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「太初有道,道與神同在,道就是神。」(約翰福音 1:1)


We have often said that Jesus Christ is the Word of God, not the Bible, which is a record of far less than a microscopic speck of His Expression. So one is right in saying He is the Word of God and not the Bible, although we ought not to get too semantic about it, depending on who we’re talking to.


Here’s an interesting verse where we see it all come together, the Word of God incarnate, quoting the Word of God recorded, authenticating our need of Him in totality through the hearing and obedience of faith to have life:


“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written that ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God’” (Luke 4:4 MKJV).

耶穌回答說:「經上記著說:『人活著不是單靠食物,乃是靠神口裡所出的一切話。』」(路加福音 4:4)

We are strictly admonished to rightly divide His recorded Words, which we can only do by Him, the Word of God made flesh:


“Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 MKJV).

「你要努力地向神顯明自己是經過考驗的,是無愧的工人,能正確分解真理的話語。」(提摩太後書 2:15)

We have several passages where the Bible and/or the spoken spiritual Word are referred to as the “Word of God”, and so it should be, seeing they are His Words:


“Making the Word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have delivered. And you do many such things” (Mark 7:13 MKJV).

「這樣,你們就藉著所繼承的傳統,廢棄了神的話語。你們還做很多類似這樣的事。」(馬可福音 7:13)

Can anyone make Jesus Christ “of no effect” by puny tradition?


Here we have another example of where what He said, and not He, was referred to as the Word of God:


“On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on Him to hear the Word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret” (Luke 5:1 ESV).

「有一次,當人群擁擠著耶穌,要聽神的道時,祂正站在革尼撒勒湖邊。」(路加福音 5:1)

And here we have a reference to His Words and not to Him, per se:


“And the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God” (Luke 8:11 MKJV).

「這個比喻是這樣的。那種子就是神的話語。」(路加福音 8:11)

Undoubtedly, He is the Seed and the Source and Substance of His Word; however, there’s nothing wrong with referring to the speech He inspires as His Word, His Seed, which is a manifestation of Him, The Word of God.


Here we have an example of hearing the Word of God and doing it:


“And He answered and said to them, My mother and My brothers are those who hear the Word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21 MKJV).

耶穌回答他們說:「我的母親、我的弟兄,是那些聽神的話語而遵行的人。」(路加福音 8:21)

Note: We don’t do Him, but we do as He says, although to obey Him is to eat His flesh and drink His blood. The point being, He is the Substance, The Word. Yet anything He speaks is also His Word. That goes not only for His own personal Words to us, but also those spoken by His messengers, vessels, His mouthpieces, as with the prophets and apostles and all saints who walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.


Do we do Him or do we do His Word? Is there a difference? Yes, there is a difference. As He is the Manifestation of the Father, so His Word is the Manifestation of Him. The Father saves us through the Name of the Son, Jesus Christ, by our confessing Him as Lord, with faith in His shed blood and resurrection from the dead. The fruit of that faith is doing His will, keeping His Word, doing His Word. Do we do Him? No, we do His Word. Still, because His Word is one with Him (His substance), we do Him. If one wishes to put it that way, we have no argument with it.

我們是實踐祂還是遵行祂的話語?有差別嗎?是的,有不同。正如祂是父的顯示者一樣,祂的道也是祂的顯示者。父藉著子耶穌基督的名來拯救我們,通過我們承認祂為主,相信祂所流的血和從死裡復活。信心的果子就是遵行祂的旨意,遵守祂的話語,實行祂的話語。我們實踐嗎?不,我們遵行祂的話語。儘管如此,因為祂的話語與祂 (祂的實質) 合一,所以我們就實踐祂。如果有人希望這樣說,我們沒有任何爭論。

“And the Twelve called near the multitude of the disciples and said, It is not pleasing to us, leaving the Word of God, to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, look out among you seven men being witnessed to, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this duty. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word [of God]” (Acts 6:2-4 MKJV).

十二使徒叫眾門徒來,說:「我們撇下神的道去管理飯食,是不合宜的。所以弟兄們,當從你們中間選出七個有好名聲、滿有聖靈和智慧,我們派他們管理這事。至於我們,我們要專注於祈禱和[神的]話語的事奉。」(使徒行傳 6:2-4)

Did those who began to wait on the widows “leave the Word of God” (Jesus) to serve tables? Among those were Stephen and Philip, men full of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, The Word of God. Stephen went on to speak the Word of God to the Sanhedrin, becoming the first martyr of the Christian assembly.

那些開始服事寡婦的人是否「離開了神的道」(耶穌) 去管理飯食嗎?其中包括司提反和腓利,他們充滿了耶穌基督的靈,也就是神的道。司提反繼續向公會宣講神的道,成為基督集會的第一位殉道者。

Philip brought salvation to the Samaritans by the Word of God:

“And the apostles in Jerusalem hearing that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent Peter and John to them” (Acts 8:14 MKJV).

「在耶路撒冷的使徒,聽見撒瑪利亞居民領受了神的道,就差派彼得和約翰到他們那裡去。」(使徒行傳 8:14)

From there, Philip went on to convert the Ethiopian eunuch who was reading the Word of God by Isaiah. Philip preached the Word of God to him and the eunuch believed, going his way rejoicing.


“And the apostles and brothers who were in Judea heard that the nations had also received the Word of God” (Acts 11:1 MKJV).

「使徒和在猶太的眾弟兄聽到外邦人也領受了神的道。」(使徒行傳 11:1)

“And the Word of God was increasing. And the number of the disciples in Jerusalem was multiplying exceedingly; even a great crowd of the priests obeyed the faith” (Acts 6:7 MKJV).

神的道興旺起來;在耶路撒冷門徒數目增加得很多,也有許多祭司聽從了這信仰。」(使徒行傳 6:7)

“But the Word of God grew and increased” (Acts 12:24 MKJV).

神的道日見興旺,越發廣傳。」(使徒行傳 12:24)

“And when they were at Salamis, they announced the Word of God in the synagogues of the Jews” (Acts 13:5 MKJV).

「他們到了撒拉米,就在猶太人的各會堂裡宣講神的道,還有約翰作他們的助手。」(使徒行傳 13:5)

“Who was with the proconsul of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man. He called for Barnabas and Saul and asked to hear the Word of God” (Acts 13:7 MKJV).

「他常常和省長士求.保羅在一起;省長是個明智人,他請了巴拿巴和掃羅來,要聽聽神的道。」(使徒行傳 13:7)

Did Barnabas and Saul speak the Word of God to them, or was it necessary for Jesus Christ to appear to them in His own flesh? And how can the Word of God increase, except that people receive the Gospel of Christ, His Message through His messengers?


“Therefore putting aside all filthiness and overflowing of evil, receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls. But become doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:21-22 MKJV).

「所以,你們要脫去一切的汙穢和盈餘的邪惡,存溫柔的心領受那所栽種的道,就是能救你們靈魂的道。只是你們要作行道的人,不要單作聽道的人,自己欺騙自己。」(雅各書 1:21-22)

“And on the coming Sabbath day almost all the city came together to hear the Word of God” (Acts 13:44 MKJV)

「到下安息日,合城的人幾乎都來聚集,要聽神的道。」(使徒行傳 13:44)

And the city wasn’t disappointed. The Word of God was spoken by His servants, His human, Spirit-of-Christ-filled mouthpieces:


Acts 13:46-48 MKJV
(46) But speaking boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, It was necessary for the Word of God to be spoken to you first. But since indeed you put it far from you and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the nations.
(47) For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “I have set You to be a light of the nations, for salvation to the end of the earth.”
(48) And hearing, the nations rejoiced and glorified the Word of the Lord. And as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

使徒行傳 13:46-48
(46) 保羅和巴拿巴放膽說:「神的道先講給你們原是應當的,只因你們棄絕這道,斷定自己不配得永生,我們就轉向外邦人去。
(47) 因為主曾這樣吩咐我們說:『我已經立你做外邦人的光,叫你施行救恩,直到地極。』」
(48) 外邦人聽見這話,就歡喜了,讚美神的道,凡預定得永生的人都信了。

Continuing with more verses on the Word of God in Acts:

“And he [Paul] continued there a year and six months, teaching the Word of God among them” (Acts 18:11 MKJV).

