감동 받으셨습니다.

 그래서 그를 죽음 없이 하나님의 나라로 초대하셨습니다. 

이것은 에녹이 하나님께 큰 은혜를 입은 것 입니다.

완전한 순종은 죽음도 피해가는 은혜를 만나게 합니다.

우리는 아담의 계보를 통해, 그 후손들의 이름과 나이의 정보만을 얻을 수 있는 것 처럼 보입니다.

그러나 우리는 에녹과, 또 노아를 통해, 아담의 가문의 순종이 전달 된 것을 알 수 있습니다.

하나님께 대해서

이번 대결의 승자는 아담의 가문입니다.

●최후의 승리

현재까지의 대결 점수를 알아봅시다.

개인에게 하나님에게 대해서는 아담이 승리를 얻었습니다.

세상에 대해서는 가인이 승리를 얻었습니다.

그렇다면 순종하는 사람들은 세상에서 승리를 얻을 수 없는 것일까요?

순종하는 사람들은 불순종하는 능력 있는 사람들을 이길 수 없을까요?

결론적으로 말하면, 순종하는 사람들은 세상에서 패하는 것 같지만 결국 승리합니다.

가인의 후손들은 세상 사람들이 부러워할 만한 뛰어난 기술과 업적을 가지고 있었습니다. 

하지만 그 결과는 어떻습니까? 그들의 마지막은 그들의 자손 라멕을 통해 죄로 기록되었습니다.

그 이유는 무엇일까요? 바로 가인의 불순종 때문입니다.

가인은 하나님을 의지하고 싶지 않았습니다. 그래서 그는 자신을 의지하였고, 그의 노력을 통해 커다란 업적을 남길 수 있었습니다. 그러나 그는 하나님을 의지하지 않았기 때문에 감사가 없었습니다. 결국 그는 교만해졌고, 자기 욕망에 방해가 되는 하나님과 동생에게 끔찍한 죄를 지었습니다. 

하나님은 결국 그를 잊으셨고, 가인의 불순종은 그 자손에게 전달되었습니다.

결국 생명책에서 가인의 가문이 끊어지게 되었습니다.

우리는 역사적으로 뛰어난 사람들을 존경하며 그들 처럼 되고 싶다고 생각합니다. 

그러나 우리는 가인의 자손들을 업적을 기억해야 합니다.

아무리 역사적으로 가치 있는 일을 했더라도, 그 동기가 자신의 욕망을 위해서라면

그 결과는 그와 그의 후손을 파멸로 이끄는 결과를 맞이하게 합니다.

이것은 하나님께로부터 오는 기쁨과 축복이 없는 삶이다.

아담의 자손들은 어떻습니까?

아담의 자손들에 대한 정보는 그들의 나이와 후손에 대한 이름이 전부이다.

가인의 자손과 비교했을 때 그들은 역사적으로 큰 영향력을 끼치지 않은 평범한 인생을 살았다.

그러나 그들의 순종의 결과는 영원한 생명이었다. 

아담의 자손들은 하나님께 순종하였다. 

그들은 하나님을 의지하며 하나님 중심적인 인생을 살았다.

그들은 하나님으로부터 장수와 평안의 축복을 받았기 때문에, 언제나 하나님께 감사하며 살았다. 그들의 이러한 순종은 자신과 주위 사람들, 그들의 후손에게 선한 영향력으로 전해졌다. 

그리고 그들의 이름은 영원한 생명을 있는 생명책에 기록되었다.

놀라운 사실은 지금부터이다. 

역사적으로 뛰어난 업적을 남긴 가인의 자손들은 역사 속으로 사라졌다.

그들의 불순종으로 인해 하나님께 저주를 받았기 때문이다. 

아담의 자손들은 평범한 삶을 살았지만, 그들의 순종은 역사의 흐름을 바꾸었다. 

바로 “노아”를 통해서 말이다.

하나님께 순종하지 않은 모든 사람들이 생명책에서 지워졌을 때, 아담의 후손인 노아와 그의 가족은 세계 역사를 바꾸는 중심점에 서 있었던 것이다!!

그래서 아담의 자손은 모든 영역에서 가인의 자손을 압도하는 것이다.

하나님이 순종하는 자들과 함께 하시기 때문이다.

하나님께 순종하는 삶을 사는 사람들이 세계 역사를 바꾸는 것이다.

이것이 순종하는 사람들에게 나타나는 하나님의 능력이다!!

●예수님의 능력 = 완전한 순종

하나님께 완전한 순종을 한 예수님을 생각해 보십시요.

그의 삶은 성공한 삶 입니까?

예수님은 3년 동안 천국을 전파하며, 많은 사람들을 치유하셨습니다.

그러나 예수님의 마지막이 오자 그의 제자들은 모두 그를 버렸습니다.

그리고 예수님은 십자가에서 쓸쓸하고 고통스럽게 죽으셨습니다.

사람의 눈으로 본다면 이것은 완벽한 실패입니다.

하지만 그것은 과정일 뿐이지 결과가 아니었습니다.

예수님의 완전한 순종은 예수님의 능력으로 나타났습니다.

예수님은 죽음을 이기고 부활하셨습니다.

그는 우리의 생명을 살리는 미션을 성공적으로 마쳤습니다.

또한 예수님의 완전한 순종으로 인해, 십자가의 복음이 온 세상에 전해지게 되었습니다.

고린도전서 1:18

“십자가의 도가 멸망하는 자들에게는 미련한 것이요 구원을 받는 우리에게는 하나님의 능력이라”

“순종이 능력입니다”

“하나님 앞에서 신실한 사람이 어떻게 성공하지 않을 수가 있겠습니까?”

그는 혼자 있던지, 다른 사람과 있던지 항상 변함 없습니다. 

그 사람은 하나님 앞에 서있기 때문입니다. 

하나님은 우리의 순종을 영원히 기억하십니다.

오늘 설교 제목을 세번 외치고 설교를 마치겠습니다.

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God Remembers Our Obedience Forever (Genesis 4:25-26)

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God remembers our obedience forever

25 Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.

Genesis 4:25~26

Hallelujah!  Welcome to the English worship service. It’s greeting time. Now, Let’s say Shalom together! Shalom! Shalom! I hope this time will be a good time that we gain God’s words and wisdom.

Today, we are going to share Genesis chapter 4 with the main title, <God remembers our obedience forever>.

When I was only six years old, one Sunday I was coming back home with my grandmother from Sunday’s worship. At that time I was thirsty. So I asked my grandmother to buy me a drink.

But she said “I’m sorry my grandson, now I don’t have money at all.” She was really telling the truth. I was sad that I was unable to buy a drink, so I just bowed my head and waited until the signal on the crosswalk changed.

Then suddenly, the wind shifted and blew 1,000 won into the street in front of my grandmother and me. My grandmother and I stepped up to the 1,000 won at the same time.

She looked around to find the owner but there was no one around. So my grandmother and I thanked God, and She bought me a Sichye drink.

When I think about that time now, I think that God really sent me the money. Maybe it seemed good to God that I attended church so diligently with my grandmother like this.

What is a good attitude to have toward God? It is a submissive mind.

Let’s share the story of Genesis 4 together.

1.The basis of offerings

Cain and Abel were brothers, children of Adam and Eve. Cain worked the soil and Abel kept flocks. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.

I have a question. 

Why did Cain, who could not joyfully bring a sacrifice to God, give a sacrifice anyway?

We can find a clue in the words of Genesis.

1 Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” Amen.

Genesis 4:1

She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” Through this confession of Eve, we can see that she recognizes God’s sovereignty, unlike when she sinned in chapter 3.

In other words, Eve lived a religious life serving God. Through her sins, she experienced God’s rebuke, punishment, comfort, and love in practice. And it became an unforgettable and important confession between her and God. Eve met the God of Love, who forgives sins and turns them into good.

Cain and Abel would have grown up seeing this mother’s devotion to God. So offering a sacrifice to God would have been natural for them because their parents were already living like that.

2. Attitudes toward offerings

Cain and Abel followed their parents’ religious life, and offered sacrifices to God. However, Cain did not recognize God as his master. He had a bad attitude about dedicating his wealth to God.

Cain did not offer sacrifices to God properly, and it became his disobedience. On the other hand, Abel adored God as his master, unlike his brother Cain. So he gave the first fruits of his wealth to God with gratitude. Abel offered God sacrifices with a good attitude, and by this action, obeyed God.

In fact, Cain should have also given God the first fruits of his labor as well as Abel. But God saw Cain’s attitude about the sacrifice and did not receive his offering. Cain, whose offering was still “good” though not “best”, may have felt this was a bit unfair.

So, How important is the attitude to meet God?

[Payday Story]

Imagine that you’re a student, and you’re currently working part-time at two restaurants.

It’s finally payday.

The manager of Restaurant A says: “Good morning, you are so kind and wonderful, and you are the mascot of our store! Here’s your salary and have a great day!”

You feel excellent and then go to Restaurant B and meet another manager.

Manager B says: “Oh … why did you come right now? It’s so busy! Take your salary and get out of here!”

The fact that you received a salary from both managers is the same, however our minds vary greatly depending on the attitude of the person who gave it.

Therefore, We must be kind to other people, but when we are meeting God, we must meet him with an even more loving and fearful heart because he is our master and the highest creator of the world.

3. The result of disobedience

When we are not obedient to God, and if we do not receive his blessings or gifts, we may choose to disobey God further in order to live more comfortably. But Genesis tells us why we must choose obedience through the story of Cain and Abel.

Cain’s attitude was to not recognize God as master. But Cain may not have fully realized the underlying motives of his own heart. He just wanted to save his precious things from God.

And so, this attitude grew bigger and bigger, and he became jealous of his brother Abel. Eventually he committed the crime of killing his brother. And this same dangerous attitude reappears through his descendants like Lamech.

Cain’s failure to obey God tells us that he also lived a life that was not fully dependent on God.

13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 But the LORD said to him, “Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. Amen.

Genesis 4:13-15

Cain became the first murderer since he killed his brother Abel. When he was branded a murderer, the people of the LORD would try to kill him. But Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. Yet he did not rely on the mark that God gave him.

16 So Cain went out from the LORD`s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. Amen.

Genesis 4:16-17

He eventually believed that God would not protect him, so he built Enoch City with fortified walls to leave God and protect himself. Cain, who did not rely on God and tried to live his own master, lived alone in his castle city without the protection of God, and left the world.

So What about his descendants?

They also lived lives that did not depend on God like their ancestor, Cain. Their family history has been erased from the Bible record after Lameck.

Cain was the eldest son of Adam, but he could not carry on Adam’s lineage and connect Adam’s genealogy, which was the beginning of the genealogy of faith. In other words, this whole branch of Adam’s family tree had gone out of God’s favor and interest.

So, What can we learn from this?

The people in a family whose hearts are disobedient to God have been erased from the Bible. In other words, disobedience is an eternal death that separates us from God, who is life. However, God will not always let this disobedient heart last forever.

4. The result of obedience

So, Why should we obey God?

Look at Abel’s obedience.

Although Abel was killed by his brother, His example of obedience continued on through his brother “Seth”. Abel’s example of obedience is not dead. Rather, the obedience was passed on to Noah and Abraham, and through the first church, as it is passed on to us living in modern times.

In the end, Abel’s obedience has become a good role model to us and is continually being passed down to the next generation through the Bible.

In fact, Abel has lost nothing. He is even now alive with God in the kingdom of God with eternal life. And because his obedience was recorded in the Bible, and he has the honor to be remembered by God and us forever.

5. The ultimate obedience, Jesus Christ

And We have good news!

It is now a difficult time to obey God. If you think of our current reality as a game, the game level is now set to a very hard mode. If you obey God well during this time, it will be an opportunity to receive more of God’s love and interest.

As I mentioned earlier, obedience is not just a choice we make in order to receive good gifts. Rather, It is a natural act we perform in order to acknowledge God as our master.

Sometimes we want to forget God because our lives become complicated.  This is Like the example of Cain.

But the Bible tells us that God has forgotten Cain and Cain’s offspring because of Cain’s disrespectful and disobedient attitude. And we must also realize that this kind of attitude appears as a kind of death that breaks our connection with God, who is life.

God still remembers Abel’s obedience. That fact is still the same. When we live in obedience to God, God never forgets those moments. Even if a life of submission is difficult, and even if no one knows about my obedience to God, God still knows.

God remembers!

God remembers our obedience! Sometimes with good news and finally with eternal life. This is the pleasure of accompanying God and being obedient to him. 

I hope you will make a lot of beautiful stories with God.

  • Abel’s obedience is a good example for us to follow.
  • But the best role model of obedience is Jesus Christ.

There is no greater obedience than Jesus who came to earth as a man to obey God’s orders and save us. He gave up his throne in heaven, the best of the best, to come to earth to suffer and even give up his own life for us.  This was done in obedience to God’s will.

Think of Jesus’ obedience.

What is a life of obedience to God like? Does it result in a miserable death? No!

God restored Jesus to life, granting him eternal life, and honored him with a seat at the right hand of the throne of God. In other words, God resurrected Jesus’ complete obedience and made it eternal. And likewise, If we obey God as Jesus did, and as Abel did, God will resurrect us on the Last Day and give us eternal life. This is because God will remember our obedience and make the obedience last forever.

Let’s shout together today’s title.

God remembers our obedience forever!
God remembers our obedience forever!
God remembers our obedience forever!


<하나님은 순종하는 마음을 영원히 기억하신다>

25 아담이 다시 자기 아내와 동침하매 그가 아들을 낳아 그의 이름을 셋이라 하였으니 이는 하나님이 내게 가인이 죽인 아벨 대신에 다른 씨를 주셨다 함이며 26 셋도 아들을 낳고 그의 이름을 에노스라 하였으며  그 때에 사람들이 비로소 여호와의 이름을 불렀더라

창세기 4장 25-26절

할렐루야! 예배에 참석한 것을 환영합니다. 우리 서로를 위해서 샬롬으로 인사합시다.

샬롬! 샬롬!

 오늘도 하나님께서 주시는 새로운 지혜를 얻는 좋은 시간 되길 소망합니다.

오늘은 <하나님은 순종하는 마음을 영원히 기억하신다>라는 제목으로 창세기 4장을 나누도록 하겠습니다.

 교회에서 집에 가는 길, 유치원생인 나는 할머니에게 목마르다고 음료수를 사달라고 했다. 하지만 할머니는 그때 돈이 없다고 하셨다. 나는 하는 수 없이, 고개를 숙이고 횡단보도의 신호가 바뀔 때까지 기다리게 되었다. 그 때 갑자기 바람이 불더니 천원 한 장이 할머니와 내 앞에 딱 떨어졌다. 할머니와 나는 동시에 빨리 천원을 발로 밟았다. 할머니는 주인이 누구인지 둘러보았지만, 주위에는 아무도 없었다. 그래서 할머니와 나는 하나님께 감사드리고, 할머니께서 나를 위해 내가 먹을 식혜를 사주셨다. 지금 생각해보면 정말 하나님이 그 돈을 보내주신 것 같다는 생각이 든다. 할머니를 따라 열심히 교회를 걸어 다녔던 모습이 하나님께 좋아 보였다면 말이다.

 하나님께서 좋게 보시는 태도는 무엇일까? 그것은 바로 순종하는 마음이다. 

함께 창세기 4장의 이야기를 나누어 봅시다.

1. 제물을 드리는 근거

 가인과 아벨은 형제이며 아담과 이브의 자녀들입니다. 

이 두 사람은 하나님께 제물을 드립니다.

결론적으로 말하면, 하나님께서 아벨의 제물은 받으시고 가인의 제물은 받지 않으십니다.

저는 한가지 궁금증이 생겼습니다. 하나님께 기쁜 마음으로 제물을 드리지 못한 가인이 왜 하나님께 제물을 드렸을까? 가인이 하나님께 드리는 것이 기ㅡ, 그는 제물을 드리지 않았을 텐데.

 우리는 말씀에서 단서를 발견할 수 있습니다.

“아담이 그의 아내 하와와 동침하매 하와가 임신하여 가인을 낳고 이르되 내가 여호와로 말미암아 득남하였다 하니라” 아멘.

창세기 4장 1절

 “내가 여호와로 말미암아 득남하였다” 이 하와의 고백을 통해, 우리는 하와가 죄를 지었을 때와는 다르게 하나님의 주권을 인정한다는 사실을 알 수 있습니다. 즉, 하와는 하나님을 섬기는 신앙생활을 갖고 살게 된 것입니다. 그녀는 그녀의 죄를 통해 하나님의 책망과 징벌, 위로와 사랑을 실제적으로 경험하였습니다. 그리고 그것이 그녀와 하나님 사이의 잊을 수 없는 중요한 간증이 되었습니다.

이브가 자신의 죄를 용서하고 선으로 바꿔주시는 사랑의 하나님을 만난 것입니다.

가인과 아벨 형제는 이러한 어머니의 신앙 생활을 보고 자랐을 것입니다.

그래서 하나님께 제물 드리는 것은 그들에게는 당연한 것이었을 것입니다.

이미 그들의 부모님이 그렇게 살고 계셨기 때문입니다.

2. 제물을 드리는 태도

 그들은 부모님의 신앙생활을 따라, 제사를 드렸다.

그러나 가인과 아벨의 마음은 각각 달랐습니다.

가인은 하나님을 자신의 주인으로 인정하지 않았습니다. 그는 자신의 재물을 하나님께 드리는 것에 대해 기분이 썩 좋지 않았을 것 입니다. 즉 가인은 하나님께 제대로 제물을 드리지 못했고, 이것은 가인의 불순종이 되어 버렸습니다.

 아벨은 형인 가인과는 다르게 하나님을 자신의 주인으로 인정하였습니다. 그래서 그는 자신의 재물을 하나님께 감사함으로 드렸습니다. 아벨은 하나님께 좋은 태도로 제물을 드렸고, 하나님은 아벨의 순종을 받으셨습니다.

 사실 가인도 아벨 못지 않게 최상급의 좋은 제물을 하나님께 드렸을 것입니다.

하지만 하나님께서는 가인의 태도를 보시고는 그 제물을 받지 않으셨습니다.

좋은 제물을 고르고 그것을 하나님께 드린 가인은 좀 억울할 수도 있을 것 같습니다.

하나님을 만나는 태도는 얼마나 중요할까요?

[월급날 이야기]

 당신은 학생 입니다. 그리고 당신은 현재 레스토랑 두 곳에서 파트타임 일을 하고 있습니다.

드디어 월급날이 되었습니다. 레스토랑 A의 매니저가 말합니다.

매니저 A : “잘왔어, 너는 너무 친절하고 훌륭해, 우리 가게의 마스코트야! 앞으로도 잘

            부탁해, 여기 너의 웨이지야, 조심해서 가”

 기분이 좋아진 나는 레스토랑 B로 가서 또 다른 매니저를 만났습니다.

매니저 B : “아… 왜 바쁜 시간에 왔니?” 네 웨이지 가져가!”

 월급을 받은 사실은 같지만, 준 사람의 태도에 따라 우리의 마음은 크게 달라집니다.

