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May 21, 2015 / Samuel

依靠圣灵 [Rely on Spirit]

书卷:哥林多前书(新约)
作者:保罗

哥林多前书2章4节:“我说的话,讲的道,不是用智慧委婉的言语,乃是用圣灵和大能的明证,”

今日默想:人用智慧委婉的言语传福音,所表显的是人的自己。惟用圣灵和大能的明证,才能彰显上帝,并叫人认识上帝。人若用智慧的言语,反会使基督的十字架落了空,可见十字架的道理,不是人智慧所产生的话语所能解释清楚的。传讲主的道、作主的工,不可一味专靠人的脑筋和心思,而应当多花时间祷告仰望主。我们的弱点是我们往往想用我们的话,说服人相信耶稣;而没有用我们对上帝的生活经历,叫人看见耶稣。专靠智慧和哲理所说服的人,恐怕他们的信心是建立在人的理性上。倚靠圣灵的能力所得着的人,他们的信心必是建立在对上帝大能的经历上。

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Book: 1 Corinthians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

1 Corinthians 2:4 :“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,”

Today’s Meditation: As we use persuasive words of human wisdom to spread gospel, we reveal ourselves instead of God. We can only reveal God and bring people to God if we are in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power. The cross of Christ will not have any effect if we use the human wisdom. Thus, we can say that the truth of the cross cannot be explained properly using human wisdom. We cannot rely on just our mind and thoughts when doing the works of God. We should spend more time on praying instead. Our weakness is that we often wish to convince people to believe God with our own words instead of our experiences with God. If we use wisdom and words to convince people, they will have their faith built on rationale. However, if we rely on the Spirit, their faith will be built on experiencing God.

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