202205021358晨興聖言-神在信仰裏的經綸(W2-綱要)

第二週   信的內在意義

詩歌:補453

讀經:來十一1、5 ~ 6,三7 ~ 8 上、12 ~ 14 上,四7

【週一】

壹 信乃是質實神的事實:

一 希伯來十一章一節說,『信就是所望之事的質實,是未見之事的確證』;『質實』這辭意卽有一種的本能,能把一件東西顯爲實在(眼睛把顏色顯爲實在,耳朵把聲音顯爲實在等);所以,東西的存在是一件事,把東西質實出來,又是一件事。

二 聖經所記載一切神的事實,都是真實的,但是只有信心纔能把這些事實質實出來,因爲信是所望之事的質實,是未見之事的確證。

三 我們需要信心來把一件屬靈、神聖的事實質實出來,像我們需要眼睛、耳朵、手,來把物質的東西質實出來一樣;信心不是頭腦裏明白一項真理;信心乃是看見了一項神聖的事實,而把那件事實質實出來;我們需要把關於基督身位、生活和工作所成功的事實都質實出來,亦卽使其對我們成爲真實的。

四 相信乃是運用我們信心的靈(林後四13)來質實神聖的事實;我們一『阿們』神的話而相信,就能把神聖的事實質實出來,一信,就得着了;『阿們』並非但願這事如此成就,乃是宣告這事必定如此成就,沒有一點疑惑;我們一相信,就接受神所已經應許要作的。

貳 信是對真理本質的質實(來十一1),這真理乃是神新約經綸內容的實際:

一 這樣的信分給所有在基督裏的信徒,作了他們的分,對所有領受的人都同等寶貴—彼後一1,參西一12。

二 作爲這樣從神來的分,這信在神聖的真理上對我們是客觀的;但這信把所質實的一切內容帶進我們裏面,因而使這些內容連同這信的本身,在經歷中對我們成了主觀的。

三 這好比風景(真理)和看見(信)對於照相機(我們)是客觀的,但是當光(那靈)把風景帶到照相機裏的底片(我們的靈)上,看見和風景對於照相機就成了主觀的。

【週二】

叁 信的意思乃是信神是,我們不是—來十一5 ~ 6、1 ~ 2,林後四13、18:

一 人非有信,就不能得神的喜悅,不能使神快樂—來十一6 上。

二 信神是,就是信祂是我們的一切,而我們一無所是—約八58,傳一2。

三 信神是,含示我們不是;祂必須在凡事上是惟一的一位,獨一的一位,我們必須在凡事上甚麼也不是—創五24,來十一5。

四 信神是,就是否認我們的己;在全宇宙中祂是,我們眾人甚麼也不是—路九23。

五 我應當甚麼都不是;我應當不存在;惟獨祂應當存在『不再是我,乃是基督』—加二20。

六 以諾被接去以前,已經得了蒙神喜悅的見證(來十一5 ~ 6);以諾與神同行三百年,晝夜不斷上行,運用信心信神是,每天更接近神,更與神是一,直到『神將他取去,他就不在世了〔不在世,直譯,不是〕』—創五22 ~ 24,參歌八5 上。

肆 信的意思乃是我們信神賞賜那尋求祂的人—來十一6,創十五1,腓三8、14:

一 以諾的賞賜乃是達到生命的最高程度—逃避死亡—來十一5 上,林後五4,羅八6、10 ~11,五17。

二 主是賞賜者,我們需要作尋求祂的人—詩二七4、8,四二1 ~ 2,四三4,七三25,一一九2、10。

三 我們是憑信而活的人,望斷以及於那賞賜,就是在千年國裏對基督極點的享受,像摩西一樣,堅定不移,如同看見那不能看見的主—腓三14,來十一26 ~ 27。

【週三】

伍 信心乃是生根於神在祂的聖言裏所立約給了我們之大而永遠、神聖的事實;信徒主觀的信是在他們的靈裏,使他們調和的靈成爲信心的靈—林後四13 與註2:

一 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信神就是愛這事實—約壹四8。

二 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信神的恩典彀用這事實—林後十二9。

三 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信基督能拯救我們到底這事實—來七25。

四 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信我們在基督裏,基督在我們裏,並且我們與基督乃是一這事實—林前一30,西一27,約十四20,十五5。

