中保 Mediator by Ghost Ship

中保 Mediator by Ghost Ship
Chinese Translation by @yuan3y.

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Verse 1
祂代替我们站在上帝的面前
He takes our place and stands in front of God on high
祂为我们代言因我们没权利
He speaks on our behalf since we don’t have the right
祂为我们代求审判人的上帝
He pleads before the God who judges hearts of men
我们的中保为我们罪受刑罚
Our mediator served the sentence for our sin

Chorus 1
只有这一位神
There is only one God
只有这一位神人中保
There is only one mediator
站在神与人之间
Standing between God and man
祂是救恩的唯一道路
He’s the only way to salvation

Verse 2
祂寻回囚徒,打断束缚的锁链
He found the captives, broke the bondage of our chains
我们得救赎,因祂付上了代价
We have redemption through the price that He has paid
祂献上生命,使我们得到自由
He gave His life to purchase freedom from the fall
我们的中保是我众人的赎价
Our mediator was the ransom for us all

Bridge
人子主耶稣
The man Jesus Christ
为我献生命
Who gave us His life
人子主耶稣
The man Jesus Christ
永远赎罪祭
Our last sacrifice
永生的圣子
The Eternal Son
弥赛亚已来
Messiah has come
真实的人子
The true Son Of Man
代罪的羔羊
The Atonement Lamb

Biblical prophecies that convince me

Why is Bible believable?

One reason that convinces me is

the possibily of prophecies being fulfilled by coincidence

: it is in fact really really small.

(the following translated from http://blog.roodo.com/yml/archives/9999307.html)

1. Bible consists many (66) books, not only one;

2. There were many authors, not only one;

3. The 66 books in Bible were written over thousands of years by these many people, not only a few years.

4. Under such condition, is there a high possibility to write something coherent and non-contradicting? Using solely men’s might, or faking documents, could they make Bible non-contradicting?

5. notice the prophecies: the fulfillment of prophecies, which were recorded in Old Testament, on Jesus.

6. Even the last book of Old Testament was completed 400 years before Jesus was born, not even to mention the earlier books. All these cannot be faked AFTERWARDS, they were prophecised BEFOREHAND.

7. Let’s say the possibility of fulfilling one prophecy is 1/2,

8. The prophecies in Old Testament about Jesus and relevant people (such as Judas Iscariot who sold Jesus), in total there were at least 300.

9. 1/2 to the power of 300, how small it is the possibility of fulfilling all prophecies upon Jesus. There’s no way to explain this with coincidence.

Some of the prophecies on Jesus in the Old Testament.

1. Not one of his bones will be broken (John 19:36)
he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. (Psalm 34:20)

2. Jesus was pierced after death on the cross
…They will look on me, the one they have pierced… (Zechariah 12:10)

3. Judas returned the money to the priests and committed suicide by hanging himself. They used it to buy the potter’s field. (ref. Matthew 27:3-10)

“Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord. (Zechariah 11:13)

4. “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.'”(John 13:18)
Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me. (Psalm 41:9)

5. Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver. (ref. Matthew 26:15)
I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. (Zechariah 11:12)

6. Jesus was crucified with robbers.
because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:12)

Isaiah 53 is an important chapter on Messiah, there’s another important prophecy about what would happen after Messiah’s death–
He was assigned a grave with the wicked (Isaiah 53:9)

7. Jesus was pierced on hands and feet.
Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. (Psalm 22:16)

In Old Testament era, there was no crucifixion; the death penalty was thrown with stones.

Crucifixion is a penalty from Roman Empire, was introduced to the Jewish people only after Roman’s conquer.
For Jews, those severely sinned such as worshiping idols were to be stoned first then hung on wood,
Because for Jews, being hung on wood was cursed by God.
After Roman’s introduction of crucifixion into Jewish area, the Jewish people apply this concept onto the cross also,
Considering this is the most humiliating, cursed punishment.
However before Old Testament(OT) was written, the Roman Empire was not risen yet,
the people in the OT did not know about the punishment of crucifixion.
Hence “pierce my hands and my feet” this punishment would be amusing for those people during OT era,
they would not understand this scripture, because this is not part of their punishment, they had not witness such thing before.
However with the Inspiration of Holy Spirit, even the author may not fully understand this at that time, until Jesus’ Crucifixion, people can then realize it was referring to this punishment.

8. When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, “They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”(John 19:23-24)
They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment. (Psalm 22:18)

Lord! Will I sell you for a few pieces of silver?