이처럼 우리는 사람에게도 친절해야 하지만, 우리가 하나님을 대할 때에는 그 분을 더욱 사랑하고 두려워하는 마음으로 만나야 합니다.

 그 분은 세상과 우리의 주인이시며 가장 높으신 분이기 때문입니다.

3. 불순종의 결과

 하나님께 순종하지 않았을 때 단순히 축복이나 선물을 받지 않는다면, 우리는 좀 더 편하게 살기 위해 하나님께 순종하지 않는 선택을 할 수도 있습니다.

 하지만 창세기는 가인과 아벨을 통해 우리가 순종을 선택해야만 하는 이유를 알려줍니다.

 가인은 하나님을 주인으로 인정하지 않는 마음이 있었습니다. 하지만 가인은 자신의 태도를 깨닫지 못했을 것입니다. 그는 그저 내 것을 하나님께 드리는 것이 아까웠을 뿐입니다.

 그러나 그 마음이 커져서 동생을 질투하게 되었고, 결국 그는 동생을 죽이는 죄를 짓게 됩니다. 그리고 이 무서운 마음은 그의 후손 라멕을 통해 다시 나타나게 됩니다.

 가인이 하나님께 순종하지 않았다는 것은, 그가 또한 하나님을 의지하지 않는 삶을 살았다는 것을 말해줍니다.

13 가인이 여호와께 아뢰되 내 죄벌이 지기가 너무 무거우니이다 14 주께서 오늘 이 지면에서 나를 쫓아내시온 즉 내가 주의 낯을 뵈옵지 못하리니 내가 땅에서 피하며 유리하는 자가 될지라 무릇 나를 만나는 자마다 나를 죽이겠나이다 15 여호와께서 그에게 이르시되 그렇지 아니하다 가인을 죽이는 자는 벌을 칠 배나 받으리라 하시고 가인에게 표를 주사 그를 만나는 모든 사람에게서 죽임을 면하게 하시니라 아멘

창세기 4장 13-15절입니다.

가인은 동생 아벨을 죽인 이후, 최초의 살인자가 되었습니다.

그가 살인자로 낙인 찍히자 주의 사람들은 그를 죽이려고 하였습니다.

그래서 하나님께서는 가인의 부탁을 들어주셔서 그에게 편지를 주셨습니다.

하지만 그는 하나님이 주신 표를 의지 하지 않았습니다.

“가인이 여호와 앞을 떠나서 에덴 동쪽 놋 땅에 거주하더니 / 아내와 동침하매 그가 임신하여 에녹을 낳은지라 가인이 성을 쌓고 그의 아들의 이름으로 성을 이름하여 에녹이라 하니라”

창세기 4장 16-17절입니다.

 그는 결국 하나님이 그를 보호하신다는 것을 믿지 못하고, 하나님 앞을 떠나 스스로를 지키기 위해 에녹 성을 쌓았습니다. 하나님을 의지하지 않고 스스로 주인으로 살려고 했던 가인은, 하나님의 보호 없이 자신이 쌓은 성 안에서 고독하게 살다가 세상을 떠났습니다.

 그의 후손들은 어떻습니까? 그들은 그들의 조상인 가인처럼 하나님을 의지하지 않는 삶을 살다가 라멕 이후로는 성경책에서 지워지게 됩니다.

가인이 맏 아들이었지만, 믿음의 계보의 시초가 되는 아담의 계보를 잇지 못하게 되었습니다.

즉, 그들은 하나님의 관심 밖이 되었다는 것입니다.

이것을 통해 우리가 알 수 있는 사실은 무엇입니까?

하나님께서 순종하지 않는 마음을 가진 사람들의 가문은 성경책에서 지워진다는 것입니다. 하나님께서는 이 마음을 영원하지 못하게 하십니다. 즉, 불순종은 생명이신 하나님과 멀어지는 영원한 사망입니다.

4. 순종의 결과

 우리가 하나님께 순종해야 하는 이유는 무엇일까요?

아벨의 순종을 보십시요. 아벨은 비록 형에게 죽임을 당했지만, 그의 동생 “셋”을 통하여 아벨의 순종이 이어지게 됩니다. 아벨의 순종은 죽지 않았습니다. 오히려 그 순종은 노아에게 또 아브라함에게 전해졌고, 초대교회를 통해, 현대를 살아가는 우리에게까지 전해지고 있습니다. 결국 아벨의 순종은 좋은 롤모델이 되어 다음 세대에게 성경을 통하여 전해지고 있는 것입니다.

 사실 아벨은 잃은 것이 하나도 없습니다.

그는 하나님께로부터 영원한 생명을 얻어 그분의 나라에 함께 있기 때문입니다.

또한 그의 순종하는 마음이 성경책에 기록되어, 하나님과 우리에게 영원히 기억되는 영광을 얻게 되었기 때문입니다.

5. 순종의 궁극, 예수그리스도

우리에게 기쁜 소식이 있습니다. 그것은 바로 지금이 하나님께 순종하기 어려운 시대라는 것입니다. 이 현실을 게임이라고 생각한다면 매우 어려운 모드입니다. 그래서 이때 하나님께 순종하면, 하나님의 관심과 사랑을 더욱 많이 받을 수 있는 기회가 되는 것 입니다.

 앞서 말했듯 순종은 그저 좋은 선물을 받기 위한 선택이 아닙니다. 우리의 주인이신 하나님을 인정하는 당연한 행위입니다.

 우리는 때로 우리의 삶이 복잡해서 하나님을 잊고 살고 싶을 때가 있습니다. 마치 가인 처럼 말입니다. 하지만 성경은 가인의 불순종하는 마음 때문에 하나님이 가인과 가인의 자손을 잊으셨다는 사실을 말합니다. 또 그것이 생명이신 하나님과 끊어지는 죽음으로 나타난다는 사실을 우리는 깨달아야 합니다.

 아벨의 순종을 하나님은 지금까지도 기억하고 계십니다.

그 법칙은 지금도 변함이 없습니다. 하나님께 순종하는 마음으로 살아갈 때 하나님은 그 순간들을 절대 잊지 않으십니다. 순종하는 삶이 힘들지라도, 아무도 나의 순종을 알아주지 않더라도, 하나님은 아십니다. 하나님이 기억하십니다. 하나님은 그 순종을 기억하시고 때때로 기쁜 소식과 영원한 생명을 우리에게 주십니다.

이것이 하나님과 함께 동행하는 즐거움입니다. 

하나님과 함께 아름다운 스토리를 많이 만들어 가시길 바랍니다.

 아벨의 순종은 우리에게 좋은 롤모델이 됩니다. 그러나 순종의 최고 롤모델은 예수 그리스도입니다. 하나님의 명령에 순종하여 우리를 구원하시기 위해 직접 인간으로 오신 예수님보다 더 큰 순종은 없습니다. 또한 예수님은 하나님의 명령에 따라 죽기까지 순종하셨습니다.

 예수님의 순종을 생각해보십시요. 순종하는 삶은 어떤 삶입니까? 그 결과가 비참한 죽음입니까? 그렇지 않습니다. 하나님께서는 예수님을 부활시키시고 영원한 생명을 얻게 하시며 영광스럽게 하셨습니다. 즉, 하나님은 예수님의 온전한 순종을 부활시키시고 영원하게 하신 것입니다.

 우리가 예수님처럼 하나님께 순종한다면, 하나님께서는 우리를 부활시키시고 영원한 생명을 주실 것입니다. 그 이유는 하나님께서 순종하는 마음을 잊지 않으시고 영원히 존재하게 하실 것이기 때문입니다.

오늘의 제목을 함께 외칩시다

하나님은 순종하는 마음을 영원히 기억하십니다!
하나님은 순종하는 마음을 영원히 기억하십니다!
하나님은 순종하는 마음을 영원히 기억하십니다!

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Pastor Kang, Sermons, Who is God?

The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil that God gave us (Genesis 3:8-11)

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<The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil that God gave us>

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?“

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.“

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

Genesis 3:8-11

0. The reason for existence with the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil

Today’s sermon title is “The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil that God gave us.”

I’m going to share from the Bible, Genesis Chapter 3 to understand the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. But “the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil” is too long a name. So from now on, Let’s just call this “The fruit”.

Why did God create The fruit?

If he did not create it, people could have lived a happy life forever without sin, right?

There are two main questions about The fruit. These two questions reveal a contradiction about God.

  1. The First question is: Is God almighty (and all knowing) but not good?
    • If God is almighty (and all knowing), he must already know that humans would eat The fruit someday. According to this assumption, God must have created The fruit in order to make humans commit a sin, right?
  2. The Second question is: Is God rather good but not almighty (and all knowing)?
    • Because God is good, he might have expected that human beings would always obey God. But if he is not almighty (and all knowing), he couldn’t have known that humans would commit a sin, right?

Actually, in order To know God and ourselves exactly, we have to know the true meaning of The fruit.

1. Serpent (Trouble maker, clever one)

Suddenly, A serpent appeared in front of the woman, Eve. He was a very clever trouble maker. He altered and manipulated the words of God to create a big problem.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, `You must not eat from any tree in the garden`?“ Amen.

Genesis Chapter 3 verse 1

The serpent never talked about The fruit from the beginning.

He didn’t want to reveal his true purpose.

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,

3 but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.`“

4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.

5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.“ Amen.

Genesis Chapter 3 verses 2 to 5

The crafty serpent tempted her and stimulated her desires. So Eve gave in to temptation, indulged her desires, and forgot that God is her Creator. Since she thought that she could be the master of her own life, she thought first of her own benefits. Therefore, in that moment, she chose to turn away from God. She might have thought that God was acting like a person who interfered with her interests.

In the end, together with her husband, Adam, they both indulged in their desires. Thus, They didn’t obey God, but gave in to temptation and to their own desires.

2. Human Beings

What is a human being?

If God didn’t create The fruit, could the first people have obeyed God forever? Would they have obeyed forever?

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,

3 but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.`” Amen.

Genesis Chapter 3 verses 2 to 3

Human beings usually live their lives for their own benefit and comfort. The first people didn’t eat The fruit. But that was not out of obedience to God. Rather, They couldn’t eat The fruit because they were afraid of death.

Even if there was not The fruit that led to the Original Sin, People who live their lives for their benefit eventually will not obey God someday.

Why did the serpent visit a woman who was alone?

This is because human beings easily fall into temptation when they are alone.

  • After meeting the serpent, Eve’s desire was stimulated and she told her husband about her desire.
  • After meeting Eve, Adam’s desire that he had not known before was also stimulated.

This is not something that happened only in ancient times. The same situation also happens to us still today in modern times.

  • Before mass media and social media was developed, it was easier for people to live with more satisfaction and gratitude for what they had.
  • But as the media and the Internet developed, it became easier to see people who lived better lives than themselves, and people’s jealousy and desires became more stimulated.

Companies advertised that we should have beautiful clothes, fancy cars and big houses for a good life. People could no longer be satisfied with what they had anymore. And so People no longer lived their lives with gratitude. This is Because one man’s desire quickly spreads to all the people.

There are good desires and bad desires.

  • It is a good desire if we live our lives to glorify God above all other things.
  • On the other hand, If we live our lives to glorify ourselves above all other things, this is a bad desire.

More specifically, this desire to glorify ourselves above all other things is a desire to become like God who already IS above all other things and has and controls everything.

3. Sin (Selfish desires)

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Genesis Chapter 3 verses 6 to 7

Those who hold onto bad desires are no longer looking at the Word of God. These arrogant people sinned by eating The fruit. And they really did gain knowledge like God. They were able to distinguish good from evil. But it was not a blessing, it was a curse.

Only God has the ultimate power to judge. But when people take the ability to judge, they attack themselves and others with their judgement.

This story is not just about Genesis. Think about the world we live in now. The world we live in is steeped in Materialism, Mammonism. Everyone here, whether you’re a winner or a loser, is anxious about something. There is no peace in God. And there is no peace with God.

However, when we leave judgment up to God, we feel at peace because God takes care of our hearts.

4. The meaning of The fruit (Obedience)

It’s time to finally unravel the secrets of The fruit.

What’s the real meaning of fruit of the knowledge of good and evil?

Let me share two key messages about the Fruit.

4-1 First, The fruit lets us know who we are

The fruit separates us from God. God is free from the fruit, but we have limitations from it. This makes us realize that God is the creator, and we are creations. The fruit makes us remember that our master is God.

So God planted The fruit tree in the center of the garden of Eden so that human beings could see it well, and therefore remember that God is our creator.

So how can we solve the initial two questions that we asked.

  1. First, either God is almighty but not good.
  2. Or Second, God is good but not almighty.

Actually, These two questions are both wrong.

1. First, It is not that God is not good, but rather, God, by his very nature, is perfectly good.

When we look at the Bible as a moral standard, sometimes it can be difficult to understand what God has done. But think about it. God is greater than moral standards. His very nature and character are higher than any moral standard.

2. Second, The reason we have free will and can choose to obey or to sin is because God is almighty and he has the power to judge or forgive.

God wants us to come to him sincerely. So God waits for us to choose the right path again, even when we make the wrong choice. This is God’s perfect personality. God is both a parent and a teacher who loves us and corrects us, and ultimately wants good for us.

4-2 Second, The fruit lets us know that Only God can judge.

When arrogant people take the power to judge, it becomes a curse for them.

People judged themselves and each other and forgot that they were precious children of God. So they calculated their value ​​by the standards of the world, and they became jealous, arrogant, and depressed. They also judge others by their own standards, hurting them, and making their lives hard.

So what we need to do is return the fruit to God and leave judgment up to God. Then the peace of God’s Garden of Eden will return to us.

5. Amazing Grace (The tree of life)

Let’s think about the history of the world for a moment. What happens when a rebel who attempts to establish himself as king fails? He is executed for treason. So were Adam and Eve, in a sense.

They were people who tried to rebel against God to become gods. But our God did not kill them immediately. Rather, He gave them the punishment they could afford, and gave them the opportunity to reflect and repent.

God changed the clothes they made out of fig leaves into good leather clothes. And That is not the only grace of God.

Remember, There were two trees in the center of the garden.

  1. One was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
  2. The other was the Tree of Life.

In Genesis chapter 3, God said this when the people sinned:

22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

Genesis Chapter 3 verse 22

Therefore, God expelled the people from the Garden of Eden, where there was a tree of Life that gives eternal life. But God, who loves his Creations so deeply, eventually sent the Tree of Life back to us.

This is Jesus Christ!

The man who believes in Jesus is saved from the judgment of God. Because they remember and believe that God is their master. And God acknowledges their faith. This is the grace of God, which is truly amazing grace!

To not eat the fruit in the Garden of Eden, and To believe in Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. These have the same meaning.  This is because I confess God as my master, and commit my life to wholeheartedly serve and glorify him above all other things.

To us who tried to kill God, to kill Jesus, for our benefit, to become our own gods and masters of our own lives. God has paid us back with everlasting love through his son, Jesus Christ.

Remember, The reason we are likely to leave God and fall into temptation and sin is because we are sinners by birth who act in our own interests, much like the serpent.

So, then Why should we overcome the temptation of Satan and choose God?

Satan always comes to us with temptations that appear to be for our own benefit at first. But when the end comes, they take not only our own interests, but our very lives as well.

However, God is completely different from Satan. God gives us his eternal life Through the death of Jesus Christ because God is the one who created us and is responsible for us to the end.

Let’s say this together!

Let us abandon our sinful desires, and obey our master God!
Let us abandon our sinful desires, and obey our master God!
Let us abandon our sinful desires, and obey our master God!

Our Wonderful God will prepare for the best life for us.

Let’s pray.


2020년 9월 13일 강석권 준목님 설교
하나님께서 우리에게 주신 선악과의 의미
창세기(3장 8~11절)
8.그들이 날이 서늘할 떼에 동산에 거니시는 여호와 하나님의 음성을 듣고 아담과 그 아내가 여호와 하나님의 낯을 피하여 동산 나무 사이에 숨는지라.
9.여호와 하나님이 아담을 부르시며 그에게 이르시되 네가 어디 있느냐?
10.가로되 내가 동산에서 하나님의 소리를 듣고 내가 벗었으므로 두려워하여 숨었나이다.
11.가라사대 누가 너의 벗었음을 네게 고하였느냐 내가 너더러 먹지 말라 명한 그 나무 실과를 네가 먹었느냐?

◉ 에덴동산에 선악과가 존재한 이유는 무엇 때문인가?
오늘 저는 성경 창세기 3장에 나오는 선악과에 대한 것을 함께 나누고자 합니다.