五 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信我們是神的兒女和神的後嗣這事實—羅八16 ~ 17。

六 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信我們在基督裏面得了豐滿這事實—西二10。

七 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信我們是活神的殿,並相信我們的身體是我們裏面之聖靈的殿這事實—林前三16,六19,林後六16。

八 我們抵擋魔鬼,是藉着在主觀的信上堅固,相信神保護的能力和愛的關切—彼前五8 ~ 9:

1 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信主的顯現爲要消除魔鬼的作爲—約壹三8。

2 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信主的死廢除了那掌死權的魔鬼—來二14。

3 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信主的復活叫撒但蒙羞;復活的生命就是死所摸不着的生命,越過死的生命,是超出死的範圍之外的,是從死裏出來的,是死不能拘禁的—徒二23 ~ 24,腓三10,西二12 ~ 15、20 ~ 21,三1,約十四30。

【週四】

4 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信主的升天遠超過撒但的能力—弗一20 ~ 22,二6,六11、13。

5 我們必須運用我們信心的靈,相信主的得勝是完全的,我們一生都包括在這得勝裏面;我們要看見我們已經得勝了,我們是從得勝的地位出去爭戰,爲要保守我們的得勝;我們能得勝,因爲我們都包括在主這位領頭的得勝者裏面;祂乃是男孩子的元首、中心、實際、生命和本質,而男孩子作爲跟隨的得勝者,乃是主的身體—啓三21,十二5。

【週五】

陸 我們在基督裏所有屬靈的產業都是憑信領悟並實化的:

一 信爲我們在基督裏各樣的福分開門—提後三15,弗一3。

二 信割除我們的肉體,及其天然的能力與努力,使我們進入神的恩典並堅定的站在恩典中;恩典乃是三一神經過種種過程,給我們進入並享受—羅五2。

三 我們眾人『藉着相信基督耶穌,都是神的兒子』—加三26。

四 神自己從我們活出來,乃是我們藉着信基督而有的義;藉着我們對祂的珍賞,基督自己就注入我們裏面,成了我們的信,就是基督的信,將我們帶進與祂生機的聯結裏—腓三9。

五 我們在性質上被聖別,乃是被我們今日所享受那作我們產業的神浸透,也是藉着並因着神的聖別性情而變化—徒二六18,羅六19、22,林後三18。

六 人心裏的潔淨只能藉着聖靈連同憑信而有的神聖生命來成就。

七 基督藉着信,深深安家在我們心裏;基督的內住是奧祕抽象的,我們領畧基督這內住,不是憑肉身的知覺,乃是憑信心的知覺—弗三17。

八 在重生時,我們信入了基督,也憑信接受了那靈,作福音終極的福;而後,神將那靈繼續不斷的供應我們,而我們接受那靈乃是藉着聽信仰,是一生之久、繼續不斷的事—加三2 ~ 5、14。

九 我們乃是藉着信承受神的應許—來六12。

十 我們乃是藉着信勝過世界,藉着信我們就能勝過撒但所組織並霸佔的世界。

十一 我們乃是藉着拿起信的盾牌勝過那惡者,這盾牌能銷滅那惡者一切火燒的箭,就是撒但的試誘、題議、懷疑、問題、謊言和攻擊—弗六16。

十二 我們藉着信,就能在一切受苦和艱難的環境中得勝—來十一33 ~ 34。

十三 我們是因信蒙神能力保守,我們也是因信得着能力—彼前一5,太十七19 ~ 20,二一21 ~ 22。

【週六】

柒 『弟兄們,你們要謹慎,免得你們中間,或有人存着不信的惡心,將活神離棄了。總要趁着還有稱爲「今日」的時候,天天彼此相勸,免得你們中間有人被罪迷惑,心就剛硬了。「你們今日若聽見祂的聲音,就不可硬着心」』—來三12 ~ 14 上:

一 『離棄』也有『轉離』的意思;當我們運用信心的靈,一直使我們的心轉向主,帕子就除去了,我們就能以沒有帕子遮蔽的臉,觀看祂這位榮耀的神,使我們不斷得着祂同祂信之元素的灌注,好叫我們能因祂作我們的信而活,留在漸漸變化的過程裏,從一種程度的榮耀,達到另一種程度的榮耀,而成爲與復活並得榮之基督同樣的形像—林後四13,三16 ~ 18,參創一26,賽四三7。

