11月20日-Christ’s Church and the Apostles/Acts of the Apostles

使徒行传

基督教会与使徒行传-Christ’s Church and the Apostles/Acts of the Apostles

基督教会与使徒行传-Christ’s Church and the Apostles/Acts of the Apostles

As the Gospel accounts come to a close with Jesus’ ascension, the focus of Scripture turns to the work of the apostles and others in their efforts to spread the good news about Jesus throughout the world, and to the beginning of the church, which is comprised of Christ’s faithful disciples. The historical record of the church in the first 30 years of its history, commonly known as the Acts of the Apostles, is evidently written by Luke. Luke’s writing records many of the acts of some of the apostles, principally those of Peter and of Paul (who will become a special apostle), and also includes the work of others, such as Stephen, Philip, Barnabas, and Silas. More importantly, Luke records the work of the Holy Spirit in the church of the first century. After a brief introduction to his writing, Luke stresses the powerful manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the confirmation and spread of the gospel message.

As recorded in the Gospel accounts, Jesus had told the apostles to wait in Jerusalem until they should receive power from on high, a reference undoubtedly to the power of God’s Holy Spirit, which he had promised they would receive. Luke begins his historical record with the account of a special demonstration of God’s power in the ministry of the apostles. The occasion is the Festival of Pentecost, which is celebrated by the Jews each year 50 days after Passover. Also known as the Festival of Weeks, the festival was originally given in celebration of the firstfruits of the harvest. As one of the three major Jewish festivals, Pentecost attracts large numbers of Jews to Jerusalem from throughout the world.

Here in the midst of a throng of Pentecost celebrants, the Holy Spirit descends in power upon the small band of Galilean men whom Jesus has chosen to be his spokesmen. Amazingly, they are heard speaking in all the native languages represented in Jerusalem, declaring the wonders of God. Luke records the sermon preached by Peter, which is a stirring call for the Jews to see Jesus both as the Messiah of prophecy and as the resurrected Lord. When Peter strongly indicts his audience for having played a part in crucifying their Messiah, thousands immediately repent and are baptized. This occasion heralds not only the special power of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of the apostles, but also the formal beginning of Christ’s spiritual body, the church.

# 使徒行传(ACT)
## 应许得圣灵的能力
[1:1] 提阿非罗啊,我已经作了前书,论到耶稣开头一切所行所教训的,
[1:2] 直到他借着圣灵吩咐所拣选的使徒,以后被接上升的日子为止。
[1:3] 他受害之后,用许多的凭据将自己活活的显给使徒看,四十天之久向他们显现,讲说神国的事。
[1:4] 耶稣和他们聚集的时候,嘱咐他们说:「不要离开耶路撒冷,要等候父所应许的,就是你们听见我说过的。
[1:5] 约翰是用水施洗,但不多几日,你们要受圣灵的洗。」
## 耶稣被接上升
[1:6] 他们聚集的时候,问耶稣说:「主啊,你复兴以色列国就在这时候吗?」
[1:7] 耶稣对他们说:「父凭着自己的权柄所定的时候、日期,不是你们可以知道的。
[1:8] 但圣灵降临在你们身上,你们就必得着能力;并要在耶路撒冷、犹太全地和撒玛利亚,直到地极,作我的见证。」
[1:9] 说了这话,他们正看的时候,他就被取上升,有一朵云彩把他接去,便看不见他了。
[1:10] 当他往上去,他们定睛望天的时候,忽然有两个人身穿白衣,站在旁边,说:
[1:11] 「加利利人哪,你们为什么站着望天呢?这离开你们被接升天的耶稣,你们见他怎样往天上去,他还要怎样来。」
## 门徒在楼房祷告
[1:12] 有一座山,名叫橄榄山,离耶路撒冷不远,约有安息日可走的路程。当下,门徒从那里回耶路撒冷去,
[1:13] 进了城,就上了所住的一间楼房。在那里有彼得、约翰、雅各、安得烈、腓力、多马、巴多罗买、马太、亚勒腓的儿子雅各、奋锐党的西门和雅各的儿子犹大。
[1:14] 这些人同着几个妇人和耶稣的母亲马利亚,并耶稣的弟兄,都同心合意的恒切祷告。
## 犹大的结局
[1:15] 那时,有许多人聚会,约有一百二十名,彼得就在弟兄中间站起来,说:
[1:16] 「弟兄们,圣灵藉大卫的口,在圣经上预言领人捉拿耶稣的犹大,这话是必须应验的。
[1:17] 他本来列在我们数中,并且在使徒的职任上得了一分。
[1:18] 这人用他作恶的工价买了一块田,以后身子仆倒,肚腹崩裂,肠子都流出来。
[1:19] 住在耶路撒冷的众人都知道这事,所以按着他们那里的话给那块田起名叫亚革大马,就是血田的意思。
[1:20] 因为诗篇上写着说:『愿他的住处变为荒场,无人在内居住,』又说:『愿别人得他的职分。』
## 拣选马提亚
[1:21] 所以主耶稣在我们中间始终出入的时候,
[1:22] 就是从约翰施洗起,直到主离开我们被接上升的日子为止,必须从那常与我们作伴的人中,立一位与我们同作耶稣复活的见证。」
[1:23] 于是选举两个人,就是那叫作巴撒巴,又称呼犹士都的约瑟和马提亚。
[1:24] 众人就祷告说:「主啊,你知道万人的心。求你从这两个人中,指明你所拣选的是谁,叫他得这使徒的位分。这位分犹大已经丢弃,往自己的地方去了。」
[1:25] *
[1:26] 于是众人为他们摇籤,摇出马提亚来;他就和十一个使徒同列。

By: Lydia٩(●˙▿˙●)۶…⋆ฺ

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