  • 왜 하나님은 선악과를 만들어 놓았을까요?
    만일 하나님께서 선악과를 만들지 않았다면 인간은 죄도 짓지 않고 영원히 행복하게 살 수 있었는데…. 정말 그럴까요?
    ◉ 선악과에 관해서는 아래와 같이 두 가지의 질문을 할 수 있는데, 이 두 가지 질문은 서로 자기 모순적인 질문입니다.
  • 하나님은 전지전능하시지만, 좋으신 하나님은 아니다?
    하나님이 전지전능하시다면 하나님께서는 언젠가 인간이 선악과를 따 먹을 것이라는 것을 당연히 알았을 것이다. 그렇다면, 하나님은 인간이 죄를 짓도록 하기 위해서 선악과를 만들어 놓았음에 틀림없다. 그런가???
  • 하나님은 좋으신 하나님이지만, 결코 전지전능하신 분은 아니다?
    좋으신 하나님이기 때문에 인간이 항상 하나님께 순종할 것이라는 기대를 갖고 있었다. 그러나 그가 전지전능하시지 않기 때문에 인간이 설마 죄를 범할 것이라는 것을 몰랐을 수도 있다. 정말 그런가???
    실제로 하나님과 우리 인간을 정확히 알기 위해서는 먼저 선악과의 진정한 의미를 알아야만 한다.
  1. 뱀(사고뭉치, 교활한 놈)
    어느 날 갑자기 뱀이 하와 앞에 등장한다. 그는 매우 교활한 골치 덩어리이다. 그가 큰 말썽을 부리기 위해서 하나님의 말씀을 조금 바꾸고 수작을 부려 놓았다.
    여호와 하나님이 지으신 들짐승 중에 뱀이 가장 간교하더라 뱀이 여자에게 물어 가로되 하나님이 참으로 너희더러 동산 모든 나무 실과를 먹지 말라 하시더냐? -창세기 3:1
    뱀은 처음부터 선악과의 이야기를 꺼내지 않았다. 그는 자기의 진짜 의도를 여자가 알아차리기를 원치 않았다.
    여자가 뱀에게 말하되 동산 나무의 실과를 우리가 먹을 수 있으나 동산 중앙에 있는 나무의 실과는 하나님의 말씀에 너희는 먹지도 말고 만지지도 말라 너희가 죽을까 하노라 하셨느니라. 뱀이 여자에게 이르되 너희가 결코 죽지 아니하리라. 너희가 그것을 먹는 날에는 너희 눈이 밝아 하나님과 같이 되어 선악을 알줄을 하나님이 아심이라. -창세기 3:2~5
    교활한 뱀은 여자를 유혹하고 여자의 욕망을 자극하였다. 그래서 하와는 유혹에 못 이겨 욕망에 빠져서 하나님이 자기의 창조자라는 것을 잊고 말았다. 그 순간 그는 자기의 인생의 주인이 자기 자신이며 따라서, 자기의 이익을 최우선으로 생각했다. 그래서 그는 하나님으로부터 멀어지는 선택을 하고 말았다. 그 순간 하나님도 인간처럼 자신의 이익을 위해 자기를 침범할 것이라고 생각했다. 결국 자기 남편인 아담과 함께 욕망에 지고 말았다. 그래서 유혹에 넘어지고 욕망에 빠져서 하나님께 불순종하고 말았다.
  2. 인간이란 무엇인가?
    하나님이 선악과를 만들지 않았다면 첫 사람은 영원히 하나님께 순종하였을까? 그들이 과연 영원이 순종했을까?
    여자가 뱀에게 말하되 동산 나무의 실과를 우리가 먹을 수 있으나 동산 중앙에 있는 나무의 실과는 하나님의 말씀에 너희는 먹지도 말고 만지지도 말라 너희가 죽을까 하노라 하셨느니라. -창세기 3:2,3
    인간은 보통 자신의 이익과 안위를 위해 산다. 첫 사람은 선악과를 먹지 않았다. 그렇지만 하나님께 불순종하지도 않았다. 그들은 다만 죽음이 두려워서 선악과를 따먹을 수 없었다. 그들을 원죄로 이끄는 선악과가 없었다고 하더라도 자기의 이익만 추구하는 삶을 사는 인간은 결국 언젠가는 하나님께 불순종하게 될 것이다.
    ◉ 왜 뱀은 혼자 있는 여자에게 찾아왔을까?
    인간은 혼자 있을 때 유혹에 빠지기 쉽기 때문이다.
  • 뱀을 만난 후, 하와의 욕망이 자극되었고 자기 남편에게도 자기의 욕망을 이야기했다.
  • 하와를 만난 후, 아담도 전에는 알지 못했던 욕망에 자극되었다.
    이러한 연쇄반응은 옛날에만 일어나는 일이 아니다. 오늘날에도 여전히 이러한 상황이 일어나고 있다.
  • 대중매체와 개인매체가 발전하기 전에도 사람들은 자기가 가진 것에 만족하지 않고 더 많은 만족을 얻으려고 했었다.
  • 미디어와 인터넷이 발전함에 따라 자기보다 더 잘 사는 사람을 쉽게 접하게 됨으로써 사람들의 질투심과 욕망이 더욱 자극을 받게 되었다. 회사는 좋은 삶을 위해서 더 좋은 옷과 멋진 차와 큰 집을 가져야 한다고 광고하고 있다. 사람들은 더 이상 자기가 가진 것에 만족할 수가 없다. 그래서 사람들은 더 이상 감사하는 삶을 살지 않고 있다. 이렇게 한 사람의 욕망이 빠르게 모든 사람에게 퍼져나가고 있다.
    ◉ 좋은 욕망과 나쁜 욕망이 존재하는가?
  • 사람이 다른 무엇보다도 하나님의 영광을 위한 삶을 산다면 그것은 좋은 욕망이다.
  • 그러나 다른 무엇보다도 자신의 영광을 위한 삶을 산다면 그것은 나쁜 욕망이다.
    더 구체적으로 이야기하면, 다른 무엇보다도 자신의 영광을 위한 이러한 욕망은 이미 자기가 하나님과 같이 되어서 모든 것 위에서 있으면서 모든 것을 통제하겠다는 것이다.
  1. 죄(이기적인 욕망)
    여자가 그 나무를 본즉 먹음직도 하고 보암직도 하고 지혜롭게 할 만큼 탐스럽기도 한 나무인지라 여자가 그 실과를 따먹고 자기와 함께한 남편에게도 주매 그도 먹은지라 이에 그들의 눈이 밝아 자기들의 몸이 벗은 줄을 알고 무화과나무 잎을 엮어 치마를 하였더라. – 창세기 3:6,7
    나쁜 욕망에 사로잡힌 사람들은 더 이상 하나님의 말씀을 듣지 않습니다. 이러한 무례한 사람들은 선악과를 따먹는 죄를 짓게 되었습니다. 그리고 실제로 하나님처럼 지식을 얻게 되었습니다. 그들은 선과 악을 구별할 수 있었습니다. 그러나 그것은 축복이 아니라, 저주였습니다.
    ◉ 하나님만이 심판을 할 수 있는 궁극적인 능력을 갖고 있습니다. 사람이 심판하는 능력을 갖게 되면, 그것은 그들 자신과 다른 사람들을 공격하게 됩니다. 이 이야기는 단지 창세기에만 국한되지 않습니다. 현재 우리가 살고 있는 세상을 생각해 봅시다. 이 세상은 물질만능주의 금전만능주의에 심각하게 빠져있습니다. 여기에 있는 모든 사람들 승리자이거나 패배자이거나 모두 무엇인가를 걱정하면서 살고 있습니다. 하나님이 있을 곳은 없습니다. 하나님과 함께 평안을 누릴 수 있는 곳은 아무데도 없습니다. 그러나 우리가 우리의 심판을 하나님께 맡기면 하나님이 우리의 마음을 어루만져 주시기 때문에 평안을 느끼게 됩니다.
  2. 선악과의 의미(순종)
    드디어 선악과의 비밀을 풀 시간이 왔습니다. 선악과의 진정한 의미는 무엇일까요? 선악과에 관한 두 가지 핵심 의미를 함께 나누어 봅시다.
    4-1 첫 째로 선악과는 우리가 누구인지를 알게 해 줍니다.
    선악과는 하나님과 인간을 구별시켜 줍니다. 하나님은 선악과로부터 자유롭지만, 인간은 선악과로부터 자유롭지 않습니다. 선악과는 하나님이 창조주이고 인간은 피조물임을 깨닫게 합니다. 선악과는 하나님이 우리의 주인이라는 것을 상기시켜 줍니다. 그래서 하나님은 에덴동산 중앙에 선악과를 심었고 사람들이 잘 볼 수 있도록 해 두었습니다. 그럼, 어떻게 우리의 처음에 이야기했던 두 가지 질문을 풀 수 있을까요?
  • 첫 번째 질문, 하나님은 전지전능하지만, 좋으신 분은 아니다.
  • 두 번째 질문, 하나님은 좋으신 분이지만, 전지전능하지 않다.
    사실, 두 가지 모두 다 잘못된 질문입니다.
    첫 번째, 하나님은 좋으신 분이 아닌 것이 아니고 오히려 하나님 본체로서 완벽하게 좋으신 분입니다. 우리가 성경을 읽으면서 도덕적인 기준으로 보면, 하나님이 행하신 일을 이해하기가 어려울 수 있습니다. 그러나 생각해 봅시다. 하나님은 도덕적인 기준보다 더 크십니다. 그분의 본체가 어떤 도덕적인 기준보다 높으신 분입니다.
    두 번째, 우리가 자유 의지를 가지고 순종할 것인가 죄를 지을 것인가를 선택하는 이유는 하나님이 전지전능하기 때문이고 그분만이 심판과 용서를 하시기 때문입니다. 하나님은 우리가 진심으로 그분께 다가오기를 바라십니다. 그래서 하나님은 잘못된 선택을 할 때에도 우리가 바른 길을 선택할 때까지 기다리십니다. 이것이 하나님의 완벽한 인격입니다. 하나님은 우리 부모님이나 선생님처럼 우리를 사랑하고 우리를 바르게 가르쳐서 궁극적으로 우리가 좋은 길을 가기를 원하십니다.
    4-2 두 번째로 선악과는 하나님만이 심판할 수 있다는 것을 우리에게 가르쳐 줍니다.
    무례한 인간이 심판하는 능력을 갖게 된다면 그것은 인간에게 저주가 될 것입니다. 사람들이 자기 자신을 심판하고 다른 사람들을 심판한다면, 그들이 귀중한 하나님의 자녀라는 것을 잊어버립니다. 그래서 사람들이 세상의 기준으로 사람을 판단하고 질투하고 무례를 행하고 남을 억압하게 됩니다. 사람들이 다른 사람들을 자기의 기준으로 판단하면, 사람에게 상처를 주고 그들의 삶을 힘들게 합니다. 따라서, 우리에게 필요한 것은 선악과는 하나님께 돌려드리고 심판도 하나님께 맡겨야 합니다. 그러면 하나님의 에덴동산의 평화를 찾을 수 있을 것입니다.
  1. 놀라운 은혜(생명나무)
    잠시 세계의 역사에 관해 생각해 봅시다. 왕이 실패를 해서 신하가 왕이 되려고 반란을 시도하면 무슨 일이 일어났습니까? 그는 반역죄로 처형됩니다. 아담과 하와도 마찬가집니다. 그들도 하나님이 되려고 하나님께 반란을 시도했습니다. 그러나 하나님은 그들을 즉시 처형하지 않았습니다. 오히려 하나님은 그들이 견딜 수 있는 형벌을 주고 반성하고 회개할 기회를 주었습니다. 하나님은 아담과 하와에게 무화가 이파리로 만든 옷 대신에 가죽 옷을 만들어 입혔습니다. 그것 말고도 또 하나의 하나님의 은혜가 더 있습니다. 에덴동산 중앙에 두 가지 나무가 있었다는 것을 기억해 보십시오.
  • 하나는 선악과입니다.
  • 또 하나는 생명나무입니다.
    창세기3장 22절에서 여호와 하나님이 가라사대 보라 이 사람이 선악을 아는 일에 우리 중 하나 같이 되었으니 그가 그 손을 들어 생명나무 실과도 따먹고 영생할까 하노라 하시고….
    그래서 하나님이 사람들을 영생을 주는 생명나무가 있는 에덴동산에서 추방해 버렸습니다. 그렇지만 피조물을 깊이 사랑하시는 하나님이 결국 우리 인간에게 생명나무를 보내주셨다.
    ◉ 생명나무는 예수 그리스도!
    예수를 믿는 인간은 하나님의 심판으로부터 구원을 받습니다. 왜냐하면 그들은 하나님이 그들의 주인임을 기억하고 믿기 때문입니다. 그리고 하나님은 그들의 믿음을 아십니다. 이것이 하나님의 은혜이고 이것이 바로 하나님의 놀라운 은혜입니다. 에덴동산의 선악과를 먹지 않기 위해서는 내 자신의 주인이고 구원자이신 예수님을 믿는 것입니다. 선악과를 따먹지 않는 것과 예수를 믿는 것은 같은 의미입니다. 이것이 바로 내가 하나님을 나의 주인으로 고백하고 온 마음을 바쳐 하나님을 섬기고 다른 어떤 것보다도 하나님의 영광을 위하여 살아야 하는 이유입니다. 하나님을 죽이고 예수님을 죽이고 우리 자신만의 이익을 위해서 우리가 스스로 하나님이 되고 우리가 자기 인생의 주인이 되어 살려고 했습니다. 그러나 하나님은 영원한 사랑을 가지고 자기의 아들이신 예수 그리스도를 통해서 우리의 죄악을 모두 청산해 주셨습니다. 명심하십시오. 우리가 쉽게 하나님을 떠나서 유혹에 빠져 죄를 짓는 이유는 뱀처럼 우리 자신만의 이익을 위해서 살기 때문입니다.
  • 그럼, 어째서 우리가 사탄의 유혹을 극복하고 하나님을 선택해야만 합니까?
    사탄이 항상 우리에게 찾아와서 유혹할 때는 처음에는 우리 자신의 이익을 가지고 나타납니다. 그러나 결국에는 사탄이 우리 자신의 이익뿐 아니라 우리 생명까지도 빼앗아 갑니다.
    그러나 하나님은 사탄과 완전히 다릅니다. 하나님은 예수 그리스도의 죽음을 통해서 우리에게 영생을 주십니다. 하나님이 우리를 만드셨기 때문에 우리를 끝까지 책임을 지십니다.
    함께 세 번 외쳐봅시다!!!!
    우리의 죄스런 욕망을 버리고 주인이신 하나님께 순종합시다!!!!
    우리의 죄스런 욕망을 버리고 주인이신 하나님께 순종합시다!!!!
    우리의 죄스런 욕망을 버리고 주인이신 하나님께 순종합시다!!!!
    감사합니다.
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The Master of the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3)

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Who is God? The Master of the Sabbath

Genesis 2:1-3 (Pastor Eddie)

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Genesis 2:1-3

I checked my preaching last week and noticed that I said, “Um, well” a lot. I found some mistakes, but I thanked God that he will do everything and make up for me. I know that I just need to depend on God and his plan.

Today’s sermon: “The Master of the Sabbath” Genesis 2:1-3

  • Why do we worship God without resting on the Sabbath?
  • What is the meaning of the Sabbath?

1. Work hard, like God, for six days a week

“1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.”

Genesis 2:1

Why didn’t God create everything in one day? Why did it take six days?

The reason is so that God would show us a good model for life. We have to use our precious time to work hard. God is telling us through Genesis to work hard for six days and sabbath for one day. This is important to understand God’s creation and rest.

This is a model of a good life for us. In fact, God doesn’t need time to work because time is also his creation. He doesn’t even need space to work because he is beyond dimension.

But when he was working for creation, he used time and space, concepts that we are familiar with. This was God’s consideration to help us understand the Bible well.

People are recognized by others when they have something in common. They use their time for something they consider important. Time is essential for any achievement. The better the outcome, the more time we spend invested in it. This is shown by God’s creation over six days.

But some Christians ignore the Law of Time – they do not read the Bible, they do not pray, they act as if they have realized everything by faith. They act as if their two legs are off the ground because of their arrogance.

Those who do not read the Bible, their knowledge of God has been stopped. Think of close friends who know you well, it is because of time that they have spent with you. For those of us who have spent much time with God, God is like a good friend.

Look at the example of Abraham. He was close enough to talk to God from his inner heart.

There are times when we do well to read the Bible and pray, but if you do that for yourself, then it cannot last long because the purpose is wrong. If your purpose is to know God and get to know him better, then your habit can last a long time.

This is the law of time that God informs us of through Creation. God worked hard for six days – he was really sincere, and he works faithfully to achieve his good will. What does this mean for us? We also must use the time given to us faithfully. There is a time coming when the sun will go down and we cannot work.

A deacon who helped me greatly in my faith told me, “We have no reason to fear the world outside the door if you spend time alone in a little room with God.” How can we fail outside if we spend time with God inside? We should work diligently for the evangelism of good news.

We go to the dentist when our teeth are hurt, and we believe he is an expert. But what if the dentist doesn’t work hard at his job and isn’t sincere? We may go to another dentist.

People don’t trust people who are not sincere. But God is still working for his beloved children and you are the children of God.

Sometimes we get tired but we can pray to God and you will realize that God is working for you.

2. Sabbath exists for Humans

“2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”

Genesis 2:2

There is a testimony that God does not get sleepy or tired. So then, why did God rest? It’s for US. God knew that people needed rest, so he gave us a rest. Which do you like better? Work or rest? (rest) I think so too.

But these days, some people admire the life of a workaholic. So, what does the Bible say is more important? Work or rest?

You should note the first thing that happened after a person was made. The Sabbath is the first day to start a new week. It is a recreation day (re-creation day).

“Night is coming when no one can work.”

The Bible says to work hard during the day and rest at night. But there are some people who can’t rest at night and can’t even rest on their holidays? Why?

The Sabbath comes from God.

Ps 127:2b “for he grants sleep to those he loves.”

God gives sleep to his loved ones. God gives comfort to his loved ones. Sabbath is the comfort and love of God. The love of God is said to be very wide and deep. But how wide and deep?

God also developed the Sabbath year and the Year of Jubilee. The purpose is to share God’s rest with the neighbors and the land.

A story of Jesus in the Bible took place where he healed a man on the Sabbath (hand). They didn’t know that God was a God of love, so they blamed Jesus for “working” even though he was practicing love on the Sabbath.

His purpose was to give a rest to others. For the sake of others, Jesus gave up his own rest.

3. God, the Master Of the Sabbath

“3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

Genesis 2:3

This is the most important verse. We must remember that the master of the Sabbath is God – and rest is worship. There is no real rest for those who do not know the Sabbath.

The most important thing in the Sabbath is worship. A worshiper can meet God and that worshiper can meet others.

Let’s pray.


2020년 9월 6일 강석권 준목님 설교
하나님은 안식일의 주인이시다.
창세기(2장 1~3절)
1.천지와 만물이 다 이루니라.
2.하나님의 지으시던 일이 일곱 째 날이 이를 때에 마치니 그 지으시던 일이 다하므로 일곱 째 날에 안식하시니라.
3.하나님이 일곱 째 날을 복 주사 거룩하게 하셨으니 이는 하나님이 그 창조하시며 만드시던 모든 일을 마치시고 이 날에 안식하셨음이더라.
◉ 왜 우리는 안식일에 쉬지 않고 하나님께 예배를 드려야 할까요?
◉ 안식일의 의미는 무엇일까요?

