“For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God; for God giveth not the spirit by measure unto him.” (John 3: 34, KJV)
The key phrase in this scripture is “…for he whom God hath sent…” God always sends men to work in a particular dispensation or age. The Greek word for dispensation is “oikonomia” which is translated into English as “economy”. It suggests that when God sends men, He sends them to specific economies/dispensations to fulfill his purpose in that dispensation. Thus to every man is an economy. Apostle Paul reiterates this in 1 Corinthians 9: 17 where he declared that God had committed to him a dispensation of the gospel. Therefore like Paul, every man is given or sent to a dispensation to work in the vineyard of God.
Whenever God sends a man to a dispensation to work, He gives him the Holy Spirit to work with. Working in a particular dispensation of God without the Spirit of God produces works full of blemishes and spots which are unacceptable to God. Even Jesus, when he was sent to work in a dispensation where he had to die as an offering for sin, offered himself without spot and wrinkle through the eternal Spirit. Without the Spirit, your work in any particular dispensation is unacceptable to God. Thus, for every dispensation, God gives the Holy Ghost in full without measure for the work of that age.
This is seen in the Church and its work for the age. The Church has been sent in this age to accomplish a work. Jesus declared to the Church that just as the father hath sent him so hath he also sent us (the Church). To accomplish the work for which Jesus sent us, he gave us the Holy Spirit without measure needed to achieve this work for this age.
“In the last day, that great feast, Jesus stood and cried saying, if any man thirst let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me as scripture hath said out of this belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” (John 7: 37 – 39). This scripture speaks of Jesus’ promise of the Spirit that was to come in the church age to all that are new creation. This, according to the scripture was to be after his glorification, that is, his death, resurrection and ascension. This age Jesus spoke about is here and now. The Church now has the Spirit. Glory to God!
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4: 14).
According to Jesus, anyone who drinks of this water, which typifies the Holy Ghost, will never thirst. The Greek word translated as “never” in the English Language speaks of an age. So in actuality, what Jesus meant was that if you drink the water you will not thirst for an age. In the Church age, no believer in Christ is supposed to thirst because in the believer is the fullness of the water needed for this age.
This water becomes a well springing up into everlasting life. The word everlasting in Greek is “aionios” and it denotes the entire span of an age. This water which is the Holy Ghost gives us the life for the age. The life we have now is for this age and it emanates from the Holy Ghost.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22: 17).
Now after the Church age in which we are living now, there will be the New Jerusalem age. Revelation 22 speaks of the age of the New Jerusalem. After the Church age, we as believers, shall thirst and will need fresh water (Holy Ghost). So the Lord beckons us to come for fresh water in the New Jerusalem age – “…let him that is athirst come……et him take the water of life freely.” This fresh water, in this age, brings us another life for the age. The life we will receive in the New Jerusalem age will be much more than the life we have received in this church age.
This life in the age to come is a “top up” of the Spirit that we have received for this age. There is water for the church age and there is water for the New Jerusalem age. That of the New Jerusalem is a “top up” of that for the church age. So, as far as the church age is concerned, we have the Spirit in full but comparing it to the next age (New Jerusalem), we have it in measure. There is more to come. There are powers of the ages to come that we have not yet known in this age.
“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” (2 Corinthians 1: 21 – 22).
“Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1: 14).
“Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 5: 5).
The above scriptures show us that believers have the earnest of the Spirit. The word “arrhabon”, which is the Greek word for earnest, means a down payment; part of a purchase; money or property given in advance as security for the rest. The Spirit we have received is just the down payment or guarantee for the rest we are yet to receive. We shall receive the rest in the ages to come. In the age to come, we have a purchased possession which is our inheritance awaiting us and it is far greater than the earnest we have now. This inheritance is the other part of the Holy Ghost to come; the rest of the part payment.
“And not only they but ourselves also which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves waiting for the adoption to wit the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8: 23).
Apostle Paul, in this verse, speaks of the firstfruits of the Spirit. Firstfruits speaks of the harvest to come. In Israel, when the firstfruits which were the first signs of growth of the harvest appeared, they waited anxiously for the bumper “ingathering” harvest. Likewise, in this church age, we have the firstfruits of the Spirit but we are waiting anxiously for the “ingathering” Spirit in the ages to come.
Brethren in Christ, the conclusion of the matter is that, in looking at this age specifically, we have all of the Holy Spirit needed for the work in this age. However, in entirety, comparing this fullness of the Spirit we have received in this age to the ages to come, we see that we have a measure of the Holy Ghost for there is more of the Holy Ghost we will receive in the ages to come. Shalom!!!