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Complete In Jesus - Page 4

Now that Messiah has been taken up into heaven, his authority, power and ministry have not diminished as some have thought. Rather, they have been greatly multiplied (Luke 24:26; Acts 3:13).  God has seated him at his own right hand - a place of authority second only to his own (Heb. 12:2).  When Pharaoh set Joseph at his right hand, he spoke in this way: “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt” (Genesis 41:44).  Jesus is now higher than the angels and above every other authority and power.  Nothing has changed, however, with regard to the source of that power.  That source is his God (Ephesians 1:3; 17-23).

Active - By the Spirit of God

Before he was taken up into heaven, Jesus did all things by the spirit of God.  He does all things by that same spirit now. The gospels give us a clear picture of the work of God for Christ while Jesus was here "in the flesh."  That work was by God's spirit. We find that Jesus was "full" of the holy spirit and was led by it (Luke 4:1); that he was "filled with the power of the spirit" in taking up his ministry (Luke 4:14).  Jesus declares that the spirit of the LORD was upon him to accomplish all the works which God had commissioned him to do (Luke 4:17-19).  When he healed multitudes, it was because the power of the Lord (God9) was "with him" to heal them (Luke 5:17).  He also cast out devils by the finger (spirit) of God (Luke 11:20 cp. Mat. 12:28).   

Peter later relates to Cornelius that Jesus did all things because God had anointed him with holy spirit and power (Acts 10:38).  And, beyond the amazing healings and miracles, Jesus did something greater still by the spirit of God:  "through the eternal Spirit he offered himself without blemish to God so that our consciences might be purified from dead works to serve the living God" (Heb. 9:14).

Now, God has given Jesus a relationship to the spirit that is astonishing: Jesus himself will baptize his people with holy spirit.  John the baptizer introduces this amazing prophecy as he comes upon the scene as forerunner for the Messiah:

"I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit" (Mk. 1:8).  

Here is something unparalleled in all of history: A man - Christ Jesus - will immerse his people in holy spirit. John's prophecy in regard to this is pivotal for the first Christians and is alluded to in each of the four gospels (Mat. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33).

Jesus himself then brings this same prophetic message to people during his ministry. For example, he is specific in telling the Samaritan woman at the well that it is "he" who will give people living water that they will never thirst again (John 4:10-16).  In John 7, he is equally specific in telling the people: "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink" (John 7:37, 38).  John goes on to make clear that in those words, Jesus was referring to the holy spirit (John 7:39). 

 

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9 It would make no sense to say that the "power of Jesus" was "present with Jesus" to heal them. Here, the reference is to the power of the Lord God (Acts 2:22, 10:38).  Lamsa captures this well with: "the power of God was present to heal them." Holy Bible, From the Ancient Eastern Text, George M. Lamsa, Translation from the Aramaic of the Peshitta, HarperCollins Publishers, Copyright:  A. J. Holman Company, 1933, Renewed 1968.

 





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