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Week three — the Word of life and pray-reading the Word      

Week 3 — Day 1

Scripture reading

  John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

  1 John 1:1  That which was from the beginning…concerning the Word of life.

The Word of life

  The Bible stands above all other books in the world. It is a unique book. The sixteenth President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, once said that “the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.” It is the world’s most widely read book and has been translated into over one thousand languages, more than any other book in the world.…The word Bible comes from the Greek word biblos, which means “the book.” This means that the Bible stands as the unique book among all other books in the world.

  The Bible is inspiring because it is the Word of life, the living Word. It is living because it is the expression of the living God.

  In the Godhead Christ is the Word of life.…The phrase “the Word of life” in Greek indicates that the Word is life. In His person Christ is the divine life, the eternal life, which we can touch.65 [Thus], the Word is living, a divine person, Christ the Son of the living God (Rev. 19:13). The eternal Word is our Lord Jesus Christ [John 1:1], and the living Word is also He [1 John 1:1]. Furthermore, Christ is the written Word, the holy writings, the Bible (Heb. 10:7; Luke 24:27, 44). Christ is also the spoken Word, the rhema, the instant word to be spirit and life to man (John 6:63). Therefore, Christ is the eternal Word, the living Word, the written Word, and the spoken Word.

  God’s intention in His economy [plan] is to dispense Christ into us, and for this dispensing there must be some means. The Bible is the means that God uses to dispense Christ into us.

Two ways to touch the Bible

  There are two ways to touch the Bible: the outward way and the inward way. The outward way to touch the Bible is by exercising our mind merely to understand it, while the inward way is by using our spirit not mainly to understand it but to touch the spirit and get the life supply.

  John 1:1 is a wonderful verse. Suppose two brothers come together to read this verse. After reading it, one brother may ask, “What does in the beginning mean?” The other brother may say, “God is the beginning.” The first brother may respond, “I don’t think so. How can you say that God is the beginning? I don’t understand what you are talking about. And what is the Word? This verse says that the Word was with God and the Word was God.…” This is an illustration of touching the Bible in an outward way. Touching the Bible even for only a few minutes in this way is deadening.

  There is another way to touch the Bible, the inward way, the way of exercising our spirit. Suppose these same two brothers come to the Word in the following way, saying, “O Lord, in the beginning. In the beginning was the Word. Amen! Hallelujah for the beginning. O Lord, the Word. Hallelujah, for the Word! And the Word was with God. O God! And the Word was God!” When we exercise our spirit to touch the Word in such a living way, we may not understand much, but we are filled with the Spirit, and we get the life supply.…This is true of any verse or chapter, from the first verse of Genesis to the last verse of Revelation. Sometimes we may not understand what we read, and sometimes we may understand but not be able to utter what we see. We may even say, “Praise the Lord, I received something this morning, but I do not have the words to speak it!” This is the right way. The right way to touch the Bible is to touch the Lord Himself. We must never separate the Bible from the Lord. Whenever we open the Bible, we have to open our mouth and open our spirit to utter something to the Lord. We can say, “O Lord! O Lord Jesus!”

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Week 3 — Day 2

Scripture reading

  1 Pet. 2:2-3  As newborn babes, long for the guileless milk of the word in order that by it you may grow unto salvation, if you have tasted that the Lord is good.

  Matt. 4:4  But He answered and said, It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.”

Coming to the Word to “taste” the Lord

  In 1 Peter 2:2-3 we have a most important passage.… These verses are important to us because they tell us clearly how to taste the Lord: drink “the guileless [pure] milk of the Word.” If we would taste Christ, we must take into us the milk of the Word. Then we will be nourished for spiritual growth. Praise the Lord, the Bible says tasted! It does not say that we know this aspect or that aspect about the Lord, but that we taste the Lord. When we drink the milk of the Word, we are actually tasting the Lord. Therefore, the way for us to taste the Lord is simply by drinking the milk of the Word. The Word is not only for us to study or learn, but even more for us to taste. The way the Lord nourishes His Body is by His Word. If we desire to enjoy the Lord and be nourished by the Lord, we must come to the Word to taste the Lord.

  However, the concept which most of us have of the Bible is that it is a kind of teaching, a book full of doctrines. Thus, we come to the Word with the intention of understanding and knowing something.…We must not come to the Bible only to learn and to understand. The Bible is not the tree of knowledge; it is the tree of life! If we take the Word of God as the tree of knowledge, we misuse the Bible, because 2 Corinthians 3:6 tells us that the letter kills. We must never take the Bible as a book of letters, but as a book of life.