Lord! One day when I meet some temptations,
will I sell you just for a few pieces of silver?
One day, meeting the temptation of thirty pieces of silver, will I sell you just as Judas Iscariot did?
“Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?’ And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.” (Matthew 26:14-15)
One day, when I am very tired and thirsty, seeing a bowl of red stew, will I sell you as Esau did?
“And Esau said to Jacob, ‘Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!’ … So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.” (Genesis 25:30-34)
One day, meeting the temptation, will I sell you just for a pair of shoes?
“… They sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals.” (Amos 2:6)
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. … Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” (Matthew 25:35-45)
Lord, Paul rather suffered the thorn in his flesh, even being rejected after three times of prayer, he was still willing to obey and suffer;
but one day, will I sell you just because there is sorcery which can effectively solve the pain from the thorn in my flesh?
“… Used divination and omens and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD…” (2 Kings 17:17)
Lord, you prayed in the wilderness for forty days, being hungry and thirsty, meeting the temptation from the devil, you rather suffered hunger and rejected the suggestion from the devil;
but one day when I am hungry and thirsty, meeting the temptation of stones being turned into bread by the devil, will I sell you just for some bread?
Lord, Satan thinks that people believe and trust in God just because they want good health. As long as people suffer serious diseases, they will abandon their faith. Nevertheless, Jacob endured these suffering, did not abandon his faith because of suffering diseases;
but one day, if I am seriously ill, suffering great pain, if someone use enchantments that are against biblical teachings to heal me, will I sell you just to gain my healthiness?
Lord!
How many pieces of silver are you worth?
How many bowls of red stew are you worth?
How many pairs of shoes are you worth?
How many pieces of bread are you worth?
Lord!
Are you really worth those only?
In my heart, are You this cheap?
Is the value of You less than my prosperity and success?
Is the value of You less than my healthiness?
Has it turned out that, I am worthier than You?
Is it true that for my need and desire, You can be sold away?
Has it turned out that, my faith is so worthless, so unable to go through trials or temptations?
Has it turned out that, ‘Lord of Lords, King of Kings’ from my mouth is only a slogan, a slogan that is unable to go through trials or temptations?
Will I sell you one day when I meet the temptations?
Lord! Help me to resist those trials even facing temptations,
even if I have to die in illness, thirst, or poorness for this!
But may you give me strength, allow me to be faithful until my death, and receive the crown of life.
“… Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” (Romans 8:35)
“… Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’…” (John 21:15)
“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’” (Mark 9:24)
My dear brothers and sisters!
When one day some temptations come, the Lord asks us,
“So-and-so, do you love me more than these?”
How will our answer be?
Does God really want to record this in heaven,
 “So-and-so sold Jesus for something.”?
May the Lord help us!
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Original Article ‘主啊!我會為了幾塊錢,就把你賣了? ’(http://blog.roodo.com/yml/archives/14834619.html) was written by Little Little Sheep(小小羊), a Taiwanese Christian Blogger;
Translated by Yuan3y.

This copy of translation can be re-posted or reprinted online or offline freely, provided that:
*the Original Author is credited,
*and a URL link to the original article is attached,
*and for non-profit purpose. 

Tell it to my daughter

* An official English version is found afterwards and was not referred to during my process of translating, it can be found here: http://www.oc.org/web/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=49

1.
My child, first of all we hope you always set pursuing the truth as your goal in life. You can be a famous person, or a nobody; a boss, or an employee, can be rich, or be poor… But we hope you are a person who pursue after the truth.

When you were a kid, we were blessed to know God, brought you up with Bible as principles. We let you be brave to challenge, we let you study hard, and we let you get exposed to poem, music, dance, arts, history, geography and beautiful Nature; We let you see the limitations of humanity and the corruptions in human nature, we let you learn to build up healthy inter-person relations, all these is to let you develop a noble temperament and the ability in appreciating what’s true, good and beautiful. This temperament and ability of appreciation will accompany you with your life of joy, allow you to see the feast that God set for those who faithfully trust in Him, through the valley of death.

Pursuing the Truth will make you outstanding, pursuing the Truth will build up your temperament, pursuing the truth can make you glamorous. In contrast, no matter how beautiful a girl is, without the ideal of pursuing the Truth, she will become indifferent and pitiable.

