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Jesus is Superior, Pt.4: Because He has the Spirit Without Measure

Rev. Enoch Thompson | March 1, 2024 | John 3:34

 


KEY VERSE:

For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. John 3:34 (NIV)

 

MESSAGE:

We acquire vehicles and machines based on the power and efficiency that they are advertised to have. In the matter of spirituality, the moving force or power measurement is the presence and manifestation of spirit. People acquire idols of different kinds to add to and increase the spirit-power they operate or are operated by, as the case may be.

 

In God's biblical self-revelation, His Holy Spirit has been presented as the agency. The Old Testament Prophets were led by the Holy Spirit to comment on the events of their time and to foretell future events all pointing to the revelation of the Messiah. Similarly in the New Testament, the writers were moved by the Holy Spirit to capture such information as would point to the Saviour and draw all nations to faith in Him.

 

John argues that His disciples must give attention and obeisance to the Lord Jesus because whereas all the Old and New Testament servants of God operated with a measured power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus speaks the word of God as one who was given the Holy Spirit without measure. That is to say, in His human condition, no one had the presence and power of the Holy Spirit like Jesus had.

 

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE: Have you seen people living and ministering by the Holy Spirit around you, and been impressed by that supernatural power at work? Stay close to the Lord Jesus, you will see His power unlimited!

 

PRAYER:

Dear Lord Jesus, I believe you are one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. I believe that in your human condition, you had the measure of the Spirit as no person ever had. Please help me to trust you and to follow you, led by your Spirit. For your dear Name’s sake, Amen.

 

THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: WITHOUT LIMIT

In John 3:34 (NIV), the phrase "without limit" is translated from the Greek words "ἐκ μέτρου" (ek metrou), which literally means "out of measure" or "without measure."


The Greek word "μέτρον" (metron) refers to a measure or limit, indicating a specific boundary or extent. The prefix "ἐκ" (ek) denotes "out of" or "from," suggesting the removal of any restriction or constraint. Therefore, "ἐκ μέτρου" (ek metrou) conveys the idea of something being given or done in an immeasurable or unrestricted manner.


This verse underscores the unique relationship between God the Father and Jesus the Son. Jesus, as the one whom God has sent, speaks the words of God with divine authority and accuracy. Furthermore, God's bestowal of the Spirit upon Jesus is limitless, indicating the fullness and completeness of the divine presence and empowerment in Jesus' ministry.


The phrase "without limit" emphasizes the extraordinary nature of Jesus' anointing and mission. It signifies the abundance of spiritual gifts and power bestowed upon Jesus by God the Father, enabling Him to fulfil His divine purpose without constraint or restriction.


Reflections:

How does the concept of God giving the Spirit to Jesus without limit inspire you in your own life? How does it challenge you to seek a deeper connection with God and rely more fully on His limitless power and provision?

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