Our Lord Jesus Christ, while on this earth, gave believers a genuine model for how to live the Christian life beyond the limitations of an average human life. Jesus Christ’s supernaturally oriented life on this earth resulted from his predominant dependence on the divine resources of the Father and of the Holy Spirit (John 14:10-11; Acts 10:38). In this article I will be dealing with the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus Christ and why this is important to us.
The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus
Luke wrote, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and…he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him” (Acts 10:38, NIV, emphasis mine). This verse tells us that the source and power of the ministry of Jesus on earth was the Holy Spirit. Even after the resurrection Jesus still depended on the Holy Spirit. “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote bout all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostle he had chosen” (Acts 1:1-2, NIV, emphasis mine). What I am wanting you to see is that Jesus was and is our pattern for total dependence upon the Holy Spirit.
Why This is Important to Us
It is obvious that we should walk in the example of Jesus Christ by learning to rely on the Holy Spirit in every aspect of our lives. The key word to that last sentence is rely. John 14:15-18 stated, “if you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (NIV). As we unpack these verses there are some important points that we need to notice.
First, the word Counselor in the Greek is paracletos meaning someone called in alongside to help or comfort or to provide counsel. The Holy Spirit wants to provide the believer with these resources.
In professional golf, during a tournament, the only person who can give advice to the player is the caddie. They operate as a team. The caddie tries to provide the best counsel he or she can to help the player make the best and most advantageous decision he or she can. The Holy Spirit does this for the believer. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:12-13a, NIV).
Another point of advantage is that the Holy Spirit not only provides guidance, but He also provides power. In other words, he not only gives us direction but then enables us to accomplish what He desires for us to do. “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified” (John 7:37-39, NIV, emphasis mine). To say this another way, the Holy Spirit will flow through believers. He used the analogy of water. Water brings life and health. The believer can minister life and health to people all around simply by allowing the Holy Spirit to work through her or him.
We as believers should follow the example of Jesus. We need to learn dependence on the Holy Spirit. Think about how much more powerful our ministry could be. Think about how much more effect our lives could have on others.
Questions: Can and should you rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you in every decision of your life? Is that realistic?
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