Our Example

The Holy Spirit has been at work from the very beginning of time. He was at work in Creation. See Genesis 1:1–2; Genesis 2:7; Job 33:4.
 
The Spirit was at work throughout the Old Testament period through leaders, prophets, judges, priests and kings. However, His work in their lives was temporary. The Spirit would come upon people to carry out God’s will, to give a word from the Lord, to show God’s power among His people, to give wisdom and supernatural ability. The Spirit’s activity in the Old Testament is powerful but less than complete. It’s no surprise, then, that the Old Testament looks forward to a coming age of the Spirit. See Ezekiel 36:26–27; Joel 2:28–29.
 
The coming of Christ would usher in the new and lasting age of the Spirit. Notice the Holy Spirit’s direct involvement in the coming of Christ (Luke 1).
 
See Luke 3:15-16. The key to understanding the life of Christ is to recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in His life. Once you see the relationship between Jesus and the Holy Spirit, you’ll understand how the Spirit will also work in your life.
 

For the Spirit who gifted Jesus to serve His heavenly Father is the same Spirit who will also gift you for service.

 
Jesus is the example, the model, of how we can live in relation to God. Although He was God, He chose to set aside what was rightfully His and take on the limited abilities of humanity (Phil. 2). Being limited within His humanity, Jesus relied upon the Holy Spirit as His source of wisdom and power.
 
We see the presence of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ life in a clear and visible way beginning at the time of His baptism. See Luke 3:21-23; Luke 4:1-2; Luke 4:14-15; Luke 4:18-19.
 
So we see the pattern: the assignment was given by the Father, accepted by the Son, and fulfilled through the working power of the Spirit.
 
That pattern is exactly what will happen in our lives as children of God. Jesus fulfilled His assignment as a man filled with the Holy Spirit. He was a man in every sense of the word, but He lived beyond His human ability because He yielded His life to the work of the Holy Spirit.
 

Jesus’ life is an example of the way in which we can live a Spirit-filled life.

 
From beginning to end, the Holy Spirit was at work in the life of Jesus. While on earth, we human beings are always in need of the Holy Spirit in our lives. That was true of Jesus, and it’s true of us.
 
The Holy Spirit who came upon Jesus is exactly the same Holy Spirit given to you. See John 14:12.

See Acts 10:36-38. Jesus’ kingdom powers were at work in him because he was wide open to the Holy Spirit. The more we become like Jesus, the more dependent on and empowered by the Spirit we will be.
 
If Jesus could do his ministry only by the power of the Spirit, then you and I especially need to be more and more open to the Spirit. To be a follower of Jesus is to be open to the same Spirit to whom Jesus was wide open. The good news is that the Spirit at work in Jesus is available to us. The same gift He received from the Father is now the gift He gives to all who put their trust in Him. See Romans 8:9-11.
 
So come to Jesus, that He might show you the way to abundant life, Spirit-filled life.
 

Let’s follow Jesus, our example, and embrace the Spirit-filled life that He lived.

 

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