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Episode 03 Receive and witness

领受与见证  Receive and Witness

Acts 1:6-8

6他们聚集的时候,问耶稣说:主啊,你要在这时候使以色列复国吗?7耶稣说:父凭着自己的权柄所定的时间或日期,你们不必知道。8可是圣灵降临在你们身上,你们就必领受能力,并且要在耶路撒冷、犹太全地、撒玛利亚,直到地极,作我的见证人

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

重点学习

耶稣没有告诉门徒,反而传达了一个延伸到地极的愿景。圣灵的能力即将使他们成为基督的见证人。 作为基督的见证人,有几件事是肯定的。

首先,见证人会说:“我知道这是真实的。”他并不说:“我想是这样的”,而是说:“我知道”。其次,一位真正的见证人不是通过言语而是通过行动来做见证的。例如在非洲中部当传教士的大卫·利文斯通 (David Livingstone)。有一位记者曾和他相处一段时间,就说:“如果我继续跟他相处下去,我会被迫成为基督徒,而他却从来没有和我谈过此事。”第三,在希腊文里,见证人这个词意味着烈士。见证人必须准备好成为烈士。做个见证人就代表不惜一切代价的忠诚。

 

Lessons Learn

Jesus doesn’t tell them, but instead communicates a vision about reaching the world. The power of the Holy Spirit was going to make them Christ’s witness. Let us not certain things about this Christian witness.

First, a witness who says: “I know this is true.” A witness does not say ‘I think so’, but “I know”. Second, the real witness is not of words but of deeds. Just like a journalist who spent some time with David Livingstone who was a missionary in central Africa, he said: ‘If I had been with him any longer, I would have been compelled to be a Christian – and he never spoke to me about it at all.’ Third, in Greek, the word for witness means martyr. A witness had to be ready to become a martyr. To be a witness means to be loyal whatever the cost.