基督的靈-第十五篇-聖靈的澆灌-第04段

難道我不能說,五旬節的經歷真是召會所享受諸般筵席中最豐盛的一頓?伯利恆的道成肉身確實是令人難以理解的奧秘,但自從我一次相信以後,就再也沒有任何事情使我感到絕無可能。在當時,聖靈用祂的能力為神兒子造作一個純潔聖別的身體,並且內住在那個身體中,這誠然是神聖能力所成就的一件神蹟。而現在,這同樣一位靈,更要來內住在千千萬萬罪人的身體裏面,好使父也能在他們裏面安家居住,如同祂安家在聖潔的基督裏面一樣,這一恩典之奧秘,同樣超越一切頭腦所能理解。榮耀歸神!那有福的五旬節的經歷卻使這件事情得以成就,並且牢固不搖!之前那四次的「進入」都只是準備階段:神兒子在伯利恆進入了人類的肉體內、祂為作中保而進入罪的咒詛與死亡、祂作為死人中復活的首生者而在人性裏進入永遠生命的大能中、祂升天進入父神極大的榮耀裏,基督經過這四次的「進入」,直到五旬節聖靈降臨之時,總算才來到終極完成的一步。從此以後,這句話便開始應驗:「看哪,神的帳幕與人同在,祂要與人同住!」(啟示錄21:3中)

Said I not truly that Pentecost is the greatest of the Church’s feasts? The mystery of Bethlehem is indeed incomprehensible and glorious, but when once I believe it, there is nothing that does not appear possible and becoming. That a pure, holy body should be formed for the Son of God by the power of the Holy Spirit, and that in that body the Spirit should dwell, is indeed a miracle of Divine Power. But that the same Spirit should now come and dwell in the bodies of sinful men, that in them too the Father should take up His abode, this is a mystery of grace that passeth all understanding. But this, glory be to God! is the blessing Pentecost brings and secures. The entrance of the Son of God into our flesh in Bethlehem, His entrance into the curse and death of sin as our Surety, His entrance in human nature as First-begotten from the dead into the Power of the Eternal Life, His entrance into the very Glory of the Father–these were but the preparatory steps: here is the consummation for which all the rest was accomplished. The word now begins to be fulfilled: ‘Behold! the tabernacle of God is with men, and He shall dwell with them.



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