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December 8, 2013 / Samuel

主里恒心 [Steadfast in the Lord]

书卷:使徒行传(新约)
作者:路加

使徒行传2章42节:“都恒心遵守使徒的教训,彼此交接、擘饼、祈祷。”

今日默想:“都”字非常宝贵,只有每一位信徒“都”有分于其中,才能显出基督身体的实际。基督教纯正信仰与异端的分别,乃在于是否符合使徒的教训。按原文,“恒心”不仅用于形容遵守使徒的教训,也用于形容彼此交接、擘饼,祈祷。所以我们应当在圣徒彼此交通、擘饼记念主和祷告上帝的事上,恒切地持守。我们一得着主的生命,就进到主生命的交通里。从这时起,我们就该继续活在这生命的交通里,就该负责使自己在这生命的交通里不至中断。本节里的交通,在原文又可称作“使徒们的交通”。这是因为主的生命是借着使徒们传给人,使人成功教会――主的身体的,而是徒们又是主的生命所成功之教会的代表。所以使徒们的交通,也就是教会的交通。一个常记念主的教会,也必常蒙主的记念。祈祷是经历上帝祝福和能力的妙法。多有祷告,就必多有经历。

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Book: Acts (New Testament)
Author: Luke

Acts 2:42 :“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Today’s Meditation: The word “they” is precious to illustrate that every believer is involved to reveal the body of Christ. The difference between true teaching of Christianity and heresies is at whether the teaching fits apostles’ doctrine or not. In the original Scripture, “steadfastly” not only describe continuity in apostles’ doctrine but also to describe fellowship, breaking of bread and prayers. Thus, we need hold onto the fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer steadfastly. We entered the fellowship with Christ once we receive life from Him. From that day onwards, we need to live in such fellowship and be responsible so as not to cut connection from such fellowship. The fellowship in this verse can mean “fellowship in apostles” in the original Scripture. This is due to the fact that the life of Lord spreads through apostles. A successful church is at the revelation of the life of Christ. Therefore, fellowship in apostles is the fellowship in church. A church that always remember the Lord will be remembered by the Lord. Prayer is to experience the blessing and power of God. More prayers give more experiences.

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