二 我們需要看見,不信是最大的罪;我們是信徒,行事爲人是憑着信心,不是憑着眼見(林後五7);信徒不信靠看得見的事物,乃是接受一些看不見的事物,承認這些事物,憑信實化這些事物。

三 我們勝過魔鬼,那控告我們弟兄的控告者,是藉着宣告神聖的事實,就是我們自己所見證的話(啓十二10 ~ 11);我們乃是跟從主,祂抵擋仇敵,不是用自己的話,乃是一再的說,『經上記着…』—太四4、7、10。

四 我們不該相信自己的感覺,乃該相信神聖言中的神聖事實;我們必須學習宣告主在我們裏面、爲着我們並藉着我們所作成的,所正在作的,以及將要作的這些神聖、奧祕、永遠的事實,以完成祂永遠的經綸;神說一件事的時候,我們也該簡單的說那一件事,因爲聖經這樣告訴我們。

捌 我們這些有信心的人乃是『今天』的人;實行主當前行動最新的路,頭一點乃是我們爲着『今天』的生活和工作,裏裏外外、在素質和經綸上被那靈充滿並充溢—徒二4,十三52,來三7 ~ 8 上、13 ~ 14,四7:

『忘記昨天對基督的享受罷。你需要新鮮的享受,你需要當今最新的東西。那時候主在艾爾登會所,但如今祂不在那裏。祂現今在祂的恢復中行動,祂也在你裏面。不論你在那裏,祂都在你裏面,祂現今就在你裏面。你相信祂會重複祂已過所作的一切事麼?祂不重複任何事,祂一直往前又往前。主正在作工,祂正在行動。

『你是一個昨天的人麼?我們都該是今天的人。每天都是一個今天。有些人的每天是明天,有些人的每天是昨天。…不要往前看將來,也不要回顧已往;我們是今天的人。不要談論你已過的老經歷,要談你今天的經歷。…每天都是一個今天!我們沒有昨天,我們過去有昨天,但如今我們沒有昨天。我們也絕不會有明天。我們所擁有的時間只有今天,每天都是一個今天!當我們進入新耶路撒冷,我們所有的乃是今天,因爲永世裏的每天都是今天。我們惟一擁有的日子乃是今天。今天要在裏面被〔那靈〕充滿!今天要在外面被〔那靈〕充溢!今天要被充滿!』(李常受文集一九八五年第五册,實行主當前行動之路,五九○至五九一頁)

Week Two


The Intrinsic Significance of Faith

Hymns: 1219

Scripture Reading: Heb. 11:1, 5-6; 3:7-8a, 12-13, 15a; 4:7

§Day 1

I. Faith is the substantiation of God's facts:

A. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”; the word substantiation means the capacity to make something real (colors are substantiated by our eyes, sounds by our ears, etc.); thus, it is one thing for objects to exist, and it is another thing for these things to be substantiated.

B. All of God's facts recorded in the Bible are real; however, these facts can be substantiated only by faith, because faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

C. We need faith to substantiate a spiritual, divine fact, just as we need eyes, ears, and hands to substantiate physical objects; faith is not a mental understanding of a truth; it is the seeing of a divine fact and the substantiation of it; the accomplished facts of Christ's person, living, and work must be substantiated by us; that is, they must be made real to us.

D. Believing is exercising our spirit of faith (2 Cor. 4:13) to substantiate the divine facts; once we believe by saying Amen to God's word, we substantiate the divine facts, and we have them; Amen does not mean a wish for something to be accomplished, but a declaration that it will surely be accomplished, and that there is no doubt about it; when we believe, we are accepting what the Lord has already promised to do.

II. Faith is the substantiation of the substance of the truth (Heb. 11:1), which is the reality of the contents of God's New Testament economy:

A. Such a faith is allotted to all the believers in Christ as their portion, which is equally precious to all who have received it—2 Pet. 1:1; cf. Col. 1:12.

B. As such a portion from God, this faith is objective to us in the divine truth, but it brings all the contents of its substantiation into us, thus making them all, with itself (faith), subjective to us in our experience.

