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【翻译】不住增长的信心(10)圣灵里的生命  

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作者:史密斯.威格尔斯沃思(Smith Wigglesworth   翻译:和爱稣(heheaiyesu

英文书名:EVER INCREASING FAITH     出版时间:1924

原文链接:http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/wigglesworth/5f00.0930/5f00.0930.10.htm

博主按: 从这一章开始,作者开始讲述圣灵与信心的关系,里面涉及到很多我们可能迷惑不清的事情,包括圣灵的洗,圣灵充满和属灵的恩赐,对于我们理解圣灵有着不少的益处。


  

第十章 圣灵里的生命

读经:哥林多后书第3

【翻译】不住增长的信心(10)圣灵里的生命 - heheaiyesu_和爱稣 - heheaiyesu(和爱稣)的博客

 圣经告诉我们应当离开基督道理的开端,竭力进到完全的地步,不必再立根基,就如那懊悔死行、各样洗礼和其它各样教训。(希伯来书6章)如果一位建筑师不停地拆掉房子,再立新的根基,你认为会怎样呢?如果你想要神的能力在你生命里,就永远不要向后看。你会发现,你容许自己向后看几分,神给你预备的也要失去几分。

圣灵指示我们永远不要往后看那我们已经被从中释放的,罪和死的律。神已经将我们带入一个新的事物法则中,带入一个超乎人所能测度的,爱与自由的生命里。许多人虽然借着神之灵的能力得以进入这新生命里面,但接着就像加拉太人一样,虽有一个好的开始,但以后又试着靠律法成全了。他们从灵的层面回到了自然的层面,这是神所不喜悦的,因为祂并未为那些失去异象的人预备地方。在这种情况下可做的只有一件事,就是悔改,不要试着掩盖任何事。如果你在任何事上跌倒了,承认出来,并且仰望神带你到有稳固信心的地步,这样你才能行走在神的灵里。

我们都应当有清楚的确信,就是救恩是属于主的,这救恩超越了人类事物的法则。如果敌人能摇动你的信心,他就能把你放在神的计划之外。当人堕落到罪里的那一刻,神的生命就会停止涌流,并且他的生命就变成可怜无助的了。但这并不是神对祂任何一个儿女的意念。阅读《约翰一书》第3章,将你自己放在神儿子的地位上。你要知道自己是在神儿子的地位上,并且记住,你的盼望是安定在基督里,所以你就必有那洁净你生命的能力。圣灵说:“凡从神生的,就不犯罪,因神的道(注:原文作“种”)存在他心里;他也不能犯罪,因为他是由神生的。”生命与能力就在种在我们里面的,道的种子里。神是在那“不能”(犯罪)的里面,在祂话语里面的能力胜过任何人反对的能力。神对我们每个人的旨意是,我们要与耶稣基督一同在生命中作王。你应当看出来你在神里面是何等奇妙,在自己里面又是何等可怜。

当神将黑暗的权势从天上摔下来时,祂在宣告自己比一切反抗的力量都要强大。我想让你知道那摔下撒旦的同样能力也住在每位从神而生的人里面。如果你意识到了这个,就会在生命中作王。当你看到人们被鬼所附,看到魔鬼的力量显示自己时,总要问他们:“耶稣是道成肉身来的吗?”我从未见过鬼的回答是肯定的。当你知道是在对付鬼的时候,你有能力将他赶出去。相信这些,并在信心上行动,“因为在你们里面的那在世界上的更大。”(约翰一书44)神的意思是要你处在一个征服的地位,并且将一种力量的在你里面,好让你可以打败魔鬼。

所有的人都会受到试探,如果你不值得试探,你也不值得受到攻击。约伯说:“祂试炼我之后,我必如精金”(约伯记23:10)在每一个来到的试探里,主会容许你受试探到一个极限,但如果你行在顺服里,祂从不允许你被打败,因为在受试探的时候祂总要给你们“开一条出路”。

方言和翻出来的话“神会出现并用他的能力扫除谎言和所有黑暗权势的居所,好使你常常在基督耶稣里得胜,主爱祂的众圣徒,用祂大能的翅膀覆庇他们。”

