19 Feb 2021

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医治的记号 The sign of healing

Acts 4:21-22

21众人因着所发生的事,都颂赞上帝,于是公议会为了群众的缘故,也因为找不到藉口惩罚他们,就恐吓一番,把他们放了。22原来藉着神迹医好的那人,有四十多岁了。

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

 

 

重点学习

路加记录上帝如何保守祂的儿女,以便赞扬上帝对我们的眷顾。恶人无法看见这一点,但我们却凭着信心看见了。在这里,我们也见识到上帝奇妙的智慧,因为上帝竟然利用基督最强大的仇敌所做的事去更加彰显了基督的荣耀。

有人曾经这样赞美苏格兰改革家约翰·诺克斯(John Knox):“他大大地敬畏神,以致他从来不惧怕任何人。”(“He feared God so much that he never feared the face of any man.”) 这就是基督教的真正秘诀。可是还有比这更大的秘诀,那就是亲身体验耶稣基督。门徒们所传的信息不是从别人听来的。他们说的是第一手资料,是真实的,而他们如此确信这一点,以致愿意将自己的生命摆上。

 

 

Lessons Learn

Luke is commending God’s providence to us in preserving his children. Although the wicked do not see this, we note it with the eyes of faith. God’s wonderful counsel is also seen here because the glory of Christ is furthered even by his worst enemies.

The real secret of Christianity lies in that great tribute once paid to the Scottish reformer John Knox: “He feared God so much that he never feared the face of any man.” But the third defense was greatest of all – the defense of a personal experience of Jesus Christ. Their message was not something that they had simply heard from others. They knew at first hand that it was true, and they were so sure of it that they were willing to stake their lives upon it.