Sunday, March 02, 2008

Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Day By Day By Grace
Bob Hoekstra
March 2nd
More on Jesus and the Holy Spirit

A Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:1-2)

In this prophecy of the Messiah, we are told how the Lord Jesus (walking upon earth as a man) would function in order to manifest godliness. He would live by this prophetic promise: "The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him."

The Holy Spirit operating in Jesus would be to Him "the Spirit of wisdom and understanding." No one ever displayed wisdom like Christ. Whether dealing with the woman taken in adultery (John 8:2-11) or answering provoking questions about Caesar's image on a coin (Luke 20:20-26), He wisely circumvented every attempt to undermine His ministry. Jesus also demonstrated perfect understanding. When confronting the self-righteous scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:13-35), He applied perfect discernment, exposing the corruption of their hearts.

Operating in Jesus, the Holy Spirit would also be to Him "the Spirit of counsel and might." Jesus was truly the "Wonderful Counselor" (Isaiah 9:6). When counseling Nicodemus, the religious ruler (John 3:1-21), and the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:7-42), He fully gave them what their hearts were seeking in the truths they needed to hear. Also, Jesus distinctively exhibited the might of God. Whether boldly speaking to calm the raging sea (Mark 4:35-41) or courageously remaining silent at His trial (Matthew 27:11-14), the mighty power of God was on majestic display.

Ministering to Jesus, the Holy Spirit would also be to Him "the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD." No one ever possessed knowledge like the Lord Jesus. "Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men" (John 2:24). "Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father" (John 13:1). Jesus not only had thorough knowledge, but that knowledge was always controlled by "the fear of the LORD." Everything that Jesus ever did was under the full influence of His godly fear (reverential trust and loving respect) toward the Father. "The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him" (John 8:29).

Remember, all of these wondrous expressions of Jesus' character were based upon the enabling work of the Holy Spirit. "The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him." This same Spirit of God can bring forth in our lives every appropriate application of these same realities manifested in the life of Jesus.

Who is like You, O Lord? Who could ever match Your majestic character—certainly not me. Yet, I need manifestations of such fruit in my life. Please work deeply in me by Your Holy Spirit, producing such Christlikeness, I pray, in Your holy name, Amen.

Hoekstra, Bob. "More on Jesus and the Holy Spirit," Day By Day By Grace. Blue Letter Bible. 25 Oct 2006. 2 Mar 2008.


Bruce Jones said...

I've been reading your blog for a little bit now and I really enjoy it. I post just about anything on my blog but as a Christian... Faith seems to appear quite a bit in my life and in my blog. Well just wanted to say the blog is nice. I was browsing through Baseball fans and I saw Baseball & Kean (They won the D3 National Championship last year) so congrats


Christinewjc said...

Hi Bruce,

Sorry about the delay in replying. Sometimes I let my email box get filled with hundreds of messages and forget to respond to all of the comments!

Thank you for your kind words about my blog. It seems that people either like this blog or hate it!

How wonderful that your Christian faith is so strong at your age. Unfortunately, many teens/20-somethings drift away from their Christian faith and upbringing during those years. I read that 70% of Christian young men and women drift away from their faith when they attend a liberal college! The amount of drifting away for Christians who attend Christian Universities is far less...only @ 7%! Indeed. It is much more difficult to keep the faith when indoctrinated by liberal left teachings!

How wonderful that Kean won the Division 3 National Championship! I didn't know that! Guess I should read the university magazines they send more

I was one of the score keepers for Kean's baseball team in the 70's. Yeah...that long ago!

I look forward to your future comments here!

God bless you!

In Christ,

P.S. I glanced at your blog and notices that you live in Virgina! My brother & his family live in Virginia! He's a high school government teacher and has won several teacher awards.

Small world...huh?