基督的靈-第二篇-聖靈的浸-第01~02段

讀經:「約翰又作見證說…只是那差我來在水裏施浸的,對我說,你看見那靈降下來,停留在誰身上,誰就是在聖靈裏施浸的。」(約翰福音1章32~33節)

論到基督,施浸者約翰傳講了關於這個人的兩件事:第一件事,他是神的羔羊,除去世人之罪的;另外一件事,他要將門徒們浸在聖靈與火裏。羔羊的血,和聖靈的浸,這二者是約翰教導並傳講的兩大核心真理。而這兩件事,實實在在是不可分開的:寶血是建造的基石,而那靈則是房角石,除非這二者被人完備地傳講,否則召會絕對無法在大能中盡她的職事,也絕對無法讓那位得高舉的主在她裏面得榮耀。

然而,即使在那些誠心接受聖經作其凡事指導的人們中,此二者也常常沒有被傳講得完備。論到耶穌是神的羔羊,論到祂的受苦、捨命贖罪,以及藉祂而有的赦免與平安,這些信息比較容易被人理解、接受,也比較快能打動人心。但論到聖靈的浸、內住、和引導,這些更內在的屬靈真理,則較不易、也較慢被人領會。這是什麼緣故呢?究其原因,寶血的流出是發生在地上的事,是肉眼可見的外顯之事,再加上有牛羊祭牲作預表,並非隱晦難懂;但聖靈的澆灌卻是發生自天上的事,是在一般人眼前隱藏的神聖奧秘。再者,寶血的洗滌,是為了那些不敬神的悖逆罪人;而聖靈的賜給,則是為了那些愛主並順從主的門徒們。或許正因這些差異,難怪當召會缺乏向她主人之強烈奉獻的生命時,關於靈浸的傳講和信仰就很難找到敞開接受的心,很難像救贖和赦罪的信息受人歡迎一樣。

「John bare witness, saying, He that sent me to baptize with water, He said unto me, Upon Whomsoever thou shalt see the, Spirit descending, and abiding on Him the same is He that baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.」(John 1:33)

THERE were two things that John the Baptist preached concerning the person of Christ, The one was, that He was the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world ,The other, that He would baptize His disciples with the Holy Ghost and with fire. The Blood of the Lamb, and the Baptism of the Spirit were the two central truths of his creed and his preaching. They are, indeed, inseparable: the Church cannot do her work in power, nor can her exalted Lord be glorified in her, except as the Blood as the foundation-stone, and the Spirit as the corner-stone, are fully preached.

This has not at all times been done even among those who heartily accept Scripture as their guide. The preaching of the Lamb of God, of His suffering and atonement, of pardon and peace through Him, is more easily apprehended by the understanding of man, and can more speedily influence his feelings, than the more inward spiritual truth of the baptism, and indwelling, and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The pouring out of the blood took place upon earth, it was something visible and outward, and, in virtue of the types, not unintelligible. The pouring out of the Spirit was in heaven, a Divine and hidden mystery. The shedding of the blood was for the ungodly and rebellious; the gift of the Spirit, for the loving and obedient disciple. It is no wonder, when the life of the Church is not in very intense devotion to her Lord, that the preaching and the faith of the Baptism of the Spirit should find less entrance than that of redemption and forgiveness.



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