Jesus Spirit Relationship
Brothers :
The Holy Spirit
and Jesus
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1. Jesus Spirit Relationship

Bible Study

Jesus Laughing"Brothers: the Holy Spirit and Jesus" began life as a paper at the Bible Training Institute, now called the International Christian College in Glasgow Scotland. I was a student there between 1970 and 1972. The theme for the project paper was "The Jesus Spirit Relationship." As preparation, I traced every reference to that special relationship in both the Old and New Testaments. I grouped these references around specific characteristics, and topics and the narrative expanded to produce this paper.

Bond Effects Christians

BrothersSome forty years after completing this writing task, the impact of this special relationship between these two brothers in the deity remains. The gems which I discovered about the Spirit and Jesus and their relationship appear here. I then expanded and illustrated them to share with a broader audience. My hope and prayer are that you might receive blessing from this online Bible Study and the relationship of these two extraordinary individuals in the Godhead. I pray furthermore that you will meditate on the questions posed. May your own Christian life be deepened as a result.

At Jesus Conception

The Jesus Spirit relationship is significant in many areas of Jesus' life. Luke 1.35 explains this relationship to Mary at Jesus' conception, "The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." Note here that the phrase, "So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God," may be translated as "So the child to be born will be called holy." Being called "the holy one." emphasizes the fact that Jesus never sinned. We also find Jesus' Spirit relationship At Jesus' baptism in Luke 4.1, "and the Holy Spirit descended on him (Jesus) in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, whom I love, with you, I am well pleased.'" Note that Luke describes the Holy Spirit "in bodily form" like a dove.

In the Wilderness

Apple PieJesus is later led by the Holy Spirit to the Temptation in the wilderness in Luke 4.1, "Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness." The Holy Spirit leads Jesus in power in Luke 4.14, "Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside." Rumors about Jesus spread no doubt after his first miracle turning water into wine. Jesus himself says that he performs his whole ministry in the power of the Spirit. Luke 4.18 relates Jesus' own words, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor." We also learn here of the absolute necessity of Jesus' Spirit relationship in our own lives. The Holy Spirit is involved in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In Acts, there are 57 occasions when the Holy Spirit is involved in leading the Early Church. In Romans 8.11, we read, "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." "Your mortal bodies through his Spirit who lives in you" may mean "your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you." Jesus has a close and intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit and also to the Christian! The resurrection of our mortal bodies is guaranteed and fully assured by the special Jesus Spirit relationship!

Trinity Equal Persons

Trinity TriangleThis unique relationship between Jesus and the Holy Spirit touches on the meaning and understanding of the Godhead Trinity. The Webster Dictionary defines the word "Trinity" as "three people or three things as one." In the Holy Trinity, the three persons mentioned are the Heavenly Father, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. At first glance, the math of three in one in the Trinity doesn't appear to work. Three does not equal one any more than one equals three. The equation seems illogical and hard to get your head around. It can make the concept of Trinity very difficult for many people to comprehend.

Various Word Pictures

St Catherine of SiennaThe Trinity persons of the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit may be better understood using various word pictures. Saints have struggled down the ages to understand and to explain this great mystery. Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), who was a Dominican Nun writes, "You, O eternal Trinity, are a deep sea, into which the more I enter, the more I find, and the more I find, the more I seek." She becomes a prominent scholar and theologian in her age despite being born during the Black Death in Italy. She was the twenty-third child in her family. However, she was a happy child and nicknamed "Eurosyne," which is Greek for "Joy." In later life, Catherine lived for many years in almost total silence and solitude but continued to struggle with the Spirit Jesus relationship in the Trinity. She wrote, "The soul cannot be satiated by the abyss, for she continually hungers after you, the eternal Trinity, desiring to see you with the light of your light. As the heart desires the springs of living water, so my soul desires to leave the prison of this dark body and see you in truth." Catherine has a deep understanding of the Trinity and seems to grasp something of its depth. The three persons are considered equals in the Trinity. In more modern terminology, the Trinity is like "the three slices of an apple pie" in which the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are equal-sized slices. All three parts are of the same essence containing the crust and the apple filling, yet the three persons give us three slices distinct from one another!

Water Ice Steam

Thundering WaterfallAnother useful analogy for the Trinity to help us understand the Jesus to Spirit relationship is like that of the elements of water. We are all familiar with water as a usually plentiful transparent fluid that forms lakes, streams, and oceans. It has the chemical name H2O or one oxygen plus two hydrogen atoms. Scientists say that the creation of water is a miracle in itself! Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), whose areas of interest include invention, painting, sculpting, and architecture, writes tellingly, "Water is the driving force of all nature." Water is the only substance naturally occurring as a solid as ice, a liquid as water, and a gas as vapor.✞

Snow Flakes and Fog

At average temperatures, water flows like a clear liquid. When heated, it turns into vapor, and when frozen, it becomes ice! Water is a picture of the Jesus and Holy Spirit relationship between two entirely different forms of the same thing. When heated up to 99.98°C, water vaporizes to semi-transparent gaseous steam. When frozen below 0.00°C, it is ice as hard as a rock but strangely less dense than water. If you have ever wondered why ice on a lake stays on top of the cold water, it is because as water freezes, its molecules move apart, making ice less dense than water and so it floats! This phenomenon is the opposite of the norm where materials on cooling down generally become denser. It is another of God's miracles without which nothing in streams, rivers, and lakes could survive a cold winter, especially in Canada! The ice that forms in Wintertime would sink to the bottom of lakes and rivers and kill most plant and animal life, including fish, and even turtles! The relationship between these two water states is a model for the Holy Spirit and Jesus relationship. Water also exists as fog, dew, many types of clouds, and many different variations of snow. Snowflakes, which are single ice crystals that have achieved a specific size, appear in a multitude of different symmetrical shapes. Scientists tell us that individual snowflakes differ in detail like human fingerprints, which is another miracle! Snowflakes appear white despite being made of clear ice. Snowflakes diffuse and reflect the whole spectrum of light through its small crystal facets. Ice, steam, and water are also quite distinct even though they are the same material. They are in three quite different states. Equally, the Trinity consisting of three constituent parts in various states still combine to form one element. The Jesus Spirit relationship with the Heavenly Father is three in one and one in three!

"Jesus Spirit Relationship"
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by Ron Meacock

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