Everything Jesus did while He was here on earth, He did by and through the power of a secret weapon working though Him in His human form.
You know this secret weapon as the Holy Spirit. Jesus was still God, but He did not rely on His divinity. He depended on the power of the Holy Spirit for everything He did.
He emptied Himself of His divinity to become completely human, like you and me.
Here’s what the Bible has to say about what He did: “Though he was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges. He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”1
So, if Jesus gave up His divine privileges and became human, how did He accomplish all that He did? Everything was through the power of His secret weapon, the Holy Spirit.
For the first 30 years or so, Jesus lived in a little village. John the Baptist, a cousin of Jesus, had become a popular preacher. He was one to whom God had revealed Jesus’ purpose on earth.
John tells the religious leaders watching him, “I baptize with water whose who repent of their sins and turn to God, but Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am … He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”2
One day Jesus goes to be baptized by John. Something miraculous happens. God the Father speaks from Heaven. Everyone who is present hears.
Matthew records the event this way, “After His baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on Him. And a voice from Heaven said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great job.’’’3
It’s after the Holy Spirit descends on Him that Jesus’ earthly ministry starts in earnest. Up until this point, He has lived a quiet life. Now, everything changes. People who knew Him notice a power and authority in His teaching.
This manifestation of power marks the rest of His ministry. People are healed everything He goes. Thousands come to hear Him speak.
Jesus tells His disciples what is going to happen to Him, but the disciples cannot understand what He is telling them. He tells them that He is going to prepare a place for them. They are confused and tell Him they don’t know where He’s going.4
Then He reveals to them His secret weapon. “He is the Holy Spirit who leads into all truth … You know Him, because He lives with You now and later will be in You.”5
He is telling them the Holy Spirit is the One who has been operating all this time. The Holy Spirit will come back after Jesus leaves and will not only be with them, but in them. It’s a truth they have no way of comprehending.
After His death, burial and resurrection and just before His ascension, Jesus tells the disciples to wait in Jerusalem to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.6 In the next chapter, we see the Holy Spirit descending like the sound of a mighty wind, falling like flames of fire and causing those present to speak in other languages.7
Jesus’ secret weapon has just been let loose and made available to all believers. This is an earth-shatteringly powerful moment in history. It’s the time all Christians are given the same secret weapon Jesus used.
Just what can this secret weapon accomplish?
- Brings glory to Christ
- Draws people to Christ
- Convicts of sin
- Makes people spiritually alive
- Dwells in and with the believer
- Empowers the believer to do what we cannot do on our own
- Brings holiness by making our bodies the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 16:9)
- Produces the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
- Guides, directs, reminds, teaches, anoints
- Helps us pray and worship
Paul explained it this way, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”8
Jeremy Risner, C2 lead pastor said that means is if “I have accepted Christ and am a believer, I have the Holy Spirit living in me. I can be an overcomer. I don’t have to sin. I can live by the power of the Holy Spirit. I can have an unstoppable life through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit living in me.”
How do we tap into the power available through the secret weapon of the Holy Spirit?
First we must wait and investigate. Risner added, “Waiting is the act of seeking in wonder, desperation and anticipation. It’s saying, ‘God, I’m waiting on all that you have for me.’”
Second is to obey andbfulfill any scriptural admonitions such as being baptized, tithing or service. “We must be open to whatever God wants to do.”
Thirdly, “Ask and receive. It’s saying, ‘Lord I want to follow You and whatever You want to do in my life.’ We must go where God leads us to go and do what He leads us to do.”
It may sound like a tall order, but we have Jesus’ secret weapon alive and active in our lives.
We can’t lose.
1 Philippians 2:5-11 NIV
2 Matthew 3:11 NLT
3 Matthew 3:16-17 NLT
4 John 14:1-4 NLT
5 John14:15-20 NLT
6 Acts 1:4 NLT
7 Act 2:1-4 NLT
8 Romans 8:11
Teresa Shields Parker is a wife, mother, business owner, life group leader, speaker and author of Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor and Sweet Grace Study Guide: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Overcome Sugar Addiction. Get a free chapter of her memoir on her blog at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.