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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.

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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.

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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.

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