230827 – Our Spirit Man 我们的灵人

Genesis 2:7 (NKJV) And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

We are made in God’s image. What was merely an earthen vessel came alive when God breathed His life into Adam, His creation. And God’s breath of life became the spirit of man. We are therefore a spirit being, with a soul and a body.

2 Corinthians 4:16(NKJV) Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

This scripture reveals to us that there is an outward man (the body) and an inward man (the spirit). The outward man will grow old physically, but the inward man will be renewed daily when he is fed with spiritual food, which is the Word of God. Much like how we are strengthened physically through exercise, we are also built up when we exercise our faith through following the leading and instruction of the Spirit.   

God is Spirit. He connects with, speaks to and bears witness with our spirit. He is able to communicate with us at all times because we are connected to the Holy Spirit through our heart, which is another name for our inner man. References in the Bible to our heart can be metaphorical and do not necessarily refer to the physical organ.

We learn to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit more clearly when we increasingly yield to His prompting and leading. And we also learn to discern when the Holy Spirit is being grieved or quenched in our inner man as a result of our disobedience. As we meditate upon and apply the Word of God in our lives, we will develop and strengthen our inner man. And by allowing the spirit man, rather than our souls or our flesh to take the lead in our lives, we learn to yield to the Holy Spirit and not gratify the desires of the flesh.

John 7:38-39 (KJV) “He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive…)

Where does the Holy Spirit reside within us? It is believed that our spirit/inward man/inner man is located at our belly area where the Holy Spirit resides and from where His presence flows outwards. Hence when we receive an intuitive or spontaneous thought, as when God is imparting wisdom to our spirit, we can feel it in our belly area.

Sermon Series: How to Be Led by the Holy Spirit in Your Daily Living (Part 2)


我们的灵人

创世记 2:7耶和华神用地上的尘土造人,将生气吹在他鼻孔里,他就成了有灵的活人,名叫亚当。

我们是按神的形象造的。当神将祂的生命吹到祂创造的亚当里面,那个泥土制成的瓦器就活了。神的生气成为了人的灵。因此,我们是一个有灵的活人,有魂和体。

哥林多后书 4:16所以我们不丧胆。外体虽然毁坏,内心却一天新似一天。

圣经告诉我们有外体(身体)和内心(灵)。外体会变老,但当内心得着灵粮的喂养,就是神的话语时,就会一天新似一天。。就像我们如何通过锻炼使身体强壮一样,当我们通过跟随圣灵的引领和指导来操练我们的信心时,我们也会被建立起来。

神是灵。 祂与我们的灵联结、对我们的灵说话并在我们的灵里作见证。神能够一直与我们交流,因为我们通过我们的内心与圣灵联结,内心是灵人的另一个名字。圣经所提到的我们的心,可以是比喻性的,不一定是指身体器官。

当我们越来越顺服于圣灵的提示和带领时,我们就学会更清楚地听见圣灵的声音。我们也要学会辨别何时因我们的不顺服而使圣灵在我们的灵人里悲伤或被熄灭。当我们在生活中默想和实践神的话语时,我们就让我们内在的人成长和坚立。通过让灵人,而不是我们的魂或体来掌管我们的生命,我们就学会了顺服圣灵,而不是满足肉体的欲望。

约翰福音 7:38-39信我的人就如经上所说:‘从他腹中要流出活水的江河来。’” (耶稣这话是指着信他之人要受圣灵说的…)

圣灵住在我们里面的什么地方?我们相信我们的灵/内在灵人/内心是处在我们的腹中,圣灵居住在哪里,祂的同在就从那里流出来。因此,当我们接收到直觉或自发性的想法时,就像当神将智慧放在我们的灵里,我们可以在我们的腹部感受到它。

讲章系列:如何每日被圣灵引导? (第二部分)   

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