领受与见证 Receive and Witness
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.”
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。
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.