徒 Acts 9:26-31
26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. 31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
We are taught by this example not to condemn immediately those who madden wicked people more than others. This is very useful warning for we love our own comfort too much and are sometimes angry with the best of Christ’s servants if we think it is their vehemence that urges the wicked to do harm. We hurt God’s Spirit like this, for it is his power that kindles the whole of such fire.
When the churches have peace, it is not to be despised; nor is it any ordinary blessing. But Luke adds other things that are much more valuable: namely, that the churches were strengthened, that they lived in the fear of the Lord, and that they were encouraged by the Holy Spirit.
The two things that follow, that they lived in the fear of God and that they were encouraged by the Holy Spirit, are parts of that building up. Therefore, though the churches had peace, they did not get drunk with pleasures and earthly joy but trusted in God’s help and were made bolder to glorify him.