2022-11-20 “No One Can Stand in the Way of Our Identification in and with Christ?”(Acts 10:44-48)

No One Can Stand in the Way of Our Identification in and with Christ誰能禁止我們在基督裡與基督身份的認同呢?“(Acts 使徒行傳 10:44-48)

… the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. … the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, ‘Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptised with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.’ So he ordered that they be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. …

… 聖靈降在所有聽道的人身上,… 聖靈的恩賜也澆灌在外族人的身上,原來聽見他們講方言,尊神為大。於是彼得說:“這些人既然領受了聖靈,跟我們一樣,誰能禁止他們受水的洗禮呢?” 就吩咐他們奉耶穌基督的名受洗。 …

Peter allowed the Holy Spirit to interrupt his sermon. The Holy Spirit was doing the greater work in the hearts of those listening, and Peter went with the flow. The moment of a person’s salvation is more likely at the moment that person surrenders to God and embraces with sincere, whole-hearted trust in Jesus. Those audiences’ unique filling with the Holy Spirit was having both the Holy Spirit indwelled/abode in every believer and a special empowering with gifts and graces from the Holy Spirit at the same time showing that they received the exact same Spirit, the exact same blessing as the apostles and first followers of Jesus did on the morning of Pentecost. So Peter stopped and called for their baptism showing their full acceptance as Gentile followers into the community of those who followed Jesus.


Prayer: Heavenly Father, for years many churches have often relied on raising a hand or coming forward of a new ‘convert’ at an evangelistic invitation as a gesture of indicating the moment of that person’s salvation. Thank you for this unique biblical example of filling with the Holy Spirit among Cornelius’ household reminding us to discern attentively the greater work of the Holy Spirit in seeker’s conversion and to go with the flow. Help us to reflect and treasure our own experience of being baptized in Christ in identification with His death for our sins and His resurrection for our eternal life. Amen.

禱告: 天父啊,許多教會多年來往往在佈道會決志邀請上,依頼了剛剛「信主」的舉手或走出來,作為標示那人得救的時刻的動作。感謝你哥尼流整家被聖靈充滿,這獨特的聖經例子提醒我們,要細心地在慕道者的信主中,辨別聖靈更偉大的工作,並要順其自然。求你幫助我們反思和珍惜自己受洗歸入基督名下的體驗,就是與祂為我們的罪受死,並祂為我們的永生復活的認同。阿們。

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