03月24日 圣洁的上帝

 

  经文: 「圣父啊,求祢因祢所赐给我的名保守他们,叫他们合而爲一。求祢用真理使他们成圣。祢的道就是真理。我爲他们的缘故,自己分别爲圣,叫他们也因真理成圣。」(约翰福音十七:11,17,19)

  耶稣在世时曾做过这样伟大的祷告,期待上帝的应许成就。保罗在帖撒罗尼迦前书也曾说:「我们画夜切切的祈求,好使你们在我们父上帝面前,心裡坚固,成爲圣洁,无可责备。」(三:10~13)另外又说:「上帝亲自使你们全然成圣……完全无可指摘。那召你们的本是信实的,祂必成就这事。」(帖前五:23、24)

  请好好思想这些话,并以此向上帝祷告:「主阿!坚固我的心,使我圣洁无可责备。求上帝使我全然成圣。上帝无比信实,祢必成就这事。」

  这是何等的福份与特权,能用这些经文做祷词,向我们暗中的父祷告,并安静等候在祂面前,圣灵必要做工在我们心中,将上帝圣洁的属性铭刻在我们心版。

  「上帝的教会,就是在基督耶稣裡成圣,蒙召做圣徒的。」(林前一:2)

  圣洁的上帝曾在旧约中一再显明,在新约我们也发现上帝的百姓藉着圣灵动工也得以成圣,所以上帝说:

  「因我是圣洁的,所以你们要圣洁。」

  追求圣洁是属灵生命首要的功课之一,人非圣洁,就不得见上帝。让我们以敬畏的心,在上帝面前俯伏敬拜,并用信心相信上帝的应许:

  「那使你全然成圣的上帝,必成就这事。」 

  THE HOLINESS OF GOD (N. T.)

  Scripture: "Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those Thou hast given Me. Sanctify them. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth." —JOHN xvii. 11, 17, 19.

  Christ ever liveth to pray this great prayer. Expect and appropriate God's answer.

  Hear the words of St. Pawl in I Thess.:

  "Night and day praying exceedingly that the Lord may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God" (iii. 10-13).

  "The very God of peace sanctify you wholly" (v. 23).

  "Who also will do it" (v. 24).

  Ponder deeply these words as you read them, and use them as a prayer to God: "Blessed Lord, strengthen my heart to be unblameable in holiness. God Himself sanctify me wholly. God is faithful, who also will do it."

  What a privilege to commune with God in secret, to speak these words in prayer, and then to wait upon Him until through the working of the Spirit, they live in our hearts, and we begin to know something of the holiness of God.

  "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints" (1 Cor. i. 2).

  God's holiness has been revealed in the Old Testament. In the New, we find the holiness of God's people in Christ, through the sanctification of the Spirit. Oh that we understood the bless?edness of saying:

  "Be ye holy, for I am holy."

  "With you, O my children, as with Me, holiness should be the chief thing." For this purpose the Thrice Holy One has revealed Himself to us, through the Son and the Holy Ghost. Let us use the word "holy" with great reverence of God, and then with holy desire, for ourselves. Worship the God who says:

  "I am the Lord which hallow you."

  Bow before Him in holy fear and strong desire, and then, in the fulness of faith, listen to the prayer promise:

  "God Himself sanctify you wholly. Who also will do it."