「保羅在那裏住了一年六個月,將神的道教導他們。」(使徒行傳 18:11)

“So the Word of God grew mightily and prevailed” (Acts 19:20 MKJV).

「這樣,神的道就大有能力地不斷擴展,不斷得勝。」(使徒行傳 19:20)

As we have shown, it was the Good News of Christ and the effects of His Gospel that grew, not the Lord Himself. He had already prevailed over all:


“I have spoken these things to you so that you might have peace in Me. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 MKJV).

「我把這些事告訴你們,是要使你們在我裡面有平安。在世上你們有患難,但你們放心,我已經勝過世界。」(約翰福音 16:33)

Was not all power already His after the resurrection?


Throughout the epistles we find the Word of Jesus Christ, The Word, spoken by those He fashioned in His image and to Whom He gave His Spirit and indwelt:


“For we are not as many, hawking the Word of God; but as of sincerity, but as of God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God” (2 Corinthians 2:17 MKJV).

「我們不像許多人,把神的道當商品販賣,而是由於真誠,而是受命於神,在神面前憑着基督講道。」(哥林多後書 2:17)

“But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor adulterating the Word of God, but by the revelation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Corinthians 4:2 MKJV).

「反而把那些暗昧可恥的事棄絕了,不行詭詐,不歪曲神的道,只將真理顯揚出來,好在 神面前把自己推薦給各人的良心。」(哥林多後書 4:2)

Can Jesus Christ, the Immortal God Who has all power and authority on earth, be adulterated? Or is it the information and the testimony of the Scriptures, His testimony, that men can adulterate (which, by the way, they have done)?

耶穌基督這位擁有世上一切能力和權柄的不朽之神會被摻假嗎?還是經文的信息和見證,即祂的見證,是人可以摻假的 (順便說一句,他們已經有做到了)?

Is Jesus Christ His Own sword?

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17 MKJV).

「並戴上救恩的頭盔,拿著聖靈的寶劍,就是神的道。」(以弗所書 6:17)

In a way, He certainly is His own sword, but can anyone say we aren’t speaking of His Message, the words He gives His servants to preach as the Word of God? And doesn’t the Bible count as the Word of God? If not, what does? Who can say?


Can we say that the Scriptures aren’t the Word of God, or that all the words mentioned as preached, though not specified, aren’t the Word of God?


Does the Hebrews writer speak of Jesus Christ or the Spoken or Written Word, which would include the Scriptures?


“For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 MKJV).

「因為神的道是活的,是有效的,比一切兩刃的劍更鋒利,甚至可以刺入剖開魂與靈,關節與骨髓,並且能夠辨明心中的思想和意念。」(希伯來書 4:12)

“Remember those leading you, who have spoken to you the Word of God, whose faith follow, considering the end of their conduct: Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:7-8 MKJV).

「你們要記念那些領導過你們,把神的道傳給你們的人;你們要觀察他們一生的成果,要效法他們的信心。耶穌基督昨天、今天、一直到永遠都是一樣的。」(希伯來書 13:7-8)

We are exhorted to remember those who speak and have spoken the Word of God. Yes, Jesus is the Word of God and the words of the disciples speaking forth salvation through faith are the Word of God as well. And we have John’s record of these being spoken of separately, though one:


“A Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to Him to declare to His servants things which must shortly come to pass. And He signified it by sending His angel to His servant John, who bore record of the Word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ and of all the things that he saw” (Revelation 1:1-2 MKJV).

「耶穌基督的啟示,就是神賜給祂,要祂將必須快要發生的事指示祂的眾僕人。祂差遣使者指明給祂的僕人約翰,約翰就將神的道耶穌基督的見證,凡自己所看見的,都見證出來。」(啟示錄 1:1-2)

“I, John, who also am your brother and companion in the affliction, and in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the island that is called Patmos, for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:9 MKJV).

「我約翰就是你們的弟兄,在耶穌裏和你們一同在患難、國度、忍耐裏有份的,為神的道,並為給耶穌作的見證,曾在那名叫拔摩的海島上。」(啟示錄 1:9)

Now John plainly testifies that Jesus is the Word of God:
Revelation 19:11-15 MKJV
(11) And I saw Heaven opened. And behold, a white horse! And He sitting on him was called Faithful and True. And in righteousness He judges and makes war.
(12) And His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head many crowns. And He had a Name written, one that no one knew except Himself.
(13) And He had been clothed in a garment dipped in blood, and His Name is called The Word of God.
(14) And the armies in Heaven followed Him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
(15) And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, so that with it He should strike the nations. And He will shepherd them with a rod of iron. And He treads the winepress of the wine of the anger and of the wrath of Almighty God.

啟示錄 19:11-15
(11) 後來我看見天開了。有一匹白馬,騎在馬上的稱為「誠信」、「真實」,祂審判和爭戰都憑着公義。
(12) 祂的眼睛如火焰,頭上戴着許多冠冕;又有寫著的名字,除了祂自己沒有人知道。
(13) 祂穿着浸過血的衣服;祂的名稱為「神之道」。
(14) 眾天軍都騎着白馬,穿着又白又潔淨的細麻衣跟隨祂。
(15) 有利劍從祂口中出來,用來擊打列國。祂要用鐵杖牧養他們,並且要踹全能神烈怒的醡酒池。

And we tell you that those who follow Him on white horses follow the Word of God and speak the Word of God. And those who don’t follow Him don’t know that His servants speak the Words of Jesus. His followers are His mouthpiece, from whom proceeds a sharp sword to strike the nations of earth.


Jesus’ Gospel Words Only or Primarily” Doctrine

There are those who prefer to focus primarily on Jesus’ Words spoken when He was in the flesh, in contrast to those He has spoken throughout the Scriptures (both Old and New Testaments), by any of His prophets and apostles. These “specialists” thus deny many of His Words. As Jesus declared to Satan, men are to live by every Word, not only those He spoke as recorded in the Gospels.

有些人比較喜歡主要關注耶穌在肉身時所說的話,與祂在經上 (舊約和新約) 各處由祂的任何先知和使徒所說的話的相反。因此,這些「專家」否認了祂的許多話語。正如耶穌向撒旦宣告的那樣,人活著要靠神口裡所出的一切話,而不僅僅是祂在福音書中所說的那些話。

By denying many of the Lord’s Words, these “Words of Jesus” messengers come as Satan. Isn’t that interesting? And of course, in their error, they are Satan’s servants. Who else denies Jesus Christ coming in the flesh? Certainly not those who have His Word dwelling in them – they represent His coming.


Part of their defense for such notions is that those words spoken by His prophets and apostles aren’t as pure as Jesus’ Words, being they come through imperfect vessels. But who are they to argue with those whom the Lord sends and through whom He speaks? Isn’t He able to speak clearly by whomever He chooses?


Is not His strength greater than their weakness? 

And who are they to judge just how pure or impure His servant’s messages are? These self-appointed judges have no way of rightly judging because they don’t have His Spirit to judge righteously:


“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:14-16 MKJV).

然而,屬血氣的人不領會神的靈的事,反倒以為愚拙;並且不能知道,因為這些事唯有屬靈的人才能看透。屬靈的人能看透萬事,卻沒有一人能看透了他。「誰曾知道主的心,去教導祂呢?」但我們是有基督的心意了。 (哥林多前書 2:14-16)

Those who preach “Jesus’ Gospel Words Only or Primarily” deny that the inspired words of His messengers have equal status with His personal words. That is a teaching bent on glorifying the flesh and making heroes out of its proponents. By bringing down what God has raised up, it elevates the carnal man to God’s level. What Jesus speaks through us is of no less value than what He has personally spoken as recorded in the Gospels. How do we know this? He said so, in more ways and instances than one:


“But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak; for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father Who speaks in you” (Matthew 10:19-20 MKJV).

「當他們把你們交出去的時候,不要憂慮怎樣說或說什麼。到時候,你們就會被賜予該說的話,因為說話的不是你們自己,而是你們父的靈在你們裡面說話。」(馬太福音 10:19-20)

Is it only before persecuting councils that we shall speak His Word?

“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him Who sent Me” (Matthew 10:40 MKJV).