愿神帮助我们看到这一点。除非我们准备好受试炼,并且能在试炼中得胜,我们就不能在祂的荣耀里得着称赞。我们不能否认这个事实,就是罪是从天然来的,但神来进入我们天然里面,将其置于死地,好使神的灵带着所有的自由和能力的进入这圣殿(就是我们),如此这般,这罪恶世界中的撒旦就被信心之人赶下了王的宝座。

撒旦总是竭力使神的圣徒声名狼藉,用嘲笑控告来反对他们,但圣灵来从不定罪。祂总是启示基督的血,总是带给我们帮助。主耶稣提到圣灵是那要来的保惠师,在试炼和试验的时候祂总是我们随时的帮助。圣灵是基督教会提升的能力,保罗告诉我们,说我们 “明显是基督的信……不是用墨写的,乃是用永生神的灵写的,不是写在石板上,乃是写在心板上。”(哥林多后书3:3)圣灵开始于心,开始于人类情感的深处。祂将基督启示的丰富带到我们心里,在这里种下纯洁和圣洁,以便让赞美可以从深处持续不断地升上来。

圣灵把我们作成基督的荐信,不住地述说耶稣我们的主是我们的救赎主,这其实是神永远不会抛弃的。并且因着这被杀羔羊完全的赎罪,救恩、医治和释放就给了所有人。有人认为他们只是被洁净了一次,但如果我们行在光中,耶稣基督的血是永远不停地在洁净。

这真实的基督生命已经放在我们里面,并且在我们里面运行——这是一个完美的生命,愿主帮助我们看见这生命的能力。人一生的年日是七十岁,所以按天然事物的法则,七年之内我的生命就要完结了(译者注:作者这一年是六十三岁),但我已经开始了一个永不止息的新生命。“从亘古到永远你是神”(诗篇90:2)这是我已经进去的生命,是没有穷尽的。在我里面正在工作着的能力比世上任何能力都要强大,并且基督,就是神的能力,成形在我里面。我能明白为什么我们需要穿上这从上面而来的,因为在我里面的生命比那在我外面的大一千倍。所以这里必有一个惊人的扩张。我看到,而且是不禁看到,这件事不能在天然的层面上明白,没有天然的心思能够理解这神圣的计划。

“我们想不到有任何事出乎我们自己,我们的充足是出乎神的。”如果你走回头,你将错过这计划。我们应当离开旧事物的法则,决不信任肉体,不要碰他。我们乃是在一个新的法则里,一个属灵的法则里。这是一个有绝对信心的新生命,相信在一切关乎生命和虔敬的事上,神都能充足供应。

如果你是一个安息日会(全称为基督复临安息日会)的信徒,就决不能达到这一步,律法在你里面并无地位。你会被从每一件事释放出来,同时,又像保罗,是“灵被捆绑”,好让你不会做使主担忧的任何事。

保罗又进一步告诉我们:“叫我们承担这新约执事。不是凭着字句,乃是凭着精意。因为那字句是叫人死,精意是叫人活。”(哥林多后书3:6)在字面上读这段圣经是一回事,从中获得启示从而看出其中的属灵力量又是另一回事。任何活在字句里的人就必变成干枯和多言的,并被属灵真实的表面知识所限,他不断地耗费时间在数算头发这样微不足道的事情上;但是当他接触到灵的领域,所有的干枯就消失了,一切批评的灵也离开了。在灵里的生命是没有分门别类的, 神的灵带来何等的温柔和爱心!没有一种爱能像灵里的爱,那是一种纯洁、圣洁、神圣的爱,是借着圣灵浇灌在我们心里的,这样的爱会让人喜爱服侍和荣耀主。