C. It is like the scenery (truth) and the seeing (faith) being objective to the camera (us); but when the light (the Spirit) brings the scenery to the film (our spirit) within the camera, both the seeing and the scenery become subjective to the camera.

§Day 2

III. Faith means that we believe that God is and we are not— Heb. 11:5-6, 1-2; 2 Cor. 4:13, 18:

A. Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, to make God happy—Heb. 11:6a.

B. To believe that God is, is to believe that He is everything to us and that we are nothing—John 8:58; Eccl. 1:2.

C. To believe that God is implies that we are not; He must be the only One, the unique One, in everything, and we must be nothing in everything—Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5.

D. To believe that God is, is to deny our self; in the whole universe He is, and all of us are nothing—Luke 9:23.

E. I should not be anything; I should not exist; only He should exist—“it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ”—Gal. 2:20.

F. Before Enoch's translation, he obtained the testimony that he had been well pleasing to God (Heb. 11:5-6); Enoch continually walked upward with God day and night for three centuries, exercising his faith to believe that God is, becoming closer to God and more one with God each day until “he was not, for God took him”—Gen. 5:22-24; cf. S. S. 8:5a.

IV. Faith means that we believe that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him—Heb. 11:6; Gen. 15:1; Phil. 3:8, 14:

A. Enoch's reward was the highest degree of life—escape from death— Heb. 11:5a; 2 Cor. 5:4; Rom. 8:6, 10-11; 5:17.

B. The Lord is a rewarder, and we need to be His seekers—Psa. 27:4, 8; 42:1-2; 43:4; 73:25; 119:2, 10.

C. We are those who live by faith, looking away to the reward of the uttermost enjoyment of Christ in the millennial kingdom and, like Moses, persevering as one seeing the unseen One—Phil. 3:14; Heb. 11:26-27.

§Day 3

V. Faith is rooted in God's great, eternal, and divine facts covenanted to us in His holy Word; the believers' subjective faith is in their spirit, which makes their mingled spirit a spirit of faith—2 Cor. 4:13 and footnote 2:

A. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that God is love—1 John 4:8.

B. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that God's grace is sufficient—2 Cor. 12:9.

C. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that Christ is able to save us to the uttermost—Heb. 7:25.

D. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that we are in Christ, that Christ is in us, and that we and Christ are one—1 Cor. 1:30; Col. 1:27; John 14:20; 15:5.

E. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that we are God's children and heirs—Rom. 8:16-17.

F. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that we have been made full in Christ—Col. 2:10.

G. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that we are the temple of the living God and that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within us—1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16.

H. We withstand the devil by being firm in our subjective faith in God's protecting power and loving concern—1 Pet. 5:8-9:

1. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe that the Lord was manifested for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil—1 John 3:8.

2. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe that the Lord's death has destroyed him who has the might of death, the devil—Heb. 2:14.

3. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe that the Lord's resurrection has put Satan to shame; the resurrection life is a life that cannot be touched by death, that transcends death, that is beyond the boundary of death, that comes out of death, and that death cannot hold—Acts 2:23-24; Phil. 3:10; Col. 2:12-15, 20; 3:1; John 14:30.

§Day 4

4. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe that the ascension of the Lord has put Him far above the power of Satan—Eph. 1:20-22; 2:6; 6:11, 13.

5. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe that the victory of the Lord is complete and that our whole life is included in this victory; we must see that we have already overcome and that we fight from a position of victory in order to maintain our victory; we can overcome because we are all included in the Lord as the leading Overcomer; He is the Head, center, reality, life, and nature of the man-child, and the manchild as the following overcomers is the Lord's Body—Rev. 3:21; 12:5.

§Day 5

VI. All our spiritual possessions in Christ are realized and actualized by faith:

A. Faith opens the door to every blessing that is ours in Christ—2 Tim. 3:15; Eph. 1:3.

B. Faith cuts off the flesh with its natural energy and effort and gives us access into God's grace and a solid standing in grace, which is the Triune God processed so that we may enter into Him and enjoy Him— Rom. 5:2.

C. We are all “sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus”—Gal. 3:26.

D. The righteousness that is God Himself lived out of us is through faith in Christ; Christ Himself infused into us through our appreciation of Him becomes our faith, the faith of Christ that brings us into an organic union with Him—Phil. 3:9.

