基督的靈-第十五篇-聖靈的澆灌-第11段

本篇結語

五旬節是「那日」榮耀的日出時分,是預言中「那些日子」的頭一日,那些由眾先知與我們的主口中多次提起的應許和誓言,都是論到召會的經歷預先說出的。然而,即使到了十八個世紀後的今天(譯者按:本書寫於1888年),我們仍然必須承認,召會實在尚未達到神對她的命定,仍未活在她榮耀之權利該有的高度。即使當她奮力接受呼召,要到地極去為主作見證之時,她仍然太少信靠那「五旬節的靈」,太少得到祂浩大的能力來作成這事。今日,在召會的言談和行為之中,她經常沒有把五旬節當作日出之時,反而誤將它看作正午時分,彷彿從那日以後的亮光理當逐漸衰退一樣。哦,且讓召會回到五旬節,五旬節就必回到她身上!神的靈能夠佔有我們的程度,完全取決於我們接受祂的度量。應許正在等待完全實現,那靈現今包羅著神一切的豐滿,但我們接受祂的度量極需擴大。唯有在神寶座的踏腳處,當信徒同心持續讚美、相愛、並禱告時,信心緊握神的應許,堅定注視那在天上得高舉的主,此時即使應驗遲延不來,也不過更加強那等待、期盼的靈,唯有在這樣的信心中,相信主必要在大能中使祂的子民真認識祂自己–五旬節才會降臨。耶穌基督現今仍是萬有的主,以能力和榮耀為冠冕。現今祂要在門徒中彰顯祂同在的渴望、要與他們同享祂所居住之榮耀生命的渴望,仍然新鮮、飽滿,如同祂才升到寶座的那日一樣。現在,讓我們我來到寶座的踏腳處,找到並留在自己該在的位置!讓我們帶著強烈期待的信心,要求被聖靈充滿,好為耶穌作見證,並在這樣的信心中向祂完全降服。且讓那位內住的基督成為我們的生命、力量、和見證。從這樣的召會中必興起一班滿有聖靈的傳道人,從他們出去的能力必叫基督的眾仇敵屈服,全都在祂的腳前下拜。

Pentecost is the glorious sunrise of ‘that day,’ the first of ‘those days’ of which the prophets and our Lord had so often spoken, the promise and the pledge of what the history of the Church was meant to be. It is universally admitted that the Church has but ill fulfilled her destiny, that even now, after eighteen centuries, she has not risen to the height of her glorious privilege. Even when she strives to accept her calling, to witness for her Lord unto the ends of the earth, she does it too little in the faith of the Pentecostal Spirit, and the possession of His Mighty Power. Instead of regarding Pentecost as sunrise, she too often speaks and acts as if it had been noonday, from which the light must needs begin to wane. Let the Church return to Pentecost, and Pentecost will return to her. The Spirit of God cannot take possession of believers beyond their capacity of receiving Him. The promise is waiting; the Spirit is now in all His fullness. Our capacity of reception needs enlargement. It is at the footstool of the throne, while believers continue with one accord in praise and love and prayer, while delay only intensifies the spirit of waiting and expectation, while faith holds fast the promise, and gazes up on the exalted Lord, in the confidence that He will make Himself known in power in the midst of His people–it is at the footstool of the throne that Pentecost comes. Jesus Christ is still Lord of all, crowned with power and glory. His longing to reveal His presence in His disciples, and to make them share the glory life in which He dwells, is as fresh and full as when He first ascended the throne. Let us take our place at the footstool. Let us yield ourselves in strong, expectant faith, to be filled with the Holy Ghost, and to testify for Jesus. Let the indwelling Christ be our life, and our strength, and our testimony. Out of such a Church Spirit-filled preachers will rise, and the power go forth that will make Christ’s enemies bow at His feet.



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