10 May 2021

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Circumcised believers

Acts 11:1-6

1使徒和在犹太的弟兄们,听说外族人也接受了上帝的道。 彼得上到耶路撒冷的时候,那些守割礼的人与他争论, 说:你竟然到未受割礼的人那里,跟他们一起吃饭! 彼得就按着次序向他们讲解,说: 我在约帕城祷告的时候,魂游象外,见到异象:有一件东西,好象一块大布,绑着四角,从天上降下来,一直来到我面前。 我定睛观察,看见里面有地上的四足牲畜、走兽,还有昆虫和天空的飞鸟

1The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. 






Lessons Learn

Circumcised believers means those who made so much of circumcision that they would not allow anyone into the kingdom of God unless he accepted the law and put off his impurity by being admitted to the church through this rite.

Peter knew that every member of the church should be ready to give an account of his doctrine and life whenever necessary, and he willingly obeyed this rule and answered when his action was criticized. If doctrine comes from God, it is certainly placed above human judgment; but the Lord wants prophecy to be weighed too.