「人接待你們,就是接待我;接待我,就是接待那差我來的。」(馬太福音 10:40)

“Therefore go and teach all nations…teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20 MKJV).

「所以你們要去教導所有萬民…凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守。看哪,我就天天都與你們同在,直到這世代的終結。」(馬太福音 28:19-20)

“Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you. As My Father has sent Me, even so I send you” (John 20:21 MKJV).

耶穌又對他們說:「願你們平安!正如父差派了我,我也要派遣你們。」(約翰福音 20:21)

“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He isso are we in this world” (1 John 4:17 KJV).

「從這一點,愛在我們裡面得以完全,使我們在審判的日子可以坦然無懼,因為基督怎樣,我們在這世上也怎樣。」(約翰一書 4:17)

Why would He command us to shout from the rooftops that which He speaks in our ears (Matthew 10:27)? If we are His sons, speaking His message, the words we speak are no less His Word.

祂為什麼要命令我們在屋頂上宣揚出來祂在我們耳邊所說的話 (馬太福音第十章二十七節)?如果我們是祂的兒子,講述祂的信息,那麼我們所說的話也正是祂的話

Therefore, those who think to diminish the value of what Peter, James, Paul, John, Jude, Luke, Mark, and Matthew have to say are foolish and ignorant – they have never known The Word of God, Who has spoken by His chosen vessels created in His image. Silly people, dedicated to glory apart from Him, while pretending to worship Him in spirit and in truth.


These are the amazing mysteries of iniquity, ever at work to maintain the flesh, denying the One Who bought them.


“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31 MKJV).

他們禱告完了,聚會的地方震動;他們都被聖靈充滿,放膽傳講 神的道(使徒行傳 4:31)

What do the proponents of “Jesus’ Gospel Words Only or Primarily” have to say about that passage? Would they say Luke (who wrote the Book of Acts) lies or is mistaken because Jesus wasn’t in the flesh speaking those words or because He only is the Word of God and not the Word His saints spoke? They prefer to contain Him in His flesh, from which He declared with great desire and anticipation He could break out and “multiply Himself” in His Body members, speaking through many:

「僅限或主要是耶穌的福音話語」的支持者對這段經文有何看法?他們會說路加 (《使徒行傳》的作者) 說謊或犯了錯誤,因為耶穌不是在肉身時說出那些話,或因為祂僅僅是神的道,而不是祂聖徒所說的道?他們更喜歡將祂限制在祂的肉身中,祂以極大的渴望和期待宣告,祂可以在祂的身體肢體中爆發並「繁殖自己,」並通過許多人說話:

“But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!” (Luke 12:50 KJV)

「我有應當受的洗,我是多麼壓制直到這事完成。」(路加福音 12:50)

This He accomplished by going to the cross and raising Himself from the dead, consequently pouring Himself out upon “all flesh” and sending fire on the earth:


Acts 2:16-21 MKJV
(16) But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel:
(17) “And it shall be in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
(18) And in those days I will pour out My Spirit upon My slaves and My slave women, and they shall prophesy.
(19) And I will give wonders in the heaven above, and miracles on the earth below, blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
(20) The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before that great and glorious Day of the Lord.
(21) And it shall be that everyone who shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”
使徒行傳 2:16-21
(16) 這正是先知約珥所說的:
(17) 『神說:在末後的日子,我要將我的靈澆灌凡有血氣的,你們的兒女要說預言,你們的少年人要見異象,老年人要做異夢。
(18) 在那些日子,我要將我的靈澆灌我的僕人和使女,他們就要說預言。
(19) 在天上我要顯出奇事,在地下我要顯出神蹟,有血,有火,有煙霧。
(20) 日頭要變為黑暗,月亮要變為血,這都在主大而明顯的日子未到以前。
(21) 到那時候,凡求告主名的,就必得救。』

Proponents of the “Jesus’ Gospel Words Only or Primarily” will argue that they don’t altogether discard the Bible, they just emphasize the superiority of those words Jesus spoke while in the flesh. But what does Paul say about that (not that the “Jesus’ Gospel Words” people seem to have a lot of respect, relatively speaking, for what Paul has to say):

「僅限或主要是耶穌的福音話語」的支持者會爭論,他們並沒有完全拋棄聖經,他們只是強調耶穌在肉身時所說的話的優越性。但保羅對此是怎麼說的 (相對而言,並不是說「耶穌福音話語」的人似乎對保羅所說的話有很多尊重):

“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 MKJV).]

「全部聖經都是神所默示的,在教訓、責備、矯正和公義的訓練各方面,都是有益的,為要使屬神的人裝備好,可以完成各樣的善工。」(提摩太後書 3:16-1)

There is no differentiation between the words Jesus spoke in His flesh and the rest of the Scriptures because they are all Hisall “God-breathed.” Peter agrees with Paul’s words, and also confirms that God was Source of his and Paul’s teachings:


2 Peter 1:19-21 MKJV
(19)  We also have a more sure Word of prophecy, to which you do well to take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Daystar arises in your hearts,
(20) knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture came into being of its own private interpretation.
(21) For prophecy was not borne at any time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke being borne along by the Holy Spirit.

彼得後書 1:19-21
(19) 我們並有先知更確的預言,如同燈照在暗處。你們在這預言上留意,直等到天發亮、晨星在你們心裡出現的時候,才是好的。
(20) 第一要緊的,該知道經上所有的預言沒有可隨私意解說的
(21) 因為預言從來沒有出於人意的,而是神的聖人受聖靈感動說出來的

“And think of the long-suffering of our Lord as salvation (as our beloved brother Paul also has written to you according to the wisdom given to him as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable pervert, as also they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction)” (2 Peter 3:15-16 MKJV).

「並且要以我主長久忍耐為得救的因由,就如我們所親愛的兄弟保羅,照著所賜給他的智慧寫了信給你們。他一切的信上也都是講論這事。信中有些難明白的,那無知、不堅固的人強解,如強解別的經書一樣,就自取沉淪。」(彼得後書 3:15-16)

Peter wasn’t distinguishing between Jesus’ words in the flesh and the rest of the testimony of the saints in Christ, because it’s ALL inspired by Him – “for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10 MKJV).

彼得並沒有區分耶穌在肉身所說的話和聖徒在基督裡的其餘見證,因為這一切都是祂所默示的 —「因為耶穌的見證就是預言的靈意」(啟示錄19:10)。

We can agree with the “Words of Jesus Only or Primarily” people that we ought not believe any words spoken by those who contradict the Lord’s Words. We also readily acknowledge that believers can also speak words in the flesh; however, we declare that these “Jesus Words Only” teachers err in suggesting we will endanger ourselves by paying solemn attention to the words of His ministers, whether as recorded in the Scriptures or anywhere else.


An argument these people give is that there is often conflict between what Moses and Paul have said and what Jesus said, which is entirely untrue. If these “Jesus Only Words” folk knew the Lord and understood His Word by His Spirit, they would find no conflict at all. Little do they realize it was Jesus Christ Who spoke by Moses and Paul. Little do they realize that in rejecting their words, they reject Him Who sends them. Are these “Jesus Only Words” people not like the Pharisees of old?


A Felipe Gonzalez argues, “No, it wasn’t Jesus who gave EVERY word to Moses, though he gave some [my emphasis]. Jesus himself said that Moses taught some things of his own accord.”