The main function of the Bible — to impart God into us as life

  The main function of the Bible is to impart God into us as life and as the nourishment of life. It is not only to give us knowledge about God and His love, but to impart God Himself into us. Whenever we read the Bible, we should not merely try to know or understand it, but take something of God’s essence into us just as we take our food. Then, like food, this substance will be assimilated into our very being.

  The Scriptures contain at least three examples of those who ate the Word of God. The first is Jeremiah, who said, “Your words were found and I ate them” (Jer. 15:16a). To eat something is not merely to receive it, but to assimilate it. To assimilate is to receive something into you, digest it, and make it a part of yourself. The second example of someone eating the Word of God is recorded in the book of Ezekiel, where the prophet Ezekiel ate the Word of God (3:1-3).

  Jeremiah said, “Your word became to me / The gladness and joy of my heart” (Jer. 15:16b). This is a kind of enjoyment. The Word, after being eaten, became a joy and also a gladness. God’s Word is an enjoyment; after it is taken into us and assimilated into our very being, it becomes joy within us and gladness without. [In the third example], David said, “How sweet are Your words to my taste! / Sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psa. 119:103). The Word is indeed an enjoyment; it is even sweeter and more pleasant than honey to our taste.

  From these verses we realize that the Word of God is not only for us to learn, but even more for us to taste, to eat, to enjoy, and to digest. The Lord Jesus even speaks of God’s Word as spiritual food: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God’” (Matt. 4:4). Every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God is spiritual food to nourish us. This is the food by which we must live.

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Week 3 — Day 3

Scripture reading

  Eph. 6:17-18  And receive…the word of God, by means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit…

  John 6:63  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

Pray-reading the Word

When coming to the Bible, having to prepare ourselves to enter into fellowship with God

  When we come to the Bible, we have to prepare ourselves. We are getting ourselves prepared to read the word of God, not a newspaper or any secular book. First, [we must pray, “O Lord, cleanse me with Your precious blood. Lord], I am sinful, forgive me. I am mistaken; forgive me. I do not love You; forgive me. Even I do not fear You; forgive me.”…We must confess all of our sins to make ourselves pure and clean, without any hindering thing between us and God. Then we are in God’s fellowship. At that time we are in the Spirit of God, and when we come to the Bible, it is different.

Receiving the word by means of all prayer

  Then we have to pray-read, not just read, the Word.… Throughout the centuries, all the devoted lovers of the Lord and students of the Bible practiced pray-reading in fact, though they did not have the term pray-reading. Some in the past pointed out that we have to read the Bible prayerfully. To read the Bible prayerfully is to pray-read.

  We teach the practice of pray-reading based upon Ephesians 6:17-18.69 [The apostle] Paul took in, received, the word of God by means of all prayer and petition. He not only prayed in a general way, but he also petitioned in a particular way. Prayer is general, while petition is particular. Not only so, Paul prayed with “all prayer and petition.” All includes a great number of ways. You can pray loudly, or you can pray softly. You can pray quickly, or you can pray slowly. You can pray-read not only in one way but in many ways: by yourself, with your spouse, with a group, and in the meetings. Paul said that we should receive the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, by means of all prayer and petition. This tells us that we pray all prayer and petition to take in, receive, the word of God.

  [What is the most profitable way to touch and deal with the Word of God?] First, there is no need to close your eyes when you are pray-reading. Keep your eyes on the Word as you pray. In all of the sixty-six books of the Bible I cannot find one verse which says that we must close our eyes to pray, but there is a verse telling us that Jesus looked up to the heavens, saying, “Father…” (John 17:1). He was looking at heaven while He was praying.…[Second], there is no need for you to compose any sentences or create a prayer. Just pray-read the Word. Pray the words of the Bible exactly as they read. Eventually, you will see that the whole Bible is a prayer book!…Open to any page of the Bible, and start to pray with any portion of the Word.

  In John 6:63 the Lord Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” The words, the Spirit, and life are three items, but the Lord speaks of them here as one. When the words are merely words, they are only black letters printed on the white paper; they are not the Spirit. But when the words get into your mind through your eyes and you begin to pray with your spirit, then the words become the Spirit. When the words become the Spirit, they are life.

