Filled to Overflowing

The Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Titus 3:5-6

The concept of pouring something out has a strong biblical basis. In the Old Testament sacrifices, containers of ashes (Leviticus 4:12) and blood (Deuteronomy 12:27) were poured out. Job (Job 30:16) and Hannah (1 Samuel 1:15) poured out their souls before the Lord. God poured out His wrath on rebellious Israel (2 Chronicles 34:21). Indeed, the Old Testament’s use of the image of pouring is frequently connected to wrath.

It is no surprise that, oftentimes in the New Testament, the use of “pouring out” is the opposite of wrath: It is God pouring out His Spirit (Acts 2:33; 10:45) and His love (Romans 5:5; Titus 3:3-7). In the Old Testament, God poured out His wrath upon sin and sinners; in the New Testament He pours out His love. What does the image suggest? We have been filled to overflowing with God’s Spirit and love—love being a manifestation of the presence of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). He poured out His wrath on Jesus and His love on those for whom Jesus died.

God has filled you with His love so you can share it with others. Pour out your overflow of God’s love to someone today.

He that is in love with the world will be out of love with the cross.
Thomas Watson

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  1. What providence to find you writing on the theme of overflowing that comes out of this passage in Titus. And you do well to relate the different ways God “pours out” – whether it’s His holy wrath, or HIs Holy Spirit. But another reason I love this little passage for the way Jesus is described in verse 4: “when the love and kindness our Saviour appeared, He saved us…” I love the idea that Jesus’ nickname (so to speak) is “the love and kindness of God” – mostly because of my experience of Him. Of course there are many other ways to describe Jesus, but this little verse has remained a favourite since I came upon it. Thanks.

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