25 Feb 2021

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安慰之子 Son of encouragement

Acts 4:36-37

36有一个人名叫约瑟,使徒称他为巴拿巴,就是安慰者的意思,他是个利未人,生在塞浦路斯。37他卖掉了自己的田地,把钱拿来,放在使徒的脚前。

36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

 

重点学习

经文毫无预警地转为描述最实际的事。这些早期的基督徒经历了某些属灵的高峰,但他们从来没有忘记他们当中有人缺乏,所以每个人都必须帮助。祷告是极为重要的,用话语作见证也是极为重要的,但基督社群里的爱却是至高点。

这些人身上有两样特征。一、他们对彼此有一种很强烈的责任感。二、因此,他们内心被激发,渴望和众人分享他们所拥有的。我们必须注意一项重点。他们共享一切不是立法的结果,而是完全自发的。一个真正属于基督的社群不是因为律法迫使我们分享,而是我们内心感动我们去分享。

 

Lessons Learn

Without warning, the narrative changes to the most practical things. However much these early Christians had their moments on the heights, they never forgot that someone did not have enough and that everyone must help. Prayer was supremely important; the witness of words was supremely important; but the culmination was love of the Christian community.

Two things are to be noted about them. (1) They had an intense sense of responsibility for each other. (2) This awoke in them a real desire to share all they had. We must note one thing above all – this sharing was not the result of legislation; it was utterly spontaneous. It is not when the law compels us to share but when the heart moves us to share that society is really Christian.