Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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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 ...

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...he Kingdom of God had come and it was time for the conviction of the Kingdom. Therefore the message of repentance was crucial because Christ’s ministry was about to begin. John himself compares how his ministry will be different than the one who is to come. John said, “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Mt. 3:11). This statement by John confirms that he knew that he was just the forerunner to Jesus. He was considered to have operated in the power of Elijah (Lk. 1:17) as the angel of the Lord had said to his father Zechariah. Before the start of Jesus’ ministry He knew that He was to submit Himself before God in preparation for it. As John was the prophet leading up to Jesus it was important that Jesus be baptized by him.

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