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Bro. Ignatius


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2007/5/19 上午 09:23:41

聖依勒內主教反駁異端書–聖神被差遣

當主基督把重生於天主的權柄交給門徒時,對他們說:「你們去教訓萬邦,因父、子、及聖神之名給他們付洗。」

天主曾藉先知們許諾,要在這最後時期,將這聖神傾注在祂僕婢們身上,好使他們說預言。所以聖神才降到成為人子的天主子身上,並偕同祂慣常住在人類身上,住在天主的肖像身上。聖神在人身上奉行天父的旨意,使他們棄舊更新而成為基督的新人。

路加說,天主聖神在主升天後,即五旬節日,降臨在門徒們身上,賜與他們權力,引導萬民進入生命,並給他們開啟新約。因此他們異口同聲,以各種言語向天主高唱讚美詩;聖神把彼此遠離的種族團結一致,並把萬民的初熟之果獻給聖父。

因此主也許諾要給我們派遣施慰者,祂使我們與天主的計劃配合。正如同乾麵粉,若沒有自天而來的水,也不能在耶穌基督內成為一個;乾燥的田地,若不吸收水分,便不能結果;同樣,我們從前都是乾木頭,若沒有自天降下的慷慨的時雨,總也不能結出生命之果。

我們的身體透過那使身體不朽的洗禮而獲得了統一,我們的靈魂也由聖神獲得了統一。天主的神降到主身上,「智慧和聰敏之神,超見和剛毅之神,明達和孝愛之神,以及敬畏天主之神。」主也將這神賜與教會:祂自天派遣「施慰者」來到世上;也是從那堙A主說:「魔鬼像閃電一樣被擊落。」

因此,我們需要天主的這雨露,好使我們不被焚燒,也不致華而不實,並使我們在有「控告者」的地方,也有「辯護者」:因為主把屬於祂的人託付給聖神,這人曾陷於強盜手中,主可憐他,為他裹傷,付出兩個印有王徽的銀錢,為使我們藉聖神接受父及子的肖像和印鑑之後,能把託付給我們的銀錢生出利益,並加倍交還給天主。

(五旬節主日–聖神降臨)

Bro. Ignatius


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2007/5/19 上午 09:28:14

A treatise "Against the Heresies" by St Irenaeus
The sending of the Holy Spirit

When the Lord told his disciples to go and teach all nations and baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, he conferred on them the power of giving men new life in God.
He had promised through the prophets that in these last days he would pour out his Spirit on his servants and handmaids, and that they would prophesy. So when the Son of God became the Son of Man, the Spirit also descended upon him, becoming accustomed in this way to dwelling with the human race, to living in men and to inhabiting God’s creation. The Spirit accomplished the Father’s will in men who had grown old in sin, and gave them new life in Christ.
Luke says that the Spirit came down on the disciples at Pentecost, after the Lord’s ascension, with power to open the gates of life to all nations and to make known to them the new covenant. So it was that men of every language joined in singing one song of praise to God, and scattered tribes, restored to unity by the Spirit, were offered to the Father as the first-fruits of all the nations.
This was why the Lord had promised to send the Advocate: he was to prepare us as an offering to God. Like dry flour, which cannot become one lump of dough, one loaf of broad, without moisture, we who are many could not become one in Christ Jesus without the water that comes down from heaven. And like parched ground, which yields no harvest unless it receives moisture, we who were once like a waterless tree could never have lived and borne fruit without this abundant rainfall from above. Through the baptism that liberates us from change and decay we have become one in body; through the Spirit we have become one in soul.
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of God came down upon the Lord, and the Lord in turn gave this Spirit to his Church, sending the Advocate from heaven into all the world into which, according to his own words, the devil too had been cast down like lightning.
If we are not to be scorched and made unfruitful, we need the dew of God. Since we have our accuser, we need an advocate as well. And so the Lord in his pity for man, who had fallen into the hands of brigands, having himself bound up his wounds and left for his care two coins bearing the royal image, entrusted him to the Holy Spirit. Now, through the Spirit, the image and inscription of the Father and the Son have been given to us, and it is our duty to use the coin committed to our charge and make it yield a rich profit for the Lord.

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