我难以估算在这过去的十五年内,圣灵的洗所赐给我的究竟有多少,这就好像是过着一年等于三年的生活,所以从1907年起,我已经过了四十五年快乐的服侍生活了,而且总是越过越好。被圣灵充满是一种奢侈的享受,同时也是给我们的神圣命令——不要醉酒,乃要被圣灵充满。如果一个五旬节的人没有在床上沉浸在圣灵里,并按着神所赐的话语说方言,他就不应该起床。在来到聚会门口时,人应当说方言、唱诗篇或者唱颂歌。我要强调说,在圣灵来临的时候,祂要如此充满我们以至于身体上最小的肢体都要屈服于祂,并且没有一个人受了圣灵的洗不是按着圣灵所赐的口才说方言的。我继续地说,一个常常的充满会使你早晨、中午和夜里都说会方言。当你生活在圣灵里,在你住的地方,你走下房子的台阶时,魔鬼将不得不走在你前面拦阻你,但你能胜过魔鬼而有余!

我看除了在圣灵里所做成的以外的每一件事都是失败。但是当你活在圣灵里,你的动作、行动、吃、喝和你做的每一件事都是为了荣耀神。我们的信息总是:“要被圣灵充满。这是神为你预备的地方,这远高于天然的生命就像天高过地一样。屈服自己,让神充满吧!”

摩西曾与百姓一起经过一个极大的试炼。他们总是处在麻烦中。但是当摩西上山的时候,神赐给他十诫,荣耀降临了。他欢喜快乐地带这两块石板下了山,他的脸在荣耀中发着光。摩西给以色列人带来的,如果他们顺服,就会带来生命。

我思想我的主从天而降,整个天堂都会为此所感动。摩西带来的字句律法尚且有荣光,但这荣光在耶稣在圣灵的生命中带给我们的极大荣光中,就渐渐退去了。西乃山的荣耀在五旬节的荣耀前变为暗淡,那些石板和上面的“你不可,你不可”已经废掉了。因为他们并未给人带来生命,主已经带来一个新的约,由此将祂的律法放在我们意念里,写在我们心上,这就是赐生命圣灵的新律法。当此圣灵来的时候,祂会用祂如此的爱和自由充满我们,以至于我们会喜乐地大声呼喊到这些词儿:“废去了!废去了!”从此以后在我们心底会发出一个新的呼喊:“我的 神啊,我乐意照你的旨意行(你的律法在我心里,诗篇40:8)”祂除去了第一个那用字刻在石头上属死的职事,为要立定这第二个称义的职事,就是这在圣灵里的生命。

你会问:“一个被圣灵充满的人就停止遵行诫命吗?”我只是重复神的灵在这里告诉我们的,那用字刻在石头上属死的职事(你知道十诫是写在石头上的)是“废去了”。这人成为基督的活的荐信,是用永生神的灵写就的,因此他已经停止了做奸淫的,或杀人的,或是贪心的人;神的旨意是他所喜悦的。我喜爱按照 神的旨意而行,因而再没有厌烦,祷告也不是试炼,读神的话也不再有难处,去敬拜的地方也不是一件困难的事情,你会与《诗篇》的作者一起说:“他们对我说:‘我们往耶和华的殿去,我就欢喜。’”

这新生命是如何实现的呢?这事能实现是因为神在你们里面工作,因为你们立志行事都是神在你们心里运行,为要成就祂的美意(腓力比书2:13)。抽水机和泉源有着很大的不同,律法是抽水机,灵洗是泉源。旧的抽水机已经损坏,零件朽烂,井也干了。字句是叫人死,但泉源却是源源不断的从神的宝座上涌流出来,在这里有生命。

论到基督说,“你喜爱公义,恨恶罪恶。”在这圣灵的新生命里,在这新约的生命里,你会喜爱正确的、纯净的和圣洁的事,并对所有错的事情感到战惊。耶稣能说,“因为这世界的王将到,他在我里面是毫无所有,”被神的灵充满的那一刻,我们就被带入这同样的奇妙情形里,并且,当我们继续常被圣灵充满,仇敌不能在我们里面获得哪怕一寸之地。