  When we pray in our reading of the Word, we turn the verses we have read into prayer. When we pray, we must forget everything else and have only the Lord and His word. Hymns, #389 says, “From morning to evening my one world Thou art.” This means that when we seek the Lord, we have only one world: “O Lord, You are my world; I seek You.”…Once the word enters your spirit, it becomes the Spirit and life. However, if you do not pray, then the word that you read will not become the Spirit, nor will it become life.

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 Week 3 — Day 4

Scripture reading

  2 Tim. 3:16  All Scripture is God-breathed…

  John 5:39-40  You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that testify concerning Me. Yet you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

The Bible being God’s breathing out

  Second Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed.” On God’s side, the Scripture is His breathing out; on our side, it is for us to breathe in. God has already breathed out. The Bible is God’s breathing out, and to this day it is still God’s breathing out. Therefore, whenever you come to read the Bible, if you just read the dead letters and do not breathe in what God has breathed out, then the Bible will be dead letters to you. The Scripture is the breathing out of God, whereas our prayer is our breathing in. By this breathing out and breathing in, we breathe God into us. This is the meaning of the Scriptures. However, no matter how much God breathes out, if we do not breathe in, we cannot receive God as our enjoyment and supply. This is why many people come to the Bible but do not receive the life in it.

  The words of the Bible are the breathing out of God, but when you turn them into prayer, they become your breathing in.…What you breathe in is spirit and life. Therefore, the Lord said that the words which He has spoken to us are spirit and life [John 6:63].

God’s word being our food

  The Holy Bible is the word of God, and we live on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God. Therefore, the Bible also tells us that God’s word is our food….In [John 6:35] the Lord Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall by no means hunger.” He also said, “He who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me” (v. 57). Because of His concern at that time that the disciples who listened to Him might not understand the meaning of His words, He added the words in verse , “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” Therefore, you can see that the Lord’s words are the food of life to us.

  However, it is necessary not only for the food to be prepared in the kitchen and set on the table; it is also necessary that you come to eat it. If you do not eat, you will not get the nourishment. Therefore, we all must learn to do one thing. Every good, living, and strong Christian must learn to do this one thing, that is, to eat the word of life.

The Bible being the embodiment of the Lord Himself

  The word in the Bible is not only [the breath of God, the bread of life, and] the word of God; it is also the embodiment of God. When we touch the word, we must touch God Himself. It is short and even wrong to touch the word in the Bible and not touch God Himself. The Lord Jesus told the Jewish leaders, “You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that testify concerning Me. Yet you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” (5:39-40). The word search in Greek means to research, to search and search again. The Lord Jesus seemed to say, “I am one with the Scriptures, and the Scriptures are one with Me. If you come to the Scriptures, you have to come to Me.…You have to make the Scriptures one with Me; instead, you have made the Scriptures something separate from Me. Therefore, you are wrong. You may gain knowledge in letters from the Scriptures, but you cannot have life because I am life.”

  These two verses are a warning to us. It is possible to come to the Bible yet not come to the Lord. It is possible to separate the Bible from the Lord.…All the time we have to take the Bible as one with the Lord. Whenever we come to the Bible, we have to come to the Lord. Whenever we read the Bible, we have to touch the Lord. The Bible is not merely a book of knowledge. The Bible is the embodiment of the Lord Himself.

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 Week 3 — Day 5

Scripture reading

  John 15:4, 7  Abide in Me and I in you.…If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

  Col. 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.

When we take His Word into us, having the Lord abiding in us and being filled with the spirit

  By comparing [verses 4 and 7 of John 15], we can see that the way the Lord abides in us is by His words abiding in us. The practical way to have the Lord abiding in us is simply by taking His Word in. Whenever we touch the Word and let the Word abide in us, we touch the Lord Himself and let the Lord Himself abide in us.

  It is clear from the Scriptures that the Word of Christ is nothing less than Christ Himself. This is proven from the verses we have read in John 15. The only way to have Christ abiding in us is to take in His Word.

  When I was young, I read John 15 many times and wondered how I could have the Lord abiding in me. Then I found the way from the Word of the Lord. To have the Lord abiding in us is simply to take His Word into us, because the Lord is in His Word and is the Word. When we take His Word into us, we have the Lord abiding in us. To be filled with the Word in our spirit means to be filled with the Lord Himself as the Spirit.

