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Blue TwistJesus was baptized with water and the Holy Spirit. John said in Matthew 3.11 that Jesus' baptism was not with water alone but with the Holy Spirit. "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." Note here that the two phrases "baptize you with water" may equally mean "baptize you in water." The baptism of the Holy Spirit was most likely a reference to Pentecost. Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice on the Cross. Hebrews 9.14 informed us, " How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!" Note that the phrase "acts that lead to death" may also be translated as "acts from useless rituals." Therefore we are made holy through that offering.

Consecrated Truth

Jesus LaughingJesus also said in John 17.19, "For them, I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified." The Holy Spirit worked in Jesus and his people became holy by association according to Hebrews 10.10, "And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." The Holy Spirit raised Jesus bodily from the dead and accordingly the disciples were able to physically handle him. Jesus' Spirit also gave life to those whom he indwelt, that is the resurrection of soul and body as in Jesus. Romans 8.11 explained, "And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you." Some manuscripts translated the phrase "mortal bodies because of his Spirit" as "bodies through his Spirit." Christ's human frame died but it was regenerated by the Holy Spirit as 1 Peter 3.18 explained, "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit."

Jesus Christ Power

Christ In GloryJesus Christ power from the Holy Spirit was shown in his earthly life of submission, faith and trust. Jesus Christ power was shown in that he died under his own control and authority and had the ability to take up his life again. Jesus explained this in John 10.17-18 "The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life — only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father." The NIV Study Bible explains, "That Christ would die for his people runs through this section of John's Gospel. Both the love and the plan of the Father are involved, as well as the authority he gave to the Son." Saint Paul described the power of the Resurrection in Ephesians 1.19b-20, "That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms." In this verse, Saint Paul applies term upon term to emphasize that the extraordinary divine force by which Jesus Christ was raised is the same power at work in and through believers. His power gives those who believe the power to live the holy life.

Holy Spirit

Christ On CrossWe read in Luke 1.15 that John the Baptist "will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born." The mention of abstaining from fermented wine would indicate that John was to be subject to the Nazirite vow of abstinence from alcoholic drinks. Like Samson and Samuel, he was to be a lifelong Nazirite. He became "strong in the Spirit" and the power of God filled him. The Holy Spirit also brought power to Christ's life for he too was an offering to God but in a different way. The Holy Spirit brought obedience, submission, faith, trust, zeal, and life. This is everything that is necessary for the work of a Christian. In death, Christ was protected by the Holy Spirit of God but it was Jesus Christ's power that enabled him to burst through resurrection into ascended glory.✞

"Jesus Spirit Baptism"
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by Ron Meacock

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