我們所領受的……乃是從 神來的靈，叫我們能知道 神開恩賜給我們的事。（林前二12）
21 Experience Or Revelation
have received . . . the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things
that are freely given to us of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:12
Redemption, not my experience of Redemption; but Redemption has no meaning for
me until it speaks the language of my conscious life. When I am born again, the
Spirit of God takes me right out of myself and my experiences, and identifies
me with Jesus Christ. If I am left with my experiences, my experiences have not
been produced by Redemption. The proof that they are produced by Redemption is
that I am led out of myself all the time, I no longer pay any attention to my
experiences as the ground of Reality, but only to the Reality which produced
the experiences. My experiences are not worth anything unless they keep me at
the Source, Jesus Christ.
If you try
to dam up the Holy Spirit in you to produce subjective experiences, you will
find that He will burst all bounds and take you back again to the historic
Christ. Never nourish an experience which has not God as its Source and faith
in God as its result. If you do, your experience is anti-Christian, no matter
what visions you may have had. Is Jesus Christ Lord of your experiences, or do
you try to lord it over Him? Is any experience dearer to you than your Lord? He
must be Lord over you, and you must not pay attention to any experience over
which He is not Lord. There comes a time when God will make you impatient with
your own experience – I do not care what I experience; I am sure of Him.
with yourself if you are given to talking about the experiences you have had.
Faith that is sure of itself is not faith; faith that is sure of God is the
only faith there is.