基督的靈-第三篇-在聖靈裏敬拜-第08~09段

而唯有當神的靈內住在我們裏面時,這樣的敬拜才能成就。如果我們竭力要成為這種在聖靈和真實裏的敬拜者-真正的敬拜者,我們所需的首要之事乃是一種危機感,藉以逃避留在肉體和屬肉體之敬拜中的危險。我們信徒裏面擁有兩種性情:肉體和靈。天然的肉體隨時準備好闖入禁地,並將敬拜神的事情搶過來作。靈的部分可能仍然非常軟弱,而我們也還不知道如何讓靈居於統治全人的地位。我們的心思可能因著研讀神的話語感到愉悅,我們的情感可能因其中啟示的奇思深受感動,我們的意志也可能喜歡神的律法(羅馬書7:22),但論到要遵行律法,並作成所看見、所贊同的順從和敬拜,我們仍可能是軟弱無力。

為著生活、為著敬拜,我們同樣需要聖靈的內住。但要經歷聖靈的內住,我們必須先讓肉體安靜下來。「凡有血肉的,都當在耶和華面前靜默無聲!」(撒迦利亞書2:13)「使一切屬肉體的人,在神面前都不能誇口。」(哥林多前書1:29)正如彼得當時雖已從父領受啟示,認識耶穌就是基督,但他的思想卻仍否定基督要被釘十字架的事,他的心不體貼神的意思,只體貼人的意思。照樣,我們所有關於神聖事物的思想、我們所有想要激發或成就正確感覺的努力,這些都必須放棄,我們所有用於敬拜活動的能力都必須仆倒下來、完全終止;我們渴望更接近神,但每一步都必須是在向聖靈非常明確、非常安靜的降服之下,才能向神靠近一點。我們要體會到,在自己的意志中不間斷確保聖靈運行是多麼不可能的事;我們也該體會到,如果我們要在聖靈裏敬拜,我們一定要在聖靈裏行事為人。「但神的靈若住在你們裏面,你們就不在肉體裏,乃在靈裏了。」(羅馬書8:9)當神的靈在我裏面內住並掌權管理,我就真是在聖靈裏,並且能夠在聖靈裏敬拜。

And this can only be as the Spirit of God dwells in us. If we would strive to become such worshippers in Spirit and in Truth–true worshippers–the first thing we need is a sense of the danger in which we are from the Flesh and its worship. As believers we have in us a double nature–flesh and spirit. The one is the natural part which is ever ready to intrude itself, and to undertake the doing of what is needed in the Worship of God. The other is the Spiritual part, which may still be very weak, and which possibly we do not yet know how to give its full sway. Our mind may delight in the study of God’s Word, our feelings may be moved by the wonderful thoughts there revealed, our will may–we see this in Romans 7:22–delight in the law of God after the inward man, and we may yet be impotent to do that law, to render the obedience and worship we see and approve.

We need the Holy Spirit’s indwelling for life and worship alike. And to receive this we need first of all to have the flesh silenced. ‘Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord.’ ‘Let no flesh glory in His presence.’ To Peter had already been revealed by the Father that Jesus was the Christ, and yet in his thoughts of the cross he savoured not, his mind was not according to, the things of God, but the things of men. Our own thoughts of Divine things, our own efforts to waken or work the right feelings must be given up, our own power to worship must be brought down and laid low, and every approach to God must take place under a very distinct and very quiet surrender to the Holy Spirit. And as we learn how impossible it is at our will any moment to ensure the Spirit’s working, we shall learn that if we would worship in the Spirit we must walk in the Spirit. ‘Ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be the Spirit of God dwelleth in you.’ As the Spirit dwells and rules in me, I am in the Spirit, and can worship in the Spirit.



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