17 May 2021

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坚心靠主
Remain true to the Lord with all their hearts

Acts 11:22-26

22这事传到耶路撒冷教会的耳中,他们就派巴拿巴到安提阿去。23他到了那里,看见上帝所施的恩,就很欢喜,劝勉众人坚心靠主。24巴拿巴是个好人,满有圣灵和信心,于是许多人归了主。25后来他到大数去找扫罗,26找到了,就带他来安提阿。足足有一年,他们一同在教会聚集,教导了许多人。门徒称为基督徒,是从安提阿开始的。

22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

 

 重点学习

我们会常常面对像这样既众多又强大的仇敌,而除非我们勤于装备自己,不然我们软弱的意念很快就会失守。这样软弱跌倒的例子不胜枚举。在这里路加形容我们应如何坚持:我们对主的忠心必须全心全意,始终如一。当对主的信心在我们心中占有一席之位,就代表这信心已在我们生命里扎根。

信心和圣灵是不可分割的。这里记载巴拿巴的信心是他被圣灵充满的记号。

巴拿巴在安提阿教会大可独当一面,然而他却去大数找保罗,把保罗带去安提阿教会,即使他明知道保罗的地位会超越他。他不顾及自己,只以基督为首要;以建立教会为目标。

我们应当学习在上帝大能的臂膀下谦卑下来。忘恩负义的人别妄想能跟上帝耍把戏后还能逃避责罚。

 

Lessons Learn

We have to face such numerous and strong enemies all the time, and our minds are so slippery, that it will be lost straightaway unless each one arms himself diligently. We have countless instances of such falling away. Luke describes how to persevere: we are all to remain true to the Lord with all our hearts. This teaches us that faith has taken deep root when it has a place in the heart.

Faith is not something separate from the Holy Spirit but is mentioned as a particular sign of Barnabas’ being full of the Holy Spirit.