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Why Christ Received the Holy Spirit

Why Christ Received the Holy Spirit

Doug Post

"The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1-3).

I believe the above captures the reason, in summary fashion, why Christ received the Holy Spirit. He did not receive the Holy Spirit to be "holy" for the word of the Spirit makes one holy and continues keeping one holy (John 17:17). He did not receive the Holy Spirit to be purified for the word of the Spirit purifies and continues keeping one purified (1 Pet.1:22). He did not receive the Holy Spirit to be clean for the word of the Spirit makes one clean and continues keeping one clean (John 15:3).

Jesus remained holy, purified, and clean by submitting to the Will of His father God's Word. This He did through His own will and volition, not through some direct, supernatural working of the Spirit for the purpose of hedging Him in, keeping Him from temptation and sin.

As human beings, the apostles, prophets, and other inspired men and miracle workers, needed the Spirit to speak the Will of God and to work signs, wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit. As was true with those, so it was with our Lord.

As a fellow human being, Jesus needed Divine intervention in order to speak, teach, and work miracles. This is why he received the Spirit. That is why when one would deny a miracle He worked or ascribed it to the devil they were guilty of blaspheming the Spirit. That is why Jesus said, "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God …" (Matt.12:28). That is why when one rejected His teaching, they were rejecting the Spirit's message from the Father, because "For He ("Christ") whom God has sent speaks the words of God ("by the Spirit"), for God does not give the Spirit ("power") by measure" (John 3:34).

Luke reminds us that Jesus spoke by the Spirit (was given commandments by the Spirit) and presented Himself by infallible proofs (signs wonders, miracles) "which God did through Him" ("by the Spirit") (Acts 2:22; cf. John 3:34; Matt.12:28).

Therefore, Jesus was given the Spirit, metonymy for ability to work miraculous power as a human being, whether through revelation and inspiration or through the working of miracles. No human being could do these things unless God be with him (John 3:2).

Therefore, the reception of the Spirit is for the purpose of receiving power like Jesus had. Therefore, since the miraculous age has ended and the word has been confirmed, no one receives the Spirit (power from the Spirit) today.

 

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