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24. Jesus' Spirit Baptism

Holy Spirit and Fire

Blue TwistJohn the Baptist baptizes Jesus with water and the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist says in Matthew 3.11 that Jesus' baptism will baptize 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 repeated phrase "baptize you with water" may equally mean "baptize you in water." The baptism of the Holy Spirit is possibly a reference to the Pentecost flames of fire descending upon the disciples. Jesus gives his life as a sacrifice on the Cross. Hebrews 9.14 informs 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 Christians are made holy through that offering of the shed blood of Christ.

Consecrated Truth

Jesus LaughingJesus also says in John 17.19, "For them, I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified." The Holy Spirit is at work in Jesus, and his people become 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 raises Jesus bodily from the dead, and the disciples can physically handle him. Jesus' Spirit also gives life to those whom he indwells, which is the resurrection of soul and body as in Jesus. Romans 8.11 explains, "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 translate the phrase "mortal bodies because of his Spirit" as "bodies through his Spirit." Christ's human frame dies, but the Holy Spirit regenerated it. 1 Peter 3.18 explains, "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's earthly life of submission, faith, and trust show his power from the Holy Spirit. He shows his dominance in that he dies under his control and authority and can take up his life again whenever he wishes. Jesus explains 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 love and the Father's plan are involved, and the authority he gave to the Son." Saint Paul describes 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 the extraordinary divine force by which God the Father raises Jesus Christ. It is the same potential at work in and through believers. His ability 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 is to be subject to the Nazirite vows of abstinence from alcoholic drinks. Like Samson and Samuel, he is to be a lifelong Nazirite and to become "strong in the Spirit," for the power of God fills him. The Holy Spirit also brought the potential to Christ's life, for he too is an offering to God but in a different way. The Holy Spirit brings obedience, submission, faith, trust, zeal, and life necessary for a Christian's work. In death, the Holy Spirit of God protects Christ, but it is Jesus Christ's power that enables him to burst through resurrection into ascended glory.✞

"Jesus' Spirit Baptism"
by Ron Meacock

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