一個費利佩·岡薩雷斯 (Felipe Gonzalez) 辯說:「不,並不是耶穌把每一句話都給了摩西,儘管他給了一些[我的強調]。耶穌說,摩西出於自己教導了一些事情。」

Did Jesus say that? Gonzalez refers to where Moses gave a bill of divorcement to those who determined to put away their wives:


Matthew 19:7-9 MKJV
(7) They said to Him, Why did Moses then command to give a bill of divorce and to put her away?
(8) He said to them, Because of your hard-heartedness Moses allowed you to put away your wives; but from the beginning it was not so.
(9) And I say to you, Whoever shall put away his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is put away commits adultery.
馬太福音 19:7-9
(7) 他們問耶穌:「那麼,為什麼摩西吩咐說,給一份休書,就可以休妻呢?」
(8) 耶穌對他們說:「摩西因著你們的心裡剛硬,才准許你們休妻,但並不是從起初就這樣的。
(9) 我告訴你們:如果有人不是由於淫亂的緣故而休妻,另娶別人,就是犯通姦罪。此外,凡是娶了被休的女人的,也是犯通姦罪。」

But who says Moses wasn’t led of the Spirit of the Lord to give them what they were asking in the hardness of their hearts? Would Gonzalez also accuse Samuel of independently giving Israel a king because they demanded one, contrary to God’s will (1 Samuel 8:4-8)? There is no evidence that Moses taught anything of his own accord. Indeed, of Moses, the “Word of God” says:

但誰說摩西沒有受到主的靈的引導,在他們的心剛硬中給他們所求的呢?岡薩雷斯是否也會指責撒母耳獨立地給以色列立了一個王,因為他們要求一個王,這違背上帝的旨意 (撒母耳記上第八章四至八節)?沒有證據表明摩西出於自己教導任何什麼。事實上,關於摩西,「上帝的話語」說:

“And Moses truly was faithful in all His house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken afterward” (Hebrews 3:5 MKJV).

「摩西作為僕人,向神的全家盡忠,為將來要談論的事作證。」(希伯來書 3:5)

Gonzalez says: “You cannot follow ‘an eye for an eye’ at the same time as ‘turn the other cheek’. They are mutually exclusive teachings. And Jesus’ teaching must be followed in preference to any other.”


In appearance to the carnal man there seems to be contradiction and it’s true that Jesus did expand on the essence of the Law He gave Moses to speak, but He didn’t contradict what Moses spoke. There is deadly error with Felipe’s reasoning. He gives the impression that Moses wasn’t speaking by God’s inspiration. He is wrong. Indeed, the psalmist said of the Law:


Psalms 19:7-9 ESV
(7) The Law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
(8) the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
(9) the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
詩篇 19:7-9
(7) 主的律法全備,能甦醒人心。主的法度確定,能使愚人有智慧。
(8) 主的訓詞正直,能快活人的心。主的命令清潔,能明亮人的眼目。
(9) 主的道理潔淨,存到永遠。主的典章真實,全然公義。

“Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If He called them gods to whom the Word of God came–and Scripture cannot be broken—’” (John 10:34-35 ESV).

耶穌對他們說:「你們的律法上不是寫道『我說你們是神』嗎?而經上的話是不能廢除的。神既然稱那些承受祂話語的人為神,」(約翰福音 10:34-35)

He also said: “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18 ESV).

祂還說:「我實在告訴你們,就是到天地都廢去,律法的一點一畫也不能廢去,直到一切都實現。」(馬太福音 5:18)

Paul said: “So the Law is holy, and the Commandment is holy and righteous and good” (Romans 7:12 ESV).

保羅說:「因此,律法是神聖的,誡命也是神聖、公義、美善的。」(羅馬書 7:12)

Moses gave nothing holy but what he was given to give by the Holy One of Israel, having no holiness of his own, as is the case with all men.


So what is the interpretation of the “eye for an eye” truth? Here it is. God was teaching by Moses that we get away with nothing. As we sow, so we reap, which is what Paul said, and which is what Jesus basically taught, though not quite as literally as “Jesus’ Words Primarily” proponents would expect, indeed demand. The Law of God by Moses was a tutor, an instructor, and a true one. “You take an eye, you’ll lose an eye. That’s how it works, like the laws of nature.”


Moses was not teaching revenge, nor did the Law of God, being holy and good (Romans 7:12), ever advocate such, as Gonzalez seems to imply. Neither did Jesus contradict what He formerly spoke by Moses. In advocating “turning the other cheek,” He was addressing the carnal nature of men to be foolishly “over-righteous” according to the letter of the Law, and to miss the Essence and Spirit of the Law that He was and is.

摩西並沒有教導復仇,神聖而美善的上帝律法 (羅馬書第七章十二節) 也沒有提倡這樣的行為,正如岡薩雷斯似乎暗示的那樣。耶穌也沒有與祂先前通過摩西所說的話相矛盾。在提倡「連另一邊也轉過去由他打」時,祂是在針對人的肉體本性,根據律法的字面意義,他們愚蠢地「過分正義,」而忽略了律法的本質和靈,那祂過去和現在都是。

“But if you had known what this is, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,” you would not have condemned those who are not guilty’” (Matthew 12:7 MKJV).

你們如果明白『我要的是憐憫,而不是祭祀』這話是什麼意思,就不會把無罪的定為有罪了。(馬太福音 12:7)

Therefore, these are not “mutually exclusive teachings,” as Gonzalez surmises. Jesus explained the holy Law and came to provide the fulfillment of His (not Moses’) Law by giving His Spirit to empower us to keep it according to the Spirit and not the letter. The letter always kills, and the Spirit always gives life. Only to the unlearned and unstable is there contradiction.

因此,這些並不是岡薩雷斯推測的「相互排斥的教導。」耶穌解釋了神聖的律法,並透過賜下祂的靈來使我們能夠按照聖靈而不是按照字句的來遵守它,從而實現了祂的 (而不是摩西的) 律法。字面的總是殺人的,而靈總是賜人生命。只有對於無知和不堅定的人來說,才會有矛盾。

It seems Gonzalez denies the presence of the Gospel in the Old Testament. But how does he explain Paul’s words here as he spoke of some events before Christ in the flesh?


Romans 10:16-21 ESV
(16) But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
(17) So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.
(18)  But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”
(19) But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”
(20) Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek Me; I have shown Myself to those who did not ask for Me.”
(21) But of Israel He says, “All day long I have held out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”

羅馬書 10:16-21
(16) 但是,並不是所有的人都順從了福音,就如以賽亞所說:「主啊,我們所傳的,有誰信了呢?」
(17) 因此,信是由聽而來,聽是藉著基督的話而來。
(18) 那麼我要說,他們難道沒有聽過嗎?當然聽過——「那聲音傳遍了天下,那話語傳到了地極。」
(19) 我再說「以色列人難道不明白嗎?」首先,摩西說:「我要用不是子民的,激起你們的嫉妒之心,用無知的民族激起你們的怒氣。」
(20) 後來,以賽亞大膽地說:「沒有尋找我的,我讓他們尋見;沒有求問我的,我向他們顯現。」
(21) 但是關於以色列人,祂卻說:「我整天向那悖逆、頂嘴的子民伸出雙手。」

If we can’t believe that God spoke those words by Isaiah, Moses, and Paul, what shall we believe?


I was saved by hearing the following words, among others, and I find them nowhere verbatim spoken by Jesus in the Gospels, but they were spoken by Paul:


“Then faith is of hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes indeed, their voice went out into all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (Romans 10:17-18 MKJV).}

因此,信是由聽而來,聽是藉著基督的話而來。 那麼我要說,他們難道沒有聽過嗎?當然聽過:「那聲音傳遍了天下,那話語傳到了地極。」(羅馬書 10:17-18)

Romans 10:9-11 MKJV
(9) Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
(10) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.
(11) For the Scripture says, “Everyone believing on Him shall not be put to shame.”
羅馬書 10:9-11
(9) 你如果口裡承認耶穌是主,心裡相信神使他從死人中復活,就將得救。
(10) 就是說,人心裡相信以致稱義,口裡承認以致救恩,
(11) 因為經上說:「所有信靠祂的人將不至於蒙羞。」

And: 和:
Ephesians 2:8-10 MKJV
(8) For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,
(9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.
(10) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
以弗所書 2:8-10
(8) 你們得救是本乎恩,也因着信;這並不是出於自己,而是神所賜的;
(9) 也不是出於行為,免得有人自誇。
(10) 我們是祂所造之物,在基督耶穌裏創造的,為要使我們行善,就是神早已預備好要我們做的。

Where else did Paul get the Word of God he spoke, except from The Word?


“Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my Gospel, in which I suffer ill as an evildoer, even to bonds. But the Word of God is not chained” (2 Timothy 2:8-9 MKJV).

「要記得耶穌基督,祂是大衛的後裔,從死人中復活;這就是我所傳的福音。我為這福音受苦難,甚至像犯人一樣被捆綁,然而神的道沒有被捆綁。」(提摩太後書 2:8-9)

Was Paul speaking of Jesus Christ as not chained, or of the Message Christ sent forth into the world by Paul? And if Paul spoke only the Words of Jesus, then how is it he claims to be preaching his ownGospel? Is Paul an adversary of Christ, having come up with his own gospel, or did he preach the Gospel Jesus Christ gave him, which saves by the Word made flesh, and glorifies Him as Lord?


