HE DOESN’T REST UPON YOU
And he said unto me, My grace is
sufficient for thee: for my strength is made
perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore
will I rather glory in my infirmities, that
the power of Christ may rest upon me
(2 Corinthians 12:9).
Actually, it’s not scripturally correct in the New
Testament to say, “May God’s Spirit rest upon
you.” Someone may read our opening verse and run
off with the idea that even Paul desired that the power
of Christ may “rest upon him.” That wasn’t the case.
What Paul said wasn’t about the power of Christ
resting upon him. The word translated “rest” is from
the Greek, “episkēnoo ̄,” which is a combination of
two words: “epi” meaning “a superimposition,” and
“ske ̄noo ̄” meaning “habitation.” “Episke ̄noo ̄” therefore
means, “coming over something to take charge of
it from within.” Paul was in other words describing
his experience of being continuously filled with the
Another use of the term “rest upon” is seen in 1
Peter 4:14, where the Bible says, “If ye be reproached
for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of
glory and of God resteth upon you….” Here, the word,
“anapauō” is used, which refers to being refreshed
or given rest, but not as in sleep. If you study the
context, you’ll observe that it says, if you’re persecuted
because of Jesus, happy are you, for the Spirit of glory
and of God will give you rest; He refreshes you and
strengthens you. The Greek word doesn’t say rest upon
you; it can’t even be translated that way.
The essence of the detailed foregoing explanations
is that in the New Testament, there’s no suggestion of
the Holy Ghost coming to rest upon us. The emphasis
throughout the Scriptures is for us to be full of the Spirit
because He lives in us. This was the standard in the
early Church, and it’s still our standard today.
The Bible says, “… and they chose Stephen, a man
full of faith and of the Holy Ghost…” (Acts 6:5). In
Acts 4:31 NIV, it says, “After they prayed, the place
where they were meeting was shaken, and they were
all filled with the Holy Spirit ….” This is the will of God
for us today in the Church: being continually filled
with the Spirit.
Dear Father, thank you; for your Spirit, in all of His
glory and awesomeness, has come to take up His
abode in the quarters of my heart in His totality.
I’m a God-carrying vessel, a conveyor of eternal
verities. By virtue of being a carrier of God, I can do
all things, and effect positive changes in my world.
FURTHER S TUDY:
John 14:17; Colossians 2:9-10; Acts 4:31