The Spirit In The Life Of Jesus
The passivity of Jesus Christ in relation to the Holy Spirit
1. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit
2. Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit
a. All four of the gospels record this
1) Jesus Christ's water baptism was his first identification with sinful man.
b. The sign of the Spirit's anointing wasn't the glossolalia as in the experience of some
Christians in the early church but instead was the descent of the Holy Spirit in the
form of a dove. (This was a manifestation not an actual dove - "as a dove."
c. The descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus is most biblically described as an anointing
Luke 4:18 and Acts 10:38.
d. The person of Jesus Christ was anointed so far as the inauguration into the Messianic
office was concerned, while the humanity of Christ was anointed with enablements and
gifts necessary for the execution of that office.
e. The anointing of Jesus was unique in that he was the only man in Bible history to fill all
three offices of ministry associated with anointing in the Old Testament. Luke 4:16-19
1) Prophet - Preach the gospel to the poor in spirit and proclaim the proper time to get
right with God in view of God's vengeance.
2) Priest - Bind up the brokenhearted, comforting them and giving beauty and joy for
for ashes and mourning, and offers himself without spot to God by pouring out his
as both priest and sacrifice. Hebrews 9:14
3) King - Proclaim freedom to those who are bound Mark 2:5 and Acts 10:38 and set
3. Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit through testing
4. Jesus was enabled by the Holy Spirit to cast out demons that controlled men's lives.
5. Jesus speech was inspired by the Holy Spirit. John 6:63
It is important to not here that all the writers of scripture were inspired by the Holy Spirit
and they also spoke by the Holy Spirit in their ministries. This is also true of all genuine
ministers of God in or out of the pulpit who surrender to God to be used of him.
6. Jesus sacrificed himself at the cross through the Holy Spirit's assistance. Hebrews 9:14
7. Jesus was raised from the dead by the Holy Spirit. Romans 1:4 and Romans 8:11
The activity of Jesus Christ in relation to the Holy Spirit
1.Jesus revealed the Holy Spirit to mankind just as he revealed the Father. John 14:16-18
a. The working of the Spirit in him was the ultimate revelation.
1) Jesus was supremely sane - he was not psychopathic nor did he act strange.
2) He had control of his mental faculties and actions at all times.
3) The Holy Spirit in him was always a moral power. He never propagated lies, deceit,
schemes, evasions or any other dubious behavior.
2. All the fruit of the Spirit was abundantly evident in the life of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, glorified, became the dispenser of the Holy Spirit to believers.
1. Jesus breathed the regenerating Holy Spirit on his disciples. John 20:22
a. There are three interpretations of John 20:22.
1) The Spirit simply means power -- "they received power."
2) The breathing was symbolic or prophetic of the Pentecostal outpouring and they
3) They received an actual impartation of the Holy Spirit though not overflowing like
like the impartation on the day of Pentecost.
2. John the Baptist prophesied that Christ would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
a) Only Matthew 3:11 and Luke 3:16 mention or add the word fire.
b) Some ministers believe there is one baptism with two elements.
c) Some ministers believe there are two separate baptisms.
d) There are four different interpretations of the baptism in fire. For some it is purification
or sanctification of believers. Others believe it is tongues of fire as a sign.
C R Lord © 1980