“Have We Ever Missed God’s Crucial Point 我們曾否錯失神決定性的重點呢？“（Acts 使徒行傳 11:1-10）
The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticised him and said, ‘You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.’ Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: … Then I heard a voice telling me, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” ‘I replied, “Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” ‘The voice spoke from heaven a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.
使徒和在猶太的弟兄們，聽說外族人也接受了神的道。彼得上到耶路撒冷的時候，那些守割禮的人與他爭論，說：“你竟然到未受割禮的人那裡，跟他們一起吃飯！”彼得就按著次序向他們講解，說：… 我也聽見有聲音對我說：‘彼得，起來，宰了吃！ ’我說：‘主啊，千萬不可，因為俗物或不潔的東西，從來沒有進過我的口。 ’第二次又有聲音從天上回答：‘神所潔淨的，你不可當作俗物。 ’這樣一連三次之後，所有的東西都拉回天上去了。
Those circumcised believers were apparently more concerned with what Peter did (sharing a meal / having a fellowship with non-Jews considered to be a significant compromise) than with what God was doing with the Gentiles. God through Peter/Luke emphasized the importance of those events by repeating the story. At first, Peter thought God spoke this about food. But Peter came to understand the vision of the sheet, kosher and unkosher animals had to do with people, not food. There is a sense in which the sheet represents the church, having both ‘kosher’ (Jews) and ‘unkosher’ (Gentiles) on it, with no distinction or dividing line between the two, all finally pulled up to heaven.
Prayer: Sovereign Lord, many might have missed your crucial point of salvation by trusting Jesus Christ alone. Indeed we do not have to become good first relying upon our own good deed before becoming Christians. Once we become full members of your family, in your eyes no one is inferior to any of others in any way, whether high or low, rich or poor, strong or weak. Thank you. Amen.