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The Plumbline Test (Chinese/English)

The Plumbline Test

准绳测试

 “Thus, he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.   And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more-Amos 7:7-8.”

“他又指示我一件事,有一道墙是按准绳建筑的,主手拿准绳站在其上。耶和华对我说,阿摩司阿,你看见甚么?我说,看见准绳。主说,我要吊起准绳在我民以色列中,我必不再宽恕他们……阿莫斯书 7:7-8

 God is the perfect standard for all things.  He is love, He is mercy, He is grace. He isn’t just loving or merciful or gracious. A plumbline is a measurement of how straight something like a wall is, and God has a plumbline, and it comes in two ways.   Firstly, God’s perfect plumbline is Jesus.   He is the perfect one, you think you are someone, you think you are good, but when you measure yourself against Jesus, your life looks like a broken-down wall.   Your righteousness is all dirty rags.

上帝是万物的完美标准。他是爱,他是怜悯,他是恩典。他不仅仅是有爱心,仁慈,高尚。准绳是用来测量像墙这样的东西有多直,上帝有一条准绳,它有两种方式。首先,上帝完美的准绳是耶稣。他是完美的,你认为你是一个人,你认为你很好,但当你拿自己和耶稣相比时,你的生活看起来就像一堵倒塌的墙。你的正义都是肮脏的破布。

Every time we consider and look at Jesus, our actions are judged by his plumbline of complete truth. Let me give you an example.   Do you get angry?   I know I do.   Jesus got angry at the moneylenders in the temple.   Now to do that wasn’t wrong. What about us, when we get angry?  We need to be angry about what God is angry about; anything else fails the plumbline test.

每当我们考虑和注视耶稣的时候,我们的行为都是由他那完全真理的铅垂线来判断的。让我给你举个例子,你会生气吗?我知道我有。耶稣对会堂里放债的人发怒。这样做并没有错。那我们呢,当我们生气的时候?我们需要对上帝生气的事生气;其他的都不能通过准绳测试。

The second plumbline is the word of God.   Hebrews 4 12 says, For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [g]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

第二条准绳是上帝的话。希伯来书412节说:“因为上帝所说的道是活的,充满能力[使他是活泼的,有效的,有活力的,有效的];它比任何双刃剑都要锋利,刺入生命气息(灵魂)与不朽精神、关节与骨髓(我们天性最深处)的分界线,揭露、筛选、分析和判断内心的思想和目的”。

 Everything we do is to be aligned to the Word of God.  The word of God cuts everything down to the bone; it searches out the hidden things, we try to hide. Have you ever done something and thought well no one has seen that, but then you read in your daily bible reading something and the Holy Spirit has taken it and convicted you?  That is God’s plumbline.   You have come below God’s perfect plumbline.  

我们所做的每一件事都要与上帝的道保持一致。上帝的话能剪除万物,直到骨头;它寻找隐藏的东西,我们试图隐藏。你有没有做过一件事,以为没人看见过,但你在每天读圣经的时候读到一些东西,圣灵就取走了它,给你定罪?那是上帝的准绳。你已经在上帝完美的准绳之下了。

 God has a plumbline, and our lives are judged by that plumbline.   How level is your life in light of the plumblines of the Living Word and Written Word?

上帝有一条准绳,我们的生活就由这条准绳来判断。根据生活世界和文字世界的准绳,你的生活水平如何?

 God bless you, 

上帝祝福你,

About Keith H

Hello everyone, my name is Keith or kk. I am a christian writer and teacher living in Nanjing China Teaching both online and in person, Have several students. Am married to a wonderful chinese lady called Helen with a beautiful 27 year old daughter called sherry, she is a ba in fine arts from brandon university in Canada

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  1. Such good points – well said Keith.
    God BLess~

  2. bless you cd

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