“Or did the Word of God go out from you? Or did it reach only to you? If anyone thinks to be a prophet, or a spiritual one, let him recognize the things I write to you, that they are a commandment of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:36-37 KJV).

「神的道理豈是從你們出來嗎?豈是單臨到你們嗎?若有人以為自己是先知或是屬靈的,就該知道我所寫給你們的是主的命令。」(哥林多前書 14:36-37)

Paul plainly declared he was speaking the Word of God, His commandment. Who are these “Jesus’ Gospel Words Only or Primarily” people that they should diminish the importance of the Words of the Spirit of God by Paul?


“But when the Jews from Thessalonica knew that the Word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the people” (Acts 17:13 MKJV).

「但帖撒羅尼迦的猶太人知道保羅又在庇哩亞傳神的道,就往那裏去,煽動挑撥羣眾。」(使徒行傳 17:13)

Tell us, “Jesus Gospel Words Only or Primarily” people: Was Paul persistently persecuted for words of men or for the Word of God? What reasonable man will argue? But as Paul then said to foolish dissenters, so I say to them:


“But if any is ignorant, let him be ignorant” (1 Corinthians 14:38 MKJV).

「但如果有人無知,就讓他無知吧!」(哥林多前書 14:38)

Are the Scriptures inspired by Jesus Christ the Word or are they not?


All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16 MKJV).

全部聖經都是神所默示的,在教訓、責備、矯正和公義的訓練各方面,都是有益的。」(提摩太後書 3:16)

You may ask what the “Jesus’ Words Only or Primarily” people have to say of those words, but I have seen the carnal man, the sluggard of the things of God and His Word, come up with an answer one way or another. As the Word of God says, or as Jesus was accustomed to saying, “It is written”:


“The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can give a reason” (Proverbs 26:16 MKJV).

「懶惰人眼看自己比七個善於應對的人更有智慧。」(箴言 26:16)

Are the words of Paul the words of men or the Word of God? He tells us (though those with their own agenda won’t believe him):

保羅的話是人的話還是神的話?他告訴我們 (儘管那些有另有所圖的人不會相信他):

“And for this cause we thank God without ceasing, that when you received the Word of hearing, of God, you welcomed it as the Word of Godnot as a word of men, but as it is, truly the Word of God, which also effectually works in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13 MKJV).

「我們也為這緣故不住感謝神,因為你們領受了從我們所聽的神的道,不認為這是人的道,而認為這確實是神的道。這道也運行在你們信的人裡面。」(帖撒羅尼迦前書 2:13)

Notice, Paul says the Thessalonians “received the Word of hearing, of God….”


“For every creation of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified through the Word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5 MKJV).

「凡神所造的物都是好的,若感謝著領受,就沒有一樣可棄的,都因神的道和人的祈求成為聖潔了。」(提摩太前書 4:4-5)

In Paul’s day, they preached the Word of God from the Old Testament, for they had no New. In that Old Testament was recorded the sanctification of what was good and clean to eat. Paul calls it the “Word of God.”


Felipe Gonzalez, teaching the “Jesus’ Gospel Words Primarily” message, says, “While the Bible is inspired by God, it is not God Himself.”


We will certainly say the same, but there is a difference between us nonetheless. Though they say the Scriptures are inspired, they deny that the words God speaks are the same or of equal value to the words Jesus spoke in the flesh as recorded in the Gospels. They fail to realize that Jesus was the Inspirer of the Scriptures, those being His words as well, though spoken through ordinary men.


And are only those portions of the Bible Jesus quoted of great value and not the rest of the Bible that He didn’t quote? Wouldn’t sound reason force us to that conclusion? Do these people assume that all Jesus quoted from the Tanakh (Old Testament) was recorded in the Gospels? Of course they would be wrong!

難道只有耶穌引用的那部分聖經才有價值,而不是祂沒有引用的聖經其餘部分嗎?難道不是因合理的理由迫使我們才得出這樣的結論嗎?這些人是否認為耶穌從《塔納赫》(舊約) 引用的所有內容都記載在福音書嗎?他們當然錯了!

Reader, do you see how idolaters of “Jesus’ Words First and Foremost” contradict themselves so? They stand ready with their tongues to deny, even crucify, Him at every turn. Jesus called such, “vipers.”


Gonzalez says, “I can’t call the Bible ‘the Word of God’ because the Bible itself doesn’t call itself that, and only uses that title for Jesus.”


I think we have well proven otherwise. Felipe Gonzalez has also said: “but neither do I believe that every word in the Bible is the infallible Word of God (since that is not what the Bible teaches about itself).”


“Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If He called them gods to whom the Word of God came–and Scripture cannot be broken—’” (John 10:34-35 ESV).

耶穌對他們說:「你們的律法上不是寫道『我說你們是神』嗎?而經上的話是不能廢除的。神既然稱那些承受祂話語的人為神,」(約翰福音 10:34-35)

But it is quite clear Felipe refers to the entire Bible.

Ironic that he questions the authority of the words of the Bible other than those Jesus spoke in the Gospels, yet refers to the Bible as the authority to back his doctrine!


How is it that Jesus quoted from the Bible as authoritative from Heaven if it isn’t His “Infallible Word of God”? Let such as Gonzalez answer that.


No, these false teachers would do well to heed Jesus’ words they presume to serve so faithfully:


John 5:37-40 MKJV
(37) And He sending Me, the Father Himself, has borne witness of Me. Neither have you heard His voice at any time nor seen His shape.
(38) And you do not have His Word abiding in youfor you do not believe Him Whom He has sent.
(39) You search the Scriptures [the Gospels primarily], for in them you think you have eternal life. And they are the ones witnessing of Me,
(40) and you will not come to Me that you might have life.

約翰福音 5:37-40
(37) 派我來的父也親自為我做了見證。你們從來沒有聽到祂的聲音,也沒有看到祂的相貌,
(38) 更沒有把祂的道存在你們裡面,因為你們不信祂所派來的那一位。
(39) 你們查考經文 [主要是福音書],因你們以為從中可以得到永恆的生命。其實這經文就是為我做見證的。
(40) 可是你們不肯到我這裡來得生命。

John speaks again of The Word and the Word:


“And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast nor his image, nor had received his mark on their foreheads, nor in their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4 MKJV).

「我又看見那些為耶穌做見證並為神的話語被斬首之人的靈魂,他們沒有拜過獸或獸像,也沒有在額上或手上受過獸的記號。他們都復活了,與基督一同作王一千年。」(啟示錄 20:4)

For those who believe that the Old and New Testaments aren’t the Word of God, except perhaps for Jesus’ words in the Gospels, how is it that time and again we hear of the prophets before Christ’s day in the flesh speaking forth “the Word of the Lord”? “Thus says the Lord,” they would begin, and then speak the Word of God, the Word Jesus Christ would give them to speak. Or don’t they believe it was Jesus Who gave them their words?


Jesus Christ is the Word of God. The Bible is the Word of God. All prophecies, interpretations of tongues, visions, dreams, words of faith and knowledge inspired by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, are the Word of God. Our writings, as here and now, are the Word of God. God is not limited to the Bible, except by fornicators and idolaters, who worship the creature and not the Creator they profess to worship. For them is this solemn warning:


“And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” (Revelation 22:19 ESV).

「如果有人從這書上的預言之話中刪去什麼,神將要從這書上所寫的生命冊和聖城中刪去他的份。」(啟示錄 22:19)

It seems to us that if a body represents the whole life, and the proponents of “Jesus’ Gospel Words Only or Primarily” lessen the value of all other words in the Scriptures, these people have not only amputated a limb or two, they have decapitated themselves.


Yes, Johann, a long letter, and we hope it serves well. Let those who hunger for the Word of God not be dismayed or discouraged. Indeed, may the Word of God be a feast for them.


Victor Hafichuk


A Response to Felipe Gonzalez’s “Jesus’ Words Only” Writing, “God or Money”


Summary: Quoting Jesus’ words as authoritative doesn’t mean one understands them. “And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: ‘Hearing you shall hear and by no means understand, and seeing you shall see and by no means perceive. For the heart of this people has become dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes have closed….” (Matthew 13:14-15 EMTV).

