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凡事预则立,不预则废。为了成功,必须要作周密的计划。圣经记录了全能上帝的伟大计划。上帝立下计划,是为了完成什么目标呢?
彼得前书 1:8-9   你们虽然没有见过他,却是爱他;如今虽不得看见,却因信他就有说不出来、满有荣光的大喜乐; 并且得着你们信心的果效,就是灵魂的救恩


为了赐给我们救赎,上帝设立了计划。我们必须明白上帝的计划,参与到其中,才能得救。那么,上帝是如何展开这伟大的计划呢?从现在开始,我们一一查看。

阶段

为了达成目标,必须计划不同的阶段。举农事为例。在种庄稼时,会有犁地、灌溉、防虫、收割等阶段。那么上帝的救赎计划分为多少个阶段呢?

马太福音28:19  所以,你们要去,使万民作我的门徒,奉父、子、圣灵的名给他们施洗……

这句章节显示了三个救主的名字,分别是圣父的名字,圣子的名字和圣灵的名字。这意味着上帝会作为救主出现三次,也就是说上帝的救赎计划分为三个阶段。

圣父的名字是耶和华。圣子的名字是耶稣。那么,圣灵的名字存在吗?耶稣既然说了要奉圣灵的名字浸礼,就应该有圣灵的名字,不是吗?那么圣灵的名字是什么呢?

让我们确认,是否有三个名字引导的三个阶段吧。

在旧约时代,先知以赛亚记录,除了耶和华,别无救主。

因此,在上帝救赎计划的第一阶段,上帝以“耶和华”的名字展开计划。那么,在第二阶段,上帝又以什么名字展开救赎呢?

到了新约时代,使徒彼得见证,上帝没有在人间赐下别的名让我们可以靠着得救;唯一赐予的名字正是“耶稣”。这是因为耶稣就是第二阶段的救主名字。

大家对前两个阶段都耳熟能详。那么,您知道上帝会以新名展开第三阶段的工作吗?

耶稣以“我必快来”的话语告诉我们他会再来。基督再临时会带来新名,也就是不同于“耶稣”的别的名字。

在这预言中,耶稣说他会将白石赐给我们,石上写着新名。从灵意上来说,石头预表耶稣(彼得前书2:4)。因此,石上的新名代表耶稣的新名。
“除了那领受的以外,没有人能认识”说明世人还没听过这名字。上帝将以这名完成最后一阶段的救赎事工。
时间
关于上帝救赎计划的三个阶段,还有一个至关重要的因素是时间。
传道书 3:1 凡事都有定期,天下万务都有定时

以农事为例,每个阶段都有定好的时间。这些时机与天气紧密相关,把握住时机才能有好的收成。同样地,上帝的救赎计划也有我们必须把握的时机。那就是圣父时代、圣子时代、圣灵时代。

上帝果真划分了不同的救主时代吗?确认一下吧。

诗篇 116:4   那时,我便求告耶和华的名,说:耶和华啊,求你救我的灵魂!

在圣父时代,人们奉圣父时代救主的名字——耶和华献上祷告。但是,时代换到圣子时代后,就不再使用耶和华的名字了。耶稣教导,从那时起要使用他的名字。

约翰福音 16:24  向来你们没有奉我的名求什么,如今你们求,就必得着,叫你们的喜乐可以满足。

直到那时,耶稣的门徒还在奉耶和华的名字祈祷。但是,圣子时代一开始,耶稣就教导门徒,要以耶稣的名祈祷才能得到应答。也就是说,救主的名字有时间的限制。

在圣父时代,耶和华的名字有效力。到了圣子时代,有效力的名字是耶稣。到了我们的时代,哪个名字有效力呢?圣子时代已经结束了,如今是圣灵时代,我们必须求告新名才有效力。

达到目的

上帝的目的是拯救我们。为了参与到这救援计划、领受救恩,我们必须明确自己站在上帝救赎事业的哪一个阶段;相信这个时代的救主,我们才能得到救援。

约珥书 2:32  到那时候,凡求告耶和华名的就必得救;因为照耶和华所说的,在锡安山耶路撒冷必有逃脱的人,在剩下的人中必有耶和华所召的。

圣父时代的人,求告耶和华的名字就能得救。

罗马书10:9  你若口里认耶稣为主,心里信 神叫他从死里复活,就必得救

到了圣子时代,上帝拯救相信耶稣之名的人。

如今,我们正处在上帝救赎事业的最后阶段。在我们的时代如何才能得救呢?现在既是圣灵时代,我们的救主以耶稣的新名安商洪而来,那么唯有相信新名安商洪才能得救。

As in many great works, there is a plan to accomplish it. In order to ensure success, intricate plans are often drawn. The Bible contains a great plan of the Almighty God. What is the purpose of God’s plan?
1 Peter 1:8-9 (NCV)  You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You cannot see him now, but you believe in him. So you are filled with a joy that cannot be explained, a joy full of glory. And you are receiving the goal of your faith—the salvation of your souls.


