What was the role of the Holy Spirit in Christ’s life on Earth?

The Holy Spirit had a great role in carrying out everything pertaining to Christ’s life on earth from His birth to His ascension. Let’s review the following points:

Christ’s conception

The Holy Spirit was the agency through which this divine power was exercised. “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).

Christ’s baptism

The Holy Spirit descended as a dove like form of purest light upon the head of Jesus. “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).

Christ’s justification, that is His manifestation of a righteous 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).

Christ’s guidance in His life of service

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 Spirit’s guidance was not limited to the journey into the wilderness, but continued all during His earthly ministry.

Christ’s miracles

Christ’s miracles were accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Matt 12:28).

Christ’s resurrection

The Holy Spirit 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).

Conclusion

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,

BibleAsk Team

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