13-Jesus and the Holy Spirit
JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
Luke 11:13 "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"
- Jesus had a special relationship with the Holy Spirit, which is important for our own personal lives.
- This message explores that relationship and its practical implications.
- JESUS' BIRTH. Both Matthew and Luke state explicitly and unmistakably that Jesus came into this world as a result of. a miraculous deed of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary (Mat. 1:18,23; Luke 1:27). Because of the miraculous conception, Jesus was "holy" (Luke 1:35), that is, free from all taint of sin. This made Him worthy to take the guilt of our Sin on Himself and to make atonement for it (see Mat. 1:23). Without a perfect, sinless Savior, we could not experience redemption.
- JESUS' BAPTISM. When He was baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus, who would later baptize His disciples in the Spirit at Pentecost and throughout the church age (see Luke 3:16; Acts 1:4-5; 2:33,38-39), was Himself personally anointed by the Spirit (Mat. 3:16-17; Luke 3:21-22). The Spirit came upon Him in the form of a dove, equipping Him with great power to perform His ministry, including His work of redemption. When our Lord departed into the wilderness after His baptism, He was "full of the Holy Ghost" (Luke 4:1). In the same manner as our Lord, all those who have experienced a supernatural rebirth by the Holy Spirit ought to experience the Baptism in the Holy Spirit to give them power in their lives and for their ministry (see Acts 1:8).
- JESUS' TEMPTATION BY SATAN. Immediately after His Baptism, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where He was tempted by the devil for forty days (Luke 4:1-2). Being full of the Holy Spirit (4:1), He was able to face Satan squarely and resist the temptations that came His way. Likewise it is God's intention that we never face the spiritual forces of evil and sin without the power of the Spirit. We must be equipped with His fullness and follow His leading in order to be victorious against Satan. In God's sight we are not "LIVING UP TO OUR POTENTIAL" unless we are filled with the Spirit and live by His power. Eph 5:18 "and be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit."
- JESUS' MINISTRY. When Jesus preached for the first time in His hometown of Nazareth, He read from the prophet Isaiah: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach to heal to set at liberty...’ (Luke 4:16-19). He went on to assert that he personally fulfilled that prophecy spoken so many years before (Is. 61:1). Here Jesus was reaffirming the meaning and purpose of His baptism when He was anointed in the Spirit:
- It was to empower Him for His mission and ministry. Jesus was God (John 1:1), but He was also man (1Tim. 2:5). As a human being He had to rely on the help and power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill His responsibilities before God (cp. Mat. 12:28; Luke 4:1,14; Rom. 8:11; Heb. 9:14).
- It was only as a Spirit-anointed man that Jesus could live, serve, and proclaim the gospel (Acts 10:38). In this He is a perfect example for the Christian; each believer should receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:8; 2:4).
- JESUS' PROMISE REGARDING THE HOLY SPIRIT. John the Baptist had prophesied that Jesus would baptize His followers in the Holy Spirit (Mat. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33), a prophecy that Jesus Himself reiterated (Acts 1:5; 11:16). In Luke 11:13, Jesus promised to give the Holy Spirit to all those who ask. All of these verses refer to the fullness of the Spirit which Christ promises to give to those who are already children of the heavenly Father--a promise that was first fulfilled at Pentecost (Acts 2:4), and remains a promise for all those who have become His disciples and ask for the baptism in the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:5; 2:39).
- JESUS' RESURRECTION. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was raised from the grave and thereby vindicated as the true Messiah and Son of God. In Rom. 1:3-4, we read that through the Spirit of holiness (i.e., the Holy Spirit) Christ Jesus was declared with power to be the Son of God, and in Rom. 8:11, that “the Spirit... raised up Jesus from the dead.” As Jesus depended on the Holy Spirit for His resurrection from the dead, so believers depend on the Spirit for spiritual life now and bodily resurrection in the future (Rom. 8:10-11).
- JESUS' ASCENSION INT0 HEAVEN. After Jesus' resurrection He ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of His Father as co-ruler of God's kingdom (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9-11; Eph. 4:8-10). In this exalted position He received the Holy Spirit from His Father and sent Him forth upon His people at Pentecost (Acts 2:33; cp. John 16:5-14), thereby proclaiming His Lordship as King, Priest, and Prophet. This outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and throughout this present age testifies to the continual presence and authority of the exalted Savior.
- JESUS' NEARNESS TO HIS PEOPLE. As one of His present tasks, the Holy Spirit takes that which is Christ's and reveals it to believers (John 16:14-15). That is, the redemptive benefits of salvation in Christ are mediated to us through the Holy Spirit (cp. Rom. 8:14-16; Gal. 4:6). Most important is Jesus' nearness to us (John 14:18). The Spirit makes us aware of the personal presence of Jesus, His love, blessing, help, forgiveness, healing, and all that is ours through faith. Likewise, the Spirit draws our hearts to seek the Lord in love, prayer, devotion, and worship (see John 4:23-24; 16:14).
- JESUS' RETURN FOR HIS PEOPLE. Jesus has promised to return and receive His faithful people to Himself so that we may be with Him always (John 14:3; 1Thes. 4:13-18). This is the blessed hope of all believers (Tit. 2:13), the event that we pray for and long for (2Tim. 4:8). Scripture reveals that the Holy Spirit directs our hearts to cry out to God for the return of our Lord. It is the Spirit who testifies that our redemption remains incomplete until Christ returns (cp. Rom. 8:23). At the very close of the Bible, the Holy Spirit inspired the words, “come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).
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