神愛的盟約

鮑勃‧瓊斯 (Bob Jones)

April 07, 2012

7個寶石:聖靈的7種性情

最近鮑伯‧瓊斯有一個屬靈的經歷:神把7個寶石放在鮑伯的手中。每個寶石都比他手能握住的更大:7個寶石都各有彩虹光譜中的一種顏色。鮑伯問上帝這些寶石是什麼?神說這是聖靈的七眼,或稱約翰福音14章所說的聖靈的7種性情。

約翰福音1426但保惠師(安慰者、諮商者、幫助者、代禱者、代言人、堅固者、待命者)就是父因我的名(在我的位置、代表我、代表我而行)所要差來的聖靈,他要將一切的事指教你們,並且要叫你們想起我對你們所說的一切話(英文擴大版,AMP)

聖靈是在這地上唯一的神。他感動我們使我們認識自己的罪,知道自己需要主耶穌基督作為救主。當我們呼求耶穌的名、認自己的罪、重生後,就有聖靈住在我們裡面。從那時起。我們就開始發展聖靈的性格或性情。

這些性情分別為:安慰者、諮商者、幫助者、代禱者、代言人、堅固者、待命者。

安慰者:我們誰不曾在別人有需要時安慰過他們呢?當別人有需要時,我們能說出神的話來傳達神的愛;當別人痛苦時,我們能擁抱他。簡單的說,做個安慰者就是把別人的需要放在自己的需要之前。

諮商者:我們裡面有從神來的智慧,因此有能力成為彼此的策士。當我們有神的性情並且在神的話語裡成熟時,就能給人建議,使他們歸回神的公義,不在生命中誤入歧途。我們從自己的失敗中得到智慧,使別人不用再走這些彎路。

幫助者:在基督肢體中幫助者是很重要的。幫助者的事工,像潤滑油使輪子能運轉,在教會中不可或缺。雖然招待、交通、打掃會堂的雖然看起來並不起眼,卻使教會能正常運作。

代禱者:我們被召為彼此代禱。保羅說要不住的禱告(帖前517)。我們隨時隨地都能為人代禱。在靈裡沒有時空的限制。

代言人:基督肢體裡有足夠的辯護律師。但常常我們不但沒有為聖徒公義的行為辯護,反而舉起指頭去指責別人。我們蒙召要成為代言人:要為無辜受害者以及沒辦法為自己發聲的人來懇求。

堅固者:無論在身體上、屬靈上、財務上、社交上或關係上有需要時,我們要彼此堅固。我們需要加強基督肢體的合一,而不是把彼此撕裂。三股合成的繩子不易斷裂。當你在相交中堅固你的弟兄,天上地下就有合一。

 (傳道書 4:12) 「有人攻勝孤身一人,若有二人便能敵擋他;三股合成的繩子不容易折斷」。

待命者:神永不會撇下我們也不會丟棄我們。不論我們遭逢何種景況,祂永遠都會與我們同在。當別人有需要時,我們也要與他們堅固站立。我們可以像亞倫與戶珥對摩西在曠野時所做的一樣,舉起他們的手來支持他們。

(出埃及記 17:11-12)「摩西何時舉手,以色列人就得勝,何時垂手,亞瑪力人就得勝。但摩西的手發沉,他們就搬石頭來,放在他以下,他就坐在上面。亞倫與戶珥扶著他的手,一個在這邊,一個在那邊,他的手就穩住,直到日落的時候」。

神愛的盟約

創世紀9:13 「我把我的弓(彩虹)放在雲彩中,這就可作我與地立約的記號了」。(英文擴大版,AMP)

這些寶石是用來提醒我們神愛的盟約。神給鮑伯的每塊寶石,都有彩虹其中一種顏色,並且都代表了聖靈其中一種性情。

當聖靈被傾倒在基督肢體中,我們就成為神手中的活石。因此,在我們所做的工裡,我們的生命就被傾倒在基督肢體裡,成為安慰者、諮商者、幫助者、代禱者、代言人、堅固者與待命者。然後我們就能單單藉由分辨聖靈所啟示我們的內容,來滿足別人的需要。