  1. 엿새 동안 하나님처럼 열심히 일하라.
    천지와 만물이 다 이루니라. -창세기 2:1
    왜 하나님께서 하루 만에 모든 것들을 창조하셨을까요? 왜 엿새나 걸리셨을까요?
    그 이유는 하나님께서 우리 인생에게 좋은 모범을 보여주기 위해서입니다. 우리는 귀중한 시간을 사용해서 열심히 일해야 합니다. 하나님은 창세기에서 엿새 동안 열심히 일하고 하루 동안 안식하라고 가르쳐줍니다. 이것은 우리가 하나님의 창조사역과 안식을 이해하는데 중요하기 때문입니다. 이것은 우리 인생의 좋은 삶의 모범입니다. 사실 하나님은 시간도 창조하셨기 때문에 일하기 위해서 시간도 필요 없습니다. 그는 시공을 초월한 분이기 때문에 일하기 위해서 공간도 필요하지 않습니다. 그러나 하나님께서 천지를 창조하실 때에 우리들이 쉽게 이해할 수 있도록 시간과 공간과 개념들을 사용했습니다. 이것은 하나님께서 우리들이 성경을 더 잘 이해하도록 배려하기 위한 것이었습니다. 사람들은 일반적으로 어떤 것을 이해하려면 다른 것과 비교를 통해서 인식합니다. 사람들은 중요하다고 생각되는 것을 얻기 위해서는 시간이 필요합니다. 시간은 어떤 것을 이룩하기 위해서 반드시 필요합니다. 더 좋은 것을 얻으려면 더 많은 시간을 투자해야 합니다. 이것은 하나님이 천지를 창조하는 데 엿새가 걸린 이유입니다. 그러나 어떤 성도들은 시간의 법칙을 무시합니다. 그들은 성경을 읽지 않고 기도도 하지 않고 믿기만 하면 모든 것을 깨달을 수 있는 것처럼 행동합니다. 그들은 교만해서 마치 공중에 날아다니는 사람처럼 행동합니다. 성경을 읽지 않으면 하나님을 아는 지식은 멈춰버립니다. 여러분을 잘 아는 가까운 친구를 생각해 보면, 그 친구는 여러분과 함께 많은 시간을 보냈기 때문에 가까운 친구가 된 것입니다. 여러분도 하나님과 많은 시간을 보낸다면 하나님과 좋은 친구가 될 수 있습니다. 아브라함의 경우를 생각해 봅시다. 그는 하나님과 서로 마음을 터놓고 이야기 할 정도로 친했습니다. 여러분이 성경을 읽고 기도도 하면서 하나님과 잘 지낼 때도 있지만, 그것도 여러분 자신만을 위해서 그렇게 한다면 의도가 나쁘기 때문에 오래 지속할 수가 없습니다. 여러분이 하나님을 잘 알고 싶고 여러분을 하나님께 잘 알리기를 원한다면 성경을 읽고 기도하는 좋은 습관을 지속할 수 있습니다. 이것이 하나님께서 천지 창조를 통해서 우리에게 알려주고자 하는 시간의 법칙입니다. 하나님은 엿새 동안 열심히 일했습니다. 그분은 진정으로 신실하게 그분의 선한 뜻을 이루기 위하여 일했습니다. 이것은 우리에게 어떤 의미가 있을까요? 우리 또한 우리에게 주어진 시간을 충실하게 사용해야합니다. 날이 저물어 우리가 일하고 싶어도 할 수 없는 때가 오기 때문입니다. 내 믿음에 많은 도움을 줬던 집사님이 우리가 하나님과 좁은 방에서 홀로 많은 시간을 보낸다면 문 밖의 세상을 두려워할 이유는 없다. 라고 말했습니다. 우리가 안에서 하나님과 함께 지낸다면 밖에서의 삶에서 실패할 수 있겠습니까? 우리는 복음 전도를 위해서 열심히 일해야 합니다. 우리가 이가 아파서 치과에 가면 우리는 의사 선생님을 믿어야 합니다. 그러나 의사 선생님이 자기 직업에 충실하지 않고 열심히 일하지 않으면 어떨까요? 그러면 우리는 다른 의사 선생님을 찾아가야 하겠지요. 사람들은 성실하지 않은 사람을 신뢰하지 않습니다. 그러나 하나님은 자기의 사랑스런 자녀들을 위해 항상 일하시고 우리는 그분의 자녀들입니다. 종종 우리는 피곤하지만 하나님께 기도하고 하나님이 우리를 위해 일하시고 계신다는 것을 깨달아야 하겠습니다.
  2. 안식일은 인간을 위해 존재합니다.
    하나님의 지으시던 일이 일곱 째 날이 이를 때에 마치니 그 지으시던 일이 다하므로 일곱 째 날에 안식하시니라. – 창세기 2:2
    하나님은 주무시지도 피곤하시지도 않으십니다. 그런데 왜 하나님께서 안식하셨을까요? 그것은 바로 우리 인간을 위함입니다. 하나님은 인간에게는 휴식이 필요하다는 것을 알고 우리에게 안식을 주신 것입니다. 여러분은 일하는 것과 쉬는 것 중 어떤 것을 좋아합니까? 사람들은 일하는 것보다 쉬는 것을 좋아합니다. 저도 그렇습니다. 그러나 사람들 중에는 일 중독자도 있습니다. 그럼 성경은 일하는 것과 휴식 중 어느 것이 더 중요하다고 말하고 있습니까? 여러분은 하나님께서 인간을 창조한 후에 첫 번째 일어났던 일에 주목해야 합니다. 안식일은 한 주의 첫 째 날입니다. 이것은 휴식의 날(recreation) 또는 재창조의 날(re-creation)입니다. 아무도 일할 수 없는 밤이 오리라. 성경에서는 낮 동안에는 열심히 일하고 밤에는 쉬라고 말씀하고 있습니다. 그러나 어떤 사람들은 밤에도 잘 수 없고 심지어 공휴일에도 쉴 수 없습니다. 왜일까요? 안식일은 하나님께서 만드셨습니다.
    하나님께서 사랑하시는 자에게 잠을 주신다. – 시편 127:2
    하나님은 사랑하시는 자에게 잠을 주십니다. 하나님은 자기가 사랑하는 자들에게 위로를 주십니다. 안식일은 하나님의 위로와 사랑의 표현입니다. 하나님의 사랑은 매우 넓고도 깊다고 하였습니다. 그렇다면 얼마나 넓고 깊을까요? 하나님은 안식년과 희년(jubilee)도 만들었습니다. 하나님의 의도는 모든 이웃들과 땅들도 하나님의 안식에 동참하라는 것이었습니다. 성경에서 예수님께서 손 마른 자를 고쳐주신 때가 안식일이었습니다. 율법학자들과 바리새인들은 하나님이 사랑의 하나님이라는 것을 모르고서 예수님께서 안식일에 하나님의 사랑을 실행하는 것을 일하는 것이라고 비난하였습니다. 예수님의 의도는 다른 사람들에게 안식을 주는 것입니다. 예수님은 다른 사람들의 안식을 위해서 자신의 안식을 포기했습니다.
  3. 하나님은 안식일의 주인이시다.
    하나님이 일곱 째 날을 복 주사 거룩하게 하셨으니 이는 하나님이 그 창조하시며 만드시던 모든 일을 마치시고 이 날에 안식하셨음이더라. – 창세기 2:3
    이 말씀이 가장 중요한 구절입니다. 우리는 안식일의 주인이 하나님이심을 기억해야 합니다. 그리고 안식은 바로 예배입니다. 안식일을 모르는 사람은 진정한 쉼을 모릅니다. 안식일에 가장 중요한 일은 예배입니다. 예배자는 하나님을 뵐 수 있고 예배자는 이웃의 다른 사람들을 만날 수 있습니다. 아멘.
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Who is God? Who am I? (Genesis 1:26-29)

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Who is God? Who am I?

Genesis 1:26-29 (Pastor Eddie Kang)

My story: From 2017-2020 I worked for an Australian church – on a student Visa. God brought me here because I can understand your situation as a foreigner (I was one in Australia).

God has a good plan for AICF and your life. God has a great plan, and I learned a lot from Pastor Heo last Sunday about AICF. Even though he leaves us, I believe we are always together in God.

I hope we get strength, peace, and vision through this worship and that our congregation will pray for you from now on. You have a lot of prayer helpers from now on. That’s great news!

Including Pastor Heo, I met Pastor Brian, Brother Lee, Sarah, Isaac, Joshua, Matthew, and others. After meeting them, I thank God for making our lovely meeting time.

Due to the Covid-19 virus, we cannot meet together in person. I really want to meet you in person, and do worship together in church.

Today’s text is Genesis 1:26-29

Genesis 1:26-29

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.


Who is God?

0. Who am I?

What’s a human being? There are so many answers for this question. One is: humans need meaning to live their lives.

Story:

A person was on his way to work, when he was suddenly hit by some water from the building. He was angry that he couldn’t find the reason for this. A moment later, a woman came out and told him, “My son tried to water the plant, but made a mistake. Sorry for the inconvenience.” He said, “Don’t worry about it. Have a good day.”

He may have ruined his day, but he knew the reason. If there is a problem, we can withstand it if you know why. Therefore, it’s important to know the meaning of your life. To know this, we need to know “Who am I?”

Who knows this the best? Yourself, best friend, parents? The right answer is GOD – the Creator. So, first we have to know who God is.

1. The good will of God

Why did God create us? How does he look at us?

Story:

A teenager said, “I hate my life! Why did you give birth to me without my consent?” This was said to hurt her mom. What was her thinking?

No parents give birth to children for unhappy lives. They want their children to live happy lives. Like this, God’s desire is similar for his children, and we can see a reflection of his love and purpose for us through our parents.

“God saw all that he had made and it was very good.”

God wants us to live a happy life, so he created us. God’s will is good will. So, why do people curse God and complain about others? Because they have not understood God’s good will for us.

If we know the reason for pain, we can endure it and keep going. But if we don’t, we have to live a hard life without understanding.

Let’s consider God’s Good Will through the Bible from now on.

2. Creator God

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1

God made everything, including us. So the source of all things in this world is God.

When we go to church, we often hear about “obedience” – we know this but it is difficult to practice it.

We have to work, study hard, do homework, but in order to obey, we have to give our precious time, energy, and heart to God. Sometimes we think that we want to save our time and energy. When we think about this, we feel uncomfortable and worry about whether or not I’m a real Christian.

“How much do I have to give to God?”

“The land must not be sold permanently because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.”

Leviticus 25:23

We are only aliens and tenants living in the land that God GAVE us. There is nothing of ours in the land of God.

Remember the teenager who complained to her mother? “I hate my life! Why did you give birth to me without my consent?”

In fact, no one can decide when / where / how they are born. They are not the masters of their own lives. The master is GOD. Also, God determines when / where / how we die. God has the summary, but we forget this facts. The time between birth and death is the “land of God” – but it is mistaken as “my land”.

The master of our lives is also the master of our life process. In conclusion, it does not make sense to give mind to God to obey, because EVERYTHING we have has been given from God and we are only aliens and tenants in the land of God.

So what keeps us from obeying God? We think our deaths are far away and we are the owners and masters of our own lives. So, we run after our own aspirations. But only GOD knows how much time we have left.

Earlier, I said that we need meaning to live our lives. If we have received a lot from God, the master, we are like the servants in the parable of the Talents in the bible (Matthew 25?). Who is the servant that the master is pleased with? The one who made the Talent INCREASE.

What talents have you received from God? Dancing? Singing? Listening to others troubles? We have a responsibility to return our talents to the glory of God our master. NOTHING is mine. It is obedience to give back what is not mine.

3. Companion God

“They will call him Emmanuel which means ‘God with us.'”

Matthew 1:23b

God does not make us and stay far away. He is with us always, as the Holy Spirit and Jesus, and there is joy when we accompany God.

4. Judge God

“For the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants whom I brought out of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God.”

Leviticus 25:55

We are the servants of God and he is the best master for us. We must follow the word of God, a good master. But some people misunderstand him.

“Why could God create people and judge them harshly without loving them to the end?”

Story:

A child when shopping with her mother. While her mother was looking at the items, she came to her mother with someone else’s wallet.

She expected that her (sweet) mother would praise her. But she was angry and said, “This is wrong!” She told her to quickly return it to the original owner and receive a punishment.

Is not the image we understand the same as the expectation of this child? Why does God judge us while also loving us? Because he is JUST.

With justice, people can live happily in the world created by God. So, God cannot forgive a servant who is not just. He accompanies us and teaches us. He expects us to realize justice and live justly.

5. Savior God

You know AS? (After service)

This system means that if you have a problem with items that you purchased during the AS (warranty) period, you can get them fixed freely.

The period of GOD’S AS is unlimited!

When I ask God to fix my bad habits, the wonderful law of God responds! God not only gave us the whole world, but also gave us himself: JESUS.

When we worry about something we don’t have, remember that he gave us HIMSELF through Jesus. He takes responsibility for us, so we can live without fear.

6. Conclusion

Let’s obey God, our master in order to understand our own lives. We can participate in what God does – and this is a beautiful way to live our lives most brilliantly!

Let’s pray.


2020년 8월 30일 강석권 준목님 첫 설교
하나님은 누구이며, 나는 누구인가?(창세기1:26~29)
저는 2017년부터 2020년까지 학생비자로 호주에서 일했습니다. 나도 호주에 살면서 외국인이었기 때문에 여러분의 처지를 잘고 그렇기 때문에 하나님께서 이곳으로 저를 보내준 것이라고 생각합니다. 하나님은 이 예배와 여러분을 향하신 계획을 갖고 계십니다. 저는 그것을 지난주 주일에 허재범 목사님을 통해서 들었습니다. 이제 허 목사님은 우리를 떠날지라도 주님 안에서 우리와 항상 함께 하고 있다고 믿습니다. 우리는 이 예배를 통해서 능력과 평화와 비전을 얻고 우리도 많이 기도할 것입니다. 저는 허 목사님과 브라이언 목사님, 이은상 형제, 사라 자매 등 많은 사람들을 만났습니다. 그들을 만나서 좋은 교제의 시간을 주신 하나님께 감사드립니다. 코로나 때문에 우리가 직접 만나지 못합니다. 나는 진실로 여러분을 만나고 함께 교회에서 예배를 드리기를 간절히 원합니다.
창세기(1장 26~29절)
26.하나님이 가라사대 우리의 형상을 따라 우리의 모양대로 우리가 사람을 만들고 그로 바다의 고기와 공중의 새와 육축과 온 땅과 땅에 기는 모든 것을 다스리자 하자 하시고
27.하나님이 자기 형상 곧 하나님의 형상대로 사람을 창조하시되 남자와 여자를 창조하시고
28.하나님이 그들에게 복을 주시며 그들에게 이르시되 생육하고 번성하여 땅에 충만하라 땅을 정복하라 바다의 고기와 공중의 새와 땅에 움직이는 모든 생물을 다스리라 하시니라
29.하나님이 가라사대 내가 온 지면의 씨 맺는 모든 채소와 씨 가진 열매 맺는 모든 나무를 너희에게 주노니 너희 식물이 되리라.
인간이란 무엇인가? 이 질문에는 너무나 많은 답들이 존재합니다. 그 중 하나는 사람은 사는 의미가 있어야 합니다. 이야기 하나를 예로 들어보겠습니다. 어떤 사람이 출근을 하고 있었는데 느닷없이 빌딩 위에서 물이 자기에게 떨어져서 옷을 버렸습니다. 그는 화가 났고 그 이유를 몰랐습니다. 그 때 어떤 아주머니가 나와서 말하기를 우리 애가 나무에 물을 준다는 것이 실수를 해서 물이 떨어졌네요. 귀찮게 해서 미안해요. 그래서 그는 괜찮아요. 좋은 하루 되세요. 라고 말했어요. 그는 물을 맞았지만 그 이유를 알았어요. 우리가 살면서 어떤 문제를 만날 수 있어요 그러나 우리가 그 이유를 안다면 견딜 수 있어요. 따라서 우리도 인생의 의미를 아는 것이 중요합니다. 그것을 알기 위해서는 우리는 우리가 누구인지 알아야만 합니다. 그럼, 누가 이것을 가장 잘 알고 있을까요? 여러분 자신일까요, 여러분의 친한 친구, 부모님일까요? 정답은 바로 하나님입니다. 하나님은 여러분을 만드신 분이니까요. 그러니까, 우리는 먼저 하나님이 누구인지를 먼저 알아야만 합니다.

  1. 하나님의 선하신 뜻
    왜 하나님은 우리를 만들었을까요? 하나님은 우리를 어떻게 보실까요?
    또, 이야기를 하나 예를 들어보겠습니다. 십대 아이가 말하기를 나는 사는 것이 싫어. 엄마는 왜 나에게 동의도 받지 않고 나를 낳았어요? 이런 말은 엄마의 마음을 상하게 했어요. 그럼, 엄마의 생각은 어떨까요? 어느 부모도 자기 아이들이 불행하라고 낳지는 않았습니다. 그들은 자기 아이들이 행복하게 살기를 바랍니다. 마찬가지로 하나님도 자기의 아이들이 행복하게 살기를 바라고 우리 또한 하나님의 마음을 깨닫고 하나님의 의도대로 살아야 합니다. “하나님은 자기가 만든 모든 것을 보시고 좋았더라.” 하나님은 우리가 행복한 삶을 살기를 원하셔서 우리를 만들었습니다. 하나님의 뜻은 선하십니다. 그러니까, 사람들이 하나님을 저주하거나 다른 사람들에게 불평하면 안돼요. 이렇게 한다면 우리가 하나님의 선하신 뜻을 잘 알지 못했기 때문입니다. 지금부터는 여러분들은 성경을 통해서 하나님의 선하신 뜻을 알게 되기를 원합니다.
  2. 창조주 하나님
    “태초에 하나님이 천지를 창조하시니라.” 우리가 교회에 가면 순종에 관해서 자주 듣게 됩니다. 우리는 순종하라는 의미는 알아도 실천하기는 어렵습니다. 우리가 열심히 일하고 공부도 합니다만, 순종하기 위해서는 우리의 소중한 시간과 노력과 정성을 쏟아야 합니다. 이런 것들을 생각하면 마음이 좀 무거워지고 내가 진정 신자인가 하고 생각할 때도 있습니다. 하나님을 위해서 우리는 얼마나 많은 것을 해야만 할까요? “땅은 판다고 해도 영원히 팔 수는 없다. 왜냐하면 땅은 하나님의 소유이고 우리 인간은 나그네이고 주인집에 세 들어 사는 자와 같기 때문이다.” -레위기 25:23 우리는 하나님의 땅에서 잠시 나그네로서 빌려서 이 땅에 살고 있는 존재입니다. 이 땅에는 우리의 것은 아무것도 없습니다. 십대 아이가 자기 엄마에게 불평하던 말을 기억합니까? 나는 사는 것이 싫어. 엄마는 왜 내 허락도 없이 나를 낳으셨어요? 사실, 우리가 태어날 때 아무도 언제, 어디서, 어떻게 태어날지를 결정하는 사람은 없습니다. 왜냐하면 인간은 자기 삶의 주인이 아니기 때문입니다. 주인은 바로 하나님입니다. 하나님이 우리의 삶과 죽음 등 모든 것을 결정합니다. 하나님이 결론이라는 것을 명심하기 바랍니다. 삶과 죽음 사이에 놓인 우리의 삶은 하나님의 소유입니다. 우리의 삶을 우리의 것이라고 주장하는 실수를 범하지 말기 바랍니다. 우리 삶의 주인이신 하나님이 우리 삶의 모든 과정의 주인이십니다. 결론으로 말하면, 모든 것이 하나님께로부터 왔고 우리는 이 땅에서 다만 나그네일 뿐이기 때문에 우리는 하나님께 순종해야 합니다. 그런데 무엇이 우리를 하나님께 순종하지 못하게 할까요? 우리는 우리의 죽음이 우리와 아주 멀리 떨어져 있다고 생각하고 우리가 우리 인생의 주인이라고 생각하고 살고 있습니다. 그래서 우리는 우리가 하고 싶은 대로 살아갑니다. 그러나 하나님은 우리의 삶이 얼마 남지 않았다는 것을 알고 있습니다. 아까, 제가 우리는 삶의 의미를 알아야 한다고 말했습니다. 우리가 하나님께로부터 많은 것을 받았다면 마태복음 25장에 있는 달란트 비유처럼 주인에게 충성하면서 살아야 합니다. 하나님을 기쁘게 하는 종은 누구였습니까? 자기의 달란트를 더 많이 늘렸던 종이었습니다. 여러분은 하나님께 무슨 달란트를 받았습니까? 춤추는 재능, 노래하는 재능 혹은 상대방의 곤란한 문제를 잘 경청해 주는 재능을 가졌습니까? 우리는 우리의 주인인 하나님께 영광을 드리기 위해 우리의 달란트를 많이 늘려서 하나님께 드려야 할 책임을 갖고 있습니다. 내 것은 아무 것도 없습니다. 내 것이 아닌 것을 하나님께 되돌려 주어야 하는 것이 바로 순종입니다.
  3. 하나님과 동행하는 삶
    “그를 임마누엘이라 하리니 하나님께서 우리와 함께 하신다는 의미입니다.”-마태복음 1:23
    하나님은 우리와 가까이 있고 싶어서 우리를 만들었습니다. 하나님은 성령으로 예수님으로서 우리와 항상 함께 하고 있으며, 우리 또한 하나님과 함께 있을 때 행복합니다.
  4. 하나님 바르게 알자.
    “이스라엘 사람들은 나의 소유이며 종이니라. 그들이 한 때 애굽의 종이었던 것을 내가 빼내어 나의 종을 삼았느니라. 나는 너희의 하나님, 여호와니라.”-레위기 25:55
    우리는 하나님의 종이고 하나님은 우리의 가장 좋은 주인입니다. 우리는 하나님의 말씀에 순종해야 합니다. 그러나 사람들은 하나님을 오해하고 있습니다. 하나님이 사람을 만들었다면 왜 끝까지 사랑하지 않고 혹독하게 심판하실까요?
    또 한 가지 이야기를 예로 들어보겠습니다. 어떤 아이가 엄마와 함께 시장에 갔습니다. 엄마가 물건을 고르고 있을 때 아이가 누군가 알 수 없는 사람의 지갑을 아이가 엄마에게 내밀었습니다. 아이는 엄마가 자기를 칭찬할 것이라고 생각했습니다. 그러나 엄마는 화를 내면서 이것은 나쁜 짓이야. 하고 말했습니다. 엄마는 딸에게 즉시 지갑을 주인에게 돌려주고 벌을 받아라. 하고 말했습니다. 우리도 종종 아이가 한 것처럼 잘못 된 행동을 하면서도 하나님께 칭찬을 받을 것이라는 기대를 하고 있지는 않을까요? 왜 하나님은 우리를 사랑하면서도 또한 우리에게 혹독한 심판을 할까요? 그것은 바로 하나님이 공의의 하나님이시기 때문입니다. 공의를 지키면서 사람들이 하나님이 창조한 세상에서 행복하게 살 수 있습니다. 그래서 하나님은 불의한 종을 용서하지 않습니다. 하나님은 우리와 함께 하면서 우리를 가르칩니다. 하나님은 우리가 공의를 깨닫고 정의롭게 살기를 바라십니다.
  5. 구원자이신 하나님.
    여러분 A/S를 알고 있습니까? 이것은 제품을 구매하고 난 후에 일정기간 동안 그 제품의 고장이나 문제점을 무상 교환이나 수리하는 제도입니다. 하나님의 제품의 무상 A/S 기간은 영원합니다. 우리가 우리의 나쁜 버릇을 고쳐달라고 하나님께 부탁하면 하나님의 놀라운 말씀으로 응답해 주십니다. 하나님은 우리에게 온 세상을 주셨을 뿐만 아니라, 자기 자신인 예수 그리스도를 주셨습니다. 우리가 어떤 걱정거리가 있다면 할 필요가 없습니다. 하나님이 예수님을 통해서 하나님 자신을 우리에게 주셨음을 기억하시기 바랍니다. 하나님이 우리를 책임지고 있으므로 우리는 걱정하지 않아도 됩니다.
  6. 결론
    우리는 우리의 삶을 이해하기 위해서는 하나님께 순종해야 합니다. 우리는 하나님의 일에 동참해야 합니다. 그렇게 한다면 우리의 삶은 아름답고 가장 빛나는 삶을 살게 될 것입니다. 감사합니다.
  • Aug 23 / 2020
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Pastor Brian, Sermons, Subject Studies

