07 JUL 2021

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为了犹太人行割礼
Circumcised for the Jews

Acts 16:1-3

1保罗来到了特庇,又到了路司得。在那里有一个门徒,名叫提摩太,是一个信主的犹太妇人的儿子,父亲却是希腊人。 2 路司得和以哥念的弟兄们都称赞他。 3 保罗有意要他一同出去,但为了那些地方的犹太人,就给他行了割礼,因为他们都知道他父亲是希腊人。

1 Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek.  2 The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.  3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

重点学习

在此,我们必须留意有三个阶段:
第一,律法中的仪礼条规在基督来了的时候就已经被废止了,因此人们在敬拜上帝时无须再遵守,它们也不代表着任何属灵的事物,更不用说有必要去使用这些规条了。

第二,它们可以自由地被遵守直到福音的真理更为显明的时候为止。

第三,除非信徒们是为了造就他人并且不滋养迷信而遵行,否则他们继续遵行这些条规乃是不合法的。
故此,保罗在此为提摩太行割礼是合法的,但是若是保罗在此献上赎罪祭,那就是不合法的。

Lessons Learn

Here we must note three stages.

First, the ceremonies of the law were abolished by the coming of Christ so that they no longer applied to the worship of God; nor did they represent spiritual things; nor was there any necessity to use them.

Second, they might be used freely until the truth of the Gospel was more apparent. In the third, it was not lawful for believers to retain them except when their use served to edify and did not foster superstition.

So it was lawful for Paul to circumcise Timothy, but it would not have been lawful for him to offer a sacrifice for sin.