摘要: 引用耶穌的話語作為權威並不意味著人們理解它們。「在他們身上,正應了以賽亞的預言說:『你們聽是要聽見,卻不明白;看是要看見,卻不領悟。因為這百姓油的心麻木了,耳朵發沉,眼睛閉著…』」(馬太福音 13:14-15)

Hi Felipe, Paul Cohen here from The Path of Truth,


Just recently a subject we touched on in our correspondence from earlier this year, the Word of God, came up and resulted in a writing that also answers your teaching on “Jesus’ words only.” (I have included the writing following this letter.)

就在最近,我們在今年年初的通信中談到了這個主題,即上帝的話語,並產生了一篇文章,它也回答了你關於「僅限耶穌的話語」的教導。 (我已將文章附在這封信裡。)

You also told us that you would appreciate feedback on any of your writings. I have a few things to say about “God or Money.”


Though you may concentrate on Jesus’ words above all others, while you don’t have His Spirit or understand what He says, you interpret His words according to your carnal mind and pervert His meaning, leading others astray with you.


For example, in the writing you say:

“Jesus commands his followers not to work for the food that perishes (John 6:27), but to take his yoke and work for him instead. (Matthew 11:29-30)”

「耶穌命令他的信徒不要為那必壞的食物勞力(約翰福音 6:27) ,而要負起祂的軛,為祂工作。(馬太福音 11:29-30)」

You’ve set up a false dichotomy, making it sound as if Jesus said you couldn’t hold down a job or have an occupation if you took up His yoke. He didn’t say that and never justified such a conclusion by any of His words. Here’s what He did say in Matthew 11:29-30:

你設定了一種錯誤的二分法,聽起來好像耶穌說,如果你負起祂的軛,你就無法保住一份工作或擁有一份職業。祂沒有這麼說,也從未用任何祂的話語來證明這樣的結論是合理的。這是祂在馬太福音第十一章 二十九至三十節所說的話:

“Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”


Nothing at all there about leaving your job or not working for pay. You are the one putting a burden on people by adding to His words, the very thing the Lord indicates He came to remove!


Neither did the Lord imply one couldn’t “work for food” in the previous verse you cite. I quote John 6:27, along with the rest of the Lord’s words that explain what He is saying (for those who have ears to hear):

在你引用的上一節經文,主也沒有暗示人們不能「為糧食而工作。」我引用約翰福音第六章二十七節,連同主其餘的話語來解釋祂在說什麼 (為那些有耳可聽的人):

John 6:26-37 MKJV
(26) Jesus answered them and said, Truly, truly, I say to you, You seek Me not because you saw the miracles, but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
(27)  Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for that food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you. For God the Father sealed Him.
(28) Then they said to Him, What shall we do that we might work the works of God?
(29) Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe on Him Whom He has sent.
(30) Therefore they said to Him, What sign do you show then, so that we may see and believe you? What do you work?
(31) Our fathers ate the manna in the desert, as it is written, “He gave them bread from Heaven to eat.”
(32) Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Moses did not give you that bread from Heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from Heaven.
(33) For the bread of God is He Who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world.
(34) Then they said to him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
(35) And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes on Me shall never thirst.
(36) But I said to you that you also have seen Me and do not believe.
(37) All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will in no way cast out.

約翰福音 6:26-37
(26) 耶穌回答說:「我實實在在地告訴你們:你們找我,並不是因見了神蹟,乃是因吃餅得飽。
(27) 不要為那必壞的食物勞力,要為那存到永生的食物勞力,就是人子要賜給你們的,因為人子是父神所印證的。」
(28) 眾人問祂說:「我們當行什麼,才算做神的工呢?」
(29) 耶穌回答說:「信神所差來的,這就是做神的工。」
(30) 他們又說:「你行什麼神蹟,叫我們看見就信你?你到底做什麼事呢?
(31) 我們的祖宗在曠野吃過嗎哪,如經上寫著說:『祂從天上賜下糧來給他們吃。』」
(32) 耶穌說:「我實實在在地告訴你們:那從天上來的糧不是摩西賜給你們的,乃是我父將天上來的真糧賜給你們。
(33) 因為神的糧就是那從天上降下來賜生命給世界的。」
(34) 他們說:「主啊,常將這糧賜給我們!」
(35) 耶穌說:「我就是生命的糧。到我這裡來的,必定不餓;信我的,永遠不渴。
(36) 只是我對你們說過,你們已經看見我,還是不信。
(37) 凡父所賜給我的人,必到我這裡來;到我這裡來的,我總不丟棄他。

If one goes by your interpretation, Felipe, then quitting work and foregoing an income to pay for physical bread isn’t going far enough. You shouldn’t eat physical bread in the first place, even manna from Heaven, but only the Lord Jesus Christ, the true Bread from Heaven.


But of course, the Lord isn’t saying to abstain from all food or earthly activities, such as gainful employment. You are only making Him say so through your twisted interpretation. He was rather telling those who came after Him that they did so for the wrong reason, to feed their bellies. Seeking the earthly bread in the presence of the Heavenly, they were missing the will of God and denying themselves everlasting life.


You derail so easily because you deny yourself the full counsel of God as contained in His Holy Scriptures. The apostle Paul gives the Lord’s perspective on work, which Paul taught by His Spirit to all the assemblies of God:


“For even when we were with you, we commanded you this, that if anyone would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

「我們在你們那裡的時候,曾經吩咐過你們,如果有人不肯作工,就不可吃飯。」(帖撒羅尼迦後書 3:10)

The Lord never said not to work for food; what He was saying was don’t put food (representative of all physical things) above God and His Gospel of salvation through Christ. He also summed it up this way: “Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing” (Luke 12:23 MKJV).

主從來沒有說過不要為了食物而工作;祂的意思是不要把食物 (代表所有物質的東西) 放在上帝和祂透過基督的救贖福音之上。祂這樣總結:「因為生命比飲食重要,身體比衣服重要。」(路加福音 12:23)

We are to serve one Master only, but that doesn’t mean we no longer must deal with the physical realities and responsibilities our Master requires of us. Your teaching leads people into confusion and lives of total contradiction, because founded on abhorrent self-righteousness, just like your own. You are dead and empty, Felipe, expressing a manmade depiction of piety that hides a sack of rotting, putrefying flesh. You are in process and practice of manufacturing parasites.


Yes, Jesus called the twelve to drop their earthly employment to follow Him. But that was God’s specific commandment and will for those men, whom He called out of the multitudes to work with Him. He didn’t call the rest of Israel to leave their earthly jobs to follow Him, though all were called to repentance.


This is confirmed by John the Immerser, who prepared the way of the Lord by calling the people to repentance. (Again, we see the need for the whole testimony of God that confirms His teachings with many witnesses.)


Luke 3:12-14 EMTV
(12) Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
(13) And he said to them, “Collect nothing more than the amount which has been commanded to you.”
(14) Likewise the soldiers also were asking him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.”
路加福音 3:12-14
(12) 一些稅吏也來受洗。他們問約翰:「老師,我們該做什麼呢?」(13) 約翰對他們說:「除了給你們規定的以外,不要多收。」
(14) 有些當兵的也問他,說:「那麼我們呢?我們該做什麼呢?」約翰說:「不要敲詐任何人,也不要勒索人,當以自己的糧餉為滿足。」

And don’t tell us the Lord superseded John’s instructions, because He never said anything different, nor through the commandments delivered by His apostles.


With the rich young ruler, whom the Lord told to sell all his goods and give to the poor, He was addressing the idolatry of that individual’s heart, not giving a blanket commandment to all men. To conclude such is certainly adding to the Lord’s words, and thereby you add the plagues of God to yourself and to all who follow your corrupt reasoning and ways.


Again, it’s not just that you diminish or overlook the whole counsel of God and His complete testimony, but by not knowing the Lord or having His mind, you don’t even get His words right, let alone understand them. You say:


“To the religious leaders of his day, Jesus said, ‘Give everything you have to the poor, and everything else will be clean for you.’ (Luke 11:41)”

耶穌對當時的宗教領袖說:把你所有的一切分給窮人,對你們來說一切就都潔淨了。(路加福音 11:41)

That’s not what He said – far from it. A few words make a world of difference. Here’s what He said:


“But give alms of such things as you have, and behold, all things are clean to you” (Luke 11:41 MKJV).

