基督的靈-第一篇-區別「一個新靈」與「神的靈」-第04段

鑑別上述的差異性是很重要的,有了這樣的認識,我們才能理解關於「重生」與「聖靈內住」二者之間的真正關係。(譯者註:才不會誤以為每個重生的信徒都已有聖靈內住。)前者(重生)是聖靈的工作,使我們認罪、悔改、信入基督,並將一種新性情分賜給我們。這一步應驗了神的應許:「我要將一個新靈放在你們裏面。」每一位經歷了重生的信徒便成為神的兒女,如此預備好成為讓聖靈內住的聖殿。現今,在重生之人的靈裏,我們可以憑信大聲宣告,要求那應許的後半部分,也像前半部分一樣確確定定地應驗在我們身上。然而,可惜的是,長久以來信徒往往只注意自己重生所得的新靈,以為這樣就足夠了。因這緣故,大多數信徒都無法進入那為他預備的–滿有喜樂和力量的生命中。唯有當他願意接受這事實:原來神所應許的福分遠勝於只得到新的性情,遠勝於只成為一個殿,乃是父和子的靈要親自內住在其中。唯有如此承認,那一充滿聖潔與祝福的奇妙領域才會開始向他開啟。這樣的認識會激起他強烈的渴望,渴望真認識聖靈,渴望認識祂如何工作、祂有何要求,渴望知道如何才能豐滿地經驗到祂的內住,並領受內住聖靈所授予的–那關於神兒子在我們裏面的完滿啟示。

The importance of recognising this distinction can easily be perceived. We shall then be able to understand the true relation between regeneration and the indwelling of the Spirit. The former is that work of the Holy Spirit, by which He convinces us of sin, leads to repentance and faith in Christ, and imparts a new nature. Through the Spirit God thus fulfils the promise, ‘I will put a new spirit within you.’ The believer is now a child of God, a temple ready for the Spirit to dwell in. Where faith claims it, the second half of the promise is fulfilled as surely as the first. As long now as the believer only looks at regeneration, and the renewal wrought in his spirit, he will not come to the life of joy and strength which is meant for him. But when he accepts God’s promise that there is something better than even the new nature, than the inner temple, that there is the Spirit of the Father and the Son to dwell within him, there opens up a wonderful prospect of holiness and blessedness. It becomes his one great desire to know this Holy Spirit aright, how He works and what He asks, to know how he may to the full experience His indwelling, and that revelation of the Son of God within us which it is His work to bestow.



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