0707 – Is Christianity a Religion or a Relationship 基督教是一个宗教还是一个关系?

Galatians 5:22 (NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love….The Apostle Paul wrote the letter to the church of Galatia to address the false teachings by the Judaizers which advocated that Gentiles had to be circumcised and thus leading back to the work of the law for salvation. The Apostle Paul confronted the Apostle Peter for being a hypocrite as Peter did not address this critical issue while he was there. It is dangerous if the church were to revert to a set of laws telling us what is sin.

Having a set of laws without an intimate relationship with Jesus and being influenced by the power of the Holy Spirit is just a religion that teaches us to be good. The set of laws will become a burden and a yoke on the people without any ability to help them have a right standing before God.

Romans 10:4 (NKJV) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Galatians 2:21 (NKJV) I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

Likewise, we are in danger of being legalistic and having a form of outward religion without really living out new lives in Christ today. There is a tendency for us to lead very carnal and outwardly religious lives dictated by our flesh if we are not aware that we have to allow the Holy Spirit to influence us in our new lives in Christ. Then it is just a religion and not a life with God.

It is through the finished work of Jesus Christ and His work of redemption that we can have peace with God who has given us the gift of righteousness the moment we started believing in Him.

A huge difference stands between having a religion and a revelation of the kind of relationship that we can have with God.

2 Timothy 3:5,7 (NKJV) having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!….. always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

We are living in the last days which is the time from when Christ first appeared until His second coming. People living in the last days are characterised by all kinds of self-centredness and unnatural perversions. Some will maintain an outward pretence, speaking with Christian vocabulary but refusing the reality that Christianity offers. The Apostle Paul mentioned that people in the last days are always learning about God, but not really coming to the knowledge of the truth. The accumulation of knowledge of God has to come to a point where they realise, “Wow! This is who I am, this is what I have, and this is what I can do in and through Christ!”. Through such revelation, the life of the believer changes as he walks out the truth.

We need to be aware of the help that is available to us by the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth that we are a new creation after the born-again experience. Those who have a relationship with God are sensitive to the leading and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, and have the knowledge of the “new man” in Christ Jesus.

Let us live from the inside out because of the relationship we have with God and the Holy Spirit that we have within us.

Sermon Series: Fruit of the Holy Spirit – LOVE


加拉太书5:22 (NKJV)但圣灵的果子就是仁爱…



罗马书10:4 (NKJV) 律法的总结就是基督,使凡信祂的都得着义。

加拉太书2:21 (NKJV)我并不废掉神的恩;义若是藉着律法得的,基督就是徒然死了。




提摩太后书3:5,7 (NKJV)有敬虔的外貌,却背了敬虔的实意。这等人你要躲开……常常学习,终久不能明白真道。

我们活在末世,就是从基督第一次显现到祂第二次再来之间的这段日子。活在末世的人以各种各样的自我为中心和不自然的堕落为特征。有些人会保持一种外在的伪装,言必称基督,却拒绝基督教所提供的事实。使徒保罗提到,在末后的日子里,人们总是学习关于神的知识,却没有真正认识真理。关于神的知识积累必须达到一个程度,就是认识到:“哇!这就是我,这就是我所拥有的,这就是我靠着基督所能做的!” 通过这样的启示,当信徒行出真理的时候,他的生命就改变了。



讲章系列: 仁爱 – 圣灵所结的果子