  Also, Colossians 3:16 tells us that when the Word of Christ dwells in us, we will be filled with singing. Then Ephesians 5:18 and 19 tell us that when we are filled in spirit, we will be filled with singing. In other words, to have the Word of Christ dwelling in us simply means to be filled in spirit.…The concrete way to be filled in spirit is to take the Word into you.

  Let me illustrate this with some safety matches. We know that a match is the embodiment of phosphorus.… The phosphorus on a match will catch fire when it is struck in a proper way. But if you try to strike a safety match on the paper cover, it will not catch fire, because you are striking the match on the wrong spot. If you strike the match on the striking area, it will catch fire immediately. First, there is the phosphorus; second, the phosphorus is embodied in the match; and third, there is the fire.

  Likewise, the Bible is the embodiment of the Spirit of Christ. And within the Spirit, there is the fire, which is the life. On one hand, we have the match, the phosphorus, and the fire; on the other hand, we have the Bible, the Spirit, and the life. Whenever you read the Bible, do you really catch fire?…The problem is that we not only strike in the wrong way, but also at the wrong spot. Instead of striking the Bible in our spirit, we strike it in our troublesome mentality.…If we analyze the match, we see that one part of the match is white, and another part is red. But do we get fire by knowing this? No, we must strike the match, and at the right spot. To study the match is wrong, and to strike the match at the wrong spot is also wrong.

Learning to pray-read with our spirit

  When we strike it at the right spot we get fire! We must forget our mind and learn to pray-read with our spirit: “Lord, I praise Thee, ‘In the beginning…’” (John 1:1). Simply pray this three times, and your spirit will catch fire. “Hallelujah, in the beginning.” Really, this is good enough. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Hallelujah, I don’t know much what this means, but how it nourishes me!”

  When we are truly filled with the Word, we cannot help but sing with grace in our hearts to the Lord. Whenever we pray-read the Word, it will become a singing in the spirit.…Simply learn to strike the Word in the right way and at the right spot. Then there will be a real fire.

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Week 3 — Day 6

Scripture reading

  Eph. 5:18  …Be filled in spirit.

  25-26  Christ…loved the church and gave Himself up for her that He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word.

The inward washing of the water in the Word accomplishing a work of transformation

  In [Ephesians] 5:18 Paul charges us to “be filled in spirit,” no doubt with the Spirit of God. But how can the Spirit of God get into our spirit? The answer is that the Spirit comes into our spirit through the Word. When our spirit is filled with the Word, the Word, having come into us, becomes the Spirit. This is proved by 5:26 which speaks of “the washing of the water in the word.” If the Word did not get into us, how could it wash us inwardly? The washing in 5:26 is not an outward washing, but a washing from within, a washing that removes spots and wrinkles, thereby accomplishing a work of transformation.…The fact that we are washed by the water in the Word proves that it is possible for the Word to get into us.

  According to the divine concept, water here refers to the flowing life of God typified by flowing water (Exo. 17:6; 1 Cor. 10:4; John 7:38-39; Rev. 21:6; 22:1, 17). The washing of such water is different from the washing of the redeeming blood of Christ. The redeeming blood washes away our sins (1 John 1:7; Rev. 7:14), whereas the water of life washes away the blemishes of the natural life of our old man, such as “spot or wrinkle or any such things” (v. 27). In sanctifying the church, the Lord firstly washes away our sins with His blood (Heb. 13:12) and then washes away our natural blemishes with His life. We are now in such a washing process in order that the church may be holy and without blemish.

  If we read and pray-read the Bible in a proper way, even musing upon the Word, singing it, and dwelling in it, our inner being will be filled. We may say that we are filled with the Word, with the Spirit, or with faith. We may also say that we are filled with the anointing, with God, or with Christ. By this inward filling we have the power to defeat the darkness in the air. We also have the living water flowing within us to wash away the old elements, the wrinkles and the spots, and to renew us. When we are filled in this way, we sense that Christ is settling Himself in our being, making our inner chambers the rooms for His dwelling place. Also, when we enjoy such a filling, we love all believers, no matter what their nationality may be. Moreover, our inner eyes are enlightened, and our vision becomes clear.

  Oh, there is nothing more refreshing and cleansing than to be inwardly washed by the water in the Word! When we are filled with the Word and washed by it, our entire being is renewed and transparent, and we have a foretaste of the New Jerusalem.

