Bethany Presbyterian Church

20 Oct 2021

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My hope in what God has promised

Acts 26:1-11

亚基帕对保罗说:准你为自己申辩。于是保罗伸手辩护说:亚基帕王啊,犹太人控告我的事,今天我可以在你面前辩护,实在是万幸;特别是你熟悉犹太人的一切规例和争论,所以求你耐心听我申诉:我从幼年到现在,在本国、在耶路撒冷为人怎样,犹太人都知道。如果他们肯作证的话,他们是早就知道,我是按着我们祖宗最严格的教派,过着法利赛人的生活。现在我站着受审,是为了对上帝向我们祖先的应许存着盼望。我们十二支派昼夜切切地事奉上帝,都是盼望这应许实现。王啊,我被犹太人控告,正是为了这个盼望。上帝使死人复活,你们为什么认为是不可信的呢?从前,我也认为应该多方敌对拿撒勒人耶稣的名。10 后来就在耶路撒冷这样作了。我得到了众祭司长授权,把许多圣徒关在监里,并且他们被杀的时候,我也表示同意。11 我在各会堂里多次用刑强迫他们说亵渎的话;我非常愤恨他们,甚至追到国外的城巿去迫害他们。

Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.” So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: “King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently. “The Jewish people all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that I conformed to the strictest sect of our religion, living as a Pharisee. And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today. This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me. Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead? “I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lord’s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11 Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.





Lessons Learn

The more someone knows of the Scripture, the more attentive he should be when religion is under inquiry; for what we understand gives us less trouble. It is right that we should take care with the worship of God, so that we are not reluctant to listen to what is said in explaining it – especially when we are already imbued with the principles, so that it is easy for us to judge, if we care to pay attention.