2.
The way to your ideal tend to be difficult, and you will endure hardships for this either. However, my child, you must prepare your will to suffer and the ability to endure hardships since young. One who pursues lofty ideals, will never be self-pity or pessimistic. In the seemingly rough life, you will see many signs and wonders that others cannot experience. Choosing to be indifferent may be comfortable and secure, but sure to be colourless.

Ideals may not bring you any instantaneous profits, often bring no secular enjoyments. Hence you must prepare your heart, prepare to get used to the situation when nobody agree or appreciate you, or even times when people pity you. You should not be hesitated because of this, but to learn to keep the eternal truth alone, because the ultimate truth will never make you be ashamed.

Do never give up your ideals for profit of large or small, never change what you believe according to the fashions of the world, and root this belief deeply. The external materialistic world is gorgeous, glamorous and attractive, easy to make you confused, and unconsciously you may give up the pursuit of ideals; hence you have to keep awake, learn to refuse the temptation of vanity.

If you become a lovely girl because of pursuing ideals, there will be many people in fond of you. If you receive praises and honour more than what you should, it will make you be satisfied being superficial. Remember, charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.

3.
You should learn to apologize to your mistakes. No mistake is greater than not admitting a mistake, never try to cover a mistake by another. Treat your own mistake with justice; do not be ruled by sin. Stop being evil and learn to do good, treat yourself and others with love and truth.

You need to understand and appreciate relationships. In fact among millions of people, knowing of any one is a miracle. In getting along with others, there may be misunderstandings, jealousies and hurts. Solely for the miracle of knowing each other, it is worth to forgive and treasure. You should seek harmony with people, for there is a happy end to the person of peace. Love, understand, and forgive yourself and others, because sometimes the other people are exactly yourself.

Learn to appreciate tragedies; tragedies make you understand the consequence of corrupting human nature. Learn to appreciate what’s true; See the truth under layers of masks.

No matter how the world’s fashions change, the best qualities of human will remain. There are many people who have multiple standards, but there are very few who can still be outstanding because of keeping the truth.

Sincerity is your intangible treasure. Sincerity will bring you unexpected regards and honours. Sincerity may not mean to point out the faults of others, but you must not compliment to those.

I hope you do not be kitsch. If flatter appears on your face, I will be shameful for you. You may not be powerful enough to battle with the evil of the world in outer appearance, but in your inner heart, you should let Jesus Christ who is the Truth be your Lord.

4.
God has made you into a prestigious and unique person. No one can hide your honour, unless you give it up by your will. As you grow up, you will meet many people who are stronger and more outstanding than you. You may feel depressed, and self-abased because of the shortcomings you found on yourself. But do remember your source, remember no matter how much shortcomings you have, you are precious in the eyes of God.

Also I hope you speak concisely and accurately, with the art of speaking. Don’t interrupt others’ speech. Get good habits in your life: keep clean and tidy; control your appetite, and intake food for your bodily need. Do more sports, do not be artificial, and do not have too much taboo. Read books and renew yourself every day. Don’t always think you what should others do for you, but think how the help others. Learn to rather suffer losses, but be alert those people who never will to suffer losses. Do not be insensitive or unconcerned about people and things around. Try the best to bring positive messages to others in interacting with others. Influence the people around with your words and actions. Never underestimate the effect of saying a good word or doing a good work. In humility consider others better than yourselves. Do not be opportunistic; do not belittle the things that you cannot do. Do not waste your time.

Lastly, we have to tell you that, first is, the above things that we have told you, we are too making our effort in doing them, yet we have not done all of them; second is, you are much more blessed than us, when you are still young, your parents know to tell you all these. Let us give thanks to the Lord for this! We have received you from God, if you can be a child of light who is pleasing to God, it will be wonderful.

Being our child may be hard, but happiness comes after hardships.
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* This is translated from an article by Li Jie on Overseas Campus Ministries (OCM) Magazine (, Page 54, Issue 0062, in December 2003). The author grew up in Beijing, is now living in Japan.
* This is not an authorized translation of the original article in Chinese, hence it is to be used only for the purpose of education or researches, no publication is allowed unless permission from the original author is granted.

God Loves the World, but He Loves His Children More!

God Loves the World, does it mean that He loves everybody in the world at exactly the same level?

Of course NOT!

For sure, God loves the world; however, He loves His children more!

Did God love Ishmael?

Yes, He did!

But, God loved Isaac more!

Ishmael indeed received blessings from God, but, he was not the child of promise.

Isaac was indeed a child of God, receiving more love from God.