God’s plan was set up for our salvation. This is why we need to understand about it, take part in it, so that we can be saved ultimately. Then, how did God lay out this great plan? From now on, let us delve into greater details.

Stages

In plans, there are stages, with each of the stage building up towards achieving the purpose. Take farming as an example. There are different stages such as soil preparation, irrigation, pest prevention, harvesting and so on. In God’s plan of salvation work, how many stages are there?

Matthew 28:19  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit 

Here, we can see 3 different names of the Saviour: the name of the Father, the name of the Son, and the name of the Holy Spirit. This means that God comes as the Saviour 3 times, indicating 3 stages in the plan of God’s salvation work.

The name of the Father is Jehovah. The name of the Son is Jesus. Question is, does the name of the Holy Spirit exist? As Jesus told us to baptize people in the name of the Holy Spirit as well, it must exist surely. If so, what is it?

Let us first confirm that there are indeed 3 stages carried out in 3 different names.

In the Old Testament, Prophet Isaiah wrote that apart from the Lord, there is no other Savior. We can find the preface of the Holy Bible describing “Lord” as “Jehovah”1).

Figure 1. Bible’s explanation of YHWH and its relation to the term “Lord”2)

Hence, the first stage of God’s salvation plan was carried out in the name of “Jehovah”. As for the second stage, in what name does God carry out the salvation work?

In the New Testament, Apostle Peter preached that there is no other name under heaven through which we can be saved. The name Peter was proclaiming was “Jesus”. That is because “Jesus” was the name of the Saviour during the second stage.

The first two stages are generally well-known. Then, do you know there is a third stage, one that God carries out in a new name?

Jesus made known to us He will come again when He proclaimed “I am coming soon”. When He comes, He will come with a new name, that is, a name different from the name “Jesus”.

In this prophecy, Jesus said that He will give us a white stone with a new name. Biblically, stone represents Jesus (1 Peter 2:4), so the new name on the white stone indicates the new name of Jesus.
By saying that the name is known only to those who receive it, it is clear that the new name is one that the world has not yet heard of, and by this new name, the final stage of God’s salvation work will be accomplished.
Time

Regarding the 3 stages of God’s salvation plan, there is one more vital factor that should be considered: time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…

In farming, each of the stages have their specific time frames, mostly coinciding with weather patterns, and keeping to the time frame can mean a successful or a failed harvest. Likewise, there must be a certain time frame for the 3 stages of God’s plan that we have to keep to. They are the Age of the Father, the Age of the Son, and the Age of the Holy Spirit.

Let us confirm that there are indeed time frames for the names of the Saviour.

Psalm 116:4  Then I called on the name of the LordLord, save me!”

During the Age of the Father, people had been praying in the name of Jehovah, the name of the Saviour of that age. However, when the age ended and it changed to the Age of the Son, the name of Jehovah was no longer in use. Instead, Jesus taught that the effective name from then on was His name.

John 16:24  Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Up until that time, Jesus’ disciples were praying in the name of Jehovah. However, at the beginning of the age of the Son, Jesus told them to begin praying in His name instead to receive what they prayed for. This clearly shows that each name of the Saviour has time limitation.

During the Age of the Father, the effective name was Jehovah. During the Age of the Son, the effective name was Jesus. In our age, which name of the Saviour is the effective name? As the Age of the Son has ended, and it is currently the Age of the Holy Spirit, the effective name we have to call on now is definitely the new name.

Achieving the Purpose

The purpose of God’s plan is to save us. In order for us to be part of the plan, receiving salvation at the end, we have to know clearly at which stage and time of God’s plan of salvation work we are currently standing at. By believing in the Saviour of our age, we will receive salvation.

Joel 2:32  And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be savedfor on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.

For those who lived in the age of the Father, calling on the name of Jehovah brings salvation.

Romans 10:9  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For those who lived in the age of the Son, God saved those who believed in the name Jesus.

Right now, we are standing at the final stage of God’s salvation plan. In our age, how can we be saved? Since it is the age of the Holy Spirit, and the name of the Savior in this age is the new name of the Holy Spirit, those who believe in this name will be saved.

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1)   “Jehovah - Definition of Jehovah in English | Oxford Dictionaries.” Oxford Dictionaries | English, Oxford Dictionaries
2)   “Preface.” The Holy Bible: New International Version, Hendrickson Publishers, Inc, 2004, p. ix.

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