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Another question from Robert asks also. I used to believe in the oneness doctrine until the Trinity was explained better. When Jesus was on Earth, did he have the Holy Spirit or the Father inside him or did he have his divine Spirit?
Robert, this is a fantastic question. It’s a really important one too, understanding basically what a lot of people like to call the nature of Christ. So when you look at who you know, sometimes there’s confusion. Some people want to say that know, he had an advantage over us because when he was on Earth, he still had his divinity, so he know his supernatural power. But that’s not true. According to the Bible. Of course, Jesus is God. You see, that very clear in Hebrews chapter one, verses one through eight that God the Father calls Jesus God. So Jesus is named God. Jesus is absolutely divine. He is God. Again, in the Old Testament, you see that in Isaiah chapter nine, verse six, that he is the mighty God. When you see Jesus, you see the everlasting Father. Christ and his Father are one. They are both God. However, the Bible is very, very clear also that when Jesus came down to Earth to die for us, he took on our nature. He became a human just like us. And you see that in Hebrews chapter two, verse nine. And I’ll go there really quick because I want to make sure I spend enough time on this.
Hebrews chapter two, verse nine, it says, but we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels, because before it says in the chapter that Jesus was made so much higher than the angels in Hebrews chapter one and verse eight, or that his scepters forever. And then in Hebrews chapter two, it says, even though he was created or he is so much higher than the angels because he’s God. Yet in Hebrews, chapter two, in verse nine, it says but we see Jesus, who was made when he came to this earth, a little lower than the angels, just like man is made a little bit lower than the angels for the suffering of death. Crowned with glory and honor that he, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. So Jesus became a human so that he could die for the sins of the world, because if he still had his divinity, he couldn’t die because God alone has immortality. So Jesus had to put on the nature of man. And again, we see this in Hebrews chapter two, verse 16. Later in the chapter 16 through 18 of Hebrews chapter two, it says that for indeed he, Jesus, does not give aid to angels, but he gives aid or help to the seed of Abraham to sinful flesh.
Therefore, in all things he had to be made like his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God to make propitiation or to make things right for the sins of the people. In verse 18 four, that in He Himself has suffered, being tempted, he is able to help or aid those who are tempted. So Jesus is very much God, but Jesus is very much when he came to this earth, he was totally human. He completely put off his divine nature and became a person. And we see this again in Philippians chapter two, verses five through eight. Like I said, Philippians, chapter two, here it says, let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God. So here again, Jesus is equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking on the form of a bond servant and coming in the likeness of men. So Jesus, when he came, he was just like us, fellow man. And in verse eight it says, and being found in the appearance of man, he humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
And he did this so that he could save us. And in verse eleven, he also did this, that every tongue, eventually, when everything is restored, that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. So Jesus is still God. But again, when he was on earth as a man, he was fully a man so that he could die our death that we deserved for our salvation. So just wanting to make sure that that’s really clear. So then, where does God the Father and the Holy Spirit play out? When Jesus was on Earth? So Jesus did not have any divinity, know, divine Spirit within himself, because again, he put off all of his divinity, so was the Holy Spirit in him. The Bible says, when we see Jesus being baptized, this is the most clear picture we see of the Trinity. In a sense, we see the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Here in Matthew, chapter three, verse 16. So Jesus, when he’s baptized, as we see Matthew chapter three, verse 16, it says, when he, Jesus had been baptized, jesus came up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were open to him and he saw the Spirit of God.
So the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and lighting upon him. And then in verse 17, it says, a voice came from heaven, saying, so this would be the Father. This is my beloved Son, in whom I’m well pleased. So here we see almost a picture scene of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. So the Father’s near, speaking, the Holy Spirit is near, descending upon Him, not inside of Him necessarily, but descending upon Him. And Jesus is in the water. So again, we do see that the Spirit and the Father are near Jesus, but not inside of Him. Necessarily. In Matthew chapter four, verse one, there’s another depiction of Jesus being led by the Holy Spirit. So the Spirit was with Jesus throughout his time on earth, his ministry, like I said. Matthew, chapter four, verse one, it says Jesus was led by the Spirit to the wilderness. And so there’s other times where the Holy Spirit, again was working in his life, but Jesus the Father, as far as the Father’s role, the Father wasn’t inside of him. Jesus prayed to him. And again, we see that in Matthew chapter six, verse nine, jesus tells his disciples how to pray, says, Pray this way, our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed or holy is your name.
So Jesus prayed to the Father, which was in heaven. And when Jesus was about to go to the cross, Jesus prayed, as we see in Matthew chapter 26 in verse 46, excuse me, where Jesus has that famous line, he says, my God, my Father, if it’s your will, let this cup pass from me. Matthew chapter 26, verse 43, he says, in verse 42, Jesus says, let this cup pass from me. So he prays to the Father. And then again, that very, very famous line that Jesus says, which he actually quotes from Psalms chapter 22, when he’s on the cross, his Father was not near him. In Matthew chapter 27, verse 46, Jesus says, my God, my God, why have you forsaken me? So he could no longer feel the Spirit or His Father near him. He was alone, completely alone on the cross. So he absolutely had nothing inside of him at that time as far as the Spirit or the Father being near him. They had to withdraw from Jesus because Jesus was holding all the sins of the world. And we know from Isaiah, chapter 59, verse two, that sin separates us from God.
So Jesus had to bear our sins in his earthly human body so that when he died on the cross, all those sins could be accounted for and cleansed from us. So I hope that answers your question as far as kind of the nature of Jesus, that, yes, he is fully God, but when he came to earth as a human, he was fully man. And praise the Lord, he’s resurrected because he overcame death and he overcame sin. Even though he had the ability to sin, he could have sinned. He had those tendencies, just like we knew. But he overcame by full obedience to His Father and obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit in his life.
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