11 JUN 2021

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跺掉尘土
Shook the dust off

Acts 13:47-52

47 因为主曾这样吩咐我们说:‘我已立你作外族人的光,使你把救恩带到地极去。’” 48 外族人听见了就欢喜,赞美主的道,凡指定得永生的都信了。 49 于是主的道传遍那地。 50 但犹太人唆使虔诚尊贵的妇女和城内的显要,煽动大家迫害保罗和巴拿巴,把他们驱逐出境。 51 两人当众跺掉脚上的尘土,往以哥念去了。 52 门徒满有喜乐,又被圣灵充满。

47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.] 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. 49 The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.  50 But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.  51 So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium.  52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

重点学习

当我们在信心中顺服上帝的话时,我们正是尊崇主的话。

让我们明白上帝的拣选乃是借着信心确定的,以至于我们的心思意念乃会转向基督为我们蒙拣选的凭据。我们惟有在已经向我们启示的福音中得着这确据:“信子的,有永生;不信從子的,必不得見永生,神的震怒卻常在他身上”。

虽然人有可能只是轻率地在某一段时期中抵挡基督,而后来就悔过改正,但是我们若抵挡基督,我们一切的美德和诚信都只是伪善而已;因此,我们必须时刻提醒自己:在那些抗拒福音的人生命中若是有任何的圣洁存在,这些都只是错觉罢了,因为这些都不是因着对上帝完全的敬畏而产生的特质。

Lessons Learn

We honor the Word of the Lord when we submit ourselves obediently to it in faith.

Let us learn that God’s election is confirmed by faith in order that our minds may be turned to Christ as the pledge of election. We are to seek no other certainty except what is revealed to us in the Gospel: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

All our virtue and honesty is mere hypocrisy when we set ourselves against Christ, though it is possible for people who are rashly carried against Christ for a time to repent later. Still, we must remind ourselves that whatever holiness there may seem to be in those who resist the Gospel, it is just an illusion; they are not endued with perfect fear of God.