John 3:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 3:34, NIV: "For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit."

John 3:34, ESV: "For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure."

John 3:34, KJV: "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him."

John 3:34, NASB: "For He whom God sent speaks the words of God; for He does not give the Spirit sparingly."

John 3:34, NLT: "For he is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit."

John 3:34, CSB: "For the one whom God sent speaks God's words, since he gives the Spirit without measure."

What does John 3:34 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Nearly 40 times in this gospel alone, John claims that Jesus has been sent from God. This is the reason the book was written (John 20:30–31), and Jesus' miracles are the primary evidence (John 5:36). Nicodemus recognizes Jesus' miraculous abilities as proof that He is sent by God (John 3:2). Jesus offers other reasons to believe, including the testimony of John the Baptist, and the information found in the Hebrew Scriptures (John 5:36–39). Since Jesus is the only valid source of knowledge about God (John 3:12–13), rejecting Christ means rejecting God (1 John 5:10).

In the Old Testament, certain people were given the Spirit of God for a limited time. These include certain prophets (2 Chronicles 24:20; Micah 3:8; 2 Samuel 23:2), various people (Numbers 24:2, 1 Samuel 19:20), and some of the Judges (Judges 3:10; Judges 6:34), including Samson (Judges 13—16). Jesus, however, has the Spirit of God continuously. This is why He is said to have the Spirit "without measure," or "without limit."

This permanent presence of the Spirit, and the fact that Jesus came from heaven, are important proofs that He is, in fact, God incarnate (John 1:1; John 1:14).