Filled to Overflowing

Life Less Ordinary

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?…

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