原文:http://www.bobjones.org/Docs/Words%20of%202012/2012-04_7PreciousStones.htm

Seven Precious Stones

The Attributes of the Holy Spirit of God

Recently Bob had an experience where the Lord placed seven large precious gem stones in Bobs hands. Each stone was larger than his hands could hold. They were all glistening stones; each one a different color of the rainbow. Bob asked the Lord what these stones were and was told they were the seven eyes of the Holy Spirit of God or the seven attributes of the Holy Spirit according to John 14.

But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. (Amplified)

The Holy Spirit is the only God down here on this earth. He brings us to the knowledge of our sin and the need of our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. When we call upon the name of Jesus for repentance of our sin and are born again, we then have the Holy Spirit of God living in us. From that time onward we develop the characteristics or attributes of the Holy Spirit.

These attributes are; Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby. Lets look at each one of these separately.

Comforter: which one of us cant comfort another person in their time of need? Perhaps its only speaking a kind word to express Gods love for another in their time of despair. Maybe its embracing someone who has just lost a loved one or perhaps lost their job. Being a comforter is simply putting others needs ahead of your own.

Counselor: we all have the ability to counsel one another because we have the Wisdom of the Ages dwelling inside us. As we mature in the Word of God and walk in His divine nature, we are able to counsel others back to righteousness and keep them from going down the wrong path of life. We acquire wisdom from our own failures in life so we can help others avoid those pitfalls.

Helper: the ministry of helps is vital to the body of Christ. The church cannot operate without this ministry. The ministry of helps is the grease that keeps the wheel turning. Greeters, parking attendants, custodians, people who clean the sanctuary and furnish the necessities of the bathroom are just a few of the vital jobs that keep a church functioning properly. Although they are usually not noticeably recognized, the church could not function without them. Is there any among us that cannot help in some capacity?

Intercessor: who among us cannot pray? We are all called to pray for one another. Paul says to pray without ceasing (I Thes. 5:17). We can intercede for anyone anywhere at any time. There is no time or distance in the spirit.

Advocate: there are enough defense attorneys in the body of Christ. Too often we point our finger at others in judgment instead of defending the righteous acts of the saints. We are called to be advocates; to plead the case for the innocent and for those who have no voice.

Strengthener: simply means to strengthen another in their time of need whether its physically, spiritually, financially, socially or relationally. We need to reinforce the body of Christ and become united instead of tearing each other apart. A threefold cord is not easily broken. When you strengthen your brother in fellowship with the Holy Spirit there is agreement made in heaven and on earth.

(Eccl. 4:12) And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Standby: God will never leave us nor forsake us; He stands by us in every situation we encounter. We are called to stand by others also in their time of need. We can be their stability and remain steadfast when times are difficult. We can hold up their arms to simply be their support like Aaron and Hur did with Moses in the wilderness.

 (Exodus 17:11-12) When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and when he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands were heavy and grew weary. So [the other men] took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Then Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side and one on the other side; so his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. (Amplified)

Covenant of His Love

 (Genesis 9:13) I set My bow [rainbow] in the cloud, and it shall be a token or sign of a covenant or solemn pledge between Me and the earth. (Amplified)

These precious stones are a reminder of Gods covenant of His Love. Each stone that Bob was given is a color of the rainbow and each one represents a different attribute of the Holy Spirit.

As the Holy Spirit is poured out on the body of Christ, we become living stones in the hand of God. Therefore, in all our labors, our life is poured out to the body of Christ by becoming the comforter, counselor, helper, intercessor, advocate, strengthener and standby. Then we are able to meet the needs of others simply by discerning what the Holy Spirit is showing us.

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