基督的靈-第三篇-在聖靈裏敬拜-第05~06段

有屬肉體的心思,也有屬靈的心思(歌羅西書2:18、1:9)。有出於肉體的意志,也有神藉祂的靈在人裏面運行而生的意志(約翰福音1:13、腓立比書2:13)。有一種使肉體感到滿意的敬拜,因為它是本於肉體所能作的(歌羅西書2:18、23),也有一種對神敬拜是在聖靈裏的敬拜。屬於後者的敬拜,正是耶穌的到來要使其可能、要使其實化在我們裏面的,如何成就?乃是藉著將一個新靈放在我們最深處,然後再讓神的聖靈進入那個新靈裏。

「在聖靈並在真實裏。」這種在聖靈裏的敬拜是一種在真實裏的敬拜。在聖靈裏的意思並不是反對一切外在的禮儀(譯者註:例如水浸、聖餐、或其他律法上當行的外在規條,如行傳15章29節提到禁喫祭偶像之物、禁喫血、禁喫勒死的牲畜),在聖靈裏不是指內在的,而是指屬靈的,是指經過神的靈編織的,與之相對的則是人天然能力所能影響的。在真實裏的意思也不是指衷心的、誠實的、正直的,正如舊約時代的眾聖徒敬拜神時,他們已知道神尋找內裏真實的人,因此也曾全心、極其正直地尋求祂,但他們卻無法進入「在聖靈和真實裏的敬拜」,因為耶穌尚未裂開那一肉體的幔子。「真實」在此是指實質、實際,是指敬拜神的事上所包含的一切真正事物,包括所需求的以及所應許的事物。約翰提到耶穌時,說祂是「從父而來的獨生子,豐豐滿滿地有恩典、有真實,」他又說「律法是藉著摩西賜的,恩典和真實都是藉著耶穌基督來的。」若我們誤以為真實在此是指不虛假的,那麼律法難道是虛假的嗎?不,摩西的律法和耶穌的福音二者都是從神而來、是同樣真實不假的。然而,若我們能理解「真實」的意思,知道律法提供了要來美好事物的影兒,而基督則將那些美好事物的本體和實質帶來給我們,我們就能看見,祂是如何豐豐滿滿地有真實,因祂自己就是真實、實際,是神分賜給我們的最超越之生命、愛、和能力。如果我們能理解「真實」的意思,我們就能看見:唯有在聖靈裏的敬拜才可能是在真實裏的敬拜,因為唯有靠著聖靈,將基督自己擁有的生命和祂與父之間的交通,啟示並維持在我們裏面,我們才能真正享受這生命和交通中的神聖能力,才能在對那實際的享受中來敬拜神。

There is a fleshly mind and a spiritual mind (Colossians 2: 18, 1: 9). There is a will of the flesh, and a will which is of God working by His Spirit (John 1:13; Philippians 2:13). There is a worship which is a satisfying of the flesh, because it is in the power of what flesh can do (Colossians 2: 18, 23), and a worship of God which is in the Spirit. It is this worship Jesus came to make possible, and to realize in us, by giving a new spirit in our inmost part, and then, within that, God’s Holy Spirit.

‘In Spirit and in Truth.’ Such a worship in Spirit is worship in Truth. Just as the words in Spirit do not mean internal as contrasted with external observances, but Spiritual, inwrought by God’s Spirit, as opposed to what man’s natural power can effect, so the words in Truth do not mean hearty, sincere, upright. In all the worship of the Old Testament saints, they knew that God sought Truth in the inward parts; they sought Him with their whole hearts, and most uprightly, and yet they attained not to that worship in Spirit and Truth, which Jesus brought us when He rent the veil of the flesh. Truth here means the substance, the reality, the actual possession of all that the worship of God implies, both in what it demands and what it promises. John speaks of Jesus as ‘the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’ And he adds, ‘For the Law was given by Moses; grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.’ If we take truth as opposed to falsehood, the law of Moses was just as true as the Gospel of Jesus; they both came from God. But if we understand what it means, that the law gave only a shadow of good things to come, and that Christ brought us the things themselves, their very substance, we see how He was full of truth, because He was Himself the Truth, the reality, the very Life and Love and Power of God imparting itself to us. We then also see how it is only a worship in Spirit that can be a worship in Truth, in the actual enjoyment of that Divine Power, which is Christ’s own life and fellowship with the Father, revealed and maintained within us by the Holy Spirit.



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