你相信不相信你能被圣灵如此充满,以至于当你出现的时候,那些生活不正当的人甚至因此而被审判并定罪呢?当我们在这圣灵里的生命继续,这话就是对我们说的:“他眼中藐视恶人”(诗篇15:4)耶稣居住的地方,在祂行动的范围内,祂的生命就在不断地责备四围的邪恶。你或者会说,但因为祂乃是神的儿子,然而神藉着祂,也已给了我们儿子的名份,我相信,祂既能如此,圣灵也能使用我们,照样为我们做成。

我不想夸口,如果我夸耀任何事情,就只在主里夸耀,祂对我是有如此的恩典。记得有一次我离开火车的车厢去洗手,有了一段祷告的时间,主充满我使我涌流出祂的爱来,那时我要去爱尔兰领会,但我不能够很快地到达那里。回到车上,我相信主的灵重重的降在我身上,以至于我的脸一定在发光(圣灵改变人的容貌时他自己往往不知道),有两个职员坐在一起,当我再次走进车厢的时候,其中一个叫起来:“你让我觉得有罪。”三分钟之内车厢里的每个人都在呼求神的拯救,这样的事情在我一生里发生了很多次。这就是保罗所说的属灵执事,圣灵这样充满你要使你的生命有效力,这样甚至连在商店与你做买卖的人也想要躲避你的出现,因为他们被定罪。

我们必须完全离开字句的东西,凡我们所行的都要在圣灵的膏油之下工作。问题是我们名为五旬节的人却一直活在字句中。相信圣灵借着保罗所说的——所有定罪的执事,就是那曾拦阻你在基督里自由的废去了,律法已经废去了!就你而言,所有旧的事物法则都永远废去了,神的灵已经带来一个纯洁和爱的新生命。就在你在基督里成为新造的人的时候,圣灵已算你和你旧生命的一切都完结了。在灵的生命里,旧的诱惑已经失去了权势。魔鬼还会在每一个拐角迎接你,但神的灵总会举起一面旌旗来抵挡他。

哦,如果神有祂的计划,我们就该像火炬一样,在我们所到之处,净化那里的空气,并打退邪恶的势力。

方言和翻出来的话:“主就是那灵,祂运行在你心里,向你显示,那在你里面的能力比所有黑暗的权势都大。”

废去了!我是什么意思呢?是要你不忠心么?你要更忠心。别人对待你不好的时候你要发怨言吗?不,你要把你那边的脸给他转过来。当神住在你里面的时候,这就是祂总是要你做的。将自己交在神手中吧,进入安息,“因为那进入安息的乃是歇了自己的工,正如神歇了他的工一样。”(希伯来书4:10)哦,这是一个可爱的安息!整个的生命都是安息日。这是惟一能荣耀神的生命,是一个喜乐的生命,是天天在地如在天的生命。

在这样的生命里有持续不断的转变。看见主和祂的荣光,我们就变成主的形状,而且荣上加荣,如同从主的灵变成的。在这样的生命里,持续不断地揭去脸上的帕子,不断地获得启示,不断地披上从上面来的能力。我想要你答应神,永不向后看,永远也不回到圣灵所说的“废去了”的地位上。我曾向主许愿永不准许我自己怀疑祂的话。

婴儿有个特点,就是接受所有拿来给他的。一个聪明通达人会被自己的理智所欺骗,因而不能得着神最好的。但婴孩却接受所有母亲给他的,试着吞下奶瓶里的一切。婴孩不能走,但有母亲抱着,婴孩不能自己穿衣服,但母亲会替他穿,甚至婴孩连说话也不能。因此,在灵的生命里,神替我们做了我们不能做的,我们被祂怀抱着,祂还给我们穿上衣服,并赐我们口才说话,但愿我们人人都像婴孩一样单纯。


  

附英文原文:

Chapter 10

Life in the Spirit

Bible Reading, 2 Corinthians 3

We are told that we are to leave the first principles of the doctrine of Christ and go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and the doctrine of baptisms and other first principles (Hebrews 6). What would you think of a builder who was everlastingly pulling down his house and putting in fresh foundations? Never look back if you want the power of God in your life. You will find out that in the measure you have allowed yourself to look back you have missed that which God has for you.

The Holy Ghost shows us that we must never look back to the law of sin and death from which we have been delivered. God has brought us into a new order of things, a life of love and liberty in Christ Jesus that is beyond all human comprehension. Many are brought into this new life through the power of the Spirit of God, and then, like the Galatians, who ran well at the beginning, they try to perfect themselves on the lines of legalism. They go back from the life in the Spirit to a life on natural lines. God is not pleased with this, for He has no place for the man who has lost the vision. The only thing to do is to repent. Don't try to cover up anything. If you have been tripped up on any line, confess it out, and then look to God to bring you to a place of stability of faith where your whole walk will be in the Spirit.

We all ought to have a clear conviction that salvation is of the Lord. It is more than a human order of things. If the enemy can move you from a place of faith, he can get you outside the plan of God. The moment a man falls into sin, divine life ceases to flow, and his life becomes one of helplessness. But this is not God's thought for any of His children. Read the third chapter of John's first epistle and take your place as a son of God. Take the place of knowing that you are a son of God, and remember that, as your hope is set in Christ, it should have a purifying effect on your life. The Holy Spirit says, "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." There is life and power in the seed of the Word that is implanted within. God is in that "cannot," and there is more power in that word of His than in any human objections. God's thought for everyone of us is that we shall reign in life by Jesus Christ. You must come to see how wonderful you are in God and how helpless you are in yourself.

God declared Himself more mighty than every opposing power when He cast out the powers of darkness from heaven. I want you to know that the same power that cast Satan out of heaven dwells in every man that is born of God. If you would but realize this, you would reign in life. When you see people laid out under an evil power, when you see the powers of evil manifesting themselves, always put the question, "Did Jesus come in the flesh?" I have never seen an evil power answer in the affirmative. When you know you have an evil spirit to deal with you have power to cast it out. Believe it and act on it, for greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4). God means you to be in a place of overcoming, and has put a force within you whereby you may defeat the devil.

Temptations will come to all. If you are not worth tempting you are not worth powder and shot. Job said: "When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." In every temptation that comes, the Lord lets you be tempted up to the very hilt, but will never allow you to be defeated if you walk in obedience; for right in the midst of the temptation He will always "make a way of escape."

Tongues and Interpretation: "God comes forth and with His power sweeps away the refuge of lies and all the powers of darkness, and causes you always to triumph in Christ Jesus. The Lord loveth His saints and covereth them with His almighty wings."

May God help us to see it. We cannot be to the praise of His glory until we are ready for trials, and are able to triumph in them. We cannot get away from the fact that sin came in by nature, but God comes into our nature and puts it into the place of death, that the Spirit of God may come into the temple in all His power and liberty, that right here in this present evil world Satan may be dethroned by the believer.

Satan is always endeavoring to bring the saints of God into disrepute, bringing against them railing accusations, but the Holy Ghost never comes with condemnation. He always reveals the blood of Christ. He always brings us help. The Lord Jesus referred to Him as the Comforter who would come. He is always on hand to help in the seasons of trial and test. The Holy Ghost is the lifting power of the church of Christ. And Paul tells us that we "are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ, . . . written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart." The Holy Ghost begins in the heart, right in the depths of human affections. He brings into the heart the riches of the revelation of Christ, implanting purity and holiness there, so that, out of its depths, praises may well up continually.

The Holy Ghost will make us epistles of Christ, ever telling out that Jesus our Lord is our Redeemer and God has never put away that revelation. And because of the perfect atonement of that slain Lamb, there is salvation, healing and deliverance for all. Some people think that they have only to be cleansed once, but as we walk in the light the blood of Jesus Christ is ever cleansing.

The very life of Christ has been put within us, and is moving within us-a perfect life. May the Lord help us to see the power of this life. The years of a man's life are threescore and ten, and so in the natural order of things, my life will be finished in seven years, but I have begun a new life that will never end. "From everlasting to everlasting Thou art God." This is the life I have come into, and there is no end to this life. In me is working a power stronger than every other power; Christ, the power of God, formed within me. I can see why we need to be clothed upon from above, for the life that is in me is a thousand times bigger than I am outside. There must be a tremendous expansion. I see, and cannot help seeing, that this thing cannot be understood on natural lines; no natural reason can comprehend the divine plan.

