i had the privilege of leading early morning prayer today. our scripture passages are all pre-determined so it’s hard to preach anything “free-style.” however, i’ve never had a bad scripture passage to preach from. i guess that shows the power and beauty of God’s word.
God’s Word needs not our embellishment
-homiletics professor @ fuller seminary
today’s scripture was almost too cool to be true. John 3:31-36:
31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this,that God is true. 34For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
look what the latter half of verse 34 says. of course, in this passage it is John the Baptist who is speaking, and his primary subject is Jesus Christ. John is speaking of how God has given Jesus the Spirit without measure.
but i believe that this word applies to us as well. in the Old Testament, God gave the people a portion of His Spirit as the seasons saw fit. with the coming of Christ, God promises that He will pour out His Spirit on all flesh. Peter affirms this promise when he explains that the events during the first post-Jesus Pentecost were the results of this outpouring.
back to the John passage. i believe that God is good. He’s even gooder than we think. Jesus, who reigns on high, 전능하신 하나님, has freely given us the Holy Spirit to live our lives with a radical Kingdom focus. on this day, pray for a greater filling of the Holy Spirit. invite the Spirit to not only visit you, but to do dwell within your inner being.
at the recent winter retreats (youth & college) the Holy Spirit came in power. let us freely ask our Abba Father to fill us with this same Spirit so that living in the Spirit is a normative part of the Christian life, not some freak show relegated to once-a-year retreats.
may God bless you and fill you with His Holy Spirit. ask Him for more – He gives the Spirit without limit.