「只要把裏面的施捨給人,對你們來說一切就都潔淨了。」(路加福音 11:41)

The Lord wasn’t commanding the Pharisees to give “everything” they had to make things clean; God forbid! You add the word “everything” to fit your self-glorifying doctrine, but whether giving all or part, their sacrifices (and yours) weren’t acceptable to God. The Lord goes on to say that their giving wasn’t acceptable in any fashion, because their motives were selfish – they were dead and unclean on the inside:

主並沒有命令法利賽人要分給他們所有的「一切」來使一切變得潔淨了。但願不會發生這事!你添加「一切」這個字來符合你自我榮耀的教義,但無論是全部或部分,他們的祭品 (和你的) 都不被上帝接受。主接著說,他們的奉獻無論如何都是不可接受的,因為他們的動機是自私的 — 他們裡面是死的、不潔淨的:

Luke 11:42-44 MKJV
(42) But woe to you, Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and pass over judgment and the love of God. You ought to have done these, and not to leave the other undone.
(43) Woe to you, Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and greetings in the markets.
(44) Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like unseen tombs and the men walking above are not aware of them.
路加福音 11:42-44
(42) 「但是你們法利賽人有禍了!因為你們將薄荷、芸香,和各樣蔬菜獻上十分之一,疏忽了公義和愛 神的事;這原是你們該做的—至於其他也不可忽略。
(43) 你們法利賽人有禍了!因為你們喜愛會堂裏的高位,又喜歡人們在街市上向你們問安。
(44) 你們有禍了!因為你們如同不顯露的墳墓,走在上面的人並不知道。」

So how could their giving, even if it was all they had, bring them to life and make them clean? “Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:37 MKJV)

所以,即使這是他們所擁有的一切,他們的奉獻如何能賦予他們生命並使他們潔淨呢? 「人還能拿甚麼換靈魂呢?」(馬可福音 8:37)

Of their tithes, He said they shouldn’t leave them undone, but how would they do that if they didn’t labor for them in the first place?


And right before the Lord spoke of the Pharisees giving alms, He was lambasting their works, which He said they did to make themselves look good while utterly corrupt within:


Luke 11:39-40 MKJV
(39) And the Lord said to him, Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and the platter clean, but your inward part is full of plunder and wickedness.
(40) Fools! Did not He Who made the outside also make the inside?
路加福音 11:39-40

(39) 主就對他說:「如今你們法利賽人洗淨杯子、盤子的外面,但你們裡面卻充滿著搶奪和邪惡。

(40) 你們這些愚妄的人!那位造了外面的,不也造了裡面嗎?」

So why would the Lord direct them to increase their wretched works, as if doing so would change anything within? Will a greater quantity of what is wrong please Him? Your interpretation goes against everything He ever said or taught, including through His apostles:


“And though I give away all my possessions to feed the poor, and though I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:3 EMTV).

「我若把一切所有的分給人,又捨己身被人焚燒,卻沒有愛,對我仍然毫無益處。」(哥林多前書 13:3)

What the Lord was saying in the portion you manhandle (and man contaminates everything he handles):

主在這部分所說的話,你粗暴地處理 (而人污染了他所處理的一切):

“You religious hypocrites give of the things you have in your corrupt state, and voila! – you and your works are clean! That doesn’t work, and woe to you because you believe it does!”


In another place, the Lord addressed the almsgiving of the hypocritical Pharisees and the reward of their giving:


“Be careful not to do your good works in public in order to attract attention. If you do, your Father in Heaven will not reward you. So when you give to the poor, don’t announce it with trumpet fanfare. This is what hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets in order to be praised by people. I can guarantee this truth: That will be their only reward” (Matthew 6:1-2 GW).

「你們要小心,不可將善事行在人的面前,讓他們看見。若是這樣,就不能得你們天父的賞賜了。所以,你施捨的時候,不可在你面前吹號,像那假冒為善的人在會堂裡和街道上所行的,故意要得人的榮耀。我實在告訴你們:他們已經得了他們的賞賜。」(馬太福音 6:1-2)

And that’s your only reward, Felipe, even if you’ve given all your goods to the poor. You have no reward from God, because you don’t know Him or walk in His ways. You have the opposite, a curse is on you, because you contradict His ways and teach against them.


Your doctrine and its logical implications reminds me of Amway, the preeminent multilevel company of its day (and maybe still is, I don’t know), wherein there are members whose philosophy implied that you were a loser to have a regular job or occupation other than selling Amway. If everyone were to follow that philosophy, who would grow the food or provide the services and goods Amway marketers needed to keep their lives and businesses going?

你的學說及其邏輯意義讓我想起美國安利公司,當時卓越的多層次直銷公司 (也許仍然如此,我不知道),其中有些成員的哲學暗示你是一個失敗者如果你有固定工作或職業除了銷售安利。如果每個人都遵循這個理念,那麼誰來種植食物或提供安利行銷人員維持生活和讓業務繼續所需的服務和商品?

In the same way, if everyone followed your teaching (in order not to be a spiritual loser, but a “giant” like you), leaving behind their jobs and the work that provides the necessities of life for mankind, society would collapse into a multitude of mini-colonies of spiritual airheads, who go naked and starve to death while thinking they are going to Heaven. How pathetic!

同樣的,如果每個人都遵循你的教導 (為了不成為靈性上的失敗者,而是像你一樣的「巨頭」),放棄他們的職業和為人類提供生活必需品的工作,社會將崩潰成眾多精神空頭的迷你殖民地,他們赤裸裸地餓死,同時以為自己會上天堂。多麼可憐!

But the counsel of God brings peace, balance, and wisdom in all things:


“Let each one remain in the calling in which he was called. Were you called as a slave [and there are “wage” slaves today]? It does not matter to you, but if you are able to become free, use it rather” (1 Corinthians 7:20-21 MKJV).

「各人蒙召的時候怎樣,他就應當保持怎樣。你蒙召的時候是作奴僕的 [今天有「工資」奴僕] 嗎?不要為此煩惱。但如果你能夠得到自由,就要把握這機會。」

God has a place for each, and each in his place. Not all are called to be teachers, for example: “My brothers, let not many become teachers, knowing that we shall receive greater judgment” (James 3:1 EMTV). It’s only men who come up with the idea of mono-cropping, making all the same, “Christians by cookie cutter.”

上帝為每個人都有一個崗位,每個人都有自己的地位。並非所有人都被呼召成為教師,例如:「我的弟兄們,你們不應該有太多人作教師,因為知道我們作教師的將受更嚴厲的審判」(雅各書 3:1)。 只有人提出了單一種植的想法,使一切都一樣,「成為千篇一律的基督徒。」

And even those called to a high calling, as that of an apostle, do not offend when they work for money. Do you find fault with Paul for that when he worked to support his spiritual duty? You say:


“Jesus did not say that the choice was between working for God or working for the devil. He said it was between working for God or working for money. He says that, in our attempts to serve one ‘master’ we are going to end up cheating the other. He says we will either learn to despise God or to despise money. (Luke 16:13-15 ) Which one do you despise?”

耶穌並沒有說要在為上帝工作還是為魔鬼工作之間做出選擇。他說這是在為上帝工作還是為金錢工作之間。他說,在我們試圖服事一個「主人」的過程中,我們最終會欺騙另一個。他說我們要么學會蔑視上帝,要么學會蔑視金錢。(路加福音16:13-15) 你藐視哪一個呢?

