THE HOLY SPIRIT:
The role of the Spirit in inspiring scrptural authors ( Mk 12:36 ) continues in the activity of contemporary person who give Spirit inspired commemtary on events ( Lk 1-2 ).
2. Since the Spirit resting on the Messiah is promised in the Old Testament, it is appropriate that at his baptism Jesus receives the Spirit at the outset of his work, so that he is guided by the Spirit and his mighty works are empoered by the Spirit ( and are not the result of Satanic or demonic influence ).
3. Mark gives us the bare essentials. Matthew and Luke both cite scriptural backing ( Mat. 12:18; Lk. 4:18 ).
4. Expressions about the power of God have the same force (cf. Mat 12:28; Lk 11:20 ). Both Mark and Luke associate the conception of Jesus with the Spirit's activity.
5. Luke has a distinctive vocabulary of being filled with the Spirit ( Lk 1:15, 41, 67; 4:1 ) The Evangelists are aware of the Old Testament picture of the Messiah and servant of The Lord, on whom the Spirit rests, and see no incogruity in the Son of God receiving the Spirit of God.
6. All the Gospels record the prophecy by John that the Stronger One will baptize with the Spirit ( and with Fire, according to Matthew and Luke ), but only Luke is in a position to show that nthis prophecy is fulfilled in the early church ( Acts 11:16 ).
7. Jesus briefly mentions the Spirit's anabling disciples to say the right things when they are persecuted and put on trial. the Spirit is apparently not bestowed on the disciples during the time of Jesus except for the actors in Luke 1-2, who function like Old Testament prophets in announcing the birth of the Messiah, and possibly the disciples (Lk 9:1)
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