2015年1月16日

1月18日2015年の週報に掲載

 いつからイエス様を信じる者をクリスチャンと呼ぶようになったのでしょうか? 使徒の働き11章にその事が記されています。

 クリスチャンとは、自分で名乗ったのではなく、呼ばれたのです。私たちもクリスチャンと呼ばれる存在になりたいのです。

 アンテオケに集まるイエスを信じる者たちを、周囲の人々は一年の間、ずーと見ていました。そして、その集まりの一番の特徴として「キリスト」を見たのです。ですからキリスト者、すなわちクリスチャンと呼んだのです。

 自分を一年間観察してもらって、その後果たして「クリスチャン」と呼ばれるだろうか? とてもそんな自信はありません。しかし、アンテオケの教会の人々には、「神の恵み」が見えていたのです。自信がなければ、なおさらのこと、神の恵みを受け入れ、恵みに生き、恵みを分かち合うのです。その時、きっとイエス・キリストが現されるのです。

 私たちが、クリスチャンと呼ばれる存在になれるとすれば、神の恵みに生きることです。自分で頑張って呼ばれようと獲得するものではありません。ただ、私のために死んでくださったキリストと共に生き、感謝し、喜ぶのです。

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Steve Finnell さんのコメント...

IS THERE NO GOD?-BY STEVE FINNELL

Atheists claim there is no God, but do they believe it? Is it possible that atheists simply deny that there is a God? Is it plausible that atheists know there is a God, but because of pride, choose not to acknowledge the existence of God?

James 2:19 You believe that God is one. You do well; that demons also believe, and shudder.

Strange that demons believe in God, but atheists claim they do not believe there is a God.

Mark 1:23-24 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 saying, "What business do we have with each other Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are---The Holy One of God!"

Atheists proclaim they do know or believe that there is a God. Unclean spirits not only believe that Jesus is The Holy One of God, but that he has the power to destroy them.

Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

Do some men deny there is a God as a self deception. If there is no God then there is no right from wrong, no good and evil. If there is no God then men can create a moral code that comports with their lifestyle.

Romans 1:19-20 because that which is know about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse,

God has made it evident in every man that He exists. Denying God does not change the fact of the existence of God.

Psalms 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

All you have to do to believe there is God, is look up!

1 Corinthians 20-21 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

The foolish wisdom of the world cannot prove that there is no God.

Through the preaching of the gospel men can believe in God and that Jesus is the Son of God!

ATHEISTS DENY THAT GOD EXISTS, BUT DO THEY REALLY BELIEVE IT?


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