Holy Spirit Without Limit

John 3: 31-36
Acts 5:27-33 / Ps 34

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

May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be
A strong testimony of His love,
So others may see how trustworthy
Is “the One Who comes from above.”

“The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks of earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what He has seen and heard, but no one accepts His testimony. Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is trustworthy. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains upon him.” (John 3:31-36)

Reflection

Before we experienced a more intimate relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ, we certainly “belonged to the earth, and spoke of earthly things.” Our more ‘immediate’ concerns (money, mobility, merry-making) prevented us from addressing the more important purpose of our existence – preparing ourselves for the real life, the life that has no end, and our real home, the kingdom of God in heaven. Thank God for His gift of faith, my own “Damascus encounter” happened one day when God led me to a dying man to whom I gave witness about Jesus and His forgiveness before his last breath. Romans 8:14 says, “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” I will never forget the peaceful (beatific) face of that unknown dead man after praying over him. That fateful day, God demonstrated His great love for sinners. I knew that man was saved, and from that day on, so was I.

“For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.” Experience in the mission field has taught us that our Lord Jesus speaks to us in many ways, and fills us with His Spirit whenever the occasion calls for it. We have also learned that our salvation is a work in progress; as long as we are alive, we must continue working for the Lord, if only to be living witnesses of His great love. While it is true that “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph 2:8-9), it is also true that we were saved for the works that the Spirit leads us to do. Let it not be said that we were saved for our sakes alone. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28).

In this season of Easter, the Scripture readings highlight the message that our Lord Jesus imparted to his disciples before He ascended into heaven: God the Father has poured His Spirit in full measure on those who have chosen to believe. As the Spirit empowered the apostles and revealed God’s truth to them, so does He enable us to receive His gifts and use them to spread His Word. May the Holy Spirit lead us to a deeper understanding of God’s Word so that we may be His effective light to dispel the darkness of doubts, disbelief and despair.

We praise and thank You, Father for the assurance of Your saint, who said: “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.” (Rom.8:16-17) Amen.

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