“If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 1:10-2:1).
In 1986, Bob Brenley was playing third base for the San Francisco Giants. In the fourth inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves, Brenley made an error on a routine ground ball. Four batters later he kicked away another grounder. And then while he was scrambling after the ball, he threw wildly past home plate, trying to get the runner there.
Two errors on the same play. A few minutes later he muffed yet another play to become the first player in the twentieth century to make four errors in one inning.
Now, those of us who have made very public errors in one situation or another can easily imagine how he felt during that long walk off the field at the end of that inning. But then, in the bottom of the fifth, Brenley hit a home run. Then, in the seventh, he hit a bases-loaded single, driving in two runs and tying the game. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Brenley came up to bat again, with two outs. He ran the count to three and two and then hit a massive home run into the left field seats to win the game for the Giants. Brenley’s score card for that day came to three hits and five at bats, two home runs, four errors, four runs allowed, four runs driven in, including the game-winning run. (From “A Theology of Baseball,” Tape No. 115)
Life is much like that mentioned above regarding Bob Brenley. When we sin, we should never give up or lose heart, but should repent, pick ourselves up, and strive to do better.
The Holy Spirit And Jesus
“The following day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and stated, Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the transgression of the world! This is He of whom I stated, After me comes a Man who is favored before me, for He was before me. I didn’t have any acquaintance with Him; yet that He ought to be uncovered to Israel, consequently I came immersing with water. Also, John took the stand, I saw the Spirit plummeting from paradise like a pigeon, and He stayed upon Him. I didn’t have any acquaintance with Him, however He who sent me to sanctify through water with water said to me, Upon whom you see the Spirit slipping, and staying on Him, this is He who submerses with the Holy Spirit. What’s more, I have seen and affirmed this is the Son of God.” (John 1:29-34).
The above content and various others propose that there was an uncommon connection amongst Jesus and the Holy Spirit amid the times of our Lord’s own service. It is out and out of concordance with the character of Scripture to have such a conspicuous reality put forward with no reason or configuration ascribed to it. I trust the Scriptures clarify in rather striking subtle element the express reason for which Jesus was given the Holy Spirit and the way of their relationship amid Jesus’ natural service. That is the motivation behind this review.
An Extension Of Their Eternal Roles
Every individual from the Godhead keeps up a remarkable part in working out Their interminable reason. The Three Persons in the Godhead are unmistakable however equivalent (John 10:30-33; cf. 5:18). Be that as it may, these Three Persons are joined in will and reason (John 17:21). In any case, They each have Their Own special capacity. In this way, the Godhead may work through just a single of its individuals so as to fulfill Their group will and reason.
These parts are reflected all through the Scriptures. For instance, in the Creation of the world the Father arranged and coordinated the creation week (Genesis 1:1-2; Jeremiah 51:14-15; Psalms 33:9), yet the Word executed that arrangement (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:1-2) with the Holy Spirit conveying it to fruition or flawlessness (Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; Psalms 104:30; cf. Beginning 2:7).
Additionally, in the Redemption of Israel we see the Father guiding their evacuation to Canaan (Genesis 15:7-21; Exodus 2:23-25; 3:6-8; 20:2). In any case, as indicated by the Scriptures, it is the Word, Christ, effectively doing this Divine arrangement (1 Corinthians 10:4; Acts 7:30, 38; Exodus 23:20-21; 32:34) and the Holy Spirit finishing it at Mt. Sinai through the disclosure of the Law (Exodus 31:18; Luke 11:20; Matt. 12:28; Exodus 34:27-28; Numbers 11:24-26).
In the sending of the Word into the world it is the Father’s endless arrangement (1 Peter 1:18-20; John 3:16; Galatians 4:4-5) which the Word, Jesus the Son of God, completes (John 1:1-2, 14; Matthew 20:28; Revelation 5:5-6). The Holy Spirit finishes and idealizes that arrangement through wondrous works and the disclosure of the Gospel (John 1:31-33; Luke 1:35; Matthew 1:18; 1 Peter 3:18; John 16:7-16).
