The Role of the Holy Spirit in Christ’s Life
The apostle Paul declared, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).
The Holy Ghost was the agency through which the divine power was exercised in the conception of Jesus. “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’” (Luke 1:35).
The Holy Ghost descended as a dove like form of purest light upon the head of Jesus at His baptism. “When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, ‘You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased’” (Luke 3:21, 22).
Luke wrote, “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness” (ch. 4:1; 2:49). And the Holy Ghost’s guidance was not limited to the journey into the wilderness, but continued all during His earthly ministry.
The Holy Ghost had a role in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).
Thus, the third member of the Godhead is the One who anointed, inspired, led, empowered, taught Jesus in the flesh (John 14:16), and resurrected Him. For the Holy Spirit knew all things and brought to light the hidden counsels of God (John 16:13, 14).
In His service,