Jesus’ Healing Word (Matthew 8:5-13)

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Jesus Healing Word

Matthew 8:5-13 (Pastor Brian)

The Faith of the Centurion

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”

7 Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”

8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.


Jesus entered Capernaum Matthew 4:13 – that was where Jesus dwelt.

A Centurion (officer in the Roman army – leader of 100 men, part of the occupation of Israel – a Gentile, probably not very popular (many Jews hated the Romans for occupying Jerusalem)) – this man came to Jesus (a Jewish teacher and rabbi) for his servant (not himself).

Whenever the NT mentions a centurion, there is something to admire.

1.

This one came to seek the help of Christ for his slave and uttered the remarks we see here.

2.

At the crucifixion, another centurion observed the death of Jesus and said, “Truly this was the son of God.” Many had mocked him, but the centurion saw him utter his last words “Forgive them, for they don’t know what they do” and realized he was the Son of God.

3.

Cornelius, another centurion, was a good man, able to minister to the poor, friendly with the Jews, and had a visitation from an angel and said, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up before God.”

We know that God also orchestrated things so that Peter was instructed to go to his house and show him more fully the way to salvation. He was the first Gentile to be baptized into the church at that time.

4.

Another, involved with Paul – after he was arrested (falsely) for taking Greeks into the tabernacle. He was ordered to be flogged, but Paul confronted the centurion there about it, “Is it lawful to flog a Roman citizen?” The centurion stood up for him and those who were to flog him stepped back. So, Paul was spared due to his citizenship and the advice and counsel given by the centurion.

5.

Acts 23, there are two centurions taking Paul (and protecting him) to the Governor Felix.

6.

Another, Julius, in Acts 27:1-28 was responsible to take Paul to Rome. He acted capably and was interested in what Paul had to say, and he saved Paul from the hands of the soldiers in the hour of the shipwreck. They had planned to kill the prisoners, but the centurion had wanted to spare Paul.

So the centurions mentioned in the NT seem to be honorable and good men.

This one, came pleading for his servant who was very sick. It is interesting that he was so concerned for his slave. Under Roman law, the master could kill his slave, and it was expected that he would esp if the man could no longer work.

However, this centurion came entreating Jesus (pleading) for his slave.

Jesus immediately said, “I will go.”

This was against Jewish custom, for a Jew to enter a Gentile house (not against God’s law, but against custom). The centurion sensed this and said, “I’m not worthy.”

He realized it might have been awkward for Jesus – a Jew – to not want to enter a Gentile home (but of course, Jesus, wouldn’t feel that way). The centurion said, “Speak a word, and he will be healed.” He recognized the authority of Christ – believing that he could heal with his word, just as easily as with his touch (last time we looked at Jesus healing the leper with a touch – Matthew 8:1-4). In the case of the leper, he touched the untouchable. In this case, he speaks a word.

“Because I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me.”

He understood the military chain of command, the orders from above were to be obeyed without question. Jesus remarked elsewhere, “I do nothing of my own will, I do the will of my Father.” He also was obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit.

So, the centurion recognized that Jesus was under authority, but also that Jesus HAD authority over nature, disease, sin.

The authority of God of disease, demons, and all else would flow through Christ.

v. 10-13, Jesus praised the centurion’s faith and healed the servant. He “marveled” (filled with wonder and astonishment) and said, “Truly, I have not found such great faith, even in Israel. Many will sit with Abraham and Isaac in the kingdom,… but the sons will be cast out…”

Jesus said, “Go, and it will be done as you have believed” and it was done that very hour.

This great faith, worthy of praise from Jesus was from the centurion – even more so than among the people of Israel.

“many from east to west” – this was a radical idea to the Jews – they thought that all Jews would be there, but no Gentiles. But Jesus corrects this misunderstanding. The Jews who didn’t believe (the “sons”) would be cast out into the darkness with “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” and the Gentiles (those who believed) would be allowed in.

“Gnashing of teeth” = only in great pain and agony – in hell there is ALWAYS gnashing of teeth.

We see Jesus was unafraid to speak of hell and did so more than any others in the Bible. Some ministers never mention hell. Some say, “If you don’t believe in Christ, you’ll be sent to THAT place that we shouldn’t speak of.”

Jesus used plain words, and there was no mistaking what he meant. “If you don’t believe I AM, you’ll be lost in your sins.”

He came from heaven to show the people the way to heaven.

He was the healer of bodies (leper, centurion’s servant), but also the saver or our souls. After we die, our souls will live on in one place or another – heaven or hell.

The centurion at the cross, for example, must have truly recognized what was going on.

Jesus:

1. Faced our guilt

Ex:

Rationalized guilt

A man sped down the highway, stopped by a police officer, and said, “Well, there are so many accidents, I was rushing to get out of here…” – he rationalized his guilt.

Denied guilt

A man had his machine fixed, but never received a bill. He sent a letter saying, “where’s my bill for the repairs?” but the company said, “We have no record of anything needed repairs.” (denial of guilt)

Postponed guilt

A man stole a watch, and later gave some money to repay it. He tried to postpone his guilt.

But for us, our guilt, our judgment, our time is coming, and Jesus faced our guilt for us, he erased the litany of things that caused us to be guilty. He took it away from us. He faced it, born our sin, because leprous, our substitute, taking our place on the cross in death.

“Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin.”

He faced our sin.

2. Forgave our sin.

“Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.”

3. Forgot our sins.

By the erasure of the statutes that were against us, God would also forget our sins.

  1. Jesus faced our guilt
  2. Forgave our sins
  3. God forgot our sins

“I will remember them … NO MORE.”

That’s what makes salvation so precious. That the omniscient God can choose to forget (or not remember) our sins.

Q: Have we believed that Jesus has faced, forgiven, forgotten our guilt?
That’s what the good news is.

We have put our trust in the living God. “that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

I was brought up in a very liturgical church, and we were taught something similar to what we’ve heard. “I’m not worthy for you to enter my house, just say the word and I’ll be healed.”

Let’s pray.

  • Aug 16 / 2020
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Pastor Heo, Sermons

The Signs of Believers (Mark 16:15-20)

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The Signs of Believers

Mark 16:15-20 (Pastor Heo)

16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.


This is the Great Commission from Christ.

  • In Matthew: “Go and make disciples of all nations…baptizing, teaching… I am with you always to the very end of the age.”
  • Mark “Go and preach the good news to all Creation…”
  • Luke “You are witnesses of all these things…”
  • John “Feed my sheep, feed my lambs…”
  • Acts “You will be my witnesses in Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When Jesus meets people, he says, “Come and I will give you rest.”

Jesus’ invitation is always:

  • “Come” and
  • Go”
  • “Come to me”, to church, to God
  • “Go to the world”
  • Come = attractive force
  • Go = repelling force

Mark is the shortest gospel among the 4. Why? Mark is the beginning of the gospel of Jesus.

The first message of Christ in his earthly ministry

  • Matthew: “The Kingdom of God is near, repent.”
  • Mark: “The Kingdom of God is near, repent and believe the gospel.” (1:15)

16:15 says (conclusion) “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all Creation… Whoever believes will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

If we really believe, we are really saved. If we are really saved, we are called to preach the good news (evangelism).

Let’s focus on v. 17-18

Signs:

“In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

This is truth. Jesus always tells the truth, never a lie.

Jesus does not say: “These miracles /wonders will accompany believers.” (these signs)

So, we must understand the word “sign.” It is so familiar to us. What is it? Evidence / truth of something that has happened.

Ex:

  • If you eat much, your stomach will expand and be filled.
  • If you buy something and pay with cash or card, you will receive a receipt. (sign of purchase)

A sign must be followed as proof / evidence of something that has been done.

“These signs will accompany believers…”

So, let us ask ourselves if these signs have happened in our lives. Let’s read again thoughtfully, prayerfully.

17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

So… are these things happening in your life? If you are a true believer, they should happen, right? Are you a true believer? If these signs do not happen in your / my life, then something is terribly wrong.

So, let me make it clear about this passage IN CONTEXT. (Every passage must be read and understood in context.)

In this context, if we believe in Christ, we will be saved – there is no exception. If we are really, really saved and have assurance of salvation, our conclusion is to commit our whole lives to preach the gospel in evangelism.

So, in this context, these signs are signs of evangelism, preaching the good news of salvation.

How many signs? (5)

When you read these verses, you must understand all the time that these are signs of evangelism (preaching the good news).

Signs of Evangelism

Signs of Preaching the Good News of Salvation in Jesus’ Name

If we approach these signs with this understanding, it will be very clear.

“These signs will accompany those who believe [and preach the good news]”

1. Drive out Demons (in Jesus’ name)

Evangelism itself is driving out demons in Jesus’ name. The act of preaching the gospel is in itself driving out demons in Jesus’ name.

On what grounds?

What kinds of humans are on this earth? Man / woman, rich / poor, Asian / African, etc.

Gal 8:23 “There is neither male nor female, you are ONE in Christ…”

So this means that all divisions of humanity are TEMPORARY in this world. Spiritually there are only two kinds of division between humans:

  1. Child of God
  2. Child of Demons

John 8:44 (to those who reject him) “You belong to your father the Devil because you do not accept me.”

If I say this to someone, he will want to fight or kill me. But Jesus said it.

So, what is preaching the good news?

The activity in which we are making Children of the Devil to Children of God. From eternal destruction to eternal life.

So, preaching the good news IS driving out demons in Jesus’ name.

2. Speak in new tongues

Evangelism itself is speaking in a new tongue. Do you speak in a new tongue? (language)

When we pray, we do it with our tongue (language).

At first, there was only one tongue in the whole world. Genesis 11 “The whole world had one tongue, one language, one common tongue and they tried to build a tower to reach God with their own merit and power. So God confused their tongues.” (Tower of Babel).

Now, we have many: English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Tagalog, etc

At the Ascension of Christ, the early church prayed and prayed and prayed, and on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon them and their hearts burned with holy fire. So they came out (fire) and preached the gospel.

Many people came from other countries and they heard the gospel in their own native language.

In the physical world, there are several thousand tongues, but in the spiritual world, there are 3.

  1. Devil’s tongue
  2. Old tongue
  3. New tongue

“…they shall speak in new tongues…”

When I speak Korean, I may speak in any of the three, devil’s tongue, old / new tongue.

You can know what kind of tongue you are speaking in.

  1. Devil’s tongue: LIE (doesn’t matter the language) – if you speak a lie, this is spiritually the Devil’s tongue “The devil is a liar and when he lies, he speaks his native language. The devil is the creator of lies.”
  2. Old tongue (earthly language) – speaking about the physical / material world – no matter how wonderful and beautiful, before salvation from Christ, this is the Old tongue
  3. New tongue – speech about heavenly things, truth, mysteries about heaven, the will of God

What is the will of wills of God? For all humanity to be saved. The work of the Holy Spirit + evangelism is to make people believers in Christ.

So, evangelism itself, the sermon, encouraging each other in faith – this is the New Tongue.

In Christ, our identity is a New Creation, with a New Covenant, keeping New Commands, speaking a New Tongue, for a New Heaven and New Earth.

3. Pick up snakes (by hand)

Have you ever done that?

If you are a true believer, you should do that, right?

Should we go to the mountain this afternoon and pick up snakes?

Genesis 3: Satan = the snake – and he lied.

To the woman Eve, “You can eat the fruit, and you will never die. You will be like God.”

You know, all animals were created NOT to speak. Only humans were created to speak. But that snake spoke. What does that mean? It is not a real snake – it was a hidden identity controlling that snake.

LONG time later, the Word of God reveals the identity of that snake.

Rev 12:9 “The Great Dragon was hurled down; the Ancient Snake, who is called the Devil / Satan who leads the whole world astray.” 20:2

Snake = Satan

Luke 10 – Jesus sent 72 evangelists to preach the good news and when they returned, they reported back with great joy. “Lord! Even the demons obey us in your name.” “Yes, I saw Satan fall from heaven and I have given you authority to trample snakes and scorpions, and nothing will harm you.”

So this means: Destroying the power of Satan

This world is still under control of the Devil and so our lives are constant spiritual warfare. The stronghold of Satan will be destroyed and the Kingdom of God will be built in the end.

This is the sign of “picking up snakes”

4. Ingested deadly poison will not harm

BUT, do NOT drink poison – this is testing the Lord and the Bible says, “Do not put the Lord to the test.”

Yes, our lives are under complete control of our Lord Jesus Christ – yet when we are preaching the gospel, we are VERY protected.

Human beings are so easily hurt – do you agree? Have you ever been hurt? I’m so easily hurt (by my wife – she is too close to me).

Husband / wife, children, co-workers, we are so easily dismayed and depressed. More than the animals and the mountains. We are so easily hurt.

BUT, this is the secret (if you agree, you will be so blessed in your future life): The best way to NOT be hurt in this life is to serve others, preach the good news to others.

Stephen is a good example: He was the first martyr in the NT. He drank deadly poison but was not hurt. He did nothing wrong against them, but they were so angry with him, furious with him, and they gnashed their teeth, yelling, and stoned him to death.

If you were in the place of Stephen, how would you react to them?

In this terrible situation, spiritually, he was drinking such deadly poison, but he was not hurt: he did not hate them, he did not curse them, he prayed for them, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” He was just like Christ on the cross who prayed for those who crucified him.

His face was shining like an angel and he was standing with the angels at the throne of God.

He was never hurt by drinking this deadly poison.

What made it possible? Was it his own character / patience / morality / self-control / self-training? No, that is the power of Christ, the power of evangelism.

At that moment, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and preaching the good news of the gospel to them.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever and if you preach the good news, nothing can hurt you.

Matthew “Do not fear the one who can kill your body but not your soul; fear rather the one who can kill both body and soul in hell.”

5. Heal the sick (place hands on them)

This can be applied literally as well. Pray for sick people around you because the answer is God’s job. Do not be afraid of the result. Praying is our job, the result is God’s job.

Rev “He will wipe every tear from your eyes.”

Is there a tear in your eyes? At the final day, Jesus promises to remove all tears from your eyes. If there is a tear in your eyes, we will stand before Christ and he will wipe the tears from our eyes one by one. If there is no tear in your eye, no problem – but were you really never hurt in this world?

There will be no more disease, no more sickness, no more crying, no more problems, no more tears, no more danger of coronavirus, no more aging, no more death. This is perfect.

Evangelism is offering this perfect, eternal wellness (well-being) to others.

Do you want eternal wellness?

“They will place their hands on sick people and they will get well.”

Perfect wellness is available in heaven. Evangelism is offering this perfect wellness to others.

These are the signs of evangelism.

  • No preaching, no signs.
  • Preaching = signs.

I will show you this is true, and how right / truthful I will show you here.

v. 20

“Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.”

In the previous verse, where is Jesus? In heaven already. In v. 20, he worked WITH them.

This sign is the work of Christ, it is not our own.

  • No preaching, no signs.
  • How long have you been a Christian? 5 years, 10 years, 20? Remember, no preaching, no signs.
  • But if you became a Christian yesterday, remember, preaching = signs.

Please, continue to preach the good news of salvation in YOUR place, and I will continue in my place. And someday again let us meet again as fellow workers and family members.

God bless you.

God bless AICF.

Let’s pray.


2020년 8월 16일 허재범 목사님 고별 설교

믿는 사람들에게 따르는 표적(마가복음16:15~20)

그동안 함께 해준 여러분께 감사드립니다. 이제 저는 새로운 사역지인 광주 광산교회로 갑니다. 저는 외롭지 않습니다. 아버지 하나님, 예수님, 성령님 그리고 아내와 함께 동역하기 때문입니다. 우리는 여전히 기도로 함께하는 하나님의 영광을 위해 동역하는 형제자매들입니다. 저는 오늘 예수님께서 우리들에게 지상에서 남기신 마지막 명령을 가지고 은혜를 나누고자 합니다.