  If we would pray-read chapter by chapter and book by book, week after week, month after month, and year after year, gradually we will receive enlightenment, and all the things of Christ will spring up within us. All the riches of Christ will become our enjoyment.…In this way all the riches of Christ are ministered and dispensed into us.… These heavenly elements and spiritual ingredients will cause us to have not only an outward change but a metabolic change, a change in life. All these new elements will replace and discharge all the old things. This is a metabolic change, transforming us into a new condition.

  Pray-reading is wonderful, but we also have to pray, “Lord, clear a way within me. O Lord, have a free course within me.” Pray-reading does not help us to obtain mere knowledge; rather, it brings many things of the Lord into us. Therefore, we need to give the things of the Lord a free course within us. This affords us the best spiritual digestion, assimilating what we have pray-read. Never say no to the Lord; learn always to say amen.



第三周 生命的话与祷读主话

(此处是直接采用中文版初信晨兴信息, 可叁照英文版信息分享)

第三周 周一

约六63  ……我对你们所说的话,就是灵,就是生命。

五39  你们查考圣经,因你们以为其中有永远的生命,为我作见证的就是这经。


对圣经的基本认识

生命是全本圣经的中心。但什么是生命?或者说,谁是生命?(主)说,“我就是……生命”(约十四6),又说,“我来了,是要叫羊(人)得生命”(十10)。圣经就是启示基督作生命每逢我们来到圣经跟前,我们必须认识,我们乃是来接触作我们生命的基督。

整本圣经是一本生命的书,这生命就是基督耶稣自己这神圣而活的人位,祂乃是我们的分。当我们来读圣经,我们必须来接触祂,我们不该重复犹太人可怜的历史,他们查考圣经,因他们以为其中有永远的生命然而他们却不肯到主耶稣那里(约五39~40)。我们切不可只接触圣经而不接触主。每当我们打开圣经,我们必须说,“主耶稣!你必须在这里。这不仅是一本书,这是你的启示。我不愿读这书却没有接触你,我不愿从这书上听到一些话却没有听到你。我也不愿读这书而没有看见你。我喜欢见到你的面,我喜欢在这书页上见到你的所是。哦,主耶稣,照亮你的话,膏抹每一行,好叫我摸着你。”我们需要这样的灵,来接触这活的话(创世记生命读经,四至五页)。

用信心完全接受圣经的每一句话

我们……该相信神的信实。我们会改变,但神永不改变。正如雅各书一章十七节所说,“在祂并没有……转动的影儿。”不仅如此,……祂对自己的话总是信实的。神不仅是信实的,也是有能力的。所以,我们需要信神的能力。保罗在以弗所三章二十节宣告:“神能……极其充盈的成就一切,超过我们所求所想的。”

我们的信还有一面,就是相信神的话。神受了约束,要成就祂所说的一切。祂越说话,就越要负责成就祂自己的话。我们能告诉祂说,“神,你已经说了,你写出的话已经在我们手中。主,你受了约束,要成就你的话。”为着神信实的话,阿利路亚!(以弗所书生命读经,六五三至六五四页)。

为耶稣基督作见证

“查考圣经”可能与“到我这里来”分开。犹太宗教徒查考圣经,却不肯到主这里来;这两件事应当并行。圣经既是为主作见证,就不该与主分开。我们可能接触圣经,却没有接触主。惟有主能赐人生命。我们绝不该将圣经和主自己分开。每逢我们查考神的话,我们都必须到主这里来。我们必须使查考神的话和摸着主成为一件事。每逢我们读圣经,我们必须将我们的灵向主敞开。当我们的眼睛在阅读圣经的话,我们的心思在领会这些话时,我们的灵必须操练借着圣经接触主。这样,我们不但在头脑里领会圣经上的白纸黑字,还在我们的灵中得到生命(约翰福音生命读经,二○○至二○一页)。


周 周二

约一1  太初有话,话与神同在,话就是神。

提后三16  圣经都是神的呼出,对于教训、督责、改正、在义上的教导,都是有益的。


圣经是生命的话,作神的解释、说明和彰显

〔根据约翰一章一节,〕话是神的解释、说明和彰显;因此,话乃是得着解释、说明并彰显的神。神是奥秘的,祂需要话来彰显祂。……虽然神是一个奥秘,但基督是神的话,将祂解释、说明并彰显出来了。因此这话是神的解释、说明和彰显。至终,这话就是神自己,不是隐藏、封闭、奥秘的神,乃是得着解释、说明并彰显的神。这话不是看不见的神,乃是看得见的神。这话太初就与神同在了,话不是与神分开的,神总是在话里面(约翰福音生命读经,二三页)。


