12 Apr 2021

欢欢喜喜地上路
On his way Rejoicing

Acts 8:38-40

38于是太监吩咐停车,腓利和他两人下到水中,腓利就给他施洗。39他们从水里上来的时候,主的灵就把腓利提去了,太监再也看不见他,就欢欢喜喜地上路。40后来有人在亚锁都遇见腓利。他走遍各城,传讲福音,直到该撒利亚。

38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

 

重点学习

洗礼象征着我们的洁净与重生,也代表了基督那洁净我们的宝血,从而教导我们是已被圣灵重新塑造的人,对罪已死,为义而活。由此可见,洗礼是具实质意义的。这也是为什么从一开始至今教会依然容许略微不同的洗礼形式,却仍持守着洗礼的真义。

 

Lessons Learn

The symbol of water testifies to our washing as well as to newness of life. It also reflects Christ’s blood, from which we must seek our cleansing; and it teaches that we are remade by God’s Spirit so that, being dead to sin, we may live to righteousness. Thus we have everything that makes for the substance of baptism. That is why the church has always, from the beginning, allowed herself the liberty of varying the rite a little while keeping this substance.