5 May 2021

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上帝是不偏待人的
God does not show favoritism

Acts 10:34-38

34彼得就开口说:我实在看出上帝是不偏待人的。35原来在各民族中,凡敬畏他而行义的,都蒙他悦纳。36上帝藉着耶稣基督(他是万有的主)传和平的福音,把这道传给以色列人。37你们知道:在约翰传讲洗礼之后,这道从加利利传遍了犹太,38并且知道上帝怎样用圣灵和能力膏立拿撒勒人耶稣。他到各处行善事,医好所有被魔鬼压制的人,因为上帝与他同在。

34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favouritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

 

重点学习

无可否认,圣徒的善行是上帝所喜悦的。既然我们凭着自己只能生出恨恶的果实,那我们能被上帝所爱只能出于祂的恩典。这样,上帝爱我们的唯一原因在于祂本身;是祂自身的怜悯驱动着祂的爱,而非我们的优点。

我们必须注意的是,信徒重生以后的善行以及对善行的认可的确令上帝喜悦,但那并非出于善行本身的价值。因为我们的善行不可能完全纯洁无暇,无需任何宽恕就能蒙上帝喜悦。我们的善行总是参杂着些许的污秽,以致当被否定。所以善行得以被高举不是因为善行本身的价值,而是出于来自基督的信心。这信心成就了善行所无法成就的。

 

Lessons Learn

We certainly do not deny that the good works of the saints please God. Since ourselves we cannot produce anything but ground for hatred, we to be loved out of grace. So it follows that the reason God loves us is to be found in himself alone; he is actuated by his own mercy, not our merits.

We must note that although after regeneration the faithful please God by good works and by a regard for works, that is not achieved by the merit of works. Our works are never so pure that they can please God without pardon. They are always mixed with some corruption, making them deserve to be rejected. So the value of works does not cause them to be esteemed; rather, faith obtains from Christ what our works lack.