E. We are sanctified dispositionally, which is to be saturated with God as our possession for our enjoyment today and to be transformed by and with the holy nature of God—Acts 26:18; Rom. 6:19, 22; 2 Cor. 3:18.

F. The inward cleansing of man's heart can be accomplished only by the Holy Spirit with the divine life by faith.

G. Christ makes His home deep down in our hearts through faith; Christ's indwelling is mysterious and abstract, and we apprehend it not by our physical senses but by the sense of faith—Eph. 3:17.

H. At the time of our regeneration, we believed into Christ and received the Spirit by faith as the ultimate blessing of the gospel; after this, God is supplying the Spirit to us continually, and our receiving the Spirit is a lifelong, continuous matter by the hearing of faith—Gal. 3:2-5, 14.

I. We are inheriting the promises of God through faith—Heb. 6:12.

J. We have victory over the world through faith, by which we are enabled to overcome the Satan-organized-and-usurped world.

K. We have victory over the evil one by taking up the shield of faith, which is able to quench all the flaming darts of the evil one, which are Satan's temptations, proposals, doubts, questions, lies, and attacks—Eph. 6:16.

L. Through faith we are able to overcome in the midst of all our circumstances of suffering and difficulties—Heb. 11:33-34.

M. We are kept by the power of God through faith, and we have power through faith—1 Pet. 1:5; Matt. 17:19-20; 21:21-22.

§Day 6

VII. “Beware, brothers, lest perhaps there be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief in falling away from the living God. But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called ‘today,' lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin…‘Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts'”—Heb. 3:12-13, 15a:

A. Falling away also means “turning away”; when we exercise our spirit of faith and keep our heart turned to the Lord, the veil is taken away, and we can behold Him as the God of glory with an unveiled face, so that we may be continually transfused with Him, with His believing element, so that we can live by Him as our faith and remain in the process of being transformed from one degree of glory to another degree of glory into the same image of the resurrected and glorified Christ—2 Cor. 4:13; 3:16-18; cf. Gen. 1:26; Isa. 43:7.

B. We need to see that unbelief is the greatest sin; we are believers who walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7); a believer is one who does not trust in things that can be seen, but he takes certain unseen things, confesses them, and realizes them by faith.

C. We overcome the devil, the accuser of the brothers, by our declaration of the divine facts, which is the word of our testimony (Rev. 12:10- 11); we follow the Lord as the One who confronted the enemy not by His own word but by repeatedly saying, “It is written…”—Matt. 4:4, 7, 10.

D. We should not believe in our feelings but believe in the divine facts in God's holy Word; we must learn to declare the divine, mystical, and eternal facts of what the Lord has done, is doing, and will do in us, for us, and through us for the accomplishment of His eternal economy; when God says a certain thing, we should also speak that thing simply because the Bible tells us so.

VIII. As people of faith, we are people of “today”; the first point of the up-to-date way to practice the Lord's present move is to be filled with the Spirit inwardly and outwardly, essentially and economically, for our life and our work “today”—Acts 2:4; 13:52; Heb. 3:7-8a, 13, 15; 4:7:

“Forget about yesterday's enjoyment of Christ. You need a fresh enjoyment. You need something up to date. The Lord was there in Elden hall, but He is not there now. He is here presently moving in His recovery, and He is in you. Wherever you are, He is in you, and He is in you right now. Do you believe that He is repeating all the things He did in the past? He is not repeating anything. He is always going on and on and on. The Lord is working. He is moving.

“Are you a person of yesterday? All of us should be people of today. Every day is a today. With some people every day is tomorrow, and with others every day is yesterday…Do not look ahead to the future, and do not look back to the past. We are people of today. Do not talk about your old experiences in the past. Talk about your experience today… Every day is a today. We do not have yesterday. We had yesterday, but we do not have it now. We will never have tomorrow. All the time we have is today. Every day is a today. When we enter into the New Jerusalem, we will have today since every day in eternity is today. The only day we have is today. Be filled inwardly [with the Spirit] today. Be filled outwardly [with the Spirit] today. Be filled today." (The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1985, vol. 5, "The Way to Practice the Lord's Present Move," pp.484-485).

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