Saturday, March 31, 2007

Pour Out

Greek Word Pronunciation: ek-KAY-oh
Strong's Number: 1632
Goodrich/Kohlenberger Number: 1772
Key Verse: “... the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior …” -- Titus 3:5-6

Ekcheo is a compound verb comprised of ek, meaning “out,” and cheo, meaning “to pour.”

It is used 8 times in Rev 16:1-17 when the angel “poured out his bowl.” In John 2:15, Jesus in the temple “poured out the coins” when He overturned the tables. In several verses, the reference is to blood being shed or poured out. In Mark 14:24, Jesus said, “this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.” Ekcheo was often used in a sacrificial sense in the Septuagint, and Jesus was looking upon His sacrifice as imminent and regarded it as already present. In Acts 2:17-18 and 33, the reference is to the Holy Spirit at Pentecost being poured out on mankind. The supernatural marvels of this wonderful day were the proof of Christ's exaltation. He had shed them forth, this promised Holy Spirit, which expresses both the plenty and abundance of the gifts bestowed, and the liberality of Christ in the donation of them.

Jude 1:11 says, “They have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.” This was a strong expression, indicating a reckless, abandoned devotion of the energies, a vigorous metaphor for excessive indulgence.

Romans 5:5 says that “the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit.” The perfect tense verb indicates that God’s love was poured out and still floods our hearts through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit, at the time of conversion, takes up His permanent abode in the inner being.

In TITUS 3:6, all three Persons of the Trinity participate in the work of salvation. The Holy Spirit had been imparted richly to all who were converted, at any time or place, from the error of their ways. The heavenly gift was poured out, not in drops, but richly, in great abundance through Christ.

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