Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Written By: John - Mar• 04•14

Abraham Kuyper wrote that “the Church has never sufficiently confessed the influence the Holy Spirit exerted upon the work of Christ.”  He is right!  We take the fact that Jesus was God and somehow think that His Divine nature made Him a man who didn’t struggle with the things with which we struggle; yet, the Word of God clearly teaches us that Jesus was tempted in every way that we are tempted…only He didn’t sin.

Jesus was fully God and He was fully man.  In the Incarnation Jesus walked, as man, fully dependent upon the power of the Holy Spirit.  He studied Scripture, He memorized Scripture, and He meditated upon Scripture and lived a life full of the Holy Spirit.

When the Spirit “drove” Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted Jesus, the second Adam, did what the first Adam failed to do…He obeyed!  Jesus literally dismissed the devil, “Away from me, Satan!” and “having beaten back Satan on his ‘own territory,’ Jesus was now in a position to strike fear into his legions and cast them out.  In other words, Jesus served notice to Satan and his demons that there was a new sheriff in town!

I love what Sinclair Ferguson said in his book, The Holy Spirit,

“Thus Jesus, Roman-general like, returns from his hidden conquest ‘to Galilee in the power of the Spirit’ (Lk. 4:14)  The immediate effect of the fact that ‘God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power’ was that ‘he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him’ (Acts 10:38)…Nothing is outside his dominion.  The wonders he performs are accomplished in the energy and by the presence of the Holy Spirit (cf. Mt. 12:28).  That is why they serve as signs of the coming messianic age in which the Spirit’s power will be fully manifested and all nature will be healed.” (page 50.)

You and I cannot overstate the necessity of walking in the Holy Spirit.  The natural and normal Christian life is a supernatural life and every moment is to be lived within the power and presence of the Holy Spirit who indwells us.

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