Abraham had several children besides Ishmael (, after Sarah had died, Abraham married Keturah, who gave births to several children).

Did God love these children of Abraham?

Yes, He did!

But, God loved Isaac More!

Other children indeed received blessings from God, but, they were not the child of promise.

Isaac was indeed a child of God, receiving more love from God.

Did God love Esau?

Yes, He did!

But, God loved Jacob more!

Esau indeed received blessings from God, but, he was not the child of promise.

Jacob was indeed a child of God, receiving more love from God.

Then, does this mean that God is UNFAIR?

Of course NOT!

God loves his children more, but, this does not mean that, the lives of his children in ‘this world’, will sure to be better than others.

The top students in schools are often non-Christians.

The Nobel Prize winners are mostly non-Christians.

The tops of the richest people in the world are mostly non-Christians.

Christians may not be more beautiful than others,

Christians may not be more handsome than others,

and Christians may not be more successful than others.

There are so many people who are not the children of God, receiving much more blessings than the children of God!

The blessings under ‘common grace’!

Instead, the children of God, in terms of common grace, may not have more than the others, in fact, sometimes have much lesser than others.

So, since God loves His children more, what does he love?

He has not promised his children to be more beautiful, more handsome, better in studies, or wealthier…

Then, what love is this?

God loves His children more, and what has ‘promised’ them, is the special grace, not the common grace.

God has promised that in whatever circumstances, He will provide such special grace forevermore.

However God has not promised that He will for sure give better to His children in terms of common grace.

Sometimes, God will give more common grace (to the children of God);

but sometimes, God does not give more.

God has promised never to forsake his children;

God has promised to love his children forever;

God has promised to teach his children;

God has promised to discipline his children;

God has promised to bring his children to heavenly home;

but God has not promised that his children will for sure get the top in exams, be more beautiful, earn more money…

In the eyes of us, how much does special grace worth?

In the eyes of us, does common grace worth more? Or special grace?

Being disciplined when we commit wrong things, as compared to earning extraordinarily, which is our prioritized preference?

Will those people who believe in folk religion, ever seek the deities to get disciplined, or punished, or instructed to the rightful way when they have committed wrong things?

Aren’t those people who believe in folk religion, praying to the deities to allow them to make large sum of money, to be very successful, to get super rich, to do the top in exams… all these success and richness in the life of ‘this world’?

What about us?

What about us, the Christians?

What about us, the people who consider ourselves the children of God?

How are the things we are longing for different from those who believe in folk religion?

We can of course pray for common grace. But when the status and the value of common grace become the very goal in our heart, neglecting special grace,

are we really the children of God?

Or only self-assumed to be the children of God, but actually not?

“By your hand save me from such people, LORD,

from those of this world whose reward is in this life.

May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;

may their children gorge themselves on it,

and may there be leftovers for their little ones.

As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;

when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” (Psalm 17:14-15)

“Those of this world whose reward is in this life”!

Is this really what we are praying for?

Is this what we are longing for earnestly?

Is this what we are thinking of from dawn to dust?

No wonder during all times of suffering, there are so many people abandon their faith!

Because, they are not the people who can rejoice in knowing God, even if they barely receive simplest food or even be beggars.

May we truly be the children of God!

Truly be the true children of God, who are ‘satisfied with seeing your likeness’, http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifnot ‘those of this world whose reward is in this life’ like the common people.

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Original Article ‘神愛世人,但更愛祂兒女’(http://blog.roodo.com/yml/archives/15704757.html) written by Little Little Sheep(小小羊), a Taiwanese Christian Blogger;

Translated by Yuan3y.

This copy of translation can be re-posted or reprinted online or offline freely, provided that:

*the Original Author is credited,

*and a URL link to the original article is attached,

*and for non-profit purpose.

God make my life a little light

God make my life a little light
Within the world to glow;
A little flame that burneth bright,
Wherever I may go.

God make my life a little flower
That giveth joy to all,
Content to bloom in native bower,
Although the place be small.

God make my life a little song
That comforteth the sad
That helpeth others to be strong,
And makes the singer glad.

God make my life a little staff
Whereon the weak may rest,
That so what health and strength I have
May serve my neighbors best.

God make my life a little hymn
Of tenderness and praise,
Of faith, that never waxeth dim,
In all His wondrous ways.

Words: Ma­til­da B. B. Ed­wards, in Good Words, 1873, p. 393.

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