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坚固和鼓励
Strengthening and encouraging

Acts 14:21-22

21 他们在那城里传福音,使许多人作了门徒,然后回到路司得、以哥念、安提阿, 22 坚固门徒的心,劝他们恒守所信的道,又说:“我们进入上帝的国,必须经历许多苦难。” 

21 They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch,  22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.   

重点学习

鼓励是确认信仰的主要方式;使徒们借着鼓励那些已经眅依并公开宣认福音信仰的门徒们,促使他们在信仰上更进深。我们离我们当有的主动性和随时预备好服事的状态还远着呢,因此我们需要他人在我们闲懒时鞭策我们,在我们冷淡时挑旺我们。

因此,让我们谨记,首先,我们必然会经历许多磨难,然而,我们同时也必须记得在这些磨难中我们有舒缓之处,那就是借着这些磨难我们得以被带进上帝的国度里。虽然当我们说忍耐乃是永恒救赎的一项附带好处时,这样的说法似乎有些自愚,然而这段经文所处理的并不是上帝救恩借着何途径赐予祂的百姓这问题,而是处理上帝在这世上如何对待祂的子民。 

Lessons Learn

Encouraging is the principal way to confirm; by encouraging the disciples who had already embraced the Gospel and professed it, they urged them to make progress. We are far from being as ready and active as we should be, and so our laziness needs spurs, and our coldness must be warmed.

Let us remember, then, first of all, that we are required to suffer many tribulations; but let us also remember to add in mitigation that by them we are brought to the kingdom of God. It is just silly to say that patience is something that merits eternal salvation, for this passage is not dealing with the cause of salvation but with the way God treats his people in this world.