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Baptism Of The Holy Spirit Essay

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The life and ministry of Jesus is usually defined as the moment where God intervened in human history for a special purpose. This intervention occurred so humanity’s relationship could be restored to the way it was originally intended to be. Sin entered the world through the disobedience of the first humans beings created. The relationship between God and humanity was marred and could only be restored through the atonement of Jesus Christ. A surface look of Jesus’ life would produce an overview such as this. Jesus’ mission on earth was to redeem humanity but there are many aspects of His ministry that can be understood at a deeper level. The events which transpired in His ministry could not be attributed to the man Jesus but to the divine side of his person. Without the intervention of God in Jesus the restoration and miracles would not have been possible. Working with Jesus was the Holy Spirit, in whom Jesus was led by in His life. Many questions exist on why Jesus needed to be baptized in order to start his ministry, or could any of the events of the Gospel take place without the Holy Spirit? From the beginning of Jesus’ life it was seen that He would not be an ordinary messenger from God. He would not be like an ordinary prophet who existed before him. John the Baptist was the forerunner to Jesus who led an extraordinary life. But Jesus was to be more unique than even John the Baptist. The events leading up to Jesus ministry contribute to the uniqueness of Jesus as well.
The Holy Spirit’s role in Jesus is an interesting interaction to examine; it is similar in comparison to our own lives too. The Gospel writers agreed that the Holy Spirit worked through Jesus to accomplish many miracles. His birth, death, and resurrection can be attributed to the Holy Spirit as well. The active work of the Spirit was seen in Jesus ministry but direct reference by Jesus to Him was not prevalent throughout the Gospels. The narrative approach of the Gospels may lead to the belief that there is the lack of pneumatological theology however this is not true. None of the Parables of Jesus refer to the Holy Spirit but Jesus does make several references to Him. Such references include (Lk 11:13; 11:20; 12:10); here Jesus talks about casting out demons by the Spirit, provision of the Spirit, and words given by the Spirit. These references are intermittent and are not contained in any of Jesus’s parable themes. These inconsistent teachings do not exclude the Spirit from being present in His ministry. A main reference to Jesus and the Spirit would be the fulfillment of the Isaiah 61 text which Jesus read. Luke reads, “He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor…”And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down... And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk. 4:17-21). Jesus reading...

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