Salvation is By the Pouring of the Holy Spirit

Fifth, salvation is by the pouring of the Holy Spirit. “Whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Tit. 3:6). The verb “poured out” (ekcheo) means “shed, spill.” (Gingrich)

In Murcia, Negros Occ., there is a hot spring resort there called “Mambucal,” which is located on a mountain. There’s a strong river that flows down through “seven falls” from the top. You have to climb up to seven falls just to reach the top. The cold water keeps flowing down the river. Water just keeps pouring every day. It never runs out of water. They used to have a swimming pool at the resort. The water comes in the pool and goes out a tube at the foot of the pool.

God did not just sprinkle the Spirit. He poured out the Spirit “richly” (plousios) which means “abundantly” (Gingrich) or “generously” (Marshall).

When did God pour out the Spirit to us? When we trusted Christ and turned from our sin, God washed us with regeneration. When God washed us of our sin, Christ baptized us by His Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13). When God regenerated and renewed us, He poured His Spirit.

In the history of salvation, God poured out His Spirit on the day of Pentecost. “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams’” (Acts 2:17). Some think that the Spirit is poured out only to those who prophesy, see visions, and dream dreams. But no, God has poured out the Spirit to everyone who trusts Christ. “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:5).

God saved us by pouring out the Spirit to us.

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