For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure to him.
I. THE ACT OF CREATION. "All things were made by Him." Thus He is clearly marked off from aught that is created. This fact establishes His essential equality with God and His official subordination to God.
II. REVELATION. Creation had to do with all worlds; revelation with this. God indeed reveals Himself by His works, the laws of social life, the voice of conscience. But we want a revelation fuller and clearer. Here it is: "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father."
III. PROPITIATION. Where sin is, a revelation of God is not enough: but the Revealer says, "No man cometh unto the Father but by Me." A serious state of things when a man's way to his Father is blocked up save as a Mediator clears it! Yet so it is; but He has put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
IV. HEART CONQUEST. A power is needed to make the mediation effective manward. At the same moment that the herald says "Behold the Lamb of God," He declares "This is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost." The bestowment of the Spirit to convict, convert, and train the Church, is the prerogative of Christ.
V. ADMINISTRATION. When won over to Christ, men have to be governed and sanctified. The subjects of the kingdom of grace have to be inspired with a supreme desire to leaven the world with righteousness. His holy inspiration is begun and sustained by Christ. As He formed the kingdom of grace, so He administers it.
VI. THE CONSUMMATION OF ALL THINGS. He who sent Peter to reap the first-fruits will send forth His angels to reap the harvest.
(C. Clemance, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.