THE BIG HEAVENLY DRAGNET… 《来自天国的拖网》

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the sea

and caught fish of every kind. When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore.. and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away.

That is the way it will be at the end of the world

Matthew 13:47-49 NLT

Have you ever wondered why some people who were growing so well in their      Christian life suddenly fade away, never attend church, and live like they have never known Christ? Jesus tells us the Kingdom of Heaven is like that when we are on earth. It is like a huge dragnet that pulls in fish of every kind. Some people are drawn by God’s love and genuinely repent. Others come to Christ for selfish reasons and never truly turn from their old life. The Kingdom of God is therefore always a mixture of “believers”.

Whose job is it to sort them out? Is it the pastor’s job? No, because no pastor can truly know the heart of every member. Every pastor is called to love and warn as well as to shepherd the people. It is not his job not to judge. You see, we are each         personally responsible for our assurance of salvation. For in the last day, the angels will sort out from the dragnet, those who truly belong to Him and those who do not!

What does the parable teach us? Firstly, the church is not perfect; it always consist of a mixture of true believers and half-believers. So, don’t be upset when you see faults. Secondly, take God’s warning seriously; don’t assume your salvation is sure. Make sure! Thirdly, don’t judge, but love everyone whether regular members or backsliders. Let God be the judge on the final day. Finally, don’t be discouraged. If others stop following Christ, remember the dragnet will always pull in all kinds of fish. Only make sure you are a “good” fish till the very end.

“天国又好像网撒在海里,聚拢各样水族,网既满了,人就拉上岸来,

坐下,拣好的收在器里,将不好的丢弃了。世界的末了也要这样。

天使要出来,从义人中把恶人分别出来。”

马太福音13:47-49

您是否好奇过,为什么一些看似属灵生命有稳定成长的人,会在一瞬间经历下滑、不再参加教会崇拜并从此过着仿佛从未认识过耶稣般的生活?耶稣说,当我们还在地球生活时,天国正是如此的。它就像个大拖网般捕捉着各种鱼类。有些人因着上帝的爱而诚心忏悔,有些则因私人利益而信主,他们从未真正地从旧生命中回转跟随主。所以说,天国里总是参杂着不同种类的“信徒”。

那么到底是谁有责任把他们给分类出来呢?是牧师的工作吗?不是,因为没有一位牧师能够真正了解每一位信徒的心。牧师的使命是要去爱、警惕并成为世人的牧者。他没有权力去批判任何人。事实上,我们每一个必须对自己得救的确据负责。因为在世界末了时,天使将会出来,从拖网中挑选出那些真正属于上帝的人。

那以上的比喻想要教导我们什么呢?第一,教会并不是完美无瑕的;它总是参杂着“真信徒”与“半信徒”。所以说,当您看见教会中还有过失时,别感到意外。第二,我们务必好好正视上帝的警告;千万别理所当然的认为我们自身的救赎已是确定的。请一定要谦卑审查并确定自己的信心!第三,无论是依旧跟随主的信徒或是已在真理上后退的,我们都不应自行判决而是该爱他们每一个。因为当世界末了时,上帝才是最终得裁判者。最后,不要轻易泄气。如果身边的人选择不再跟随主,要记得那天国的拖网依旧会继续捕捉各种鱼类。您只需要确保您到最后都是只“好鱼”。

Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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