基督的靈-第二篇-聖靈的浸-第05~06段

當日祂自己雖然領受了靈浸,但祂還不能立刻用那靈給人施浸。祂必須先在靈浸的能力裏面對試探,並且勝過試探;祂必須學習順從、忍受苦難,並藉著那位永遠的靈,將自己當作祭物獻給神、成全神的旨意,然後祂才能在天上重新領受聖靈作為順從的賞賜(使徒行傳2:33),同時領受能力,至此方能將所有屬祂之人浸入聖靈裏。

我們從耶穌的經歷中看見並認識靈浸的內涵。靈浸並不是使我們轉向神的恩典,靈浸並不是使人重生並尋求活出神兒女生命的恩典。正如耶穌再次提醒門徒們關於約翰的預言時(使徒行傳1:4),他們早已是蒙恩重生的兒女了,耶穌既囑咐他們領受聖靈的浸,其中必包含了超過重生的恩典。靈浸的恩典,乃是他們那位得榮之主的可覺同在從天返回,並住在他們心裏,使他們有份於祂新生命中的能力。對他們而言,這浸乃是在和那位榮耀寶座上耶穌之活潑交通中,所領受之喜樂與能力的浸。他們往後所需的所有智慧、勇敢、聖別,早已被神牢固根植於那靈中。從前耶穌領受靈浸時,怎樣因著那靈活潑的連結而享受父的同在和能力,現今門徒們也因那靈扮演同樣的角色而受益。藉著那靈,子要親自向他們顯現(約翰福音14:21),父和子要藉那靈來與他們一同安排住處(約翰福音14:23)。「你看見那靈降下來,停留在誰身上,誰就是在聖靈裏施浸的。」這句話不僅是對約翰說的,也是對我們說的。若要認識靈浸的意義,若要認識我們從誰領受、如何領受那靈,我們必須看見,那靈到底是降下並停留在那一位身上。我們必須看見那位被浸在聖靈裏的耶穌。我們也必須試著去明瞭:耶穌有多麼需要聖靈、祂如何預備好來領受聖靈、祂那樣使自己降服於聖靈、祂如何在聖靈的能力中完成祂的死、又如何在聖靈的能力中再度活過來。耶穌要將那靈賜給我們之前,祂已先為自己領受過了,並在祂個人生命中適行過了;從前祂為自己領受的、贏得的一切,現在則都是為著我們,祂要讓我們深深擁有這一切。我們看見那靈停留在其身上的那一位,現今祂用那靈給人施浸。

But though now baptized Himself, He cannot yet baptize others. He must first, in the power of His baptism, meet temptation and overcome it; must learn obedience and suffer, yea, through the Eternal Spirit, offer Himself a sacrifice unto God and His will–then only would He afresh receive the Holy Spirit as the reward of obedience (Acts 2: 33), with the power to baptize all who belong to Him.

What we see in Jesus teaches us what the baptism of the Spirit is. It is not that grace by which we turn to God, become regenerate, and seek to live as God’s children. When Jesus reminded His disciples (Acts 1:4) of John’s prophecy, they were already partakers of this grace. Their baptism with the Spirit meant something more. It was to be to them the conscious presence of their glorified Lord, come back from heaven to dwell in their hearts, their participation in the power of His new Life. It was to them a baptism of joy and power in their living fellowship with Jesus on the Throne of Glory. All that they were further to receive of wisdom, and courage, and holiness, had its root in this: what the Spirit had been to Jesus, when He was baptized, as the living bond with the Father’s Power and Presence, He was to be to them: through Him, the Son was to manifest Himself, and Father and Son were to make their abode with them. ‘Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and abiding upon Him, the same is He that baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.’ This word comes to us as well as to John. To know what the baptism of the Spirit means, how and from whom we are to receive it we must see the One upon whom the Spirit descended and abode. We must see Jesus baptized with the Holy Ghost. We must try to understand how He needed it, how He was prepared for it, how He yielded to it, how in its power He died His death, and was raised again. What Jesus has to give us, He first received and personally appropriated for Himself; what He received and won for Himself is all for us: He will make it our very own. Upon whom we see the Spirit abiding, He baptizeth with the Spirit.



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