基督的靈-第一篇-區別「一個新靈」與「神的靈」-第02段

關於聖靈雙重運作之間的差異,有人誤以為隨著舊約時代的結束,聖靈在新約時代中就不再擔負從前那種準備性的工作,其實絕非那樣!舊約時代中怎樣已存在對於神的靈內住的預期,新約時代中也照樣繼續維持著聖靈雙重的工作。然而,由於信徒的無知、不信、甚至不忠,即使到了新約時代的今天,信徒對於聖靈工作的經歷,可能還不超過舊約時代就能達到的水平。即使神已經將聖靈內住的福分賜給每一位神的兒女,他卻只對應許的前半部分-就是重生時所得的新靈-有一些經歷,但論到經歷神自己的靈好像一位活人,內住在我們裏面,他對此則是完全無知。論到聖靈叫人為罪、為義知罪自責的工作,以及祂領人悔改、相信、重獲新生命的工作,這些都還只是「準備性的工作」而已。聖靈在新時代中所帶來的超特榮耀,乃是祂神聖的、人位化的內住,祂要內住在人的心裏,在那兒將父與子向人啟示出來。唯有當基督徒們理解並牢記這一點,他們才有可能開始大聲宣告並支取:那在基督耶穌裏早已為他們預備好的全備福分。

The difference between the two-fold operation of the Holy Spirit is not to be regarded as if, with the closing of the Old Testament, the former ceased, and there was in the New no more of the work of preparation. By no means. Just as there were in the Old blessed anticipations of the indwelling of God’s Spirit, so now in the New Testament the twofold working still continues. According to the lack of knowledge, or of faith, or – of faithfulness, a believer may even in these days get little beyond the Old Testament measure of the Spirit’s working. The indwelling Spirit has indeed been given to every child of God, and yet he may experience little beyond the first half of the promise, the new spirit given us in regeneration, and know almost nothing of God’s own Spirit, as a living person put within us. The Spirit’s work in convincing of sin and of righteousness, in His leading to repentance and faith and the new life, is but the preparatory work. The distinctive glory of the dispensation of the Spirit is His Divine personal indwelling in the heart of the believer, there to reveal the Father and the Son. It is only as Christians understand and remember this, that they will be able to claim the full blessing prepared for them in Christ Jesus.



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