基督的靈-第三篇-在聖靈裏敬拜-第01~02段

讀經:「時候將到,如今就是了,那真正敬拜父的,要在聖靈和真實裏敬拜祂,因為父尋找這樣敬拜祂的人。神是個靈;敬拜祂的,必須在聖靈和真實裏敬拜。」(約翰福音4章23~24節)「真受割禮的,乃是我們這憑神的靈敬拜,在基督耶穌裏誇口,不信靠肉體的。」(腓立比書3:3)

敬拜乃是人無上的榮耀。人受造是為了與神交通,而敬拜神則是這交通中極致的表現。至於默想、禱告、愛、信、放下、順從,所有這些敬虔生活的操練都是在敬拜之中才達到頂峰。在敬拜中,我在神的聖別、榮耀、和愛中珍賞祂的所是,並領悟自己從前是個有罪的受造之物,如今則是蒙父贖回的孩子,因此將我整個人、將我自己完全呈獻給我的神,讓祂得到當得的稱頌和榮耀。這樣,敬拜乃是通往神的最真實、最完全、最快捷的途徑。它將敬虔生活的每一情操和每一事奉都包含在內,敬拜乃是人至高的定命,因為神在敬拜中乃是人的一切。

耶穌告訴我們,祂的到來要使一種全新的敬拜得以開始。從前所有人所以為的敬拜,無論是外邦人或撒馬利亞人所稱的敬拜,或是猶太人根據神律法中時代性啟示而有的敬拜,現今都要讓路給那完全的、超特的新者:那在聖靈和真實裏的敬拜。而耶穌賜下聖靈的目的,正是要為這樣一種敬拜揭開序幕。現今,唯獨這一種敬拜才能使父大大喜悅。我們領受聖靈的目的,特別是為了成就這一種敬拜。在我們這一系列研讀聖靈工作的開端,且讓我們持定這一蒙福的思想:聖靈之所以要在我們裏面,乃是為著那一偉大的目的,為使我們能在靈和真實裏敬拜。「因為父尋找這樣敬拜祂的人,」正是為此,父才差出了祂的兒子,和祂的聖靈。

「The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth; for such doth the Father seek to be His worshippers. God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth.」(John 4: 23, 24.)「We are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.」(Philippians 3:3.)

To worship is man’s highest glory. He was created for fellowship with God: of that fellowship worship is the sublimest expression. All the exercises of the religious life meditation and prayer, love and faith, surrender and obedience, all culminate in worship. Recognising what God is in His holiness, His glory, and His love, realizing what I am as a sinful creature, and as the Father’s redeemed child, in worship I gather up my whole being and present myself to my God, to offer Him the adoration and the glory which is His due. The truest and fullest and nearest approach to God is worship. Every sentiment and every service of the religious life is included in it: to worship is man’s highest destiny, because in it God is all.

Jesus tells us that with His coming a new worship would commence. All that heathen or Samaritans had called worship, all even that the Jews had known of worship in accordance with the provisional revelation of God’s law, would make way for something entirely and distinctively new–the worship in Spirit and in Truth. This is the worship He was to inaugurate by the giving of the Holy Spirit. This is the worship which now alone is well pleasing to the Father. It is for this worship specially that we have received the Holy Spirit. Let us, at the very commencement of our study of the work of the Spirit, take in the blessed thought that the great object for which the Holy Spirit is within us is, that we worship in spirit and in truth.‘Such doth the Father seek to be His worshippers,’ for this He sent forth His Son and His Spirit.



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