How To Live in the Power of the Spirit — Luke 4:13-21

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country” (Luke 4:14).

Jesus and the Holy Spirit worked closely together. The Holy Spirit indwelt Jesus before He was born, for the Holy Spirit overshadowed Him at His conception in the Virgin Mary, as Luke wrote in Luke 1:35 —“The angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.” In chapter four of his gospel, Luke wrote that Jesus was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit after He was baptized. Jesus followed the Holy Spirit when He went to John the Baptist for baptism. Jesus also obeyed God and followed the Holy Spirit when the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness, where Jesus was tested by the devil. After Jesus passed every test, He remained filled with the power of the Spirit and He began His public ministry. Jesus honored His heavenly Father by doing everything the Father wanted Him to do and by living according to every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). Jesus honored the Holy Spirit and declared that the Holy Spirit worked within Him when He preached from the prophet Isaiah and proclaimed, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” (Luke 4:18). Jesus honored His Father, the Holy Spirit, and himself by keeping His focus on doing the will of God according to the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit honored Jesus by working signs, miracles, and wonders through Him. At the conclusion of His public ministry, the Father honored Jesus when He raised Him from the dead and He ascended into heaven. Jesus’ disciples learned from listening to Jesus and from watching Jesus work in the power of the Holy Spirit. They learned the importance of obeying and trusting in God. They obeyed the teachings of Jesus; for Jesus told them, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). However, they could not do Jesus’ work effectively until the Holy Spirit came and filled them on the Day of Pentecost. From that day forth they served Jesus as fearless witnesses to Jesus’ words and works.

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by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.