Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Knowing God - Jesus the Man (LS16)

Luke 1:35  And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

Jesus was born a human being but His Spirit was the Holy Spirit. Since He gave up His divine powers and authorities, His Spirit is similar to that of human spirit. Baby Jesus was circumcised (Luke2:22) to become a Jew so that the Holy Spirit can protect Him. Similarly, by faith when a child is baptised into the body of Christ, the Holy Spirit will protect, guide and lead him to be God fearing with godly wisdom.

Acts 16:15a  And when she (Lydia) and her household were baptized,..

Acts 16:33  And he (jailer) took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.

Whole households or families (must include babies and children, otherwise it will be specified) were baptized by the apostles.

Mat 15:38  Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.

Isaiah 3:4-5  “I will give children to be their princes, And babes shall rule over them. The people will be oppressed, Every one by another and every one by his neighbor; The child will be insolent toward the elder, And the base toward the honorable.”

When a generation is wicked, babes and children will become rulers especially in their homes. During these last days, children are so rebellious and disobedient that they cause great pains, sorrows and troubles in many homes. Thank God that our God fearing children (those baptized) will not be like them, for the Holy Spirit through His word will lead them to love, honour, respect and obey their parents.

Mat 3:13,16-17  Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him...When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

When Jesus humbled Himself to be baptized by John the Baptist, God sent the Holy Spirit (to baptize) to be with Him for He had pleased God by His obedience of humility.

Matt 4:1  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

After our Lord had overcome the temptations of Satan, He was full of the Holy Spirit for His ministry.

John 5:19  Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner."

The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus to perform signs and wonders in accordance to God's will.

John 7:16-17 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.

God also leads Him into all truth and doctrines, and whoever sincerely wants to do God's will, he too will be able to understand His truth and doctrines.

Brethren, when we continuously obey His word, Jesus will baptized us with the Holy Spirit. If Jesus (a man and elder Brother), Who was led by the Holy Spirit could fulfill God's will, we too can be transformed into His image to do His will, if we are led by the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit.