神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16).

【双语灵修】葛培理布道团:圣灵之火(2018-7-20)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年07月20日 10:04

“这耶稣,神已经叫他复活了,我们都为这事作见证。”使徒行传 2:32

This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses. 

 Acts 2:32,   RSV

让我们见证西门彼得生命的改变。在五旬节之前,他很软弱。他虽然曾经信誓旦旦,却在最后关头不认主。他被众人耻笑、被侍女羞辱,还是投奔了敌人。但是,五旬节圣灵之火降临之后,他怎么样?他放胆在众人面前开口讲道,毫无畏惧。“故此, 以色列全家当确实地知道,你们钉在十字架上的这位耶稣,神已经立他为主,为基督了。”(徒2:36 )

彼得,从软弱变得更强;保罗,从杀人犯变成传教士。主的门徒都从普通老百姓变成圣徒。他们的信心和热情带动福音浪潮,席卷小亚细亚、欧洲和全世界。今天,我们依然能够感受他们当年被圣灵之火浇灌的结果。一小片钢板值不了几个钱,但是经过能工巧匠把它做成精美的手表,那就非常有价值了。火焰、机器、工价,提升了钢板的价值。犹如太阳每天通过光和热在万物生长中不断作工,神每天也在作属灵的工。他的重生的力量让我们脱离罪恶和死亡,变成爱和救赎的管道,为主赢得灵魂。

Witness the transformation in Simon Peter. He was so weak before Pentecost that, in spite of his bragging to the contrary, he swore and denied Christ. He was cowed by the crowd, shamed by a little maid, and took his place with the enemies of Christ.But see him after he had been baptized with fire! He stands boldly before the same rabble that had crucified Jesus, and looking into their faces, unafraid, says, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36)

Peter, the weak, was transformed to Peter, the rock. Saul, the slaughterer, was transformed to Paul, the missionary. All of the disciples were changed from ordinary individuals into virtual firebrands for God. Their faith and zeal started a conflagration which spread throughout Asia Minor, Europe, and the entire world. The world today still feels the powerful impact and influence of this little band of dedicated men who dared to expose themselves to the “Divine Flame.”A bar of raw steel may be purchased for a few dollars. But when that bar of steel has been thrust into the fires and processed, when it has been tempered and forged and made into tiny watch springs for expensive watches, it is worth thousands of dollars. Fire and the skilled hands of master artisans made the difference, enhancing the value.Just as the sun by its heart and light performs a thousand miracles a day in the plant kingdom, God through the refining fire of His Spirit performs a thousand miracles a day in the spiritual realm. His regeneration power is ever at work in the world, taking the ashes of burned-out lives and changing them to dynamic channels, dedicated to winning the salvation of others!

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