마가복음(16장 15~20절)

15.또 가라사대 너희는 온 천하에 다니며 만민에게 복음을 전파하라.

16.믿고 세례를 받는 사람은 구원을 얻을 것이요, 믿지 않는 사람은 정죄를 받으리라.

17.믿는 자들에게는 이런 표적이 따르리니 곧 저희가 내 이름으로 귀신을 쫓아내며 새 방언을 말하며

18.뱀을 집으며 무슨 독을 마실찌라도 해를 받지 아니 하며 병든 사람에게 손을 얹은 즉 나으리라 하시더라.

19.주 예수께서 말씀을 마치신 후에 하늘로 올리우사 하나님 우편에 앉으시니라.

20.제자들이 나가 두루 전파할 쌔 주께서 함께 역사하사 그 따르는 표적으로 말씀을 확실히 증거하시니라.

이 말씀은 예수께서 부활하시고 승천하기 전에 세상에 계시면서 마지막으로 제자들에게 명령한 것입니다. 마태복음28장 19절에도 예수님의 지상명령이 있습니다. 그러므로 너희는 가서 모든 족속으로 제자를 삼아 아버지와 아들과 성령의 이름으로 세례를 주고 내가 너희에게 분부한 모든 것을 가르쳐 지키게 하라. 볼찌어다. 내가 세상 끝날까지 너희와 항상 함께 있으리라 하시니라.

  • 오늘의 말씀인 마가복음 16장 15절에서도 또 가라사대 너희는 온 천하에 다니며 만민에게 복음을 전파하라 믿고 세례를 받는 사람은 구원을 얻을 것이요 믿지 않는 사람은 정죄를 받으리라.
  • 누가복음 24장 48절에도 너희는 이 모든 일의 증인이라. 볼찌어다. 내가 내 아버지의 약속하신 것을 너희에게 보내리니 너희는 위로부터 능력을 입히울 때까지 이 성에 유하라 하시니라.
  • 또 요한복음 21장에는 베드로에게 내 양을 먹이라. 내 양을 치라. 내 양을 먹이라 라고 거듭 말씀하셨습니다.
  • 사도행전 1장 8절에서는 오직 성령이 너희에게 임하시면 너희가 권능을 받고 예루살렘과 온 유대와 사마리아와 땅 끝까지 이르러 내 증인이 되리라 하시니라.

예수님께서 처음에 이 땅에서 사역하실 때 수고하고 무거운 짐진 자들아 다 내게로 오라 그러면 내가 너희를 쉬게 하리라. 내게로 오라 너희에게 평안을 주겠노라 생명을 주겠노라 하고 말씀하셨습니다. 그리고 마지막으로 세상을 떠나실 때는 너희는 세상으로 가서 만민에게 복음을 전파하라 라고 말씀하셨습니다. 요약하면 내게로 와서 복을 받고 세상에 나가서 복음을 전파하라 라는 내용입니다. 우리는 성도로서 두 가지의 권능을 갖고 있습니다.

  1. 하나는 사람들을 끌어들이는 힘입니다. 이것은 구심력입니다.
  2. 또 다른 하나는 퍼져나가고 침입해 들어가는 힘입니다. 원심력입니다.

마가복음은 복음서 중에서 가장 짧습니다. 복음서의 모든 핵심은 복음입니다. 그러나 마가복음은 오직 복음에만 집중하고 있기 때문에 예수님의 탄생과 족보와 같은 내용은 생략했습니다. 마가복음은 처음부터 본론으로 들어갑니다. 복음으로부터 시작합니다. 마가복음의 첫 문장은 하나님의 아들 예수 그리스도 복음의 시작이라 하고 시작됩니다. 예수님의 첫 번째 사역은 복음을 선포하는 것입니다. 그러나 마태복음에서는 예수님의 첫 번째 메시지는 천국이 가까웠으니 회개하라 그러나 마가복음은 천국이 가까웠으니 회개하고 복음을 믿으라. 입니다.

마가복음 1장 15절에는 가라 때가 찾고 하나님의 나라가 가까웠으니 회개하고 복음을 믿으라 하시더라. 그리고 마지막 16장 15절에서는 또 가라사대 너희는 온 천하에 다니며 만민에게 복음을 전파하라. 믿고 세례를 받는 사람은 구원을 얻을 것이요, 믿지 않는 사람은 정죄를 받으리라. 복음에는 예외가 없습니다. 누구든지 믿고 세례를 받으면 구원을 받고 믿지 않는 사람은 정죄를 받는다는 것입니다. 우리가 정말로 믿고 구원을 받았다면 결론은 구원의 복음을 전해야만 하는 것입니다. 이것이 바로 전도입니다.

17절과 18절은 오늘 설교의 핵심 내용인데요, 믿는 자들에게는 이런 표적이 따르리니 곧 저희가 내 이름으로 귀신을 쫓아내며 새 방언을 말하며 뱀을 집으며 무슨 독을 마실찌라도 해를 받지 아니하며 병든 사람에게 손을 얹은즉 나으리라 하시더라. 오늘 여러분들은 진지하게 이 두 구절을 받아들일 수 있기를 소망합니다.

여러분은 신자입니까? 저도 신자입니다. 여러분도 모두 예수님의 신자이기를 원합니다. 그러나 여기에는 큰 도전이 따릅니다. 물론 예수님은 결코 거짓말을 하시지 않습니다. 그분의 말씀은 진실이고 진리입니다. 거짓은 없습니다. 우리는 우선 시작하는 말에 주의해야 합니다. 예수님은 이러한 기적이라고 하지 않고 믿는 자들에게는 이러한 표적이 따른다고 했습니다. 우리는 우선 표적이라는 말을 이해해야만 합니다. 표적이란 무엇인가요? 표적은 증거이고 우리가 한 일의 성과입니다.

쉬운 예를 들겠습니다. 여러분이 무언가를 먹으면 여러분은 배가 부를 것입니다. 여러분이 많이 먹은 결과 배가 튀어나오는 표적이 나타난 것입니다. 이렇게 표적은 분명합니다. 우리가 무엇인가를 하면 그 결과가 어떤 식으로든 표적으로 나타납니다. 예수께서 신자의 삶에도 이렇게 분명한 표적이 나타난다고 말씀하신 것입니다.

다시 17절과 18절을 읽어 봅시다. 믿는 자들에게는 이런 표적이 따르리니 곧 저희가 내 이름으로 귀신을 쫓아내며 새 방언을 말하며 뱀을 집으며 무슨 독을 마실찌라도 해를 받지 아니하며 병든 사람에게 손을 얹은즉 나으리라 하시더라. 이러한 표적이 여러분에게도 나타납니까? 이것은 매우 구체적인 질문입니다. 이것이 바로 믿는 자들에게 나타나는 표적이니까요. 우리가 신자로서 이러한 표적이 삶에서 나타나지 않는다면 이것은 무엇인가 잘못된 것입니다. 정말 끔찍하게 잘못된 것입니다. 이 시간에 저는 이 말씀의 의미를 확실히 해 두고자 합니다. 모든 성경의 구절은 분명한 의미가 있으니까요.

15절의 의미는 너희는 세상에 가서 모든 족속에게 복음을 전하라. 16절은 믿고 세례를 받는 사람은 구원을 받을 것이요 믿지 않는 사람은 정죄를 받으리라. 그런 다음에 예수님께서 말씀하시기를 믿는 자들에게는 이러한 표적이 나타난다고 하셨습니다. 그 의미는 우리가 예수를 믿으면 아무도 예외 없이 구원을 받으며 우리가 또 구원을 받았다면 우리의 삶은 전력을 다해 복음을 전파해야 하는 것입니다. 따라서 이 표적은 복음전도에 따르는 표적입니다.

우리가 예수의 이름으로 복음을 전할 때 나타나는 다섯 가지의 표적입니다.

첫 번째 표적은 예수의 이름으로 귀신을 쫓아내는 것입니다. 이것의 근거가 어디에 있을까요? 이러한 일을 하는 부류의 사람들은 어디에 있을까요? 생물학적으로는 남자와 여자, 늙은이와 젊은이, 경제적으로는 부자와 가난한 자, 피부색으로는 황인종 백인종 흑인종 등이 있습니다.

갈라디아서 3장 28절에서는 유대인도 로마인도 종도 자유인도 남자도 여자도 모두 다 예수 안에서는 하나입니다. 이러한 인간적인 구분은 일시적이고 변하는 것입니다. 그러나 영적으로는 인간의 부류는 두 가지밖에 없습니다. 하나님의 자녀인가 또는 마귀의 자녀인가 하는 두 가지뿐입니다.

예수님께서 요한복음 8장 44절에서 예수님을 거부하는 사람은 모두 마귀에게 속한 자라고 말씀하셨습니다. 예수를 믿지 않고 거부하는 자들은 그들의 아비가 사탄이고 마귀에게 속한 자들입니다. 이렇기 때문에 예수님께서 십자가에서 죽으신 것입니다. 그러면 복음은 무엇이고 복음을 전한다는 것은 무엇입니까? 복음을 전하는 것은 바로 마귀의 자녀를 하나님의 자녀로 만드는 행동입니다. 옛 사람을 새 사람으로 거듭 태어나도록 하는 것입니다. 지옥에서 천국으로 인도하는 것입니다. 영원한 멸망에서 영원한 생명으로 인도하는 것입니다. 따라서 복음을 전하는 것은 마귀를 쫓아내는 일입니다.

두 번째 표적은 새로운 방언을 말하는 것입니다. 여기서 혀(TONGUE)은 언어를 말합니다. 우리가 기도할 때 혀를 사용합니다. 원래 인간에게는 한 가지 언어만 있었습니다. 우리는 말을 할 때도 혀를 사용합니다. 창세기 11장 1절에는 온 땅의 구음이 하나이요 언어가 하나이었더라.

그 때 사람들은 도시를 건설하고 큰 탑을 쌓기로 했습니다. 바벨탑입니다. 그들은 탑을 하늘에 있는 하나님이 계신 곳까지 높게 쌓아 하나님께 도전하려고 하였습니다. 그래서 하나님께서 인간의 언어를 혼잡하게 만들어버렸습니다. 그들의 언어는 그들의 죄와 하나님께 도전하려는 교만 때문에 수많은 언어로 나뉘었습니다. 사도행전에서는 예수님이 부활하고 승천하셨을 때 성도들이 적어도 열흘 이상 성령을 받기 위해 기도했습니다. 그래서 오순절에 성령이 임했습니다. 그들이 성령에 충만하여 그들은 성령의 불길 때문에 뜨거워서 밖으로 뛰쳐나갔습니다. 그들은 성령의 불길에 데어서 밖으로 뛰쳐나가서 복음을 전했습니다.

그 때 당시 그곳에는 많은 나라에서 온 사람들이 모여 있었습니다. 그들은 모두 각자 자신의 언어로 성도들이 전하는 복음을 통역 없이 들을 수 있었습니다. 그 때는 인간의 언어가 성령의 힘으로 하나로 통일되었습니다. 실제로 영적 세계에는 세 가지의 언어가 있습니다. 그러나 인간 세상에는 수천 개의 언어가 있습니다. 영적인 언어는 마귀의 언어, 옛 언어, 새 언어 이 세 가지뿐입니다. 오순절에 성령에 충만했던 성도들이 했던 언어는 새 언어입니다. 저의 모국어는 한국어입니다. 저는 한국어로 말합니다. 이 언어는 영적인 언어 중 어떤 종류의 언어입니까? 우리는 우리가 하는 언어가 영적으로 어떤 언어인지 알아야 합니다. 마귀의 언어는 거짓말입니다.

여러분이 어떤 언어를 사용하고 있더라도 거짓말은 마귀의 언어입니다. 예수께서 요한복음 8장 44절에서 마귀는 거짓말쟁이다. 마귀가 말을 한다면 그것은 거짓말이다. 거짓말은 마귀의 모국어이고 마귀는 거짓의 아비이고 거짓말의 창조자입니다. 옛 언어는 세속적인 언어입니다. 이 물질 세계, 죄악 세상이 아무리 아름답고 기가 막힐지라도 이곳에서 하는 언어는 모두 세상적이고 구원받기 이전의 언어이기 때문에 세속적인 언어입니다.

그러면 새 언어는 무엇입니까? 새 언어는 천국의 세계에 관한 언어입니다. 이것은 진실과 진리의 언어이고 복음이고 천국의 비밀을 이야기하고 있습니다. 이것은 또한 하나님의 뜻을 이야기합니다.

그러면 하나님의 뜻은 무엇입니까? 하나님은 모든 인간이 하나님의 말씀을 통해서 하나님의 뜻을 알기를 원합니다. 하나님의 뜻 중의 뜻은 바로 모든 사람이 구원을 받아서 진리의 지식을 알기를 원합니다.

그러면 복음 전도란 무엇입니까? 그것은 사람들이 하나님의 자녀가 되게 하고 하나님의 진리를 알도록 하는 것입니다. 그래서 복음 전도는 하나님의 뜻 중의 뜻을 선포하는 것입니다. 복음은 구원의 기쁜 소식입니다. 복음전도야말로 새 언어입니다.

예를 들면 우리가 하나님을 찬양하고 노래하고 기도하고 서로를 격려하면서 믿음을 키워주는 이러한 설교가 복음전도이고 새 언어입니다. 예수 안에서 우리의 신분은 새로운 피조물입니다. 우리는 새로운 약속과 새로운 명령을 간직한 새로운 피조물입니다. 우리는 새 하늘과 새 땅을 새 언어로 전하는 새 사람입니다. 이것이 예수 안에서 우리의 새로운 신분입니다.

세 번째 표적은 무엇입니까? 18절에서 너희는 뱀을 집으며…. 여러분은 뱀을 잡아본 적이 있습니까? 이것이 신자의 표적입니다. 여러분이 신자라면 뱀을 집어야 합니다. 뱀을 잡으러 산으로 가야 할까요? 이것은 무슨 의미일까요? 창세기 3장에서 우리는 이 이야기를 알 수 있습니다.

창세기 3장에서 말하는 그 뱀이 거짓말하는 마귀입니다. 뱀이 여자에게 나타나서 네가 선악과를 따먹을 수 있다. 그렇게 해도 결코 죽지 않는다. 너는 하나님처럼 될 수 있다. 이것이 마귀의 첫 번째 거짓말이었습니다. 모든 동물들은 말을 못하게 창조되었습니다. 오직 사람만이 말을 할 수 있습니다. 동물들은 말할 수 없습니다. 그러나 그 뱀은 말을 할 수 있습니다.

그것은 무엇을 의미할까요? 그 뱀이 말을 할 수 있다는 것은 그것이 실제로 뱀이 아니라는 것입니다. 그 뱀은 어떤 다른 존재가 변장한 것입니다. 뱀의 뒤에서 신분을 숨기고 뱀을 조정하는 마귀입니다. 그 사건 이후 긴 세월이 흘러서 요한계시록 12장 9절과 20장 2절에서 그 뱀이 창세기 3장에서 나오는 뱀이라고 숨은 정체를 밝히고 있습니다. 그 뱀은 마귀 또는 사탄입니다.

이 마귀가 온 세상을 미혹하고 어지럽히는 영입니다. 얼마나 분명합니까? 예수께서 누가복음 10장에서 더 분명하게 말하고 있습니다. 예수님께서 72명의 제자들을 선교사로서 파송하시면서 구원의 복음을 전하라고 하셨습니다. 그들이 나중에 돌아와서 그들의 선교보고를 할 때 마귀들도 예수님의 이름으로 명령할 때 복종했습니다. 라고 말했습니다.

이 때 예수님께서 나도 사탄이 하늘에서 번개가 떨어지듯이 여기저기에서 떨어지는 것을 보았노라고 말했습니다. 내가 너희들에게 뱀과 전갈을 밟는 권세를 주었다. 대적들의 권세를 멸하는 능력을 주었다. 그러니 아무도 너희를 해치지 못할 것이다. 이것의 의미는 마귀의 권세를 멸하는 능력입니다. 이 세상에서 성도의 삶은 마귀를 제압하고 마귀들과 싸우는 일입니다. 이것이 영적인 전쟁입니다.

복음전도는 세상에서 구원의 기쁜 소식을 전하는 가장 격렬한 영적 전쟁입니다. 세상에서 마귀의 지배를 무너뜨리고 하나님의 나라를 건설하고 전파하는 것입니다. 이러한 복음전도의 표적이 뱀을 맨손으로 잡는다는 의미입니다.

네 번째 복음전도의 표적은 무슨 독을 마실지라도 전혀 해를 입지 않을 것이며….. 그러나 성도라도 절대로 일부러 독을 마시지 말기 바랍니다. 여러분이 일부러 독을 마시는 것은 스스로 하나님을 시험하는 죄를 범하는 것입니다. 성경에는 너희 하나님을 시험하지 말라고 가르칩니다. 이것의 의미는 완벽한 보호와 보장을 의미합니다. 성도의 삶은 예수 그리스도의 보호 아래 있습니다.

우리가 복음전도의 일을 하고 있다면 우리는 가장 강력하게 예수님의 보호를 받을 것입니다. 인간은 아주 쉽게 상처를 받습니다. 우리는 가장 가까운 사람에게서도 자주 상처를 받습니다. 우리는 자주 실망하고 좌절하고 의기소침하고 당황하기 쉽습니다. 우리는 때론 동물이나 무생물보다도 더 상처받기 쉽습니다. 그러나 기억하십시오. 이것은 비밀입니다만, 여러분에게 엄청난 축복이라는 것을 알아야 합니다. 아무에게나 상처를 받지 않는 가장 좋은 방법은 우리의 삶을 바쳐서 복음전도하는 일입니다. 이것은 만고불변의 진리입니다.

예를 들어 보겠습니다. 스데반을 보십시오. 사도행전 7장에서 스데반이 이것을 증명하고 있습니다. 스데반은 기독교 교회사에서 최초로 순교한 사람입니다. 그는 매우 치명적인 독을 먹었습니다. 그러나 상처를 입지 않았습니다. 그는 아무 잘못도 하지 않았습니다. 그러나 성난 군중들은 그에게 이를 갈면서 목청껏 소리치면서 스데반을 위협하고 그가 죽을 때까지 그에게 돌을 던졌습니다.

여러분이 스데반의 입장이었다면 어떻게 반응했을까요? 그러나 스데반은 이러한 끔직한 상황에서도 그는 영적으로 전혀 상처를 입지 않았습니다. 그는 그들을 미워하지 않았고 저주하지도 않았습니다. 오히려 그는 그들을 위해서 기도했습니다. 그들에게 죄를 돌리지 말아주십시오 그는 죽어가면서도 예수님께서 십자가에서 하셨던 것과 같은 기도를 했습니다. 예수님은 십자가에 못 박혀서 숨을 거두시면서도 아버지 저들을 용서하여 주시옵소서 그들은 자기들이 무엇을 하는지 모르나이다. 스데반 역시 주여 그들에게 죄를 돌리지 마시옵소서.

