27 JUL 2021

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We are his offspring

Acts 17:27-31

27 要他们寻求上帝,或者可以摸索而找到他。其实他离我们各人不远,28 因着他我们可以生存、活动、存在,就如你们有些诗人说:‘原来我们也是他的子孙。’29 我们既然是上帝的子孙,就不应该以为他的神性是好象人用手艺、心思所雕刻的金银石头一样。30 过去那无知的时代,上帝不加以追究;现在,他却吩咐各处的人都要悔改,31 因为他已经定好了日子,要借着他所立的人,按公义审判天下,并且使他从死人中复活,给万人作一个可信的凭据。”

27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.  28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’  29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill.  30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.  31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”




Lessons Learn

This sentence has two parts: that it is man’s duty to seek God, and that God himself comes to meet us and shows himself by such clear signs that we have no excuse for ignorance. Those who do not exert themselves to seek God are not worthy to live on earth. 

We must especially note God’s goodness in making himself known in such an intimate way that he can even be felt by the blind; so blindness is all the move shameful when people are not moved by any awareness of God’s presence.