But what does the WORD of GOD say?
Acts 20:33-35 MKJV
(33) I have coveted no man’s silver or gold or apparel.
(34) Yea, you yourselves know that these hands have ministered to my needs, and to those who were with me.
(35) I have shown you all things, that working in this way we ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
使徒行傳 20:33-35
(33) 我未曾貪圖一個人的金、銀或衣服。
(34) 你們自己知道,我靠兩隻手工作來供給我和同工的需用。
(35) 我凡事給你們作榜樣,叫你們知道應當這樣勞苦,扶助軟弱的人,又當記念主耶穌的話,說:『施比受更為有福。』

Acts 18:1-4 MKJV
(1) And after these things Paul departed from Athens and came to Corinth.
(2) And finding a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome) Paul came to them.
(3) And because he was of the same trade, he stayed and worked with them; for they were tentmakers by occupation.
(4) And he reasoned in the synagogue on every sabbath, persuading both Jews and Greeks.
使徒行傳 18:1-4
(1) 這些事以後,保羅離開雅典,來到哥林多。
(2) 他遇見一個生在本都的猶太人,名叫亞居拉。不久前,他帶着妻子百基拉從意大利來,因為克勞第命令所有的猶太人都離開羅馬。保羅去投靠他們。
(3) 他們本是製造帳棚為業。保羅因與他們同業,就和他們同住,一同做工。
(4) 每逢安息日,保羅在會堂裏辯論,勸導猶太人和希臘人。

In your naïve and perverse treatise, you also say this:

“There was a dramatic difference between what Jesus taught about money and what the Old Testament taught. Jews gave 10% of their money and 1/7 of their time to God and more or less kept the rest for themselves. But Jesus taught 100% living by faith (i.e. forsaking all and living and witnessing together seven days a week), and that is what made the early church so powerful. (See Acts 2:44-45 and Acts 4:32-35.)”

「耶穌關於金錢的教導與舊約聖經的教導之間存在著巨大的差異。猶太人把百分之十的金錢和七分之一的時間奉獻給上帝,剩下的或多或少都歸自己所有。但耶穌教導我們要百分之百憑信心生活 (即放棄一切,每週七天一起生活和作見證),這就是早期教會如此強大的原因。(參見使徒行傳 2:44-45和使徒行傳 4:32-35)」

How could there be a “dramatic difference” between what Jesus taught and the “Old Testament” taught when the Lord said that He came to fulfill the Old Testament – the prophets and the Law? There is no difference at all. The just have always lived by faith, fulfilling the Law, and never by the Law to fulfill the faith, as you do.


“But that no one is justified by the Law in the sight of God is clear, for, ‘The just shall live by faith’” (Galatians 3:11 MKJV).

所以,明顯地沒有人能藉著律法在神面前被稱為義,因為經上說:「義人將因信而活。」(加拉太書 3:11)

That goes for Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Daniel, Job, and all the prophets and true Jews in Spirit, to this day. If the fathers lived by faith, they lived by the grace of God 24/7, for Him and not for themselves.


They weren’t allowed by the Law to live for themselves six out of seven days of the week, as you suggest. That would make them reprobates, without the faith of God. That would also mean they were in sin, whether keeping the Sabbath or giving away all their goods, because “whatever is not of faith is sin.”


“But she who gives herself to pleasure is dead while she lives” (1 Timothy 5:6 HNV).

「而那享樂度日的寡婦,雖然活著,卻是死的。」(提摩太前書 5:6)

Those who have believed God have always lived by faith and not by the Law. They fulfilled the Law to the degree possible, and now the saints (those who believe) do so in complete perfection through God’s Spirit. He has been doing a progressive work: “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, did not receive the promise, for God had provided some better thing for us, that they should not be made perfect without us” (Hebrews 11:39-40 MKJV).

那些相信上帝的人總是靠信心而不是靠律法生活。他們盡可能地成全了律法,現在聖徒 (那些相信的人) 藉著上帝的靈完全完美地成全了律法。祂一直在做進步性的工作:「所有這些人都藉著信得了稱許,卻還沒有得著所應許的;因為神已經為我們預備了更美的事,使他們若不跟我們在一起,就不能完全。」(希伯來書 11:39-40)

As God did a different thing with each of the ancients in faith, He did a different thing with the apostles in their day, after the Lord ascended on high and gave them His Spirit. We can’t try to recreate any of His former works, even those days, but can only walk with Him today, going where He goes and doing what He does through us, which is a new thing.


If the work reported in the Book of Acts was perfect, it would still be here today. But that work was also in part, because it remained for the Lord to finish His work in righteousness, establishing His Kingdom over all the earth:


Acts 1:6-8 MKJV
(6) Then, indeed, these coming together, they asked Him, saying, Lord, do You at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?
(7) And He said to them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in His Own authority.
(8) But you shall receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you. And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
使徒行傳 1:6-8
(6) 他們聚集的時候,問耶穌:「主啊,祢就要在這時候復興以色列國嗎?」
(7) 耶穌對他們說:「父憑着自己的權柄所定的時候和日期,不是你們可以知道的。
(8) 但聖靈降臨在你們身上,你們就必得着能力,並要在耶路撒冷、猶太全地和撒瑪利亞,直到地極,作我的見證。」

Felipe, you know nothing about the work that comes by faith, His faith. You walk by sight, in the confidence of your wretched self-righteousness and legalistic interpretations, offering up putrid sacrifices of the flesh, which God hates with a passion.


God wants obedience, not sacrifice. And He wants it according to His definition and standard, not yours. 


By the way, lest you think we speak from non-experience and denial of the unity of the saints: We dohave that unity. By the grace of God we have forsaken all and live by the faith that is Him, in His service, our lives joined together as one. That is His work of grace in all of His saints:


Ephesians 4:11-13 MKJV
(11) And truly He gave some to be apostles, and some to be prophets, and some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
(12) for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
(13) And this until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
以弗所書 4:11-13
(11) 祂所賜的有使徒,有先知,有傳福音的,有牧者和教師,
(12) 為要裝備聖徒,做事奉的工作,建立基督的身體,
(13) 直等到我們眾人在信仰上同歸於一,認識神的兒子,得以長大成人,達到基督完全長成的身量。

We are built up on that holy foundation, which is Christ, and the work of those who went before us – the apostles and servants of God from the beginning. You are building an imitation model of what you perceive of His former works, missing the mark of what was, and entirely outside of what is. God Is, and He is doing a new thing, while you try to cobble something together outside the gates of the City of God, the Jerusalem from above.


We flow with the Lord and His commandments, but you have substituted your own version of His commandments, a lie in which you deceive yourself and all those who follow you.


“Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie” (Revelation 22:14-15 KJV).

「遵行祂命令的人是有福的!他們可以有權到生命樹那裡,也可以從門進到城裡。在城外,有那些狗,那些行邪術的、淫亂的、殺人的、拜偶像的,以及所有喜愛說謊的和實行說謊的人。」(啟示錄 22:14-15)

You tell your hearers, “Here is the way to Heaven,” as you lead them into Hell, the pit of despair where the unclean dwell.


“But he does not know that the dead are there; her guests are in the depths of Hell” (Proverbs 9:18 MKJV).

「人卻不知道她那裡有陰魂,她的客人是在陰間的深處。」(箴言 9:18)

The only way to the heavenly unity of the saints is through the cross of Christ and the fires of God. That’s the only way to know the Lord Jesus Christ and to enter the fellowship of His Body. You think we lack focus on the teachings of Jesus because you don’t know Him or have the fellowship that is in Him. Just as the Pharisees of old didn’t recognize their Lord and Savior as He stood before them, neither do you.


You preach a false Christ and Gospel, which the True Lord and God now exposes to deliver all those for deliverance from Hell and from Satan’s phony “Christian” works that burden and destroy many in their self-righteousness.


Praise God; this is His Day, hallelujah!
讚美神; 這是祂的日子,哈利路亞!

And here is the writing on the Word of God, which is food for the hungry, but fire for the rebellious, a letter naming you and exposing your pernicious error:


“For a fire is kindled in My anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with its increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains” (Deuteronomy 32:22 MKJV).

「因為在我的怒中有火燃燒起來,燒到陰間的深處,把大地和地的出產盡都吞滅,連山的根基也燒著了。」(申命記 32:22)

“But the present heavens and the earth being kept in store by the same Word, are being kept for fire until the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7 MKJV).

「但現在的天地還是憑着神的話存留,一直留到不敬神的人受審判和滅亡的日子,被火焚燒。」(彼得後書 3:7)

Victor Hafichuk
June 21, 2017

In this paper you’ll hear about the meanings and manifestations of “the Word of God,” centered on Jesus Christ, His testimony and work of salvation in and through man. You will also hear about the erring, “Jesus’ Words Only” doctrine, which denies Him and His work.

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