Prescience Predicts Christ Empowered By The Holy Spirit
Matthew, in his record of the gospel, cites Isaiah 42:1-4 (Matt. 12:17-21). While the Old Testament content does not particularly say supernatural occurrences, it says that the Spirit would be upon Christ so He could “indicate judgment to the Gentiles” by which exhibit they would confide in His name. The Apostle discloses to us this is done through Jesus recuperating these huge numbers of men and ladies – the wounded reeds and smoking flax (Matthew 12:15) – and lecturing the Gospel to them.
Jesus read Isaiah 61:1 in the synagogue at Nazareth on the Sabbath after He returned into Galilee from His absolution and allurement in the wild (Luke 4:1-19). Jesus remains before them, having the Spirit upon Him, asserting to have been sent “since He hath blessed me to lecture the gospel to poor people.” Peter said that Jesus was blessed at His absolution with the Spirit (Acts 10:38) and promptly started lecturing the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven and recuperating all that were abused of the Devil (Mark 1:12-15).
Paul makes a reference to Isaiah 11:1-10 in Romans 15:12. He sets up that the Christ was sent to the Jews as well as to the Gentiles (Romans 15:8-13). The content from which part of the citation comes attests that the Holy Spirit would “rest” upon the Christ (cf. Beginning 8:4; Numbers 11:25-26). The Holy Spirit “rested” upon Jesus at His sanctification (John 1:33; Matthew 3:16).
This Relationship Existed For Jesus To Complete His Mission
At the point when “the Word was made tissue,” the individual Jesus was liable to every one of the confinements of humankind. The Holy Spirit was given to Jesus, as other men, keeping in mind the end goal to do the supernatural works which the Father offered Him to do (John 3:31-36).
Jesus affirmed in His mankind, “I container of my own self do nothing” (John 4:34; 5:19-20, 30; 7:16-17; 8:28; 10:25, 32, 37; 12:49-50; 14:10-11, 28; 17:4). He unmistakably ascribed His wonderful movement to the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:28; Luke 4:18-28) as did the New Testament essayists (Matthew 12:14-21; Luke 4:1, 14-16; Acts 1:2; 2:22, 43; 10:38).
Jesus’ involvement in the substance was precisely similar to that of each other man (Hebrews 2:17; 4:15).
Things The Holy Spirit Did Not Do For Jesus
The Holy Spirit did not give Jesus Divinity. He had the Divine nature before the Holy Spirit happening upon Him (Matthew 1:23; John 1:27-30) and was Deity from the snapshot of origination (Luke 1:35). Regarding the Word before the incarnation, He has dependably been Divine (John 1:1-3).
The Holy Spirit did not keep Jesus from erring. The Holy Spirit never kept any man from erring (Matthew 10:1-5, 20; 26:69-27:10; Galatians 2:11; Numbers 20:11). The enticement of Jesus was genuine (Matthew 4; Luke 4). There was no wonderful power practiced for Jesus’ benefit against Satan keeping in mind the end goal to decrease the impact of the allurements which He encountered (Luke 4:1; Mark 1:12).
Neither did the Holy Spirit take away the will or the psyche of Jesus. The Scriptures show that the signs of the Holy Spirit in the prophets are liable to the prophets (1 Corinthians 14:26-32). Why might it be any extraordinary in Jesus? Nobody is guaranteeing that Jesus lost His will or His psyche, or that He didn’t realize what He was doing or why He did it.
Yes, there was an uncommon connection amongst Jesus and the Holy Spirit amid His service. It started at His sanctification and proceeded all through His open service. It was with the end goal of furnishing Jesus with the power important to finish His redemptive mission.
This uncommon relationship can’t be denied. It was forecasted by the Old Testament prophets, affirmed by the Father, recognized by Jesus and uncovered by the Apostles. It was significant to the expressed reason and plan for the Word who was made substance.