11.04.20 若是出於 神 If It is of God …

使徒行傳 5:39 若是出於 神,你們就不能敗壞他們,恐怕你們倒是攻擊 神了。」議會的人被他說服了, 40 就叫使徒來,把他們打了,又吩咐他們不可奉耶穌的名講道,然後把他們釋放了。 41 他們歡歡喜喜地離開議會,因他們算配為這名受辱。 42 他們就每日在聖殿裏,在家裏,不住地教導人,傳耶穌是基督的福音。

Acts 5:39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.

是的,我們仍在等待選舉的最終結果。 但作為基督徒,我們可以放心,“若是出於 神,就[無人能]敗壞他們。” 約伯記42:2也提醒我們:“你的旨意不能攔阻。” 早期教會的成員遭到迫害,打算使他們沉默,但他們決心“服從上帝而不是人”(使徒行傳5:29),並“為他們配為受辱而感到歡喜”。 他們“不住地教導和宣講耶穌是基督的福音”。 真正的“搖擺州”是我們的下一代, 除非教會和父母傾盡所有資源和努力來教育我們的下一代歸向上帝,否則我們沒有理由期望將來有一個敬畏神的政府。 因此,讓我們每天在家裡,我們的教會中以及在我們孩子們上的學校裡,“傳耶穌是基督的福音”給他們!

Yes, we are still waiting for the final results of the election. As Christians we can be assured that “if it is of God, [no one] will be able to overthrow them.” Job 42:2 also reminds us “that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” The members of the early church faced persecution intending to silence them, but they resolved to “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29) and “rejoic[ed] that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.” They “did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.” The real “swing” state is our next generation. Unless the churches and parents pour all resources and efforts into educating our children towards God, we have no reason to expect a godly government in the future. So let us teach our children and preach the Gospel to them every day at home, in our churches, and in the schools our children attend!

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