JESUS WAS FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Acts 10: 37-38, “That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;”
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
After the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist Jesus was empowered by the Holy Ghost. Jesus did his entire ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 2:5-8, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:”
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
What condescension when the Lord became a man! He was housed in a human body with all of its frailties.
Revelation 1:13-16, “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the papas with a golden girdle.”
“His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;”
“And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.”
“And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”
John the Beloved saw Jesus and his response is recorded in Revelation 1:17-18.
“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:”
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
What a difference between Jesus in Heaven and Jesus on earth being in the form of a servant! Jesus did not do one of His great works in the power of His deity or His power as the Son of God! His works were all done as a spirit-filled man! They were all done in the power of the third person of the trinity.
So, it is with every saved person! Whatever the redeemed do must be done in the power of the third person of the trinity and not the second! It is done not because the saved are the children of God.
Jesus left His power in Heaven! Jesus left the manifestation of His glory in Heaven. In Acts 10:37-38 the Scriptures mention often the association of what Jesus did in connection with the Holy Spirit such as His preaching, His miracles, and His works.
Isaiah 42:1, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.”
Isaiah 61:1-2, “The Spirit of the LORD GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”
“To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;”
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”
According to Isaiah 11:1-3 Jesus returns to reign on the earth and He will reign in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself is the sprout form the trunk of Jesse’s tree. It is by the third person of the trinity that Jesus will reign perfectly and gloriously on earth.
The anointing and the power came upon Jesus when He prayed standing in the Jordan River after having been baptized by John the Baptist. In Acts 10:38 we have the three persons of the God Head are mentioned.
Hebrews 9:14, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God…”
This is how Jesus faced the cross! The Scripture says, “…through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God…”
Acts 1:2, “Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen.”
Jesus gave commandments through the power of the Holy Ghost! Jesus did none of His work outside of the Power of the Holy Spirit. He gave commandments to His apostles after His resurrection and He did that in the power of the Holy Spirit. We discovered that when Jesus returns to rule and reign He will do it in the power of the Holy Spirit. His very resurrection was in the power of the Holy Spirit.
John 1:32, “And John bare record, saying I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.” Matthew 3:13-15; Luke 3:21-23
Jesus was baptized and praying when the Holy Spirit came visibly upon Him at the age of 30. Jesus was perfect, sinless, blameless, had never grieved His father, loved the Word of God, was pure, without sin for those 30 years but He could do no work for God without the power of God via the Holy Spirit of God.
Luke 3:21-23, “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also being baptized and praying, the heaven was opened,”
“And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”
“And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.”
Luke chapter 4 starts out “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost…” In verse 14 after the temptation it says, “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit…”
John 3:34, “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.”
Jesus was given the Holy Spirit without limit! WOW! Jesus delighted to call Himself the Son of man while not hesitating to declare that He and the Father were one! (John 10:30) Yet, He continually stressed the fact that He was a man.
Hebrews 4:15, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
We are often commanded to be like Jesus. Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Ephesians 5:2; Hebrews 12:1-2; I John 4:17; Romans 8:29)
Jesus is the Son of God! The redeemed are the sons and daughters of God! Jesus was conceived of the Holy Ghost and the redeemed are born of the Holy Spirit. Jesus now is in a glorified body and one day the redeemed will be in a glorified body. Does it not make sense that we cannot do what we do without the power of the Holy Spirit?
Philippians 3:20-21, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:”
“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
Matthew 3:15, “…thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.”
The miracles of Jesus were not given to prove that He was God’s Son. They did prove that God was with him but He often insisted that the miracles should not be told! Jesus gave one sign only that was to be the positive sign of His deity and that was His resurrection from the dead. (Matthew 12:39-40; Revelation 13:14; Matthew 10:1-8)
The important thing to remember is that Jesus did not do His work in the power of His deity. The redeemed cannot do our work in the power of just being saved. It is not the second person of the trinity but the third person of the trinity that empowers a saved person! Jesus was empowered in the flesh through the Holy Spirit and the same must be true for the rest of the redeemed!
Jesus left Heaven and emptied Himself. He became a man! He gave up His advantage over man and took man’s weakness and man’s limitations. Jesus gave up the use of His power as the Son of God, the power that created the worlds, and the power that holds the universe together. Jesus was content to use only the power of the Holy Spirit.
John 20:21-22, “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto yo0u: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
“And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them Receive ye the Holy Ghost.”
John 14:16, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”
John 17:18, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”
· Being filled with the Holy Spirit does not mean the carnal nature is eradicated for Jesus had no carnal nature
· Being filled with the Holy Spirit does not require speaking in some unintelligible tongue for Jesus did not such thing
· Being filled with the Holy Spirit of God does not mean there must be outward manifestations such as a cyclone, rushing mighty wind, etc., for Jesus experienced no such thing
· Being filled with the Holy Spirit does not mean ecstasy and a hat warm feeling through out your body for Jesus experienced no such thing
· Being filled with the Spirit of God is not for personal edification for Jesus needed no such edification and He did not look for something to brag about