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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jesus And The Holy Spirit

Luke 11:13

Today's discussion focus is on Jesus and the Holy Spirit and His activities in each scenario.

First, we will answer the question, Who is the Holy Spirit. He is God in the third person and was active in creation as He is seen as "moving" (Genesis 1:2) over creation, preserving and preparing it for God's further creative activity. With that being said, the Holy Spirit and Jesus were present during creation as John 1:1 declares Jesus as the Word of God who was in the beginning with God and all things were made by Him. Two of the gospel writers explicitly declare that Jesus came to this world through the miraculous deed of God the Father and He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:27). Jesus is the prophesied Messiah God's Son.
Second, Old Testament prophets prophesied about the coming Messiah-Jesus that He would be empowered by the Holy Spirit. This prophecy was fulfilled during Jesus' earthly ministry.
Third, the Holy Spirit was present during Jesus' baptism. He made His appearance in the form of a dove who descended on Jesus' shoulder (Matthew 3:16-17). It was at Jesus' baptism that all members of the Godhead were present; God the Father, God the Son Jesus and God the Holy Spirit.
Fourth, the Holy Spirit was with Jesus during His stay in the wilderness while being tempted by Satan (Luke 4:1-2). The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus giving Him the power to withstand Satan's temptations.
Fifth, Jesus being both human and divine, in His humanness He was anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel to the poor, mend broken hearts, set free the captives by preaching deliverance and give sight to the blind (Luke 4:18). In Jesus' humanity, He relied on the power of the Holy Spirit who enabled Him to live a perfect sin free life.
Sixth, the Holy Spirit came as promised by Jesus after He ascended back to heaven. The Holy Spirit empowers believers to boldly witness Christ the world over (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4). On the Day of Pentecost three thousand souls were saved.
Seventh, it was through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was raised from the dead thereby vindicating Him as the true Messiah.
Eight, Jesus is near His people through the indwelling Holy Spirit who leads, guides, teaches and brings into memory all things. He also makes believers aware of Jesus' love, blessings, help, forgiveness and healing powers. Also, the Holy Spirit draws the believers' hearts closer to God through prayer and worship in Spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
It can be concluded then that the Holy Spirit is an active force in the lives of all humanity and has been since creation and will continue until Christ returns and establishes His earthly kingdom. The Holy Spirit convicts hearts and bring the convicted heart into the realization the need for salvation and Jesus is the on who saves all who believes.
The Holy Spirit is God in the third person.

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