圣经的话,是发表神的自己,说明神的自己

圣经是神的话,第一是说明神的自己。话都是说明,都是发表。圣经的话,是发表神的自己,说明神的自己。你若不读圣经,你若不懂得圣经,你就没有办法明白神、懂得神。……圣经是神的话,第一说明的、第一发表的,乃是神的自己。


圣经是神的话,乃是神的呼出

圣经也是神的呼出,是神把祂自己呼出来了。……圣经是神的话,不光是神所呼出来的,并且是神把祂的自己呼在里面的,所以这个呼出的里面就有神的成分。除非你不接触这个呼出,你一接触这个呼出,你就不能不碰到神的成分。就因这缘故,许多时候我们来读圣经,我们不光觉得我们是在神面前,我们更觉得我们里头碰着神,我们里头摸着神(认识圣经,一四、一七至一八页)。


圣经就是神的呼吸,就祂而言是呼出,就我们而言是吸入

圣经就是神的话,它的本质……就是神的呼出(提后三16)。圣经都是神的呼出,也就是神所呼出的气。圣经就是神的呼吸,就祂而言是呼出,就我们而言是吸入;一出一入,进到我们里面,就成了我们的生命和生命的供应。所以我们来读圣经的时候,一定要认识,圣经不仅是白纸黑字,它乃是神的呼出,里面满了灵气。所以我们不能光用头脑来领会,还要用灵来接触,每逢读圣经的时候,就是来接触神(完全明白神的话,一一至一二页)。

学习用灵来接触圣经-神的呼出

我们读经,不光是蒙光照,也不光是受教训和教导,乃是远超过这些,深过这些,透过这些,在我们里面碰着神自己。……我们必须学习用灵来接触这些话,触着神在这些话里面的呼出,触着神在这些话里面的成分。我们一触到的时候,不光觉得我们是在神面前,也不光觉得我们碰着了神,并且我们更觉得我们尝到神,神变成我们里面的享受。每一次好的读经,都是叫我们吃一个饱,喝一个足,使我们里面实在饱足,实在甜美的尝到神自己(认识圣经,二○页)。


周 周三

太四4  ……经上记着,“人活着不是单靠食物,乃是靠神口里所出的一切话。”

彼前二2  像才生的婴孩一样,切慕那纯净的话奶,叫你们靠此长大,以致得救。


圣经是主的话,乃是我们生命的食粮

我们对于圣经,……必须厉害的转一个观念。我们必须看见,圣经就是神所给我们的食物。我们所以读圣经,乃是要借着圣经来吃神,喝神,吸取神,呼吸神。我们知道圣经是神的话;约翰一章告诉我们,神的话就是神自己。神的话就是神出来了。神把祂自己发表出来,摆在我们跟前,就是话,就是圣经。……神之于人,就是要来作人的食物;所以神把祂自己用话发表出来,摆在人跟前,当然也就是来作人的食物。


我们祷告乃是呼吸主的灵,我们读经乃是接受主这个话。主这个话就是我们的食物。人活着不是单靠食物;因为人不光有物质的身体,人里面还有一个灵。人的身体,是需要外面的食物,但是人里面的灵却需要另一种食物。……所以主才说,人活着不是单靠食物,也要靠神口里所出来的一切话。从神口里所出来的一切话,就是人属灵的食物。所以申言者耶利米这样说,我得着你的言语,就当作食物吃了(耶十五16)。


从主话中,得着营养、供应和生命

神既是要来作人的食物,祂所呼出来的话语,就是圣经,也必定是来作人的食物。所以你来到圣经这里,就要来吃神喝神这一个食物,来吸取神自己,享受神自己。你若是这样一个读圣经的人,……你从每一句里都能得着营养,都能得着供应,都能得着生命(如何享受神及操练,二一九、二二三至二二五页)。


像才生的婴孩一样,切慕那纯净的话奶

一个才生的婴孩最急切的需要,乃是吃奶来得着营养。若无营养,婴孩不仅不能适当的长大,且会渐渐的瘦弱,甚至死亡。在我们得救重生之后,我们急切的需要,也是学习如何吸入主作我们属灵的奶汁、营养。若无这种属灵的营养,我们就无法适当的长大,不久也会落在属灵的死亡中。