이 때 스데반의 얼굴은 해같이 빛나고 그는 하늘의 문이 열리고 하나님의 영광이 나타나고 예수님께서 하늘의 보좌에서 일어나는 것을 보았습니다. 그는 결코 치명적인 독 때문에 해를 입지 않았습니다.

  • 어떻게 이런 일이 가능할까요?
  • 무엇이 그렇게 만들었을까요?
  • 그의 인격일까요, 그의 인내심일까요, 그의 도덕심일까요, 그의 자제력일까요, 그의 자기 훈련의 결과일까요? 아닙니다. 그것은 바로 복음전도의 능력입니다.
  • 그 때 당시 스데반은 무엇을 하고 있었습니까?

그 순간에 스데반은 예수의 이름으로 구원의 복음을 전하고 있었습니다. 그는 성령에 충만해 있었습니다. 예수님은 어제나 오늘이나 언제나 동일하십니다. 여러분이 성령에 충만해서 복음전도할 때 구원의 기쁜 소식을 전할 때 아무도 여러분을 해치지 못합니다.

마태복음 10장 28절에서 두려워 말라 너희의 몸을 죽이고 영을 죽이지 못하는 것을 두려워 말고 몸과 영을 죽여서 지옥에 보내는 하나님을 두려워하라. 항상 명심하시기 바랍니다. 상처를 입지 않는 최선의 방법은 내 전 생애를 바쳐서 복음전도하는 일입니다.

마지막으로다섯 번째 복음전도의 표적은 18절 후반부에 나오는 그들이 아픈 사람에게 손을 얹은즉 나으리라. 문자 그대로 아픈 사람을 위해서 기도하면 그것을 낫게 하시는 분은 하나님이십니다.

여러분도 주변에 있는 사람들을 위해 기도하십시오. 다만 기도하는 것은 우리의 본분입니다. 응답하시는 것은 하나님의 일입니다. 절대로 결과에 대해 두려워하면서 움츠리지 말기를 바랍니다. 내가 말하는 것은 영적인 의미로는 계시록 21장 4절에서 우리 주 예수님은 우리의 눈의 모든 눈물을 닦아주신다고 말씀하십니다.

여러분 눈에 눈물이 있을 때 어떤가요? 마지막 날에 예수님께서 약속하시기를 내가 너의 눈에 있는 모든 눈물을 닦아주겠다. 우리가 눈물을 머금고 예수 앞에서 줄을 섰을 때 예수님은 우리 한 사람 한사람을 차례로 눈물을 닦아주실 것입니다. 그곳에는 더 이상 죽음이 없습니다. 고통과 눈물과 통곡하는 일은 없습니다. 아무런 질병도 없습니다. 코로나도 없습니다. 어떠한 곤란한 문제도 없습니다. 늙음도 없습니다. 그곳에서는 완벽한 웰빙이 될 것입니다.

복음전도 즉 구원의 기쁜 소식을 전하는 사람에게 예수님께서 완벽한 천국의 웰빙을 선물할 것입니다. 영원한 천국의 복된 삶입니다. 아픈 사람에게 손을 얹고 기도하면 나으리라는 의미는 우리가 복음전도하면, 예수 안에서 천국에서 영원한 복락을 누리게 될 것이라는 의미입니다. 복음전도는 그 자체가 우리에게 완벽하고 영원한 천국의 축복된 삶에 대한 보장입니다. 위의 모든 표적들은 바로 복음전도의 표적입니다. 복음전도하지 않으면 이러한 표적도 일어나지 않습니다. 전도가 없으면 표적도 없다. 전도하면 표적이 있다.

이제 20절을 다시 천천히 읽어봅시다. 제자들이 두루 전파할 쌔 주께서 함께 역사하사 그 따르는 표적으로 말씀을 확실히 증거하시니라. 19절에서 예수님은 하늘나라로 이미 올라가셨고 하나님의 우편에 앉으셨다. 그리고 20절에서는 제자들이 어디에서든지 누구에게든지 복음을 전할 때 예수님께서 그들과 함께 하셨고 그의 말씀을 입증하기 위해서 표적이 함께 일어났다라고 말씀하고 있습니다.

이 표적은 모두 우리 주 예수 그리스도께서 행하신 것이고 우리가 무슨 능력이 있어서 행한 것은 아닙니다. 우리가 어떻게 신앙생활을 하고 얼마나 오랫동안 신앙생활을 한 것과는 상관없이 복음전도하지 않으면 어떠한 표적도 나타나지 않고, 복음전도를 한다면 반드시 표적이 나타난다는 것입니다.

여러분이 과거에 복음전도를 했다면 표적이 나타났을 것이고 앞으로도 복음전도만 한다면 계속해서 표적은 나타날 것입니다. 여러분의 삶에서 어디에서 있든지 누구를 만나시든지 복음전도하면서 예수님의 표적도 함께하시기를 축원합니다.

저도 제가 있는 곳에서 전도할 것입니다. 제가 비록 떠날지라도 다음에 지구상에서 어딘가에서 또는 하늘나라에서 여러분을 만나면 한 때 하나님의 동역자로서 그리스도의 가족으로서 세상에 함께 살면서 예수님의 이름으로 전도하면서 승리했다는 기쁨을 나눌 수 있기를 바랍니다.

하나님이 여러분을 축복하시길 바랍니다.

감사합니다.

  • Aug 09 / 2020
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The Willingness of Jesus (Matthew 8:1-4)

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The Willingness of Jesus

Matthew 8:1-4 (Pastor Brian)

The Man With Leprosy

1 When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”


This is the first personal miracle that’s recorded in Matthew (also recorded in Mark and Luke). It shows how important this was to God that it was recorded in the three synoptic gospels.

Mark: “The man was covered in leprosy.” (There are different stages)

It was regarded as “living death” – losing nerve sensation, fingers falling off, toes falling off, stop blinking (become blind) – it’s a degenerative disease. Thankfully today, there are cures although many people still contract it. Now it is controllable – you can’t back up what’s already happened, but it can be controlled.

This disease is often a picture of sin in our lives. It starts small, but increases, increases, increases, and eventually brings death.

Luke knew that this person was in the last stages of leprosy (covered with leprosy).

Jesus had just taught the Sermon on the Mount (Beatitudes “Blessed are the meek, the merciful, the pure in heart, …”). He’d been teaching up there, coming down and the multitudes followed him. One of the gospel writers wrote, “Behold, a man with leprosy came to him and worshiped him saying, ‘If you are willing, make me clean.'”

This must have been surprising – this guy should have been socially distanced from the crowd. He was not supposed to have been in that environment, near other people. He should have been in isolation (quarantine), desperation, adoration (later).

This wasn’t the only person who came to Jesus who wasn’t supposed to. Remember the woman who was bleeding for 12 years? Ceremonially unclean, but she pressed into Jesus, and touched him garment. “Your faith has made you well.”

This is now the masculine version of that story. The man pressed in and said, “If you are willing, make me clean.”

It was forbidden to even touch lepers, it was like touching a dead person. Yet, he said, “I am willing.”

But this is not the only instance where he was “willing” – sometimes, he did miracles even from a distance. But to show compassion to the leper, he reached out and touched him. And “immediately” the leprosy left him.

This also is a kind of new birth – being born again. “I’m no longer a slave to fear; I am a child of God.” (How do you know?)

Paul “We are also his offspring, his children” (God as Creator). We are all born and exist because God exists and gives life. But there’s a spiritual death that’s attached to that. There’s a need to be “born again” – “born from above.”

To do so, we need to recognize our sin nature, and receive a new birth.

That song, “I’m no longer a slave to fear” reminds me of John Wesley. He was brought up religiously, went to the US, taught people, tried to do good to lots of people, was on his way back from America and the ship was in trouble. He was very fearful.

He noticed Moravians – they were praying, they weren’t concerned with death / destruction. He was amazed that they were so calm. As he spoke to them, he realized he was lacking. He needed Christ and the new birth.

He changed, his heart was “strangely warmed” and was experiencing the “new birth.” It was changing him and would change his ministry. Have you experienced this new birth? Are you a child of God?

Jesus challenged the religious leader, Nicodemus, and said, “It is necessary to be born from above” (by the spirit of God).

The picture of the leper is the picture of us before we encounter Christ. John Wesley experienced that and changed history in England (during the French Revolution). It is said that due to the preaching of Charles and John Wesley to be “born again” that there was not so much destruction in England during that period as there was in France.

This leper now was in isolation, and therefore (on the point of death) in desperation. He came to Jesus and called him “Lord (Yhwh)” for the first time. He knew that Jesus had the power, but…was he willing?

“If you are willing, you can make me clean.”

For Jesus to touch the man, that would have made Jesus ceremonially unclean – but he wasn’t an ordinary man – and he wanted to show his willingness to cleanse him, so he touched him.

“Go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifice that Moses commanded.”

In Mark, he didn’t obey this command, but rather went around and told everyone of his healing.

He went and told when Jesus had told him not to. But WE do the opposite. Jesus says, “Go and tell” but we don’t.

So we should be ready to let our light shine and go and tell.

Leprosy was a terrible disease. In the OT, Naman was a great general, had great victories, had such wonderful things going for him, but “was a leper.” He sent to the Israeli king who said, “How can I do this thing?” So then he sent a servant to Elisha the prophet.

He expected Elisha to come out and pray and lay hands on him, but he didn’t. He said, “Go and bathe in the (dirty) river 7 times” (via messenger).

Naman was upset! What? But his servant said, “if he’d told you to do something hard, you’d have done it without question, so why question something so easy?” He “ate humble pie” and went and did it.

Now, in church, it’s not enough to just observe and show the outward signs of “religion.” Have you truly acknowledged your leprosy? Have you humbled yourself? Have you experienced the new birth?

Miram – sister of Moses – on the way out of Jesus, she (and her brother Aaron) spoke out against their brother (also upset about his marriage to an outsider). God came to them in the Tabernacle and honored him. “With Moses I speak face-to-face.” When the cloud went up, Miram had leprosy on her. Aaron cried out “Pray that this will be taken away!” Moses did and it was healed. It is said of Moses he was the most humble person on earth (generally).

The leper is on his way to see the priest and the problem was that the priest had to get out his manual to see what to do (he didn’t know offhand because cleansing from leprosy was so rare – maybe he checked Leviticus 14).

In Leviticus 14, we read about what happens when a person is cleansed from leprosy. It doesn’t say HOW he is cleansed, but if a person HAD leprosy, they were to be isolated outside the camp (so as not to be contagious). If, while outside, he saw that the leprosy had gone, he would have to tell the priest, who would have to go out to examine him. Now, the ordinances / rituals to consider him clean in the eyes of God / people involved some symbolism in the sacrifices:

  1. Two living birds were taken,
  2. one killed in a clay pot over running water (living water – taken from a stream – not from a well),
  3. this bird was sacrificed over the pot, the blood going into the water.
  4. The other bird was dipped into the blood of the dead bird,
  5. with cedar wood, scarlet yarn, and hyssop

Hyssop was a herb used to paint blood of the lamb on the posts in Egypt during the Exodus – remember the last plague was death of the first born – and this causes the Pharaoh to release the Israelites – this also is a picture of God’s judgment and mercy,

Hyssop was also used at the cross. He said 7 statements, one of which, “I thirst.” They put sour wine on a clump of hyssop and he drank of it

Also David – in his Psalm of Penitence after committing adultery and murder (he paid for it), acknowledging his sin. The prophet said his sin was forgiven, but that the sword would never pass from his house. He wrote, “Cleanse me with hyssop and I’ll be white as snow.”

  1. Cedar wood
  2. Scarlet yarn
  3. Live bird
  4. Hyssop

Dipped into the blood of the killed bird.

This is a picture of Jesus. He died, and shed his blood. The second bird, dipped, and released.

  • Dead bird = Jesus’ death
  • Live bird = Jesus’ resurrection

This is a good picture of the foreshadowing of the coming of Christ – that those who believe in him would be declared righteous before a holy God.

Leprosy: The priest would go out, inspect, declare him clean, perform the sacrifice, the person would come back but stay outside his tent for 7 days. On the 8th day, lamb sacrifice:

Guilt offering, to the Lord

Then, the priest (usually did the same when set apart for ministry), applied blood from the lamb to the earlobe (hear the word of God), the thumb (do the will of God), and the big toe (go, work for the will of God).

There was also a drop of oil, that would be smeared over the blood on the three locations. This is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

  • Cleansed by the blood,
  • Filled / led by the Spirit

These things are very symbolic of Jesus and his ministry. The disciples walked with Jesus, were cleansed by him, but also told to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit after he rose again.

Even after Jesus’ Resurrection, they didn’t quite have the whole picture. They thought that Israel would be restored as a great kingdom, but Jesus told them to wait for Pentecost. The Holy Spirit came, filled them, and they were emboldened to speak the Word – they had yet been slaves to fear, but the Holy Spirit gave them courage and power.

Peter, denied Christ 3 times in fear, yet after receiving the Holy Spirit, he preached in the public square and thousands came to Christ in one day.

Sometimes getting “born again” isn’t easy.

Philip Yancy became friends with Dr. Paul Brand who did tremendous things in finding healing for leprosy. He was able to recover parts of the body that had been destroyed. Yancy spent about 10 years with him and was amazed.

In India, the lowest of the low castes were those with leprosy. But these were the people that he ministered to. Yancy said once, “Pain is a gift” because lepers lose their sense of pain. Much of their trouble comes from doing dangerous things and not feeling it (fire, nails, knives, etc).

“Pain is a gift” – if you feel hurt, you know to avoid it or fix it. But a leper can’t feel the pain. This increases the problem, the hurt, etc.

In the spiritual realm too, there is an application. “When the HS comes, he’ll convict the world of sin, righteousness, judgment.”

CS Lewis also wrote that during the process of his coming to Christ, he was probably the most reluctant person in England. There was a wrestling “Will I really receive Christ? Am I really in need of forgiveness?” There can be pain in spiritual things and the new birth, it’s not easy, but it’s important to recognize our own leprosy “I need to get cleansed” and not let it back into our lives.

If you die in your sins, that’ll be a lot more pain that the pain you’re currently experiencing or the pain of acknowledging Christ as Savior. Receive that pain as a gift. Become a part of the family of God.

The priest, later, after the man was cleansed would speak of his healing, and the man would become a child of God.

Once we acknowledge that Jesus takes our sins away, this is a gift. Have you received this gift? Are you appreciating it?

Keep on keeping on – appreciate it, we need constant reminders.

Some Christian leaders are now abandoning their faith – why? There’s a need for continuance. “Make your calling sure; persevere.”

Remember the 10 lepers who were healed? They weren’t as daring as this one. They stood far off and cried out to him. Jesus said to show themselves to the priest – and on the way they were cured. ONE came back and praised and thanked him, “Where are the other nine?” (He was a Samaritan – despised). “Go, your faith has saved you.”

Remember to be thankful for what God has done for you.

“Once you were dead in your trespasses and sins, but now you are alive in the Lord.”

During Jesus’ ministry, lepers were looked down on. Even rabbis would throw stones at lepers and not even walk down the street where one was.

Yet, Jesus was willing to put his hand out and touch the leper and heal him. He’s willing to touch and heal us.

Let’s pray.

  • Aug 02 / 2020
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1 Corinthians: The Application of Christian Principles, Pastor Heo, Sermons

Three Judgments (1 Corinthians 4:1-5)

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Three Judgments

1 Corinthians 4:1-5 (Pastor Heo)

Apostles of Christ

1 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.


If I ask, are you a slave? You may say, “NO!” But if I ask, are you a slave of Christ? You may answer differently. Are you happy or sad, joyful or sad?

If you are really a saved Christian, you are a slave to Christ.

In Greek, dulos = “slave”, servant is a “soft” interpretation. Directly at that time, it was dulos, which means slave. All saved Christians are slaves of Christ.

“I’m a slave of Christ.”

How can we be saved? We are saved by believing, accepting, confessing Jesus as Lord.

Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”

Romans 9:10 “If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart, you will be saved.”

The fact that we are saved by accepting Jesus as our saving Lord means that we are saved by becoming his slave. This is very clear.

Before becoming slaves of Christ, we were slaves to sin. The slave market of sin is where humans are sold into slavery to sin. But Jesus bought us at a price from the slave market to be in service to him. We are therefore, serving slaves to Christ.

v. 1-2

“1 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

We are stewards – stewards are servants who manage everything for their master. We are entrusted the secret things of God. This is the church, and we are entrusted with the wealth, riches, of God, and the mysteries of God – the mystery of salvation for all the world through Jesus Christ. This secret cannot be comprehended by human wisdom / philosophy, so it has been entrusted to us as his servants, stewards, slaves. We are to proclaim and pronounce it wisely and faithfully.

Rev 2:10 “Be faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

He gave us this as a mandate.

As his servant / slave, we must make our master happy – please him.

  • Our main issue is not, “am I popular?”
  • but rather, “am I faithful to my Lord?”

We must remember that we are always being judged. (Do you recognize this fact?)

There is somebody around us, visible or invisible, who is judging, criticizing, evaluating, investigating us.

Today’s sermon: Three Judgments – we are living with 3 judgments around us all the time.

1 Man’s Judgment

Judged by our fellow man.

v. 3

“3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.”

Paul did not get upset when others judged him because he knew that his Master’s judgment was far more important. Also today, we face judgment from other human beings.

The judgment of Man is imperfect, but sometimes, it is instinctively right. Everyone instinctively respects higher morals and ethics: honesty, etc.

But at the same time, we must not be troubled when others judge / criticize us. We must also not let the judgment of Man to deflect us from what we know is right.

In church, we must help / edify others to grow. When we judge others, we consider ourselves better – this is a sin of pride / arrogance.

Sermon on the Mount “Do not judge lest you be judged. With the measure you use, you also will be judged. How can you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, when there is a plank in your eye. You hypocrite! First, remove the plank from your own eye, and then you can see to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Romans 14 “We are fellow servants.” (So who are we to judge our fellow servants?)

We must remember we are being judged by our fellow man. Yet, we also must be free from this judgment remembering that there will finally be a Final Judgment.

2 Self judgment

Have you experienced judging yourself?

v. 3

“3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; *indeed, I do not even judge myself.*”

We cannot escape our own self-judgment. There can be a fine line between a clear conscience and a self-righteous attitude.

Our own attitude can be clouded by self-justification, self-rationalization, pride, arrogance, bias.

Worldly wisdom and philosophy says, “Know thyself.” Do you know yourself? Really?

But although it is a simple question, it is a difficult job because we are not Creator, but creations. We can only know ourselves through Jesus Christ because he is our Lord, Master.

3 God’s Judgment

(Most important)

God is judging us today, but also there will be a Final Judgment. We cannot escape daily judgment, nor the Final Judgment. God bless you to be happy for the Final Judgment.

v. 4-5

“4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.”

At that time = Final Judgment

We can be happy because at that time we can receive our reward.

At the last analysis, this is the Final Judgment. Yes, God judges us every day through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Heb 4:12 “The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword…”

God’s judgment is final judgment for several reasons:

  1. Only God knows ALL circumstances – visible and invisible
  2. God will bring all hidden things to light

Imagine – if your spouse, child, knew EVERY thought and imagination, are you OK? or terrified? I’m not OK – but God knows all the struggles we have and all the secret mysteries we cannot say to others.

