基督的靈-第四篇-聖靈與話-第01~02段

讀經:「賜人生命的乃是那靈,肉是無益的;我對你們所說的話,就是靈,就是生命。…主阿,你有永遠生命的話,我們還歸從誰?」(約翰福音6章63節、68節)「那字句殺死,那靈卻賜生命。」(哥林多後書3章6節)

我們可稱頌的主曾說,祂自己是生命的糧,祂的肉和血是永遠生命的食物和飲料。但這話對許多門徒而言甚難領會。耶穌告訴他們,唯有當聖靈降臨,他們領受聖靈以後,他們才會清楚明瞭祂的一切話。祂說:「賜人生命的乃是那靈,肉是無益的。我對你們所說的話,就是靈,就是生命。」

「賜人生命的乃是那靈,」從這些話和保羅另一處相應的話:「那靈賜生命,」我們可以很快發現關於那靈的一項定義。(另參哥林多前書15:45,「賜生命的靈。」)這項定義就是,無論在自然界或在恩典中,聖靈運作的首要原則就是「賜生命」。牢牢把握這一點是極其重要的,祂在信徒裏面的工作,無論是蓋印、聖別、光照、加力,全都是基於這同一原則:「賜生命」,而這也是信徒對祂的認識和稱讚。聖靈在信徒魂中成為內在生命,等著要讓人經歷祂更多恩典的工作,就是讓生命擴長。信徒唯有在這內在生命之能力中,才能享受到祂諸般恩典的工作,因為「賜人生命的乃是那靈。」

「It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I have spoken unto you are Spirit and are life. Lord, to whom shall we go? I Thou hast the words of eternal life.」(John 6: 63, 68)「The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.」(2 Corinthians 3: 6)

Our Blessed Lord had been speaking of Himself as the Bread of Life, and of His flesh and blood as the meat and drink of eternal Life. To many of His disciples it was a hard saying, which they could not understand. Jesus tells them that it is only when the Holy Spirit is come, and they have Him, that His words will become clear to them. He says, ‘It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life.’

‘It is the Spirit that quickeneth,’ in these words and the corresponding ones of Paul, ‘the Spirit giveth life,’ we have the nearest approach to what may be called a definition of the Spirit. (Comp. 1 Corinthians 15: 45, ‘a life-giving Spirit.’) The Spirit always acts, in the first place, whether in nature or grace, as a Life-giving principle. It is of the deepest importance to keep firm hold on this. His work in the believer, of Sealing, Sanctifying, Enlightening, and Strengthening, is all rooted in this: it is as He is known and honoured, and place given to Him, as He is waited on as the Inner Life of the soul, that His other gracious workings can be experienced. These are but the outgrowth of the Life; it is in the power of the Life within that they can be enjoyed. ‘It is the Spirit that quickeneth.’



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