彼前二章二至三节:“像才生的婴孩一样,切慕那纯净的话奶,叫你们靠此长大,以致得救;你们若尝过主是美善的,就必如此。”……这里清楚告诉我们,应当如何来尝主,那就是来喝“纯净的话奶”。我们若要尝基督,我们就必须把话奶接受进来,那样,我们就得着营养而有属灵的长大。……当我们喝话奶的时候,我们实际上是在尝主。所以,我们尝主的话就是简单的借着喝话奶。如果我们爱慕享受主,得祂的供应,我们就必须到神的话这里来尝主(如何享受灵粮,六至七页)。


周 周

约六63  赐人生命的乃是灵……;我对你们所说的话,就是灵,就是生命。

三6  ……从那灵生的,就是灵。


圣经是主的话,就是灵,就是生命

主耶稣在约翰六章六十三节告诉我们说,“我对你们所说的话,就是灵。”所以圣经的话不只是话语,不只是字句,并且也是灵。……主的话是灵,所以读祂的话也必须用灵。换句话说,属灵的东西必须用灵才能摸着。

惟独有重生之灵的人才能读圣经

圣经这一本书,不只是话语,不只是文字,不只是用纸所印的书;圣经这一本书,以它基本的性质来说,乃是灵。所以一切要读这本书的人,非用灵来摸它不可,非用灵来读它不可。我们这里所说的灵,乃是指重生之人的灵,我们姑且简称之为“重生的灵”。……也许你是从基督教家庭里出来的,当你回想你没有重生之先,圣经也曾读了许多,但是你一点意思也不懂得。……所以,人在什么时候才能明白圣经呢?从他接受主的那一天起,他就会明白圣经了。……虽然一下子不能懂得许多,但总是喜欢读它,天天读,年年读,……人这样读圣经,就会明白神的话。缘故在哪里?缘故是人得着了重生,缘故是“从那灵生的,就是灵”(三6)。……“我……的话,就是灵”,“从那灵生的,就是灵”。圣经的话是灵,人重生时所得的生命也是灵;是灵的人,去读是灵的话,圣经在他身上才开始发亮,才开始有用处。


圣经不是靠聪明、靠研究能懂得

不管一个人多聪明,多会读书,如果他没有重生,这一本书在他身上是莫名其妙的。一个重生的人,即使文化很低,但是他读圣经的能力还比一个没有重生的大学教授好,因为一个有重生的灵,一个没有重生的灵。圣经不是靠聪明、靠研究、靠天分高就能懂得;因为神的话是灵,必须有重生之灵的人才能懂。圣经的根是属灵的,圣经的本质是属灵的,所以,人若没有重生的灵,就不领会这本书,这本书在他身上就成了一本封闭的书。

必须有重生的灵,才能摸着神的话

神是灵,我们今天有灵,所以我们认识神。也许有不信的人和我们辩论,我们口才不如他,聪明不如他,讲不出许多大道理;但是我们知道我们认识神,因为我们已经重生,我们已经有了重生的灵,我们能用这个灵去摸着神。……人要读圣经,也必须有重生的灵才能读,就像人必须有重生的灵才能摸着神一样。比方:一个人装了电灯要接电,他手里……不管有多少布,不管有多少竹竿,也不管有多少木头,总没有法子把电引来。另外一个人,布、竹竿、木头,一样都没有,只有一点铜丝,他却能使电灯亮,因为铜丝能把电引来。照样,人必须有重生的灵,才能摸着神;必须有重生的灵,才能摸着神的话(读经之路,五至八页)。


周 周五

弗六17~18 还要借着各样的祷告和祈求,接受救恩的头盔,并那灵的剑,那灵就是神的话;时时在灵里祷告……。


借着祷读主话,接触神自己

每一次我们来接触主话的时候,我们都要认定,乃是来接触神的自己。每一次我们打开这一本圣经来读的时候,第一个观念或者第一步,就是要认定说,我在这里是接触一位活的神。这一位活的神把祂自己里头的故事都用话呼出来了,把祂里头一切的丰满都用话呼出来了。这一本书从头一个字到末一个字都是神所吹气的。我不是来读哲学,我也不是来读文学,我乃是来接触神所呼出来的东西,我乃是来接触神所吹出来的东西(如何享受神及操练,九五页)。


将经文当作我们向主的祷告

我年轻的时候,就爱慕神的话,立下雄心要彻底认识圣经。然而,我只知道用眼睛和心思来读圣经。后来有人鼓励我,不只要读主的话,还要默想主的话。我就开始花工夫沉思、考量并细想主的话。这多少有点帮助。我读到慕勒乔治的自传,也颇得帮助。照慕勒所言,我们不只该读圣经、默想圣经,也应该就着圣经来祷告。

