(Message shared on 21 February 2016 by Rev. Stanley Ow)

God’s Spirit on us !
神的灵临在我们!

Luke 路加福音 4:18,
‘The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me [Jesus], because God has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to HEAL the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed’
“主的灵在我身上,因为祂膏立了我,让我传福音给贫穷的人,差遣我宣告被掳的人得释放、瞎眼的人重见光明、受欺压的人得自由,”

Miracles 奇迹

Part of God’s attributes.神的属性之一

God said, ‘God saw everything that He had made, indeed it was VERY GOOD’ [in reference to man] Genesis 1:31a
“神看他所造的一切都很好 。”创世记 1:31

Bible is a Miracle Book: Miracles of Old Testament’s Book of Moses, Historical, Post-Captivity, Poetical & Prophetical Books; Miracles of New Testament’s Gospels, Acts, Epistles & Revelation
圣经是一本奇迹的书
What? Why? 是什么? 为什么?

Definition: Divine power for divine purpose beyond human explanation; extraordinary work of deity transcending ordinary powers of nature; connection with divine
定义:神圣力量为完成神圣目的,超出人的解释; 非凡的神迹工作超越了普通的自然力量; 神圣的联系

Why?为什么?

1. He is God! 他是神!
Supernatural; Specialist in impossibility 超自然的; “不可能”的专家

2. Divine command & authority.神的命令和权威
Jesus earthly ministry: Acts 1:1 – to do [healing, casting, visiting] & to teach 使徒行传 1:1 – 耶稣开始所行 (医治,赶鬼,拜访)和所教

Why miracles? 为什么要创造奇迹?

He is God; God’s power & authority
他是上帝;上帝的力量和权力

3. Impart FAITH 传授信心– believers & unbelievers. Result of God’s miracles: salvation.信与不信者。 由于神的奇迹: 救恩。

Mark马可福音16:17-18,
Signs who believe 信的人必有神迹随–
cast out demons in Jesus name, 奉耶稣的名赶鬼
speak new tongues 用新方言说话
divine protection 神得保护
lay hands on sick – recovery 手按病人就必好了
Why Miracles?为什么要创造奇迹?

4. Part of God’s Blessings [holistic being]
神[综合]的祝福之一

– physical & spiritual 物质和属灵

Why Miracles?为什么要创造奇迹?

Psalms 103:1-5, ‘Bless the LORD, O my soul [mental health]; and all that is within me [emotional, physical], bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul and forget not ALL His benefits: Who forgives ALL your iniquities [sicknesses, diseases, pains, aches etc] who HEALS ALL our diseases..crowns us with life, loving kindness & tender mercies & satisfies us with good things…’
诗篇 103:1-5:‘我的心哪!你要称颂耶和华【心灵】;在我里面的一切【感性,体性】,都要称颂他的圣名。我的心哪!你要称颂耶和华;不可忘记他的一切恩惠。他赦免你的一切罪孽,医治你的一切疾病;… 以慈爱和怜悯作你的冠冕;他以福乐使你的心愿满足…’

3 Meanings in MIRACLES 奇迹的涵义
WONDERS 神迹 – terata- Who He is & what He comes to do!; state of mind produced on eyewitnesses; Astonishment, Extraordinary
他是谁和什么是他要做!; 见证者的心态;惊讶,非凡

Mark 2:12, ‘Immediately the paralytic arose [one that was brought down from roof], took the bed & went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed & glorified God saying “We never saw anything like this!”
马可福音 2:12,‘那人就起来,立刻拿着褥子,当众出去了。众人都非常惊奇,颂赞神,说:“我们从来没有见过这样的事。”

Acts 14:10-11, Paul said, ‘Stand up straight on your feet & he leaped & walked,the people raised their voices, ‘the gods have come down to us in the likeness of men’
使徒行传 14:10, 保罗就大声说:“你起来,两脚站直!”他就跳起来,并且走起路来。 众人看见保罗所作的事,就用吕高尼话大声说:“有神明成了人形,降到我们这里来了!”

Wonders, Signs… 神迹, 兆头
Signs兆头– semeion, authentic God as the miracle-worker Himself. A token and indication of near presence & working of God; proof/ evidence; genuineness of revelation, something more & beyond men.
证实神是奇迹的创造者 。神同在和动工的证据;证明/证据;真实性的启示,超越人类。

Isaiah 7:14, ‘therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign: behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call His name Immanuel.’
以赛亚书 7:14,‘因此主自己必给你们一个兆头:看哪!必有童女怀孕生子;她要给他起名叫‘以马内利’。

Miracles: Wonders, Signs, Powers
奇迹:神迹, 奇事,威力

Power 威力– dunamis: mighty power of God, new & higher forces than earth.
全能的神的大能、超过地球的新和更高的力量。

Hebrews 6:5, [You] have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come [dunamis].
希伯来书 6:5, [你]尝过上帝之道的甘美,领悟到永世的权能[威力].

It is the final cause of miracles – efficient cause [thorough, complete], powers, wonderful works/mighty works/ miracles. 它是最终奇迹来源-高效的原因[透彻的、完整的]威力、美好的/伟大的工程/奇迹。

Acts 2:22, ‘JESUS the Nazarene, a man set forth by God to you by works of power [dunamesin] , and wonders [terasin] & signs [semeiois] which God wrought by Him in your midst. God’s ability to command living objects to do His will’
使徒行传 2:22,‘上帝借着拿撒勒人耶稣在你们中间行了异能、奇事和神迹,以证明拿撒勒人耶稣是祂派来的。这是你们都知道的。’

God’s Power上帝的威力

  • Power over diseases, demons & death
    威力超越疾病、魔鬼、死亡
  • Triumphant over all human disorders – physical, mental/ nervousness, all cosmic forces [universe]- land, sea; organic [produced by living things] or inorganic, over spirit world represented by devil, demons & death
    战胜所有的人类的疾病-生理、心理/神经质、所有的宇宙的力量[宇宙] – 路地、海洋; 生物[生产] 或死物、魔鬼代表的属灵世界、恶魔和死亡
  • Move in God’s authority & faith!
    活在上帝的权威和信仰!
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