基督的靈-第二篇-聖靈的浸-第08~09段

我們該學的第一個課題是,聖靈的浸乃是耶穌職事的榮耀頂點,我們需要領受聖靈的浸;如果我們想要活出真正的基督徒生活,我們必須確定自己是否擁有了它。從前那位聖別的耶穌需要它,從前那些愛基督並順從祂的門徒們需要它,我們現在也需要它。它是一種超過聖靈使人重生的工作。它是基督藉祂自己的靈在我們裏面降臨顯現,且因祂已被高舉超過一切仇敵,祂就能帶著祂得榮性情中的大能,永永遠遠住在人心裏面。它是基督生命之靈釋放我們脫離罪與死的律(羅馬書8:2),帶領我們個別經歷基督救贖我們脫罪進入的自由,但這點從許多重生之人的行為來看,對他們只不過是掛名的福分,還不是他們據有並享受的福分。它是給我們穿上能力,使我們面臨任何危險都能充滿膽量,並帶來勝過世界和一切仇敵的勝利。它是神對祂應許之美事的應驗–我要居住在他們裏面,我要在他們裏面行走。哦,讓我們求父向我們啟示祂愛中所作的一切!讓我們如此祈求,直到我們所有人的魂中,都充滿了「祂用聖靈施浸」這一思想中所包含的榮耀。

而後,我們該學的另一個課題是:唯有耶穌才能用聖靈給人施浸。無論我們自認已經領受了靈浸,因此只想尋求更豐滿的領略,或是我們自認從未領受而尋求得著它,我們都必然同意這事:就是唯有在與耶穌的交通中,唯有憑著信心的接觸並對耶穌的順從,我們才有可能領受、或維持、或不斷更新一種被浸在聖靈裏的生活。耶穌說:「信入我的人,從他腹中要流出活水的眾江河。」我們所需要一件事的就是在內住耶穌裏的活潑信心,如此活水必定會確實並自由地湧流出來。信心是新性情的一種本能,憑信我們才能認識並領受那神聖的食物和飲料。讓我們藉著那位內住在每一位信徒裏面之那靈的能力,相信耶穌要用那靈充滿我們,並讓我們在愛和順從中緊緊依附於祂。祂是那位施浸者:所以讓我們前來接觸祂、全人奉獻給祂、相信祂已開始並要將祂自己完完全全賜給我們,如此尋求祂,好得著那包含在靈浸中的一切福分。

The one is, that this baptism of the Holy Spirit is the crown and glory of Jesus’ work, that we need it, and must know that we have it, if we are to live the true Christian life. We need it. The Holy Jesus needed it. Christ’s loving, obedient disciples needed it. It is something more than the working of the Spirit in regeneration. It is the Personal Spirit of Christ making Him present within us, always abiding in the heart in the power of His glorified nature, as He is exalted above every enemy. It is the Spirit of the Life of Christ Jesus making us free from the law of sin and death, and bringing us, as a personal experience, into the liberty from sin to which Christ redeemed us, but which to so many regenerate is only a blessing registered, on their behalf, but not possessed or enjoyed. It is the enduement with power to fill us with boldness in presence of every danger, and give the victory over the world and every enemy. It is the fulfillment of what God meant in His promise–I will dwell in them, and walk in them. Let us ask the Father to reveal to us all that His love meant for us, until our souls are filled with the glory of the thought: He baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.

And then there is the other lesson: It is Jesus who thus baptizeth. Whether we look upon this baptism as something we already have, and of which we only want a fuller apprehension, or something we still must receive, in this all agree: it is only in the fellowship of Jesus, in faithful attachment and obedience to Him, that a baptized life can be received or maintained or renewed. ‘He that believeth in me,’ Jesus, said, ‘out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ The one thing we need is living faith in the indwelling Jesus: the living water will surely and freely flow. Faith is the instinct of the new nature, by which it recognises and receives its Divine food and drink. In the power of the Spirit who dwells in every believer, let us trust Jesus, who fills with the Spirit, and cling to Him in love and obedience. It is He who baptizes: in contact with Him, in devotion to Him, in the confidence that He has given and will give Himself wholly to us, let us look to Him for nothing less than all that the baptism of the Spirit can imply.



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