Month: August 2015

葡萄园中的凤仙

“我以我的良人为一棵凤仙,在隐基底葡萄园中。” (歌1.14)

这是雅歌中的新娘所用的许多比喻之一,来表达她的良人在她眼中的宝贵价值。新娘是如此爱她的新郎,他在她心里是如此宝贵,她找世上最美好的来比喻也还嫌不够。

新娘先说,“我以我的良人为一袋没药,常在我怀中。” (歌1.13)  又紧跟著说[……]

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The Holy Spirit will not work with our hypocrisy and self-righteousness

Thanks to a brother’s sharing of the earlier history and experiences of the local assembly, I had a glimpse of the “first love” (Rev 2.4) which the assembly had in the beginning about 20 years ago.

Tragically, the assembly gradually left the first love.

A great treasure has been lost — a treasure in the Lord’s eyes, and a treasure to those who love the Lord.

The assembly came under attacks by the enemy through flesh.  It was spiritual ignorance, but also hypocrisy, self-righteousness and spiritual pride.

The assembly developed invisible rules to maintain a spiritual condition, but failed to allow the Holy Spirit to act on His own prerogative.  They failed to trust the Holy Spirit and His power in the body of Christ.

The Holy Spirit always demands absolute authority and Christ’s headship so that we may experience true death and true resurrection.  The Holy Spirit insists on this because this is the only way the body of Christ works.

But tragically,[……]

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圣灵的主权 The Prerogative of the Holy Spirit

圣灵按照祂的主权(The Prerogative) 在基督身体里运行。

使徒行传就是圣灵工作的记录和印证。行传6章是一个例子。那里教会先出现需求,然后就设立职事,而具备所需恩赐合适担当职事的人,早已被圣灵预备好。众人按着圣灵的带领往前,基督的身体得以建造。何等样的见证,显明圣灵的大能。

但由此却[……]

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爱、恩赐、果子

“紧紧追随爱,并切慕属灵的恩赐,” 林前14.1 (原文直译)。

使徒保罗在林前13章写完了爱的道,紧跟着说,“紧紧追随爱,并切慕属灵的恩赐。”   

爱是我们必须紧紧追随的。希腊语“dioko”这个词,不仅仅是我们要“爱慕,想得到”的意思,而是绝对地紧紧追随不放,生怕分离的意思。爱,不是一个得不到就让人遗憾的“锦上添花”, 而是失去后就损失一切的绝对性前提。恩赐则不同。恩赐是好上加好,但不是绝对必须的。

爱在基督里是终极目的。恩赐只是用来建立基督身体的工具。而爱则是基督身体的一个根本属性,也就是建立基督身体的最终目的。这正是为什么“诫命在爱中同归于一“ (罗13.9,直译),而“万物在基督里同归于一“ (弗 1.10,原文和罗 13.9同一个词),因为基督不只是方法,基督是终极目的。

如果失去了爱,属灵的恩赐不会建立基督的身体。在紧紧追随爱不失去爱的前提下,人才可以羡慕属灵的恩赐。[……]

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