John 3:34 contains an often-overlooked but very important truth: God does not ration his Spirit. You have within you the same fullness of the Holy Spirit as Jesus Christ himself did and as much as the Saints who experienced very supernatural, amazing manifestations of God’s power.
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John the Gospel writer is summing up that Jesus came from Heaven, was sent by God, and speaks the Word of God. In the middle of that, almost like a passing “by the way” statement, is something that I want to highlight because it doesn’t just speak about Jesus and His being sent by God into this world. It speaks to you and me as well.
This is the second half of verse 34 in the third Chapter of the Gospel of John. “He (God the Father) does not ration His gift of the Spirit.” God’s ability to give you and me the Holy Spirit to work miracles is not rationed as in, “Well, that person over there has a bigger amount of the Holy Spirit in him and can work miracles; I have less, so I can’t be expected to do as much.” Or, “That person over there is a saint.” Or, “That Saint that I’ve read about has been so gifted by the fullness of the Holy Spirit that he or she has lived the holy life. I can’t be expected to have that same degree of saintliness in my life because I haven’t been graced with as much of the Holy Spirit.”
But right here in the Word of God, my friend, is that Truth that God the Father, who filled Jesus with the Holy Spirit at His Baptism in order to do His very important redemptive mission, gives you and me the same Spirit. Not a piece of the Spirit! You can’t have just part of the Holy Spirit! We can live the life of the Holy Spirit only partly. But we have received all of the Holy Spirit.
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