神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16).

【双语灵修】葛培理布道团:天使接去(2018-7-16)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年07月16日 10:19

“后来那讨饭的死了,被天使带去放在亚伯拉罕 的怀里。”路加福音 16:22

And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom…Luke 16:22

在路加福音16章,耶稣讲了一个故事,说那个讨饭的死后被天使带去了。天使不只是陪同他,而且带着他。这对拉撒路来说,太不可思议了。他在一个财主家门口以讨饭为生,直到死亡,突然发现自己被天使带走!另外一个故事,是使徒行传6-7章关于司提反的见证。他对那些敌基督的说,“你们受了天使所传的律法,竟不遵守。”然后他看见天开了,看见神的荣耀。那些人用石头打死了他。既然连拉撒路都被天使带走了,我们深信司提反也被天使带走了。同样,我们因为主的缘故,死的时候同样会被带走。我们可以想象,第一个殉道的上天堂的时候,天国为他奏起音乐,欢迎他,为他加冕。

天使在我们死亡时候出现已经不是什么奇怪的事情。我外婆去世时,我感受到房间里充满天堂的光芒。她在床上开心地说:我看见耶稣了。他要拥抱我。我还看见了Ben(外公的名字,多年前去世),看见了天使。然后,外婆就去世了,安息在主里。对一个基督徒来说,这是一个多么奇妙的体验啊。

In telling the story in Luke 16 Jesus says that the beggar was “carried by the angels.” He was not only escorted; he was carried. What an experience that must have been for Lazarus! He had lain begging at the gate of the rich man until his death, but then suddenly he found himself carried by the mighty angels of God!Another beautiful account of this kind comes from the life of Stephen (Acts 6:8-7:60). In a powerful sermon Stephen declared that even unbelievers “received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it” (Acts 7:53). When he had finished his discourse, Stephen saw the glory of God and Jesus at the Father’s right hand. Immediately his enemies stoned him to death, and he was received into heaven. Even as the angels escorted Lazarus when he died, so we can assume that they escorted Stephen; and so they will escort us when by death we are summoned into the presence of Christ. We can well imagine what Stephen’s abundant entrance to heaven was like as the anthems of the heavenly host were sung in rejoicing that the first Christian martyr had come home to receive a glorious welcome and to gain the crown of a martyr.

Hundreds of accounts record the heavenly escort of angels at death. When my maternal grandmother died, for instance, the room seemed to fill with a heavenly light. She sat up in bed and almost laughingly said, “I see Jesus. He has His arms outstretched toward me. I see Ben [her husband who had died some years earlier] and I see the angels.” She slumped over, absent from the body but present with the Lord. What a glorious experience for the believer!

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