在以弗所六章十七至十八节保罗告诉我们,要借着各样的祷告和祈求,接受那灵的剑,那灵就是神的话。这里保罗说到话与灵两方面。不但如此,他告诉我们,要借着各样的祷告,时时在灵里祷告,来接受神的话。我们可借着各样的祷告:听得见的祷告和静默的祷告,长的祷告和短的祷告,快的祷告和慢的祷告,私下的祷告和公开的祷告,来接受神的话(腓立比书生命读经,四七六、三六八页)。

借着祷读主话,享受神作食物

主是一切。祂是我们的食物,祂要在食物的方式里头来作我们的生命。祂把祂自己摆在灵里头,也摆在话里头。一个是无形的,一个是有形的。一个在我们的里面,一个在我们的外面;两相配合,要我们里面的人,配着外面的人,来学习接触这一位神(如何享受神及操练,二四七页)。

我们只要花短短十分钟祷读一段话,就会得着喂养。不但如此,我们会经历基督丰富的各种元素。一面,我们每天所吃的食物喂养我们;另一方面,食物里包括杀菌的元素。……同样,我们借着祷读主的话,就经历得喂养,以及治死我们里面消极的事物。我们祷读时,就不知不觉、自然而然有分于基督丰富的基本元素:神性、人性、人性生活、死、复活、升天和得荣。一面,基督包罗万有之死的元素杀死我们里面消极的事物。另一面,祂的复活加强我们并建造我们。这不是来自外面的教导,乃是来自里面的喂养(腓立比书生命读经,三八○至三八一页)。


周 周六

诗一一九103  你的言语在我上膛何等甘美!在我口中比蜜更甜!

弗三18   使你们满有力量,能和众圣徒一同领略何为那阔、长、高、深。


如何祷读神的话

读经还有一个简便、属灵、叫我们得益最多的方法,就是祷读,把所读的经文当作祷告来祷读,不仅是一面读,一面祷,也不仅是读读祷祷,祷祷读读,乃是直接把所读的经文,当作祷告的话以祷告。有时也可将经文,用祷告应用到我们的自身。这种祷读,重复的次数越多,释放的灵越高昂,所获得的益处,必越多、越深、越丰富(生命课程卷一,三七页)。

用灵祷读神的话

〔我们读主话时,〕头一步是用眼睛看着白纸黑字,且用头脑来领会,然后第二步就是祷读,把你眼睛所看见的,头脑所领受的化成祷告。我们一祷告就用灵了。可能你开头祷告时,仅仅是用心思,不过祷告了三、五句以后,你的灵就兴起了。这是确定的理。……神的话就是灵,就是生命;头脑碰不着灵,只有我们的灵才能碰着灵。若没有碰着灵,就没有生命;惟有碰着灵,才有生命。结果,这生命就是基督,也就是神自己(完全明白神的话,一八至一九页)。

与圣徒一同祷读

为着更多有享受,有喂养,并且为着更适当充分的祷读神的话,我们需要身体-召会。……我们若试试看,与别的基督徒一同祷读,我们会到第三层天上去!因为食物是为着全身体,不是仅仅为着单个的肢体。……所以,祷读最好的路是和身体别的肢体在一起。

祷读四诀

当我们与别的弟兄姊妹来在一起祷读,要记住四个字:快,短,真,新。第一,我们祷告要快,不要犹豫。我们一快祷,就没有时间用头脑思考。其次,我们祷告要短,因为长祷告需要作文章。我们必须忘掉组织一篇长祷告,只要说出一个短句,甚至一个片语。我们也需要真实,不装假。要很真实的说出来。最后,我们祷告要新鲜,不老旧。要新鲜,最好的办法是,不要用我们自己的话祷告,而要用圣经的话。整本圣经的每一部分,每一行都能用来祷告,这就是最新鲜的祷告!

如果你在个人方面和团体方面都试一试,你就能见证,基督的丰富借着祷读神的话,的确分赐给了你。你会在属灵的生命中得到祝福和长大,你也会有大的改变。借着这样接触神的话,来享受基督,接受祂的喂养,你就要逐渐长大以致成熟,充满生命,并被这位永活者所浸透!(如何享受灵粮,一二至一三页)。

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