John the Baptist said of Jesus Christ: “For Him whom God has sent speaks the words of God: God gives not the spirit by measure unto Him.” Jesus Christ received of the spirit of His Father to over flow without measure and to whomsoever He wills He will give of that spirit. It is a mystery to us human that the same spirit of God was given to Christ in its fullness without limitation and yet God is not diminished in His essence and power. When you take away something from someone, he will have less, but not God. The more He gives of His spirit, the fuller and more powerful He becomes.
Christ was the Word that was made flesh and lived amongst us representing God and man. He came for man and died instead of man as the propitiation for the sins of world. We saw the glory of God on Him when the voice cried out heaven testifying that Christ was the beloved Son of God. (Matt.3:16-17) Truly, He was full of grace and truth. (v.14)
He was before John and preferred to him by virtue of His creating everything that was, is and is to come. And of His fullness, this fullness of God’s spirit we have all received and grace for grace. Moses, the mighty law giver was nothing to this Man and through Him all has received grace and truth. (v.17) No man will ever succeed as the minister of God who has not received of the spirit of God. The word said, “As many as are led by the spirit of God are the sons and daughters of God.” (Roms.8:14) No man has ever seen God at any time, but the Son who is from the bosom of the Father and He has declared Him unto us.” (v.18)
He came from on high and He is above all and John said, “He must increase and I must decrease.” (Jn.3:30-31) He came from heaven and spoke of the things in heaven where the Father abides. The earthly speak of the earth, but not so with Christ who was from the bosom of the Father, God. What Christ has seen and heard, He testified to mankind and no one received His testimony. All of those who will receive His testimony have set the seal of God upon themselves that God is true. God has given of His spirit unto Him without measure and in total fullness for He whom the Father has sent has the words of God and God’s spirit without limitations. The Father loved His Son and has given unto His hands all things. It is a fact of the spirit that he that believes on the Christ, the Son of God, has everlasting life, but he that does not believe shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. The heart that does not have Christ is full of ranging wars within. (Jn.3:30-36)
Christ was approved of God the Father and to refuse Him is to reject life, for in Him was the light of Life. (Jn.1:3-4) He never did or said anything before the spirit of His Father descended on Him without limitation. Luke made reference to this and said of Him, “The spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted. He has sent Me to preach deliverance to the captives. He has sent Me to bring the recovery of sight to the blind. He has sent Me to set at liberty those that are bruised and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord God.” (Luke.4:18-19)
The saints of God must receive of the spirit of the Lord otherwise they are mere human beings pulling themselves up by their own boot stripes. Christ said, “Without Me, you can do nothing.” (Jn.15:5c) If we do not want to receive of the spirit of God in Christ, we can never amount to anything in the sight of God. We must receive of that spirit and trust Him for our lives. He will not lead us astray from the presence of His Father. It is crucial that as Christ received of the spirit of God without measure or limitation, even so are we expected to receive of the spirit of God in Christ if we want to please God. See for yourselves what Christ did in Luke 9 and 10 when He sent out His apostles and disciples for some industrial training. He gave them of the spirit of God on Him which represented the power and authority of God to exercise dominion over demons, diseases, nature and whatever opposed the will of God. In the two industrial training recorded in the scriptures, they returned with WAO saying to Christ even the demons are subject to us in your name. (Lk.10:17)
In Lk.9:1-2, He gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, sending them to preach the Kingdom of God. In Lk.10:1, He appointed the seventy and also sent them with the same power and authority as in the previous chapter. The reason why the writer knows this was the answer to their testimony after they had returned in v.17. The scriptures stated, “The seventy returned again with joy saying, Lord, even the demons are subject unto us through your Name.” Jesus Christ answer to the joy of the disciples was this: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Lk.10:19-20)
No man or woman is sufficient on his or her own before satan and all the demons of hell. They are supernatural beings and they were here before us. It makes sense that the good Lord will not leave us alone to fight millions of demons by our own strength and power. Take the whole armour of God so that you will be able to quench all the flames of the evil one. (Eph.6:10-18) Our battles are not against flesh and blood, but the highly regimented cohorts of hell and the scriptures listed them all. We have satanic princes over cities, powers of hell, rulers of darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in heavenly or high places. These are our foes and they are not physical or natural beings, but mighty spiritual forces which we cannot see with our naked eyes. Do you still want to fight them with your strength and power? You are no march before them and that is why God designed it that way that we should have His spirit in every one of us who is called the saints of God. (IICor.1:22 & 5:5)
Even Jesus Christ would not confront the enemy outside the power of the spirit of God when He faced him in the temptation in the wilderness in Matt.4. He had to be endued with the power from on high by His Father before He could take on the greatest enemy of mankind in this world. Are you better than Christ? Are you wiser than He is? Is the servant above His Master? Are you so foolish that you will proceed with the mission of preaching the Gospel without the power of the spirit of God? You may have many people in your church and you may be a crowd puller, but you lack the power of God in presenting and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. Paul said, “For my preaching and speech was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in the demonstration of the spirit and power of God.” (1Cor.2:4, 4:20) It will take the spirit of God to route the enemy and set free those who are held by his power.
If Christ, the Son of God needed the power of the spirit of God, who are you to say that you don’t need the spirit of God in this generation? If we have ever needed the spirit of God, it is right now. Economic upheaval threatens our globe! Demonic powers threaten the extinction of mankind! People of dark-black heart like satan himself are loosed upon our planet and we say we do not need God? In Lk.4:1, Christ was full of the spirit of God and He was led by the same into the wilderness to face the enemy. He survived the ordeal through the spirit of God and we can too if we trust and depend on God’s spirit to show us the plans of our Father. So, we have all received of the fullness of Christ by the making of His Father through His spirit. Let us run to Him and wait upon the Lord so that His spirit will defeat satan and all his cohorts of hell. Go back and read again the scriptures in Jn.1:16-18. PTL. (*Acts.2:1-13, Jn.20:21-23)