【2020-12-29】新圣城的特色


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主啊,我渴望在天上的圣城永远与你同在,与你亲近,奉主名求,阿们。


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启示录21:9~27

新耶路撒冷

9 拿着七个盛满着末后七灾的碗的七位天使中,有一位走来对我说:“你来!我要把新娘,就是羊羔的妻子,指示你。”

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

10 我在灵里被那天使带到一座高大的山上,他把从天上由上帝那里降下来的圣城耶路撒冷指示我。

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

11 这城有上帝的荣耀,城的光辉好像极贵的宝石,又像晶莹的碧玉。

It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

12 有高大的城墙,有十二个门,门口有十二位天使,门上写着以色列十二支派的名字。

It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

13 东边有三个门,南边有三个门,西边有三个门,北边有三个门。

There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.

14 城墙有十二座根基,根基上有羊羔的十二使徒的名字。

The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 那对我说话的天使拿着一根金的芦苇,要量那城、城门和城墙。

The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.

16 城是四方的,长宽都一样。天使用芦苇量那城,共有二千四百公里(“二千四百公里”原文作“一万二千司他町”),城的长、宽、高都一样;

The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.

17 又量了城墙,约有六十公尺(“六十公尺”原文作“一百四十四肘”)。天使用的标准,就是人量度的标准。

The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick.

18 城墙是用碧玉做的,城是用明净像玻璃的纯金做的。

The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.

19 城墙的根基是用各样宝石装饰的:第一座根基是碧玉,第二座是蓝宝石,第三座是玛瑙,第四座是绿宝石,

The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,

20 第五座是红玛瑙,第六座是红宝石,第七座是黄璧玺,第八座是水苍玉,第九座是红璧玺,第十座是翡翠,第十一座是紫玛瑙,第十二座是紫晶。

the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.

21 十二个门是十二颗珍珠,每一个门是用一颗珍珠做的。城里的街道是纯金的,好像透明的玻璃。

The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

22 我没有看见城里有圣所,因为主全能的上帝和羊羔就是城的圣所。

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

23 这城不需要日月照明,因为有上帝的荣耀照明,而羊羔就是城的灯。

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

24 列国要借着城的光行走,地上的众王要把他们的荣华带到这城来。

The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.

25 城门白天决不关闭。在那里并没有黑夜。

On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.

26 列国的荣华尊贵都被带到这城。

The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.

27 所有不洁净的、行可憎的和说谎的,决不可以进入这城。只有名字记在羊羔生命册上的才可以进去。

Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.


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► 这段经文的要点是什么?

► 这段经文对于天父、主耶稣、圣灵有何启示?

► 这段经文怎样帮助你明白你自己、你的处境或你的人际关系?

► 这段经文有没有一个应许、命令、警告或案例是特别为你而说的呢?


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我们在读经时必须注意,圣经有时用象征手法来描述肉眼不可见的属灵事物,因为作者只能以地上的事物来象征天上属灵的状况,以便让我们了解将来天国的景况,所以约翰在此形容天上的圣城也是一样,一切对物质最精美的描述,只是象征这座天城充满了上帝的荣耀,极其华丽光彩,超过人间的一切想像!

1.新圣城的城墙(11~14:圣城并不是真指一座城,而是表示一个群体。“城门”和城墙的“根基”上各有十二个名字,就是以色列十二支派的名字和十二使徒的名字。因此,这圣城象征着旧约和新约众子民群体所组成的完整教会,在那里他们与上帝完全相交,又彼此相交,享受上帝所赐完全的自由与安全。

2.新圣城的范围(15~17:圣城的长、宽、高都是一样,即2069立方公里的一个正方体,表示上帝国度的完整和宽宏,能够盛载古今所有上帝的子民。从建筑学的角度看,这是完全不可能的,为此大多数解经家认为这只是象征新圣城的完全和宽宏的特性而已,而非一个真正的空间。

3.新圣城的建筑材料(18~21:显然这里的意义也都是象征性的,而非真实的形态。“城墙是用碧玉做的,城是用明净像玻璃的纯金做的”,均是用来形容新娘这个群体,在上帝眼中极其宝贵、美丽、光彩,上帝荣耀的光辉照着祂的子民。为此,在上帝眼中,基督徒群体是极其尊贵和有价值的,我们要为此感恩!

4.新圣城上帝的圣殿(22~27:上帝既然已经在城中了,自然不再需要圣殿,人可以直接敬拜祂,且可以不分昼夜,因为再没有照射的光体存在。城既是属灵的境界,自然也无所谓“门”,上帝的殿永远开着,在那里绝对安全,因为上帝不分昼夜地看管、保护,另外,没有任何“行事不讨上帝喜悦”的人夹杂在其中,因此十分安稳!


新圣城的荣美,实在难以想像,透过约翰的描述,我们只能看见圣城的一角,这就足以令我们赞叹上帝的奇妙创造与救恩了!将来属天的生活,将无比荣美,亲爱的读者,你是否向往呢?


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【明日经文】启示录22:1~7

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