Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jesus as a Man, Operating With The Anointing of the Holy Spirit

We know that Jesus is God.

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. NKJV

So it is not surprising that God could do the miracles that Jesus did. What is surprising is that when Jesus left Heaven to come to earth, He left His Godliness there.

Phil 2:7

7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men;


Anoint – to put on as in oil.

Isaiah says that the Messiah would be ANOINTED with the SPIRIT OF THE LORD.

Luke 4:18-19

18 "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me

To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." NKJV

Therefore, He did not minister as the Son of God, but as a mere man anointed by the Holy Spirit.

If Jesus had been ministering as God manifested in the flesh, would God have needed to be anointed? Who is going to anoint God?

Peter confirms this.

Acts 10:38

38(even) Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. ASV

Here is the point, Jesus operated as a mere man anointed by the Holy Spirit. We are merely mankind anointed with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38

38 Then Peter said to them,"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, we can operate just as Jesus did. Jesus even says so, very plainly.

Mark 11:24

24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them ASV

Mark 16:17-18

17 And these signs shall accompany them that believe: in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no wise hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. ASV

John 14:12

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater (works) than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father. ASV

Why can’t we operate as powerfully as Jesus? He was given the Holy Spirit without measure.

John 3:34

34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure. ASV

Therefore, He healed ALL.

Matt 4:23

23 And Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness among the people. ASV

Therefore, by implication and by Philips example, we are filled with the Holy Spirit with measure.

Acts 8:7

7 For (from) many of those that had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with a loud voice: and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed. ASV

Some still argue that this is not for us today, but just for the Apostles that were with Jesus. If so they disagree with Peter.

Acts 2:39

39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." NKJV