"We are not sufficient to think anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God." If you go back, you miss the plan. We leave the old order of things. We can never have confidence in the flesh; we cannot touch that. We are in a new order, a spiritual order. It is a new life of absolute faith in the sufficiency of our God in everything that pertains to life and godliness.

You could never come into this place and be a Seventh-day Adventist. The law has no place in you. You are set free from everything. At the same time, like Paul, you are "bound in the Spirit" so that you would not do anything to grieve the Lord.

Paul further tells us that He has made us "able ministers of the New Testament, not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." It is one thing to read this, and another to have the revelation of it and to see the spiritual force of it. Any man can live in the letter and become dry and wordy, limited in knowledge of spiritual verities, and spend his time everlastingly in splitting hairs; but as soon as he touches the realm of the Spirit, all the dryness goes, all the spirit of criticism leaves. There can be no divisions in a life in the Spirit. The Spirit of God brings such pliability and such love! There is no love like the love in the Spirit. It is a pure, a holy, a divine love that is shed in our hearts by the Spirit. It loves to serve and to honor the Lord.

I can never estimate what the Baptism of the Holy Ghost has been to me these past fifteen years. It seems that every year has had three years packed into it, so that I have had forty-five years of happy service since 1907. And it is getting better all the time. It is a luxury to be filled with the Spirit, and at the same time it is a divine command for us, not to be filled with wine wherein is excess, but to be filled with the Spirit. No Pentecostal person ought to get out of bed without being lost in the Spirit and speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. No one should come into the door of an assembly without speaking in tongues or having a psalm, or a note of praise. We emphasize that at the incoming of the Spirit He should so fill us that the last member in the body is yielded to Him, and that no one is baptized in the Spirit without speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance; and I maintain that, with a constant filling, you will speak in tongues morning, noon and night. As you live in the Spirit, when you walk down the steps of the house where you live, the devil will have to go before you. You will be more than a conqueror over the devil.

I see everything a failure except that which is done in the Spirit. But as you live in the Spirit, you move, act, eat, drink, and do everything to the glory of God. Our message is always this, "Be filled with the Spirit. This is God's place for you, and it is as far above the natural life as the heavens are above the earth. Yield yourselves for God to fill.

Moses had a tremendous trial with the people. They were always in trouble. But as he went up into the mount, and God unfolded to him the ten commandments, the glory fell. He rejoiced to bring those two tables of stone down from the mount, and his very countenance shone with the glory. He was bringing to Israel that which, if obeyed, would bring life.

I think of my Lord coming from heaven. I think all heaven was moved by the sight. The law of the letter was brought by Moses and it was made glorious, but all its glory was dimmed before the excelling glory which Jesus brought to us in the Spirit of life. The glory of Sinai paled before the glory of Pentecost. Those tables of stone with their "Thou shalt not, thou shalt not," are done away; for they never brought life to anyone, and the Lord has brought in a new covenant, putting His law in our minds and writing it in our hearts, this new law of the Spirit of life. As the Holy Ghost comes in, He fills us with such love and liberty that we shout for joy these words of this 11th verse, "Done away! Done away!" Henceforth there is a new cry in our hearts, "I delight to do Thy will, O God." He taketh away the first, the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, that He might establish the second, this ministration of righteousness, this life in the Spirit.

You ask, "Does a man who is filled with the Spirit cease to keep the commandments?" I simply repeat what the Spirit of God has told us here, that this ministration of death, written and engraven in stones (and you know that the ten commandments were written on stones) is "DONE AWAY." The man who becomes a living epistle of Christ, written with the Spirit of the living God, has ceased to be an adulterer, or a murderer or a covetous man; the will of God is his delight. I love to do the will of God; there is no irksomeness to it; it is no trial to pray; no trouble to read the Word of God; it is not a hard thing to go to the place of worship. With the psalmist you say, "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord."