God knows what we might have been for better or for worse – he is the only one who knows ALL the facts and all the possibilities. He knows all Man’s motives and hidden things – he sees our heart, inward intention, hidden purpose.

  • Many actions that seem good and noble on the outside, may have been done from the most selfish, ignoble actions.
  • At the same time, things that look bad on the outside may have been done with good intentions.

God alone knows human hearts because he created human hearts.

Around us, many people try to create a lasting legacy on earth. Do you want to be remembered by Man? But what matters most is not what others say about our lives, but what God says about our lives.

All earthly achievement will pass away. All human records will fade away and be forgotten.

To leave an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal. We are not put here on earth to be remembered by man, but to prepare for the Final Judgment of God.

v. 5

“5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.”

The last sentence = someday in the near future, we will stand before God face to face and God will do an audit / final account of our lives.

Romans “All human beings will stand before God’s Final Judgment and give an account of himself to God.”

When we stand at the Final Judgment before God, what kind of question will he ask us?

  • Are you a slave?
  • Are you a slave of Christ?

Like this, at the Final Judgment, when we stand before God, please remember that God will ask to each of us only one question.

Consider in your life now, what is the MOST important thing? Many things. But God will NEVER ask about our race, education, career, savings. He will only ask one question – don’t forget this one question – it is the final question we will meet face to face at the Final Judgment:

What did you do with Jesus Christ?

(Who was Jesus to you during your previous life on earth?)

What did you do for Christ with what I gave you?

We are stewards – managers. What did you do for Christ with what I gave you? What did you do with your life, time, resources, relationships, money, materials, gifts, talents?

To this question, our personal, individual, honest answer to this question will determine where we will live our eternity – not just 100 / 1000, 1 million, trillion years, but eternity.

Our honest answer will determine where we will spend our eternity. This is the message of the Bible given to us. God bless us to stand at the Final Judgment seat and receive a reward. There is no other way to stand before Christ.

“I am the Way, the Truth, the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

“There is no other name given to men under heaven by which you must be saved.” (Acts)

Jesus’ name = “he saves his people from their sins.”

God bless you.

Let’s pray.

  • Jul 26 / 2020
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We are Building our Life Building (1 Corinthians 3:10-23)

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We are Building our Life Building

1 Corinthians 3:10-23 (Pastor Heo)

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future–all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.


Last week, we saw Christian life compared to agriculture (irrigation). Christian community is God’s field, garden. Jesus is the vine, God the gardener, we the branches. We each have our own functions – sowing, planting, watering, cultivating, reaping, harvesting. But only GOD gives life and makes it grow.

Remember:

  • TODAY is the fruit of what we sowed yesterday, and
  • tomorrow we will reap what we sow today.

Gal 6: “Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. One who sows according to the sinful nature reaps destruction, but one who sows according to God’s will reaps salvation. Let us not give up.”

Today’s text: Christian life is compared to a building. At least we can say: “We are builders of our life building.”

  • I am building mine, you are building yours, and
  • also we are co-builders of the church / house of God.
  • I’m also A building – the temple of God.
  • We are also members of one building – the church / house of God.

We see many buildings in the street. Beautiful buildings speak for themselves. Their beauty announces them and allow them to become a “destination.” Ugly, poorly built buildings are eyesores in our cities. These are not only ugly, but also very dangerous.

Sometimes, we hear about a huge building, a dept store or apt collapsed, taking many lives. Why? Because it was built poorly.

In usual times, we don’t know if it is strong or weak, but when tested, everyone knows.

Earthquake, typhoon, flood, these destroy some buildings.

Yes, we are building our life buildings. Is your building strong or weak? Stable, unstable? Safe, dangerous? Take care how you build your life building.

That’s why Jesus concludes his Sermon on the Mount with a picture of buildings. “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine is like a wise man who built his house on the rock… It did not fall… But everyone who does not put these words into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand… It fell with a great crash.”

This afternoon, our agenda / great question is: HOW can I / we build our (eternal) life building very safely, in a strong way?

To each of us, individually, think of this and be careful how you build your eternal life building. Ready?

Let me share 4 things.

1. We must build on the right foundation

We know the foundation is the most important thing in a building. Every building in this world has its own foundation. Without this, a building cannot stand. This is the most important part of a building. This determines the size, strength of a super structure. The foundation stabilizes, unifies the building. The foundation provides unity because it is singular in nature.

Ask yourself: What is the foundation in my life building?

Foundation is the most important thing.

In modern culture today, one popular foundation: emotions. I agree that emotion is important. Feelings are important and we do need affection. I respect your emotions / feelings. BUT they cannot / must not be the foundation of our life building.

If we depended on our emotions, our life would be very shakeable and rocky.

Sometimes great happens one day, and our life is GREAT! The next day, something bad happens and our WHOLE life is a mess / terrible.

Foundation is not something we make, it is something that is given to us from heaven: Jesus. This foundation is stabilizing, unshakeable, unifying force. This foundation secures our greatest desires for stability, unity, and eternity.

v. 10-11

“10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Only in Jesus can we receive a solid foundation – perfect forgiveness for past sins, strength and power for the present day, hope for the future.

“Apart from me, you can do nothing.” – Jesus – “Apart from me, you cannot stand.” (I’m your foundation)

Today, what are you doing for God? Any ministry, service, sacrifice, that we build on something / someone else except Christ will collapse, disappear, become nothing.

The foundation of our life building is Jesus.

2. We must build with good materials

Agree? Yes, to build a building, we need materials, also in the physical AND spiritual world, we need good materials to build our buildings.

v. 12-17

“12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”

To build a building, we need materials. Spiritual, there are two kinds of materials:

  1. Gold, silver, precious stones (diamonds)
  2. Wood, hay, straw

This is symbolic:

  1. Gold, silver, diamonds = permanent, imperishable, lasting materials (strong, expensive)
  2. Wood, hay, straw = temporary, perishable, passing away materials (weak, cheap)

What is the commonality?

  1. Wood, hay, straw = dry
  2. Silver, gold, diamonds do not burn in the fire. Wood, hay, straw BURN.

Fire = symbol of the Final Judgment

At that time, it is not difficult to find and gather wood, hay, and straw. We can gather them from our backyard. But, to find gold, silver, and diamonds, we must go to the mountain and dig deeper and deeper and deeper.

  1. Gold, silver, diamonds = hard work
  2. Wood, hay, straw = easy, lazy work

A lazy worker cannot gather gold, silver, diamonds.

When Christ comes again there will be a Final Test. In our application, we must know and study about Jesus more and more and make him known in this world diligently, sincerely, faithfully, passionately, joyfully. Are you ready?

Jesus is the best material with which we can build our house / life building.

3. We must build by holy wisdom / power

Do you want to be wise or foolish? God bless us all to be wise and powerful spiritually.

v. 18-20

“18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.””

To be wise spiritually, we must be foolish in the standards of this world. But most Christians want wise spiritually AND wise worldly, but it is impossible. Choose only one.

Wisdom of this world works for this world, but it will not work for the body of Christ, the house of God.

Ex:

  • This world depends on promotion, competition, success, prestige, money.
  • The church depends on prayer, the HS, grace, faith, humility, love, sacrifice, service.

These are totally different.

Acts (2000 years ago) – the early church had NONE of the secrets of success that seem to be important today: no property, no treasury, no political power, ordinary leaders without specialized education – but they turned the world upside-down.

God did something great through something ordinary. This is the wisdom of God.

This means that God has a special plan for his workers, his believers. The church is a communal building project, so all of us must participate in this building project with our respective responsibilities.

Just as we are responsible for building our friendships, relationships, families, careers, etc, so we also must be invested in building the house of God.

Chp 1 “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”

The philosophy of this world is very changeable, but God’s standard is unchangeable, timeless. So still today, God is pleased to save sinners through the message of the gospel which sounds like foolishness to those who reject that message.

Jesus is our power and wisdom.

4. We must build for right purpose

Q: What is the ultimate, final goal / purpose in your life?

If you are not clear on this question, your life is in trouble. Our final purpose should be about the glory of God.

1 Cor 10:31 “Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for the glory of God.”

Answer these Qs:

  1. What do you have?
  2. Whose are you?

v. 21-23

“21 So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future–all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.”

Answer these Qs:

  1. What do you have? “ALL things” (Can you say like this?)
  2. Whose are you? If I belong to Christ, I can really say, “ALL is mine”

No more boasting about men. Our ultimate purpose should be about boasting about Christ.

Can you know how rich we are in Christ?

We have perfect freedom, perfect liberty in Christ.

v. 22

“22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future–all are yours,”

We don’t need to feel any competition, rivalry. ALL is yours, ALL is mine. We don’t need to meet the present nor the future with worry, fear, anxiety. They are OURS. Even physical death has no power over us because death is defeated already by the death and resurrection of Christ.

Second question: We are Christ’s

We belong to Christ – we are his possession, his treasure. He purchased us, bought us at a price, by paying the price of his own blood.

“You are not your own, you were bought at a price.” (Jesus’ blood)

This is so that we may live our lives for the glory of God by boasting about Jesus Christ, testifying about him – he is Lord of the world, Savior of sinners. This is our ultimate purpose / goal.

God bless you.

“I’m a builder of my life building.”

We are building our eternal life buildings through our whole lives in this world.

God bless you.

Let’s pray.

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Spiritual vs. Worldly (Mature vs. Immature)

2 Corinthians 3:1-9 (Pastor Heo)

On Divisions in the Church

3:1 Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly–mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men?

5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.


We are God’s fellow workers and partners. Last Sunday, we saw there are two kinds of humanity:

  1. Spiritual Man – decisions and exercises under the guidance of the Holy Spirit – lives in light of eternity
  2. Natural Man – the lost, unsaved, non-Christian, lives according to physical life

Then, there is another kind of humanity – in all there are three kinds. Last week, we saw two, but there is a third:

  1. Spiritual
  2. Natural
  3. Worldly – this is between spiritual and natural man

We also may be tempted to be worldly because we are still in this world – so we must be careful not to be worldly as long as we stay in this world.

Worldly = immature Christian – yes, they are Christians, but baby Christians. Worldly man, baby Christian, etc are synonyms

Let us see the characteristics (4) of a Worldly man, immature Christian

v. 1-4

“1 Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly–mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men?”

4 Characteristics of Worldly Man (Immature Christians)

1. Not ready for solid food

What is solid food? What are the marks of maturity?

We can tell the mature person by his diet. I have my own diet, and so do you. A physical man needs a balanced diet to be physically healthy, so also a spiritual man needs a balanced diet to be inwardly healthy.

Babies need milk, grown adults need meat.

  • Milk = easy stories in the Bible
  • Meat = hard doctrines to obey

This is the traditional definition, and it may be right, BUT according to the teaching of Hebrews (remember?) we can say,

  • Milk = what Jesus DID on earth in his body;
  • Meat = what Jesus is DOING now in heaven as our High Priest.

It is not difficult to determine a believer’s spirituality based on this.

For example, every Christian knows the facts, the stories about Jesus’ ministry on earth. But not every Christian enjoys Jesus’ ministry in heaven as our High Priest now and here.

It is important to preach the gospel to the lost, but also it is important to interpret the gospel to the saved. We must know not only HOW to be saved, but also WHAT is really included IN this salvation and enjoy it.

Immature Christians are not ready for meat. Are you ready?

The Word of God = milk, bread, honey, meat, solid food

2. Easily jealous, envious, quarrelsome

v. 2

“2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?”

Jealousy is a spiritual stopping point, just before murder (in your heart).

Maturity is not a matter of how long I’ve been a Christian, but how I deal with others.

Immature Christians compare themselves to one another and compete for recognition like children. This leads to divisions and factions among Christians.

We can tell a man’s relationship with God by looking at the relationship he has with his fellow men. If we are envious, jealous, quarrelsome, argumentative, even though we are regular church attenders, we are immature. But if our attitudes are loving, care-giving, etc then it shows that we are well on the way to be a mature person of God.

If we are divided with fellow men, we are divided with God. If we are united with fellow men, we are united with God.

“Do nothing out of vain conceit, but consider others as better than yourselves. Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

3. More interest in human leaders than in God

More concern in visible things than invisible things.

Children like to disagree and be false. They like to fight and identify themselves with human heroes (sports, entertainment, etc).

  • “I follow Paul”
  • “I follow Apollos”
  • “I follow Peter”

These were babies in Corinth – fighting over who was the greatest preacher. This is just like children.

  • “My daddy can beat up your daddy!”
  • “Oh yeah? My daddy is taller than your daddy!”
  • “My daddy has more chest hair than yours!”

In the spiritual world, this is the same. Immature Christians have more concern for the things in this world than the things of this world. Things that are seen over things that are unseen. Present things over future things.

4. Little desire to grow

Children -> Teenagers -> Adulthood

Everything is expected to grow. Hard working employees are expected to advance in their careers, but it is strange to say that in the spiritual world, immature, worldly man has no desire to grow. This passion to grow is a desire from God.

In Genesis, God designed human beings to flourish in every front – physical, mental, social, cultural, etc. After his job of Creation, God said, “Be fruitful, increase in number, fill the earth, subdue it, rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all that moves on the ground.”

  • Growth, development, flourishing are God’s design.
  • Spiritual man has a strong desire, strong passion to grow.
  • God bless your passion / desire to grow.
  • Who can make life grow? Only God.

v. 7 “…but only God…”

v. 5-9

“5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”

In this passage, Paul is using agriculture metaphors. We are God’s garden.

John 15, Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches.”

We can learn 3 lessons from this image.

1. Diversity of ministry

v. 6 – Each of us has his own ministry, service, job, activity.

Example, in agriculture:

  1. One plows
  2. One sows the seed
  3. One waters it
  4. One cultivates the soil
  5. One harvests the food
  6. One enjoys the benefit of the harvest

Each one in the church (like the body of Christ) are part of the ONE church. There are many members – like our physical bodies – and all members have different jobs and functions.

God’s work requires very different individuals in variety – diversity in gifts, talents, and abilities.

There are very few superstars like Rambo. Each team member is needed to serve their own roles.

The effectiveness of ONE member depends on the effectiveness of ALL members.

Diversity in ministry – each one of us has our own ministry in church. What is YOUR function in AICF (this church)?

2. Each has ONE purpose (v. 8)

We all have ONE purpose – ONE mission. Eph “One Spirit, one Lord, one body, one church, one mission…”

There is ONE mission, ONE goal – to glorify the name of Christ and confess Christ as Lord.

Yes, we have many different, various ministries and services, but we have ONE mission.

3. Humility of spirit for the reward

Only God can give life and make that life grow. Only God gives abundant, spiritual, heavenly life. Jesus, “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.”

One can plant, one can water, one can harvest, but the power to make it GROW belongs to God and God alone. We have no power to create life nor make it grow. Thus, it is only God.

So, why does God want to use us in his ministry then? Because he loves us and wants us to enjoy being his fellow workers.

4. To give us reward

v. 8

“8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.”

God does not need our service, but he wants it, to give us a reward. That’s why we call God a God of love.

God bless our life, faith, ministry, service, for his glory, for our reward.

Let’s pray.

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6We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9However, as it is written:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”F6 — 10but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
11The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.F7 14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
16″For who has known the mind of the Lord
that he may instruct him?”F8 But we have the mind of Christ.

God’s Secret Wisdom

3 points

1. God will save all human beings through Jesus Christ alone

All will die in one man – Adam.

1 Cor 15:22 “In Adam, all die.”

Some people ask, “WHY” – why must I be connected with Adam?

Because God condemned all human beings in Adam, he is able to save all human beings in Christ.

What about angels? Tested individually and judged individually. They cannot be saved in Christ because they have no substitute for them to save them. But human beings like us were lost in Adam, our racial head. So we can be saved in Christ who is the head of the new creation.

Romans “Through the disobedience of one man (Adam) all human beings were made sinners, like this, through the obedience of one man (Christ) all men can be made righteous.”

2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new Creation. The old has gone, the new has come. Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation for those who are in Christ.”

God’s plan to save all human beings through Christ is just, logical, and reasonable.

The gospel is so simple that even a child can understand it.

Yet it is so profound that even the greatest scholar cannot fully understand it.

2. God involves all three persons of the Trinity God for our salvation

Yes, we believe in ONE and only God – but in three persons. ONE essence, ONE God, but three individual persons.

We cannot be saved without election by grace from the Father God, salvation by Christ, and regeneration of the Holy Spirit.

Do you believe in God? Yes, but today let me point out that just saying “I believe in God” is not enough. We know in doctrine and practically this is true. Mormons, Jews, pagans, say “I believe in god/God.” But a small-g “god” cannot be distinguished from a big-g “God.”

To many people, “god” is just an impersonal being, like an energy.

We were saved from the Beginning of the world – chosen from before the foundation of the world – to be holy and blameless, in accordance with his pleasure and will.

Romans “Those he predestined, he also called, then justified, then glorified.”

We never knew about the moments when we were saved before the creation of the world, but this is a mystery and reality.

As far as Christ is concerned, we were saved as soon as Jesus died on the cross for our sins – for your sin and my sin – the lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.

Jesus died for the whole world, but the whole world is not saved. This is where the Holy Spirit comes in.

Holy Spirit

We are saved when we accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord. When did you accept him as personal Savior and Lord?

That’s why no one can say, “Jesus is Lord” except by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans “The Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.”

Continually the Holy Spirit pushes us to believe this and accept it.

If you are a son, say, “I’m a son of God.”

If you are a daughter, say, “I’m a daughter of God.”

“I’m a child of God.”

3. God’s revelation of his plan for salvation through the Holy Spirit

v. 10-16

10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
11 The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, 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, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord
that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

There are some things that are so personal that no one knows them except our own spirits. Like this, in the spiritual world, the same is true of God. There are deep and intimate things of God which only the Spirit of God knows. Spiritual things can only be known spiritually. And this will lead us to the knowledge of God.

John 14:26 “The Counselor will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

There are two kinds of humanity / people:

  1. Natural – he is faithful to the principle of only physical life. Animals have their own principles of life – and natural man lives as if there were nothing else beyond this world. His values are only physical and material values. So, natural man cannot understand spiritual things – they appear as foolishness to him. God bless us all to not be natural man.
  2. Spiritual – the opposite of Natural man. He is sensitive and obedient to the Holy Spirit. He makes his decisions and exercises his judgment under the guidance of the HS. He lives in the consciousness that there are things beyond the things of this world. That there are values beyond the values of this world – that there are things beyond this physical world. He lives by faith in Jesus Christ.

To be Spiritual Man, believe in Christ, trust in Christ, have the mind of Christ.

“I have the mind of Christ” x3

Really? To have the mind of Christ means to look at the life of Christ from his point of view – keeping his values and desires in our mind – and living life for Christ as his witness.

Romans “God works for the good of those who love him and live according to his purpose.”

This means that if we believe he is faithful in keeping his promise, then everyday is a good day.

“Every day is a good day”

“Every time is a good time”

Let’s pray.

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