基督的靈-第十五篇-聖靈的澆灌-第02段

神按著祂的形像和樣式創造了人,祂這麼作是帶著一個顯而易見的目的:就是要使人完全像祂。人受造是為了要成為神的殿,好讓神居住在他裏面,成為神可以安家的居所。那位是愛的獨一聖神渴望住在愛祂的人裏面,祂一直以來所不斷尋求達到的,就是期盼能與人達到這種最無間隔且最極致的親密聯合。以色列中那所聖殿在預表中略略彰顯出來的榮耀,已經在那位拿撒勒人耶穌裏面成為了神聖的實際:神已經找到了一個人,祂可以安家在他裏面,他的全人向著祂旨意的管制和祂愛的交通完完全全敞開著。在這位神裏面已經站立著一種完全被聖靈據有的人性,神渴望所有的人都能成為這一種人。所有接受耶穌和神的靈作他生命的人,都可以成為這一種人。耶穌的死已經除去了罪的權勢和其咒詛,藉此讓凡信的人都能夠領受祂的靈。耶穌的復活則使人性得以被釋放脫離肉體一切的軟弱,而進入了神聖生命-聖靈裏的生命。耶穌的升天則表示人已經獲得許可進入神那極大的榮耀裏面,在此那人耶穌可以憑著那靈與神聯合為一,進入與那位榮耀之神的完全交通中。然而,即使到了這一步,神的工作仍然尚未達到完全。在神看來還有一件重要的事情仍然缺少。父神要如何才能內住在所有的人裏面,像祂內住在基督裏面一樣呢?這一個重大問題的答案到底是什麼?它的答案正是:五旬節

God made man in His own image, and for His likeness, with the distinct object that he should become like Himself. Man was to be a temple for God to dwell in; he was to become the home in which God could rest. The closest and most intimate union, the indwelling of Love in love: this was what the Holy One longed for, and looked forward to. What was very feebly set forth in type in the temple in Israel became a Divine reality in Jesus of Nazareth: God had found a man in whom He could rest, whose whole being was opened to the rule of His will and the fellowship of His love. In Him there was a human nature, possessed by the Divine Spirit; and such God would have had all men to be. And such all would be, who accepted of this Jesus and His Spirit as their life. His death was to remove the curse and power of sin, and make it possible for them to receive His Spirit. His resurrection was the entrance of human nature, free from all the weakness of the flesh, into the life of Deity, the Divine Spirit-life. His ascension was admittance as Man into the very glory of God; the participation by human nature of perfect fellowship with God in glory in the unity of the Spirit. And yet, with all this, the work was not yet complete. Something, the chief thing, was still wanting. How could the Father dwell in men even as He had dwelt in Christ? This was the great question to which Pentecost gives the answer.



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