基督的靈-第十五篇-聖靈的澆灌-第10段

3.這次講道的果效是相當驚人的,但還不比將來可望成就的更加驚人。耶穌的同在和能力顯在門徒們中間是如此實際,那從高處來的能力,從寶座降下充滿了彼得,使他在這一屬靈的實際中,真實看見並經歷那位被高舉到神右邊的基督。並且因有能力從他流出來,所以當他講到:「…當確實的知道,你們釘在十字架上的這位耶穌,神已經立祂為主為基督了。」立刻就有數以千計的人們在憂傷痛悔的靈裏俯伏,準備好承認那一位被釘十架者是他們的主。這是聖靈的作為,祂已經降臨到門徒那裏,並透過他們使這不信的世界轉為信從。那些懊悔不已的尋求者專心聽從關於悔改相信的吩咐,他們也同樣領受了神所恩賜的聖靈。從前基督應許要藉著門徒作出「更大的事」,現在已經開始成就了。那些人心中長年累積的偏見,甚至苦毒惱恨,一瞬間讓位給降服、愛戴、與傾慕;這是因有能力從那位得榮的主降臨下來,充滿祂的身體,所到之處無不征服仇敵、施行拯救。

3. The effect of this preaching was marvelous, but not more marvelous than might be expected. The Presence and Power of Jesus are such a reality in the company of disciples; the Power from on High, from the Throne, so fills Peter; the sight and experience he has of Christ, as exalted at the right hand of God, is such a spiritual reality; that power goes out from him, and as his preaching reaches its application: ‘Know assuredly that God hath made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom ye crucified,’ thousands bow in brokenness of spirit, ready to acknowledge the Crucified One as their Lord. The Spirit has come to the disciples, and through them convinces the world of unbelief. The penitent inquirers listen to the command to repent and believe, and they, too, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The greater works Christ had promised to do through the disciples He has done. In one moment lifelong prejudice, and even bitter hatred, give way to surrender, and love, and adoration; from the glorified Lord power has filled his body, and from its power hath gone forth to conquer and to save.



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