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門徒

(2008-05-08 15:26:17)
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慕安德烈每日靈修 God's Best Secrets by Andrew Murray

經文: 「耶穌和他們聚集的時候,囑咐他們說:『不要離開耶路撒冷,要等候父所應許的。』」(使徒行傳一:4)

        教會的第二個特徵,就是上帝在門徒身上預備好接受聖靈的澆灌,好為祂向世人作見證。
        若我們想要正確地了解上帝是怎麼回應門徒的禱告,將聖靈澆灌在他們身上,首先我們當認識這些門徒都是單純的漁夫,不是有學問的知識份子,而且都有缺點,絕非十全十美的完人,但是上帝呼召他們放下一切謀生的,來跟隨祂做得人漁夫。這些門徒也竭盡所能照著耶穌所吩咐的去做,跟隨祂的腳蹤,效法祂的榜樣。雖然他們一樣有罪性,也很難每次都克服老我,但他們的心卻是緊緊地與主相連。即使跟隨主的腳步是蹣跚軟弱的,但十字架永遠是他們的標竿。門徒們在耶穌的死上有份,也就是說以肉身而言,他們向罪是死的,同時也與耶穌一起復活,有份於這新生命。正因為門徒們的向老我死,從上頭來的聖靈能力便得以澆灌在他們身上。
        讓我們用這來檢視我們的信仰,我們有否與耶穌一起受苦,一起釘死在十字架上,我們有否恨惡自己的肉體到一個地步,要將這老我釘死,讓祂的新生命在我們裡面滋長。有了這樣的經歷,我們才有信心相信上帝垂聽我們的禱告,應允我們所求的,賜下聖靈運行在我們心中,使祂的旨意成就在我們身上。我們必須像門徒一樣,堅定地仰賴上帝,緊緊地與祂相連,祂就會賜下五旬節的經歷,讓我們的心願得償,讓我們的禱告得蒙應允。
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THE APOSTLES
Scripture: "Being assembled together with them, He charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father." ACTS i. 4. R. V.

        The second mark of the Church is to be found in the disciples whom the Lord had prepared to receive His Spirit and to be His witnesses.

        If we would understand aright the outpouring of the Spirit in answer to the prayer of the disciples, we must above all ask: What was there in these men that fitted them for such powerful, effectual prayer, and the wonderful fulfilment of the promise that came to them ? They were simple, unlearned men with many faults, whom the Lord had called to forsake all and follow Him. They had done this, as far as they could; they followed Him in the life He led and the work He did. Though there was much sin in them, and they had as yet no power fully to deny themselves, their hearts clung to Him in deep sincerity. In the midst of much stumbling they, yet followed Him to the cross. They shared with Him His death; unconsciously, but most really, they died with Him to sin, and were raised with Him in the power of a new life. It was this that fitted them for the power in prayer, and the being clothed with the power from on high.

        Let this be the test by which we try ourselves, whether we have indeed surrendered to the fellowship of Christ's sufferings and death, and whether we have hated our own life and crucified it, and have received the power of Christ's life in us. It is this that will give us liberty to believe that God will hear our prayer too, and give us His Holy Spirit to work in us what we and He desire, if we are indeed with one accord to take up the disciples' prayer, and to share in the answer. We must, like them, be willing learners in the school of Jesus, and seek above everything that intimate fellowship with Him, that will fit us for praying the prayer of Pentecost, and receiving its answer.
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