How does this new life work out? The thing works out because God works in you to will and to do of His own good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). There is a great difference between a pump and a spring. The law is a pump, the Baptism is a spring. The old pump gets out of order, the parts perish, and the well runs dry. The letter killeth. But the spring is ever bubbling up and there is a ceaseless flow direct from the throne of God. There is life.

It is written of Christ, "Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness." And in this new life in the Spirit, in this new covenant life, you love the things that are right and pure and holy, and shudder at all things that are wrong. Jesus was able to say, "The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me," and the moment we are filled with the Spirit of God we are brought into like wonderful condition, and, as we continue to be filled with the Spirit, the enemy cannot have an inch of territory in us.

Do you not believe that you can be so filled with the Spirit that a man who is not living right can be judged and convicted by your presence? As we go on in the life of the Spirit, it will be said of us, "in whose eyes a vile person is contemned" (Psalm 15:4). Jesus lived there and moved in this realm, and His life was a constant reproof to the wickedness around. But He was the Son of God, you say. God, through Him has brought us into the place of sonship, and I believe that if He has a chance with the material, the Holy Ghost can make something of us, and bring us to the same place.

I don't want to boast. If I glory in anything, it is only in the Lord who has been so gracious to me. But I remember one time stepping out of a railroad carriage to wash my hands. I had a season of prayer, and the Lord just filled me to overflowing with His love. I was going to a convention in Ireland, and I could not get there fast enough. As I returned, I believe that the Spirit of the Lord was so heavily upon me that my face must have shone. (No man can tell himself when the Spirit transforms his very countenance.) There were two clerical mere sitting together, and as I got into the carriage again, one of them cried out, "You convince me of sin." Within three minutes every one in the carriage was crying to God for salvation. This thing has happened many times in my life. It is this ministration of the Spirit that Paul speaks of, this filling of the Spirit, that will make your life effective, so that even the people in the stores where you trade will want to leave your presence because they are brought under conviction.

We must move from everything of the letter. All that we do must be done under the anointing of the Spirit. The trouble has been that we as Pentecostal people have been living in the letter. Believe what the Holy Spirit says through Paul-that all this ministration of condemnation that has hindered your liberty in Christ is done away. The law is DONE AWAY! As far as you are concerned, all that old order of things is forever done away, and the Spirit of God has brought in a new life of purity and love. The Holy Ghost takes it for granted that you are finished with all the things of the old life when you become a new creation in Christ. In the life in the Spirit, the old allurements have lost their power. The devil will meet you at every turn, but the Spirit of God will always lift up a standard against him.

O, if God had His way, we should be like torches, purifying the very atmosphere wherever we go, moving back the forces of wickedness.

Tongues and Interpretation: "The Lord is that Spirit. He moves in your heart. He shows you that the power within you is mightier than all the powers of darkness."

Done away! What do I mean? Will you be disloyal? You will be more than loyal. Will you grumble when you are treated badly? No, you will turn the other cheek. This is what you will always do when God lives in you. Leave yourselves in God's hands. Enter into rest. "He that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His" (Hebrews 4). O this is a lovely rest! The whole life is a Sabbath. This is the only life that can glorify God. It is a life of joy, and every day is a day of heaven on earth.

There is a continued transformation in this life. Beholding the Lord and His glory we are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even by the Spirit of the Lord. There is a continued unveiling, a constant revelation, a repeated clothing upon from above. I want you to promise God never to look back, never to go back to that which the Spirit has said is "done away." I made this promise to the Lord that I would never allow myself to doubt His Word.

There is one thing about a baby, it takes all that comes to it. A prudent man lets his reason cheat him out of God's best. But a baby takes all that its mother brings, and tries to swallow the bottle and all. The baby can't walk, but the mother carries it; the baby cannot dress itself, but the mother dresses it. The baby can't even talk. So in the life of the Spirit, God undertakes to do what we cannot do. We are carried along by Him, He clothes us, and He gives us utterance. Would that we all had the simplicity of the babes.

  

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